Every year I celebrate Mother’s Day in a very special way to make it a memorable occasion for my Mom but this year my feelings were different. I thought to myself why we celebrate it just once in a year; isn’t it her day everyday? She wakes up with the thoughts of her children and spends the entire day making preparations for them.
She runs around the house cooking, doing the dishes or guiding the maid how to finish the chores. All the while she is doing the house job she won’t feel tired for a split second and she doesn’t even complain about it to anyone. Her children come back home from work, some would greet their mothers cheerfully with a hug and a smile while others are just too tired to even say a straight hello. That’ what she gets for giving an entire day of her life to you!
Mothers are a gem and they make us who we become. Without her, you wouldn’t be standing on your feet because she taught you how to walk. These are my thoughts on a Mother’s Day; we should also make an effort to make every day of her life a memorable one. I would love to welcome your thoughts on my post and on Mother’s Day; share your comments.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
After the Pakistani Government completed its five year term; the general elections took place across Pakistan on May 11th, 2013. These elections were supervised by the Election Commission of Pakistan(ECP) under ownership of Fakhruddin Ibrahim, Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan. The people of Pakistan were promised systematic, free and fair elections across Pakistan and they were encouraged to forsake the comfort of their homes and cast their vote.
Pakistani people, the educated ones and those suffering at the hands of the corrupt political system came out to vote for a change. They all came out to vote in aspiration of a great revolution to rule out the traditional political parties and bring in a government that would support a vision for better (Naya) Pakistan. Voter turnout this year was above 60% and the voter population included the old and the young, women and children, patients from hospital, brides and grooms from their wedding and they all came out to vote for the new vision that rejected the concept of inherited politics. This new breed of people were all under the flag of a persistent political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf(PTI) led by the relentless leader, Imran Khan who is also the former captain of Pakistan Cricket Team and founder of Shaukat Khanum Hospital, the largest Cancer Hospital and Research Institute in Lahore.
The way the population of Pakistan had come out to vote was commendable and the only expected party to win was PTI. Few hours before the polling ended, media shared the news of complaints being received from various parts of the country. At first the ECP remained silent but upon pressure from affected parties, they had to extend the poling time for few hours and also had to issue re-election orders in few areas of Karachi. This was not enough to evade the various types of rigging going on, toppled with management issues of ECP.
The initial results from across the major constituencies were in favor of PTI and were pleasing for the majority; gradually the results became shocking and rather disgusting. The scores of the winning party PML-Nawaz League was three-fold the scores of earlier winning PTI. Many people I know were Polling Agents on the day of Elections and they had witnessed the impressive number of votes won by Imran Khan’s Party and they were shocked to see the declared results which were a complete opposite of what they had compiled.
This has left the class of people envisioning ‘Naya Pakistan’ in a state of devastation and rebellion because they are intelligent enough to know something HUGE has gone wrong. They do not wish to be ruled by the traditional parties anymore who have had their turns to prove themselves and they had repeatedly proved that they should never be trusted again. There are countrywide protests now going on not only by PTI and its supporters but also by a large number of people who have united with them only to raise voice against the bully of politicians, mismanagement of the ECP to conduct transparent, unbiased elections and the massive rigging across the major constituencies comprising Punjab and Karachi. People have now awakened to sense their responsibilities as a citizen and their rights in selecting a mandate. They now feel betrayed by the authorities and indeed are surer of the fact that they were being deceived earlier too. I sincerely hope that these protests do put the guilty to trial and the deserving ones win the rightful mandate.
Wednesday, 8th May 2013: A white tiger used by the Pakistan Maryam Nawaz of Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to demonstrate the party’s might in its election campaign died during a rally. The tiger was taken unconscious to the University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences on Tuesday evening and the vets tried to save the poor creature but the heat stroke took its life.
Isn’t it truly a sign of heartlessness and cruelty? Does it really make any sense to bring out animals like this to boast of your status quo and not thinking what effect it could have on the poor life? Did this lady not think for a split second that the scorching May heat has always reported to affect human and wildlife equally then how could she take it for granted that the white tiger would survive; what exactly was she thinking? She seems to be an educated individual and belongs to a so called educated family as well but it is surprising that the thought never hit her or her clan to not play such a ‘stunt’ risking an innocent life!
This year Pakistan has seen the unusual and youthful colors of elections like never before. It is because a layer of awareness and responsibility has swept among the citizens of Pakistan; from young to the old, our souls are in agony and hearts bleed for change. A change to revive ‘Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan of 1947’ and a desire to earn back our lost pride. Quaid freed us but we have again fallen slaves at the hands of politicians in the name of imaginary democracy. Who wouldn’t want to earn a respectable education from their own country and be proud of it? Who wouldn’t want to have a decent means of earning in their own country without having to abandon their families? Who wouldn’t want to leave in a country that allows freedom of Religion, protection to minorities, rights to basic necessities (water, electricity, food, clothing, house). For sake of such a nation; PLEASE VOTE!
‘Proud Pakistani’ is only a faint slogan from my childhood but the last decade of dirty politics has completely smothered this voice. This is our chance to fight back our ‘true freedom’ and recreate the nation so self-sufficient in every resource; Pakistan. For sake of Pakistan; PLEASE VOTE! We all have witnessed only One Leader and One Party speaking about this while the rest talk about material gains (May Allah protect him from all harm and give him strength and will to lead us).
11th MAY is the day! To make all the dreams and aspirations true we need to leave the comfort of our houses in this heat and go vote! That is the time to be practical about all we have been saying, sharing and promoting on social media. Make an effort to take your neighbors along for voting. You plan group activities with your friends for leisure but do it this time for your country and future generations. For the sake of Pakistanis; PLEASE VOTE!!! And let’s do it with Unity, Faith & Discipline.
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