I have a dream.
And very much similar to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream about the Civil Rights Movement, my dream is about the freedom and betterment of my beloved Pashtuns.
I have a dream that someday we will get rid of fundamentalist monsters like the Taliban, created by an even bigger monster – Pakistan – that are brainwashing our young Pashtun boys to become suicide bombers in the name of religion; killing innocent civilians; enforcing marriage with young girls and even going as far as raping them; banning our women and children from going to school; and further pushing us into an abyss of darkness!
I have a dream that someday we will overcome this genocide inflicted upon us by the Pakistani government, whose ultimate goal is to see us crumble and shatter into pieces, eventually wiping us off of the face of the earth!
I have a dream that someday we will break free from the hold that Pakistan has over us and create our own Pashtun nation – Grand Pukhtunkhwa – where Pashtuns from either side of the durrand line, between Afghanistan and Pukhtunkhwa, will become UNITED as one!
I have a dream that we will become a technologically advanced, successful, and independent nation, with an economy and infrastructure beyond that we’d ever imagined.
I have a dream that our youths will advance intellectually, studying subjects like Science, Math, Physics, Biology, Psychology, Philosophy and even Literature.
I have a dream that our women will become heavily involved in politics and have their voices heard!
I have a dream that Pashtuns will have the highest literacy rate in all of Central and South Asia!
I have a dream that extremely inhumane and backward customs like SWARA will be completely eradicated.
I have a dream that we will have schools, colleges and universities in every corner instead of mosques and religious institutions.
I have a dream that our Pashtun youths will get involved in extracurricular activities, such as sports, music and the arts; and will not be afraid to express their creativity.
I have a dream that our Pashtun women will be headstrong and independent, without ever having to rely on a man. She will be a woman of great calibre and individuality, not afraid to speak her mind and not afraid to pursue her goals, without having a man stopping her from doing so.
I have a dream that we will have a secular nation; a nation not reliant on religious customs or beliefs, but rather a nation that places strong emphasis on humanistic and socialist dogmas.
I have a dream that someday we will be one of the most powerful and prosperous nations the world has ever seen; our pride being our glory!
I have a dream that we will be a very peaceful nation.
I have a dream that we will be a nation that will be FREE of outside influences, impositions and forces; we will be invincible!
I dream that I will live long enough to see this happen; but if it doesn’t happen in this lifetime, one can only hope; for hope is what keeps us going, and hope is what keeps us motivated, and hope is all that we have left.
Long live Pukhto, Pukhtuns and Grand Pukhtunkhwa!
© April 2009