Desi in DC

September 14, 2007

The Voice of a UniKarian

Sitting in DC I read the news on GEO News about a grenade attack and firing in a mini bus in front of Karachi University. According to the first news 6 people have been killed. (They later increase the number to 7)

 

A sudden sadness and anger overwhelms me and I am immediately taken back 4 years- The commute, the bus stop, talking to friends, waiting for the G7.  The G7 is something that all us students have taken many times over. For many of us it was our daily commute.

 

How can someone be so heartless to partake in such an incident? If it was because of rivalry between students group, has the value of life become so meaningless?

 

I spent 4 years in Karachi University. I think those were the last few years of peace at KU. We had student clashes. We accepted it as a part of our life and also of our political training, there were injuries but never deaths. But that’s also because weapons could not be brought in, ( or would not be brought in) but now the rules seem to have changed, the battleground has moved from within the campus to just outside, putting every student’s life at risk.

 

The blame game has started, each side putting the blame on the other, but what is even more sad is I would not put it pass either of the parties to have done this. They value the life of their opponents as worthless.

 

It is sad that this is to be our future generation. For those students who manage to keep out of such activities it is even more saddening to know that 10 years down the lane it may very well be these people who hold our country’s future in their hands and not the many position holders and Gold medalists that come out from these universities.

 

When I started at the department of IR at the University, I remember in my earliest conversations with students coming from political backgrounds, I was repeatedly told that Karachi University was the best training ground for politics and that was the reason why parents preferred to send their children to KU for at least a couple of years. I also strongly believe their parents sent them for training, not to have them killed.

 

If you have no value for life between the ages of 20 and 30, how much value are you going to have for it at the age of 40 or 50?? Can someone please answer that question?

 

For that matter, if you have no value for human life what are you doing studying in a medical college? Or has studying on cadavers made you so heartless??

 

Over and Out

 A very sad and frustrated UniKarian

September 11, 2007

The Talibanization of Northern Pakistan

As I read the Dawn, I suddenly notice an increasing number of violent stories coming out of Northern Pakistan. No I am not referring to the clash between the military and tribes in Waziristan. I am referring to news stories about a missionary school closing down in NWFP after the school was threated with suicide bombings and was asked to replace all its non muslim teachers with muslim teachers (http://www.dawn.com/2007/09/10/nat18.htm)

A second news item speaks about how local Pashtho singers have given up their profession and are looking for other means to earn a living after repeatedly being threatened this time again with bombings and suicide bombings (http://www.dawn.com/2007/09/10/nat6.htm)

A third  article speaks about how parents are being warned that their daughters will be killed if spotted without a burqa on their way to or back from school.

Reading these articles I shiver in fear, for what I am reading does not describe the country that I know. We are reaping the benefits of our  Zia era  now and the government needs to make changes to the educational system in the madrassas now for there to be a change for the positive 15 years from now. It is important to remember that one of the most essential lessons in peacebuilding is timing. We need to be willing to invest time and effort and wait for the results rather then trying to constantly come up with shortcuts that keep backfiring on us.

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So then we go back to an essential question. What are we doing? Are we going to stay quiet and not react while these so called protectors of faith decide what faith should be?

I went to a convent school, all 13 years of it, so did my sister, for those of us in the family who didn’t study in a convent we received our education in a Zorastrian institute. These schools are sadly the only few schools that provide a quality education at an affordable price within the country. I believe the two important things that the school did was 1) make me more tolerant towards other religions, and B)  made me more knowledgable about my own, since I also felt the school wanted to prove to the society that they were not preaching their religion and hence made an extra effort for us to know about our religion.

I know so many people who studied with “muslim teachers” and knew less about it then we did in a “non muslim” school.

Now that I think about it, maybe in the ancient days the Chinese were Muslims and that’s why the Prophet said (PBUH) that A man or woman should go to China if need be to get an education. What other possible explanation could there possibly if one is to follow the logic that these “protectors” of faith have! Or Maybe it could just be that education is so important that it is immaterial who provides it, that providing an education is a social good that should be appreciated no matter who is providing it.

I guess the choice between the two explanation lies within us!

Over and out.

May God Protect Pakistan! Ameen

a very worried Pakistani

September 10, 2007

Khuda Keh Liyay Link

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 11:38 pm

For those of you who asked me where I found the link, someone had posted it on pakistaniat.com (All Things Pakistan) . Someone had posted it there and the link showed half the movie. The rest of the movie I saw on youtube:) in 10 pieces:)

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