Pakistan- A place to live or not to live

By | August 23, 2009

My this post is  a result of a debate that I read here.

The question is whether to live in Pakistan or not. I don’t say it’s not a livable place, I don’t say I don’t love my country. But I believe I can do a lot for the benefit of my country while living abroad. And I believe in it. I wont go on with all the problems we face in the country like power and security being major issues, but let me state that while living in Pakistan I paid my bills on time, never stole electricity and always cared about turning on lights/AC only when needed. Not only to save the cost of bill obviously but to save electricity too. Unfortunately, it didn’t make much of a difference. There were still breakdowns and shortage of power supply.
I was working back in Pakistan for a company that was providing me a job. What I can do better by living abroad is have a set up of my own to provide jobs to other people. This way I can create job opportunities, bring business to Pakistan thus be a part of building economy of Pakistan. My money stays in the banks of my own country. Isn’t it better than just taking up place in a company?About Pakistan seeing any improvement. I’m sorry but it is a ground fact that hope is not a good supper. After 62 years, what we have gained in respect to time is not what we really should be proud of. Or if you think we should than sorry but you have very low expectations.

Let me state an example. My dad after living 32 years in middle east moved back to Karachi. He was not terminated from his job and yes, Pakistan was not the only option he had. But it was his choice. He wanted to take all his money to his country, set up his own business, create job opportunities and make his kids live where he was brought up. He was not that old and had hope. He started up his business, did all he could… but his lifestyle went worst! Now in this old age he sits and thinks if he had taken the right step by moving back to Pakistan.The life has it’s own charms there but the basics are not there. You can’t get water supply, clean water to drink, apart… there’s no electricity, no stability in all terms… be honest will you bring your money in such a country? Is it not a risk to invest? I think its just a matter of choice where you live, be it Pakistan or wherever. A true Pakistani is what your actions will say not only your passport. I know people waiting for their Canadian  immigration talking ill about Pakistanis living abroad.That is another of our problem. We cannot support each other. We have to point a finger at every other person without looking at our own actions. The most needed thing is unity which we lack.
Live in the country or outside the country do something for the country should be our motto.
What image Pakistanis have abroad is not a hidden truth. The way we are treated on an airport, in the airplane, sometimes by local people is not very welcoming. You think I being Pakistani like it? No way!Now what I can do is bring up the change by letting my friends from other country know that not every body is bad in the country. The politicians are corrupt and yes the system is corrupt, but not all are a direct part of the system. It’s just like rest of the world, where there are good people and bad people. We are not racists. We are not damn talibans. I see results to my this minor effect. I have friends form all over the world who respect us, invite us to their parties and how tell others that Pakistanis aren’t that bad.
It’s a fact we are a part of a third world country and our people are rude in general. The reason is unemployment, insecurity, inflation.Have a heart to cancel your vacations abroad, the theme parties that show money and status (or is there something else it does?) adapt a moderate life style and then talk about people who live abroad.I’m a Pakistani but yes, it will take me some time until I get back to my own country.
I have an option to live abroad, that I avail and I will be a Pakistani no matter if I live in Dubai, US or anywhere.  And I will continue doing at least something for my country no matter where I live and no matter what people say about me.

13 thoughts on “Pakistan- A place to live or not to live

  1. Randy Pena

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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  3. AD

    if there is anything i 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th you on is, our people are rude in general. AND YET NO ONE FREAKIN WANTS TO ADMIT IT!

  4. captureuniverse

    well well……its quite right that Pakistan has flaws…living is not as comfortable as one expects to have after a long struggle in life but still…i insist on living in PAKISTAN cause there is no other country like our’s….you wont have that freedom of speech as you have in your country cause you belong to that, your roots are here and obviously after a long journey of life, one wants to stay with his own people rather getting worried for tax paying or spending time in old age house…. :)

  5. Unaiza Nasim Post author

    @captureuniverse: freedom of speech ??? are you sure?? have you heard about the new law putting behind bars who talks about the government?? LOL
    I once did an inquisitive article on a company and had a lawsuit filed against me LOl talk about freedom of speech please!

  6. Captureuniverse

    @ Unaiza

    :) well freedom of speech is there, what the media is doing, isn’t it more then freedom of speech, bringing every do’s and don’t on the front page….

    Kamran Khan, Shahid Masood….etc etc…

    case filed…my goodness….I think you would have opened the confidential page ….Lolz

  7. Ye Jung

    Why do you live in Pakistan? Which is better.. the urban or rural parts of Pakistan? Do you know how many people live in the urban and why people go from the rural to the urban? Are there attractions in the urban?
    You may not be able to answer all these but if you can just… you know… it’ll be helpful.

    1. Tanveer

      i think you dont know what is pakistan,or you have not been here thats why you are saying why are you living in Pakistan
      if i ask you why are you living where you live so you will tell me about there qualities but i cant tell you about here qualities because here a lot of qualities you will have to come you are welcome in Pakistan.
      Love is called “PAKISTAN”

  8. Amna

    Pakistan is really a good coutry……it is the best place and country in world……it’s up to you that what u think about pakistan…….infect it is a place of heaven….i love Pakistan

  9. Jaheer Khan

    I am Indian Muslim, I have been to Pakistan, I India is much better place to live then Pakistan.
    We are allowed to practice our religion so freely, i don’t think a it’s possible for Hindu in Pakistan.
    What have you achieved in 62 years we are 4th biggest economy behind China,we have problems but not like yours where hate redness is the core of your country hardliners,who are a majority.
    There is no future until you keep people like Dawood,Osama,Masood and keep telling world that they are not in Pakistan.

    1. Saqib

      Are you serious, or simply living in a sorry to say a fools paradise. Ignoring the fact that at point of birth both nations had wildly different level of development, Pakistan being many times poorer then India. Pakistan has grown positively by leaps and bounds since 1947, taking into account its position at time of birth. Pakistan has never face the kind of riots where thousands are killed as in India.
      Keeping this short, may I also point out that all that’s happening in Pakistan now is due to helping the Afghans fight the Soviets, where we were left alone to deal with tens of thousands of trained fighters.

  10. Anum

    Hi! I’m from Pakistan but I live in America. I had to do a project on a country and whether we should live in it or not and this helped a lot! Thanks for this information. BTW, yeah I do agree with you. Come over to America lolz XD

  11. Tanveer

    Hi! I am learner or iam living in pakistan i have been given the topic “should we live in pakistan or not”it helped me a lot.
    Thank you very much


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