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Visiting graves

July 07, 2012

THIS is with reference to Abdul Rauf’s insightful letter ‘The new PM’ (June 30). I fail to understand why people go to graveyards immediately after an unexpected happening?

Who do they think they are thanking, Allah or the deceased? If it’s Allah, isn’t mosque the right place to go to? If it is the deceased, they are wasting their time, for the simple reason that he’s not there.

We are made to believe our soul goes to heaven or hell, depending on how we conduct ourselves on earth, so why go to the graveyard where the soul is not sitting to receive us?

Instead, the new prime minister could have won the hearts of the poor, the destitute and all the victims of bad governance by falling at their feet, apologising and promising them that he’ll set things right.

I hope the people of Pakistan come up with a few good men who can pull them out of their misery.

Should that happen, which is wishful thinking, many talented Pakistanis would like to return to their home country and put their wealth and skills at the service of their own people.

ZIA REHMAN United States