This is also Islamabad

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Islamabad is not exactly different from rest of the Pakistan, as many of you believe.

5 Comments so far

  1. kabirdas on April 22nd, 2008 @ 1:44 am

    It is well past midnight when I saw this post. I decided to post some comments to be the first one to do so. Now I would like to know what is the prize for being the first commentator ?
    I reckon there should also be a prize for the last commentator. I would like to win that prize as well.
    Islamabd is just like any other city of Pakistan. The only differnce is that whereas in other cities various classes or categories of people do not live in well sgregated areas due to poor town planning in Islamabd this is not so. In Islamabd various classes and categories of people live in well segrated areas and these areas have been named like E,F,G,H and I sectors. I understand E stands for Elite, F for foreigners or those who feel like foreigners, G for government servants ( may read masters), H for for some class which I forget now and I for such idiots who think they live in Islamabd. And then there are follower colonies with such fancy names as french colony etc.
    I wrote this much just to qualify for the first prize. Will write more on this subject till I qualify for the last prize as well.

  2. kabirdas on April 24th, 2008 @ 1:26 am

    In Islamabad you are not what you eat. In Islamabd you are where you eat or where you live. This segregation of different sector dwellers is so complete that in Sunday’s The News the matrimonial ads also mention the sector where the girl or the boy for whom a match is required live or their parents live. This is usually mentioned if the sector they live in is of E or F series. Such ads, however, do not say that that dwellers of other low category of sectors are inelligible to apply. No, that will be tantamount to outright discrimination. However, it is understood that if they do they will be probably wasting their time (which doesn’t really matter) and others time as well (which really matters).
    It means generally an H sector individual is not likely to get married to an individual of G sector individual and an G sector individual is not likely to get married to an individual of F sector. I believe E sector individual does not mind getting married to an F sector individual but up to F-8 and not beyond. So if you are thinking of getting married in Islamabad do bear this in mind. And if you are thinking of eloping with someone of a sector lower than yours be doubly careful. The tribal customary laws applicable in similar kind of situation (I can’t recall the names of such laws/customs right now)may apply here as well. If this practice is continued for a long time a time may come when dwellers of these sectors may become different species and thus unable to inter breed. Now I am not being funny when I say this. This is how different species arose in this world according to the theory of evolution.

    I understand this differentiation between the dwellers of various sectors is also observed when deciding about the seating plan of a sit down dinner in Islamabad. I believe in seating plan even sub sector one belongs to matters. For example sub sectors 2 and 3 take precedence over subsectors 1 and 4.

    I am sure if THE Kabir Das was alive today he would have certainly lamented and written some DOHAS (couplets) about this situation in his usual style. He would have lamented how such attributes of a girl, for example, as ‘SOOM-O-SALAT ki paband’ and ‘AMOOR-e-KHANADARI say waquif’ have been replaced by the sector of her residence.

    I think after this post I may have also qualifired for the second prize as well if there is one. I may also try for the third place unless some one beats me to it.


  3. kabirdas on April 26th, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

    No body has bothered to go for the third place. So I might as well avail this honour as well.
    A young smart girl of F Sector once told me this story about distinction between various sectors. She had a friend also living in F Sector. She once saw her friend going round with two other girls. Later when this young smart girl met her friend she asked her who those two girls were. She told her that they were sisters and are new comers in Islamabad. And then as if to justify her friendship with the new comers she just added:’They are F’s’.
    When I moved to Islamabd from Karachi long time back I discussed with a friend the area where I should settle down. I asked his opinion about F-10 and F-11. He said they are good sectors but in Islamabd any sector beyond F-8 is considered Nazimabad of Islamabd. H and I are Quaid Abad of Islamabad. And of course it goes without saying that F is the Defence of Karachi.
    So you see how Islamabad is not very different from other cities of Pakistan and yet it is very different the way its sectors have been segregated from each other. The class system exists in every city but not the way it does in Islamabd.

  4. crazymonkey on April 27th, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

    kabirdas, I think that discrimination is only done by the intellectually challenged people of our society.

  5. kabirdas on April 28th, 2008 @ 12:38 am

    Ref: crazymonkey April 27th, 2008 4:43 pm

    You say: kabirdas, I think that discrimination is only done by the intellectually challenged people of our society.

    I say: You may be right. I did not look at it from that angle. I will think about it. However, I know this much that these intellectually challanged (as you would like to call them) are certainly the winners of the rat race that all of us are running all the time.

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