The Out-of-Country Perspectives

I am saddened by the events of October 18th. I think we all are. As far as this incident is concerned, I am getting some sad and scary views and interesting insights simply because I am sitting in a land, far far away from Karachi.

I am currently in the US, global headquarters of the corporate media – the companies that essentially control what people watch and hear on cable and satellite news and television. The media conglomerates that have the power to see what filtered bits of information you see and listen to. But I am fortunately staying in a home that also has access to Geo and ARY, along with a high speed internet connection, and believe me, that has made all the difference… but that’s something I’ll talk about at a later time.

I don’t do a lot of work with the US but I DO interact with a lot of people that live and work here. I spent two months of my fellowship between March and May 2007, traveling around the country, educating people of the fact that Karachi was the rightful commercial capital of country that had a great deal of potential and promise; it’s people were friendly and most things that were shown on this corporate media, was more hype than reality.

And then October 18th happened. Actually, all of October 2007 was going on when I was getting ready to attend a conference in Boston. Every hand I shook and each conversation I had began with me saying, “Hello! I’m from Pakistan!” and every dialogue that came back to me started with something like, “Oh! Things are really bad there, aren’t they?!”

I sit at a Starbucks in the town of Naperville in Chicago every morning as my friend goes off to work, and the people behind the counter have become quite friendly. About 4 days ago, while I was ordering my coffee, we got talking about different countries and I smiled and said, “I’m not from here, but I’ll be flying out tomorrow so I guess I’ll see you guys and your coffee on my next trip here.” And I told them a bit about Pakistan and how excited I was to get back to my family and business.

Since I was still here, I went back this morning and as I got up to order my coffee, they asked me, “Is everything okay? Things didn’t sound too good on the news.” And so I had to explain because an ex political leader insisted on coming back ‘home’ after a self-imposed exile (how the heck do you put yourself into an exile?!?) and I would probably have been stuck at the airport until the roads cleared up, they just gave me a day’s worth of coffee free to make me feel better.

I speak with my family and friends pretty much all the time and I know that by the Grace of God, they are well and safe. But I can’t help wonder what sense all of this makes. A city I love and consider my home, is being torn apart for something much beyond anything humane. A city I deeply care about, is being pranced around in the national and international media as a city where nothing is safe and everything just blows up. My lovely city of Karachi has travel advisories against it so each time I meet with a potential partner company in the US, they just say “it will not be possible for us to set up an office presence there…”

Adolph Hitler once said, “One death is a tragedy; A thousand deaths is history.” This is one kind of ‘history’ I don’t think we want to ever remember or read about.

It’s sad. Just sad.

45 Comments so far

  1. karachiite (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

    Thats indeed a sad state of affairs – even with all the information glut and as you mentioned US being the hub of all the information conglomerates – american people in general are the most clueless in all of the world when it comes to knowledge about the rest of the world. They hear that things in Afghanistan are bad and assume that it will be bad in Pakistan too – infact most people would not even know that Pakistan and Afghanistan are neighbors – this I say after living in the US for over 18 years. I came to work and I havent been asked by anyone of the events back home – they dont see it and/or they dont care about it.

    I completely agree with you about point you raised about whats this bruhaha about returning after 8 years??? You were not forced to stay away – you “chose” to stay away – then why the desire to see a sea of people on the streets on your return – why did you want people from far and wide to come to karachi when you know that they are poor people….its just pathetic!!!


  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    whats the point in your post??

    its focusing & revolving you your thoughts.

    may be Balma, Zee, Alam, Adnan and others would be more specific to tell me what this post means on this blog

    anyone????


  3. .!. (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

    shamsi wrote,

    whats the point in your post??

    well said!

    things are really bad there, yes we know they are! so……

    i thought ppl back in the US would say OH! THINGS ARE REALLY COOL THERE.


  4. Shabber (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

    Shabber@gmail.com

    I commend you for all of your hard work in getting across this message about Karachi. I think we share mutual interests and objectives, let me know if you want to work together in some capacity.

    Sincerely,

    Shabber
    NJ


  5. unknown (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    Whatz the point of your comment? Its as senseless as the blog post, which actually attenpts to give a perspective about karachi from the outside world.


  6. Immad A Khan (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    I’m away from the country as well and not on any business trip but because I’m studying here in England.Every now and then I come across people who think I’m stupid because I want to go back when I graduate. 135 is not just a number , its the number of lives that ended for no good reason. I wonder when a human life will get the value it truly deserves, in our country. All I pray to God is not to take us back to the late 80s ,early 90s scenario again. Karachi’s soil has absorbed too much blood…


  7. Echoes (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

    Some foreigners think that India re-annexing Pakistan might be the only thing that reunites the Pakistanis.

    Sad, isn’t it?


  8. Da-Man (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

    Although I am not a supporter of Benazir, the culprits who did this are religious fundoo’s and the anger should be directed towards them. This type of terrorist activity is their trademark.

    Every political party be it MQM, Imran Khan, PPP or Jamaat Islami, should have the right to hold political rallies in any city of Pakistan.


  9. ALAM (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

    @JAMAL SHAMSI

    >>> may be Balma, Zee, Alam, Adnan and others would be more specific to tell me what this post means on this blog

    Jamal bhai, i didn’t write the post, how can i or anyone else explain this ? :D

    But if u care about ur city (or family, or beloved ones), u first and foremost look at the issue with ur two eyes (or 1?) You dont have to see it from others perspectices. First get your act together, and then think about how others look at these things.

    To reiterate my POI: We need democracy, no army or very downsized defensive army, no nukes, a lot of secularism, complete genocide of Mullahs (lets beat Hitler on this score)

    As I always said: we can begin by debnouncing Objective Resolution (which is the root of all evils in Pakistan)


  10. Zee (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

    ALAM, the seeds that General Zia placed have now become full grown trees with some STRONG roots. It’ll take us another 20-30 years ot get rid of this menace and by that time, there won’t be any Pakistan.


  11. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 12:04 am

    @ ALAM

    my points remain un-answered.

    unfortunately, the post has no bearing on what is happening since 17th Oct onwards, happened / will happen in Karachi / Pakistan.

    all we are doing is concentrating on chess board without knowing the objective of players in the game of power.

    I have always tried to stay away from political topics on blog as i believe i’m INEPT & Naive enough to understand as WHO WE ARE AS NATION 1st.

    Tuchaal Ba$$$C%%%%%D MOFO places like UAE & KSA are now playing role in demographic politics of Pakistan and we HAVE ALL failed to understand the drift & shift of pakistani leaders.

    and the acredited blogger is whining here about her own mindset and how her coffeshop pals are feeling.

    70% of US Gradutes are confused about where Pakistan is – in Middle East or in Asia.

    But they know Osama as their new found muslim leader of terror after collapse of USSR., and Musharraf as the distant Friend in war of terror.

    In 80s’ when i was at US school I had to explain in my orientation on MAP where I was from. situaton is no different, I can go on & on & on & on but that will be of no interest to anyone.

    am sure she have her personal BLOG to post ME MY etc etc. and save us from how her coffeshop colleagues feel and sympathise with her.


  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 12:31 am


    In 80s’ when i was at US school I had to explain in my orientation on MAP where I was from. situaton is no different

    *grin*
    You’re right. Infact situation is more worst. Citizens of US can’t even locate IRaq on Map.

    tinyurl.com/rgsbo

    the following is just beyond the exception.


    While Israeli-Palestinian strife has been in the news for the entire lives of the respondents, 75 percent were unable to locate Israel on a map of the Middle East.

    God bless THIS America


  13. Mehr (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 12:32 am

    there are more pressing issues in the world than talk about how people respond when u say im from pakistan. what a waste of my time reading this


  14. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 12:40 am

    @MEHR You Pressed it TWICE


  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 12:42 am


    The media conglomerates that have the power to see what filtered bits of information you see and listen to

    Ms.Garib , I second what you mentioned on your post but the point is, did you try to convince those media gods to stop spreading crap about Pakistan and Islam by every mean just because they despise it? If you are not able then I’m sorry to say that you’re just wasting your time and ours as well because if you can’t remove confusion among those manipulators then you can’t convince a layman either. Maybe I am expecting too much from you or asking something impossible?


  16. Kashif (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    As Asfandyar Wali said on Live with Talat, Pakistani Air Force killed 150 people in Waziristan who were praying for their dead (Namaz-e-Janaza procession). Nobody gave a fit for that.


  17. Imran (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 1:01 am

    @Kashif
    ” Pakistani Air Force killed 150 people in Waziristan who were praying for their dead (Namaz-e-Janaza procession). Nobody gave a fit for that”

    READ IT CAREFULLY IT SAYS CLEARLY “METROBLOGING KARACHI”..IT DOES NOT SAY “METROBLOGING WAZIRISTAN” I hope you got the answer


  18. Visitor (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 1:31 am

    *comment moderated*


  19. HASSAN' (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 1:33 am

    I dont know y ppl here asking whts the point of this post coz wht i feel abt KMB is this is not a newspaper abt karachi , this is a place where u discuss ur city, ur views abt ur city and some other things like that. So this post is perfectly alright and i think should also reply here.


  20. Visitor (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 1:35 am

    I know…an utterly lame comment…but isnt the post equally lame n non sensical keeping in mind the status quo?…


  21. Paranoid (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 1:48 am

    I heard this news last night while talking to a friend.Today as soon as entered my work place, the first question my manager asked was “what happened in ur country,bloody hell 150 people killed”. and all i could answer was yes i heard about it.
    After that for 1 hr while working i kept thinking, do i really care if 150 people were killed? And my mind kept saying No i dont. and thats the reality. i wouldnt care untill someone of my own dies, and thats the reality,how much u hide it. When the time comes, no one will be taking a bullet for someone. atleast not in this era.
    So i ask you guys posting here like crazy, how much of u really care about those 150 people ? and can you really do something about this situation ? instead of writing and fighting on a blog.


  22. cynicalrealist (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 1:52 am

    Can I/we sue BB or PPP or the government for lost revenues, lives, and general disruption of public peace etc.? Can I/we hold anyone responsible?

    This particular year has been dyed red – inside, and out – all over pakistan in general, and in this beloved city of ours, in particular.

    My friend’s cousin used to love malai, so much that he claimed he could have it everyday all day. Once his nani actually did send him a matka full of malai. Good to his word, he did eat it all day. It’s been quite some time since that day, and he has yet to touch it again.

    Similarly, we have been seasoned and conditioned so much for so long that we have developed a very short memory. May 12th seems a thing of the distant past. The shershah pull collapse, a bad dream, and a few more even I can’t recall at this moment. Will this be forgotten too? Will we – the denizens of this once fair, buoyant, lively city – clam up ourselves for a couple more days until everyone decides to forget and move on with our lives until the next calamity hits a couple of weeks/months later?

    I don’t know whether to marvel at our courage to move on, or mull at our cowardice and indifference to not do anything.

    How can we change? Can we have a city-wide movement to ban all VIPs to be treated as such? All political activities to be held forthwith? What, how, where?

    May 12 made my jaw drop on the floor while my little fragments of hope for this city, and country, took a hike for neverland and beyond. A piece of me dies every time this city of mine is raped. Sadly, there isn’t much of me left anymore…


  23. Paranoid (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 1:54 am

    Oh and as for me, i just graduated with a bechlors in accounting from uk, going to start my Masters next year InshAllah.i always wanted to come back to pakistan and live with my family, but my family have started to say that its not worth to come back now, theres nothing left in karachi. So for last few months i have seriously started to consider this.
    This means another hard working student wanting to make a good life with his family in a place where he was brought up, living in a stupid cold country where no one cares either.


  24. Visitor (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 2:08 am

    Well there you go….all the bloggers who’ve asked the question what do we do for the city will this be forgotten etc. PARANOID just answered all of your questions…

    in simples words, yes we’ll forget and move on, for ppl like myself living overseas, we watch the footage, mourn n goto work the next day n forget abt it, with the thought of never going back to the city we genuinely love, anf for the ones still there, mourn a lil longer then us but yes they move on too n grab the first opportunity to flee the country n move to some foreign or overseas country in pursuit of a better life “for their kids”….


  25. Ali (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 2:11 am

    My My.. what sentiments.. An ex-prime minister comes to the home land and finds her self in the misdt of suiside bombers.. i would have thought of it as a story of some novel by sidney sheldon or Zubeda khatoon. However this is true in Pakistan every curropt persons dreamland. I think we should start givign out nationality on how many people have you killed. How many millions have you taken from your country. You knwo some thing like credit card points for our politicians. Seriously the poor people got killed and the rich land lords got away. If muhtarma and her party can spend 120 million rupees to arrange for the celebrations then i think she should give each dead million rupees each. and every injured half a million. ofcource she will then give the bill to mushy and he will reimburse her of all her air line bills ( coming to london, new york, washington, paris is expensive.BTW how does she finance herself if she is clean.)

    I have lost hope on pakistan. I think we should reunite punjab and sind with India and Balochistan with Iran and NWFP with Afghanistan. What do u say…


  26. Kaash (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 2:22 am

    Point of her post: “I often visit USA and hangout at Starbucks”. We get it, no need to start a topic on that. BTW Naperville itself is a city in Illinois not Chicago.


  27. Visitor (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 2:22 am

    @Ali

    lolz….aap jese hum watan houn tu atan gawadion ki kia zaroorat hai…


  28. Straight Talker (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 2:24 am

    The author made some interesting points that I can’t help telling others:

    a) The author makes frequent visits to the US and other countries.

    b) The author has to tell people in the US that she is not a local, meaning she is not an American gori or kaali. She is Pakistani.

    c) The author goes to Starbucks to drink coffee every day. For Pakistanis like me, Starbucks is one of the expensive coffee shops and it also provides wireless internet connection. I am sure the author must have a laptop with wireless modem that she is going to talk about in her next post.

    d) The author cares about Karachi. she tries to convince Americans that Karachi is a potential business center.

    Good job, Rabia Garib. The last thing you need to do is thank people who read your post.


  29. Chisti (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 2:26 am

    “To reiterate my POI: We need democracy, no army or very downsized defensive army, no nukes, a lot of secularism, complete genocide of Mullahs (lets beat Hitler on this score)”

    Alam bhai:
    Two questions:

    (1) Is there a muslim country where secularism is practiced?

    (2) Is there a muslim country where mullah are not there to give sermons.

    Why should Pakistan be an exception?

    There is no place for secularism in Islam as Islam does not give equal rights to non-muslims. Why should we change now when this has been going around for centuries.


  30. wasiq (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 3:36 am

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  31. ALAM (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 7:26 am

    @CHISTI

    >> There is no place for secularism in Islam as Islam does not give equal rights to non-muslims. Why should we change now when this has been going around for centuries.

    Bhai, I did not opine on whether there is a place or not for Secularism in Islam. Thats the concern of ppl who belive in Islam.

    Religions are changed to accomodate new thinking, not the other way around. Those religions which r not changes, become part of history

    The argument that “this has been for centuries” does not make any sense to me. Some poisonous or inept/unadaptable animals and ideas take thousands of years to go, thats the nature of the beast.


  32. Shafaq Israr (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    Miss Rabia,

    I personally know how deeply you care about our nation. I know a lot about your efforts in trying to promote our country to this part of the world. I am usually accused of being a ‘farangee’ or a ‘traitor’ to Pakistan because I dont live there. I am accused of more things when I try to tell people exactly what you have shared in your post. This is the only side we get to see here in the States. Media such as GEO and ARY do us no favors by showing mostly, the bad. The media is doing my generation, and trust me, there are some of us who have never stayed in Karachi for more than three weeks at a time who would choose to spend a year in a heartbeat, a huge dis-service; but when our older generation gets to see the drawbacks…it becomes quite a struggle between the two generations.

    I am glad you were not back home during this havoc, and that you were here to witness what we go through…our media is destroying many prospects for my generation, who have a lot of love for our country.

    I am not disagreeing with the instability of my country…but people, we are only sixty years old…what was the US (or any other country) like when it was sixty?

    MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA. HINT HINT HINT.


  33. balma (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    * Jamal Shamsi wrote:

    may be Balma, Zee, Alam, Adnan and others would be more specific to tell me what this post means on this blog

    *****

    First of all, who is this Balma Kee Salma cheater?
    Shahid-un-Nisa? You better be extremely cute, if you want to be my salma.

    Jamal Shamsi Bhai, most of the time I don’t even know the point of my posts on this KMB, and you are asking me about people who don’t know how to spell their last names?

    * Jamal Shamsi wrote

    70% of US Gradutes are confused about where Pakistan is – in Middle East or in Asia.

    Maharaj, Shamsi Saheb, what do you mean by 70% of US grads…I would say 100% of Pakistani graduates are confused if PAkistan is in Middle East or Asia…or to put it in different words, if Pakistan is in the Middle East?

    Kissee nay apna naam fahad rakh liyaa hae, sainkro’n osama paida ho gayae hai’n, names like ammar and hammaar (this one is just a joke), everyone claiming they arrived on a camel sitting next to Ibn-Qasim? And why exactly the biggest park in Karachi is named ibn-Qasim?

    At least Pakistan’s poet philospoher was not reluctant to claim that he was an Indian Muslim (hindi hai’n hum blah bla blah…)… you see … all are confused.

    Fianlly, aik shaer angraizee may yaad aa rahaa hae, budNazir per hamlay key havaalay say…

    Qismat kee khoobi dekhyae, TooTo jaa kar kahaan kumund
    Doe chaar haat jub lub-e-baam reh gayae.

    Basically, we have so many people that we have no value for life. Out of 160 million, if 100-20 are dead, it is of no big deal. No biggee.

    I was watching this ass Wajid Hassan of PPP (whose father was actually a good guy) making an ass out of himself on CNN. The CNN interviewer was totally surprised how he had no remorse over the death of 140+ people. All he was happy about was that his boss survived.

    I will repeat again for the billionth time:

    Cut down PAkistan’s population growth. Increase age limits for shaadi-khanah-aabaadi.
    30 for men, 25 for women. Enough of 30 year old naanis. Combining this with a 50 year ban on first cousin marriages will go a long way.

    I mean why were 3 to 4 hundred thousand people
    free and able to show up at jalsa juloos like this on a working day just to greet a most lafangee woman like Budnazir (R)?

    I have a copyright on Budnazir (R), and all users should send 10% (pun intended) of their revenue to my swiss account (pun intended again).


  34. balma (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

    correction: should be TooTee


  35. IUnknown (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

    *comment moderated*


  36. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 7:24 am

    @ Balma
    No I am not your Salma.
    This is my response in abraod to the situation.
    Leaders(Benazir) usually have very high ego.
    She’s got from her dad.(dominent personalities)
    She got away this time as attackers were not well trained and were in a haste (emotional).
    She was showing her power by risking herself and others.
    She makes bad decisions and thats unfortunate for pakistan to have leaders like that.
    I dont care if she wears diomond studed(she’s been a prime minister twice) specs and have a lavish lifestyle (she is not Gandhi)
    as long as she comes out clean from charges.
    She owes to the people (specially who got hurt) a better future.
    Start with all money out of swiss and other banks and invest in her home country.
    btw she is not a B*tch not even close.Please dont refer her such.
    We already have bad name for mistreating women in our villages (honor beating and killings)


  37. Mota_Bacha (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

    Rabia;

    Can kind of relate to what you say. I am based in Pakistan but work remotely with people in the US & Far East. Sad that whenever there is talk of developing a software its always India. When I talk of Pakistan, I get the same oft repeated arguments that Karachi and Pakistan are not stable. In my company at least, Pakistanis have proven to the folks in Europe and USA that they are better resources than the Indians in terms of skills and usage of English Language. However, Pakistan does not even compare in terms of offshoring to India.

    I am sad just like every other helpless educated Pakistani is. The brain drain as I see would only increase given the level of frustration in my peers.

    May Allah show mercy on our nation.


  38. Mr. Indian (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 7:40 pm

    “In my company at least, Pakistanis have proven to the folks in Europe and USA that they are better resources than the Indians in terms of skills and usage of English Language. However, Pakistan does not even compare in terms of offshoring to India.”

    ya sure. Pakis write unverifiable factoids like this. Luckily
    no one other than stupid pakis believe it. Even sensible pakis know that indians are street aheads in IT. Some of the IT companies in US owned by Pakis have offices in India and not Pakistan.

    If Pakis are no where in the IT radar, it is because they
    are not good at it.

    “May Allah show mercy on our nation.”

    provided he exists?


  39. Mr. Indian (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

    Around two years back I went to Denver with my colleague
    who was from Sales dept. I am from product development.
    He is a paki. We stayed together in the hotel for few
    days and while returning back we took the same flight.
    At the Denver airport I was busy reading some book and
    after some time I noticed that my paki colleague was
    talking to some american. I later on joined them
    and after shaking hands the gora asked me whether I
    am also from Pakistan. I told India. He asked me
    “india… hmm, you guys are kicking ass in IT these
    days “. Then he looked towards
    the paki and told “how come india and pakistan looks
    same, but india is far ahead”. Only a gora can ask such insensitive question to a paki. Even though I was gloating I did not reply because I was not sure whether my paki colleague would appreciate my answer.
    I just smiled and said “I don’t know”.
    But he solved my problem himself. he told “I can tell why.
    Because we are lazy and don’t want to work hard”.
    Later on in the flight I asked him how he said that despite
    being a paki himself. He said that he has no false sense of paki pride.
    BTW he is also not religious (eats and drinks merrily during ramzan) and thinks pakistan is too much religious which is keeping it backward.

    mota_bacha, let me know whether you believe this story.


  40. Dan (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

    I was visiting Karachi for Eid and barely managed to escape unharmed from Karsaz. Have posted a detailed account on http://www.nfield.co.uk – feel free to re-post it on here as an eye-witness account if you wish.


  41. HB (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 12:36 am

    Dear friends,
    I live in Wheaton IL and I can relate to frustrations at the media. I have written several hundred letters to different media outlets in the past 10 years defending and correcting their positions on Pakistan. It used to be easier to defend our point of view since mainly these attacks were based on hatred for Muslims and what was happening in other Muslims countries like Palestine. But now, they are simply reporting the situation on the ground. We no longer can blame the media for projecting the negative image of Pakistan because unfortunately it has become the reality. They point to us events like Oct 18 as a proof for their negative image of Pakistan. Just today in Newsweek I read the article on Pakistan, The most dangerous place in the world.
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/57485
    Two stories side by side. One Pakistan.. most dangerous and Jinndal, an India becoming the governor of Louisiana.
    How can we in America defend Pakistan when Pakistanis are bent on killing each other? It is a sad state of affairs.


  42. HB (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    Please note that the story in the Newsweek is contributed by one of our own Mr. Zahid Hussain in Islamabad. If we ourselves will project this type of image then howcan we blame American media?


  43. Mr. Indian (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 4:28 am

  44. wasiq (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 4:40 am

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  45. Translator (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    Paying attention in the literature class would have introduced us to the art of subtlety, but alas! Isn’t this the very blog where diehard fans of Persian and Pakistani literature cry the names of Dastaan-e-Ameer Hamza and Tot Batot and Gulistan-o-Bostaan e Saadi as example of fine writing? Claiming that we are the heirs of this great heritage?

    Has not our fine literature taught us anything at all? Such as “reading between the lines.”

    What this post does NOT say is:

    I say, “I am from Pakistan.”
    They say, “Really, how awful is that!”

    What is DOES say between the lines is:

    A Pakistani is representing Pakistani/Karachi business abroad and attempting to create business collaborations. However, given the security situation, the task has become difficult. How do you convince anyone to invest when they are afraid to? Even the South Africans have refused to play cricket here. Ever tried doing maths on how many daily workers’ assoiated wages are lost with such incidents?

    Business is critical to the health and growth of a city, and with Karachi’ites’ depending largely on commerce, is it thicker than da Vinci’s Code to understand the importance of business collaborations to a city’s business? Have YOU ever taken charge of 20 persons’ (employees) daily living, and sat up at night thinking how will your failure to secure business reflect on them and their family? I once had to hire two people to get some work done, and not getting payment from the end client on time taught me a good deal about how responsible do you feel when you are in charge of creating opportunities of work, and making sure people are paid on time.

    How does that become possible if there is no business? How does one get business if the givers of business think your location is a security risk? Crack the code, and anyone can see how is this post related to Karachi.

    When people in the blast die, we start lamenting “poor families deprived of living”… “130 mothers/ widows without earner”
    . But if someone takes a healthier approach – i.e. creating work opportunities, we fail to see their point. What’s so obscure about it? Aren’t you claiming to be “relevant” to a city that thrives on commerce?

    Any wannabe socialist who might be ready with a “thinking of business is selfish” response is invited to demonstrate living without *their* source of earning. I’ve never met any who would dare.

    As a friend of mine says, you’d never hear a real poor person saying business is bad. Only the well-fed have an intellectual problem.

    Now – get back to business!



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