Youth Voices

Talha Saleem: A True Inspiration for All

When the everyday newspaper headlines say nothing apart from the increasing mortality rates of the country. When everyday you switch on to a news channel, you find yourself going through the never-ending news flashes and breaking news alerts talking about the latest catastrophe that hit the lands of Pakistan, it is true that death becomes nothing but a number.

Death in Pakistan, becomes just a recorded number of innocent people who lose their lives struggling against the perpetual situation of disharmony and terror. The fact remains that no one actually bothers to look back and see what happened of the people who were left behind while those innocent lives were taken away in a tragic bomb blast or the frequent firing incidents, makes living in this country even miserable. In a country like Pakistan, not every attacked or a victim of terror is treated like Malala or Shahzeb Khan. Not every family gets justice for what the members they lost, instead most of these deceased just become a number of hundreds who became a victim of the terror activities, their names never to be mentioned again, and their families are left behind mourning over their deaths.

Something similar happened to a NUST university student, Talha Saleem’s father. Seventeen years ago, when this young man was just a toddler of 3 years, his father was killed in a tragic bomb blast leaving behind nothing but a vacuum of empty space that could never be filled with anything else. However, now after seventeen long years, the only thing positive that one can be seen out of this story of nothing but sheer tragedy and heartbreak, is the spirit through which Talha and his family has moved on instead of all the odds. The courage is undoubtedly commendable.

Talha knew life ahead was not easy for him.

Talha knew life ahead was not easy for him.

Talha, knew from a very young age that life ahead is not going to be all roses and rainbows for him and his family, instead full of bumps and thorns. Therefore, from a very tender age, Talha started thinking ahead of his time, since he knew he had to be the support of his aging mother and make a name for his late father.

Now, being a school topper and an outperforming university student, there is no stopping Talha from reaching all the heights he is destined to. Currently working as the Director of IT and Finance at Youth Economic Forum, all Talha can see for himself is endless opportunities that he wishes to attain through nothing but undying hard work and dedication.

In spite of all the struggles, the future ahead is certainly bright for Talha. PHOTO: TALHA SALEEM

In spite of all the struggles, Talha sees ahead a ray of hope. PHOTO: TALHA SALEEM

In the end, I would like to quote a few lines from a Kelly Clarkson song. These lines were the first thought that came to my mind as I came across Talha’s story, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”