Horrible things have happened to Pakistan by people who claim to love it. Horrifying things have happened to Pakistan because of greedy money-mongers, corrupt authorities, notorious gangs and even the provoked common man. Yet the country continues to grow under all the splinters and shards of evil that have been flung in its way. It continues to pass obstacles, granted at a slow pace that people have pushed in. And that is one of the reasons I love Pakistan. It remains stoic and undefeatable.
Pakistan is a symbol of hope amidst trepidation. It reminds you that the smallest ray of goodness can overtake evil. It reminds us to be true to our country, and to always come back to it. Pakistan gave me the inspiration to become a doctor. Seeing people on the streets with no medical care reminded me that one of the best ways to give back to the country that has given me so much, is to care for the health of its people. And that is another reason I love Pakistan – it has made me who I am today giving me a purpose to live for. It taught me the fundamental values to which a person should live by. It has written success in my future because I chose a field that will be of service to others. This in other words, is the greatest success.
The women of Pakistan have inspired me countless times. These women have risen from the background and evolved as front-runners in every race. We have female engineers, doctors, artists, musicians, writers, lawyers and anything you can imagine. This represents the perseverance and strength of the women of my country, and they make me fall in love with Pakistan every time. They inspire women all around the country to try and reach for the stars and to become the best one can be.
Another reason I adore my country is because of its rich and diverse culture. From the mountainous terrain up North to the flat plains of Sindh, there are people who bask in the glory of their unique cultural differences. The art, poetry, music and literature of Pakistan is beautifully inked by elements unique to different cultures spanning the country’s geography.
The country has beaches, mountains, forests and deserts. We have our own music, our own art and fashion, our own literature and our very own culture. We have something no one can take away from us – and that is our identity. And I cannot forget that Pakistan is where I am from. It is the place where I belong to and where my roots are invested.
No one can take my identity away from me, because Pakistan gave it to me. So no doubt, I am in love with this country.