Torchbearers will lighten the path

Economic malaise afflicting the country have put once hopeful nation into despair

Editorial April 08, 2019

It is probably an undisputed fact that the country is going through a period of doom and gloom and there is more to jeer about than to cheer. The economic malaise afflicting the country, the skyrocketing prices, lack of proper education, healthcare just to name a few have put the once hopeful nation into the state of despair.

Yet, we still have many people in Pakistan especially among the young who are consistently trying to improve not only their lives but in their individual pursuits are also bringing pride and honour to the country.

Forbes magazine, one of the world’s most prestigious business magazines has listed five Pakistanis in its 30 Under 30 Asia 2019 list of entrepreneurs and game-changers. The five Pakistanis to have been bestowed the honour are Ahmed Rauf Essa, 27 who co-founded Telemart, which Forbesdescribes as “one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Pakistan, Karishma Ali, 21, from Chitral, currently the only female football player from her hometown playing at the national club level”.

Zainab Bibi established the Pakistan Society for Green Energy in 2013 to develop new methods of renewable energy. Zain Ashraf Mughal, 28 founded Seed Out — a non-profit, non-religious and non-political crowdfunding platform — four years ago that has raised over 600 entrepreneurs in four cities across Pakistan.

Roshni Rides is the startup company which is a female friendly carpooling platform for commuters based in Pakistan. The company is founded by Hanaa Lakhani, Hasan Usmani, Gia Farooqi and Moneeb Mian.

What is pivotal to note here is the fact that with no support from the higher-ups or the government these individuals are making strides on their own in areas left unexplored and unexploited for long. As the new government’s policies claim to revolutinise affairs by channeling the potential of the youth, it must support and assist entrepreneurship among the youth.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2019.

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