I became a part of this world on 6th May, 1988, in Bajaur Agency the federally administrated areas formally called “FATA” also referred to as “Tribal Areas” in Pakistan, this place is located in the North West of Pakistan and bordering with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. I was born in a Muslim family which follows very strict Islamic teachings. I spent my childhood in the same agency until 1999 when I first time went to any other city in my life, and that was Lahore. In Bajaur, when I was a child, I was always thinking that the whole world is only this “Agency”, as you know a small kid from such a rural area can only think like this.
After I left Bajaur Agency in the age of 12 years, I saw so many different things and events in my life, having lived for 2 years in Lahore, we moved to Karachi which is one of the business hubs in Pakistan and it’s the largest city of Pakistan. Since 2000, I’m living in Karachi with our family. This city has given me a lot of things, but at the same time it has taken many things back.
In 2012, I visited Afghanistan and then next year (2013) I visited UAE and I continued my international visits the following year (2014) where I visited Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand. I got a lot of new experiences and knowledge from all the visits and from my life. Let me tell you some interesting facts from my life experience.
The World I’ve Seen So Far
In Bajaur Agency, mostly all local people speak Pashto language, and so my language is also Pashto.
In Bajaur, I once saw a kid who was weeping, and I was waiting with my mother for a public bus to come and we can sit there to reach our home, I was again and again looking at that kid who was heavily beaten by someone, and I wished I could help him to smile again but I couldn’t because I was of his age at that time, it’s been now 17 years gone, but I could not forget that small kid and the tears in his eyes. And amazingly, today I have a kid in my house who is same like a copy of him, and I always love this kid and bring him things every day, because I don’t want to see him weeping or being sad.
In my childhood, some of our elders used to tell us at night that see the “Moon”, and we used to look there at Moon, they were telling us that the “God” and the “Prophet” are sitting in the “Moon” and looking at us, so don’t do wrong acts, otherwise, you’ll be punished here and hereafter. We were always looking to find “God” and “Prophet” in the Moon, but we never succeed.
In Bajaur, I was admitted in a Madrassa (Religious School) where I studied Quran for at least 6 months, and then I left the Madrasa because I liked to go to school, but my father was a religious person so he wanted me to be a “Molvi”, but I did not like to stay in Madrasa because of the strict rules there, I wanted a free life where I can do whatever I like, so I left that Madrasa, and my father told me if you could not become a “Molvi” then I’d have to work with him, and so I started working with my father in the age of 7.
After working with my father for next few years, We suddenly moved to Lahore because my elder brother was working in Lahore, so he brought all of us to Lahore except my father where we stayed for almost 2 years till the General Pervez Musharaf regime began.
In Lahore, I saw that life is very different than Bajaur Agency, people are going to their offices, children are going to schools, women are traveling in buses without any veil “Burqa” or Naqab, which I’ve been always seeing in Bajaur when I saw a woman or girl, but in Lahore the case was different and everyone was free to do whatever they like. So I also liked this city, because it matched with my concept of living a life in this world.
Lahore is a beautiful city with so many adventures and historical places, the time we spent in Lahore (1998-2000) was the golden time of my life. in Lahore, we always used to visit the ZOO, Shalimar Bagh, Wagah Border, Minar-e-Pakistan, Shahi Mosque, Shahi Qilla and some other popular places. I first time saw cinema in Lahore. Suddenly, my brother lost his job because of the new ruler Pervez Musharaf, and we moved back to Bajaur Agency, but after a few days, we permanently moved to Karachi where one of my uncles was living for more than a decade.
Karachi used to be called “The City of Lights” in Urdu “Roshnio ka Shehar” and that was true when I first arrived in Karachi on 26th March, 2000. It was a city of dreams, so big city with so many people, the sea side amazed me when I first time saw it. After living in Karachi for almost 7 years, in 2007 the situation of Karachi city started becoming worst day by day because of the unrest in the city, everyday there were killings by unknown people, and every day we saw bomb blasts. So the city of lights became the city of darkness. However, despite many times I decided to leave the city and move somewhere else like Lahore or Peshawar, I could not leave it, and I still don’t know why.
I like Karachi for a few reasons listed below:
- It’s the only international city of Pakistan
- It’s the city where you can find a large sea side
- It’s the city which connects you to the world
- It’s the city which’s weather remains same the whole year
- It’s the city where you can find work 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
- It’s the city of poor and lower middle class
So these all qualities make Karachi the great city of Pakistan and world, but the only security problem makes it the worst city in Pakistan. However, I still live in this city, and try to enjoy my life here.
One day in Karachi, I saw a big protest arranged by “Jamat-e-Islami” or “Jamat-e-ulma-e-Islam” I don’t remember which one was it, and I think this was about Palestine vs Israel issue, the protesters were going to burn tires on the roads and they blocked many major roads for this protest. I had my aunt with me in a Rikshow and we were going to hospital to see one patient there, but when I saw the roads are blocked, I really became sad, I went to the people and quietly asked one person that what’s the issue? he replied that, the Israel “Mardood” has attacked Palestine, so we are angry. I thought if I ask another question, he might burn me instead of the tires they were burning on the roads. I came back to my aunt and told the rikshow rider to go back and find any other root to reach the hospital. In the Rikshow I was thinking that Israel might have attached Palestine or whatever, but why these ignorant are taking the revenge from their own people by blocking roads and burning tires. these kind of protests by religious extremists are common in Pakistan.
In Karachi, near our house, a small 8 years girl was raped and then killed by a shopkeeper, the small girl went there for taking some stuff, she was sent by her mother to shop after she came back from school, and then she never came back. The shopkeeper was a young 24 years old man having a nice beard, but I did not know the exact reason why he became an animal and after raping then killed that small girl. This was a shocking incident in my life and I still can not forget this incident, though, it’s been now 4 years gone after that incident. The saddest part of this story was that the person (Killer) was first jailed, and then released after 1 and half year. This is because he paid money to the police and they released him after 1/2 year, after coming out from jail, that person left Karachi the same day, and I don’t know where he is right now, either alive or died. But the laws again failed to provide justice to the poor.
The above incident always reminds me one thing, the more are restrictions, the more will be crimes, and the clear proof of that is Saudi Arabia, where strict rules have been implemented, but still more than 100 people are hanged every single year, which is the highest rate of execution in the world, while the UAE (United Arab Emirates) which is the neighbor of Saudi Arabia, the crime rate is very very low in UAE. And the reason is clear for a wise-man.
In 2013 I visited UAE for the first time, and it was my first visit by air, I had a flight from Karachi to Dubai, it was less than 2 hours flight, but I was very excited to it became a little longer. When the flight took-off, after a few minutes, I saw some boys (who I think were traveling abroad for the first time like me) are looking at the foots below whenever an air-hosts passes through us, after feeling this many times, I also looked to the foots of the air-hosts when she was passing through me, I saw she was wearing English dress (not bikini) but escrets which are normal, but I felt embarrassment. When the flight landed at Dubai airport, after passengers went out from the plan, I requested the air-hosts to take some selfies with me, and she happily agreed saying “Why not, why not”.
I learned a lesson in Dubai, I thought that people will be same like we are in Pakistan, actually we try to take care of each other and try to help each other whenever necessary. But in Dubai this is not the case, when I was going to Dubai, two of my friends living there told me that they will receive me in Dubai and will take me to their place, but when I arrived in Dubai, I found their cell-phones off, and I did not know where to go in Dubai, so later on I came to know that in Dubai everyone is their own friend, no one is anyone’s friend in case of emergency. For many people Dubai or UAE is the paradise on the earth, but at the same time, I saw for many people it’s very difficult to live here.
In Dubai, I found that there is no police like we see here in Pakistan, but no one can dare to attempt a crime, and when there is a problem among public, suddenly police appears. There is not so much security personnel in Dubai or UAE, but at the same time people are very very careful, so this is something I really liked and I was impressed of. That’s the main reason of UAE’s success.
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