In these troubling times this status is a good reminder:
* The man who gave you the first cricket world cup was a Pathan.
* The Prime Minister who started Pakistan’s nuclear programme was a Sindhi (ZackNote: Shi’ite too).
* The singer who single-handedly made Pakistan’s music admired globally was a Faisalabadi Punjabi.
* The pilot who shot down 5 Indian fighter Jets within a minute was a Bengali.
* The person who serves humanity without any discrimination is a Memon.
* The army general who defended Pakistan after the Indian attack in the Battle of Chawinda in 1965 was a Hazara.
* The only Nobel Prize winner of Pakistan was an Ahmedi.
* The cricketer who took you to victory against India in India in a 2005 test was a Hindu.
* The fighter pilot who not just gave his life for Pakistan, but also went on to fight for Arabs against Israelis in 1967′s war and shot down an Israeli Aircraft was a Christian.
Even today, your kebab is Behari, your biryani is Sindhi, your tea is Kashmiri, your naan is Afghani, your guard is Baloch, your transporter is Pashtun, your port is in Karachi, your industry is Punjabi, your music is Multani Sufi, the beauty of your country lies in Gilgit-Baltistan, yet you have the nerve to say that only your religion, your sect, your province, your ethnic group is superior to every other?
It’s time we get over this divisive thought. 187 million people, one dream: unity, peace, love and prosperity.
|Subhadra Butalia was born in Lahore in Pakistan, but was working as a teacher in Delhi, India in August 1947 when independence came. She took part in celebrations, but also witnessed violence and saw her family divided by the partition of the country and emergence of Pakistan.|