By Miss Mehwish Akram*
I am as excited about the upcoming general elections as everyone else here in Pakistan. You, too, like me, must be hearing slogans of different political parties, attending election campaigns, supporting your favorite candidate, political parties and looking forward to cast your vote for the elections 2018.
Let me share my thoughts with you regarding the general election. First of all, we need to be respectful, like civilized people. We ought to respect each other’s opinion, way of thinking and understand each other perspective. We should sincerely allow and accept everyone right to support a candidate of her/his choice, preferred political party and above all the right to cast its vote… It’s their right. They are an adult and they know what they are doing and what is best for them. So it’s really important to respect their opinions as surely we all wants to be respected ours.
To respect each other also means to avoid passing the discriminatory remarks about someone. It’s never healthy. One should never do that. Don’t drag someone’s past or character by passing foul comments whether he or she is a political candidate or any other person. It’s never right. Politicians are human too. Passing some sexist comment on leaders, interfering into their personal lives, investigating, throwing shoes and ink on them, saying offensive comments. That’s not graceful and ethical.
Who is responsible for all the fuss on social media? And we know the answer and that is; we all. Yes, we are responsible for all that silliness. We are fighting over social media with each other because of difference of opinion with each other. We are writing cruel comments, filthy remarks, name calling of the politicians and just considering it a fun. Foul language and blaming each other is not fun. Am I right? What are we fighting for? Betterment of Pakistan, our better future, seeking change but that is not the appropriate way.
By concluding, I would like to say that show tolerance while interacting with others. Whatever we think, whatever we do, it must be for betterment of our country, our Pakistan, in graceful manner.
At the end, I would like to quote Margaret Thatcher
“Watch Your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions .watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.” Therefore, what we think we become.
Oh and the last please do spare your time to cast your vote. Choose the best candidate for Pakistan; your own future.
*The blogger Miss Mehwish Akram is student of Quaid e Azam University , Islamabad