Pakistan’s educated illiterates

Access to good education in Pakistan is a privilege and unfortunately not a right, and yet those with all the money and resources to get access to good education either seem to not have benefitted from it or took advantage of it. A security guard being beaten up in one of Pakistan’s elite schools by a crowd of young men after being refused entry to a social event is one of the recent examples portraying Pakistan’s educated illiterates.

The incident occurred on Saturday November 11, 2017 at the Lahore Grammar School Defence Phase 5 branch where the annual Model United Nations was taking place, which was to be followed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s concert there.  A group of young men beat up a helpless, aged security guard after finding out that the LGS Phase 5 management had closed the gates. Abuses could be heard and the one security guard being beaten up by the young men could be seen in the videos that went viral on social media.

This is not the first time such an incident has occurred. In September this year, an Army captain along with 11 students tried to enter in a speeding car the campus of Quaid-E-Azam University (QAU) drunk and upon being refused entry beat up a security guard who was later rescued by people passing by. In February 2015,Ali Rohail Asghar, the son of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Rohail Asghar exchanged rough words with a security guard outside a marriage hall in Garisson Golf and Country Club, Lahore and after being asked to get his car checked for security reasons beat him up.

Even if the people were angry for being refused entry at LGS Phase 5 or the event being poorly managed beating up a poor, the old security guard who was trying to make ends meet for his family was no excuse. A peaceful protest could have taken place outside the campus or directly messaging or calling the LGS Phase 5 and those involved with the event could have taken place. If the event was poorly managed or people were being refused entry, it was not the fault of the guard. He was simply following orders and did a brave job of it by showing resilience. The young men on the other hand showed that education had not done them any good and were poorly representing where they were coming from.

Pakistan has one of the poorest literacy rates records and the second largest out of school population after Nigeria according to the 2012-2013 report of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Yet those who have access to good education in a country like Pakistan unfortunately did not take advantage of it. Basically it seems their priority was just getting a degree and not learning basic manners and ethics.

The incident that occurred at LGS Phase 5 on 11th November is an unfortunate one. Those responsible for beating up the poor security guard should be held accountable for what they did and brought to justice so that a strong message is sent against hooliganism.

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  1. Khizer Dar says

    There is a difference in actions due to lack of education or being an educated illiterates and actions due to lack of law and order. No implementation of law is the failure of the government (Irrespective of who is running it). In the given circumstances (law and order situation, literacy and employment opportunities) Pakistanis are still among people with people with the highest morals. You sell your countrymen short because you have no idea how people are in the best of the so called countries around the world.

  2. Muhammad Shahrose Azam says

    At least someone has raised a voice against the violence especially on weak one. Basic humanity does not require any education at all. Hopefully, the institution is producing good trained humans not just the machines.

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