Author : Muhammad Shakil Naz
Today I received a WhatsApp message on my mobile which reads as below:
50 English teachers needed for Oman,
Male or Female
Salary – 1100 (Omani riyal)
Indian Rs. 200000/
Pakistani Rs. 400000
– plus with Free Visa, Ticket, Accommodation, Medical and Annual leave with air ticket. If you are interested please refer.
Send CV at [email protected]
Cell # 00971506593123
Fwd to other groups, might be helpful to someone.
I usually ignore such messages but what caught my attention was the currency exchange rate of Omani Riyal with Indian and Pakistani rupee. Any reader of this message will immediately take the impression that Pakistani currency is weaker than Indian currency with 1 to 2 ratio. I knew that it is not correct. I checked from Internet. I found that the conversion of 1100 Omani Riyal to Indian and Pakistani currency, as per today’s rates, was Indian Rs. 185,486 and Pakistani Rs. 296,159 respectively. [Source: www.oanda.com]
Before reaching to my final opinion about this ad post, I sent an email to the address requesting for the authenticity of the job ad but received no response as expected. Similarly there would not be any response when anybody sends his/her CV.
With these findings, following deductions are obvious:
- This is a fake message.
- Real message being spread very innocently is that comparison of Indian and Pakistani currencies strongly but wrongly against Pakistan.
- Reader will recall that some year back the difference was not so big. It means Pakistani economy is in extremely bad shape and declined very fast over the past few years.
- This impression will be registered in the sub-conscious of the readers and lead to his/her cribbing about the state of governance of the country, negative bashing on the political leadership, blaming bureaucracy, judiciary, establishment etc. etc. This all will be triggered from messages like this which an average reader comes across in large numbers everyday while being on the social media.
It is very easy to say that Government should take steps to stop spread of such messages. But I don’t think any Government even in the West can do much about it. If the originators of such posts are sitting outside the country what any Government can do to stop it. In my view it can only be stopped if we all Pakistanis commit to ourselves that post should only be shared after verification or when these are from some authentic source.
To conclude, I would like to remind all my country fellows to recall the message from out national poet Allama Iqbal Which is shown in the image below and its translation in English is as follows which in fact is the translation of a verse from the Holy Quran:
Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves. Al Qura’an Surah Ar-ra’ad 13:11
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