The Pakistani Youth – A Foreigner’s Perspective.

My experience in Pakistan has been very diverse. I’ve seen the life on the streets, in the houses of big local families, I’ve seen the academic environment and I’ve experienced the colorful interactions of the regular people in the bazaars. What gives me the fullest and most impressive picture of current Pakistan is its youth. I’ve been blessed to meet many people my age, with whom I can interact easily and through whose eyes I see the world from a different yet not that deviating point of view.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that today’s Pakistani new generation is much like the one throughout the world. They are ambitious, energetic, modern and striving for progress. Most of them use all the new technologies, watch every new movie that comes out and are very well acknowledged with global trends.
There are a few things though which distinguish them from other people their age. First of all, they love their country and it holds a special and big place in their lives. Most of them are very aware of the issues Pakistan is still struggling with, but they believe in a better future and know that it depends on them. That’s why they are so eager to learn. When I started giving classes on Italian language, I was not sure what the response might be since those classes are not mandatory and don’t give any credits. Yet there are many people wishing to learn something new. I can’t be sure how other people view that desire, but for me it’s one of the most valuable traits in a person.

If you’re an outsider like me, you’d appreciate the morality and the norms of the society and you’d feel a little envious.


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Apart from being hungry for knowledge, every single one of the students I’ve met has treated me as a friend. They feel flattered by the foreign interest in their country and feel obligated to make the newcomer happy and comfortable. Also they’re trying to make sure that the foreigner sees all the good sides of local culture. It may seem as a bragging, but it’s actually a sympathy-provoking desire to disprove the negative image of the country which has been popularized by world media. You may know it by now, but I won’t get tired of saying it: Pakistan is a beautiful colorful country and the people here do not deserve to be regarded as a dangerous group of terrorists.
Another valuable characteristic I find in Pakistani youngsters is their respect for elders, especially for their parents. Here family has a sacred and highly valued place in every person’s life. The opinion of the parent is always taken in consideration no matter what the subject might be – a choice of clothes, food, university or a spouse. Children don’t feel repressed by that, on the contrary they believe their parents know better.
Religion also has an unusually strong influence on young people’s lives here. That gives them many valuable traits like dignity, the respect for elders I spoke about, obedience to higher authority and honesty. In the same time though it makes them seem rather conservative and as much as they try to be cool and open-minded they stay within certain limits. Is that good or bad? Depends on the place you’re standing. If you’re in love with a person your parents don’t like you’d wish you were not born here. If you’re an outsider like me, you’d appreciate the morality and the norms of the society and you’d feel a little envious.

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