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We shall overrun

We shall overrun

The young, urban, middle-class Pakistani’s manifesto:

1. Asif Ali Zardari is the devil incarnate.

2. The Pakistan Army is the saviour.

3. The Taliban are resisting American imperialism.

4. We hate American foreign policy unless it suits us. We are against American imperialism if it means we have to ditch the Taliban as that would be against the aspirations of our founding father, Mohammed Bin Qasim. We will no longer shop at Marks and Spencer because they are somehow connected to Israel. However, that does not mean we will switch off our computers and cell phones whose chip technology has been made possible due to major contributions from Israeli scientists.

5. We don’t want to sell our honour for American money unless it is for our private hospitals, textile exports, NGOs, or for completing degrees at American universities.

6. It’s not just Zardari who is the culprit. It’s also Benazir Bhutto and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Fatima Bhutto is fine, though; she is dating George Clooney.

7. It was all milk and honey till Bhutto came along. Damn him for nationalising my father’s 15 mills, seven textile units, and 11 banks! I still remember the good old days when Nani ji, Dada ji and their friends brought hundreds of textile licenses from Gohar Ayub for US $ 200,000 a pop.  There was no corruption and no labour unions until this Sindhi feudal and closet Hindu agent named Z.A. Bhutto came along and enforced his Zionist agenda and made all our urban serfs so uppity.

8. We are against feudalism unless the feudals in question do not support the PPP and allow us to rape the ecology of Sindh and the Punjab on our weekend hunting trips. Some crates of mangoes from their farms also help.

9. Some of us feel we know what’s best for the PPP, i.e. to banish Zardari and his kids and ditch the legacies of ZAB and BB.  We have never voted for or supported the PPP (actually we never vote all!) but we still feel that we are in a better position to understand the party’s dynamics.

Also, as educated, refined and objective leaders and captains of industry, we are against dynastic politics.  However, we are fine with Fatima Bhutto, Hamza Sharif, Solaiman/Essa Khan, Monis Chaudhary as well as the privileged alumni of Karachi Grammar School, Aitchison and Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, ruling us. Just as long as they are not descended from the Zionist agent Benazir and her corrupt husband, Zardari.

10. Democracy is a deeply flawed system that has destroyed the world.  Totalitarian monarchies with entrenched security and bureaucracies are much better and in line with our Arab origins. Please do not compare us to India. We have nothing in common with them except our DNA, culture, cuisine, language, music, and geography.

11. Our ideal form of government is the modern day Caliphate, or, as we like to call it, the rule of technocrats. In this form of government, our posh uncles will pass stern orders in their clipped Oxbridge accents and Italian suits that will be supported by a medieval council of jurists whom we like to call the independent judiciary.

12. Lately, we have been reading some Chomsky, Klein and Zinn (all five articles) and appreciate how these believing Muslims provide us with the intellectual ammo on exposing how the perfidious Jews conspire to rule the world.

13. We are essentially a good people who are suffering because the world wants to take over our nukes and is conspiring to destroy our country. They are using the Taliban, who themselves are essentially good people who are bravely fighting American imperialism.

The Taliban just suffer from bad press, and we know who controls the press abroad. Here, the press is controlled by democratically elected anchors and media analysts who are fighting for justice and against corruption.

14. The Taliban who are killed in the drone attacks are simply pious Muslims who are doing charity work, such as digging canals in arid, mountainous zones – it’s called the Mars project.

Also, the burning of Christian villages by Taliban affiliated and state-sponsored sectarian militias is a figment of the imagination of the liberal fascists. They are doing their best to curb crusaders of truth and justice such as Geo TV.  The real problem is Blackwater/Xe, fools.

15. The Taliban are an expression of Pushtoon nationalism as they have done their best to cleanse the United Emirates of Peshawar and FARTA from pagan Pukhtoon influence. The Taliban are a legitimate resistance movement against the occupation of the United Emirates of Peshawar and FARTA by ANP, Shia parachinaris, Sikhs and, of course, female students. The only genuine Pathans are Imran Khan, Hamid Gul, and Zaid Hamid.

16. Sipah Sahaba, Jaish, Lashkar Taiba, Lashkar Jhangvi, Jamaat Islami … who the are they? Figments of the imagination of liberal fascists. We should be more concerned about the Ahmed Rashids, Kamran Shafis, Amir Mirs, Arif Jamals, Najam Sethis, Tarek Fatahs, Irfan Hussains, Pervaiz Hoodbhoys, Fasi Zakas, Ayesha Siddiquas, and Nadeem Parachas.… They are CIA agents.

17. India is stealing our water and is destroying the country via its Sindhi/Balochi/Pushtoon/Gilgiti/Hazara/Hingora/Makrani/Seraiki proxies. Damn this fifth column riff-raff. We brought them the glorious Islamic civilization from the latest Nasim Hejazi novel and look at how uppity they have gotten since. We gave them commerce (Gujrati), language (Urdu), and agriculture (Punjabi) and they still want to maintain their identities and celebrate their vernacular religious practices which our pure Arab background forbids. Feed them to the Taliban.

18. We, the members of civil society, are essentially a liberal lot who are imbued with socialist values. Our ability to engage in massive socialising (through Facebook) makes us socialist in the true sense of the word. Lately, we have also dabbled in Marxism at cafes where we blow off half a month’s average national salary on lattes and cappuccinos whilst we construct our neo- Marxism around the tacit acceptance of the Taliban’s superior Arab cultural identity. We salute Abul Ala Marx, Lenin Bin Laden, and Mulla Mao!

19. These are difficult times for civil society. While the tyrant Zardari is destroying the country with a ‘progressive agenda’ (another Zionist conspiracy) that involves legislation about women’s rights and the enfranchisement and autonomy of minority provinces, our brave and independent judiciary is fighting a Herculean battle to free the champions of our true Arab identity like Hafiz Saeed, Maulana Aziz, and Masood Azhar. These tireless crusaders are fighting our battle against Hindu hegemony in Pakistan.  We need to applaud the efforts of the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court in exposing the Hindus.

20. As Zardari loots and pillages Pakistan via the nefarious use of his handle bar moustache and cheery demeanour, we have to appreciate how our Taliban investment is saving our economy by killing thousands of our citizens and costing billions of dollars in damages and lost investment and trade opportunities. We are a financially and arithmetically gifted segment of society that can expand US $66 million to $1,500 million if it means that we can lynch Zardari (and free Aafia).

21. While our existential adversary India is investing billions of dollars in Afghanistan’s infrastructure and municipal training, we are using our billions to create the ultimate strategic depth in Afghanistan: macho Islamist brutes who will eventually recreate the Islamic State that made Afghanistan the model of peace and prosperity from 1996 till 2001.

In conclusion we would like to part with a speech from one of our greatest representatives, Zen Farman Wamid, which he made at the historic Dillee Kebab House. The topic of this grand speech was, “Today Dillee Kebab House, tomorrow Delhi Fort”:

“Assalamualaikum, my dear and superior Muslim Pakistanis. By the grace of God, I am proud to announce from this wonderful kebab house that we are now ready to invade India. This invasion has taken a lot of planning and effort by my young upwardly mobile comrades and for this we would also like to thank our friends in the electronic media and inspirations such as Yahya Khan and Ziaul Haq.

Dear muscular Muslim boys and petite Muslim girls, I had been planning this invasion for a very long time, even before my blessed birth when I was just a spirit floating over Pakistan – even before Pakistan was made. My spirit swooped down when it saw the great Muhammad Bin Qasim invading Sindh and defeating Hindu scoundrels as well as Mohajir, Sindhi, Balochi and Pakhtun nationalists.

We will vanquish them in the Islamic Emirate Caliphate of Punjab … I mean, Pakistan. Damn those who say that Pakistan was made in 1947. That’s a lie, I tell you. It was made in the seventh century, when Kalashnikov Bin Qasim, Allama F-16 Iqbal, and Inzimamul Haq defeated a million-strong army of that secular tyrant and usurper Raja Bhutto and his side-kick Mohindar Singh Dhoni and announced the creation of the Islamic Caliphate of Punj … I mean Pakistan.

So wake up, Pakistan, and let’s invade, loot and plunder like those great Muslim leaders, Mahmud Ghazni and Mr. T.

My next address to you all will be from Delhi Fort and anyone who disagrees is a traitor, a Hindu agent, or a student of the Peshawar University. Allah Hafiz! Punj … I mean, Pakistan, marhabba marhabba.

nadeem_80x80 Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and Dawn.com.

The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.


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474 Responses to “We shall overrun”

  1. Peace Lover says:

    To subtly promote the elements you like, you have perversely vilified them through exaggerating their negative picture through the lens of their opponents, which most notably, although not accurately are the “young, urban, middle-class Pakistanis.” I don’t think you have correctly characterized the outlook of this class and have made sweeping generalizations about them. One could give serious thought to your writing but you have not been dispassionate and objective in your picturization and “analysis.”

  2. Khalid Mahmood says:

    Oversimplification compromises objectivity!

  3. The Prophet said: “The most prevalent kind of usury [riba] is going to lengths in talking unjustly against a Muslim’s honor.” #4858

    The Prophet was asked: “Apostle of Allah! What is back- biting?” He replied: “It is saying something about your brother which he would dislike.” He was asked again: “Tell me how the matter stands if what I say about my brother is true?” He replied: “If what you say of him is true, you have slandered him [i.e. it is backbiting], and if what you say of him is not true, you have reviled him [i.e. it is calumny, a worse sin than backbiting].

    I am not a fan of ZH, but you are so obsessed of him that you do not have any other topic to write on. You have written one to many times on this topic. Take a break and get a life, sick of your same ol satire!

  4. Khalid Mahmood says:

    To make your points forceful, you have oversimplified reality!

  5. Q man says:

    Say what you will but hardly 2 years of Zardari, “the devil incarnate” has proved better than 9 years of dictatorship under Musharraf. Our international standing ad reputation as a democratic nation has improved and Western media reported speak positively about Pakistan again! We all see the criminals and terrorists working to undermine Pakistan are on the run. Maybe you need to re read your own article on giving the devil his due! Zardari may not be the best politician but it shows that the democratic system is better than anything else we have tried. Now we have to deal with the pressing energy demands. The last dictatorship did nothing to improve power generation and the electricity system and now it too will have to be fixed by the democratic government. It shows how resilient Pakistan is!
    We shall overcome would be the last motto I would add to your list!

  6. Pakistani says:

    I love you, NFP.

  7. SJ says:

    Love it!! So true

  8. Say it says:

    Dear Nadeem, what is this criticism or sarcasm of Pakistani society? What ever it is definitely good one. Still I feel wrong place to publish. If you wish to awake the Pakistani society please go to vernacular press where you will get wider reader. Blog and blogger are a minute in size in our subcontinent and does not carry any force on the society. Blogger are just create wave in teacup and forget their responsibility in the day-to-day societal development. They don’t want to take any responsible in any manner except if money comes to their pocket. I always like to see awakened Pakistani youth, they are at present in dilemma of their identity, whether they are Arab or Aryan. Try clear this first in the thinking of Pakistani youth. I am sure other problem will follow suit.

  9. Sanjeev Dua says:

    Good one Nadeem, Keep it up!!! Both our countries need similar reality checks!!!

  10. rakesh says:

    I feel we should be more proud of our shared DNA. Throughout history the Arabs preserved their identity from Iraq to Maghreb. They are still Arabs and speak the same language. It is only in Pakistan they found such a superior culture that they forgot their own language and culture and became Punjabi, Sindhi, Balloochi, Pashtun, etc and started speaking the local language.

    • Kara Swart says:

      The point is not Arabic DNA or Indian DNA. Pakistani’s are a conglomeration of Punjabis, Sindhis, Baluchis and Pathans. Indians and Pakistanis have very little to separate them including religion. ( A Hindu Punjabi has more in common with a Muslim Punjabi than with a Hindu Tamilian. And similarly for Muslims). The problem is that the culture/religions of the sub continents predate most other civilizations. This argument will continue ad nausea m, because it is based on false premises.

  11. NFP’s sarcasim means only……hosh karo…….hosh mein aao. Kab tak jhot boltey raho gey. Whatelse he could say. NFP wants to show mirror to the redundant society.

  12. Srini says:

    I am an Indian and i didn’t have any idea of Pakistan as a nation except for the common cliches..After reading dawn I realised that it is a pulsating country with a good number of active and thoughtful civil rights activists and intelligentsia. Dawn sets high standards in journalism and hats off to it..

  13. sree says:

    Well said NFP… my brothers from Pakistan should pause and ponder about their views. guys, don’t be prejudice and see the world with eyes wide open.. We need Pakistan to grow economically, which only will create a peaceful environment in the sub continent.

  14. Gabbar Singh says:

    The average Pakistani is currently being kept alive on a mix of hatred, suspicion, feeling of vengeance, twisted interpretations of religion, and anything anti-Indian. This effectually takes away the need for development along education, commercial and other fronts.

    The Pakistan that rules is feeding the Pakistan that is ruled, Utopia woven out of banal lies and evil imaginations. Once the truth is revealed, is when the people of Pakistan will wake up, take law into their hands, and become a true democracy.

    Till then, God take care of my friends there.

    • Adil Kayani says:

      Are you awaken? Indira Gandhi showed her respect for your religion and for your nation in 1984. Are you happy with that? I met many Sikhs at international Airports who ask us pray for their liberation from India because they can’t say anything openly because of the life threats from certain people.

      Your Sikh nation has no right in India. just like Muslim of India the Sikhs of India are also being converted into entertainment material. be happy with your statue but for not happy with our government. We will change everything soon. But you will never change in your country because you are working on us be criticizing us. We don’t spend our time on others.

      • Kara Swart says:

        Check out the Indian leadership Adil. Mostly Sikh. Prime Minister, Head of Planning etc.etc. Please check out Sikh origin and history and comment. I would ask you to google the first Sikh Guru ( Guru Nanak) and the last Sikh Guru ( Guru Gobind Singh). You will understand Sikh motivations very clearly.

      • Nada says:

        Adil, please google and do some reach on your open. Being Educated is important than being literate. Trust me, Zaid Hamid & his like obviously have too much influence on you.
        MMS is a sikh, which is a minority community in India & is the Prime Minister of the country. A Muslim could become the President of the India. A christian can become a Defence Minister of this country.

        Being Patriotic is one thing, but doesn’t mean you should be closed to the world.

  15. Abid Hashmi says:

    One thing is sure. NFP knows the art and skill of initiating a healthy debate/discussion.

    • Abhinav says:

      Well, healthy or not, a debate is surely going on here. Most of the people who have given their comments miss the whole point of the article itself. Its SATIRE for gods sake. Laugh at this and move on.
      On the other hand, I can sense a paroxysm of anger building up(This is for both Indians and Pakistanis). There is no point in digging up the past, It will just add to the insanity and paranoia already prevailing between the two nations. Much damage has already been done in the past, so Please stop the vitriolic criticism of each other’s nation and MOVE ON. As youth of these two proud nations, Lets build a better future for both of our countries.

      If you agree with this please reply with a polite “Yes” or you can continue the harangue by disproving me and state some more facts of betrayal and accusations. ( and somehow i know the second option will be taken much more than the first one…. i hope i am wrong….)

  16. Mujahid says:

    Nadeem your writing is actually hilarious buddy.

  17. Amit says:

    “We have nothing in common with them except our DNA, culture, cuisine, language, music, and geography.”

    With so much in common, isn’t it amazing that the Pakistani society has managed to brain wash people into hating India? Instead of respect and curiousity about their ancient roots, the youth is essentially taught to reject their own identity and actively hate it.

    • Sabir Ayub Rabbani says:

      MR.Amit…
      We have nothing in common..its only the media from both the countries who say we have common culture and blah blah. Indians can never be our friends..the glaring example is this season’s IPL when none of our players were slected and there are so many other incidents…
      So my friend indian and pakistani can never be friends…cause we have nothing in common..this was the theory on which Qauid-e -Azam demanded seprate land for muslims. Thank God for that otherwise we would have also met with the same fate as did muslims of gujrat.
      So i will emphasise agian that we can never become friends.

      • Sanjeev says:

        Mr Sabir,

        NFP has rightly pointed that both countries share common DNA, culture, cuisine, language, music, and geography. If you still want to believe that pakistani culture is more similar to Arab culture than indian, you are free to do so. Your imaginary belief doesnt changes the ground reality. And we dont want to be friends with people who are ashamed of their own identity & culture.

        Going by your statement, all indian muslims wud had been killed as more than 60 years have passed after independence. strangely though, there are more muslims in india than pakistan and they are making waves as top movie stars, presidents, businessmen, sportsmen…not only muslims, every minority community is doing well. so what if there are some bad instances like gujrat….btw, i dont need to remind u about the much worse state of minorities in pakistan…..it wud be better if u guys mind the minorities problems in pakistan than in india..

      • Sunjoy says:

        Dear Sabir,

        We Indians also thank the Qaid very much for taking away all those who did not believe in the Indian democracy and secularism.

        Why remind only of the IPL and Gujrat, there are many more – Mumbai 26/11, Kargil, Kandhar (hijack), Parliament attack etc. We have in common something or nothing that is immaterial, but still we can be friends.

        • Moiz khan says:

          Dear

          It is very true that in India Muslims are given top slot , say in Hindi movies. But be careful, look closely they only accept you when you are ready to loose your identity. For example Mr. Shahrukh Khan is acceptable only when he marries a Hindu girl. Check out same is the case with 90 percent of celebrities. If you insist to remain a good Muslim , such as singer Rafi , nobody would like you. Actually the Hindu culture is caste based, with inbuilt hatred for others. BUGGLE MAIN CHURI Mun PA RAM RAM

  18. sunny sial says:

    The writer is very smart and he have the attitude of what ever I say is right and whoever does not believe or follow his understandings he/she is a traitor. Thats the kind of attitude I would imagine wouldn’t be accepted by any person or nation. Be positive listen to everyone and come up with positive solutions. This is the era of computer generations and I think they are fighting with it so instead of being fighting back physically it should be done wisely and promptly .Live today fight tomorrow !

  19. Nazeer Chaudhary says:

    NFP, We Pakistanis and Zaid Hamid are not the only one, there are others as well who does the similar things. Shouldn’t you or some one else like you, be writing now what Shev Sena and people like Advani does in INDIA ?

    • Kukarh says:

      Well said Mr. Chaudhry…

    • Introspecton Required says:

      First of all this is not about tit-for-tat. This is absolutely about what should Pakistanis put their energies behind – conspiracy theories, hate and unrealistic grandiose dreams or real issues like Education, Jobs, Economy, Health Care, Food, Water, Energy – build the country of tomorrow. NFP is helping counter the first through a mix of sarcams and factual rebuttals and encouraging the youth to focus on real problems. Clearly, incompetent folks in the establishment only benefit from such wild theories for their convenience. But when the country’s future too is actually believing and not focusing on the country’s priority that is big reason to worry.
      From what is obvious, Shiv Sena has no political future. Even to push their statements, the party actually has to have its own news paper. Unlike in this case where a few handful of journalists are opposing ZH, there the whole media ignores them. Big cricket and bollywood superstars openly oppose them. Local governments challenge them on their boycotts/bans and brings out Z class security to host cricket matches. So clearly there is a differnce.

  20. Malang Lewany says:

    Nadeem Paracha, Zahid Hamid is a hero, you can not be like him.

  21. hifsa says:

    Am I confused or the writer is confused…do ring true in many ways..but again I don’t think ziad hamid is that big to b mentioned in this way and in every blog…maybe the crowd you move around have been taken in by him…I don’t hear about him from anyone other than few blog writers like you…and wait fatima bhutto???? do you seriously think that avg pakistani know who she is????

    • Amir says:

      The Indians have made Zaid Hamid big. There are so many of us spread over the world accessing his videos and blogs, his fame has been created by us Indians. We Indians love him. Terribly hilarious and outrageously funny. His comedy is a unique art form that needs to be carefully preserved and chronicled in a Museum of Performing Arts.

  22. mir says:

    Excellent! Typical pakistani psyche which is evident in Urdu print & electronic media.

  23. Sajid Khan says:

    We all need more thinking satire. It inspires & amuses. We have Bremner Boird & Fortune in England; Jon Stewart in New York &, new to me, Nadeem Piracha in Karachi. Pakistan already has a good record of “soaps”. Furthermore it helps to keep “the establisment” on their toes, we hope.

  24. Arslan Afzal says:

    Your article does represent the typical pakistani’s attitude but i do have to say that the general public is somewhat against the taliban, except for a few hooligan fanatics. Your articles reflect modern thinking but my question is quite simple. The medium of your communication is what may be available to just a minority. A wide base for such articles may just one day lead to change in our society and open their eyes towards what is really happening in the world around us .

  25. Saeed Curmally says:

    Is it possible to be proud to be a Pakistani or is shame the default state of mind that comes with Pak citizenship?

    • Nero says:

      I am sure it’s possible to be a proud Pakistani, yet not support every lunatic in the name of “Patriotism”. Being “proud” doesn’t necessarily mean permanent enmity with India!The guiding principle can be what’s good for Pakistani people, and not extremists.

  26. Pankaj Patel says:

    Nadeem Paracha, we all read and enjoyed it, it is sad truth of the subcontinents history.No people can succeed if they do not respect their own history.India has learnt it and hence it respects every thing Indian.Muslim,Christian,Buddhist,Sikh,Jain and Zorastrian, saints and shrines are all Indian heritage.I hope people of Pakistan wake up and take beck their country.
    Pankaj Patel(USA)

    • Sarfraz Nawaz says:

      Pankaj,

      Need I remind you about Babri Masjid ?

      Perhaps the Indian Government has policies in place to counter sectarianism (so does Pakistan), but when push comes to shove, all third world governments fail in providing the required support to minorities. And that is the sad truth about the subcontinent.

      I agree on respecting ones history. We have to accept what we got, nobody can go back and change the sub-continents history. And consequently, we all need to start respecting one another, no matter what religion, cast, colour etc. we are from.

      • Chandan says:

        Dear Sarfaraz,

        Assalamualaikum….from an Indian brethern….

        You are very right in pointing out to Babri Masjid….and further you can point out even what happened in Gujarat in 2002. But let me tell you as it happens everywhere in the world these were the handiworks of a bunch of fanatics……and the worst was that the government of the state in the particular moment could not do its act and fulfill the responsibilities that has been bestowed upto them as per the Indian constitution. And that is what pains not only to people like you but lot many people in India also who are still conscious of their conscience……..

        We all hope that the people who propagate the agenda of hate will ultimately be defeated and all the right thinking people like you also need to support that…we hope to see if not as friends atleast good neighbours India and Pakistan..

        khuda hafiz,..

      • samyak says:

        Sarfraz, sorry to disappoint you.

        Pakistan does not have policies to counter sectarianism, unlike India does.

        Glaring examples are Blasphemy laws and other such discriminatory laws.

        If it’s unlawful for a Pakistani Christian to convert a Pakistani Muslim, why shouldn’t it be unlawful for a Pakistani Muslim to convert a Hindu or a Sikh?

        Isn’t that state discrimination?

        If it’s unlawful to say something against Islam in Pakistan, shouldn’t there be laws against saying something against Hinduism and Sikhism?

        Isn’t that discrimination by none other than the government of Pakistan?

        And when I read about how Zia tried to make Ahmadiya and other minority Muslim sects to be declared non-muslims, I felt shame being a Hindu and not caring so much for Pakistanis.

        Push never comes to shove in our countries.

        While I agree that both Indian and Pakistani governments have failed to protect the minority, Babri Masjid is a wrong example. Babri Masjid is built on a temple. Yes, it’s disputed, but it’s not a secret that Moghuls destroyed hundreds of thousands of Hindu and Sikh temples and converted them into mosques. Maybe you’re not aware of it, having studied in Pakistani schools.

        By the way, even today if you go to the disputed region of Cyprus, you can see churches being converted to Mosques by Turks.

        And yet, Muslims complain about Kashmir and Palestine.

        Before I digress, let me say that I don’t have a hesitation in saying that India is still the most secular country in the world. More secular than USA is and more secular than Europe is.

      • Pankaj Patel says:

        Thank you Sarfraz,I would like to remind you that Babar was a foreign invader while Jalaluddin Akbar was a great Indian hero.
        Pankaj Patel

      • Lostworld says:

        One Babari Masjid would not change the fact of the numerous Khans in Bollywood, the Zaheers and Irfans in Indian Cricket, the premji’s in Indian business, the abdullah’s in Indian politics or the Kalam’s in every Indian’s heart.

        But the very fact that Pakistan is called – Islamic Republic of Pakistan and not the Democratic Republic of Pakistan, takes away your right to point fingers at India in its treatment of its minorities.

        • Abid Hashmi says:

          The world ‘Islamic’, if truely and properly followed (Not the taliban brand), brings in quite a bit of democracy and equality. Might have heared the words like ‘Majlis e Shoorah’? On the other hand we don’t have a class system since last 1400 years just due to this word ‘Islamic’. There are no ‘Dalits’ in Islam. So…. every society carries its own flaws….right? We have ours and you have yours.

          • Natarajan says:

            Dalit or the underclass are there in every society. In India there are Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians. In any case, the caste discrimination is legally banned in India. On the other hand, affirmative actions at all levels are designed to give them opportunities (including Dalit Muslims). We have our flaw, but but our system tries to correct it. It does not deny it or justify it in the name of religion/culture.

  27. Vee says:

    fantastic satirical writing

  28. Syed says:

    Should not be making fun of India stopping water. It is a fact reported even in same web site you are writing your blogs. If you want more evidence then you can look at the dams and canals being constructed by the mushriqeen e hind. Any one thinking India could be sincere friend is living in a fool’s world.

    Satire is one thing but you have to draw a line somewhere.

    • Venkat says:

      Zaid Hamid probably told you that India stopped water to Pakistan. Did he also tell you that India faced one of its worst ever water shortages this monsoon. That the monsoon failed so badly in 2009 with rainfall deficits as high as 50-60% across India? Did Zaid Hamid tell you that? Have you even reasoned that Pakistan is getting low water because the Indians don’t have water themselves? Pakistan can easily drag India to court if water is being stopped. It is easily verifiable information to check water levels in dams and rivers. The fact is that this was the worst monsoon ever in India. Zaid Hamid is a master at spreading half -truths. The Indians take it as entertainment while some illiterates take it as the gospel truth. Therein lies the problem!

  29. suraj says:

    Paracha represents a section of delusional elite who can only talk in theory. While the right keeps cursing the establishment for all the mess that we find ourselves in these days, he and his bandwagon only know best to point fingers in the opposite direction. For a second think about the likes of him leading this country. Would it be any different than what Mr. Zardari is doing to our country. For once Paracha, please use your energies in a positive sense.

  30. Mushtaq Ahmed says:

    Young, urban middle-class is a fraction of 170 million Pakistanis. Confused as they are , their manifesto has no relevance. Spend some time to find the manifesto of village youth.

    Not given to creativity , our society is bedevilled by hippocracy


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