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A letter to Pakistans’ youth

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To the ‘NowJawaan’ of Pakistan,

As in recent weeks the country has been mourning over the loss of Amjad Sabri who was brutally shot dead and then the death of Eidhi, a great philanthropist, there is a lot of emotional distress that we all are facing. Moreover, if we look back at our history of 67 years, we have faced a lot of similar events such as the killing of Hakim Saeed who again was a philanthropist and a medical researcher and contributed tremendously to the benefit of Pakistan. Additionally, in the small span of Pakistan’s formation, a lot of minority people have lost their lives just because of religious intolerance and hatred. All these incidents, be it the killing of the Ahmedis, Shias or the legends, has weakened us as a country and engraved scars in our nation. Consequently, people have lost hope for a better future of our country and many others facing life threats have moved and settled abroad which has disintegrated our history.

We,the youth, often find our elders having serious political discussions as to how corrupted our leaders are, how much they loot the economy etc always reaching the same conclusion that ‘ Is mulk ka kuch nahi ho sakta’ and then the discussion ends or the topic is diverted to something else. Ever wonder, why don’t they take an action instead of mere talking? This is something that always strikes my mind because it is time for us to take an action if we want a positive difference in our country rather then just debating about it. Losing hope is not a solution to the crises our nation is plunged in. We, the youth, can make a difference by excelling in any field that we are interested in-be it sports, finance, teaching,music or any other field. We can represent our country and contribute towards improving the nation’s state. Every one’s loyalty and effort matters when it comes for the country’s betterment. I understand that we have a lot of pressure (parents expectations, study pressure etc) that at time we forget our responsibility as a citizen. For instance-just to save a little time some of us ride cars the wrong way-breaking the non-monitored traffic law, throw garbage on roads instead of finding a bin, lie to others to cover up the mistake we made- weakening our system of trust and relationship etc.

So in short I believe that instead of criticizing the public figures (who are also wrong on their part), we should work to  bring the change that every Pakistani dreams of experiencing and it always starts from improving ourselves. Always remember that the ‘Awaam’ is very powerful, after all we make up as a force of 16 crore of people (plus or minus a few). We can make a difference if we all ‘WILL’ for and eliminate the minute difference among us.

Have a good weekend! 🙂

 

From a concerned soul.

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A plead

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A plead

Its been almost 8 years since I left my hometown, Karachi. I still remember the day when I was bading goodbye to all my friends and the amazing teachers. At that time (back in 2008), Mustafa Kamal was the mayor of Karachi and he was constructing underpasses, overhead bridges and 4 lane roads. I along with the rest of the citizens had hope that the city which is the industrial hub of Pakistan will get improved and the lives of people will be at peace because of fewer traffic jams and congestion.

However the last time I visited Karachi , I literally (without a joke) had tears in my eyes. Coming from  airport to my apartment, all that I witnessed was vehicles coming from the wrong direction. Even the people who looked educated from their appearance were riding the wrong way. On service lane I noticed that cars were coming from both sides even though it was meant to be one-way. People were breaking the traffic signal and there was no police to monitor.

To see the condition of my city being deteriorated with passing days makes me feel sad and I feel like questioning the citizens. Obeying the traffic rules and proper law and order will not make people reach late to their offices, university or meetings. Then why do they not follow the rules? The very same individual who breaks signal here is extremely vigilant when he/she goes abroad in order to avoid the fine. Then why cant we all do the same in Karachi when it is our own city. Every single person can make a difference if he/she starts following rules rather than following the crowd.

The city which was at its peak in the 70’s during Bhutto’s regime and the map of which was used to make what Dubai is now is slowly being destroyed in front of our eyes,yet a little is being done. My point here is not to criticize anyone because I do acknowledge that a lot of good stuff has happened in past 8 years. For instance, Dolmen mall which is the biggest indoor shopping mall of the country has been built, there are a lot of amazing restaurants like Do-Darya and some resorts that have been built. There are also a lot of NGO’s being run to educate the poor. However my point is that we still need to do a lot in order to improve our city which has been attached with a negative connotation. Even within the country, people think of Karachi as a place which is overly crowded with all the terrorist activities going on.  For instance, every time I travel from Lahore airport, the guard stops me because I am from Karachi and checks my bag to make sure everything is fine. Like seriously?

When I visited Karachi last time I asked my uncle who was lamenting about the city’s condition that why don’t you do something? He was like, ‘Bass beti, ham kya kar sakte hain…hokumat kuch nahi karte…awaam behes hai…waghira waghira’

Why is it that we consider ourselves so helpless that we cant do something?? I question myself a lot of times because I know for sure that even though it is very hard for one single person to bring a change but at least we should give it a try. Also ager hokumat kuch nahi karti tou pehle baat, hum us hokumat ko vote kyun dete hain aur dosri baat…ager wo kuch nahi karti tou hum bhi tou chup hain. We should speak for our right. For example if traffic police is not performing the duty, we have the right to be protected against accidents and should protest to ensure they work properly. Lastly…those who say ‘awaam behes hai, they have become heartless etc.’ Aap bhi us awaam ka hissa hain tou instead of accusing others, one should start from himself.

Words aren’t enough of how much I love my city and I know that most of you do the same but we need to do something to improve the condition. To make it once again the pride of the nation and a tourist destination. That something need not be big, we all can start from ourselves…to obey the rules, to help the needy of the city, to plant trees on footpaths etc. As it was recently stated by Obama, ” Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek” .