One day in Pakistan: Views and news

Last week, BBC News provided an opportunity for their readers to ask a panel of six Karachiites any questions they may have regarding Pakistan. The panel of ‘One day in Pakistan: Views and news’ included a couple of students, an artist, an economist, an executive and a businessmen. The diversity of opinion is truly representative of the Karachi mindset today.

Most of the questions put forth to the group were about religious extremism and economic progress in the last few years. While political views of the participants differ, all of the unanimously dispel the notion of Pakistan being a breeding ground for terrorists.

Do you agree with all the answers or would you have answered any of the questions differently?

13 Comments so far

  1. SELF (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    “all of the unanimously dispel the notion of Pakistan being a breeding ground for terrorists”

    What do you expect? chore bhee kabee apnay aap ku chore kehta hai?

  2. MB (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2007 @ 8:59 pm

    Just like the Americans fool the world with terror
    similarly our establishment is playing the same game by fooling the USA at one side ( filling pockets with dollars) & keeping the pressure on religious parties at other side.

    Its all the game about the GREAT DOLLAR that goes into ARMY pockets. After all who will pay for the drinks & parties of our great elite. Who will pay for their children’s expanses in Europe & the land & plot dealings.

    Its simply a game of fear & our establishment is best in manipulating it for its own purpose. They tight the grip when the like & loose it little as soon as they see AMERICANs showing their back once again.

  3. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2007 @ 11:24 pm


    Am glad I can see change in you ! be it anyone from Ayub Khan to Mushrraf and now Kiyani the ultimate beneficiery of public taxes and foreign AID is for … Establishment be in unform or a CSS cadre

    You and I – we pay taxes on even on our water bill which we don get, we pay TV licence FEE which we don use to see local channels, we pay incometax, salestax and surcharges on our utility bills, we pay advance income tax on our paycheques, and on top we pay EAST PAKISTAN FLOOD RELIEF & NATURAL CALAMITY surcharge on FUEL Till today – which is Rs. 3.85 per litre ( before it was rs. 2 per gallon)

  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 12:44 am

    Do you fear the rise to power of the Islamist parties, and the use of Sharia law to enforce controls of women’s rights?

    and she replied:

    I would have to reply in the affirmative.

    Instead of asking in return what did he know about Shariya law, the girl was not lesser ignorant than the person who asked her. BBC guy/West clearly equates shariya with jungle law because they say it’s talibanization. I don’t know how did BBC people approached to him but once I was approached by an Indian named Sachin who works at BBC. He found via my blog while searching about CJ saga,Lal Masjid etc. Later , the panel was not pleased when I didn’t buy their point of views about terrorism,suicide attacks etc. They were pretty disapointed as they were expecting me to use same “Global Tone” about terrorism,molvis,madrassahs etc.

    Anyways, BBC usually promote those Desi point of views which match their own policies otherwise they censor it.

  5. Pkhan (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 10:47 am

    @ MB & Jamal Shamsi
    Generals and Col, do not pay taxes like you but they give their life for Pakistan, When you are hiding under the BunkBed, so please STOP this perks thing for the Generals they deserve the plots etc.Train your SO called Leaders so they can RUN the country and start looting again.

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    Generals and Col, do not pay taxes like you but they give their life for Pakistan, When you are hiding under the BunkBed, so please STOP this perks thing for the Generals they deserve the plots etc

    Someone forgot you to tell the difference between jawans and Haramkhor generals. Jawans living on borders and peaks actually saving us. Haramkhor and sharabi generals always busy in their fantasies. 1971 didn’t happen in ancient ages that one could forget Gen.Niyazi and Sharabi and Filthy Yahya whose entire world was Gen.Rani. Jawans don’t get any facility at all. All of their share is eaten by corrupt and moronic generals who put Pakistan in danger several times in past.

    You seriously need a history lesson.

  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    PKHAN – when was last ‘adventure’

    Kargil was the time if Generals must have acted right, and taken over from NS, history would have been different.

    If Army is traitor to Kargil affair, NS shall be indicted for Treason.

    Remember the standoff of 14 months,

    like adnan said, you need Pakistan history 101

    yes i do agree the bum leaders need training too,

    its complicated i agree, everyone is dirty, and the dilemma of nation is which evil is better, the disciplined devil or the rowdy roughet power hungry inidividuals who have no interest for well being of country let alone be the common people.

    so & but, the fact remains The establishment is responsible for public grievances which utlimately seek ARMY for their help and THEY willfully takeover as situation permits.

    safely I can say we are nation with no compass to have a heading & bearing, how well it was sung –

    – Ham kiss ali jaa rahai hain –

  8. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 2:55 pm
  9. MB (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

    Could you please provie the PKkhan the link you send about General Yahya from JC’s column. I guess it was you who send it to the Proud-Pakistani group, in which the writer mentions how the General was busy sleeping with whores and all the facts the writer has mentioned.

    I heard some newspaper has once published the list of all the women who use to meet him at night ( i guess it was DAILY JANG or UMMAT)

    But for now here is what i have to offer to brother PKHAN:

    & to summaries few ( from the itself corrupt PPP website):-

    * Air Chief Marshal Abbas Khattak (retired) received Rs180 million as kickbacks in the purchase of 40 old Mirage fighters.
    * Air Chief Marshal Farooq Feroz Khan was suspected of receiving a 5 per cent commission in the purchase of 40 F-7 planes worth $271 million.
    * In 1996, the Pakistan Army bought 1,047 GS-90 Jeeps at a cost of $20,889 per unit. The market value of the vehicle then was only $13,000. According to the National Accountability Bureau, some senior army officers made Rs 510 million in the deal.
    * One hundred and eleven army men got 400 plots in Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan districts at throwaway prices –Rs 47.50 per kanal (1/8th of an acre) as against the market rate of Rs15,000-20,000. Six respondents got 400 kanals in Punjab, while former NAB chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Amjad was allotted a two-kanal plot on Sarwar Road in Lahore for just Rs 8,00,000, payable in instalments over 20 years. The market value of this plot was Rs 2 crore.
    * Gen Pervez Musharraf acquired a commercial plot worth Rs 2 crore at the Defence Housing Authority in Lahore for just Rs 1,00,000, payable in 20 years. “As mentioned in the report of defence services director-general, a loss of Rs 5 billion was incurred due to such allotments,” the petition says.
    * The army awarded a contract for the purchase of 1,000 Hino trucks at $40,000 a unit when the local Gandhara Industries had offered trucks of the same specification for $25,000 a piece.
    * In the purchase of 3,000 Land Rovers in 1995, army officials allegedly received around Rs20,00,000 as kickbacks.
    * The army management at the Water and Power Development Authority purchased electric meters at Rs 1,050 a piece against the market price of Rs 456, causing a loss of Rs 165 crore to the national exchequer.
    * A former military regime sold the Pak-Saudi Fertilizers for Rs 700 crore and earned a Rs 200 crore commission on the deal.
    * In 1996, the Pakistan Navy spent Rs 1.3 crore on installing air-conditioners at the Islamabad Golf Club without any justification.

    And this is just what is IN PUBLIC knowledge considering how tight they keep their secrets. Imagine whats going on in real under the khaki terror.

  10. Barrister Ali K.Chishti (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

    I happened to know one of the person who happened to comment on BBC personally and was shocked to hear his views (which were in negative).The chap studied at Indus Valley School of Arts , had the best opportunities in life – and he didn’t do anything ; for that what he did ? Easy – blame it on Pakistan.

    It’s somehow ‘hip’ among Pakistanis to criticize Pakistan. These people majority of the Karachites actually had bad things to say about the city and country. Pseudo Intellects and nothing more; agreed everything not perfect but why look down to things? It’s such a shame!!!

    ‘if someone’s dressed in all white , we Pakistanis will always focus on that black dot behind the pants and totally ignore the 99% whiteness on the cloth’

  11. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

    When voters are becomming wiser than politicians.
    Thats a good sign.
    Hopefully lessons are learned from the history.

  12. MB (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 2:23 pm

    Eidul-Azha is a day for sacrifice. For 60 years our ARMY is sacrificing nations progress for its marry making. Just look at this

  13. Ali K (unregistered) on December 25th, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

    LOL…MB is on some super mission. Why dont you go take out a rally or something, or go burn some busses or something. I agree with Barrister Ali K.Chishti. Like honestly, quit complainging so mch all the time. Adnan Siddiqi and MB, all these two do is complain all the freakin time. Getting sick of their rehtoric.

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