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Prisoners of Poverty: A Flip Side of Pakistan

Even today we don't pay serious attention to the issue of poverty, because the powerful remain relatively untouched by it. Most people distance themselves from the issue by saying that if the poor worked harder, they wouldn't be poor.
― Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

Struck with one of the highest inflation rates in the world along with scarce job opportunities, extreme levels of poverty and an endless wave of terrorism that has blanketed the city, residents of Karachi, the industrial hub of Pakistan are certainly going through turbulent times.

According to World Development Indicators (WDI) 60 percent of Pakistan's population lives below the poverty line and 21 percent of the people are earning less than $1.25 a day.

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A small population comprises of elites residing in the country. Members of this set of the society have absolutely no idea about the problems that a 'common' man of the metropolis faces.

This individual is not even sure if he will have his mundane needs fulfilled once he returns home from work. With severe power outages, shortage of clean water and food, access to these basic facilities are unavailable most of the time.

However, on the other side, a totally different picture has been painted by the top notch members of the society.

With easy access to internet and other media platforms, these upper class individuals have infused chunks of exuberant practices that could not have been fathomable, let's say five years previously.

To get an idea of their ways, a visit to a wedding of this upscale class is necessary.

Bridal showers that were once entirely unknown to Pakistan's public are now a growing trend. From wedding cakes to the heavy sums of money given to event management companies for opulent stages and flower decorations, this is where the artificial side of Pakistan is seen.

The spendings do not just end here, another trend seen is the 'Mehendi' ceremony where dances are held by the bride and groom's friends and family members. In most cases, choreographers are hired to make this 4-5 hours event a memorable one.

The grandiose wedding features a five to eight course meal followed by sumptuous desserts which makes ones heart ache to see the quantity of food that goes to waste on such occasions.

What is missed out by these spendthrifts is the fact that so many families out there are forced to sleep without having to eat their day's probably one and only meal.

Not only is the wedding extravaganza reaching heights, but birthdays are not in any way losing out on the glamour.

With the class divide increasing at a rate that was never witnessed before, those who are trying hard to survive, develop high levels of frustration within themselves.

The rich need to realize that spending extravagant sums of money over these unnecessary ceremonies will not help the country progress in any way. At this crucial point, investment is necessary in the education and industrial sector.

Once the multitude is well educated with job opportunities for them, the society on an overall basis can progress which will eventually bring about stability