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The life and death of the celebrities is always exceptional - preferential treatment when alive amid flashlights and

headlines on tabloids and ceremonial burials with death and even birth anniversaries still remembered for many many years. But what about the ordinary? And those of the ordinary who spend their lives with no prize, acclaim or name for their self but still contribute which no one else does or even thinks to undertake for the love of his country. These out of the ordinary live and make their presence felt, but when they fade, the fade away forever.

Baba Mehr Din at Wagha Border, Lahore

Baba (an old man is called baba in Urdu) Mehr Din was one such person. I had not known anything about him, for the obvious reason that he was an ordinary man. But when I visited Wagha Border retreat ceremony in 2007, I saw and met him. Rather he was the first 'ordinary man' doing something which was not ordinary for the love of his country. Dressed in green shirt and white loose pant (Dhoti), that is the colour of the national flag of Pakistan, with star and crescent stitched over his shirt and inscribed with Pakistan Zindabad (long live Pakistan) in Urdu, he moved about the passage way between the visitors' stands, waving the Pakistani flag and shouting 'Pakistan Zindabad'

He has been doing this for decades and become a mascot of Wagha Border. . symbolizing the extreme of love one can have for one's country.Baba Mehr Din being introduced to a delegation from CARs Baba Mehr Din would continue waving the Pakistani flag till the ceremony of retreat started. He would even go to the extent of waving the Pakistani flag for the spectators sitting across the two steel gates in India.

But What? To my utter horror. play our part in the worldly affairs and fade away quietly. . I carried his love since then and always wanted to see him again until it was 22nd of October 2012....and I still feel the warmth and strong handshake I had on that day.. From: Muhammad Arshad. I walked up to Baba Mehr Din and shook hands with him .but no news of the death of an ordinary . no one would even remember that there ever existed one Baba Mehr Din. MAN Diesel SE. I hurriedly switched on the TV and scanned through all channels to listen to the news. that I heard the lamenting news of Baba mehr Din's death. It was only then I realized that the lives and deaths of the ordinary do not matter.Baba Mehr Din waving the Pakistani flag to the spectators on the other side of the border After the ceremony... I felt as if a part of me has been taken away from me..Baba Mehr Din. Ordinary like most of us and I come. aged 90. While the celebrity that died yesterday would be remembered in many a TV shows not only now. I looked into eyes while talking to him .these were beaming with love and pride. He told me that he would do anything for the love of his country and I readily agreed as no one would take time and come to Wagha Border for every retreat ceremony and walk to and fro the Bab-e-Azadi gate and the Pakistan side of the Indo-Pak border. but on every death anniversary.. . there were news of the death of celebrity from across the border on every channel .

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