About Abid Gillani
“Dairay” a word from Urdu language means “Circles” – which I believe signifies the state of our nation. I feel that we have been going round and round in circles for decades now without a sense of real direction. These circles become even more vicious for the common man who is engulfed by his/ her survival efforts and has no time to think – let alone act – how these circles are being orchestrated and how s/he can get out of these.
I am blessed that in the past 25 years, I have been part of Pakistan’s major political and social efforts one way or the other. I have worked closely with many of the top leaders of our country and can understand the DNA of our political and social elite. I have witnessed religion being used as a tool for personal glory and politics being considered as a mode to ensure the status quo. I have seen conspiracies being hatched and peoples’ rights being usurped in the dark. I have shared the despair and anger among the underserved people of my country and have worked with honest and tireless friends during the time of earthquake and floods in Pakistan.
I also cherish my interaction with Pakistanis around the world looking forward to their motherland become sovereign and prosperous and with others wondering why a land possessing everything imaginable on earth is lagging so far behind. I believe in the bright future for Pakistan and in the fact that this future is in no one else’s hands – it is in our hands.
Isn’t it the time for me, for you, for all of us to raise our voice, start spreading the truth and play our part as “WE” – only “WE” – shall be held responsible for any eventualities, may those be good or bad? I am an optimist and believe that collective conscience once brought to the fore can move mountains. Only our collective wisdom, collective voice and collective effort can bring about a change; no leader will emerge to help us by itself unless we make ourselves capable and eligible for this change.
I’ll keep sharing my thoughts – from the bottom of my heart – with you and hope that you’ll join in this struggle, at whatever level, in whichever way you can. Together, we can break these vicious circles (dairay)!
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