Mr. Sadiq Khan became the first Muslim mayor of London and this news was broken as a major headline especially on Pakistani media as his father was a Pakistani immigrant bus driver. Looking closely at the tempo of information storming, there was a feeling as if a Pakistani has won London Mayor-ship. Sentences like “Englishmen used to rule whole world from London but now its biggest ruler will be of Pakistani origin” were a norm. Such news about achievements of Pakistani origin or dual nationality persons are greatly highlighted in our media and some people cheer such triumphs as their own victories. But do such accomplishments really mean anything to us?
In the past, famous British boxer Amir Khan’s successes have been treated as if a Pakistani had won whereas in reality he was representing Britain for all his fights. Many take the professional success of British singer Zayn Malik integrated with popular looks/style as a Pakistani hit due to his Pakistani background. Similar celebrations have been noted while dual nationals such as Ms Sharmeen Obaid-Chenoy and Ms Nergis Mavalvala achieved their respective milestones.
Coming back to Sadiq Khan, can anybody please review his manifesto and figure out what good he is going to do for Pakistan being a London mayor? How does Pakistan benefit from him being a London mayor? If the answer is NOTHING; then why and what are we celebrating for him? He will surely be working to raise the living standards of Londoners as their elected representative; not for Karachi or Quetta.
In the midst of many of my friends and acquaintances getting foreign nationalities and existing dual nationals, I have observed the nationality crisis and other things tied with it. How can anybody be loyal to Pakistan and any other country at the same time; there are pauses and uncertainties while you discuss various interlinked ideological, moral and social factors with Pakistani Americans or British Pakistanis etc. The condition of the next generation is more miserable as they get disconnected from Pakistani society and the foreign society never accepts them completely. Individuals use their foreign passport status on their CVs to attract employers and keep Pakistani passports also as an option when and wherever required. I firmly believe that Pakistan must BAN dual nationality to avoid such confusion and clearly define Pakistani citizenship criterion. You’re a Pakistani or you are a foreigner, nothing dual nothing mixed/in between; a clear approach will resolve many things for sure.
The purpose of writing this article is certainly not to devalue the achievements of Sadiq Khan and such others but to seriously reconsider if we are celebrating a real thing? The main question is why people leave Pakistan and run behind other nationalities? What factors in Pakistan stops people to magnify their true potential? Why not correct our own system so that these brilliant individuals do not run behind other nationalities and bring such a time where there are no suffixes or prefixes to success stories; a time to celebrate genuine Pakistanism. Instead of celebrating such individuals whose forefathers once belonged to Pakistan and now their offspring are satisfying western interests; why not glorify our very own heroes who do not search for other passports and put all their energies to raise our Sabz Halali (Green flag) only?