Karachi is a city of fun, entertainment and success. Many government officials have done a remarkable job in making the city a better place by investing in its infrastructure. However, what is the future of this city or if talking on the macro perspective, what is the future of this nation? Well, the future is the girl who knocks on your window convincing you to buy flowers that can buy money for a meal. The future is the little boy who walks around frantically looking for car windows that he can clean in order to save himself from getting abused by the his “bosses” running the beggary business. Instead of having these children focus on their future by providing them with education, love, motivation and support to excel in their lives, they’re given flowers and wipers to make a living at the age of 9 or 13. Yes, the future of Pakistan is on the streets.
The number of children on the streets has nearly tripled since last year. Many of these children don’t focus on how to excel in their education and make a successful career. They’re more focused on earning enough money to fill their stomachs. Instead of being a doctor, lawyer, teacher or businessman, the children have made their professional careers in begging.
The Punjab Government is taking the initiative of helping these children by providing them with incentives in order for them to reach the same level as other children. However, this initiative was taken in May 2010. Nearly, six months have passed and the kids are still on the street.
We, as Karachiites, need to come to the forefront and fight for the innocent on the streets. Their voices are unheard, their prayers unanswered. Let’s fight for the future of the children, the future of Pakistan. Let’s stop giving rs. 10 or rs. 15 to the children, rather let’s invest in their future by telling them that beggary is not the solution or step to success. Let’s invest in their future by giving them the right directions and a means to live a better life.
As Kamran Manzoor has said “hate begging, not the beggars”. Their hands that are out for begging are in the hope of a better day, a better life and a better future. Let’s make it happen! And create a better Pakistan!
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