25th July, the date every enthusiastic Pakistani must have marked on their calendars for it is Pakistan general election day and also the one which is going to decide our fate for the next five years that whether we are going to be ruled under the same corrupted system or the future holds something else for us? Five days from now, and we will have answer to all these questions. The entire political environment is so charged up that even the streets are painted in all the exciting colors that represent different parties of the country. On one instance you will find young boys wearing Political t shirts and walls painted in Red green and white while moving ahead you will come across black red and green. And then you will realize one interesting fact that only these are the colors that seem to be quite famous in our politics. In the midst of this augmented atmosphere where everyone is busy supporting their favorite parties we overlook the fact that how much we actually dread that one question which is, “Ab ki dafa vote do gay?”
Even though we support and bash political figures and show our solidarity with one specific party, many of us still don’t actually believe in going out on Election Day and giving vote. Why? Because we believe corruption is so deep rooted now that voting for any one party is a wastage. Now it’s true that when we look at country’s history, this disappointment is quite self-explanatory but does this mean we should not exercise our basic right and do not avail the opportunity to change our situation when we brag about it so much? The current atmosphere has made it quite necessary for us to look on all the reasons as whether we are in favor of current administration or against it, our political opinions are only justified when we make a practical effort to vote.
The future of country lies in the hands of its citizens and as they say, ‘the public is wiser than the wisest critic’. The power literally lies in our hands, as we choose who rules us for next five years. Knowing this how can we overlook the fact that poverty and illiteracy –the two major issues of Pakistan along with many others –can actually be solved if we realize this power and be the wiser public that George Bancroft wants us to be.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
It’s about time that we take these words seriously and instead of just sitting and complaining about how Pakistan has ruined our life, let’s focus more on how we are ruining it. You heard it right, by not voting we are destroying not only this country but our future as well as the future of all the generations that are yet to come. So make up your mind, go out, give your vote and be a part of the change that general election 2018 will bring with your participation.