Rising above negativity

02:08 AM | 6 Jun, 2017
Rising above negativity
Being a new entrant to the prestigious civil service, I feel impelled by my sense of duty to accentuate the ongoing CSS (Central Superior Services) discourse. Carping mass media, while alluding to the harrowing success rate in the Competitive Examination has lead to an acme of criticism. Most of the ire has been focused on deteriorating education standards, ineffectual Federal Public Services Commission and ironically the appointed candidates are receiving the flak too.

Ranting at the talk shows for TRPs is a norm, nowadays. If fortunately, there is no political crisis at hand then directing towards timeless topics is predictable. There is no other view; bureaucracy has become a favourite whipping boy for all and sundry. It is pertinent to reiterate, unless the bureaucracy is not given due respect by the pillars of state and public thereof-service delivery cannot be ensured.

The dismaying result figures should be addressed in the context of institutional strength, ownership, career counselling and positive criticism. Instead, those media pundits are loosely wagging their tongues against the system altogether. When one fine day, a CSS qualifier switches on the TV to know that they are being referred with sensational lines, inter alia, ‘andhon mein kaana raaja’ (in the land of blind, the one-eyed man is king). Would not that be disappointing?

Pakistan’s media needs to realize that how influential verbal barbs can be to the confidence of a budding individual who is right at the cusp of success. There is a fine line between constructive criticism and destructive influence. Words carelessly spat by them can demoralize the efforts of future aspirants and their promising career path.

I am myself a witness to the commission’s crisp and transparent fairness. I found appointed candidates from diverse professions, social class, backgrounds and ethnicities. CSS exams are essentially the only recruitment apparatus that still enjoys public trust and credibility. Such imaginary conspiracies or generalizations serve only to distract us from inherent problems, we need to eschew telling others their food needs salt, if we ourselves, at the first place, cannot cook. Instead of lifting the hammer of bureaucracy bashing, we need to make a shift from negativity to positively directing efforts for the best sake of this country.

As a concluding note, I would substantiate, Pakistan’s youth is a dividend and has all what it takes to be in the ‘crème de la crème’, only quality education system, right guidance, personal and collective will is required. Inherently there is always a lacuna to fill in the system, but none of it can change, unless we first give up on everything and anything linked to our own failures and shortcomings.

The author has been selected for the 45th Common Batch of the Civil Service of Pakistan.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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