These days a majority of the middle class parents are advising their children to ‘leave Pakistan and never come back’, thus leading to the massive brain-drain that this nation is experiencing. Those who are competent enough to achieve something on their own, despite the countless flaws in our educational and professional systems, prefer to leave their own country in search of the ‘dreamland’ rather than striving to make their own country a better place to live in.

The fear of living in Pakistan has led them to ignore all the drawbacks associated with living abroad. The parents of girls prefer to look for boys settled abroad in order to plan their marriage and ask them if they would decide to return after leaving Pakistan -- as if it is a sin to return to one’s own homeland and people! I agree that problems like terrorism, inflation, lawlessness and corruption have made our country not a very ideal place to live in at the moment, but if the Pakistanis themselves -- especially the youth -- are afraid of confronting these problems by staying here, who else is going to make things right for us? John F Kennedy once said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” I think we must all adopt this approach and contribute what we can, in our individual capacities, towards the betterment of Pakistan and those who live here.

FARIHA FAZAL,

Karachi, March 30.