Running away from Pakistan

Published: October 12, 2012
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Citizens of a country that is rich with potential and has a wealth of resources want an escape. PHOTO: FILE

Citizens of a country that is rich with potential and has a wealth of resources want an escape. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan is a country with a rich history and vast tourism potential, possessing the highest of mountains, the hottest of deserts and a beautiful sea. It contains gateways to some of the most prominent players in regional and global politics today. It contains much internal diversity with its wildlife and culturally rich tribes. The country has vast dialects and trade potential, a wealth of youth yearning to receive education and prove themselves to their country and to the world, and an expatriate community that wants to see the country flourish — not to mention those expatriates who have returned to the native land and are involved in activism of various sorts. Unfortunately, the country has been unable to capitalise on this wealth because the people within it are too preoccupied fighting one another.

As embassies of foreign countries like the US and the UK face long queues daily, with people camping out early to be first in line, it shows the desperate times faced by many in this country. The arrest of 80 Pakistanis in Indonesia en route to Australia highlights this desperation once again. While some people in the country look at proper channels to obtain membership to other countries, hundreds have attempted to flee Pakistan on their own to seek asylum. Does this shame the government or fellow Pakistanis any? This year alone, hundreds of people died on their way to Australia travelling in boats. This time, 80 migrants from Pakistan and 17 migrants from Afghanistan were forced off their boat on to an island when the boat became damaged upon hitting a reef in rough waters.

Desperation is evident in this runaway attempt. Citizens of a country that is rich with potential and has a wealth of resources want an escape. This developing nation is a true land of opportunity but if citizens keep running away, going to depths such as attempting to tread the oceans on boats and days-long journeys, we will remain stuck in these internal struggles. The Government of Pakistan, value your people and give them reasons to stay!

Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2012.

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  • Yasmin
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:47AM

    Keep trying to show reality to the Government of Pakistan, it might have an impact any day. Do realize that those running away from mother land for the safety of their lives are not happy away from mother land, from their loved ones, from the streets where playing they grew up, from their ancestors buried in Pak. They miss the air of mother land. Please make Pakistan clean of terrorists so that flown birds could fly back home. Love you Pakistan.

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  • hasan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 4:17AM

    given a chance, i bet 99% of the people would leave this land at once. the 1% would happily stay behind to loot more from whatever left overs. This land has lost all values and nest is ready to be abandoned.

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  • Pakistani student in Canada
    Oct 12, 2012 - 5:27AM

    No one in their right mind will want to stay in Pakistan. And the people i am referring to are those people who are pure middle class with no influential people in the immediate family.
    It won’t make a difference even if you live in cities like Lahore or Islamabad or posh areas of Karachi. Stress & depression from politics is unrelenting and shows no sign of stopping.
    Its days like these you would love to have a censored media like Saudi.

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  • Ajaya K Dutt
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:18AM

    What is wrong with these people. Hindus are running out because their daugthers are abducted, raped and converted and “married” to middle aged pure one. They do not have any reason to escape.

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  • razia
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:05AM

    really?? people running away….??? but pakistan is among the happiest nations in the world….

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  • Maria
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:09AM

    @Pakistani student in Canada: If you live in Canada you would know that the majority of immigrants to Canada now are Indians and Chinese who are desperate to leave their home countries. Regardless of the challenges in Pakistan or any developing country the truth is that 99% of people from any poorer country want to leave- not just Pakistan. Come to North America and you will see plenty of people who have run away from every poor country – not just Muslim countries.

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  • Falcon
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:34AM

    In my humble view, we Pakistanis in general expect too much from the country while having done very limited for the country themselves. Every country started out from somewhere and was built out by people who had the vision & determination to give their sweat to the country. You want to look at what U.S. looked like more than hundred years ago? Then read the horrible (and also inspiring stories) stories of children and mothers working in sweat shops in those days. No nation had it easy. We will also have to pay our dues to make it. Blaming everything on the state is not going to solve the problem. Our problem is we want to enjoy the fruits without paying the price.

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  • Dr. Doolittle
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:42AM

    The Gilani doctrine prevails!

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  • Rampage
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:57AM

    @Pakistani student in Canada:
    true to the core

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 12, 2012 - 10:20AM

    Everybody in my social circle (middle and upper middle class professionals) already has, or is in the process of getting, foreign nationality or immigration. Reason? Sense of insecurity and frustration with the “system”, where nothing gets done without “sifarish” and “rishwat”.

    I used to be “patriotic”. Not anymore. I too have started the process to move abroad for good.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 12, 2012 - 1:46PM

    Everyone in my social circle has obtained, or is in process of obtaining, foreign immigration. Basic reason: lack of security of life and belongings, and frustration with the system where nothing gets done without “sifarish” and “rishwat”.

    I always considered myself to be a patriot. Not anymore. I too have started the process to move abroad.

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  • Cautious
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:24PM

    To compound the problem – Pakistan’s reputation for extremism is making it more difficult for those who want to travel or immigrate.

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  • Paki Existentialist
    Oct 13, 2012 - 3:03AM

    @ Ajaya K Dutt,

    And what about Gujrat like incidents inside India.I think they make Muslims happy ? Look who is talking!!!! You are funny people indeed.

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  • PaKhtoon
    Oct 13, 2012 - 4:30PM

    @razia: what about india, I think 99.99% will escape if they get a chance …..

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  • An Indian
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:11AM

    @Paki Existentialist:

    Pakistanis have just one example to quote whenever the question of religious extremism in India is challenged. The Gujrat incident happened nearly 12 years back and since then there had no untoward events happened. Also, it was only in Gujrat that such an unfortunate incident happened and not in all the states……Muslims in India still live happily and peacefully coexist with the people of other religions……..don’t believe…..ask your musicians and actors who have made India as their home.

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  • DarKnight
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:12AM

    It was good that Jinnah was not alive to see all these things with his own eyes, or else he would have committed suicide by the seeing the present situation………

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