By Huda Hayat.
Sitting in public places you always hear bits and pieces of conversations that jog your writing aesthetics and compel you to write. Something I’ve been hearing a lot whenever I go to the university during classes, after classes, before classes someone in the class, in the cafe someone on their way to university is always saying the same thing “Yar bas degree khatam ho jai bahir jana hai ” “mai nai to abu sai keh diya hai bahir ja k parhna hai mai to nhi yaha agay admission lai raha” “yar soch raha hun kay bahir ka scene done kar loon”
What I want to ask all those people who want to go abroad is, what do you actually think that “bahir” has installed for you? I mean guys let me give you my first-hand experience! Let me tell you what really happens!
A close friend of mine came from abroad a few years back when I asked her about how her time abroad went and the differences she felt in Pakistan the first thing she said was “man I fell free here!” pretty hard to imagine that person who lived their whole life abroad would say this right? I know but just keep reading on, she said that life abroad has its plus point there’s no doubt about that but the question arises are those facilities more important than your own sense of individuality? Is it better than listening to Azan with silence? The thing that she craved most was the sound of the Mozen saying the Azan, not because he didn’t say it regularly but because the young boys from town made sure that the Muslim community couldn’t hear it when they rode their bikes in front of the mosque every time the Mozen recited the Azan to some people this incident may not seem as significant that they drop their idea to go abroad, and they shouldn’t I mean they should avail the chance if they get it. what I mean to tell everyone out there is that do what you want in life, go abroad if you want to but don’t think less of your own country because trust me no matter where you go no matter what you do there ,how high or far up you go there you will never be a first grade citizen.
Even in Arab countries the situation isn’t different, I mean you don’t get snubbed religiously or anything but you will never be considered a first grade citizen and that I’ve learned by personal experience.
What I want to say is that guys, you have opportunities here too, I actually know a person who’s a Pakistani who has a PhD and he drives a taxi abroad and we always come across examples of this sort that there a well learned people and are included in the labour c lass abroad and their parents say MashaAllah ”putter baru nokri kr k aya hai ”.
Please look at yourselves in the mirror every night before you go to sleep and ask yourself, is this the person that you want to be? Is what you see in the mirror what you desire to be? When our people go abroad they become the best versions of themselves so the question arises why aren’t they their best versions here? Why can’t they become their best versions here? If everyone does become their best version here then Pakistan can be one of most peaceful and law abiding country in the world.
What our people don’t realize it that our land gives us a freedom to dress the way we want, to talk the way we want, we idealize the American dream what we don’t realize is that we have a dream of our own to follow we only come to know the worth of our country when we start to live abroad we need to analyse our priorities people, going abroad isn’t bad but is it worth giving up opportunities that your country gives you just for the sake of “shashka”?
Huda Hayat is student of Mass Communication at International Islamic University, Islamabad.