There was public outcry last week, condemning the Facebook page with blasphemous content, people chose to take to the streets to shout and pelt stones at shops, offices and the press club. Some burnt flags and motorbikes at street corners, while the government banned many internet sites as a response. It is great to see this much unity and emotional response from the public, but where is the response where it is most needed? Who will take to the streets and condemn the Lahore blasts? Who will shout slogans and force the government to help the poor people who have lost their homes/lives in the Attabad lake disaster? Who will demonstrate and condemn the hundreds of karo-kari incidents that occur annually, and the jirga system injustices? Why don't our God-fearing and self-righteous fellow citizens (who make Facebook pages condemning the Blasphemous page and urge everybody day and night tirelessly to join) make a page condemning corruption, poverty, lawlessness, and hunger in our country? Are these problems less important? Are these lives less important?
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Headline by headline
Today I was really upset about the news from back home, 80 people dead just because some fringe extremist group thought they would blow themselves up and go to heaven for cleansing the "Land of Pure" from infidels. It is terrible to see the country destroy itself slowly, headline by headline. There are some sane voices but they are few and far between, and their voices fall upon deaf ears. Our nation lives in this constant state of schizophrenic existence. No one realizes how far we have come from what we were supposed to be. Instead of a progressive nation firmly bound by it's founder's words ("Unity, Discipline and Faith"- our motto; and 'you are free... free to go to your mosques, temples and churches, for that has nothing to do with the business of the state"), we are today the exact opposite. Sadly, what the country stands for today is : Sectarianism, Chaos, and Hypocrisy. And we are not free. What is more upsetting is the sheer number of people who think this is the way things are, always were and should be.