A few pointers

A few things I want to talk about before wraping up my view on what Atif wrote. I may not be adequately qualified to speak on the subject, but let me then exercise my right of ‘freedom of expression’.

Let’s begin with a few comments shared here:

First; I’m not reasoning. For that matter, I do not justify anything what has happened. Don’t read between the lines. We don’t exercise our right of moderation on comments, but at the same time, expect readers to at least not use hard language. Posts marked with asterisks and SHOUTING are certainly not one of those we like to see. Please, if you’re commenting, bring up something positive, don’t just babble in defence.

Second; Let’s just not be a victim of CNN jargon. Jihad, Mullah, Fundamentalists all fall in that category. There’s a big difference between your gali-mosque Mullah and those bearded men of Political parties. Make no mistake, they are not same. Watch something else for a change.

Third; The mob that caused destruction was anything but Mullahs. School/college kids driven by Political parties. Period. The smile you seen were on the faces of kids who were having a good time.

Fourth; and not directly associated with Atif’s post. What beats me is what Denmark’s pronounciation had to do with all this. English has little purpose in their lives, but on the other hand, you certainly can’t challenge their Arabic (and sometimes Persian) proficiency. The point is, their medium of study is totally different than ours.

Having said all this, let me get back to that socioeconomic factor.

* Every foreign investor has risk loss margins included in their service charges. Be it Mobilink, Telenor, Citibank or whatever. That is a normal practice in Pakistan. So let’s just not burn our precious brain cells over such symbols of capitalism. I’m more concerned about the guy whose beloved bike they burnt!
* Did you ever wonder how our dear Emperor General Pervez Muharraf’s (whose salary might not be more than 40k) son be a partner of a seven-star country club? While he’s not a capitalist.
* You know that your dear Punjab Minister and ruling party’s President, are the biggest ghundas in the country. Every ghunda, badmash mawali is their keep, and they bust their asses to protect them from the hands of law (if there’s any of it still left, which I doubt seriously).
* If your Punjab Minister owns most of the sugar mills in the country, how can the sugar disappear from the markets all of a sudden. Price rockets to the sky, sugar’s is available. Things that non-government elements can’t do. Pity.
* How your last democratic(!) PM’s one foundary transformed into 25 in just three years of his tenure? The last time I checked, they don’t lay eggs!
* How does our government impose more taxes on the import of medicine and other necessities, while duty on the imports of cars is decreased.

If you need know what all this leads to, please go read what Darwaish had to say. I’m well aware that many of you would hate me for being so politcally-charged, but you can flame at your will; comment box is just under the nose. To each his own conscience.


4 Comments so far

  1. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 17th, 2006 @ 11:46 pm
  2. Naila (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 4:12 am

    What every man need is (not necessarily in this order)

    Good Education
    Job Security
    Shelter (house and clothes)
    Enough to eat
    Sports (where young bodies can take out their aggression)

    If you take away anything then you’ll have disorder in society. How many of these young kids have these essentials. I guess most of them none or one or two.

    If they have a share in society’s wealth then they’ll safeguard it. They are destroying things which they are already deprived from. When these kind of destruction used to take place in Karchi everyone blamed Immigrants (Mohajirs) and just impose curfew. That was the time to take the notice and tackle the problem. But what do you expect from Army dictators. Now this attitude has reached Lahore too God its time to take care of it. Otherwise we will sunk in it too deep that noone can save us from this.

    On the other note the things in Baluchistan are getting very out of hand now. No one feel safe there. There was a plan of making Gwadar port better than Dubai (yeah sure) or so, it’s not going to be fulfilled in our lifetime. They are killing every foreigner (Chinese) in sight and bombing the gas pipelines on daily bases.

  3. ammar (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 8:10 am

    balloon…you hit the nail on the head…but i don’t expect ppl dissenting to agree with you…its part of the have-havenot gap that is widening.
    all over the net i had 14-28 yuppies who have money for drugs and other illegal highs, listen to hard rock, buy 100$ accessories and 1 crore cars curse the “dumb illiterate f***s” who dont understand that theyre damaging there own country and blah blah
    then ofcourse it was the maulvis who in the words of ayaz amir are the reason one cant even have a decent drink….a bbc article wanted to highlight the absence of wine bars in the 1970s as proof of the intolerance today…
    third theory is the typical pakistan dressing room conspiracy against musharraf with a new general coming in….
    but nobody pauses to understand that trickle down voodoo economics is not working….
    i wont harp on the sugar crisis, but two economists have said that hunger has started showing up in their survey for the first time in 50 years….go figure
    imho these ppl were burning stuff they could see from afar but just couldnt reach out and touch…and touch they did!

  4. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 3:54 pm

    Naila: Very well! That’s the proactive way forward. Chasing after every event after it’s happened just shows a broad lack of preparation and anticipation of unchannelled energy. Among other things.

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