MELBOURNE: This is with reference to your editorial “Blood-stained Eid” (August 12). For any other nation, with the kind of bloodshed that was witnessed on a day of festivities, the whole nation would have gone into mourning. For Pakistanis, it made newsbytes for our media for a few hours. Such is the state of affairs in this violence-prone country that those who are killed and maimed by terrorists merely turn into a statistic.
I still remember very vividly a bomb blast that occurred in Karachi in the mid-1980s that killed 12 people and the whole nation was so shell-shocked, there was nothing but non-stop condemnation and a sense of personal loss and mourning by the whole country for weeks. Such incidents now happen on a daily basis and just get forgotten until the next ‘breaking news’ headline.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2013.