Dear Editor,

The month of December holds a complex and contrasting significance in the history of Pakistan.

While it marks the painful reminder of the separation of East Pakistan in 1971, it also serves as a testament to the nation’s resilience and unwavering spirit in the face of tragedy.

The fall of Dhaka on 16th December 1971 remains a dark chapter in Pakistan’s narrative.

The tragic events of that day continue to evoke profound emotions of loss, grief, and introspection.

Yet, we must not let this tragedy define us. Instead, we should learn from the mistakes of the past and strive to build a more inclusive and united Pakistan.

However, December also serves as a beacon of hope and resistance. On 16th December 2014, the heinous attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar shook the nation to its core. Yet, in the face of unimaginable grief, Pakistan demonstrated remarkable unity and resilience.

The APS incident served as a turning point, galvanizing the nation’s resolve to combat terrorism and extremism.

Today, December stands as a stark reminder of the contrasting realities that have shaped Pakistan’s history.

It is a month that evokes both sorrow and strength, reminding us of the fragility of unity and the unwavering spirit of the Pakistani people.

As we move forward, let us remember the lessons learned from both the darkness and the light of December, and use them to build a brighter future for ourselves and generations to come.


Kashish Shaikh


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