Pakistani Youth – Taking One Step at a Time
Pakistan is at a crunching point where everything seems to be very hopeless and everything that either government of Pakistan and its people try to do, is pushed back at a pivot point of helplessness.
Our media, our people, our social platforms everything seems to be portraying the stereotypical face of Pakistan that has gained name among the world circles. but among all this chaos, there are always seen rays of hope, ambassadors of good will and good word about Pakistan that proves that there is still hope for Pakistan and for the world. Whether it be Pakistani Women Cricket team’s performance and conduct, or young people of Pakistan changing their profile pictures in solidarity with Indian Cricket as a gesture of good will, or initiatives like ‘Girls at Dhabbas‘ taking it a step further and heading events like ‘Girls on Bikes’, or be it people of Lahore coming in for donating blood for those injured in bomb blast, or Zenith Irfan with her journey around Pakistan on a motorbike, or setups like ‘Marham.pk‘ .
These are only few mentioned examples that are highlighted and I am sure there are dozens of these young people, fighting this bias and playing their role as ambassadors of unity. these youngsters are a hope for Pakistan, for a better world to live in. We came along one such young and energetic aficionado who believed in breaking barriers for promoting and spreading the message of peace, Wahid Khan. He went viral on social media in Pakistan and across the border when he conducted an experiment of travelling in a local bus after celebrating Holi, and the response that he received from people in Bus and on social media was over-whelming.
This is what he shares on his Facebook:
[blockquote style=”2″]I was coming from a Holi celebration and I decided to take a public bus despite the arguments of friends that I should just take a rikshaw cuz people might react to it as I was all in colors. I wanted to see people’s reaction and more than that I wanted to use a public space to celebrate diversity and to let people think about it. I came across many people, and everyone perceived that I am a Hindu and told me how they know “people of my community”. This was my favorite conversation on a bus. I sit next to an uncle.[/blockquote]
Uncle: (with a great sympathy) Why are you working in such a young age?
Me: Sorry, what do you mean?
Uncle: You are a color worker right?
Me: (laughed) No uncle, actually I am coming from a Holi celebration.
Uncle: Oh, Hindu brotheri?
Me: No, I am from a Muslim family.
Uncle: what? So you celebrated Holi? And rest of them were Muslims as well?
Me: Yes, and some of our friends were Hindus and we celebrated Holi in a church.
Uncle: Beta, you are a Muslim, and…
(There was another uncle sitting in the seat behind us, he interrupted): Oh bhai, if colors bring these kids together and they can celebrate it together with the minority, why do you have to bring in religion? That’s a great thing.
Uncle: Well, we were raised by telling us that Hindu and Muslims can not be together.
(The other uncle shakes his head)
Me: That is where everything went wrong. Happy Holi!
It was a great day and glad to see Pakistan accepting other cultures and religions!
Wahid Khan and all such young people are an answer to those who think Pakistan is for a certain group of people or that people of Pakistan don’t stand with minorities. It might be a tragic phase for Pakistan, but we fight this together and we do not allow this tragedy to our country divide us as a nation.
We stand tall and we stand together!