Desi in DC

January 24, 2008

..Changing faces..

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 9:29 pm

I seem to have not written much in a very long time. Situation in Pakistan remains unpredictable, but as I keep telling the people here Pakistanis have a very high tolerance for instability ( Mashallah I must add)..

I just hope the new elections will bring some sanity with it.

 As for Mr Imran Khan and his statements.. I must say he has disappointed many young people. We had looked up to him in the hope that he would be the saviour.. the first thing he did once he got elected was to join ranks with the maulvis, then secondly he starts defending BB and NS in the interest of Democracy, the same people that he had said we had come into politics to fight against.. so that the people could have a third choice..

 Doesn’t that sound familiar??? Our Pres and Imu seem to have much more in common then they would like to think.

 Over and out..


January 7, 2008

A Nation of Contradictions

I have not posted anything new in the past few days. I logged on to write and then gave up not knowing what to write. The state of violence, and the economic losses rendered me speechless. I have only been able to read, digest, and read again  the scale of the tragedy and violence that engulfed Pakistan, particularly Sindh after the assasination of Benazir Bhutto.

As I hear the stories,  I have come to believe we are a nation of contradictions. The average humane Pakistani who is at a loss at why something is happening and the conniving politicians who leave no opportunity to loot, raid and present problems for the people they aim to serve.

It were these who encouraged their workers to go on a large scale free for all spree of looting, arson and violence.  Never in our history of rioting have we had atms looted, nor factories or trains burned down. This was a first.  They came back again on Monday stating three days were too little to mourn our “great leader”. But then by politicians I don’t just mean one kind. The second lot responsible for the safetly and security of its people delayed issuing orders to protect the citizens of Karachi and Sindh. I have only heard stories that my family, friends and their acquaintances suffered through. I don’t even know 1% of all that happened to the poor masses of Pakistan.

On the other hand are the contradictions. The civilians, the masses, the villagers. These are the people who fed travellers in trains stranded in the middle of nowhere for upto 48 hours and more, with limited food and water on board.  It is these poor villagers who prevented the tragedies from becoming even worse.

We also have individuals who gave shelter to other people while Karachi was hijacked by rioters. Then again there were others who didn’t.  It is these people who warned women to leave their cars and seek shelter as rioters headed towards them.  We had a television host that repeatedly appealed to people to stay in their senses and not attack the lives and properties of their brothers and sisters.  It is these people who make me hopeful that we pakistanis will prevail once again. That there will come a time when we are no longer hijacked by the actions of our politicians and their workers and where the decency of the people will prevail and come to light again.

over and out..

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