Pakistan – a country attained by our beloved Quaid after the bloodshed of our youth in massacres, now bears the same youth which is divided under the influence of Political Leaders who have messed up political narratives.
This is not the nation our Quaid strived for. We are not worthy of being the nation for whom thousands sacrificed their lives, and for whom hundreds were executed publicly. Our nation no longer has political leaders who can lead us to become one of the best countries in the world, as it was imagined by Liaquat Ali Khan and Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Our political leaders today can only make unfulfilled promises based on their unclear political narratives, and elections after elections we vote for the same party thoughtlessly only because we don’t have enough insight about their doings. Had Jinnah lived a few years more, perhaps he would have been able to transfer the proper essence of Politics and Leadership to Pakistan. Today our so called leaders like Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif can either carry out hate speech against each other, criticize each other, or make unfulfilled promises to the public.
PAKISTAN’S YOUTH AND EFFECT OF POLITICAL NARRATIVES:
The youth of Pakistan is quite actively involved in politics. It has now been witnessed that they are taking a cover of social media platforms, where arguments are carried out in the name of Politics and politicians and abuses are hurled at each other. This is how badly the political narratives of our leaders are affecting the upcoming generation. The young only take notice of the language of Imran Khan, the unfulfilled promises of Nawaz Sharif, and then pass intolerable and hateful comments on social media against each other, including very well known personalities.
A similar incident has happened where Umar Saif, a Pakistani computer scientist and Vice Chancellor at Information Technology University, has faced hateful speech on his Facebook. He is also the advisor to CM Punjab and Chairman PITB.
With his status, it feels like most youngsters passing such hateful comments is the simple product of political narratives which have instilled hate and negativity into them. This is exactly what they learn from our politicians, the people who they call their “role models”, and in turn, they don’t feel guilty of replicating the same unethical behavior. When a leader uses foul language, the follower does the same, regardless of who it is directed to.
THE REASON BEHIND SUCH ACTS:
The simple reason behind the replication of such acts without giving it a thought is simple: the decline of our education system. Our education system does not provide a child space for free thinking, they cannot develop their own opinions towards an issue. They are not allowed time to evaluate a matter properly, and similarly, they are not given time to formulate their own opinions. Rather, they are derived to think that the opinion of the mass is correct. The same is applied in Politics, where they formulate an opinion based on the opinion of the masses and adopt it as their own.
Everyone has different political affiliations. Everyone has different religious views and different opinions regarding certain issues. Pakistan has gone through several different political narratives over the years, which include the religionist vision, Islamist vision, the Jihadi vision, New Pakistan, Jinnah’s Pakistan etc. However, through these changing times, our people have not learned tolerance. They are not willing to tolerate others for having different views.
It’s time our political leaders change their political narratives to having a more tolerant vision, where the young understand that merely using bad words and hate speech against fellow Pakistanis will not prove to be any good. It will only pull you deeper into the mud pit you have already fallen into, and it’s about time they understand that they need to be united as one, instead of taking cover behind a screen and passing insensible comments towards one another.