November 25, 2010. Guangzhou, China. “And Pakistan won the gold medal!” roared a hockey commentator, as the Hockey Final for Asian Games ended with the final whistle. And with that, another roar! A much louder, much passionate and much more intensified roar! A roar, not merely by the team playing… not either by the spectators present in the stadium… but this one is the roar of more than a one hundred and fifty million people watching and listening to the game all over the world. This is the roar of a nation! A roar that says "Yes! We have won the Asian cup!" Rightly so, Pakistan has become Asian hockey champions!
The jubilation that follow throughout the country are worth the victory itself. People come out of their houses, cheery, distributing mithati among one another. The joy! The passion! The bliss! Indeed, ...view middle of the document...
Let me elucidate the same. Remember the last time the whole nation, yes the whole, whole nation took to streets, holding Pakistan flags, and there was no political or personal benefit behind that? Or the last time the voice of "Pakistan Zindabaad" came from every house, every syllable felt squarely from the heart? Or the last time the people spent whole night singing national songs, in one rhythm, forgetting all differences? Such divine occasions are really rare to see, and brings one this very victory! So, the real present this victory brings is the revival of patriotism. It is the spurt of impassioned blood in the dried veins of the nation. It is the fervor that is revitalized at that night of victory after a long, long time. It is the self-belief, on which the nation no more had any belief. The bigger present is not the smiles it brings to the faces of the people, but the hope it brings to the hearts of the nation. The hope that one day, yes one day that is not too far, one day this nation will rise up and against all odds will prove to the world that we are what we really are. Just like this day, against all odds, we have defeated Malaysia in the Asian Cup final. Pakistan did it in the hockey ground after 20 long years, and Pakistan will do it once again for Pakistan.
The nation thanks team Pakistan for providing a paradigm, a true example that through hardwork, devotion and determination, nothing is impossible. Team Pakistan, we thank you for proving that no matter how long the night is, dawn is the ultimate fate. Thank you for the courage, the commitment and the zeal. Thank you for refreshing the spirit of nationhood among the heavily divided nation. Thank you for being the reason for the shine in the eyes, springs in the steps and optimism in the hearts and minds of the nation. Thank you for the renewal of the resolve and pledge of the nation to the country. Thank you. Thank you, team Pakistan.