Friday, April 27, 2007

5 Best Things about Pakistan – Difficult to List!

Is there anything beautiful about this country?

[By Saeeda Diep, a Lahore-based peace activist; cartoon by Abro.]

This is the first article in the Proud, Powerful and Pak series.

I was asked by the Pakistan Paindabad website to share five aspects that, according to me, shows my country Pakistan in best light. I was given ample choices. It could have been anything – people, history, religion, or culture. However, after some major analysis and introspection, I have come to the conclusion that it would be very difficult for me to list 5 good things about this nation.

A country whose people have not been able to get rid of the military dictatorship, a culture which is severely ridden with religious intolerance, a justice system which turns a blind eye to the harassment of minorities, a flawed society which has its fabric torn by an unequal distribution of wealth, could have nothing beautiful about it.

I believe it will be extremely unfair on my part to write about something I do not believe in. Perhaps, the one and the only thing that makes me a proud Pakistani is that we are the best in hospitality.

Please accept my apologies.

[Pakistanis from all walks of life are invited to share what they believe are the five best things about their country. You too must be a part of this. Send your favourites to mayankaustensoofi@gmail.com.]

30 comments:

Pervert said...

where to go diep..hats off man!!that's probably what i would write too-something more sarcastic though..
like for example i wudd wanna say that:

1)what i love about pakistan is the religious intolerance in people and how the muslims here think that their religion is the best and how the moulvi's (so-called islamic pioneers) have turned islam into nothing but a JOKE...i love how the sunni's hate shia's and how the wahabi's hate the meerasi's and so on...
2)i love how the people of pakistan are so frustrated and how girls are harrassed here..
3)i love the majority of pakistan(i.e the dishonest and hypocrite people)
4)i love how the youth of pakistan are just a mass of disjointed people who don't know anything about communism and don't know what the hell is "Revolution" who wear Cheguevara's{a freedom fighter cum revolutionry} shirts thinking that he's some hot HUNK with a CIGAR!!!?![and i am not even joking]i love how we(the youth as well) all criticize: "where are we heading..iss mulk ka kia ho ga?"but when it comes to doing something we would freakin' settle abroad or work in some freakin' MULTI-NATIONAL company{a company that exploits the labour and resources of other countries and benefits it's own..'HIGHLY anti-nationalism{in that case for pakistan}'
5)i love how we are so ashamed of our national language and always prefer the "fraiendshup"(wrong english for friendship that's how most of us pakistanis write this word) type of english...anything as long as it's english...how we would never teach our children to become patriots but would teach them to live english,learn english, eat english drink english and die english...
the sixth thing that i love about pakistan is OUR CULTURE AND TRADITIONS ...which we have forgotten and will never promote..becoz those have after 1947 become HINDU rituals and culture so our pathetic pakistan is therefore left with NO CULTURE AT ALL...
[no offense-these are my passionate views on my love for pakistan-everyone's more than welcome to disagree and/or argue]
________________________________
NOTE:
(whoever publishes these comments please please please publish mine as a separate
article on this topic...i will be
grateful,~pervert~)

Kanwal said...

SO true. :(

Anonymous said...

SO truuueee.. :(

Arghwan said...

i will mail you my point of view...and i can help you listing good things about my country OUR country Pakistan

Sengathir Selvan said...

Religious extremism,domestic voilence, greedy and shrewed (smart, in your style) politicians, minority bashing, bad administration accountability, lasting poverty are also available plentily in MY country India also...

What a heck? These are common in Asia, Africa, South Americas...why only single out your country, PAKISTAN...(See, we are the majority than those westerners..hi..hi..)

Celebrating your PAKISTAN identity will only pave a way for fighting these ills...

You be happy as a PAKI, I be happy as Indian..

Ali said...

luv the comments... change urself-> change the country...
what's wrong with learning english...
i think people who cant spell friendship (ref: frandshup) need to learn it to educate themselves :)
just dont get carried away with it... use the critical thinking mind base that ALLAH provides all humans with... :D and decide and learn to choose and faithfully follow a leader :)

Anonymous said...

ye..change ureself firs..den tlk bout de countriie..

Anonymous said...

I love how WE PAKISTANI'S admit all our Flaws and Mistakes. Don't be disheartened, try writing 5 good things about the world today. Religious Intolerance, War, Hunger, Sects, Pollution, High prices, evil, dishonesty, these are all happening all around the world. Its us who need to change, NOT A COUNTRY. And the first step is already happening. We admit we're really messed up as a nation, So, JUST CHANGE!! Whats so difficult abt that. Stop putting the Blame on others. You're all Pakistan. No matter where you Live. We are all Pakistan.

The Titan's Curse said...

wht r u trying to prove???
which country r u from?
if u r from pakistan then u r the biggest dumb ass.
if u talk abt pakistan in this way then how do u think other nations will view Pakistan.
Its not wrong to admit mistakes but making jokes abt it is a different/stupid thing.
Your r showing the bad things abt Pakistan, u shud write how pakistanis shud correct themselves not just make fun of them.

Zul said...

im a paki (that's how they call us in the UK)...and they ALL hate us...they think we are dirty, no manners, idiots, barbaric and jobless and to be honest with you, i could agree more looking at how my own patriots live. i probably think it would have been best if we never separated from india and were called indians instead of pakis...at least we could enjoy the flourishing economy and respect and properity our neighbours the indians have here in the uk!...maybe we need to be more open minded like indian muslims are...can't compare them to us and never could! thanks for raising this point

Sulha Butt said...

k first of all..
if u are Pakistani..u r honestly IDIOTIC...go look in the dictionary -_-

im Pakistani too...n live abroad.
maybe if u dont want others harassing u becuz of ur background, stop making a mockery of urself n other Pakistanis.

EVERY country has it's good n bad things. EVERY country has a point in history that is disgusting..what did Germany do? Adolf Hitler? does something click? maybe HOLOCAUST..killing of Jewish people? or maybe the slavery in USA.

oh wait..wasn't the USA a "perfect" country?

maybe u should trash talk about your "pride" of being Pakistani.

n i would love to get a reply from you. =)

no hard feeling eh?

Anonymous said...

I thing we are here to informk five best thing about pakistan......

I tell you....

1: We have the second largest mountain called K2.

2: We have the world most beautiful lake called Lake Saif-ul-Maluke.

3: We are the only country that produce a legend of Squash player Jhangir Khan, Who win the British Title 10 times in row. Impossibile to break it now.

4: We have the biggest contribution of providing soldiers to UN for keeping the peace in world.

5: We have all kind of weather in a single country... North is for Cold and South is always Hot... Simple heaven on earth.

Pundit said...

Zul,
I think you are not Pakistani instead f***** indian and the word paki is used in UK for indians as well and they are treated even worse in UK than Pakistanis

Anonymous said...

i feel so bad when i read this section about pakitan...i've been trying to convince myself that theres something about pakistan that they can be proud of... I don't actually belong to your race but i'm much concern with my relationship with my pakistani friends ...i believe every individual differs...i don't really mind wherever you came from ...what matters most is how well you behave... i bet you all i have proven that all my pakistani friends will always be real and they're one of a kind..
and will always ROCK here in DXB...


-stunning filipina

Aun Muhammad said...

You guys are the worst, most un=patritotic people i have ever seen... especially you, pervert.

Pakistan has the fifth best magrove ecological system

Pakistan has the second and sxth highest mountains of the world

Pakistan officially allows people of all religions inside its broders without harassing them

Pakistan is one of the countries of the world who has gone to war less than 5 times

Pakistan is one of the world's major exporters of cotton



5 things? happy now??



Sure pakistan is flawed, but, hey, its a developing country.. If pakistanis arent gonna develop it and sit around criticising it on webpages like these then Pakistan is history. So stand up and oppose those kind of people who post against pakistan.. Prove them wrong.. Be a true Pakistani!


Thanks and bye

May pakistan prosper always said...

Hey, anyobody know pakistan's history? What we pakkistanis did that other countries would b proud to hear of?

1. Quaid=e=Azam worked his head ofand died of tuberculosis.. h knew he would and he is the perfect example of patriotism

2. We let Afghanis in Pakistan when the Taliban were being harsh on them.. even though they closed their broders in 1919 during the Khilafat Movement

3. We've had war with India and yet we werent proud when we established trade with thenm... In fact they're the leading traders with Pakitan of the world

4. We kept Islam alive in pakistan... The true islam which is now in trouble

5. We agreed on the tashkent Agreement because it brought peace and we let India take back what was rightfully our land. Without any further war



That was then...
Now.......


1. Our president is un educated
2. Islam is not followed properly by most Pakistani Mulsims (though it is beautiful religion)
3. Our political leaders are being killed by normal pakistanis
4. Racism and discrimination of several goups like pathans is going on
5. A large amount of the population is un educated and poleo is still here because of corruption of poleo drops




But...


Whose fault is this...


Pakistan's??

YES

Pakistanis...

those Pakistanis whos sit on their behinds and comment about how bad Pakistan is and how corrupted and dont get up themelves and work for a proper nation.

So.. its not pakistan's fault
Its YOURS
But where theres hope... theres prosperity...
Stay Alive




Pakistan Zindabad

Anonymous said...

im a scottish 18yr old and i've jsut read this and it is bothereing me why you keep bringing the uk into this how they hate you and how it treats u so badly i dont think it does afterall yo can stay here get council house your children can go to schools if the white scottish christine people went over there i dont think we would be treated as nicely if you dont like the uk got back to your precious pakistan and ask your self y your here in the first palce

razium said...

THE BEST THING IN PAKISTAN IS THAT YOU CAN ANYTHING( i mean it,anything) IF YOU HAVE MONEY. YOU CAN BUY EVEN THE THE MOST HIGHER RANK OFFICIALS IF YOU HAVE MONEY. thats the coolest thing of my country.

Mimi said...

5 best things -

- One of the highest polo grounds in the world.

- 6th largest gold reserve in the world

- 2nd highest mountain peak

- 30% world's precious gems are in Pakistan & Afghanistan

- the four seasons are surely a blessing ! >>> all the people in dubai can surely feel what I mean =D

- Football's made in Sialkot are used in football world cup!

- fourth largest coal reserve in the world.

- Blessed with steel,marble, copper!

oops I think I exceeded the '5' things mark ... but one important thing it's 'home'.

Anonymous said...

u loser, freak, idiot!!! u r a disgrace and an enemy of Pakistan.

RAJIL said...

m a die heart PAKISTANI.. i dnt care whther di ppl of PAKISTAN hate PAKISTAN or love it...i dnt care whther da whole world hates PAkISTAN or love it. i kno 1 thn n tht is "I LOVE MA COUNTRY" PAKISTAN(di land of pure)... u ppl have many reasons 2 blame pakistan buh 1st ask urself wut ve u done 4 PAKISTAN till 2day?????? instead of blamin n cursin at it..?? Stand against dose who stand against ur country nt against ur own COUNTRY.. or m realy soryy 2 say tht u dnt have guts 2 stand against others so u ppl ve founded an easy way of cursin ur own country...
PPL DONT 4GET V VE DONE DI BIGGEST MIGRATION(4 FREEDOM) DA WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN.. 4 PAKISTAN.. N NOW V R BLAMIN IT. WHY????? Just becos ov da few difficulties tht v r facin in dis country..?? or v dnt VE ANY PASSION LEFT 4 DIS COUNTRY??C'MON PAKISTANIS DIS COUNTRY NEEDS U RIGHT BESIDE IT NOT AGAINST IT... "AFTER ALL V R THE PEOPLE OF A COUNTRY WHO IS AFRAID OF NO1 EXCEPT ALLAH..." ppl its ur choice DIE BLAMIN DIS COUNTRY OR DIE DOIN ATLEAST SUMTHIN 4 dis GREAT COUNTRY PAKISTAN....

Anonymous said...

Hey every body, you need to talk rest in your mother's lap. Just think if we start following Islamic laws, every problem can overcome.
1. The person who kill any human being is relevent that he kills all the humanity.
2. The rapist should hang till death.
3. The theif's hands should be cut down.

My dear brothers and sisters, follow the islamic way of life and everything will be fine. because as long as we have
2nd Largest salt mine
7th nuclear power
3rd nuclear reactor
5th gold mines
7th copper mines
2nd largest dam
just think we have lots of things to take care of.
Dont fight, the time will come for your fighting,
Allah Hami wa Negehban ho sab ka

Haf said...

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Aiza Riaz said...

Why do we people beg some one? Why only we have to bow? India is facing lots and lots of problems but it is not showing off, we should be determend on what we r ,we should remember our past and there is not a lack of good persons in our country, we all have a tied eagle inside us which wants freedom to fly, discover, and do something

Anonymous said...

THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH LEARNING ENGISH OR PICKING UP CULTURAL ASPECTS OF OTHERS AS LONG AS THEY HELP ONE PROGRESS..ISN'T THAT WHAT WE ALL WANT,,TO PROGRESS..CULTURES ALWAYS CHANGE AND MOLD THEMSELVES ACCORDING TO THE SITUATION AND CIRCUMSTANCES... AMERICA WENT THROUGH HELL OF A TROUBLE TOO IF U KNO IT'S HISTORY. ALL IM SAYING IS TRY TO FIND AND DO POSITIVE WITH AND WITHIN YOURSELF AND YOUR COUNTRY. GOOD AND BAD IS FOUND EVERYWHERE.

Izhar said...

To all Pakistanis lets be thankful to Allah He has blessed us with our own country. We would probably be living at the mercy of India. All the Pakistanis who criticize Pakistan, they should know they are from Pakistan.We shouldn't expect non Pakistanis to praise pakistan. Lets get united behind Pakistan. One nation under God. May Allah bless Pakistan.

Pakistan Zindabad.

Anonymous said...

well Pakistan is not what the media portrays it is a different place and it has everything i am a Pakistani girl and I am proud of Pakistan.extremists are a very small portion so plxx stop labelling Pakistanis as extremists

Anonymous said...

Pakistan is not what it is portrayed by the media and it is a lovely place to live in.. Extremists are just a small portion so stop labeling all of Pakistanis as extremists and no one has the right to comment on our country..L0ng live PAkistan

Adil Khan said...

5 Best things about Pakistan

1)Pakistan’s climatically blessed to cultivate all type of crops.

2)Pakistan has the most fertile lands for agriculture.

3)Pakistan is one of the top 5 countries with largest coal reserves.

4)All Religions are respected in Pakistan and everyone is allowed to follow his religion freely.

5)Pakistan is the 1st Muslim Nation with Atomic Power.

6)Pakistan’s Army is the strongest army of this world.

7)The Best thing about Pakistan is that it is our identity.

you asked for 5 best things i gave you 7and there are 1000s more things for which i m proud of my country.
Corruption, dishonest etc that everyone is talking about is because of Pakistanis [that are us] and not Pakistan.

It is easy to abuse you country and pointing out its deficiencies but it is very difficult to make efforts for overcoming those deficiencies. Abusing your own country has become a FASHION SYMBOL now and patriotism is said to be irrationality or nonsense.

It is easy to say that”Is Mulk nay hum ko kia dia” [This country has given you an IDENTITY], but it is very difficult to answer that”Hum nay is mulk ko kia dia????”

AJReds said...

Pervert? haha

I never expected something good to come out of a pervert's mouth int he first place xD


no offence but can we please have some optimism here.