BY ALI SUKHANVER
Pakistan is surely a land of miracles. Here impossibilities turn into possibilities, abstracts into concretes and dreams into realities; nothing is beyond the limits of Pakistanis. Be it the field of science or technology, politics or economics, the nuclear research, or the war against terrorism, Pakistan always comes up with a high head. The astonishing fact is that the whole world is busy in creating hurdles and obstructions in Pakistan’s way to its progress but the people of Pakistan are so determined and strong-minded that they never give any importance to the wind blowing against them. They are always ready to tame the wild forces.
A few months back, the situation in the northern tribal areas of Pakistan was very much devastating, depressing and no doubt very much disappointing. The whole of the western media was raising great hue and cry that Pakistan is going to be a failed state very soon. The foreign supported elements were successfully disturbing the law and order situation in the peaceful and dreamlike areas of Swat, Mangora, Bajore, Malakand and Waziristan.Even the cities like Peshawar, Lahore, Rawalpindi and the federal capital Islamabad were turning into a blazing hell. The newly elected political democratic government was being given a tough time. On the other hand our sweet neighbour India was doing its best to exploit the Mumbai blasts for its heinous aims and objects. The energy crisis was adding salt to the injuries. The economic fiber was getting weaker and weaker. At last the armed forces of Pakistan under the guidance of the political government decided to nip all these evils with an iron hand. Though such stern action should have been taken a little earlier but there were piles of problems. The most serious problem was to secure those responsible citizens of the northern tribal areas who were a continuous victim to the terrorist activities and who had a strong desire of rooting out the external problematic elements from their land. The armed forces were very much aware of the reality that such innocent people would have to face grave consequences if any action against the terrorists is taken without eliminating them from those areas. So keeping in view these entire pros and cons a gigantic plan was designed. A large scale temporary migration was managed in spite of so many financial hurdles and the criminal silence of the world around. After the evacuation of these peaceful citizens from the diseased areas a massive army operation was launched against the terrorists. Now the situation is altogether different; The IDPs have gone back to their homes, most of the miscreants have been crushed to death and the remaining few ones are being followed by the forces. The puppets like Baitullah Mehsood are in search of shelters because their friends have left them in lurch. In short things are getting better; but this betterment is certainly not very pleasing for those who were dreaming of a shattered and scattered Pakistan.
Whatever happened there in Swat and Malakand is no doubt very painful and heart rending but it provided the armed forces of Pakistan with a chance of proving their worth. Now it has dawned upon the world that Pakistan could never be easy bait because it is guarded by an army which has a lot of skill and an abundance of passions. The successful action in the tribal areas has not only bettered the image of Pakistan army but also given a new life to the Pakistani nation. The people of Pakistan have now realized that they have an ability of molding the history. They belong to a society where even the children are capable of ruling over the world.
Recently twelve years old Babar Iqbal, a Pakistani child from Dera Ismail Kahn conquered the most complicated and intriguing world of information technology by making a fourth world record in field of computer. Dera Ismail Khan is a backward mountainous area of Pakistan where even the basic necessities of life are beyond the imagination of the people living here. Moreover it has always been the target of the foreign supported terrorists who remain busy in promoting sectarianism under the garb of religious extremism. Hundreds of innocent people have lost their lives in bomb blasts and suicidal attacks in the last few years. But in spite of all these factors the people of Dera Ismail Khan are determined to defeat the evil of terrorism by concentrating all their attention to the positive activities in the field of science and education. Babar Iqbal is one of such examples. He is also known as ‘The cyber kid ‘in the international world of computer sciences. He is the youngest computer expert who acquired Youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) award. He participated in the examination of Certified Virus Network Administrator (CVNA) and grabbed a world record by obtaining 80 percent marks in it. He also qualified for the trainers programme. The recent achievement of this young chap is not his first success .He had set up three world records including Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Youngest Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) at the age 9 years and Youngest Certified Web Professional Associate (CIWA) at the age of 10 .While, the recent fourth record he made as Youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) at the age 12 in Dubai. His two brothers and sisters are also Microsoft Certified Professional. Talking to the media, Babar Iqbal said that he wants to make further progress in the field of computer and win laurels for his country .He said that he is receiving offers from a number of world reputed US companies. IT experts from all over the world have been surprised by the success of this Pakistani child star. This brilliant success of this young Pakistani indicates the dazzling future of Pakistan in the field of information technology.
The world is afraid of Pakistan; this fact is enough to prove that Pakistan is not a failing state. If Pakistan were not important, the international forces would have never wasted their time and efforts in planning for its destabilization. Our ‘old friends’ are still conspiring against us by depriving us of river waters , by putting pressure on our nuclear program and by supporting the miscreants in the tribal areas of Pakistan , but we are still alive , still breathing and still challenging the authority of the world policy makers. We the Pakistanis are nor the puppets like India, neither the tools like Israel. We have our own philosophy, our own policy and our own decisions. The world must not waste its talent on trying to crush us. We would be the last ones to say good-bye to this world. It would be a great folly to underestimate Pakistan and its people. We know very well how to take care of our dreams.