My Life My Struggle
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a country of 170 million people and full of natural resources. It has gained independence in 1947 after the war with India. Pakistan and India fought in order to have separate home land for Muslims and Hindus. However Pakistan has had many problems after independence such as place for refugees and high rate illiteracy. In addition, as Pakistan is an Islamic country, girls don’t have as much freedom as boys have in their life in every field. Therefore, many girls face all kinds of issues and hardships in life. Many dreams they had in their childhood, can’t be fulfilled. It leaves negative effect on their lives. I grew up in Pakistan, so I had to face all those problems which every Pakistani girl is facing now. The issues I had to face when I was in Pakistan are the poor infrastructure, economic instability and radical Islam.
The infrastructure of Pakistan was well established after independence but gradually started to decline. One effect of this situation is that when I was growing up in my own city, Quetta, we usually did not have electricity for five hours a day. Sometimes, in small villages they didn’t have light for eight to nine hours a day. This affected my education because I had to do my studies during the day time. I also had to iron my clothes and clean entire house hold work when there was electricity. I was always in hurry and in tension. In the summer it was so difficult, because the weather was very hot and there was no light, so my father bought a generator so that we could study properly and do our work. Moreover, since the whole area didn’t have light at night, so there was chance of robbery. My home main door was always locked. My family and I had to be very vigilant that nobody would jump in the house. Therefore, my parents never left me alone at night if we did not have light. Moreover we had little water so bathing was another problem. We could only get water for two hours daily, so we had to make underground tank to reserve water.
Another and more serious effect of the political unrest is daily bomb blasts. There are terrorist groups in the northern side of the country that are destroying the country’s economy and having negative impact on new generation. Most of this due to is due to infighting between Muslim they are fighting in Pakistan the Shia and Suni. These bomb blasts makes everyone in afraid. As soon as person finishes their work, they go home. Markets, parks, mosques and even hospitals are not safe for people. When we were living in Pakistan I hardly went anywhere except school and to my relative’s home. I always thought I would die on a bomb blast but we had to carry on with our lives
Besides these, the most dreadful situation is against modernization. Some Muslim do not value baby girl. If a baby girl was born in the family, so the head of the family used to kill or burry that baby girl alive. These days the dreadful situation going in Pakistan is, a group of people throw acid on girls face those who were not in parad (hijab) or were not dressed in traditional Islamic way. When I used to go with my family, I always used to keep the cars window closed. Whenever I used to go shopping with my mother, I used to cover my face and hands because I feel safe and protected. Acid throwing assault has being mainly carried out against woman and are usually motivated by revenge in Pakistan. Even though Pakistan is an Islamic country and girls should have almost equal rights, still this isn’t true. In fact,Non Muslims are also suffering a lot because of radical Islam rules.
Muslims and non-Muslims should have equal rights, but because of radical Islam everyone is suffering. Even though many Muslim themselves are all tired from all day incident of killing and bomb blast. The poor infrastructure and religious fanaticism eventually led us to leave Pakistan. It was not easy for my family to leave Pakistan but my parents sacrificed everything for my siblings and me so that we could have better future. It’s my new life and new start coming to the United States. I really miss my country. When I came here, I knew I would have more opportunities and I can learn something from America and I could bring forth my hidden talents. I want to fulfill my father’s wish to become a doctor and to help girls, grow up to lead healthy lives.