Why can’t we learn from this man?

May 29, 2010 at 3:09 am 6 comments

It continues to amaze me how very often it is the least educated people in society who make the most sense. Fazal, who is a driver, picked me up from Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad on Wednesday evening. On the way to the Guest House we had a very intense conversation on everything from politics to education to healthcare and, believe it or not, street protests.

Amongst other things, Fazal asked me why it was that:

1. Other countries have at least some sincere political leaders who have led their nations to great heights when we have not had a single leader, since 1948 to date, who has come to office without a personal agenda, someone who simply wanted to help this country reach it’s true potential. Did we really deserve this fate, he wanted to know. We are good people who work hard to make an honest living. We love this country and continue to have high hopes for it, he said. When will those hopes be realized?

2. Protests take place in every country, said Fazal, and people should have the right to voice their opinion. However, he had seen that when people protested in most other countries, most of them did so in a disciplined way. Even when there were hundreds of thousands of them they stuck to the route that was assigned to them, they didn’t destroy property or resort to violence or intimidation. Why was it, he asked, that 9 times out of 10, when we went out onto the streets especially under the auspices of political parties, we ended up causing chaos and damaging public property? When will we learn, he asked, that we only hurt ourselves when we burnt vehicles and shops.

3. A good education, sufficient food to sustain oneself and healthcare when it was needed, was the right of the citizens of every State, said this amazing man. He said that he knew that not all States were able to provide all these benefits to all their citizens but at least one could see that they were making an effort. Why, asked Fazal, did our leaders not even try to fulfill these needs for the average Pakistani? They were so busy scoring points off each other and filling their own pockets that they didn’t even see the hopes and aspirations with which their electorate looked toward them?

I was speechless – didn’t quite know what to say to him. Here was a man without the benefits of an education who had just voiced the thoughts that go through the minds of many of us often. I wanted to say something to reassure him but I couldn’t. All I could do was agree with him and wish that someone like Fazal could be voted to office and given all the support he needed. With his wisdom, his integrity and his sincerity, we could possibly embark on the right path. Despite all these questions that went through his mind, Fazal still managed to be optimistic and confident that one day things would improve. God keep you safe Fazal and may you see a change in your lifetime.

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Location:Benazir Bhutto International Airport

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Abdul Haseeb  |  May 29, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Wow seems a very professional and calm minded man to me.The Questions are reasonable and every question has its own positive meaning.

  • 2. Fariha Akhtar  |  May 29, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Wonderful man he must be. Btw if u want to meet a man like Fazal in Karachi, I’ll make u meet my van uncle someday – i regularly have with him discussions like these. Seems the ability to think is now limited to less privileged people only and the privileged class is too busy to even think about this country let alone do anything.

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  • 4. Ammar Haider  |  May 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Yet again it proved that knowledge and wisdom is not just limited to educated class. He just has raised those questions which actually no one thinks of. a simple yet difficult one.

    I my self love to interact with these people, coz they are the one who are facing consequences and suffering .

    Nice post.

  • 5. obaid ahmed  |  May 31, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I think we might be confusing “knowledge” with “information”… IMHO when one goes to college/university all they get (these days at least) is “information” ..

    Knowledge is the process of taking notes in your regular daily life experiences and understanding them. Fazal has certainly attained that skill. All of us have the ability to think and ponder over our life experiences and observations.

    We just like to hide behind the curtain of “information” and most of us never really sit back and realize what an amazing amount of knowledge Allah has given us.

    Kudos to Fazal for thinking and voicing his concerns.

  • 6. FARIDA ABBASI  |  June 4, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    well this is the time when you(youth) and Fazal’s voice be one
    sorry that we did not do much for you but I know that you can do
    much more for us for our country cause futuar is in your hands
    stand up for your rights and save us from thieves, dacoite, and hijackers who have hijacked our country sinse 60 years or so.


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