Pakistan in the midst of change?
‘’That freedom can never be attained by a nation without suffering and sacrifice has been amply borne out by the recent tragic happenings in this subcontinent. We are in the midst of unparalleled difficulties and untold sufferings; we have been through dark days of apprehension and anguish; but I can say with confidence that with courage and self-reliance and by the Grace of God we shall emerge triumphant’’
These words by Muhammed ali jinnah also known more popularly as Quaid-e-azam are so relevant for the times Pakistan faces today.
A society divided by the rich digging the graves of the poor, a government at the helm with a who’s who of corrupt politicians has now sewn the downfall of a great nation.
I last visited Pakistan in 2004 for a month and it was truly a life altering experience considering I was reluctant to visit I was a naive petculant adolescent. I never dreamt of the feeling and emotion I would grow within myself whilst on this visit.
I found myself in a polluted, noisy and congested city yet I felt the sense that people were working with the hand they were dealt and making the best out of the situation I felt all this time I was so un-grateful for the luxuries I had back home. I saw blessings and beauty in the struggle of my people. That work ethic gives me the confidence that Pakistan will once again be a triumphant nation, that it shall rise from the polluted ruins of failure, lack of self worth and over reliance on others however this can only become achievable with every Pakistani getting involved home and abroad with only one interest at heart – the rise of the Pakistan quaid-e-azam helped to build.
Everyday social and political discourse is shrouded with infighting over, zealous commentators and pundits making a political debate into a episode of Jerry Springer.
Let's not forget the fragile economy, political instability, poor governance and 0 accountability or transparency. All the makings for a khicheri of disaster. I realise Im stating the obvious so where do we go from here?
There is not one answer, unfortunately we need several answers, several tactics all with a objective that we agree on - Pakistan becoming a hub for export for something other than hopes and tap into the economic growth potential.
Bradford my hometown in the UK is a prime example of work ethic, export of cuisine and culture and it's a booming now more than ever. Bradistan or little Pakistan as people have become accustomed to call it is a vibrant example of what Pakistanis can do, sure there's competition and squabbles but Pakistan has been put on the map.
The solution will only come from us, every Pakistani man, women, teenager and child can change the future of Pakistan we have to be willing to bring about a revolution that will get rid of the ills of the Pakistan society.
Not today or tomorrow or in 3 years it will take sacrifices and patience but not a sit down attitude but a wave that will be felt through every part of the society including the very people that are destroying it.
I quote here a Pakistani friend who said it perfectly ‘’ Our political systems are never lost or beyond our control because it is always in our hands. Too many of us just choose not to participate because we believe the idea that one voice can’t change the system. Everything good or bad starts with one voice. It is a constant struggle, a constant battle, a constant minefield of competing opportunities, competing responsibilities, obligations, and requirements, a constant effort to achieve the impossible’’