By Bushra Hassan.
Social Media is considered as a medium for common people to express their views freely on any topic they are interested in. People share their thoughts and impart their words actively on a respective matter, issue or a scenario. Hamza Ali Abbasi is one of the versatile actors of Pakistan’s Film and Drama Industry and he is extremely famous due to his charismatic and charming personality and acting. Not just that, people of Pakistan also know him because of his interest in the political and social matters of the country. Usually we have observed that people belonging from Showbiz Industry are not much interested in social and political matters, but Hamza Ali Abbasi is the one who take these matters on a serious note and shares his views regarding any particular matter. Be it political or social, he always expresses his thoughts and get a mixed feedback from his followers in return.
What makes Hamza Ali Abbasi a unique person or a public figure is the concern which he shows towards any social or political matter. Being patriotic, he speaks loud on social media and portrays the harsh reality the way it is. Our Pyare Afzal has broken the barriers of a typical mindset and always used an optimistic approach whenever the word was about our beloved country. Although a couple of his posts were considered controversial when he gave his opinion and expressed his views regarding Afghan Taliban and Gay Marriages. According to me, being unbiased, a person who has always raised a voice against any criminal activity, political mindset, bad governance and what not, should be highly regarded and respected. Regardless of any conflicting interests, we must understand that this person always speaks his heart out exactly in a same way a patriot and a concerned Pakistani should do.
Probably we haven’t seen some other political figure speaking about any discrimination taking place in our society on various scales, but if a person having 2.1 Million fans on his official facebook page, is speaking and expressing his words, then it makes sense to listen to him and at least try to understand his shared words. But what people of Pakistan do is to bash him before even thinking about his approach. Obviously, when you share your thoughts, then it is not necessary that everyone would understand that and would agree with you, but it is also ill-mannered to start criticizing and abusing him without having any ethical values.
I ask you people to name someone who talks about our politics and rotten eggs in our political system and society on a neutral scale. People say that Hamza Ali Abbasi is a supporter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI). Ok, might be he has voted PTI in elections, but if he is a supporter of PTI, then have you seen some supporter of any political party who criticizes the basic infrastructure of that party whom he votes for. The answer is obviously “NO”, because it’s our political dilemma that once we vote for any party, we think that we are bound to defend its policies and political moves. But it shouldn’t be like that and we must talk about our political system being a Pakistani first and then as a supporter of any political party. Someone talking about on behalf of a party can never prioritize the country’s matters first. This is what Hamza Ali Abbasi talks about.
It is obvious that an actor talking about politics and getting himself involved into the mainstream political media loses his corporate brands and major sponsors as well. But regardless of this reality, Hamza Ali Abbasi has never cared about these things and believed in nationalism and proved himself as an active member of Pakistani community. Public figures usually belong to multiple political groups or parties or various social groups but we don’t often see them talking about politics neutrally and on other social matters. Hamza Ali Abbasi, being a renowned actor, is the one who highlights the social problems and separates away the right and wrong straight away.
People of Pakistan are generally emotional and less literate and they lose their temper even on little chapters and talk vigorously. This is the reason why most of the people criticize Hamza Ali Abbasi on facebook and don’t even hesitate to abuse him. He talks about people of Pakistan and put Pakistan ahead of everything regardless of cast and political affiliations. For me, this reason is enough to praise and appreciate him for becoming the voice of many people of our beloved country. What I believe is that we should not only stick to our own work only, I mean that’s of sheer importance too but it becomes our social and moral duty to some extent too, to know what’s going on in our country and share and express our thoughts about it. Least we can do is to write on some platform and let people know about our point of views, be it some political matter or any social issue. Talking about these aspects, makes us count. Make it count.
The writer is a Research Analyst and holds a strong command over Entertainment Industry.
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