[Opinion] “Better Late Than Never”  | Misbah Uddin Khawaja | Passutimes

When I was born, definitely my parents could have celebrated my birthday with their fullest capacity. May be they had sent sweets to my relatives and neighbors spreading a news of newly born baby in their family. Likewise, my parents could have sung lullabies to torch-up my sleep with comfort and peace in a cradle, so, surely this was the reason for now I’m having a good time in my life. When time went away, I was sent out to school to learn something new which will embellish my life with wisdom and knowledge to see things beyond the boundaries. I’m completely sure that I had cried many a times when my parents used to leave me alone in my nursery class with young fellows, because I didn’t want to leave the lap of my parents which was a whole world filled with love and care for me. The fingers of my parents holding my hand were the most caring things I had ever seen till now in my entire beautiful life. And, then my parents started working hard for me to cover up all my necessities of education, because they have kept an aim in their minds that their son or daughter will one day emerge as an officer who will serve this world in a better way to share a smile in everyone’s life, and yeah, everyone should do that. Well, I really don’t have words to express the fathom of love our parents do have for their children, but I was trying to catch your attention towards our parents and their love.

Well, we (Gilgit-Baltistani) are hailing from one of the most remote and inaccessible areas of the world, nestled among the sky-kissing mountains of Karakorum ranges. It is never possible for every one of us to endure the airfares of round journeys from Gilgit-Baltistan to different cities of Pakistan. We always rely on public and private transportation companies (as we can’t bear airfares), but sometimes public buses get booked their seats when we have to move towards our hometown and then on back. Similarly, we choose to travel on private vehicles because they catch our attention saying that we can get you reached to your destiny on time. So, we go ahead with them without even looking to the condition of that vehicle, who will be responsible for any mishap during the journey and without even asking the driver that since how long he hasn’t slept, these are some of the questions we must ask before starting a journey. It’s a nature of human kind that we choose to take decisions in hurry without knowing its consequences, when any bad luck happens with us, and then we sit on thinking about the past taking a sigh, saying I wish, but till that, time snatches everything. It is very alarming to every passenger of Gilgit-Baltistan that light vehicle companies have started their business for the sake of money who play with the lives of masses without providing them quality of transportation services. I’m aghast to believe that they have kept drivers who are not familiar with the roads of mountainous regions, and they let us travel with them who even don’t know how to drive on mountains. They are mostly from other provinces of Pakistan, who just know how to drive in cities, but they don’t know the ABC of driving to mountainous areas like our Gilgit-Baltistan. And, we have seen very closely that in couple of last years, the accidents happened with the drivers who were not mostly from Gilgit-Baltistan. So, I request everyone of Gilgit-Baltistan to prefer travelling in public buses instead of private cars, and if the case is very crucial, then please travel with anyone who knows how to drive on mountains and should be from Gilgit-Baltistan, in this way we can save our lives and can contribute the drivers of Gilgit-Baltistan to run their family’s vehicle as well. So, this will collectively benefit us.

At last, I would like to request the government of Pakistan especially provincial government of Gilgit-Baltistan to provide us good quality of transportation system to and from Gilgit-Baltistan, and number of buses should be increased in every district according to the necessity; so that everyone will travel by public buses at low fares without risking their lives. We’re greatly thankful to the high officials of China and Pakistan who constructed a wonder for us in the form of Karakoram Highway (KKH), but on this wonder, we must care while travelling. A small mistake can be a reason of immediate death before time on this road, so caring should be given first priority while travelling to and from Gilgit-Baltistan. Your children, parents, and relatives are deadly waiting for your arrival to their homes, never disappoint them by taking a risk of your life, it’s always “BETTER LATE THAN NEVER”, at least you will reach your home safely, at least you will hug your parents or children, doesn’t matter if it’s four or five hours late. At least, you’ll be again a reason of many smiles of your family, they care about you and they love you, love your life, and love this world. Hurry always spoils the curry!

Published in Passu Times English Dated 14th Feb. 2017

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