Peace of Mind: Where Art thee?

Insecure, Are You? I was wondering the other day about the questions raised by a reader of Islamabad Metroblog that should he return to Pakistan (and Islamabad specially) and if its safe to do so? I’d quote him here as well:

I wanted my children to see my culture and to live with our own people and learn about Pakistan and our language which is hard in Britain. i thought Islamabad was a good city an advanced city a modern city to live in … i am fed up of Britain and its media portraying Islam in a bad light and dont want my children to pick up on it.

Islamabad is still a feeling and not a city to me … but I should do some re-thinking when it comes to Feeling Secure in your Home & Enjoying Peace of Mind, i.e., Islamabad & Pakistan.

Ironically, despite Lal Masjid events, Political and Judicial Crisis, I always felt safe in here.

By large, Islamabad is always considered relatively safe compared to Karachi & Lahore. It never occurred to me that one day we’ll leave our car parked outside a crowded eatery and in few minutes time we’ll have to go home car-less. Its the capital we live in after all, NO? Well it happened couple of days back. In its entirety, exactly like that. Should I NOW not re-think about the peace of mind I’m getting or the secure future I may want to get??

With this thought, my mind gets boggled. The wrong is in ME, YOU, US or the country?? Dictionary says Country is “the territory occupied by a nation”; so should we blame the country or the nation? But then everyone says, You get life once why waste so!!!

If we talk about crime rate, we can’t compete with Uncle Sam but they are not really attacked at large by anyone since 9/11 unlike Pakistan. Conspiracy theory??

As for the comment, I quoted above, to add one more point when it comes to religious value and well the over-rated culture. The enlightened Pakistan is just too liberal now. When it comes to watching TV (read PTV), I’m extremely uncomfortable to watch the channel with the whole family lounging in. Any other channel, aye aye. PTV no way. Let’s keep a few thing in Taboo … many of us would prefer it this way. We stay in a Taboo-fied society, admit it? Its not easy to undo the whole effect in one go.


How would you analyze the situation; Is Pakistan worth-living? What’s your experience?? Are we too scared to live in and rectify our mistakes and wrongs?? Or should we forget everything and hope or better tomorrow (like always)?

13 Comments so far

  1. IUnknown (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 9:37 am

    pakistan has been pushed into chaos by mush.

    Its still worth living though. i just read toyda in news paper that 60% of pakianis want sharia here. (its a survey conducted by US company)

    Its due to only few ppl ,a mess has been created which will be cleared soon inshALLAH.

    I have heard isb so liberal than any thing but still , i u want to act oin islam, u can do it any where. Though a good company adds to it and makes u easier to act on islam.


  2. JayJay (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 11:24 am

    I agree with IUNKNOWN that Sharia is the answer to the present situation in Pakistan. With Sharia there will be unprecedented peace and prosperity as Allah, compelled by the devoutness of the people, will have no way out but to send daily meno-salva, man our borders, eliminate the terrorists who kill people in His name, fill our bank accounts with dollars, oops, riyals (it being the currency of Hijaz), imbibe traffic sense and general civil ethics and public virtues to Pakistanis overnight, create employment opportunities all around, re-generate forests, clean our cities, solve environment issues, ensure educate for all, curb inflations, liberate Kashmir, and whatnot . People will forget atta shortages and other everyday worries. However, Allah, despite being all forceful, has no credentials in power generation. So I am not sure with Sharia we will be self sufficient in electricity but then Allah, taking pity on a rabidly Sharia following nation, might decide to link our national grid direct with heavenly clouds.

    There will still suspects who would question Allah’s omnipresent and omnipotent capabilities in turning nation’s fate around. They might, for instance, question Him on His capabilities in bring about peace and stability in Sharia-complaint countries. However, we have history to go by when it comes to peace and stability which comes with staunchly adhering to Sharia. Without going very far, we have an excellent precedent in neighbouring Afghanistan, from 1994 to 2001, when Allah fearing madrassa-goers brought unparalleled peace, stability and prosperity to ordinary Afghans with their guns. People were happy, women were content and children never had any better. Critics might view the Sharia-laden rule of the Taliban somewhat harsh on surface, but the factual position, as any devout Muslim will attest, was contrary. The Taliban might have the habit of beheading and amputating people without a fair trial, forcing women in home and shutting down girl schools but they did it all out of a deeper interest of na├»ve people, who would otherwise have ended up in Hellfire. The Taliban wanted to save the souls of the Afghans by ensuring there was no way out left for an ordinary man – who cares about a women when you have dozens of virgins to mess around with in Paradise – but to enter Allah-promised Jannat, with all its facilities to wine, dine and ….

    Still there will be critics who would say that despite being devout, the Talibanic rule was not ideal for Pakistanis to follow due to some contrived controversies surrounding the Taliban leadership. However, we always have the golden period of Khalafat-e-Rashda as an ideal example to placate some of us with weaker imaans. The period was largely peaceful and stable, despite critics’ readiness to point out to the assassination of three out of four Khulfa, the two-year long uprising during the benevolent period of Hazrat Abu-Bakar against government taxation, the War of Camel, which resulted in the death of thousands of the Holy Prophet’s companions, etc. The critics surely will have more fuel but a pious Muslim is obliged to shut his eyes and ears to any unhelpful facts to save his imaan.

    Yeah, Sharia, and nothing else, is the answer. We will willingly accept a dictatorship of an autocratic Khalifa, but not the present situation, no mater what. Oh, before implementing Sharia, should we ask the 60 percent pro-Sharia people, which Sharia they want? Should I also ask who will be the qualified Khalifa who will be able to take the nation out of its present morass under the flag of Sharia? Any names?


  3. Kamran (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

    I have lived out of the country now for 20 years. However, I always kept close ties. Bought a home here. Brought my family back twice a year. Planning to send my kids to universities here. I did not see anything wrong with Pakistani education. I was educated here and did very well in the outside world. It is the individual and his/her hardword and not the univerity that makes you succeed. However, 2007 changed all that. I am not blaming Mush, MMA, Sharif or BB for any of this.

    But there is something fundamentally wrong in a society that starts to accepts autocratic rulers. Keep in mind that democracy is not a idea borrowed from the west. Democracy was the principle when Sahaba (R) chose Umar bin Khattab, then Usman bin Affan and then Ali (R) as their leaders. And that same leader was the commander in chief of the Muslim armies ( an idea followed in the west now).

    So in short-No I no longer feel safe in Pakistan. I no longer feel that I can have and honest living and still be able to support my family. We can have a great long discussion on what is honest living.


  4. IUnknown (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

    ha ? @jayjay:

    ALLAH never changes the situation of those, who never try to change theirselves.

    when i say sharia i mean it. Since u being an atheist dont beleive on any thing . How can i make u understand that shria is the only solution. since u dont beleive in any superpower, u r one of the most stupid person on the planet and u dont have peace of mind really. Ur lengthy comments shows that. It has just all crap in it . I think u dont want to feel the reality and instead want to make every one think that when one dies, it will be finished and thats it. U are here in this world for fun.

    YEAH, in ur tone, that autocratic khalifah will be much better than democratic sissy.

    REad kamran’s comment below.

    All going wrong in this world due to non sharia ppl like mush. , bush. Who are in persuit of wealth etc.

    Taliban era was the golden age i recon. No beheaading wat so ever. If u know , give me proof.

    The drug production was 0% on single order mulla umer, in afghanistan. Now its getting near to 100%. Ppl are looking for taliban for justice now a days. Their islamic courts were of such example.

    Rest all u have shitted is often used by those persons who are sick of islam . Do u talk in the same way against christianity in any christian forum?


  5. Umar (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

    I live in Islamabad and my father is a government employee and is deputed in Sindh.

    On the eve of 27th of december 2007 after getting the news of roits i wrang up my father. The only thing that i was told by my father was

    “Baita: Aisay lag raha hey jaisay yeh mulk apna mulk hi nahi. Aisay lag raha hey k jaisay hum say koi jurm sarzad ho gaya ho. har taraf nafrat hi nafrat hey”

    Son: It seems like this country is no more our country. It feels as if we have committed some crime. Every where is hatred.

    Having said this he advised me that when ever you get the chance leave Pakistan.

    I know many people like me are quiet optimistic about the future. But when you see the ground realities its very disturbing.

    Hundred thousands of people sleep without having food.
    Thousands and thousands die without getting the medicine and medical attention.

    Few days back A new born was kidnapped from Holy Family Hospital (2nd incident in less then 2 months). One of the reporter used the word “Chori” for kidnap….. as if it wasn’t a new born rather it was some material which has been stolen….. I cannot comment on this… i have no words…

    Street crime has attained new heights….
    In 2007 Pakistan has witnessed more suicide bombings then IRAQ …..

    My grandpa migrated from India… he was among those who sacrificed…. He always used to say baita sara Pakistan apna hey… He is in his grave for years now … but it seems that he was wrong ….

    Ah…. that hurts….


  6. Umar (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

    I live in Islamabad and my father is a government employee and is deputed in Sindh.

    On the eve of 27th of December 2007 after getting the news of riots i rang up my father. The only thing that i was told by my father was

    “Baita: Aisay lag raha hey jaisay yeh mulk apna mulk hi nahi. Aisay lag raha hey k jaisay hum say koi jurm sarzad ho gaya ho. har taraf nafrat hi nafrat hey”

    Son: It seems like this country is no more our country. It feels as if we have committed some crime. Every where is hatred.

    Having said this he advised me that when ever you get the chance leave Pakistan.

    I know many people like me are quiet optimistic about the future. But when you see the ground realities its very disturbing.

    Hundred thousands of people sleep without having food.
    Thousands and thousands die without getting the medicine and medical attention.

    Few days back A new born was kidnapped from Holy Family Hospital (2nd incident in less then 2 months). One of the reporter used the word “Chori” for kidnap….. as if it wasn’t a new born rather it was some material which has been stolen….. I cannot comment on this… i have no words…

    Street crime has attained new heights….
    In 2007 Pakistan has witnessed more suicide bombings then IRAQ …..

    My grandpa migrated from India… he was among those who sacrificed…. He always used to say baita sara Pakistan apna hey… He is in his grave for years now … but it seems that he was wrong ….

    Ah…. that hurts….


  7. Umar (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

    I live in Islamabad and my father is a government employee and is deputed in Sindh.

    On the eve of 27th of December 2007 after getting the news of riots i rang up my father. The only thing that i was told by my father was

    “Baita: Aisay lag raha hey jaisay yeh mulk apna mulk hi nahi. Aisay lag raha hey k jaisay hum say koi jurm sarzad ho gaya ho. har taraf nafrat hi nafrat hey”

    Son: It seems like this country is no more our country. It feels as if we have committed some crime. Every where is hatred.

    Having said this he advised me that when ever you get the chance leave Pakistan.

    I know many people like me are quiet optimistic about the future. But when you see the ground realities its very disturbing.

    Hundred thousands of people sleep without having food.
    Thousands and thousands die without getting the medicine and medical attention.

    Few days back A new born was kidnapped from Holy Family Hospital (2nd incident in less then 2 months). One of the reporter used the word “Chori” for kidnap….. as if it wasn’t a new born rather it was some material which has been stolen….. I cannot comment on this… i have no words…

    Street crime has attained new heights….
    In 2007 Pakistan has witnessed more suicide bombings then IRAQ …..

    My grandpa migrated from India… he was among those who sacrificed…. He always used to say baita sara Pakistan apna hey… He is in his grave for years now … but it seems that he was wrong ….

    Ah…. that hurts….


  8. Ken (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

    OK, so Ive been reading blogs over since i moved out of Islamabad.Its been like 3 years since i moved out and iam kinda glad i did because Pakistan is just a horrible place to live in, People say that Britain or the western countries influence bad things but i really don’t think thats true.There is a little something called Freedom of speech which i guess most of the people in Pakistan dont get.As a foreigner in Pakistan i saw things that i guess a normal Pakistani couldn’t see, Racism is everywhere but at least people in other countries know what racism is.The lack of self discipline ,The lack of freedom of speech, is i guess one of the few causes that is the cause of this country’s downfall.
    People above me talked up Sharia,The law of Islam, I think it would be a very bad idea if Musharaff carries it out, Law changes wouldn’t change the fundamentals of why this country is in a wreck, From my guess no one really gives a fuck about it,Most of the people over there are using Islam as an excuse to profit from the losses of others. Let me give you an example , When ever there was a strike most of the people went to loot stores and banks, and then in turn they would blame the government for doing that or this.People over there they need to be a little less selfish , they really don’t think about the country but only themselves, They should actually read about some FACTS before going out destroying stuff, Do they know that Pakistan economy actually rose when Musharraf came to power, Do they know that Foreign relation with other countries actually got better, Do They know that job opportunities rose , No all they think about this Why the fuck is Musharraf profiting and why not us, People over there said the same things when Nawaz Sharif was in power , and all the other P.Ms and Presidents who were before him.They are in so much denial that now it is actually showing as acts like terrorism and violence.So before bringing out any new rules you should actually look down in your shirt first and think really hard what is wrong with this country ,And what as you a citizen of Pakistan can do to improve.If you alone would start to put effort in improving your country then people around you would do the same thing. From my point of view religion is something that is just there to control emotional feeling.People shouldn’t take religion so seriously that they start violence in the name of it.
    The Same people who criticize about America and Europe would actually throw there religion and there beliefs away just to come here to earn money ,And this Iam not lying ,Ive seen SOO many people who were ANTI-Americans and when they were offered a chance to come here they in seconds threw there beliefs away just to earn money and Now those people over here are dancing in clubs with strippers even though they are married with children , drinking alcohol which is a big no no in islam ,
    Anyway to sum up this WHOLE speech up i would Strongly suggest that you as a citizen of Pakistan should do something to better the image of Pakistn, Well what is left of it


  9. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

    Pakistan has serious problems, its not reason to dissolve the country.


  10. Karachite (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 7:43 pm

    Living in the west seems like blessing.

    What more can a person ask for? You have water available 24 hours, power available 24×7. You can get education, you can get a decent job, you can have your own business. Well these are the things on my list, I’m sure there would be tons of others.

    Things had been very smooth. But lately things have been changing. Now adays, if a Muslim commits crime, the media and the people act as if Islam is to blame. This has been going on for quite long and the hate spread by media in the western countries have impaired their abilities to think.

    In US, the hispanics and blacks, try to avoid victimzatoin by ridiculing Muslims and Islam. So is true with other races living in north America. Chinese, Indians and other races try to get a soft corner in ‘main-stream-white-dominated-world’ by ridiculing Muslims and Islam.

    I think tough times are ahead for Muslims living in non-mulims countries too. Right now, Muslims can practice Islam. But as it would become harder to practice Islam, people might think about abondoning the luxuries and face the hardships in their own counties-of-origin.

    As some say, humans are best expressed when they are hungary. Right now, the economy is good and people have tons of other things to think about before expressing their hate. But if the economy turns really bad, we would have to see the difference between Rwanda and the CIVILIZED WORLD.


  11. ken (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

    I really dont think its Our fault that your country deprives of basic needs for living.I dont suppose that your country is like Afirca where there is less or no rainfall every year.
    1947 Pakistan got its name on the map
    1947 Japan got nuked by the americans thus its economy was lower then Pakistan’s at that moment.And now look , Both countries were equal at the time of independence, Pakistan had actually more male population at that time, which means more labour but the Japaneses worked VERY VERY hard to bring there country to now one of the worlds biggest economies so why couldn’t Pakistan do it, Well i guess from that time till now they were blaming others for there loss, Cmon just move on with your life, Stop blaming others..
    So right now as your putting the blame on others for your lose, There is nothing special about the US or Japan or any other 1st world country , All of people in those countries are the same humans beings .. But i guess the difference here is Patriotism


  12. WK (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

    @ ken
    I agreed with you!


  13. IUnknown (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 11:08 am

    @ken.. indeed u r very right.

    do u know that those ppl who do bank looting and burning stuff after any religious incident are same as those who do buring and looting stuff in any non-religioous incident like 27th Dec.

    Their work is to destroy pakistan and tahts it.
    Religious ppl never ever do that. If they would have, there would have been civil war long ago.

    We need to find the enemy within



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