Being a Pakistani, having had the opportunity to study abroad since the age of 16, the world was and continues to be my oyster. I’ve been brought up and groomed in a fashion that allows me to project myself as a global citizen. For me, lines drawn out on a map clearly marking borders is a superficial constraint of the mind. That in today’s world, we should not limit ourselves to helping within our own communities but globally – to be local, yet be global. That ideas, thoughts, visions should transcend above, beyond and across borders.
But, even with that thinking, I’ve always felt a weight on my shoulders. There’s a constant want, a desire to do more for Pakistan. There’s an invisible allegiance, a powerful connection that keeps reeling me back to Pakistan. Perhaps, it stems from wanting to somehow assist those who have been forcefully pushed into the shadows – to show those millions of Pakistanis that they can be so much more. To somehow inject that adrenalin, that feeling of power that the true destiny of a nation is carved out by its people – that we can be great, that we can be grand, that instead of quoting examples of the world, one day the world will quote examples of us.
So how do I think we can get there? By the use of our votes – an incredible instrument, if used correctly, can mould the future for a progressive Pakistan. Pakistan’s destiny now rests with 80,000,000 individuals, individuals who need to realize that their vote is what can make or break Pakistan. And to remind them of this, Pakistan Votes was initiated, build up from nothing inside a garage.
What’s Pakistan Votes? Pakistan Votes is an apolitical campaign asking Pakistanis to either vote or to void their votes in order to minimize rigging; to select candidates intelligently and to convince credible Pakistanis to contest in the upcoming elections. The campaign itself is a set of public service messages released through YouTube and broadcasted through Facebook. Will the campaign manage to reach 1% of the voter population? It’s possible. If everyone helps in spreading the message, it can reach millions of voters. The question is, will others help in spreading awareness? And when the time comes, will Pakistan Vote?
YouTube Channel/Facebook/Twitter: Pakistan Votes