In 1951, Dr Abdus Salam returned to Pakistan from Cambridge wanting to serve his country. He joined the Government College Lahore and became Chairman of Mathematics department, but he could last only a couple of years in Pakistan and was forced to return to England. Contrary to what people think he was driven out, not because of religion, but mostly because of the petty politics of the students and faculty at one of Pakistan's great educational institutions.

In 2010, Dr Adil Najam, another world class Pakistani academic, returned from USA wanting to serve his country. He joined LUMS, also in Lahore, as the Vice Chancellor, but he could also last only a couple of years in Pakistan and has now been forced to return to USA, again by jealous and petty politics around him at another of Pakistan’s great educational institutions.

In between these two the same has happened to many others. Maybe it is time to think and analyze our work ethics and come out with better people. I am sure we all wonder why we drive the best and brightest Pakistanis away from Pakistan. What is wrong with us?

ASMA,

Lahore, July 27.