Renaming: Pakistani Culture

When someone dies, someone important actually I and you are of no value, what is the first step taken??


Almost there – yes rename some famous place in honour of that Martyred (by no means I’m trying to ridicule someone who is dead but Get Some Life, No?). Here the Govt is hers truly too … I wonder why they waited for 21st june (Pinky’s bday to do this mass-scale renamings).

Benazir BhuttoSo to date the order of lord is to rename Islamabad Airport, Rawalpindi general Hospital (RGH)  and the-oh-so-famous-and-pindi’s Murree road after Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto.

You may be thinking why am I having problems on this decision. To me its kind of obscene to change the decades old names to suddenly a new name. Well, we are in the process of building new roads and avenues … why not name them after her or anyone of your choice?? Huh? You say what?

I wonder how long it’d take the next govt to take these orders back….!

Read more on BBC and DT.

4 Comments so far

  1. wkhang on June 24th, 2008 @ 12:21 am

    Agreed with you !!

    They should not do so much so fast changings, But what to do.. Jis ke lathy us ke bhains, : )

    Where these birthdays came from ? (Non Islamic Act)

    May Allah keep her soul in rest, amin.

  2. emran on June 24th, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

    Very right…..
    May be the next generation memorize the new names, atleast I can not rename Muree road in my subconsious. The name of embassy road has been changed to XYZ and I never called it XYZ, I call it embassy road. The suggestion to name the new roads is nice.

  3. sceptic on June 29th, 2008 @ 7:43 am

    Well, they have chosen three worst places to name them after BB. There is no other road of significance, which has been so blatant ignored by authorities, as Murree Road, also Raza Shah Pehlawi Road formerly. There is no other hospital than the Central Hospital, also RGH, that is collapsing with pressure from growing number of patients and inadequate budget and staffing. Do we need to say anything about the Company Bagh/Liaqat Bagh former bus adaa for intercity buses before Pir Widhai took over.

    If they want to pay tribute to BB, build a brand new infrastructure project (like Kala Bagh Dam, or an overhead road to relieve pressure from Muree Road) and then justifiably named it after Bhutto, Zaradari or whoever.

  4. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on June 29th, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

    wkhang: true … for lathi and bhains :)

    emran: As if someone is reading the suggestions :)

    sceptic: Woah … a morale booster that is :)

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