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My heart cries when I read or see something emotional about Pakistan. Two weeks ago it was a series of images and clips of Pakistan with a national song in the background, now the case is of some articles on the on going ‘Birth Of Pakistan’ exhibition at Mohatta Palace museum Karachi.

It is usually my practice to skim through articles before giving it a full read, and while doing this today I came across few lines which talked about children writing to Mr. Jinnah and thanking him for giving them Pakistan, and also telling him how proud they are of their homeland. This just filled my heart with emotions.

Seeing the new generation being more comprehensive of the ideology of Pakistan is heart warming. These kids and the articles have made me want to experience the exhibition first hand and personally thank CAP (Citizens Archive of Pakistan) for organizing the exhibition.

The exhibition started on 23rd of March (marking the Pakistan Resolution Day) and will continue till 23rd of June. I will be visiting soon and anybody who wants to join in is most welcome.

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Violent protests broke out in Abbotabad, a city of Hazara Division on Monday. The protests have left 9 people dead and 200 hundred injured. The protests turned violent after the police tried to break the anti-Pakhtunkhwa demonstration, which was in defiance with a ban on public gatherings ahead of planned rallies.

The Hazara people are Hindko speaking compared to the majority of Pakhtuns (there are 5 million Hazara people in a population of 21 million in NWFP) residing in the province. They object that the new name of the province reflects only the Pashtu speaking majority of the region. The second reason for their protests is that they want their region to be given a separate status of a province.

Nevertheless, the sentiments of the Hazara people should have been taken into account when the 18th amendment bill was presented into the parliament. No doubt the majority always wins in a democratic government, but the people of Hazara have a right to protest. What they did wrong was to not use the proper channel of communication to get their views to the National Assembly. They should have used their power to object to the provisions of the 18th amendment bill that changes the name of North-West Frontier Province (The name given by the British Colonial rulers) to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, through their parliamentarians elected in their constituencies. That’s how a democratic Government works.

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Muhammad bin Qasim defeated Raja Dahir on 10th of Ramadan 711 AD. On 11th of Muharram, after appointing governors in all principal districts of Sindh, he left Brahamanabad and marched Towards Alore (Modern day Arore) where Fofi, son of Raja Dahir, had fortified his position. Muhammad Bin Qasim called his forces to a halt opposite the fort. This is where he built a mosque, known as Muhammad Bin Qasim Mosque. The ruins of the mosque still stand on top of a hill in Arore.

Islam came to Pakistan through Sindh. That is why it is known as “The Gateway of Islam”. With time Islam spread from this small region to the whole of South Asia. It was due to Muhammad Bin Qasims’ efforts (by building Mosques and educating people about Islam) that this was possible.

Our physical existence in this world is temporary. After we die we will only be remembered by what we did while we were alive. Muhammad bin Qasim is remembered for bringing Islam into South Asia. This Mosque is evidence to his achievement, and the government of Pakistan needs to recognize it as a historical building and inject funds in reviving it.

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