Its so refreshing to take a break, visit foreign countries, walk alone on the streets in the pleasant weather, take public transport to get to the other end of the city, throw trash in the garbage bins kept at every nook and corner of the city and simply follow rules. Its also great to enjoy all touristy places that are well-maintained and well-kept and just marvel at the state of development foreign countries showcase. ⠀⠀
Then you return home!
And, it all starts at the airport only. Reality starts to hit at the mismanaged immigration queues where you have to wait for a long hour because the immigration officer is too slow. Go outside with your luggage and as soon as you are out of the vicinity of the airport you see how shabbily the municipal authorities are working to keep the towns clean. Heaps of garbage piling at the corner of the streets, specially infront of the wall that says ‘ yehan kachra karna mana hai’ (littering is forbidden here); walls painted with ‘jiye bhutto’ (long live bhutto), ‘jaadu ki kaat’ ( break the black magic) and what not. People honking at your car as if you have a choice! Young boys and girls forcing to clean the windscreen of your car with dirty water because you know, you owe them this much atleast.
Oh how you wish your country was any better. ⠀⠀
Don’t get me wrong, there is a better Pakistan too. Posh cafés and restaurants; Cinema halls and shopping malls. Private beaches in the south and breath-taking mountain scenery in the north. ⠀⠀
But do we have a responsible government that cares for its people? Do we have tidy streets anywhere we go outside of the posh areas? Do we have the freedom to walk freely on the streets, as women and children? Don’t we deserve the right to free quality education? Doesn’t EVERYONE who lives on the land of Pakistan deserve the security of life, whether Poor or rich, muslim or non-muslim. Why do our young children have to beg at the traffic signals? Children deserve a childhood, a school to go to, toys to play with. Poor people deserve a good life too.
There are so many issues in our country that need to be addressed, but term after term, they have been neglected by the leading governments.
I watched this video yesterday and it tugged my heart strings. @dearalyne talks about how difficult it is to get visa for Pakistan because of all the documentation required. The visa process is so strenuous that you almost feel like giving up.
This is what we Pakistanis go through every time we file for the visa. I just abhor the fact that I have to show them a certain amount for a certain time and the bookings and what not so that they know I’m going back home in the end. I hate how I have to wait until the last minute when I finally get the visa in my hand, to be sure that I am ACTUALLY going. I won’t be attending my graduation because even if I am a graduate from top university in London, I have to apply for a tourist visa. If I had the privilege to not apply for visa, I would have just bought the tickets and gone. But NO. Because of the Visa trap, I won’t be meeting my friends and attending my graduation ceremony because I don’t want to go through the trouble to apply for a visa all over again. I checked the website for visa process. There is a fee for everything : premium service ; Priority visa; showing up without appointment; keeping your passport while applying for visa.
And Visa guarantee: NONE.
I had to apply for schengen visa 6 times last year and everytime i got the visa for the duration I would be staying in the country. Just how much money I wasted buying tickets, making hotel reservations and the Visa fee. Can you imagine? I did it so many times that my friends made a joke out of it.
So, the visa trap is real and people who don’t have weaker passports like us are indeed lucky. Those people who say there is no such thing as a strong or weak passport, i’d love to swap my passport with you.
Those who say visa application is not painful because they get it fairly easily are so annoying.
Shush or be gone!! •