Branding Pakistan: Empowering Youth By Syed Hashim Haider

Youth of Pakistan covers approximately 60 percent of the total population, which is a significant percentage by all means. It can not be ignored that if any change is to take place, the foundation of the structure needs to be strengthened. The foundation of Pakistan, is the youth,  and if we wish to strengthen the foundation, we first need to educate, empower and more importantly guide the youth in the right direction. The branding of Pakistan into a completely new direction can also take place only if the youth is aware of its responsibility and how to perform its duties actively. It is true that in today’s era, the youth is very much educated and very much able to express their views, but it is also true that the youth lacks direction.

problems of pakistani youth The following factors need to be looked at in order to brand Pakistan with a newer, more positive image:

  • Creating Awareness and Giving Direction to the Youth: The youth of today is influenced by the cyber world and most important component of cyber world is social media. The social media needs to play a directive role in empowering the youth. We need to encourage our youth in reading useful material and information on social networking websites such as twitter, Facebook and youtube etc. These sites possess great deal of information rather than purely being social chat rooms.
  • Encouraging Youth to become more patriotic: We see when ever there is Pakistan’s cricket match, people  wave flags, update statuses and paint there faces green. But are they really that much patriotic as they seem at these occassions? No! definitely not in my opinion. When ever Pakistanis get a chance, their main aim is to go abroad and serve their skills and sources to foreign countries. The government needs to provide sufficient opportunities and rewards for the skills these people posses, so this trend can be changed.
  • Media should act more responsibly: Although, in recent years the media has become more mature in handling and showcasing information. But, still it needs to act more responsibly and portray the brighter side of Pakistan. Already, we have been labeled as terrorists, and any negative representation can lead to further adverse effects and defamation in  the global world. So, media should highlight the news with minimal bias, and it should be presented in such a way that it does not cross the ethics or moral code of presenting news or information.
  • Proper Utilisation of resources: Pakistan as a country posses all the natural resources such as heavy deposits of coal an natural gas in Balochistan. Karachi is the hub of trade, located in Sindh. And Gwador Port, in the same way can be a milestone for the trading activity to take place in coming years. But, the problem still lies in the management. Pakistan has not been blessed with good leaders or managers, who could have utilised the resources in the best possible manner. Instead, the governance was prone to corruption, mismanagement and other incomepetencies which have slowed down the development of the country.

Youth as an emblem of a brighter future

It is true that it is only the youth that can  majorly act as a pillar to strengthen and bring a positive change in Pakistan. When given the right direction and purpose, the youth can achieve wonders for Pakistan and bring it forth among the top most economically sound countries. We do have the talent and skills present in our youth, but we need to educate, train and guide them in the right direction but that too in a manner which does not hamper their inner creativity. And this can only be done through productive discussions with them as today’s youth believes more in logic


Guiding The Youth

Being Human by Syed Hashim Haider

quaid

Another 23rd March, another Pakistan day just passed. It has been more than 65 years since the formation of Pakistan, which was indeed a memorable feat in the history. When Pakistan was being formed, many people viewed thought that it would be a failed state, in the foreseeable future. Although, that did not prove to be true but the situation did not improve at the pace it should have. Students, women and even children sacrificed greatly for their country during its formation. The country was made with undying efforts and iron willed determination of our late Quaid. People at that time literally laid down their lives and left everything they had, so their future generations could live a better life, a freer life.

But have we fulfilled our duty as the natives of this country? Have we done what was needed to make this country a better place? Pakistan was staggering badly at its feet and Pakistan is still struggling to be the country it was dreamt to be. The new generation is multi talented, they can achieve great wonders and accomplish greatness for their country. It is also true that many amongst the youth have already embarked on the journey to raise the green flag high in front of the world. Whether it is music, academics or sports Pakistanis have made us proud in all these fields and in many more. Young Arfa Karim (Late), is an example of exemplary talent and skill, she came on to be the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in the world. Such gifted is our youth. Malala Yousafzai, is another example of a girl who has fought against the whole world to receive education because she understood the worth of it, and was willing to take all the risks to attain the priceless gem that is education. She is the story of many other girls who are a target of similar oppression in the tribal areas.

The problem is not that the youth is incapable but that they lack direction.

The prevailing situation in our country is quite tragic as the leaders are mishandling and manipulating the youth for their own personal or party interest. Youth lacks the guidance and motivation to strive and thrive to achieve their level best. And the ones who reach that level usually leave their homeland to go to foreign countries. They offer their skills and talent to foreign people, mostly because of higher monetary benefits.

This is a sad story, which will continue indefinitely, if we do not provide our people with the value they deserve for their talent. Money is a very strong reason, which can drive people to do anything.

We need to create awareness and educate our youth so we can create a prosperous future. If we instill patriotism in the minds of the people, we can create an unparalleled force, which would protect and die for their country. Our youth lacks such strong sentiments through which they can connect with their homeland. There are many reasons, which explain this attitude of the youth. One key reason is the lack of good governance in the country, which has not only created difficulties for the development of the country, but has disheartened the youth with the hope of a good future. Quaid utilized the great asset of youth for the national interest. He once said:

I insist you to strive. Work, work and only work for satisfaction with patience, humbleness and serve the nation.”

We have in this quotation to transform our youth from a liability to an asset. Universities, and schools need to empower the youth of today, with the right knowledge and mind set to make them strong enough to bring the much needed change

We still hope and will always hope to see.