Flag Sellers…The real champions of AZADI
Dr Nabeel Alvi
14 August 1947, the day when Pakistan came in to existence, the day when Muslims of subcontinent achieved their separate homeland, the day when oppressed and tyrannized people were at the highest level of joy and satisfaction. Pakistan’s 70th birthday is approaching but the joy, happiness and satisfaction is at the same level as it was 70 years back. Love for beloved homeland can be seen in the eyes of every individual. Being a resident of federal capital, I observe the stalls of Pakistani flags, badges, shirts etc. alongside highways and allied roads. The whole country seems painted with green which provides a sensational and motivational feeling. Few days ago, while passing through the stall regarding Independence Day, I decided to have few words with a flag seller to know about his enthusiasm and passion of Azadi which comples him to perform this job. His name is Zaigham Ali, a resident of Islamabad. He is an electrician by profession and along with this he use to sell gloves and handkerchiefs at traffic signals. But he always spare 14 days of August to cherish his passion and eagerness for Independence Day. According to him, independence is a gift which can never be swapped. He purchases all the stuff by saving money throughout the year. His utmost wish is to distribute this Azadi stuff to all – free of cost but he has to charge to meet expenses. Zaigham Ali, the flag seller These words by Zaigham, made me realize that no special treatment is requird to enjoy the pleasure of Azadi, the only thing you need is “AZADI KA JUNOON”.
He is the true example of celebrating with a heart full of patriotism instead a pocket full of money and special venue. Zaigham, I must say is the real champion of AZADI as he is the reason for others to celebrate this auspicious day. A glimpse of some flag sellers in Islamabad. Kids, young, men, women in fact people of every age don’t let any chance go to express patriotism. We belong to different provinces, casts and religions but above all we are Pakistani. Nothing is more worthy than over beloved homeland, the Pakistan. I would like to add few lines of a national song as a conclusion: IS PARCHAM KAY SAAYE TALAY HUM EK HAIN, HUM EK HAIN