The courageous many

Published: June 1, 2011
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In all the narratives written about Pakistanis, the most important descriptor is always missing. Articles have been filed calling us terrorists or traumatised or victims of the Stockholm syndrome. Books have been written about how we are conflicted and confused. Blog posts describe our passion for conspiracy theory and our frightening tendencies towards violence. We are said to love food, love lawn prints and love religious intolerance. We are the bogeymen of the world or the victims of invisible forces all converging towards our eventual destruction. The detail everyone misses though, the crucial bit of information that goes ignored each and every time, is that we are all of this and one thing more: We are brave. Bloody hell we are brave.

We are attacked by terrorists with a regularity that is past frightening and has entered the world of reliable regularity. We are killed by political parties, who, in their desperate and pathetic battles over inches of territory, catch us in their crossfire. We are killed by the military leadership and their hoodlums in the intelligence agencies, who, when confronted by their own incompetence and decadence, would rather torture and murder the truth than confront it. A thousand ways, on every day, someone is out to kill us. Yet we, the average Pakistanis, continue on. There are no armed guards to protect us, no barricades for us to hide behind. We cannot run anywhere, since no one will accept us, and we cannot change our circumstances because the forces that conspire against us have shown no will to change. In every airport, it is our passport that is loathed. In every news story, it is our nationality that is criticised. All because of decisions we never made nor could prevent others from making for us.

Lesser nations crumble in the face of such adversity. They fall apart or pull themselves to pieces. They are invaded or commit collective suicide. Yet, despite all the efforts of the terrorists, the military leadership and our ineffectual political parties to do all these to us at the same time, we persevere. Through bomb blasts and firings and tortured corpses and assassinations, we continue struggling for the fundamental right to live our lives. If we, as a result of all these inhuman pressures, act more than a bit eccentric, even to the point of inflicting self-harm, please forgive us these weaknesses. We tend to be a tad overzealous about religion, have a propensity for outbursts of mob violence and can spin webs of conspiracy fantasies around even a flat tire. These are just coping mechanisms. They offer sources of easy exploitation to religious groups and political parties (the former and latter are more or less the same), but these indulgences are no different from a teenager who takes to cutting himself and smoking too many narcotics when faced with abusive parents. The teen does that because self-harm is the one thing he can control. With no electricity, dissipating gas resources, an army that is beholden to no one, elected leaders who are incapable of anything, terrorist groups that will kill anyone and foreign forces that will go anywhere, we too feel a lack of control. So we turn that need for sadistic authority inwards. We will grow out of it when we have the maturity to see that we have more influence over our lives than we thought. But that time is not now.

Journalist Saleem Shahzad was tortured to death. We can only make educated speculations as to who did it. But he knew death was coming, and despite that he searched for the truth. And even after his passing, that search will continue by so many more. That is the kind of bravery that we Pakistanis are capable of. All others be damned.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 2nd, 2011.

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  • aiesha
    Jun 1, 2011 - 11:48PM

    just one word…………….awesome…Recommend

  • errr
    Jun 2, 2011 - 12:06AM

    Really, we’re brave emo kids?
    Way to win the PR war that no one’s fighting.
    We can’t afford self indulgence, we need to face our flaws, get off our asses and try to change things. Community service, education, political awareness, there’s a way to dapple into everything. For God’s sake, let’s stop with the pity party. Let’s stop ourselves from falling to that level of patheticness. Recommend

  • Abc
    Jun 2, 2011 - 12:18AM

    My heart goes out to Saleem Shahzad’s family. He was a selfless man and made all of us proud. May Allah bestow his family with patience to bear his loss.Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 12:41AM

    The people in power owe a great debt to the everyday Pakistani who has to live through the reality that politics, power struggles and ego clashes, has created for us today. People like Saleem Shahzad and Professor Saba Dashtiyari are killed, because those in power are desperate to maintain the status-quo. Hopefully they are many more amongst us who can do our country proud, celebrate our triumphs and overcome our demons. Recommend

  • Ali Ahmed
    Jun 2, 2011 - 12:49AM

    Wow! You have nothing to back up your positive adjectives. We are not only NOT brave. We have no brains either – as evident by your writing. Recommend

  • Irate Pakistani
    Jun 2, 2011 - 4:09AM

    Sami, you have left me numb, with every tear rolling down my cheeks making me rewind/replay all the atrocities unfolding amidst us.
    Perhaps being conscientious soul is the most painful existence in this ruthless quandary.Recommend

  • Hamza
    Jun 2, 2011 - 5:42AM

    the person maybe right…but this is written much too much patriotically…the reality is muslims across the globe are survivors….and brave…just take palestine…they are the bravest of people…whatever is did upon them, they get back up and fight again…i would say we are impotent nation now for all that we can do now is just talk and never really do anything…there are people who are actually standing up for what is right…and i dont mean imran khan for he is just another pawn and all he will ever be is a change of face…i mean people who actually understand the root cause of our problems…but they are not given any limelight…and all this nation can say about them is that they are dreamers…thats how stupid this nation is…because they have actually stopped hoping for something as grand as a united muslim nation across the globe….and if they cant even hope for that…then they have lost all hope in Allah…and that is saying something….Recommend

  • Ali Hayat Rizvi
    Jun 2, 2011 - 6:46AM

    spectacular. like you said, nothing worse than a patriot who has had his heart broken. best yet sami shah.Recommend

  • Riaz
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:46AM

    My prayers are with the grieving family of Saleem Shahzad and I pity the cruel monsters who called themselves Muslim yet have orphaned three small children and now they will have to live their young lives without their father who will never will be coming home again ever.
    I have been reading his articles since 9/11 at Atimes.com and he was the best investigative journalist that Pakistan has produced. When I wanted to know what is really going on I could read Shahzad and he always knew more then any one else.
    I am so sad and mad at the sheer stupidity and cruelty of a nation who can’t stomach the truth even though it desperately needs it. Let us remember he died fighting for the truth and for us. He knew the risks but he still went ahead and did his job better then anyone else.
    Shahzad May your soul be blessed. You died a shaheed. I salute parents who produced such a honorable human being who dared to speak the truth where truth can get you killed and stop you from feeding your family.
    I urge all the readers to do something practical to help setup a saleem Shahzad foundation to honor his memory and I willing to do what it will take get it started.
    I really feel that investigative journalism needs to encouraged and supported. We should always Saleem Shahzad ‘s memory.Recommend

  • Imran
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:48AM

    When death persistently stalks you, you either give yourself up to it or look straight in its eyes. This guy did the latter, the former, I bet, was overwhelmed by this rare courage. Look at his background. Coming from Karachi, unlike journalists in Punjab who are at best armchair analysts or ridiculously shocking speculators, he chased the truth. From the rugged mountains to the endlessly overstretched cells around the country, he did not falter to go ahead without any fear. That’s a trait journalists in Punjab have failed to achieve. If death is the means to silence the potentially challenging critic or truth-seeker, then the ‘death-mongers’ have only killed the messenger, not the message. Recommend

  • shoeb
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:51AM

    sami dude seriously this is not your thing manRecommend

  • Tasneem Chowdhrey
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:52AM

    Sami Shah of all the people I didn’t think you will lead your readers into this BRAVERY illusion. We are one morally corrupt to the core, most ‘buzdil’, insensitive people. We can’t even get a single person to do what is right! People who keep mum after all that has happened, not raise voice while what is happening around us do not deserve to be called BRAVE. We are just happy its someone else who is paying the price not us. We have no sense of community, of social bonding, of kinship – we will not stand for others yet expect whole world to rise if wrong is committed against us. Were we brave we would not have lost Saleem Shehzads of this world. Were we BRAVE as you have depicted, Qadri would have been hanged by now. Were we brave FC and police who killed 5 chechens would have been behind bars. hoping everything will be fine!Recommend

  • Ania
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:54AM

    Good piece of writing. We need this kind of positive attitude and self-awareness to survive…else we’ll never make it as a nation! Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:36AM

    Brave is not the adjective most people would use for Pakistanis. Some others are perhaps more apt:

    Scared – living in constant fear.

    Powerless/Hopeless – unable to change their state both due to external forces and their lack of internal will.

    Lost – a nation stripped of its pride and hope.Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:38AM

    A very thoughtful article in which the writer has put forward all ills facing Pakistan most truthfully. But the saddest part is that the state agencies who should be helping to mitigate the suffering of its people have become the biggest liability.Recommend

  • kiran
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:42AM

    i think you spoke on behalf of a lot of Pakistanis who are living in Pakistan… as one of those who has had family miss a blast by a few seconds, like many other pakistanis heard loud bangs and instantly knew it wasn’t a tyre bursting and then switched on the telly to let the reporters scream and yell out the happenings to you… I feel for a lot that you have written. Recommend

  • Shariq
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Good Fiction!
    If this is what you call “brave” then there is no hope for anyone / anything in this country. Sitting at home writing articles/blogs/twitter posts will achieve what? That’s all 90% of the ppl who CAN change something are doing. While the crooks are the only one’s implementing a change… for the worst.
    Good luck in your delusion. Wake up and get on the street, outside of the safety of the internet/pen&paper. Thats the ONLY thing that will make one Brave.Recommend

  • Eraj
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:20AM

    I agree with you Sami, maybe not along the same lines as you’ve taken towards the end of this piece, but I agree, that the average Pakistani, ESPECIALLY the average Karachiite, has much to fear, day in and day out. And yet, we get up every morning and go about our business as if 5 people killed here, a bus burnt there, are a very normal part of everyday life. Recommend

  • Anjum Hameed
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:31AM

    Great article..how can any ruling elite decide it OWNS what it rules???..I always thought slavery was abolished eons ago….Recommend

  • parvez
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Nicely put but not altogether correct. We collectively as a people cannot be called brave if we accept being trampled over by all and sundry. Possibly a few, a very few could be called brave.Recommend

  • RS
    Jun 2, 2011 - 12:03PM

    Actually I don’t think “we are all attacked,” nor are “we all killed by political parties.” What you mean to say is that the common man is attacked, killed. You just get to hear about it more when the VIPs or anyone in the limelight is killed, and journalists are not exceptions in this case. Being a journalist, I know the field, and I recognize that if a fellow journalist was killed, it would not go unrecognized because we have the power to give voice to our words. However, when the common man is killed/attacked/bombed, it is he, his family, and his class that is affected. We are brave, but as brave as a nation facing a startling political, social, economic decline must be. We are far more resilient than brave, and we are far more helpless than anything else. It is unfortunate that we have grown immune to daily attacks of terrorism, but that does not make us brave. That just means we’re in a rut, and we have no way out. Recommend

  • omar yusaf
    Jun 2, 2011 - 12:28PM

    Excellent piece Sami. For all you naysayers responding with predictable put downs to Sami’s thoughts about our predicaments, read his article with a little more attention, and you will observe that he rightly states that for all the fact that our lives and our existence as a sovereign nation hang by a thread, we continue to defy gravity, and that a time will come, as it always does in such matters, when we will “mature”.
    Something good will come out of all this, but not until we mature and begin to believe in our rights.
    We are not there yet, but if we have survived thus far, in the face of all that has been thrown at us, you better believe that we will overcome all this in the end, and come out a better nation, and a better people than the hand that has been dealt to us.
    To quote a popular Aussie phrase – Good on ya Sami!Recommend

  • omar yusaf
    Jun 2, 2011 - 12:35PM

    @Shariq: Give us a break!Recommend

  • Aamir S.
    Jun 2, 2011 - 12:36PM

    @RS I took the “we” in this article to mean the “common man”. I think it’s pretty clear throughout that Sami Shah is casting the “common man” as “Pakistanis” and the political parties, military and terrorists as “others” who are trying to destroy the average pakistani.Recommend

  • Sana
    Jun 2, 2011 - 1:07PM

    A good article that points out and appropriates credit where it is due. Pakistanis ARE brave and resilient and amazing. That cannot and should not be disputed. However, the last sentence kind of undoes it for me. Leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Why damn any one when one knows from one’s experience the dangers and cruelty of damnation? Recommend

  • Atts
    Jun 2, 2011 - 1:13PM

    We r not brave, we r basically cowards – to the hilt, let someone rob u / ill treat u / terrorise u / kill u (what will u do? fight or flight (by u i mean the avg pakistani)… its flight……

    so the avg pakistani is not brave but is definitely a runner & a jumper, we run from the truth, we jump to conclusions, find scape goats, side-step responsibility and push our luck! Recommend

  • Shahzar
    Jun 2, 2011 - 1:44PM

    @Omar Yousaf:
    This guy basically is good at putting together a whole lot of Bulls crap together nicely in words. This article is basically about how “BRAVE” this common man is. Dude, you need to realize, no one is brave here. We unfortunately do not have an option but to coexist with this situation. That does not classify as brave, it classifies as lack of a better option. Its called being selfish and as the Americans call it “Wooss”. Nobody has the balls to stand up to a thief, let alone these terrorists, the day that happens, I guess we will become brave. The day we become a part of this cross-firing, we will die and not as BRAVE people, but as a passerby or most probably a nobody.
    Just coz the lion hasn’t eaten us while we were thrown in its Cage, means we are BRAVE, it means the Lion is not hungry as yet. The day it is, I will see to how you SUPER HEROES save yourselves and others. Recommend

  • SaroojK
    Jun 2, 2011 - 1:56PM

    If you look at it that way, yes, Pakistanis have courage to face all catastrophiesRecommend

  • Feroz
    Jun 2, 2011 - 2:02PM

    Bravery can be classified as such when people rise against injustice, intolerance and wanton violence. What we see in Pakistan is quite the opposite. They are unable to differentiate between truth and lies even when their Religion is being sold by snake salesmen who are peddling a dangerous brew.Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 2:10PM

    breath of fresh air, excellent piece!!!Recommend

  • Sidra
    Jun 2, 2011 - 2:37PM

    Dear Sami Shah,

    I had the good fortune to hear one of your stand-ups at LUMS, which I thought were fresh and funny, Nice to see your using your intelligence to address politics. Nice article, although perhaps relies too heavily on the idealistic discourse of bravery, nationhood and resilience.

    Sincerely,
    A fan.Recommend

  • Arsito
    Jun 2, 2011 - 2:38PM

    Brave, I don’t think so, Defeatist, yes, certainly!Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jun 2, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Does the common Pakistani has a choice? He has to fend for himself and his family to live another day. People term this as resilience. Its just that he has no other option.Recommend

  • ashwin
    Jun 2, 2011 - 3:21PM

    Nice piece, especially the brave people part.It is painful isn’t it Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Jun 2, 2011 - 3:22PM

    Brave? Yes. To change things, we need to be braver.Recommend

  • omar yusaf
    Jun 2, 2011 - 8:12PM

    @Shahzar:
    Your point is well taken. I too have my doubts about the bravery element. It is definitely not a characteristic of the generator wallahs – meaning those with money; the elite; the upper class – whatever you want to call them. I call them the generator crowd.
    However, my agreement with Sami is more along the lines of ‘resilience’ in our people.
    That being said, your argument about not having a choice is a hard one to argue against.
    To my way of thinking, unity is the key to such dilemmas
    We are many and they are few.
    But who will unite us?Recommend

  • Maheen Sabeeh
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:01PM

    Excellent article, Sami. Recommend

  • tehriturban
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:21PM

    once,i minded to go for sorrow after this true picture of our nation but suddenly i shouted and cried upon the fluctuating simptoms that we as nation actually bear at every moment of such a grave nature.we really a graved nation,true.Recommend

  • afzaal khan
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:58PM

    Thank you fot such a good article. Appreciate it. To all who think we not brave and are stupid u can Kiss my… u know what.Recommend

  • worried
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:33PM

    Brave..!?!! i would say insensitive.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:58PM

    Bravery, even if you apparently have no choice, is bravery nonetheless. http://baldmeganfoxism.tumblr.com/oftheswordandthechully

    But bravery alone is not enough. Our real war is against illiteracy. Without education, an Egyptian-Tunisian style revolution will only be misguided, and turn destructive. We can’t turn to the government for help in that regard, but I think we can achieve a lot as individuals, by educating our servants, teaching in free schools, donating to education charities, and contributing to the academia in this country. So let’s focus our energies on this!Recommend

  • Shariq
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:59PM

    @omar yusaf
    “Give us a break”? You just validated my whole point in your post!

    As for “who will unite us”? That is such a cop out. Get people you know, your community, your family… unite them. As long as we all just keep paying the bribes, finding alternatives to lack of electricity, and keep adjusting our lives due to lack of security, how is anything going to change?Recommend

  • Asad Baig
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:00PM

    Very Well Said,Sami.Keep it Up.Hope the World takes Notice of the Things You have Rightly Pointed Out in the Article.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:07PM

    @MS: That’s where the parent-child analogy fails. The government’s function is to serve the people, and to obey their wishes. Parents order their children as they like. And that’s exactly what needs to stop, the whole ‘protect the family only’ argument. Don’t flee, fight to make your home a better place. That fight doesn’t have to be physical, see my comment above this. If we only think about ours and our family’s interests, then there truly will be no hope for tomorrow. We all need to make sacrifices for our country to prosper.Recommend

  • nonnie
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:19PM

    @errr:

    You meant ‘dabble’, I hope? Because otherwise I’m being assaulted by images of soft-sunlit-scenes from any number of B-grade films. Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 11:22PM

    Brilliant!Recommend

  • Saad
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:22PM

    Is it bravery if the only option left to us is to just wipe our tears, swallow our pride and get on with the day? This article serves better as an epitaph for the ‘bravery’ of the slain journalist, but to glorify an entire nation that is as divided and powerless as Pakistan is, that’s just pure comedy good sir. Recommend

  • Student
    Jun 3, 2011 - 1:49AM

    For those who agree with Sami…
    Bravery would be standing up against everything thats wrong… for example Saleem Shahzad, Shahbaz Bhatti and Salman Taseer. Taking every blow without objection is hopelessness… We have mostly lost hope and that must have been stressed in this article…Recommend

  • Milestogo
    Jun 3, 2011 - 5:26AM

    Taliban are brave too. Ajmal Kasab was brave too. Osama was brave too. Bravery, pride, shame, glory, religion – these are the things that have led to where Pakistan is today.Recommend

  • Benish
    Jun 3, 2011 - 9:46AM

    Great piece of writing..Recommend

  • Muhammad Mehdi Raza
    Jun 3, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Am I the only one who understands the satire here? Recommend

  • Jun 3, 2011 - 1:18PM

    Okay, let me try this again.

    Bravery is not about standing numb against the tide, Pakistan is really in a tough situation, for a young state. This ‘bravery’ as Sami Shah puts it, is a rather too optim…istic a word for Pakistanis. We may not be ‘defeatists’ or all other stuff we’re generally called but brave is also something we are not.

    I, for one, am scared every time I hear about a bomb going off somewhere in the country. I’m scared of losing my family, I’m scared of the inflation, the unemployment, the weak infrastructure.

    And I SHOULD be scared if I actually want to get something done about the mess that exists. I should be scared about the future my kids will have to accept in Pakistan.

    Because if I’m ‘brave’, as Sami Shah puts it, I might as well sing a song called ‘Zardari khappay’ and permanently glue my head in the cloud called ‘complacency’.

    A friend defended Sami’s point saying that sending kids to school day in day out, going to work, offering prayers every day despite the craziness of the city’s law and order situation is what Sami meant. But I reiterate.

    Again, ‘brave’ is not the word.

    That’s why I felt he was being overly optimistic. Brave would mean doing a little more than the ordinary, a little something that makes people stand out. Going to school, getting things done in life as we know it is not exactly defending the borders in the time of war. You know it, I know it, Sami Shah knows it. It’s idealizing and elevating the common man, something that a writer may do, sure, as a whim but something that cannot be allowed to become a sociological explanation for the psychological condition of a people. So yeah, if Sami’s being all whimsical and poignant and taking a writer’s fancy then yeah he can call us brave or heroic. Sure, sending your kid to school when you’re worried about a bomb going off is brave. But then he should also be talking about a lot of other people in this country who have bigger problems than sending a kid to school. People with no money, no future, no job, no funds to send their kid to a school – IN a country where bombs go off.
    It’s all relative, I say to my friend and to the writer.

    We are a part of a diverse, complex, riddled society. People like you, me, people who didn’t have to worry about finding jobs, can’t think for the entire nation because we haven’t faced the crises they have. We’re a small portion of society, less than 0.14 percent of educated women in Pakistan who have gotten past intermediate education.

    So for Pakistanis like us to be called ‘brave’ simply because we finish deadlines and go to coffee shops when we want to hang out is, to me, an insult to those who are facing battles that call for much more bravery than this.Recommend

  • Lobster
    Jun 3, 2011 - 2:49PM

    The army of pessimists can not even bear one optimistic post.
    It’s true, we are indeed a brave nation. Others have predicted our death years ago, but we have fought to live. We will succeed inshAllah Recommend

  • Jershy NK
    Jun 3, 2011 - 4:34PM

    Your argument of Pakistanis being brave would be true if there was a choice. But is there? Nobody is brave just because of being a victim of a crime. It’s like saying that a rape victim is brave. No, she is not, she had no choice. But she could display here bravery in the way she fights back later. I am not sure the Pakistani people are displaying that kind of courage yet. Recommend

  • abhi
    Jun 3, 2011 - 5:14PM

    “We will grow out of it when we have the maturity to see that we have more influence over our lives than we thought. But that time is not now.”

    Here Sami Shah kind of accepted the the bravery is because of lack of options at present rather than by choice. I think awareness and knowledge among masses is a must to stop this nonsense going on in Pakistan. Instead of larger than life ideas of bravery and sacrifice, it is little common sense in population that can do wonders.Recommend

  • Lobster
    Jun 3, 2011 - 7:18PM

    @Jershy NK:
    They had the choice to sit in home during lawyers movement. They didn’t!
    They had the choice to sit in home during recent dharna in Peshawer by PTI. They didn’t!
    need more?Recommend

  • M.Akthar
    Jun 3, 2011 - 7:44PM

    Fantastic Article. I think its very difficult to put in words better than this. I just happened to see your article by accident & yes, I`ll follow your articles in times to come. & yeah, i have added you on the Twitter and find your messages thoughtful.

    But regarding bravery, I will have to accept what Minerva says here.

    I am in Singapore now, and this country so small, without natural resources have made a heaven on earth!! Time to learn.Recommend

  • Jun 3, 2011 - 9:47PM

    Pakistanis are brave as we are facing the nightmares of terrorism and conspiracies and are still hope. Kudos to you bro, brilliant piece!Recommend

  • Rikki Tikki Indian
    Jun 3, 2011 - 11:53PM

    I am an indian working in the gulf. The Pakistanis I see here are mostly in the lower (economically of course) proffessions like hair dressers, tailor, laundry, foremen/labourers etc and they are very hardworking. But one thing I have noticed. I have never seen a pakistani reading. Given the no of pakistanis here, at least the urdu newspapers or books should be widely available. I always see pakistanis in groups of four five or more sitting around talking in their offtime but no one is reading. in contrast, in keralite restaurents etc, you’ll find many indians reading newspapers. English (local) newspapes are also available in the indian restaurents but not in pakistani ones. I think the culture of reading is one which we in the sub-continent must encourage if we are to progress. I think the west is ahead of us because of this one attribute.Recommend

  • Nirvan
    Jun 4, 2011 - 3:00AM

    @omar yusaf:
    Yes, who will unite all of you against the ‘others’?
    I like your rhetoric. We Indians and Pakistanis are woven from the same cloth. We eat the same foods, dress alike, talk the same and curse the same. May be we go to the church, temple or mosque.
    I think the answer lies within your wise likeminded Pakistanis. You have to build up that rage like that in the middle east. India too had its moments like the anti-corruption campaign. In India we can work within the system and we too elect our dictatots and then we can happily throw them out five years later.
    I think the Pakistani moment has arrived with silencing of Saleem Shazad. The killers overstepped their boundry. The people of Pakistan need to get out and protest like in Tahrir square and follow through with electing a wise, strong and honest leader.
    Good luck. Recommend

  • Arslan
    Jun 4, 2011 - 3:50AM

    Through all these atrocities… we shall survive.. inshAllah :)Recommend

  • zir
    Jun 5, 2011 - 4:20PM

    we are not a nation but a crowd!Recommend

  • amna feroze
    Jun 8, 2011 - 10:56AM

    u rock man…!!! so true, we r brave..Recommend

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