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WHILE REDEEMING MY SOUL: Chapter 6 - Salvation From Bedlam

Updated on August 26, 2011

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Chapter 5: An Oblivious Revelation:

Chapter 6: Salvation From Bedlam:

My father was one of those victims; my ancestors may be one digit number adding into those statistics. But there were literally millions of people who suffered because of the independence of their homeland, because of the fact that one day our nation may live in open atmosphere and can feel and breath independence and the coming generations may be thankful to the ancestors that made such huge sacrifices of their properties, their loved ones and even of their own lives. But unfortunately their hope, their wish was nothing more than a waste. They wished for the betterment of such a nation, who never wanted to be independent, who can never actually feel independence. We are the sufferers and we are the cause of it too. Evidences are all around us. What happened to 27th December 2007 and after it is a proof of how uncivilized and unthankful are us. We don’t know what independence really means, how it was achieved. We burnt our property, our people, killed our fellows for no reason. There was not any need of it. This was not the way to protest. That is why I said, the murderers are within ourselves now. If people would have been selfish as we are now, we would never have tasted independence. They would have never sacrificed anything for it, anything for us. We should realize it as soon as possible, and respect this feeling of being independent and should be proud and protect the integrity, the honesty, and the love for this country.

I still feel ashamed I did not realize it unless I started to race towards my death; until I read my father’s diary. But inside myself, I still feel proud of being a son of such an honorable father who did contribute, by one way or another, in the independence of this country. And as soon as I realized that what I have done my whole life, it changed my way of thinking. The only thing I regret is that I found this diary in the last years of my life. To bring justice to those people who suffered because of me, I held a press conference and told everyone what the real truth was, behind that accident. This, I feel, is the least stage of humanity that at least we accept the crime that we do. I made hundreds of corruptions in my businesses. One of them decided my fate. I built a bridge with low quality, used lesser quality steel and bearings just to fill my pockets with a little more unfair bucks, but that bridge fell down and it killed 17 people with its fall. I gave bribes to the responsible investigative authorities, they molded the truth, and I was free of all charges. But then I realized it should not be the way. I committed a crime, so I have to admit it too. Now I am in a prison cell. Now my wife has informed me that on my will, she sold another house of mine that was located in the countryside and now the families of those 17 people that died in the accident have been reimbursed by the sale proceeds. This was the least I could do for them, who suffered only because of me. I did what seemed right to me, I also disclosed those officers who took bribe from me, as it was my duty as a son of this nation. While doing that, I always remembered a quote that my father told me when I was young.

“The prisoner is not the one who has committed a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.” - (Henry Miller)


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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 5 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      hunbbel,you made me cry again; being a pakistani, we grew up reading those agonizing events in both,fiction and non-fiction. A year before,I had a privilege to read "Shahab namah" and got to know real events of that time stated by "Qudrutu Allah Shahab", it made me shiver.Great sacrifices of our ancestors, make me feel proud, that I relate to them; but on the other hand, current situation of my beloved country, make me cry and greive. what we have done to our country? may be, we have wasted the great sacrifices of our great ancestors. you are right,murderers are within ourselves now. people are still being killed,women are still being abducted and raped.Ah! I wish we have valued the sacrifices of our great ancestors,the way, they desrved to be valued.

      great piece of work. voted up.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Sueswan: I am a dreamer too, and it is one of heartiest wishes that I can see us living all together - with peace and love.

      Thank you so much for reading the whole story, appreciating and motivating. Thank you :)

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Hunbbel,

      A tragic situation. I will never understand how humans can be so cruel to each other.

      I thought of John Lennon's song imagine.

      "You may say that I'm a dreamer

      But I'm not the only one

      I hope someday you'll join us

      And the world will live as one"

      If we only could learn from our mistakes.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Subron7: Thank you sir, I really appreciate your comment and appreciations. I am very glad that you remained with me through-out the story and appreciated and motivated me from time to time. Be blessed :)

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      A wonderful tribute to your people and your country, Hunbbel, and you did a great job writing it and recording it. I hope you continue supporting the way you feel is right.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Paradise7: I was waiting for your comment :) You followed me with this story all over till the end and I am glad that you liked it :)

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I'm so glad the character came clean in the end. I could understand his journey better because of all he went through; all his father's story, too.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Thank you Binaya. I am very grateful to you for keeping track of the whole story as it developed and leaving your feedbacks. You are a true friend.

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      Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

      When you won't tell your story who will tell? Thanks for sharing this heart wrenching story.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Hafeezrm: Thank you sir for stopping by and giving a feedback. It is an honour for me :)

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @VENZKHVAM: I am glad that you liked it :)

      And that character is a fictional character :)

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      hafeezrm 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice to read. Thanks for sharing.

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      VENZKHVAM 6 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

      to high light the point---> notice that even though the guy in story is late he had happily accepted the truth and ensure the truth came out. you know what?, that needs a hell of a courage. you are really great and if this story is true and if he is in jail I really respect him. let this be a true exemplifying story in this hub history and let it be an example to many.Please right more.voted up and awesome.And thanks for following me dear. I will also follow you with permission.