Good Mourning Pakistan

I was talking to a friend, the night BB was assassinated. He is a young businessman, and owns a successful startup. He was in US to meet some investor a week ago and the investor was quite hesitant on the note that the situation in Pakistan is quite fragile. Anything can go wrong without any reason. But they continued with the meeting. I smelled a little worry in his usual laughter. He knew what will follow the assassination, this time with a big reason, and this was just a week after that meeting. And investor is quite justified on his side; why would anybody who has even a little shred of reason with him, invest in a business that can potentially be torched any moment of the day, any day of the year, and that too without prior notice, God forbid.

And if his business is not getting investment, why should Zaid & Bakkar be concerned? I hope the office-going islooites would not have yet forgotten the lay-offs at EnterpriseDB and TouchStone. Luckily these were relatively at a smaller scale and the affectees were taken-care-of as other businesses were running just fine enough to accommodate them. So its not just him who will suffer, its us too, if we continued the way we are running the affairs since last three days. God forbid.

We, the people of Pakistan, murdered around 50 humans in last 3 days. We burnt 170 banks. We completely destroyed 18 railway stations. And the list is long. And we say we are mourning. Is this the way to mourn? Its good being emotional, but we should not let the reason get out of our way. Apart from the loss of lives, which cannot be measured for cost, we caused monetary loss to the national exchequer, we have destroyed businesses and private property.

I was talking to another friend last night, who is Systems Engineer at local office of a us-based software development company. Their company was already talking about moving this office in Islamabad to some other country. He is now seriously concerned as his countrymen are providing the guys sitting up there very serious reasons to follow their talks. God forbid.

I don’t know why, we always do, all the things, wrong !!!

13 Comments so far

  1. verysmart (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

    I too have my assets in Pakistan, and trying to start up a Software-Network Services-Mobile Advertising solutions-Targeted advertisement company in Pakistan, and I also have the choices of either going back to UK or to move towards Australia….I have stopped thinking about setting up anything in Pakistan, and rather sell my properties and get the hell outta here.

    Who will loose?? me, my country and everyone who would have benefited from it.

  2. Not so Smart (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    Well , Fauzan’s startup idea is excellent. It is sad news for me that he is facing hurdles in investment.Micro investments by a large number of Pakistan based investors (Alert Alert , I don’t know an iota of business ) could help him . With the reviews he has received from reputed magazines and experts his work is likely to be a big hit.Wish him best of luck.

  3. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 12:21 am

    Agreed upon sentiments :/

  4. Memorial Power (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 1:28 am

    I agree to what is said. We are doing bad or ourselves. I dont think these are only PPP lovers. There are so many other people who get into the stream to get advantage.

    Thanks for the reference A for [pine]apple , I missed the story.

  5. mik (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 2:32 am

    i was moving to islamabad from london but am having second thoughts i have been put of by all the violence

  6. JayJay (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 7:47 am

    Shaibee – Thanks and congratulations for highlighting this very pertinent, but often ignored, subject.

    Countries and people thrive on business, not on hallow emotions and solganeering. Our history shows we are embodiment of slogans and emotionalism without any backbone when it comes to delivering and implementing. We have to choose supporting and promoting business or indulging in self-destructive emotionalism, which often results in violence, distraction and harm at large. We have a lot to catch up when it comes to civility and tolerance.

    It is painful to see Pakistan stooping to the levels of a country like Afghanistan when it comes to violence.

  7. mik (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

    is there nothing good about islamabad i was moving in july with my 4 children but now i dont know what to do please can anyone advice me if it is a good idea or not any advice please help

  8. KAMI (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

    Before drawing any conclusions about Pakistan, let me remind you that India endured two assassinations of sitting Prime Ministers followed by worst ethnic riots and anarchy in which thousands lost their lives, but they endured it and came out of it stronger.

    We can do that too, just need to set our priorities right, we need to ensure that elections happen as soon as possible, this will show the world that we too can sustain such shocks. Right now all political parties, particularly those that matter in Sindh including PPP and MQM have acted sensibly, otherwise, the situation could have been much worst. What is important now is that we hold elections and swear in a new government ASAP, that will send a strong message to the terrorists as well as the rest of the world. Furthermore, all political forces should start talking with each other and no political entity should be marginalized. We should all work to avoid chaos and confrontation.

  9. KAMI (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

    I agree with JAYJAY, democracy is not a potion that we can drink and every thing will fall in place. Democracy flourihes in societies were business / middle classess hold sway and merit is cherished. That is what I was harping before to the movement mongers that dont invite chaos dont create unstability, we had an environment after a very long time in which finally business was flourishing our grey matter was staying put and even coming back from foreign lands. If somehow continue on the path in ten years time we will have a much stronger middle class able to fullfil our cherished ideals. for now we need to work with not so perfect system and not invite chaos.

    Remember when capital takes flight, it is very hard to bring it back and it almost immediately triggers a brain drain, like it happened in the 90’s. Then there will be no use fighting over PCO and non-PCO issues.

  10. RE (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:27 pm

    Zardari is the most beneficial after Benazir Bhutto.

  11. shaibee (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 9:48 am

    @ A for [pine]apple

    Thanks for the link.

    @ JayJay

    You are welcome.

    @ mik

    The riots are over, and things are becoming normal. Life is getting back. Yes, these 3 days were a bit tough. Also as far Islamabad is concerned, being the capital city, things are a bit more controlled than rest of the country. So if you planned to come, you better continue with that.

  12. mik (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 6:20 pm

    even with everything london has to offer i still feel life in islamabad has more. i have read u blog for a year now trying to get an idea of what it is like and people like u bloggers give that country hope a lot of people here in england family and friends say i am crazy wanting to live there.i would be grateful if u could give me advice on the school ie city school westminster or st marys are they really good i have to stick to the english curriculum as my children are half way in there education and also if they want to go back to britain there would be no problem regarding there educations are studying gcse some advice from someone who lives in islamabad would be much apprectated happy new year insha allah

  13. startuppasvsusa (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 12:32 am

    as far as crime rate is compared between USA and PAKISTAN. USA has about 80,000 murders per year.
    the DOJ stats below only mentions part of it.
    which equals to more than 35,000 known murders per year. which does not includes many victims.

    so dont worry about investment in pakistan. my friends. if crime was a threat to incestment, there would have been to investment in the 3rd world countries at all.

    Foreign corp. donot invest in 3rd world country because its safe. They are there to exploit the people. You know about Coca Cola being closed in India as they did not followed the safe industry practice as they were suppose to in the western world. They pollute they bribe they sell quality product and are also not suppose to pay for utility bills or worry about the taxes. They are in heaven. They can do away with anything in the 3rd world countries and can be as unethical as one can dream of.

    The work force is paid in local currencies and come almost free. paying a employee Rs 50,000 per month is not even $1000. and this is considered a good pay in Pakistan. think about all the people working under Rs50k. for these big banks and muti national companies such as Unilever or P&G.

    On the other hand Honda and Toyota enjoys plants in Pakistan with 10-15 years of tax exemptions and are protedted by laws which enforces heavy duty upto 3000% on cars from europe or any where else andeven used on cars and many many other products.

    These comapnies are in heaven when it comes to investing in Paksitan. Siemens is another example where it bought a nuclear power plant 20 years old BILLING for a market price of a BRAND NEW ONE.

    We need to understand this clear and simple we are not behind in the world today because we lack education, we are behind because we are forced to live in poverty by not allowing any change in the corrupt system that we have which only benefits the corrupt among us and the most wild corrupt mutinational companies and their interests.

    so please dont be Naive. and sorry for what you have you are in a much better place when it comes to crime and corporate frauds.

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