Abandoning this land... By Saanwal
06 March, 2013
"To forget pain is to be painless; to forget care is to be rid of it; to go abroad is to accomplish both" — Mark Twain. It is a huge irony that what Mark Twain remarked more than a century ago still seems to hold true when we glimpse the present situation of Pakistan. In Mark Twain's time, the situation of western countries was pitiable and so Mark Twain's witty words were indeed particularly true then.
Astonishingly, it is not just the hassled Hazaras who are pathetically desperate and are abandoning this country; it is not only the religious minorities; it is not even the underprivileged ones; it is everyone, each and every Pakistani. Educated and uneducated people alike cling to the first opportunity they stumble upon to leave their homeland. To someone not well acquainted with Pakistan, this behaviour might well come across as manic.
Yet, technically, there is not even a single reason why one should not abandon this land named Pakistan. Scores of youngsters are blindly fervent about foreign lands, taking for granted a fantastic fate. The so-called education consultants who now run businesses in every nook and cranny of all towns and cities here are robbing people of their hard-earned savings. Hundreds of unaware youngsters are exploited by these malicious agents who have some sort of 'understanding' with law enforcement agencies. It is a sad situation.
SAANWAL KARAMAT BARLAAS