Few days are best for taking risks, this was the similar day I went to Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad to appear in written test for getting admission in Defence and Strategic Studies department. I reached there around 7 AM and still had two and half hours in test.
I thought to roam nearby areas or reconnaissance the university. I tried to get in to university’s library but it was not opened. Driver took me to near by village named “Rumali” only two and half KM away from university campus. I am not sure of the height from sea level but this small village was so beautiful. Life was all active in village, women were washing kitchen utensils, children were playing cricket, men were bathing in natural stream, The stream that was crossing the road even. I was expecting village life to be less active in Ramadan mornings as it used to be in urban areas. I am not sure if driver was sarcastic while saying “madam ga’on hai yeh yahan sab subah subah jaag jaatay hain”.
I saw a date tree in mountains that was all surrounded by greenery. I was surprised to find date tree in such climatic conditions. I know date plants have been planted in Islamabad on constitution avenue to increase the beauty but how successful this scheme has been, people are not sure; While Pakistani date from khairpur, Sindh are very famous and have no match in taste. Dates need a particular temperature and hot climatic conditions to grow while Islamabad is surrounded by certainly a mountain range.
I am always concerned how Pakistan can develop? These mountains are the places where biodiversity is of diverse nature. Human population needs certain level of endurance to live in mountains. However starting forms for live stocks and nature friendly industries including herbal medicines and fruit trees etc. Bringing people from other areas to suburbs of major locations like Quaid-e-Azam University, moreover close to nature, can bring constructive results for economy of Pakistan. And shifting load from urban to rural areas would be another positive thing. If public sector is not ready to take initiatives; private sector can come forward to rescue Pakistan’s economy.