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i'm pakistani and i really enjoy your blog! :D
hey you should be honoured because this is the first “?” i’m responding to in ages.
i like the post. i just wanted to say, about the lines (which, of course, you didn’t write):
1. they are extremely negative, portraying Pakistan in a horrible light. (which is the trend, isn’t it?) 2. there is no sense of hope or grounding reality to counter-balance the bias.
The rape victim? Rape happens EVERYWHERE and I mean EVERYWHERE. God. Look at the rape figures of any industrialized, developed country, let alone a third world developing country.
Extremism? Again, everywhere. Go to England, there’s a whole different set of extremists out there, in USA, etc.
It’s just disheartening seeing this kind of unnervingly pessimistic distortion, you know? Especially when you visit Pakistan and realize there’s so much more than what those headlines would have you believe!
BTW in islam you are supposed to help one and all…not be bigoted and prefer one tribe, or nation, or group, over another. so edhi’s quote makes sense either way. Human rights is right in line with what the Prophet brought down, and those “hard line mullahs”, and other extremists, are the ones who are degrading the very ideology they profess to uphold.
Extremists aren’t “religious” only, there’s groups like MQM out to “cleanse” Pakistan from anyone who disagrees with them….
Here’s a famous saying of Muhammad (saw)
Narrated Abdullah (r.a.): The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: “Ruined are the extremists.” He said it three times.
[Sahih Muslim, Book 34, Number 6450]
There are so many hadith and verses of the Quran i could quote on this, but this isn’t a religious blog.
In pakistan we are taught (esp in islamiat class) a very strict strange kind of Islam which cuts out a lot of the actual islam sent to us by the Prophet (s.a.w.) and makes everything somehow severe, rough, and dogmatic. When you actually read or study Islamic history and traditions on your own, you realize that it is the diametric opposite of that bigoted, dogmatic version we are taught in our schools.
A lot of the problems in Pakistan are caused due to poverty, corruption, ignorance/lack of education, and of course, the frustrated sense that politically, “we” are constantly under attack. We marginalize ourselves when we think like this.
Extremists love this kind of frustration & negativity and use it to propel their ideology forward.
For the media, being strongly optimistic about the situation, about our country, and highlighting the work of the countless organizations and people making a positive difference, is what’s needed.
Not this constant attack, like there aren’t enough worries! It’s just gonna feed the public’s frustrations. That’s why sometimes I hate Geo News, it’s constant torrential misery: “and now for.. footage of…this dhamaka… followed by… making fun of meera who sucks.. and then.. interviews with shopkeepers on why the country sucks” We should highlight the strengths of the country and work on them. Negativity feeds extremism of any kind.