Here's why I'm proud of my nation.
[By Maryam Arif; picture by Moazzam Brohi.]
This is the third article in the Proud, Powerful and Pak series.
I am proud of the rich variety of languages, traditions and cultures of the different people of Pakistan; proud that we have cities, towns and villages – the traditional with the modern; proud that the religions of the world are represented here in the form of Sufi shrines, churches, Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh temples as well as mosques.
I am proud of the bountiful natural beauty of our tallest mountains, vast deserts, beaches, lakes and glaciers, plains with dense vegetation and rivers.
I am proud of the fact that we had a twice-elected female Head of State and women represented in various ministries.
I am proud that we take education seriously, are studious and hardworking. I am especially proud that we hold our teachers in the highest regard.
I am proud of the lawyers, students and civil society groups who came out on the streets to protest against injustice. The judicial crisis in the country brought people together under the banner of democracy.
I am also proud of our mangoes, intellectuals, poets, farmers, monsoons, rebels, singers, artists, authors, crops, TV. Channels, sports stars...
[Pakistanis from all walks of life are invited to share what they believe are the five best things about their country. You too must be a part of this. Send your favourites to firstname.lastname@example.org.]