Fifty years of war, a dire catastrophe worths not to celebrate

Seventy years are about to pass and we are in grave need of revising our history. Glorifying wars without being accustomed to their horrific consequences is a prevalent norm among our societies.

Now two nations India and Pakistan the all time rivals are to celebrate fifty years of a catastrophic battle which lasted for several days resulting mass casualties on both sides. To imagine how horrendous that war was it is enough to state that it was the second largest tank war after the World War Two.

There is a more resounding reason to not to celebrate this war, which is the immigration of 40,000 Kashmiris from Indian held Kashmir to Pakistan held Kashmir and other regions of Pakistan. They fled the war hit zone, mostly LOC and its surroundings to seek refuge in a peaceful place.

My father was one of those refugees who migrated to Azad Kashmir along with his Family. My grandfather who was known as Qazi, a word for respected members of village there was living a happy and prosperous life before war hit there. Leaving all the luxuries of home, their properties, their cattle and all belongings behind when they reached Pakistan held Kashmir, they had not even water to drink. They used to drink water from polluted Mangla Dam reservoir. The hope they came with was the betterment which they never witnessed and till today, after the passage of five decades those immigrants have not seen their hopes come true. From grandfathers to sons and grandsons and now great grandson are yet to get what their ancestors dreamt for.

A view of immigrants slums by the bank of Mangla Dam, Mirpur AK.

A view of immigrants slums by the bank of Mangla Dam, Mirpur AK.

We lost our first generation, ruined the second and now third generation is still facing the consequences of the war-forced migration. Those 40,000 immigrants are about 1 million now after 5 decades and hope what we and our ancestors have faced should never be witnessed by anyone else in the world.
This is what wars do to the humanity and we find no reasons to celebrate a war whose consequences are faced by our generations.
We expect India and Pakistan start another war. A war against poverty, a war against injustice and a war of peace.


Sitara Brooj Akbar, another world record

Sitara brooj Akbar

Sitara brooj Akbar in 2011. Image via blog.britishcouncil.ma

Sitara Brooj Akbar youngest in the world to secure 9 out of 9 bands.
Sitara brooj Akbar had once made her country proud a few years ago. It was 2011 when Sitara a 10 year old girl owned the record of youngest O’Level degree holder in Pakistan as well as in the whole world.
(Read that news here, Sitara, youngest O level in the world. )
Now in 2015 Sitara achieved another distinction. She became the youngest in the world to secure 9 out of 9 Bands in IELTS.

Sitara Barooj Akbar is the young talented girl from Rabwah, a remote city in Punjab Pakistan. In an interview she said that she is inspired of Dr. and she aims to work in the field of research of Chemistry like him and serve Pakistan in the best way for the betterment of the country.

This young girl is the symbol of Education and a motivation for the young girls in Pakistan.
Itspak Media congratulates her on her achievement.


Some Rare Animals Native To Pakistan 

MacQueen’s Bustard

 

MacQueen’s Bustard. image via Wikipedia

 

MacQueen’s bustards or Asian Bustards found mainly in Pakistan, in the deserts of Balochistan. These beautiful birds are hunted since early traditions for meat and as a sport which is the major cause for them to become endangered.


Markhor

Markhor

Markhor captured in Balochistan National park. Image via Wikipedia

 

Markhor is one of the most beautiful wild animals living in Northern areas of Pakistan. Markhor is the National animal of Pakistan. The long curled horns of Markhor give this wild goat a beautiful appearance.

Snow leopard

 

Snow leopard

Snow leopard in Kashmir. image via Wikipedia

 

Snow leopard is a worldwide endangered specie of animals with most number of individuals inhabiting in AJK, NWFP and northern areas of Pakistan. Snow leopard is National heritage animal of Pakistan

This cute orphaned baby leopard was saved by a Villager in Pakistan in 2005.

Pakistani Sand cat ( F. m. scheffeli)

Pakistani sand cat. Image via Wikipedia

Pakistani sand cat. Image via Wikipedia

This sand cat is native only to Pakistan. The cute looking cat is the smallest of all the wild cats in the world which inhabits in deserts of Pakistan

Woolly Flying Squirrel

 

Woolly Flying squirrel

Woolly Flying squirrel image via Wwf.org.pk

 

The Woolly Flying Squirrel is the most interesting animal of this list because it was believed to be extinct since early 21st century until Vladimir Dinets found a couple of them in mountains of Pakistan in 2004. This is the biggest squirrel (1m long) and is found only in Pakistan. It inhabits only in Pakistan.


Stories and Glories from Pakistan and Australia

 

Pakistan is often wrongfully portrayed as a Taliban influenced state by some western Media. The motto of this site has always been to show the world the other bright side of Pakistan which is prosperous and full of life.
The recently published book, “Stories and glories from Pakistan and Australia” has also tried the same what the aim of this site is. So here is a brief review of this book.
The book is written by Dr Wasif Haq is more like a personal experience which he had in different phases of life observing Pakistan. The book comprises of 831 pages and 9 chapters and sub-chapters. The author starts revealing the story in a dramatic way of his journey from Pakistan to Australia when he goes there for higher education.
The book is a comprehensive collection of the achievements, glories, events and praiseworthy stories of Pakistan in recent years. The stories which should be praised and highlighted when talking about Pakistan.
In chapter 5 Author answers the questions and misconceptions in the minds of Australians about Pakistan in quite appropriate and polite manner.

These 800+ pages may look quite long to read at first glimpse but the pictures and their description in a fascinating way made it very interesting to read.

The book glorifies many positive achievements in different fields  whether they be related to education, sports, development, social awareness, current affairs, politics, and many other niche of Nation’s progress. The book is written in simple English for anyone with English as second language can read and understand it easily.

About Author
BDS (Bachelors of Dental surgery), PGD (Postgraduate diploma in professional ethics and teaching methodologies)and MSP (Masters of Speech Pathology)

Download the book for Free.
Stories and glories from Pakistan and Australia