He arrived by a PIA flight from London that landed at the Allama Iqbal Airport, Lahore, on October 29, 2010. He left Lahore for Mirpur, his birth place, to visit his family and friends on October 30. During these 24 hours, he interacted with a cross-section of people feeling the pulse of the metropolis of Punjab, the largest province of Pakistan. He had no jetlag, no sign of fatigue and seemed to be driven by both urgency and a resolve to warn the country about the gathering storm threatening Pakistan. Indeed, the guest in town was none other than Lord Nazir Ahmed, the first Pakistani who became a peer in the British Parliament making history. Lord Nazirs current visit can be described as his desperate bid to save Pakistan from the challenges ahead. His magnetic charm was due to his genuine convictions and patriotic urge which made him undertake the flight from London to Pakistan to pour out his heart for whom the bell tolls.It tolls for thee. The short visit was, undoubtedly, a wake up call for Pakistan. The Lords sense of urgency can be perceived from the fact that from the airport, he drove straight to address the teachers and students of the countrys oldest and largest seat of learning, the University of the Punjab. While being welcomed by the senior faculty members in the Vice Chancellors office, Lord Nazir heard some people chanting slogans and remarked: On my way from the airport I received a phone call that some 800 students and Junior Staff Association members wished to meet me for the redress of their grievances. Are these slogans in that connection? He was amazed when told that some 35 or 40 odd clerical staff members were trying to avail his visit just to make a political show out of it. Unfortunately, the protesters did not realise that their acts had done so much damage to the image and credibility of our people as a nation. Anyway, Lord Nazirs address at the Punjab University, the Rotary Club, and then the Pakistan National Forum, carried a strong message for the people of Pakistan. In summation, the message or warning, if you may like to call it so, is as under: 1 The recent floods have multiplied many fold our problems, in addition to the present challenges regarding corruption and lack of good governance. The international community is shy of providing the much needed assistance unless we demonstrate our national resolve to help ourselves by taking concrete steps in this direction. 2 Unless the rich and well-to-do section of the society takes the lead, the lower and deprived section cannot and should not be burdened with more taxation directly or indirectly. 3 Any talk of the Charter of Democracy and rule of law is meaningless without bring all the political parties, both inside and outside parliament, on board. 4 Pakistans nuclear programme is like a thorn in the eyes of many countries, who wish to neutralise this deterrent. Considering the threats about Pakistans nuclear arsenal, it is incumbent upon our leadership to make the international community realise that our Command and Control system is absolutely safe and second to none. 5 US President Barack Obama is visiting New Delhi and its negative impact on Pakistan deserves to be studied in advance and, thus, counter measures should be taken without any delay. Obama may indicate a green signal for Indias permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. But the question is: Will the leaders in Islamabad react after the event or do something about it now in advance? 6 Pakistan and our friends must lobby now, and make sincere efforts to include Islamabad too in President Obamas forthcoming visit to the South Asian region, particularly in view of the recent floods and the consequent crisis faced by this country. The US President must visit Pakistan to assess the unprecedented disaster and challenge of rehabilitation and reconstruction. This cannot be left to a later visit by Obama at a future date. We must press for it and I am sure the American President will visit our country and the most reliable ally in the ongoing war against terrorism - even though it may not be announced in advance for security reasons. The writer is the president of the Pakistan National Forum.