Pakistan- Kal, Aaj, Aur Kal
Renowned Pakistani Actor, Writer and Producer Adeel Hashmi gave a lecture titled Pakistan: Kal, Aaj aur Kal (Pakistan: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) at Information Technology University (ITU). This public event was organized by the ITU VOICE Society. Mr. Hashmi touched upon several topics during the course of his lecture. He began by comparing the Pakistan of yesteryear- a time, he said, of no barriers boundaries or restrictions, with the Pakistan of today, with its gated communities, dangers and infrastructure of restriction and exclusion. He then went on to encourage the youth to play their role responsibly and with humbleness. He pointed out the common man’s plight in Pakistan, who, by being unable to approach the Supreme Court, is symbolically excluded from even the law of the land, and reminded participants that they must work to rectify the sad state of affairs of the country; “Many have taken from Pakistan, but hardly anyone has given back. We must realize our responsibility towards our country,” he said.
Mr. Hashmi also greatly stressed that the young people of today educate themselves thoroughly. He clarified that by education he did not merely mean the acquisition of a degree but a deeper knowledge of history, literature and language. Being ignorant of the historical context in which we exist, and the language we speak, is inexcusable, in his opinion, for it denies one the chance to understand oneself and one’s society. Mr. Hashmi then proceeded to point out the crucial difference between religion and religiosity, and how the latter can kill the spirit of the former. He ended the lecture by asking the youth not to be discouraged, and to practice patience. He beseeched them not to let hate make home in their hearts and do their best to fulfil their responsibilities- towards the state, the society and towards their own selves.
The lecture was followed by a Q&A session and a trivia quiz.