Journey through PK: Part 2. Wake up, Pakistanis!

by Aanya F Niaz

It is no secret that the responsibility lies in the hands of the people now. The ball is in our court, yet the corrupt political and social system continues to plug in barriers no matter how hard we try to break this vicious cycle of downfall. As the nation’s dwindling economy and society discuss the disgraceful and undoubtedly dangerous matters in conference rooms, on the fifty news channels and take over the headlines of the countless newspapers, an average Pakistani wonders how much more the media and strikes can really do? If reality bites, then I’m sure a show such as “Hasb-e-Haal” would have pinched some leaders back to reality, however, the fact remains that they continue on to compete for first place in corruption, or perhaps attaining the 10 crores to purchase another range rover. Yes, it’s as simple as that. Our leaders are so hungry for money and power, that they find no shame in pocketing the money hard-working and honest citizens offer the government and other leadership. We can take the textbook board incident as an example, where the chairman pocketed as much money as he possibly could before canceling the entire initiative which actually provides text books to all the primary government school in the province of Punjab. Was he worried that these children may not have books to educate themselves from next year? No siree. That is the true mentality of a Pakistani whose desperate for new money and a claim to fame. What do we, the average, do then? We are trapped from all corners; where do we begin? Education? Society? Art, perhaps? Do we continue to host strikes blocking rush hour traffic in the middle of mall road in Lahore? Do we laugh along with Azizi on his show at 11 pm each night? Do we blog, write, and spit at the name of our leaders? Where do we begin to pick up the million pieces that Pakistan has been shattered into?

To be continued…