A typical pakistani village is a cluster of mud houses with narrow muddy paths and lanes winding through it. There are practically no arrangements for sanitation. Dirty water collects in pools everywhere. Diseases and epidemics kill hundreds of persons every year. The farmers and the artisans who inhabit the villages are mostly poor, uneducated and backward. Struggle and misery are their lot. The landlords, the money lenders and the petty government officials exploit them in every way they like. They villagers have been suffering in misery and poverty for centuries. They work hard but their hard work brings them no profit. Many villagers have not heard of the things that are taken for granted in big cities. No doubt that they villagers are conservative and most of them still believe that what was good for their forefathers is good enough for them. It is a wrong attitude but we cannot blame them for it. They are ignorant, and the misery and injustice of so many centuries have cruely destroyed their will to rise. It is the duty of the nation as a whole to educate and help the people who are the backbone of our country. Pakistan was not created for the benefit of a few persons. It is the home of a nation, the major part of which lives in villages. Its resources are not for the profit of a few families. It is an Islamic republic where every citizen must get the fruits of his hard work and struggle. We are a proud nation and we wish to be strong and prosperous. But wishes win no victories unless we use all of our energies and resources for the fulfillment of our dreams. We must remember that there is no short-cut to prosperity. We must work and work hard to deter the condition of our rural population. We must do everything to make the farmers progressive. We must make them proud of their work. A few well-planned cities and a few very rich families will never bring honour and strength to Pakistan. We must look after and help the seventy per cent of our nation if we are to be proud of ourselves. The challenge is great. Our survival, as a free and strong nation depends on accepting and meeting this challenge boldly and resolutely. Our progress may be slow but there is no substitute fir hard work.
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