RANDOM THOUGHTS: Celebrations and Changes - BY: Dr. A.Q. Khan

Celebrations and Changes
Dr. A.Q. Khan


The last two months have been bad for some and good for others. We have just celebrated Independence Day. We, the senior citizens, witnessed the determined fight of the Indian Muslims, under the able guidance of Quaid-e-Azam, M.A. Jinnah, for the creation of Pakistan. Hundreds of thousands of people sacrificed their lives and property for this struggle. Pakistan was achieved against heavy odds and enmity from both Hindus and British. We have inherited a country of vast resources – fertile land, many rivers, snow-covered mountains, a large canal system for irrigation, an extensive railway system, good crop yields of wheat, rice and cotton with hardworking farmers and abundant rainfall and good quality of yields from the sea for export. We are a nuclear power and have many intelligent scholars, scientists and engineers and even a Nobel Laureate (Prof.Dr. A. Salam). Our expatriates remit almost $ 20 billion per year. We also have a very large number of kind-hearted philanthropists – good, noble, God-fearing souls – who help the many under-privileged people we have with food, medical and educational facilities. But here the positives end. We have had the misfortune of having a succession of corrupt, inefficient rulers who have been plundering the country’s wealth for more than 60 years. We are not a failed state – more likely a dead one. The recent changes in the country are a lesson – a warning – to all of us. The wrongdoers have been caught unaware and from a direction they never expected. It is not for us to rejoice, but to ponder at the workings of the power of the Almighty.

Eidul Azha is being celebrated with the usual fanfare and religious fervor. Congratulations to all Muslims all over the world on this happy occasion. The lucky amongst us were also able to perform Hajj. May Allah Almighty accept their prayers and sacrifices! My humble request is that the actual slaughter of animals is not shown on TV as it can have traumatic effects on children, especially the young ones. Please do share your wealth and sacrificial meat with the poor and orphans. Almighty Allah will, Inshallah, reward you manifold.

After a long, heated, hectic and often dirty election campaign we now have a change of government. The oft and loudly proclaimed change has actually taken place! Imran Khan’s long and strenuous efforts have materialized. Perseverance is the key to attaining one’s goals and success. That great religious scholar, a genius par excellence and a multi-linguist, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, whose two sisters spent their lives in Bhopal working for the education of girls, wrote a famous classic prose – Ghubar-e-Khatir. In it he quoted an Arabic proverb which stated that change, even one from good to bad, is still a pleasant change because standing water becomes stale and smells. Hence the current change (Inshallah from bad to good) is a welcome event. In our country, changes are usually of two kinds, viz.one that benefits the leaders but makes the lives of the citizens miserable by higher unemployment, rise in prices, shortage of edibles, inflation, wastage of money on cosmetic projects (facilitating skim-offs and corruption). The other one is to attempt to turn the country into a welfare state, seriously consider the needs and problems of the common man and to solve these problems. There are many well-known names of politicians associated with the first, but far fewer with the second. There are many who are instantly ready to criticize and condemn changes, even for the better. There was once a malicious campaign directed against me personally and KRL in general. Even so-called well educated people were outspoken in claiming that a young man was taking the nation for a ride by claiming that he could deliver nuclear weapons by a madhani-type technology (a churning machine for making butter) and that the technology had never been used before or been tested at a commercial level. However, I knew better and my very competent and patriotic colleagues and I proved the skeptics wrong and turned Pakistan into a nuclear power. Both the efforts of Imran Khan and our own reflect Mirza Ghalib’s famous verse: “Ye ishq nahin a’san; bus itna samajh ligiey. Ek aag ka darya he aur doob ker jana he.” We were determined not to allow our armed forces (and Pakistan) to go through the same disgrace and agony as they had faced in December 1971. The trouble with Nawaz Sharif was that he was not honest and upright and often arrogant towards colleagues. He boasted about what he had been given without being grateful for it. One should keep in mind that one reaps what one sows. Imran Khan will have to keep this and the fate of previous rulers in mind too. If he falls prey to sycophancy, nepotism and favourtism, he will end up in the same way as those before him. It is often those that surround the leader that lead him into trouble and downfall. Imran Khan – beware! Everyone wants a piece of the pie. The country is facing many serious problems, the controversy about where he is to live being the least of them. He should live in PM House, control expenses, take the bull by the horns and tackle the real problems. We all know what these are. Personally I am extremely interested in our education system in general and the establishment of a world-class university/Federal Institute of Science and Technology in particular, which would put us in the top world rankings. I have experience in setting up the GIK Institute, have vast knowledge of technology (KRL) and education and could do the job, if asked. I wouldn’t ask for a specific job or any pay; we have enough for our needs. Although I have already sacrificed much of our family life for work in the past, I would still like to help my country.

Posted on Aug 25, 18 | 4:29 am