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August 14 Brings National And Personal Freedom For Pakistani Teen Journalist

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A woman shops at a vendor stall set up in the Shadman neighborhood of Lahore, Pakistan for the Independence Day holiday.


By Arooj Khalid
LAHORE, Pakistan – As I wait for tomorrow’s sun to dawn, I am thrilled
by the fact, that 65 years ago, on the same day, billions of Muslins attained a
separate homeland. They were our great-grandparents who fought and were even martyred in
struggle to set foot on this land. 

Hearing their inspiring and motivating
stories from our grandparents, I can’t imagine who those selfless people are,
who are busy in ruining this proud country.


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Patriotic wares for sale at vendor stalls in advance of the Independence Day holiday.

Pakistan is a country like no other. It wasn’t always there – it is the
world’s first ideological country that appeared on the world map on Aug. 14, 1947,
after years of non-stop efforts.
It is said that in the struggle to acquire a
separate homeland, the bones of Muslims were used as bricks, their flesh as cement
and blood as water.
Only then, on the blessed 27th night of Ramadan,
this wonderful country came into being.
Then, I recall last year’s Independence Day, and I cannot forget the email
I got that same day, telling me I was a YJI student.
Arooj Khalid
This is also something to be proud of. I have spent one year with this
superb organization that helps students like me, from all over the world,
dedicated truly to journalism.
Teaching honest and right ways to put forward
news, opinions, reviews, stories, features; whatever it may be, YJI works
tirelessly day and night to connect more and more teens around the globe who
have aspiring thoughts in their heads and are ever ready to put them before the
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Patriotic pins for sale

For me, YJI did wonders. Direct contact with the editors getting tips
and learning the ethics and manners of journalism has helped me improve a lot.
And I am quite sure this is going to pay off all my life.
I still remember the smile on my face when I came to know that I was finally
a YJI student now! And the happiness with which I called my brother to tell him
the good news.
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In May, Arooj Khalid made 

YJI-themed soap in her school 

chemistry lab. 



I won’t forget last year’s Eid when several of my relatives came to
greet us for the holiday at the close of Ramadan and offered their
congratulations to me on becoming a part of such an organization, and then me
showing my first-ever published article, “Ramadan Bazaar,” to everyone.
I’m grateful to both, my ancestors who gave me a free and independent
country to live in, and to YJI, which offered a platform where the world can
hear my voice.
Arooj Khalid /


A street in the Shadman neighborhood of Lahore is decorated for Pakistan’s Independence Day holiday.

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