National unity during challenging time | By Samra Athar Kakakhel

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National unity during challenging time

THE most important requirement for a peaceful and prosperous nation is national unity. The idea that safety comes from cooperation cannot be challenged. Conflict leads to a nation’s downfall.

There are numerous examples throughout world history where a nation’s security has been threatened both internally and externally as a result of a lack of national unity.

We lost East Pakistan in the past as well due to a lack of national cohesion. Why unity is a primary concern under current crucial times for Pakistan?

Pakistan is experiencing a difficult time, and the nation must cooperate together to prevent any internal and external conspiracies.

The general public has to be more mindful and wise. Decision-makers, policy-makers and leaders must act responsibly and at the appropriate time.

The public must support Pakistan’s military forces as they proactively carry out their duties.Sometimes small, individual tragedies turn into major disasters.

World Wars I and II started from fairly minor small causes, but they expanded too many different countries and led to chaos for humanity as a whole.

The Muslim world has suffered greatly as a result of the Arab Spring which began with a small tragedy.

In Tunisia, an Arab country in North Africa, a female police officer punched a young vegetable seller on December 17, 2010.

Nujun Bouazizi, unable to bear the insult, showered himself in oil and set himself on fire. He passed away on January 4, 2011, in Bouazizi Hospital, just 17 days after the Tunisian people went on strike.

In the interest of freedom and respect, there were widespread public protests across the nation.

As a result, Zain al-Abidin Ibn Ali, the nation’s king, had a leave. Exactly the same pattern followed, and on February 15, 2011, a public protest started in Benghazi, Libya, after the arrest of a lawyer.

The people of Libya had access to higher education, treatment and all basic facilities, but they came out with the slogan of independence.

The protest turned into a civil war. The United States and NATO established a no-fly zone and killed Gaddafi on October 20.

To this day, the people of Libya, who have the largest oil wealth in Africa, have neither been blessed with freedom nor dignity.

Several Libyans are contacting and appealing for cooperation for cheap treatment in Pakistan.

All these countries had dictatorships. One man was the power. These leaders continued to be a hurdle for international forces on many international issues despite their major shortcomings and flaws.

Pakistan has a slightly different situation. In comparison to Arab nations, Pakistan does not have a royal, and its dictatorship.

Pakistan is not like Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Tunisia and Sudan. However, the country’s government and Prime Minister may belong from any party.

The intelligence and military services of Pakistan actively fulfil their responsibilities in national, regional and different levels of aggregation and constantly ensure the security of the nation.

Since Pakistan’s nuclear program began, our organizations have taken on the responsibilities of this nation’s eyes and ears.

Because of this, these institutions are the true objectives of external powers. Before America’s presence in Afghanistan, it was difficult to carry out this plan against Pakistan.

America and other armies at the moment required a stable Pakistan. It was challenging to leave NATO in the event that Pakistan’s intelligence services or army were attacked.

Presently that the US has left. The region around Afghanistan has also somewhat calmed. India has extendedly present in Afghanistan diplomatically now.

The United States ties with Kabul are also strengthening. In response, a conspiracy to start the same hostile effort in Pakistan has been created. This campaign’s primary targets are the army and intelligence agencies.

Pakistan is going through a challenging time, and the country must work together to prevent any internal and external conspiracies.

The general public has to be more alert and wise. Decision-makers, policy-makers and leaders must act responsibly and at the appropriate moment.

The public must support Pakistan’s military forces as they proactively carry out their duties. Pakistan could experience a significant impact from politics and outside surroundings.

We must have the capability to survive in any circumstance despite our excellent stability as a country.

Making the wrong choice has huge consequences and is expensive. It is a time for wisdom and experience, therefore, academics, thinkers, educators and the media must inform the public, and leaders must make wise decisions and take the necessary measures.

We can conclude that our level of national unity falls well short of the ideal. However, if the government and the local population put in sincere effort, we may transform Pakistan into the ideal Islamic State, a powerful, rich nation, and above all, a role model to be followed and admired by others.

May Allah protect Pakistan!

—The writer is a social political analyst, based in Lahore.