It has not been long since the days when media outlets would report a terrorist attack every couple of days in Pakistan. The country suffered a great deal, mainly post 9/11 attacks. The state not only had substantial economic losses but also lost lives. Pakistan lost around 35,000 people in the attacks by different terrorist organizations.
This figure also includes around 5,000 security personnel. We often forget that there are many martyrs and victims before the 9/11 attacks. Those people are often neglected. Gulzar Hussain is one of those neglected survivors.
Gulzar Hussain – A Hero
1999 میں ہونے والے بم دھماکے میں دو ٹانگیں اور ایک بازو کھو دینے والا یہ گلزار حسین ہے پارا چنار میں ایک سکول میں ٹیچنگ کر رہے ہیں سلام ہے اس نوجوان کی ہمت کو
یہ ہیں ہمارے اصلی ہیرو pic.twitter.com/A2NXXO6TPx
— Pakistan Tourism 🇵🇰 (@PakistanJannatt) July 17, 2020
Gulzar Hussain is a 28-year-old from Luqmankhel from Kurram Agency. In 1999, he lost his legs and an arm in a terrorist attack. At 8 or 9 years of age, Gulzar was too young to realize the consequences of what happened to him. However, growing up, he did not lose hope. Gulzar proved to be resilient and completed his education. He did his M.A.in Islamic studies.
Gulzar is now a teacher at a government school in his village. He teaches underprivileged children for Rs—6,000 monthly. Unfortunately, Gulzar has not been receiving his salary since the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) into the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A neglected inspiration
Gulzar Hussain is not only a hero for his children, but he is an inspiration for everyone. His resilience is proof if a person is tough, he can fight even the worst of circumstances. Gulzar Hussain is an unsung hero and an exemplary person.
It is a shame that the government does not pay attention to such individuals. When they could portray them as the resilient face of Pakistani youth, Gulzar Hussain can be an inspiration to millions of children all across the country. People like him can be guides to children and teens facing loss.
The fight continues
The story of Gulzar Hussain is evidence that a person can fight the worst of the times and circumstances. However, only if they genuinely believe in themselves. Life is not a fairytale. Gulzar Hussain is still struggling and fighting. He started teaching at Luqmankhel Government School in 2014. Despite teaching for around six years, he does not have a permanent post.
The people of Gulzar Hussain’s village support him. His students look up to him. His commitment and hard work are commendable. The parents of his students respect his hard work.
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