I was coming to the office today and there was a double cabin pickup in front of me at a signal. The pickup belonged to security forces of Pakistan and in the bitter cold weather three security personnel were sitting in the back. All three had these serious looks on their faces and sharp eyes that were moving all around. I was looking at them and suddenly had an urge to talk to them and tell them how much I appreciate their services, but the light went green. All I could do was give them thumbs up with a smile on my face.
One of the soldiers was looking at me and his face turned from a stern look to a smiling face and he signaled the other two to look at me. My hand stayed in the air for a moment longer so that the other two can see it as well and smiles were passed all around.
I didn’t know who those three were or what regiment they were from or if I will ever be able to see them again on the streets. But just one little gesture from me was encouraging for the people who lay their lives in the line of duty. The smile on my face remained there till I reached the office 15 minutes later and it comes back when I remember what I did today.
Our security forces are being targeted by the Tehreek-e-Taliban every day. Over the past few days, our security forces have suffered greatly by the hands of Taliban. Suicide bombings, ambush and other acts of terrorism have claimed the lives of many. In 23 days of January, there have been 26 attacks on the army and police, in different parts of Pakistan. But their courage didn’t falter; they are still on the front lines in FATA and on the borders of Pakistan. They are still fighting the foreign powers and the foreign-funded-self-proclaimed-righteous. In severe cold of the Siachin Glacier to the dry regions of lower Punjab, our army, rangers, police and other security forces are standing guard day and night. They need this thumbs up and if it was up to me, I would do the same to every other soldier of our security forces that I meet. Because they do deserve it!