Written By: Nadeem F. Paracha
During his speech at the international Security Conference in Munich in February this year, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, spoke endearingly about the kind of Pakistan he remembered when he was a young man. General Bajwa was not wallowing in nostalgia, but rather reminding the world that Pakistan was once a hub of excellent sporting and cultural traditions and achievements which are still very much engrained in the DNA of its people and evolution.
Despite receiving setbacks such as the emergence of religious militancy which retarded this evolution, the DNA is intact which can once again reorient the direction of the country and put it back on the path of economic and sporting progress and cultural and social enlightenment. Let’s take a brief pictorial journey of what Pakistan was like before we somewhat lost our way.
The writer is a Pakistani journalist, cultural critic and satirist. He is the author of two books ‘End of the Past’ and ‘The Pakistan Anti-Hero.’