You Cry Twice

Says Clara Arrighi who was sent to Pakistan by her company against her wishes. Clara Arrighi at Lahore Fort
Clara Arrighi lives in Barcelona, Spain. She had studied at UADE and worked in UK.
In Pakistan she lived in Lahore, Capital of Punjab province.

Here is her narration of Pakistan.

When was told I was going to Pakistan I started to think about all the reasons not to go, how to convince my office not to send me. I did not want to spend the next six months of my life in between mud roads and traffic, dirt and smelly donkeys. I definitely did not want to share my time with radical people, extremists, and walk around all covered.

“Prepare to get sick and food poisoned,” they told me. “You should change your job”.
“No, I´ve never been to Pakistan but I´ve been to Bangladesh and I know its the same”… or India, or Afghanistan.
Luckily, someone also told me: “When you go to Pakistan you cry two times: when you are sent there and when you have to leave”.

Seven months afterwards I indeed have cried two times.
The untouched gorgeous beauty of Pakistan is impossible to describe with words.
Everything in this country is untouched; the nature, the culture, the cities.
Women in their colorfoul dresses and the way they allow their Pashminas to fall loose over their heads, showing their dark hair.
Men playing cricket, such a refined English sport to be played in white clothes drinking high tea, is here the street sport by far, played in every corner of every street.
I have climbed stunning mountains, swam in incredible clear lakes amidst the most beautiful hills, visited majestic mosques and drank uncountable types of chai.
I tasted lots of different dishes.
I did not get myself sick or food poisoned at all, but I definitely got myself a bellyache for not being able to stop eating such delicious food! And the mangoes, oh the mangoes.

However… it doesn’t matter how beautiful a country is, you will always remember how it made you feel. And this is what makes the difference in Pakistan. I have never seen so much hospitality anywhere in the world. Incredibly warm people, genuinely kind. I have never felt so welcomed. There is this tendency to smile. A society that has been for so many years oppressed and still can be so tolerant.

I challenge you to come to Pakistan and don´t like it. Cause, so far, I haven´t met anyone who didn´t.
I spent seven beautiful months in Pakistan and I encourage everyone to give this amazing country a chance.
Shukria Pakistan! (Thanks Pakistan!)

What is Pakistan ?

Pakistan is the first & only Islamic country to have developed nuclear power.
Pakistan’s national anthem tune ranks first in the top three tunes of the world.
Pakistan has 4th largest broadband internet system of world.
Pakistan has the sixth largest military force in the world.
Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam, during 1965 war, downed 5 Indian Air Force aircrafts in less than a minute — the first 4 within 30 seconds establishing a world record.
Pakistan has been listed among Next 11 (or N-11), the 11 countries that along with the BRICS have a high potential of becoming the world’s largest economies in the 21st century.
In the last 5 years, Pakistan’s literacy rate has grown by 250%, the largest increase in any country to date.
The world’s 2nd highest peak and the 9th highest mountains, K2 and Nanga Parbat respectively, are in Pakistan.
World’s youngest certified Microsoft Experts Arfa Kareem (a girl) and Babar Iqbal (a boy) are from Pakistan.
Pakistan is the 6th most populated country in the world.
Pakistan is a multilingual country with more than 60 languages being spoken.
Pakistan is the 2nd-most populous Muslim-majority country.
Tarbela Dam in Pakistan is the World’s largest earth filled dam and 2nd largest dam overall.
Edhi Foundatation, Pakistan is running the World’s largest Ambulance network.
Pakistan has world’s youngest civil judge, Muhammad Illyas.
Pakistan has the world’s 7th largest Pool of Scientists and Engineers.
Pakistan has one of the best trained air-force pilots in the world.
Gwadar in Pakistan is the world’s largest deep sea port.
About 50% of the world’s footballs are made in Pakistan.
Pakistan is the land of oldest Civilization – Indus Valley and Mohenjo-Daro.
The Karakoram Highway, connecting China & Pakistan, is the highest paved international road in the world.
Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan, is the 2nd largest salt mine in the world.
Pakisan is the only country that had developed and is the only grower of the best rice known as Basmati.
Pakistan grows the second best quality cotton, first being Egyptian Cotton
Pakistan grows the two best kinds of mangos, Chaunsa and Anwar Ratole
World’s highest Polo ground is in Shandur Top, Pakistan. Height = 3,700 meters (12,139 foot).
Pakistan has the world’s largest Irrigation System.
In 1994, Pakistan became the first country of the world to hold 4 World Cups titles in different mainstream sports simultaneously. The sports include Cricket, Hockey, Squash and Snooker.
Pakistan missile technology is one of the best in the world.
Pakistan is a proud manufacturer of one of the best jet fighters of the world.
Nestle Pakistan is one of the largest milk processing plants.
The Cambridge exams of both A and O levels have been topped by Pakistani students and this is a record yet to be broken by any other country.
Pakistan is one the biggest exporters of surgical instruments in the world.
The highest railway station of Asia is in Pakistan.
According to a poll organised by the Institute of European Business Administration, from 125 countries, Pakistanis have been ranked the fourth most intelligent people across the globe.
World’s most famous tourist guide book, the Lonely Planet has stated Pakistan as being the Next Big Thing of the world tourist industry.

From my diary of July, 1955

Weep not over precious changes past
Wait not over golden ages on the wane
Each night I burn the records of the day
At sun rise every soul is born again – – – – – – Walter Melone

پڑھيئے ایک دلچسپ اور معلومات کا حامل بلاگ ” میں کیا ہوں ” پر کلِک کر کہ یا مندرجہ ذیل یو آر ایل براؤزر میں لکھ کر

Pakistan Day

Felicitations to all people of PakistanFlag-1the 69th anniversary of creation of Pakistan
Speech of Founder of Pakistan, Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah on August 15, 1947, the first day of independence / foundation of Pakistan

It is with feelings of greatest happiness and emotion that I send you my greetings. August 15 is the birthday of the independent and sovereign State of Pakistan. It marks the fulfillment of the destiny of the Muslim nation which made great sacrifices in the past few years to have its homeland.

At this supreme moment my thoughts are with those valiant fighters in our cause. Pakistan will remain grateful to them and cherish the memory of those who are no more.

The creation of the new State has placed a tremendous responsibility on the citizens of Pakistan. It gives them an opportunity to demonstrate to the world how can a nation, containing many elements, live in peace and amity and work for the betterment of all its citizens, irrespective of caste or creed.

Our object should be peace within and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial and friendly relations with our immediate neighbors and with the world at large. We have no aggressive designs against any one. We stand by the United Nations Charter and will gladly make our full contribution to the peace and prosperity of the world.

Muslims of India have shown to the world that they are a united nation, their cause is just and righteous which cannot be denied. Let us, on this day, humbly thank God for His bounty and pray that we might be able to prove that we are worthy of it.

This day marks the end of a poignant phase in our national history and it should also be the beginning of a new and a noble era. Let us impress the minorities by word, deed and thought that as long as they fulfill their duties and obligations as loyal citizens of Pakistan, they have nothing to fear.

To the freedom loving tribes on our borders and the States beyond our borders, we send our greetings and assure that Pakistan will respect their status and will extend to them its most friendly co-operation in preserving peace. We have no ambition beyond the desire to live honorably and let others live honorably.

Today is Jummat-ul-Wida, last Friday of the holy month of Ramazan, a day of rejoicing for all of us wherever we may be in this vast sub-continent and for the matter of that throughout the world. Let the Muslim congregations in their thousands, in all the mosques, bow in all humility before the Almighty and thank Him for His eternal kindness and generosity, seeking His guidance and assistance in the task of making Pakistan into a great State and themselves into its worthy citizens.

Finally, let me tell you, fellow citizens, Pakistan is a land of great potential resources. But to build it up into a country worthy of the Muslim nation, we shall require every ounce of energy that we possess and I am confident that it will come from all whole-heartedly.”

Pakistan Zindabad!
Happy Independence Day