Pakistan’s Image , PM Shaukat Aziz Vs Reality

Daily DAWN, 23/04/2006:
” Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Saturday stressed the need of bridging the gap of misunderstanding about Pakistan’s image in the world and expressed the hope that PTV’s new initiative of beaming local programmes in USA will help achieving this goal ”

I wonder if there is any misunderstanding at all or not. If there is any, to what extent it is. When we see cases like Aruna, cases like the three kids put in thana, When we burn our own property on anger against WEST & when we don’t waste an opportunity to show that we have come from a jungle or some thing, why the heck the WEST bother to have an “understanding” of our nonsense. Can we really create an understanding on nonsense?

Can we try to justify such acts & try to convince them that such acts are acceptable according to such and such logic of law

The truth is: there is little or no misunderstanding. It’s plain and simple. We are a corrupt nation with corruption in our blood and veins. We have mentalities (in general) that use to exist centuries ago. We do have customs that are inhuman. The only thing we can be proud of is our holy teachings and true faith which we never bother to take guidance from & have created our own self styled religious norms, thanks to our retarded “mullah’s”.

Having said that, it does not mean we are 100% impure. Yes there are people with sense, respect and name that no one in the world has. But the above was about majority. Yes we have intelligent people, the top doctors in world with some big names in the field of surgery from our land & there is no match to our sportsman. And yes many of our problems are due to the “meherbani’s of WEST” but then again we allowed ourselves to be played with & they dealt us with expertise for their own benefit by making us puppets. But why should the West call the black a white one when it’s black.

The need is to do some repairing at home then to ask visitors to change their perspective of seeing us. Yes there are those who are enemies and they try hard to disrepute us but they are thankful to us that we provide them every opportunity to do that.

Shaukat Aziz, wake up. You can fool the Paki nation not the world.

13 Comments so far

  1. TEE BEE (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 4:27 pm

    I agree with you MB…the need of the time is to wake up and realize whats going on and make ourselves better rather than trying to change the perspective of outsiders who dont know what exactly is going on in our land…i am proud to be a citizen of this great nation but the need is that we understand where we are going and what is our aim besides living a life like an animal in a jungle out there…

  2. aka (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

    hi, i think that we do indeed have an image problem. i am here in the U.S. and if you do ask someone what they know of Pakistan, it would not be too flattering at all. I do not think that we have a social structure that is radically different from those in India. People from across the border though do a much better job of portraying their country abroad to others and also in helping out other members of the indian community. any communal differences cease to matter since it is the question of helping someone who is an indian first, and anything else later. the priniciple seems to be simple: debate/ voice whatever differences that you might have inside the country while presenting a united front/ face while outside. as a result, it is not only the economic liberalization that was started by dr. manmohan singh in the early 90s that has lead to the current Indian miracle but also to an extent due to efforts of the large and comparatively influential indian diaspora here. this has occured at the same time while a large bulk of people across the border are below the poverty line: some of the accompanying inhuman social practices there too can be (and i guess are to some extent)equally decried but do not make international headlines. i would admit that we as a people have a long way to go in terms of reforming our society and the mindset in general but getting the economy on a stable track would only help in achieving that goal. at present, i am only aware of foreign portfolio investment in pakistan that primarily originates from the middle east and to a lesser extent from the u.s/ u.k. Look across the border and you would see some of the global heavy weights in the tech sector like intel and google to pharma firms setting up research facilities, etc. preparation work for u.s. tax returns has also started to shift to india. pick up a phone and call customer support for any of the major firms banks (circuit city/ citibank/ dell tech support to name a few) and you would most certainly be speaking with someone based in an Indian call center. All this is happening while the essential skill set is not fundamentally different across the two countries. we need to tap into our human resource in a big way to get our economy going. ours is a very young population with 63% of it comprising the work force. all we need is proper training and marketing of our human resources along with some work on marketing available opportunities in our country by our missions abroad and we could definitely look towards a brighter future!

  3. verysmart (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 10:21 pm

    Dear MB.
    I agree that your concern is true, but its true that Image works, Image is more real than the reality itself.
    Think of yourself going to Iran for instance on a business trip. the image you have of that country has bearded men and veiled women, worked up upon you by the western media and the Iranian Media hasnt helped too at all. Lets say you are in the hotel room in Tehran you turn on the TV before goign out the image you will see is you people giving sermons on the TV, you will be a bit uncomfortable with the media image, you will be seriously thinkign about how to approach soemone on the streets, can you look at the women or not? can you show emotions? can you be cheerful? what may term you as insensitive to local traditions? you may become apprehensive. Ask yourself this question, why dont you consider to take your wife to a honeymoon planned in Oman, Iran, Egypt, Lebonan? these are beautiful countries, with so much to be seen, why only you dream of a honeymoon in Alps, Paris or Venice? Image … Only Image.
    The same is correct about us, PTV has been showing veiled women discussing the religion, men with guns avenging their GHAIRAAT, and if any dance at all, it happens to men dancing the KHATAAK dance, with naked swords in their hands.
    And yet we question that why dotn we have tourism in our country like India or Srilanka?
    Consider yourself a european business analyst who is asked by a company to evaluate Pakistan for a business setup, upon seeing those images your first reaction will be some what negative. you may tell the company that Pakistan seems to have a good economic profiel in the past 5 years, however be cautious while investign there.

    this is how seriously a negative Image can harm you and your country. I think Shaukat Aziz with his call on image improvement is absolutely right, the real improvement can take on years, but image improvement will be fatser and yet can yield some results.

    Long Live Pakistan!

  4. karachi4eva (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 12:48 am

    i’m not gonna write a essay here because i just didnt bother me…. i know it was just a political staement soooooo i think we shoukd all chill and let the man say whatever he wants to…..

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 1:22 am

    Jawed Ch already written a nice article about same issue and i believe that MB has read it before writing this post.

    by the way is ‘Mullah’ a slang like Blonde?

    p.s:did anyone here listen Musharraf tonight?hes a true pakistani(bolta acha hay),i can’t use the actual term we use for such ppl,kinda nasty.You guys would already have guessed it *wicked smile*

  6. Haroon (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 4:58 am

    Dear MB,
    Please disregard previous comment or better delete it. I am resubmitting again; link got broken.

    Nowadays we only see Pakistanis like these getting fame. I can guess when you live in poverty and have no future then you can fell pray to bad people. In US most Pakistanis end up doing menial jobs but this guy has everything in front of him. He has nice family, father is a CS professor. He is studying in one of the top US university where addmission requirements are very tough and still he side tracked. Can anyone tell me who is brain washing these kids from nice families?


  7. MB (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 5:04 am

    @AKA : Every thing that you wrote is absolutely right dear. I like the way you became an unlike (at least in this case) Pakistani by accepting what we should by saying “we do indeed have an image problem”. Yes that’s my point is. We have more of an image problem then the WEST misunderstanding us. There is fire some where that’s why there is smoke.

    The way you concluded the point and gave your solution, it was great.

    @VERYSMART: What can I say dear? You just said it all. But still I will have to convince myself hard on your point “I think Shaukat Aziz with his call on image improvement is absolutely right “. No one is saying he is wrong but the difference is the way Mr. Aziz perceives it. He thinks the WEST should develop an understanding of our nonsense. We think he should do some homework.

    @Karachi4EVA: Was your statement political too?. Lolz.

    @ADNAN: Which article you are talking about dear?. Frankly mujhey yaad nai aaraha hai.

    “Mullah” is worse. Blondes kill in a way by which you can have a second life. And they don’t have a concept of forcing people.

    @HAROON: Jaisa aap ka hukum sarkaar.

  8. turab (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

    Living in canada, I miss prime TV already and to be honest, I am not thrilled at all at the direct beaming of the telecast from pakistan. We just got 3 more channels of ARY, ary1, musik, and qtv. We have geo but prime tv (private ptv) was doing awesome job. As far as the image goes its pretty pathetic to see only the negative news realting to pakistan, be it women’s rights or violence. Frankly speaking most North American think of pakistan as afghanistan, khandar! visit and its nice to have 1 positive news out of negative news. Image is a big thing but I fail to understand how direct boradcast will improve it?

  9. Asad (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    Please mind your language. You can be insulting to the PM but not to Pakistani nation. Please refrain from using “Paki” as that is a slang and a racial slur.

  10. Rehan (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 12:27 am

    You guys just complain about our government. Were you born within the past five years? Do you remember the Pakistan that would have been the Iran of today?

    Most Pakistanis are seeing the benefits of privatization and economic reforms. Are things perfect? Of course not. But they’re not miserable. For those of you clamoring for change, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.

  11. MB (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 1:39 am

    @ASAD: What is your definition of slang dear?

    @REHAN: Don’t know if you are a relative of Sheikh Rashid aka “Twist formation” Minister but don’t know what really you wanted to point out especially in context of the topic.

    About privatization, well, it has its benefits and issues. Anyways it’s a separate issue but its better to stick to the point in the topic then to make topics out of points

  12. Khurram Siddiqui (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 12:43 am

    You are right MB, we have to do a lot of introspection as a society. We have to question our assumptions and many of our believes.

    However, there is no doubt a need to counter the misrepresentation we get from the likes of FOX News. For example, did you see even one little report in the western media about Muslims who did NOT protest the Danish cartoons? Infact, there are muslim countries that saw no public protests apart from the ban on Danish products. Eg: UAE.

    I am not saying that we have to fight the western media. We just have to give a balanced picture to the western public and for that we need our media to reach western societies.

  13. MB (unregistered) on April 30th, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

    I guess nothing more is needed then what Khurram Said up there. It was so good that i feel like quoting it here :

    ” I am not saying that we have to fight the western media. We just have to give a balanced picture to the western public and for that we need our media to reach western societies.”

    I guess when we are capable enough that we can claim we are clean only then we can raise eyebrows on west and their way of handling us.

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