In a country like Pakistan, where the state differentiates between its subjects on the basis of their personal beliefs, campaigning ‘equality for all’ is a hard road to take, but the young human rights activist has decided to take the road less traveled. Jibran Nasir’s endless struggle and his progressive vision of campaigning for the rights of the oppressed sections of Pakistan’s society has gained a lot of popularity in the youth, which makes up around 63% of the country’s population. His slogan of ‘equal rights for all citizens’ has been a symbol of hope for the common man of Pakistan.
Pakistan is a country that has a history of bloodshed caused by ethnic, religious and linguistic violence. In this atmosphere of hate, Jibran Nasir has won love from all quarters of the society and has emerged as a symbol of tolerance, humanity, and hope. Jibran has been working as a human rights activist for the last decade, but this time he has decided to go a step further by entering into the mainstream political scene of Pakistan. He is contesting elections from NA-247 (National Assembly) and PS-111 (Provincial Assembly) constituencies located in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi.
“After embarking upon the road against extremism,” he said at a debate organized by the students of Karachi, “I was threatened by Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan, Jindullah and Jamaat ul Ahrar. I have been on their hitlist since, but I have never carried any kind of extra security because I feel that if I start behaving like a VIP myself, it would be hard for you (common citizens) to relate to my stance.”
Defeating terrorism and extremism without using any kind of violence has been Jibran’s crowning achievement.
Born in 1987, Jibran went to St. Michaels’ school for his primary education and later went to The Lyceum college for his A-levels. He later joined the legal fraternity and worked as a corporate lawyer for four years. It was during this time when he realized that extremism, hate, and intolerance were plaguing Pakistan and this proved to be the turning point in Jibran’s life.
Jibran’s unfaltering conviction for bringing about a culture of peace, tolerance, and humility into Pakistani politics is his outstanding trait. His utmost love for Pakistan is his only motivation to enter politics. He is an icon who only needs a chance to prove his credentials as a genuine leader who can change the landscape of politics in Pakistan.
He is talented, compassionate and a visionary who believes in walking the talk and leading by example. His victory in the upcoming general elections will prove to the world that if citizens of this country choose to change their fate by electing genuine leaders then there is no force on earth that can stand in the way of Pakistan becoming a dignified progressive state.
It’s about time that a common citizen be supported to break the monotony.