Guru, do you think it’s time for me to seriously think about moving abroad for better opportunities and security, or should I continue to stay here with my family, despite the challenges we face?

By US Desk
September 29, 2023

Dear Guru,

I am a first-year engineering student. Guru, I am quite concerned about the current situation in our country. I can’t help but express my disappointment at how everything seems to be unfolding around us. Inflation, soaring fuel and electricity prices, deteriorating roads, and the overall increase in the cost of living have made life very challenging for many. The quality of education appears to have declined, and it’s disheartening to witness our parents constantly exhausted and upset due to these hardships. As I navigate my first year of engineering university, these issues are increasingly weighing on my mind.


All my friends and classmates aim to pursue opportunities abroad, either for further studies or to work after graduation. They often claim that there’s no future for us here in Pakistan. Surprisingly, I’ve never seriously considered the prospect of moving abroad myself. I love to be around my family, and the thought of being separated from them is something that hurts a lot.

However, the worsening state of affairs occasionally leaves me feeling hopeless. Just yesterday, our neighbors were mugged in broad daylight right in front of their house, with bystanders looking on, unable to intervene. Incidents like these are becoming alarmingly common, and it’s disconcerting to hear the prevailing sentiment that sab nikal rahe hai Pakistan se” (everyone is leaving Pakistan).

Guru, do you think it’s time for me to seriously think about moving abroad for better opportunities and security, or should I continue to stay here with my family, despite the challenges we face?

Hopeless Youth

Dear Hopeless Youth,

I must say it is not an easy question to answer. The decision to move abroad or stay in Pakistan is a deeply personal one and depends on various factors, including your aspirations, values, and circumstances.

First and foremost, it’s important to prioritize your own well-being and future prospects. If you believe that you can thrive in Pakistan despite the current challenges, it’s important not to be disheartened by the situation around you. Dedicate yourself to your studies and career goals, and consider taking on part-time work to gain valuable experience. With positivity, work towards hushing the voices of doubt that may surround you. Remember, sab nahi nikal sakte (everyone cannot leave), and staying, working, and believing in your homeland is a noble choice.

On the other hand, if you genuinely believe that pursuing education, career growth, and financial stability abroad can lead to a happier and more fulfilling life for you, it’s worth exploring those opportunities. Countries like Canada and Australia offer favorable immigration policies that allow you to sponsor your parents to join you in the future. As life becomes busier, you may find that you meet friends, cousins, and other relatives only once a year, regardless of your location.

Visiting Pakistan is always an option, and borders should not limit your ability to support your home country and its citizens. You’ll discover ways to contribute positively from abroad if you want, and this experience can ultimately help you make a significant impact.

Ultimately, the decision to stay or move abroad is yours to make. Take the time to assess your goals, weigh your options, and consider what will bring you the most happiness and fulfillment. Your well-being and personal growth should be at the forefront of your decision-making process.

Don’t let any amount of external pressure deter you from following your dreams, but just remember one thing: giving up on Pakistan can never be an option. We are a resilient nation, and will bounce back. When one is at rock bottom, the only place to go is up. The important thing is to do what you can for the country, whether you are abroad or right here.

Good luck!

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