A collective singularity defines a unity that interweaves the ‘one’ into an ‘all’ in a way that their resultant power and strength becomes invincible.
If we look at our universe and the physical world, they are built up of fundamental indivisible components of matter, i.e., atoms; an atom demonstrates collective strength through unity and serves as the building block for the world we live in. Similarly, humans are fundamentally social creatures and therefore, they can’t veer sharply from their established nature and exist in isolation. As Allama Iqbal famously said: “Fard qaim rabt-e-millat se hai tanha kuch nahi, mauj hai darya mai, beron-e-darya kuch nahi” Millat (community) and Fard (individual) cannot exist independently of each other. The very subsistence of distinct individuals depends on remaining associated with the community that is their source and origin, and are brought together by a singularity of purpose.
Identity has social reverberations on the everyday life of individuals, groups and society as a whole. Pakistan gave us a collective identity, a variable product of collective action. History shows how on the eve of achieving independence in 1947, we had no resources, faced a bigger challenge but together we built a nation; for our founding generations the best interest of the nation was more important than the interests of individuals. We built institutions, a nuclear program and industries. Our country is indigenously manufacturing and exporting defense hardware and is the largest producer of several agricultural commodities. Over the course of time, our brilliance and national resolve won us laurels in various spheres of life, from science and technology, education and medicine to sports; our achievements and accomplishments in different fields are unparalleled despite facing a series of issues. We haven’t only survived but thrived as a nation; our collective will to prosper and meeting the internal and external threats to our security despite all odds was proven once again during the war against terrorism.
Time has a special attribute, i.e., it is always changing and expects dynamism. If we look at the world around us and the rapidly changing geopolitical scenarios, it is indeed a challenging time. New realities are being shaped and strains of power struggle among nations at the regional and global level are clearly visible. The people of Pakistan, as a nation, have successfully come a long way in adapting and adjusting to the arising challenges posed due to the changing times, and have successfully met the conventional threats to their security and peace in the past, but today’s warfare has changed from space and cyber, to hybrid. Today, it is the mind that is being targeted to break the will of a nation. The fault lines along religious, ethnic, language and class differences are not only fanned and flamed, but also created to adversely damage the national cohesion. Freedom is the inalienable right of every citizen, but the antagonistic forces behind propaganda and psychological war prompt it to spread anarchy. Such threats usually remain inconspicuous until fragmentary forces become so powerful that all efforts for national cohesion are met with more schism due to deep-rooted hatred and distrust. The answer to this challenge lies in our strength of unity as a nation along with unwavering oneness to defend the country. This is the most potent challenge that we face today as a nation, in fact our unity poses a potent deterrence against the enemy’s machinations, therefore, our unity and cohesion is being targeted through the employment of various tools of modern warfare.
We, as a nation, are fully watchful and perceptive of all such threats and completely determined to defeat the inimical forces. Through awareness, harmony, coorperation, tolerance and accommodation we will defeat the proponents of hybrid warfare and propaganda.
As a nation, the best course for us is to work towards our goals on individual and collective levels to make Pakistan invincible as directed by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a speech at Islamia College, Peshawar on April 12, 1948: “Remember we are building up a State which is going to play its full part in the destinies of the whole Islamic World. We, therefore, need a wider outlook, an outlook which transcends the boundaries of provinces, limited nationalism, and racialism. We must develop a sense of patriotism which should galvanize and weld us all into one united and strong nation. That is the only way in which we can achieve our goal, the goal of our struggle, the goal for which millions of Mussalmans have lost their all and laid down their lives.”
Happy Independence Day. Long live Pakistan.
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