Owning your Identity
– Taha Asif Wyne
Nowadays social media is probably the most used source to communicate with people. I, being from the desi side of social media have come across something really, really weird. What is that weird thing you might ask; Pakistani’s calling other Pakistani’s “Typical Pakistani”. Suppose if someone does a thing which accidentally reflects a stereotype from the late 90’s that video, tweet, or Facebook post goes viral within the desi social media cirlce, most of the people (who are ironically also Pakistani’s) would be commenting on it saying “Oh, you’re such a typical Pakistani” “Lol, look at this Paki loser”. I mean what the whatness, why would you say something like that? Aren’t you Pakistani’s yourselves? Doesn’t that apply to you too? It’s saddening to see that most people aren’t proud Pakistani’s, I mean why? What happened? Is it really that difficult to own who you are? Why are you hell bent on giving your country a bad name by bad mouthing about it? As if it’s the biggest sworn enemy you have.
Pakistan was achieved after 90 years of pure struggle, bloodshed, pain and agony; you can’t blame your land for what people in power are doing to it. It’s imperative that we always put Pakistan first just so that we show our gratitude towards the people who lost their everything for achieving a piece of land they could call home, we need to put Pakistan first just to reflect that we stand united no matter how badly they try to attack us, we need to put Pakistan first just to remember that it’s our home, our safe haven. By fighting amongst each other and calling each other names only makes it easier for others to pin point our shortcomings and confirm the stereotypes we all so hate. Don’t be ashamed of who you are, be proud; be proud of the fact that you belong to a country of survivors, a country of brave men and women who survive on the bare minimum and yet they manage to pull off with a smile, share laughs. Be proud of the fact most of your countrymen and women are people with kind hearts who work really hard to feed their respective families, in totality be proud of your land, be proud of your people and be proud of your identity, that is being a Pakistani.
Work towards the betterment of your country rather than thinking about ways to say ridiculous things about it. Only you have the power to change the way things are right now, sitting on social sites being a keyboard jihadi bad mouthing your home isn’t going to do anyone any good, and for what? Just so you and your “rebel” friends can share a fake laugh which will last a minute or two? Be faithful to your country and it’ll be faithful to you, love your country and it’ll love you back. Pakistan Zindabad!
In the words of the mighty Faiz:
” Jab Arz-e-Khuda kay Kabbay sai, sab buut uthwaye jayaingay, hum Ahl-e-Safa mardood-e-haram, masnad pay baithaye jayaingay, sab taaj uchale jayaingay, sab takht girayey jayaingay, hum dekhaingay”
When from this God’s earth’s (Kaa’ba)
All the idols will be removed
Then we, of clean hearts–condemned by
zealots those keepers of faith
We, will be invited to that altar to sit and govern,
When crowns will be thrown off
and over turned will be thrones,
We shall see!
The writer is a lawyer and practices civil law, with his keen interest in family law. He enjoys the little things in life. His love for Pakistan knows no bound, based in Lahore he sees it like no one else could and considers it to be the best thing that happened to Pakistan. In his free time he can be seen in front of a computer screen playing DotA.