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New year, new beginnings... By Ali

02 January, 2014

If we look back at the year 2013 we will find a mix of bitter and sweet memories. The important incidents included completion of the PPP-led government's term in office, Nawaz Sharif being elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan for the third time following the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's victory in the 2013 general elections, Mamnoon Hussain becoming the 12th President of Pakistan, retirement of General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani from his position of Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff and succession by General Raheel Sharif, relinquishing of charge by the country's top arbiter Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and the untimely death of Qazi Hussain Ahmed, a veteran politician and Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan.

We witnessed lawlessness, terrorism, inflation, escalating the financial crisis for the masses and social unrest, which kept gripping Pakistan during these 365 days. There were some victories and some failures but victories should be appreciated and failures should be taken as an opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Just remember that as long as we are breathing, it is never too late to start afresh. Lessons should be learnt from the past mistakes to handle them more effectively and efficiently in the future. Only then it will be possible to make a new day better than yesterday. New challenges may lie ahead but they can be faced with strength and vigour. It is hoped that the feeling of optimism will prevail in the year ahead with the belief that new beginnings can bring about successful outcomes.

SYED ALI QASIM
Lahore

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