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Letter: Nationalism And National Interest In Pakistan

The jargon ‘’Nationalism’’ has always ushered me into labyrinths of mental chaos.  Do we behold any sort of nationalism in Pakistan? Had it ever existed in Pakistan? Will it ever be witnessed? I am always entangled with such nature of queries that have always caused me an intense agitation.

Retrospectively, yet I do not comprehend as to Why Pakistan had even to reflect upon the issue to support Saudi against Yemen? We had to instantaneously deny support to Saudi. But the State seemed to support and mainstream political parties who abstained to make any comment were tacitly agreeing with the State. Now what disposed me to write is that where is ‘’nationalism’’ in Pakistan why we have always consigned nationalism to oblivion and shelved national interest on top? Such questions need to be answered.

To any literate man it is known that nationalism is an entity regardless of any religion, caste, sect and of the likes. But if we had not denied military aid to Saudi we would have our ‘’nationalism’’ suffered veritably. Resorting to National interest over Nationalism could aggravate sectarianism in Pakistan. How could we reconcile a nation if the state, unconsciously, would herself sow the seeds of schism, mistaking it for national interest?

Nationalism and National interest are, altogether, two paradoxical entities, in the trajectory of welfare state either one has to exist at a time.  We have already been scapegoat of American-Russian war, if the same folly was repeated it would have been a national suicide.

Sheikh Naqeebullah – Islamabad

Published in The Balochistan Point on April 28, 2015

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