A rebuttal to “Is history repeating itself? Towards the end of turmoil”

Pakistan has gone through crises of immeasurable magnitude throughout its 6 decades’ entity. This country has faced four dictatorships, secession of its Eastern wing and a series of fluctuating democracy led by incumbent politicians. But, never has been the mainstream public so indulged or vibrant enough as it is now. The common men, women, the old, the youngsters even the kids might never have been so politically aware earlier than they are today. The participation of youth especially in politics is a spectacular sight; the reasons they are protesting for, are quite intimidating though.

With this political intellect oozing from literally every nook and corner from the country, citizen journalism and social media activism on politics has also made its way to mainstream public. Everyone has become a political analyst and luckily there are adequate fora where people can also voice their opinions. One of my favorite blogger friends is Abdullah Nizamani. Abdullah recently has had a chance to opine on Laaltain, a popular website for youth who have a penchant for writing. I won’t be modest here but my blog is absolutely no match for Abdullah’s blogs, especially since he’s a law graduate and knows all the legality of certain issues. It was however his piece Is History Repeating Itself? Towards the end of turmoil that I refused to read initially. But, comments made on his Facebook post sharing that article is what ousted me to read it.

Abdullah begins his article with a grave connotation:

After years of ceaseless efforts of politicians, journalists, lawyers, civil society and other sections of the society, a fledgling democratic system has taken root in Pakistan but the political stunts by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri have put the whole development in jeopardy.

Well, I tend to disagree. I think, like any other analyst, Abdullah is over-thinking.
What is that one thing we fear most if ‘democracy is derailed’? A Martial Law? No, we fear to be ruled by a person who doesn’t have public’s mandate which is why we are troubled that he would make policies that suit his interests, not public’s. Else who wouldn’t like a person trained at Military academy who is adept at making appropriate decisions in times of crisis, possessing nerves of steel, to be the premier of one’s country? Or perhaps a government of technocrats; people who are experts in their professions, steering the country into right direction with their well thought-out policies?

Yes, we fear a government or premier who is not in the office through public’s suffrage. The present PMLN government, is sadly the one which apparently doesn’t seem to have public’s mandate either, at least not in NA 68 (Sargodha), NA256 (Karachi) and NA 118 (Lodhran).

Further, Abdullah writes:

Stubborn Imran, crazy Qadri and ignorant Nawaz Sharif have made Pakistan a laughing stock in the world. The long march was said to be aimed at reforming the electoral system, though PTI with its 34 members in the Parliament did not make any effort to do it while remaining within the system. Imran Khan’s demeanor shows that his other demands are mere blanket over his primary demand of PM’s resignation. As far Tahirul Qadri, he seems to be living in the state of utopia while having fits of egocentrism every now and then.

I can agree with Abdullah on Nawaz’s ignorance part but ‘stubborn’ isn’t quite an apposite attribute associated with Imran Khan. His principle stance on the rigging issue is no doubt a reflection of how obstinate he is but that is how things should be done. Electoral reforms are desperately needed in a country infected with feudalism. And as much Imran-ish it might sound, he did resort to legal channel before this Azadi March ballyhoo. About Tahir ul Qadri, ‘crazy’ is the adjective I would agree with but doesn’t that remind of that quintessential Joker dialogue:

“What doesn’t kill you, simply makes you stranger”.

Tahir ul Qadri is revered by many, for his vast knowledge of Islam. But, little was his political stature until PMLN government, on-purposely (or maybe mistakenly) projected him as a ‘Leader’. It wasn’t much of the ‘crazy’ Tahir ul Qadri factor than PMLN’s mishandling of his political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek that currently thousands of PAT and PTI workers are sitting at Red zone.

About PTI’s 34 member Parliamentary strength and how they did nothing to introduce electoral reforms, I’m sure Abdullah will be amused to see what I also found a few days ago. Here are two bills, one of which was presented by Dr. Shireen Mazari and Dr. Arif Alvi , the other presented by Munazza Hasan, Shireen Mazari, Dr. Arif Alvi and others in the National assembly. So, if people believe Ch. Nisar, Kh Saad Rafiq and Ishaq Dar that PTI must present bills for electoral reforms and that PMLN would support it, that is the outcome of sheer politics they played.

The article continues with some facts and figures:

Imran Khan has been trying to turn public opinion in his favor vis-à-vis election rigging but his arguments lose their ground when the outcome of election petitions filed by his party is assessed. According to facts, Imran Khan’s PTI filed 77 petitions with the Election Commission under Section 103-AA of Representation of People Act, 1976 which were disposed of. Besides, another 61 election petitions were filed under Section 52 of the same Act out of which 37 have been rejected favoring the winning candidates.

Well, I don’t really know what section, Malik Zubair Khan, the losing candidate of PTI from my constituency NA256, filed his petition under but NADRA report on rigging in NA256 says a man voted 7 times on polling station #168 (which was, hearsay is, actually a women’s polling station). Yet, Tribunal rejected Zubair Khan’s petition .
I wonder if that is how a middle class man’s petition is rejected what is the guarantee that other petitions are scrutinized efficiently and more than that, honestly? It must also be taken into notice that it costs Rs. 15 for verification per vote as stated by NADRA. Malik Zubair Khan did not have sufficient amount, he sought donations from people of his constituency, paid Rs. 9 lac for justice and yet, ‘democracy must not be derailed’ fiasco won. This is just one case, of my own constituency and who would assure this did not happen in 76 other cases filed under Section 103-AA or 36 cases filed under Section 52?

The next thing in Abdullah’s article which substantially deserves a reply in this blog is:

The constitution provides the method of removal of Prime Minister by way of vote of no-confidence under Article 95.

But, bearing in mind that this is the same Parliament where parties, accused of rigging by even the ruling party PMLN, are sitting as mere ‘stakeholders’. They will obviously never give a vote of no-confidence to remove Prime Minister. In cricketing terms that would have been equal to wasting another decision review opportunity.

Finally a word of applaud which should actually be for Azadi March participants for their immensely peaceful protest even in Red zone, but got camouflaged as Government’s sagacity:

Though the protestors have been occupying the capital for about a week, the government has still not used force to disperse them, which is indeed very appreciating.

Then comes the part which hurts me most:

Nawaz Sharif may somehow manage to survive the mob led by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri

and this one:

The ego of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri will also be seriously hurt if PM does not resign. In such case the apprehension is that the crowd of thousands of people may turn violent and may storm the buildings situated in the Red Zone.

It would be too harsh to call it Imran or Qadri’s ‘ego’ but yes, without the PM’s resignation, their political notoriety will be gravely compromised. Crowds won’t be attracted to them next time (let’s just hope there never comes a next time but still this is Pakistan. Period.)
What’s more disappointing that Abdullah has used the word “mob” for these peaceful Pakistanis. These are not PMLN’s Gullu, Pommy or Billu Butts. This is a middle class person, a frustrated youngster, a frail old person and a troubled child who in all their depression have come out of their homes, thinking their presence at PTI’s Azadi March might actually catalyze a ‘Change’ in Pakistan’s sad affairs. I myself haven’t had a chance to come out on streets in Karachi due to financial problems because of which it’s quite hard to go to Teen Talwar protests from Model Colony but I can understand why people are pouring in big numbers everyday. My father works at Pakistan Steel Mills, an institution where 16,000+ employees haven’t had 3 months’ salary while the Prime Minister was busy buying sniffer dogs and BMWs worth billions of tax payers’ money. I know that’s not a logical defiance but comes straight from my heart.

Further, he writes:

The resignation of Prime Minister may fill the appetite of Imran Khan but it would set a negative precedent providing religious and political pressure groups with an excuse to stage the sit-ins in the capital bringing the whole system to a standstill. Therefore, the wisdom demands that the Prime Minister should not resign under the pressure of protests.

That is a very good argument and I totally agree with it. I wish such sanity prevailed in 1990s also when Nawaz Sharif launched Tehrik e Nijat against Benazir Bhutto’s second government. Or perhaps when there used to be “Go Musharraf Go” or “Go Zardari Go” slogans. The wrong precedents have been set up PMLN itself and now they must have a taste of their own medicine. Imran Khan is the one having almost all trump cards here; he’s got a rage, street power and a number of loopholes to talk about, in Sharif’s government. 

As I write this blog, the Judicial commission’s report on Model town massacre is out. Chief Minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif is found to be directly involved in the bloodshed. What’s interesting to note, is the affidavit of ISI and MI representatives who have provided phone records on behalf of agencies which proved to be a concrete evidence in the verdict against PMLN’s provincial government. We all know why Imran Khan has taken such a magnanimous risk and upon who’s consent. The point is, I believe those ‘boys’ are the real protectors of Pakistan and hence certain matters should be in their hands. After all, they would never compromise on Pakistan or this nation that they promise to protect till their last breathe.  
I trust Pakistan Army to be doing what’s best for Pakistan.


Aren’t we all IDPs?

“History remembers the battle but forgets the blood”. – A dialogue from Abraham Lincoln: The Vampire hunter.

Well, not sure about the history but the present in Pakistan fits this description very accurately.The year 2014 marks almost a decade to the turmoil in Pakistan that came with the War on Terror in adjacent country, Afghanistan. Extremism in Pakistan owes its roots not only to the dictator, General (Retired) Musharraf’s decision of being a key US ally in War on Terror but also to his predecessor General Zia ul Haq’s vivid policy of literally manufacturing dedicated fighters (Jihadis) to be sent to Afghanistan back in times of Soviet invasion as per US strategy of combating her only rival in the quest to become a Super power.

In addition to extremism, what more these wars have brought for Pakistan, is IDPs.

IDP is an acronym for “internally displaced persons”.

It means the innocent people who had absolutely nothing to do with the civil war in their residential areas but had to abandon their homes, businesses and fraternity for the sake of their safety. A common picture that comes to our minds when we hear IDPs is,people moving out from the war zones, to a safer region; making temporary stay for God knows how long, in camps with dozens of others like them; limited food items for which they queue up for hours before finally getting a meal;uncertainty. All in all, IDPs have to go through a very difficult phase of their lives with practically nothing at their disposal. They are dependent upon their governments and countrymen for their needs. In short, nothing in the lives of IDPs is normal, as what is with ordinary citizens in a civilized society.

I remember when I was little, there used to come some Afghani men in their fifties maybe, who would sweep our streets and dump our garbage somewhere far.Once, my cousin called one of those men, who picked and dumped our garbage,“Jamaadar” (an Urdu word for someone who dumps garbage). Poor fellow was so offended, that he complained to my father regarding that. I still remember, he was nearly crying when he told us

“Hum ko Khan baba bol do, kachray wala bol do magar Jamaadar na bolo, humei afsos hota. Yeh tou hamare mulk mei aesa jang ho raha hai tou hum yahan campo’n mei aa k reh rahe hain warna hamara Afghanistan mei masale, qaleen wagera ka itna acha dukaan tha. Ab humei yeh sharam wala kaam karna par raha hai”

[Call me Khan baba, garbage man but not ‘Jamaadar’, I feel sad. It’s all because of this war in our country that we have to come live in camps likethis. Else, we had such a fine shop of spices and carpets etc. Now, we have to do this odd job here]

Nowadays, a similar situation is being faced by people of North Waziristan who are landing in huge numbers to Bannu, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa; a province already with scarce resources due to law and order situation, not capable of facilitating its own people let alone double number of IDPs. The total population of Bannu district is some 700,000 people, approximately. So far, in the wake of Zarb e Azb (The Final Blow)’s initial phase, around 400,000 IDPs have come to seek refuge in Bannu district. That makes roughly a 67% rise in population of Bannu district. The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa is the only one who seems to have taken care of these IDPs.

The Sindh government, led by Pakistan Peoples’ Party, which ranted most for an operation in North Waziristan has now shamelessly sealed borders of Sindh for IDPs. The provincial government of Punjab also doesn’t seem to welcome these IDPs.
Our Prime Minister who supposedly enjoys 2/3rd majority and massive mandates from all over Pakistan goes a step further. Instead of taking up IDPs’ responsibility himself, he dictates the Army to take care of IDPs. Upon a bit of exaggeration on social and mainstream media, the Prime Minister was prompted to announce a package of Rs. 7,000 per family of IDPs. Ashamed by this minimal amount, the ISPR had to make a public announcement that soldiers from most bottom to top ranks would donate a day’s salary for IDPs. Maybe, this prompted our generous Prime Minister to raise the amount from Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 15,000.

One simply cannot help but cry for this ill-fated country and its Army that the very soldiers who are busy combating terrorists in tribal areas, are shouldered upon the responsibility of IDPs while the political governments are busy renovating assemblies, buying BMWs and sniffer dogs worth millions.

What’s more disappointing is that fellow Pakistanis are not even making adequate donations to Army camps for rehabilitation of IDPs. It could be the national indifference towards the issue. But, a more logical explanation would be that common place Pakistanis are so tangled in problems in all walks of life that they can’t even make proper donations for IDPs. Earlier, a donation of even Rs. 1000 could make a lot of difference. But, now our politicians’ habits of borrowing loans from even countries like Denmark have left our economy nowhere. The consequence of staggering economy is that inflation is more burgeoning than ever. Majority of Pakistanis belong to the middle strata of society. It is extremely difficult for them to make both their own ends meet let alone make donations for IDPs.

In light of all this, a valid question arises. Aren’t we all IDPs?

A common man cannot get quality education or medical treatment free of cost in this country because corrupt ministers embezzle all funds of education and health sector. A middle class man faces burgeoned taxes while the rulers enjoy multiplying their assets every day. An ordinary Pakistani cannot file an FIR against a notorious criminal because the police would not settle without ‘Chaye paani’ (code word for Bribe). An unfortunate girl’s parents cannot see the barbaric man who harassed their daughter behind bars just because he is backed by influential politicians, so they would remain in eternal torture. People of Thar die due to drought but three youngsters belonging to a sham ‘elite’ spend millions of tax payers’ money on a cultural festival just for the sake of enjoyment. Security personnel, appointed for public’s safety, are attacked by armed mobs of any Tom, Dick or Harry. Bomb disposal squad staff disposes numerous bombs without proper equipments, detects a bomb by simply weighing suspicious objects yet billions are spent on security of politicians, bureaucrats and their extended families.

The condition of an average Pakistani is nothing more than the life as spent by an IDP. Only difference is that we are deprived of serenity, facilities and dignity while they are in addition to all of these, are displaced from their homes and reside in camps, too.

May Allah ease these perilous times of IDPs and grant success to Pakistan Army in Zarb e Azb.

Democracy doesn’t deserve Pakistan.

“Pakistan has always had a sham democracy”-Pervaiz Musharraf.

Democracy, by definition, is a system of the people, by the people and for the people. In Pakistan, however, all the concepts of democracy are flawed. The chief reason behind the decadence of a system like democracy in Pakistan might probably be that the country has been under military dictatorships for more than half of its entity. But, there is another internecine adhered with the quiescence of democracy in Pakistan, too.
This vituperative visage of democracy in Pakistan, in addition to the atrocious landlords and money laundering businessmen, has a lot to do with the collective mindset of the public.

The year 2013 was the first and a rather unusual time when the people of Pakistan witnessed a peaceful transition of democratically elected governments.
The general elections of 2013 are the only elections that have been carried out under interim government appointed by mutual discussion of governing and opposition parties.
But, the credibility of these elections has been in question since the very day results were announced. Massive rigging in all parts of the country has ousted supporters of losing parties to lose faith in the electoral process and in the long run, the Democracy itself.
The election of corrupt people into the assemblies isn’t as big a calamity as the ‘let it go, now’ mindset of masses is. A large faction of Pakistani society doesn’t even care how they have been fooled and deprived of their mandate.

Another daunting aspect would unarguably be the ‘we always vote for this party’. People of Pakistan have failed to apprehend that the true essence of democracy is not in being spellbound by the charisma of one political party’s founder and voting for that party in every election regardless of that party’s horrible performance in the assemblies.
Democracy’s requisites are an unbiased judgment of policies and party manifestos and then the decision of one’s vote.In Pakistan, people do not judge political parties based upon their policies.Rather, they judge policies based on what political party presents them.

For a Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz supporter, the policy of negotiating with Taliban terrorists is childish and disgusting if it’s proposed by Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf, but a far-sighted approach if PMLN takes the same stance.
For a person belonging to Sindh, the Bhuttos are saints and they publicly declare that it is a part of their faith that they would cast their votes to Pakistan People’s Party, no matter how abysmal things go afterwards. A person belonging to the Muhajir ethnicity would not vote Muttahida Qaumi Movement because of their educated and graceful candidates, but only because they share the same ethnicity.
In Pakistan, like the cricketer-cum-politician Imran Khan says, people supporting some political party if face criticism or question, don’t defend themselves or the party they support, instead they attack the one questioning.The vicious cycle of mudslinging continues, and much to dismay this is also the case with most educated voters.

If we observe the process of Presidential elections in United States of America, we don’t find people who would say ‘I’ll vote for Democrats just because my grandfather was a follower of Richard Nixon’. Instead we would find people attending the rounds of Presidential candidates’ debates, comparing policies of both, questioning them and then deciding whom to cast their vote.
People in most civilized societies value their vote; the sanctity of their suffrage is deemed precious not only by the politicians but also by themselves.
This diversity between the collective mindset of us and them is why democracy flourishes and benefits the masses in civilized societies but has not bore a substantial fruit in Pakistan.

Pakistan debates!

Adolescence is the period of one’s life when he’s the most unpredictable. Constant mood swings can make a youngster hate even the most lovable thing or love the most ordinary things.
It is this time that a person asks himself questions. About the world, what he was, how things happened. Spiritual insight aside, skepticism also surrounds him in social matters. He learns lessons that would help him in later life, true faces of people around him and the ability to vanquish sorrow or impediments.
It is the age of utter idealism. Youngsters dream big, think big and if sentimentally motivated, they can even make possible the impossible.
Youth is basically a time of frequent debates and arguments. Sometimes, the opposition is your acquaintance. Other times it’s your conscience, customs or ethics.

If you were a South Asian teenager, preferably Muslim, before Pakistan’s inception, the biggest battle between your heart and mind must have been whether Muslims should live as separate Islamic entity within United India or under the leadership of Muslim League demand a separate Muslim state.

If you were a youngster during the first thirty years of Pakistan, you must have had debated yourself if the Bengalis of East Pakistan were just whining or they actually were being treated acrimoniously.

If you were a youngster, back in 1980s or 1990s, or even till 2008 elections you must have been questioning yourself or your elders if you were a Sindhi, Punjabi, Pathan, Balochi, Mohajir (Urdu speaking) or Seraiki.

If you were a youngster dwelling from Karachi during the clashes of MQM and ANP in 2009 or MQM and PPP’s Zulfiqar Mirza, and survived that bloodshed, you must have been debating yourself whether you should support your ethnicity or a ‘Change’.

If you were a youngster, with a keen interest in Pakistan’s counter-terrorism policy during 2013 elections, you must be debating yourself whether you’re a conservative person or a liberal one; a Taliban Apologist or a Liberal Fascist.

The reason behind all this segregation is that soon after Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s death, we indulged into a baseless and unnecessary argument, the mother of all debates that whether Jinnah wanted an Islamic state where all laws should be based on Shariah or just a ‘secular’ state where Muslims could live in peace. The pseudo ‘liberals’ of Pakistan, in the name of ‘secularism’ and ‘modernism’ want to spread obscenity. While the conservative people live in fools’ paradise, still dreaming that Pakistan should wage a ‘Jihad’ against ‘Amreeka’ or ‘Bharat’. It is because of these two extreme mindsets that no one wants to settle for something less than the ideals they have in their minds.

Islam preaches ‘moderation’ in every walk of life. It is the ‘balance’ taught by Islam that ensures tolerance among people. Pakistan was created in the name of Islam. It is our deviation from the religion of peace and justice that we are in such an abysmal situation, almost on the verge of failure.

Pakistan Peoples’ Party was founded some 33 years ago. They believe in a ‘secular’ state to be the solution of all our problems. This party and its well-wishers give examples of India and America, the former being the biggest democracy of the world while latter being the oldest. But, they fail to apprehend that both India and America enjoy such power and prosperity because they treat all ethnic groups with equality.
After 1970’s elections, PPP’s founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto took a distinct 180 degrees turn from his own ideology, the Democracy.
He refused to accept Mujib ur Rehman’s mandate which ousted the already outraged Bengalis to secession as Bangladesh. Now, once again PPP’s attempts to quench its thirst for power is alienating the Urdu-speaking community of Karachi.

The bone of contention in Pakistan is not the affiliation of religion. It’s the deviation from the religion. If all ethnic groups of Pakistan, are treated in accordance to the principles of social justice, if all Sindhis, Punjabis, Pathans, Balochis, Mohajirs, Shias, Sunni, Barelvis, Deobandis, Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus are treated as equal citizens of the country like people from all tribes and religions were treated in the first welfare state, Madina, and if everyone is taught to be neither fundamentalist or a liberal fascist but just moderate people, there’s no power, as Jinnah had put in, that can undo Pakistan.

A few months ago, I read a thought provoking quote in Hamid Mir’s column. He wrote that once Malala Yousufzai’s father, Ziauddin Yousufzai called him, as her book became quite a controversy, and said:

”Mr. Hamid Mir, in Pakistan it is very easy to be a Sindhi, Punjabi, Mohajir or Pathan, but too difficult to be just a Pakistani. Likewise, it is very easy to be a Shia, Sunni, Barelvi or Deobandi but very difficult to be just a Muslim’. 

Generation gap, maybe..?

Tuesday, is a CNG strike in Karachi as per schedule for Sindh. I go to my college by a public bus. On my way back, I took the bus which had no room for any one more person but I had to take it as I was running late for a class at my tuition center. I requested the young girls, wearing white lab coats (must be some medical university students or probably young doctors), to move a bit so I can at least just step on that bus or else I would get late for my class. They humbly tried to move as much as possible and then sweetly asked me what class I have to reach.

One bus stop ahead, two or three ladies stepped down from that bus and those two girls got to move a bit inside.However, I had to remain on the footstep near the door. Just, then the conductor came and started collecting fares from us. Usually, the Pathan conductors are very careful and maintain an appreciable distance from women. But, this conductor seemed a non-Pathan and kept on nagging women for fare. I moved a bit backward to be distant from him. Just then, I must have sought support of the woman sitting behind me. She pushed my bag so hard and ordered me to move ahead. I simply told her that the conductor is standing right in front of me,collecting fares. That woman rudely replied

’Han tou conductor khara hai tou kya tumhe apni goud me bitha loon?’’
(So what if the conductor’s standing? You want me to let you sit on my lap?

I was surprised at how arrogantly she was pushing me to go cling to that conductor just because she could not even momentarily tolerate me resting partly on her.

A few weeks before, same CNG strike, similar crowded bus and I was traveling to my college. The bus driver was hitting the brakes abruptly, causing jerks in the bus. With one such jerk I must have slightly hit a woman’s fat buttocks. It was obviously not on-purpose and also not a very hard hit. Even then that woman turned to me and said
‘Bhyi kya hai ap ko, mujhe maarey kiun ja rahi hain?’(Girl, what’s the matter, why are you constantly hitting me?)

I replied that I wasn’t constantly hitting her but it just happened spontaneously because of the jerks.
She said angrily
‘Tou jhatke lagne ka matlab ye thori hai k ap meri kamar hi tor den!’ (These jerks don’t mean that you get to break my back bone).

I was stunned about two things:
One, that how possibly my 30-35 kg body colliding with a minor pressure to hers 75-80 kg could break her backbone.Second, that when anyone’s backbone has ever been stretched across till his/her hips.

Apart from these two incidents there are countless times that I have come across helpful and co-operative ladies. But, I don’t recall any young girl like me or a few years older than me ever treating me as those two ‘aunties’ did, or bicker like such middle aged women do with each other for a seat. I and many girls of my age often leave our seats for the aged ones who can’t endure standing throughout their ride.

Crux of the matter, our elders are wrong when they claim that our generation,the present youth is arrogant and ill-mannered. They say that excessive use of social media has made today’s youngsters selfish, rude and narcissists. My bitter experience with college teachers and women companions in a public bus makes me say that my generation is the most sophisticated, energetic and well-informed one. It’s actually the generation prior to ours, the people of which are now in their middle ages, that lacks not only ethics but also the traits like patience, selflessness and maturity.
We, the youth of Pakistan have a lot of potential within us. We are studying harder than any of those ‘aunties’ can even imagine. After attending a full-day college, amidst the chaos in a public bus, even the mere thought of taking a two hours’ Chemistry, Math, Physics or Biology class is very hectic and can make anyone to lose his/her mind. But, yes. We don’t lose our minds unlike the middle-aged women who think they are the only one who has some serious business in this world.
I visited a family dermatologist this summer with my grandfather. His following analysis seemed pretty precise to me. He said to my grandfather:

‘Aap ki generation ne Pakistan banaya. Hamari generation ne Pakistan ga[n]waya.Ab is bachi ki generation se hi umeed hai.’

(Your generation founded Pakistan, ours lost it. Now, this young girl’s generation seems only hope).