Flood crisis: Indian aid equals evil aid?
Are we really arguing over whether India giving us $5 million in aid was enough aid? Or that we should give it back because they are 'the enemy'?
Seriously guys, are we really arguing over whether India giving us $5 million in aid was enough aid? Or that we should give it back because they are 'the enemy'? I have been following this growing debate on some stories circulating on The Express Tribune website and it is making me sick (I apologise in advance to all my haters if I write in too straightforward a manner, but that is what the freedom of blogging entails for me).
I know hating is not allowed on this site, but really can I hate just a little on our Pakistani folk who are commenting against accepting aid from a neighbouring country? This same country which these same Pakistani folk would be booing and hissing for ignoring the floods crisis in our country if they hadn’t responded at all? Shame on you!
I’m lucky enough to have a bed to sleep in tonight and a soft blanket and air-conditioning. And so are many of you. And then I think of the photographs I have seen in the papers showing the desperation out there as the flood aftermath sets in and I am appalled that individuals commenting online would have the gall to deny flood affectees a warm blanket, provided courtesy India.
No, I am not a RAW agent, thank you very much. But yes, I am in favour of strong, friendly mutually beneficial relations with India and I would like to say a big thank you to them for their donation, at a time when even Rs 10 donations via cell phone are making the difference needed.
And please, excuse our angy mob which shows up to destroy all progressive, positive steps (even online it seems). There is nothing that can be said of someone who is willing to say $5 million is not enough – and I am too angry to even begin to talk about those who had the sheer audacity to say we should send the money back. In times of disaster? Really? I understand the issue of receiving US funding for every little doo-hickey has major ramifications, but you simply cannot compare that to accepting aid during a crisis. Stop it now.
PS: There is a group of Indian haters out there too, who keep saying the aid should not be given to us because we plant terrorists in their country. I was going to skip this angle completely but given that people always complain about me skipping parts of the story, let me just say that I lump such accusers under the same category as the above Pakistanis who wish to see neither country progress in a mutually beneficial way. Grow up.
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