Often an article I read a couple of years back on DAWN’s bolgosphere strikes in my mind. The article was “P for Pepsi, P for Pakistan”. Then, I hated this idea, the author and even the I left reading DAWN’s blogs. It was a surprise for me and I kept asking myself, How the hell such a daft person managed to make a space on the prestigious newspaper’s site?
Now when I look back and analyze circumstances in the very context of that blogger, I feel he was right, In fact very right. He argued, that pakistan should get a sponsor i.e. pepsi or it even be a Microsoft apple or any other top 100 renowned brands of the world. The central idea was to project the softer image of Pakistan in the world. You may agree or disagree but certainly it the author was desperate.
Recent brutal killing of a civilian youth by a ranger made me desperate too. Killing, firing, suicide bombing, rapes, rule of law, lack of governance, murders, street violence, gangs, gang wars, drones, dhranas, anguish, cries and pseudo-protests reminds me nothing but a video game. Game that almost envisage all the circumstances of Pakistan today. Grand theft auto: Vice City.
Can we turn it around? Can we turn the GTA Vice City into planned, health conscious, market conscious, environment conscious, development conscious, education conscious and labor rights conscious city this would be very similar to the game SimCity.
All the answers to “what we should do?” can be found if we analyze both the games. In Vice City you won’t find any leader but in SimCity mayor is in-charge. It is up to (you) Mayor to keep all the things in check ranging from food supply to the provision of electricity. So it is up to our leadership to decide where they want to take us. We need to take desperate measures to lay a new foundation of SimCity Pakistan.