Desi in DC

February 29, 2008

The genocide of Pakistani Humanity….

Over the past few decades, acts of violence and terrorism and singlehandedly attempted to kill all levels of humanity within the Pakistani society. Every value that we are proud of, that makes us different from the west, that makes us appreciate our culture seems to be targeted by these senseless acts of violence. As if someone is bent on removing them from the very core of our existence.

What do I mean by it?? Lets identify what we value and then move forward from there.

As a kid, growing up in Karachi, if someone had a flat or car problems, I remember my father offering to help. I remember people helping us as well. As I became a teenager that became less and less. Why was that the case? My father said people would use it as a ploy to steal your car or harm your family. It was safer to help a family then to help a single individual, especially a single male.

As part of Pakistani humanity, I remember driving down stadium road and seeing this old Afghan woman walking through the back routes trying to reach the road. My brother and sister in law stopped the car and offered her a ride. Their good deed for the day. This month I read something in the news that really scared me. A couple was driving their on one of the busy roads of Karachi. Someone got in the back seat and said that he was a suicide bomber and to ram the car / building/ police car etc//   This act has killed another aspect of the Pakistani humanity. Anyone who in the past wanted to offer a ride on a hot day to an old man will no longer do so..

On a hot day, I remember poor kids and old beggars knocking on the door asking for food. I don’t remember anyone sending them empty handed. If there was no cooked food in the house, we would hand them some fruits, if nothing else them a glass of water and something to eat. Today we ask how old is the person. Make sure there is no dacoit waiting to  rob the people..

and the list continues…

Are we going to let them completely annhilate our values and our humanity. Our we going to let them completely take over who we are? are we going to let these so called protectors of religion hijack our values and beliefs?

I don’t think so.. I don’t intend to let these terrorists and perpetrators of violence destroy the goodness in our society. What about you? 

This is a work in progress..

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10 Comments »

  1. it is heartbreaking that violence is what many now associate with Pakistan. is it empathy? laziness? lack of courange? i myself have wondered why more Pakistanis haven’t risen up and taken as stand on what is happening. many of the Pakistani-Americans and immigrants i have spoken to don’t believe they can actually do anything about the violence, the bullying, and the terror happened.

    unfortunately, unless the mass stand up together, no reach change will occur, BUT blogs and voices such as yours is just what the public–Paki and none– need to hear.

    Thank you for your words.

    Peace.

    Lush Bhabi

    Comment by Lush-licious Bhabi — February 29, 2008 @ 9:42 pm | Reply

  2. p.s. i wrote empathy, but meant to put “lack of empathy” or “apathy.” a clear example of apathy amoung the Paki-Americans i have spoken to stems from my own experience. it is on my heart to start or be involved with an organization that is dedicated to building schools in Pakistan for female students (girlsed.org) and many have looked at me and said, “oh, well that’s nice. that’s nice that that’s what you want to do….”

    apathy is the real killer.

    Lush Bhabi

    Comment by Lush-licious Bhabi — February 29, 2008 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

  3. It’s worse because all Muslims are now stereotyped as terrorists, and all Islamic countries are viewed negatively in the West.

    Comment by Heena — February 29, 2008 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

  4. Good piece. I have a question though: when you say “they”, “terrorists”, and “perpetrators of violence” it seems like you are referring to some people outside of Pakistan. Correct me if I’m wrong but “they” or “those people” are also products of the Pakistani society, they are no aliens. I’m also sure that they love their motherland not less than you do… It is also logical to assume that they think that their behavior is fully justified… So, maybe instead of concentrating on the obvious output, you should think more about the underlying causes of what is happening in the country?

    Vazir Zagi

    Comment by Vazir — March 1, 2008 @ 6:27 am | Reply

  5. To Vazir: Thank you for the comments. I agree with you that these elements are now part of Pakistani society, but at the same time you has to study factors that have made them a part of the same.. Why was it that KHi was perfectly safe till the 60’s even early 70’s but not the 80’s onwards.. Some of it has to do with politics. some has to do with the inflow of Afghan Refugees and with them the drugs and guns. I agree with providing refuge to people in need but at what expense to the society. I think its important to understand all historical factors and understand them in context of both international and national environments. So where as I agree that some of them are elements of our own society, I assue you there were international factors responsible for their growth and hence the “they”. We as a people need to stand up for ourselves and our faith. After all the actions of individuals may not necessarily change the world, but if they make life for a few other people better, or leave better impressions of our country and faith then I think its a job well done.. I hope I’ve given you some more food for thought

    Comment by dcdesi — March 1, 2008 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

  6. Lush-licious Bhabhi: Thank you so much for visiting. refer to my comment to Vazir.. I also think education is the way forward. We have people like Shehzad Roy, and educators from parts of Pakistan that are working to change that. They are working towards helping bring about change by improving the government schools one school at a time. Please refer to http://alchemya.com/wordpress2/category/education/
    There are pictures available at this website that also show the difference that is being made one school at a time. So i guess start small but start:) that’s all I’m trying to do with this blog.. taking the first step…

    Comment by dcdesi — March 1, 2008 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  7. dcdesi,

    thank you for the link! also, i just wanted to tell you that i was reading another blog: http://pakistanihousewife.wordpress.com/ and referred her to read yours. the more people band together about this, the better a change can be made.

    again, thank you!

    Peace.

    Lush

    Comment by Lush-licious Bhabi — March 1, 2008 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  8. Every word rings true, a thought provoking entry indeed.

    I’ll be sure to link back to your article from my blog, I second Lush, the more people this reaches out to, the greater the hope for change…

    Keep the good stuff coming!

    Comment by mayG — March 4, 2008 @ 11:54 pm | Reply

  9. Sana the link that you need to post is under:
    http://alchemya.com/wordpress2/2008/02/02/how-much-does-it-take%e2%80%a6/ . This was the original blog post on the SMB CAS School project.

    Comment by Jawwad — March 6, 2008 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  10. sigh so true…that is an eye-opener and something to ponder on….

    Comment by UTP — March 7, 2008 @ 9:58 pm | Reply


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