Freedom is the power to act, think or speak as one wants without hindrance or restraint. As the years pass by, freedom in Pakistan (and yes, I’m only talking about Pakistan) is increasing dramatically. For all those liberals out there, I don’t condemn freedom, and I am not staunchly against it either. The only problem I have with freedom is that it is being used wrongfully.

Pakistan, when it was made back in 1947, was made with the intention that Muslims, who were suppressed in India, would get their own homeland where they could freely practice their religion. Pakistan, today, has barely any practicing Muslims. In fact, you would see that ‘liberals’ have more freedom here than the practicing Muslims themselves.

So what went wrong? When did Pakistan become a ground for those increasingly westernized people, and when did innocent Muslims start being killed brutally, as if they were the ones who were wrong?

Correct me if I am wrong, but a majority of Pakistani population is of the opinion that, to progress, we need to do as the West does. It is blatantly assumed that we need to follow their footsteps, and in doing so, we’ve picked out certain elements of their lifestyle, molded them into our own, and have begun pretending as if they were rightfully ours.

So why, I have to ask, are we still so far behind? Didn’t we accomplish what was required to hop on to that beautiful road to success? Is it because some of the Pakistanis still refuse to follow the West? I should think not.

The reason is, and once again correct me if I am wrong, we have way too much freedom. Freedom of speech is one thing, yes, and everyone deserves it. Freedom to do what one wants is acceptable too. However, somehow we have managed to miss the point that the people we are so impressed, the people at whose feet we are ready to worship,  have rules too. They may have all the freedom in the world, but they have rules and regulations and they are expected to follow them. They gave all the rights to their people, only because they knew they still had them on a tight leash.

Why am I rambling on and on about freedom and modernization?

In the process of modernization, we have begun to lose our youth. Our youth, which was supposed to revolutionize Pakistan, has become morally corrupt. Yes, freedom is the way to progress, but freedom of what? Surely freedom to become as socially and morally corrupt as one wants is not the road to progress?

Look before you adapt, is all I can say. For there are still people, who, even after being exposed to such a community, turn out okay, know their morals, know what to adapt and what not to. There are still people who are actually Pakistanis, as opposed to those Pakistanis who defame our beautiful country. There is still hope for Pakistan, but only because of a minority that refuses to budge, still accepts their own values, and works hard to bring things back to they way they were.

Progress is good, in fact, progress is great; losing yourself, your culture, your values, your identity in the process, is definitely not. It might as well be the first step towards failure. Be yourself, be humane, follow your rules, and all will turn out well.

    “WhatsApp is shutting down on 28th jan Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of WhatsApp) we have had an over usage of user names on WhatsApp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or WhatsApp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the WhatsApp team”

    To all those who use Whatsapp as their primary messaging service, the title should definitely sound familiar. For over a week now, all Whatsapp users have been receiving a message that indicates that the free messaging service would soon go from being absolutely free to being charged as much as $25. The message was phrased carefully, using formal vocabulary, making it sound like the message was really coming from the desk of Whatsapp CEO Jim Balsamic.
    To top it off, WhatsApp has been having some issues with their application lately, causing the message 'Error: Status unavailable' to appear in places of contacts' statuses. This particular problem was used by the fraudulent party to their advantage, for soon enough, messages were now being sent with the following text added to it:

    'Check the status of every individual contact is showing:
    Status: error
    Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings were real, the use of WhatsApp cost money from summer 2012'

    The second text, however, was sent in an informal manner, implying that this was being sent by a user and not the developers of the WhatsApp application. The message, causing panic among users, managed to convince even those who had not taken the earlier message seriously.

    WhatsApp authorities, however, revealed that the message really was a hoax and they had absolutely nothing to do with it. They further added that they would rather work on making WhatsApp a better experience for its users rather than troubling them. It was always a free application and would remain one.

    So, on that note, everyone is advised to once read up before they forward such texts! When one person forwards a text without authentication, dozens get fooled in a matter of minutes. The internet is a hub of fraud and mockery, don't fall prey to it!