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A positive column on Pakistan

Published Feb 20, 2013 10:33am

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I have been under immense pressure for writing negative columns about my beloved country.  All the paparazzi, twitteratis, blogoratti have shamed me for using the talent of my brush and pen only to bring out negative aspects of Pakistan. So, this week I have decided to write some positive aspects of Pakistan. To counter the evil propaganda of our enemies, I will use my brush and pen single-handedly to defend my country’s honour and bring to light the best of Pakistan that was hidden for the last 65 years. People who are contemplating leaving Pakistan as they consider we have hit the rock bottom of pit, should contemplate on my reasons to stay in Pakistan as I am a great patriot, contrary to some of my critics.

-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.
-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.

Pakistan is the only country where you can get house maids, servants and drivers at a cost that is unimaginable in a foreign country. We don’t have to pay for their medical bills, insurance etc.

Nobody will raise a finger or criticise you for child labour in our homes.

You can use electricity at your will (if it’s available) either through kundas or with the assistance of the meter reader who only distributes units consumed in summers in your winter bills. That is not corruption but unit management.

We have great regard for animal’s rights and green activists. I have seen ACs in tribal areas for cows and buffaloes, goats and donkeys. They have become green activists and now don’t cut trees for cooking and instead use 2000 watt electric heaters for cooking.

Our traffic police is the most polite and cooperating in the entire world. We don’t get tickets for violating traffic rules. They just admonish the law breaker and spare the offender the toiling task of court appearances and challaans, that is wastage of government stationary and additional load on the already burdened lower judiciary. They settle the issue on the spot.

-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.
-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.

You have the freedom to file your tax replies. The staff of the Tax department is so cooperative that they are willing to file your tax returns on your behalf. They only ask for over time charges.

You can marry at your will and divorce at will too. There are no cumbersome procedures like the decadent west where you have to show all your assets, share them with your wife and pay for the maintenance of your children.

Even if you are caught, you can live in great luxury like at home in a police station.  If you have enough money you can turn the entire thaana into your drawing room. The sentries guarding your cell can become your drivers, cooks and masseuses.

You can live in Pakistan without any papers or even a driving license for as long as you want if you keep Rs 200 in your wallet.

-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.
-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.

Even dacoits and cell phone snatchers have a code of conduct. You keep an extra wallet with few thousand rupees and a spare cheap cellphone; they will gladly accept that without further questions.

We have a great judiciary where not even two bottles of wine can be imported. That is why Pakistan is free of alcoholism. In the lower judiciary, the corruption has been wiped out and we now have nizam-e-adal of the early Islamic period.

We respect our traditions: honour killings, karo kari, vani are all respected and our politicians are free and unafraid to voice their support for our customs and traditions.

We have a free trade policy and everyone can import anything from outside without paying for customs through Nato containers, but we don’t allow imported alcohol in those containers.

We love our army and judiciary, the only two truly effective institutions in this country,  the bureaucracy and media are also stakeholders of Pakistan and they get a plot for their great sacrifices for the nation.

All Pakistanis pay zakat voluntarily as there is no coercion in our religion.

All minorities and sects are free in Pakistan and can build their temples and pray because our great Quaid said so in his 11th August speech.

All madrassas are great NGOs that are providing free food, education and shelter to the underprivileged segments of our society. They are the backbone and vanguard of our egalitarian society.

-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.
-Illustration by Sabir Nazar.

We have bara markets all over Pakistan to cater to the needs of our low income classes. The customs duty is subsidised for the benefit of consumers.

Pakistan is an investment friendly country. You can get subsidised electricity, exemption from custom duties, cheap labour and can evade taxes so we can attract foreign investment in Pakistan. This is not corruption but patriotic strategy to provide jobs and market opportunities to fellow countrymen. Only the feudals, who are not paying taxes and get elected to the parliament, are corrupt.

Pakistan is the only country where you can get justice in the shortest period of time. Jirgas, punchayats and tribal courts decide cases in open kacheris and instantly punish culprits.

In Pakistan, Zimmis (Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Ahmadis) are living in enviable happiness compared to the horrible situation faced by Muslims in Western countries.

 


Sabir-Nazir-80
The author left architecture for painting but ended up as a cartoonist and now writes Hijjo. He is the jack of all trades.

 


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.



The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.


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Amin Feb 20, 2013 03:38pm
Very sad all countrymen, the author has narrated all vices of the country save himself, instead of ridiculing the whole society he could have written a few valuable lines.
Sagar Feb 21, 2013 05:02am
Its not jumping with joy Syed, We are happy to see that we are having a country with similar problems as we are facing in India.
No hope. Feb 21, 2013 03:59am
This is funny,very funny,but also very true.I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
Arjun Feb 20, 2013 02:13pm
lol! Awesome as usual.
Santosh Feb 20, 2013 03:38pm
Great I liked this. It's story of Indian subcontinent.
Karthik Feb 21, 2013 03:37am
This is sarcasm at its best!!!
irony Feb 20, 2013 03:41pm
not twin....parent country....
Ehsan Feb 20, 2013 03:36pm
Enough, please.
Julie C Feb 20, 2013 04:02pm
Glass is half empty!
saand singh Feb 20, 2013 03:45pm
we are pleased with the article because this article is applicable to india also the most of the cases
MKB Feb 20, 2013 04:02pm
Do not worry, many things we did also enjoy in India. But in a lesser count.
M A Khan Feb 20, 2013 02:15pm
I suppose this is a sarcastic view. I totally agree and would like to add Shias as another community in this society which is now being targeted daily.
Irfan (Lucknow) Feb 20, 2013 04:16pm
Sometime I wonder how much you must have cried with dried tears in your eyes. With every sentences I first smile and then ponder upon the situation of common people living there. I admire Nisar Hassan sb for his audacious bluntness. However, with a brilliant satire you take it to a completely different level.
Sachcha Feb 21, 2013 06:43am
With all our immoral ethics on one side of a balance and looting of Iraqi oil by the most moral country of the 1st world on the other.... Alas we the nation of losers will loose the contest of immorality as well...... Alas with all our immoral talent we cannot beat the gods of this person. We lack resources to buy out phony intellectuals to write columns like him and create hoax like 9-11 or wmd .... Alas we are losers.....
Ghazi Feb 21, 2013 06:03am
This is a misleading article. You cannot malign Pakistan and get away with it. Jeeve Jeeve Pakistan....The land of the Pure.
Umer Feb 20, 2013 04:02pm
excellent ! I like your writing style Zoor ka ghatka, dheeray se lagay
S.A.Hyder.Ph.D. Feb 20, 2013 03:46pm
Truth hurts!!!
Khan Feb 21, 2013 05:18am
Please admit there are issues to be resolved! Realization of problems is the first step to resolution ... BTW give me a few examples of where 'our professionals are required'. We lag behind in everything by at least a decade!
Skypilot Feb 21, 2013 11:35pm
I'm an American who has visited Pakistan three times since 2004. My experiences have been mostly connected to Lahore but in 2007 my wife and myself traveled up the KKH to Gilgit. As a foreigner I came away with a number of observations but I was continually impressed with the ability of the Pakistani people to somehow rise above the chaos. There is a resolve in most of the Pakistani's I met to better their situation. If your nation could somehow tap that resolve.....that ability to persevere....much could change for the better. Your greatest resource is yourselves.....but it will require the efforts of all and tolerance of your minorities. As it has been said, a house divided against itself cannot stand. I truly believe you are a people of great potential....and you can become a greater nation.
Chanakya Feb 21, 2013 05:09am
Nothing is true for India Minority has more rights than Majority... they get Haj subsidies We don't steal electricity We don't settle with traffic police on the spot.... we have to pay fine We pay tax
tsg Feb 20, 2013 04:13pm
Wow a Pakistani version like Late Jaspal Bhatti.Keep up the good spirit.
Ammar Sami Feb 21, 2013 04:33am
The Best way to convey your message. The mixture of Tanz-o-Mizah. May God save our country.
Salman Kidwai Feb 21, 2013 04:13am
It will be interesting if you can also talk about those who are spending their lives working for the poor masses, someone like Edhi or Ansar Barni. Whose work is acknowledged in India or overseas as well.
RM Feb 21, 2013 05:46am
Glad someone can make such a great point with such jovial sarcasm. Well said, Mr Nazir.
Deb; India Feb 21, 2013 11:38am
Agreed. Often wonder how similar we are as a people, and yet most of us fight tooth and nail to prove that we are not.
kashif Feb 21, 2013 05:52am
Sabir; All you said is Sola Ane.....
avikash Feb 21, 2013 05:49am
Best Satire.....Dont stop using the talent of your brush and pen..
Murthy Feb 20, 2013 04:07pm
Will this parody ever get to touch the conscience of the people who matter? I love the cynical sarcasm in the article. Great work, keep it up, Mr. Nazar!
Amir Feb 20, 2013 04:55pm
Syed please focus on yourself, and leave the neighbours alone. The article is about what defines you, and not about a third party
AA Feb 20, 2013 03:58pm
Look at it this way: Pakistanis do everything in life which comes naturally. They are not under any artificial restrictions, laws, rules etc. The only thing is, they think they don't do anything naturally.
Mohit (India) Feb 21, 2013 05:51am
Too Good.... Conditions only marginally better in India.... More or less the same.....
anil Feb 20, 2013 01:47pm
Good one.......same is very much true for india.to to the extent though.........
Ahmed Feb 21, 2013 03:43pm
its funny...but it leaves you depressed...well written!
Shahzad Sandhu Feb 20, 2013 01:48pm
Stationery is misspelled as stationary
Adrian Colaco Feb 21, 2013 04:31am
well said sir... an interesting read truly reflective and resplendent of the times we live in ... Adrian Colaco, Karachi.
AAhmed Feb 20, 2013 01:33pm
It is truly a free country
Gujesh Feb 21, 2013 03:13am
No. They admit similarity in their own country.
vjaiswal35 Feb 20, 2013 01:45pm
Love every word. With a little change here and there like policy about alcoholism this article absolutely fits to the other twin that is India. Thanks for such great article.
ZR Feb 21, 2013 11:23am
I think both countries share this mode of denial and paranoia :)
Zalim Singh Feb 21, 2013 02:35am
LOL. Fantastic.
Atif Ehsan Feb 20, 2013 01:47pm
Sabir sb great... i was long waiting for 'Principle standpoints in Al Bakistan VI' ;) Shush....your critics mustn't get aware of this secret
Rajesh Feb 20, 2013 11:24am
Superb..... a salute to your sense of humour.
Syed Imam Feb 21, 2013 01:55am
Hilarious but true
ashish Feb 21, 2013 01:04am
obviously more Indians can read.... and more importantly can analyse ....unlike Pakistan where Where Religion don't allow rational thinking because it is considered greatest threat.
ali Feb 21, 2013 04:11am
Same DNA I guess.
Abhi Feb 21, 2013 01:55am
I wouldn't say jumping with joy but it did bring a smile(not a happy one) to our face and not because we love to see Pakistan in such state but because we can relate to it. I can copy this article word to word, replace Pakistan with India, publish it in an Indian newspaper and every Indian reading it would agree. Both the countries have so much in common but our egos are so big we will never accept that k and comments like yours don't help.
Agha Ata (USA) Feb 20, 2013 12:21pm
After reading this article, I feel ashamed of living in the USA. I am coming back as soon as possible. Thank you Sabir for opening my eyes.
Syed Feb 20, 2013 12:28pm
I can see hundreds of readers from our loving neighbour, jumping with joy after reading this article.
citoyen Feb 20, 2013 11:25am
Your article reminded me of a conversation I had at a restaurant in Sydney last Sunday. He was a Sindhi, from Karachi and had left Pakistan last year. Recognising an Indian, he came over to talk. He told me a few startling things. He had narrowly escaped death at the hands of an armed mob in Karachi. Only Americans were safe in Pakistan, ordinary Pakistanis had no recourse to any justice. He appreciated the peace and security of Australia and was waiting for his family to join him. Pets, he said, are better off in Australia than ordinary people in Pakistan. I felt his sadness and loss and wished him well. How, I wondered has Sindh, the birthplace of our culture, come to this. The Sindhis I met in Bombay were among the most prosperous people in the city. Yet, in their own land , they see no future for themselves. I hope he gets to re-build his life here.
Islmail Feb 20, 2013 11:25am
Brilliant article. I am sure most be will read through your title and stop claiming that Pakistan is indeed great at everything
Dr.G.M.Baluch Feb 20, 2013 06:48pm
Sabir well done again on your brilliant piece of work.Societies change only when we admit that there is a problem. This is how west has changed for the good of the society as in the west every thing is under scrutiny no matter how big or small the problem is.
Raj Feb 20, 2013 12:30pm
See! Pakistan is a nice country to live in, because a thoughtful Pakistani says so.
Laeeq,NY Feb 20, 2013 12:31pm
In Pakistan you do not need to study to earn a degree. It saves thousands of rupees and time to both the graduates and government budget on education.
DesiBoy Feb 20, 2013 11:24pm
wow - the comedy and reality in the sarcasm are thought-provoking. Hope you stay safe!
Omair Feb 20, 2013 12:26pm
You didn't need to mention positive in the title. I just started it to read something different. This is the usual stuff these days.
Akil Akhtar Feb 20, 2013 10:46pm
No one respects those who do not respect themselves. Sadly our elite including the politicians, business men, intellectuals seem to lack the faithful gene. they demonise the country that has given them everything. they do not realise that otheres may use a traitor but they never respect one.
Khan Feb 20, 2013 10:40pm
Nice one:) wow i wish i can come back to pakistan..lol
Naved Ahmad Feb 21, 2013 04:31pm
Now I regret leaving Pakistan 20 years ago and living in the west. I did not know how much have changed since then. Pakistan Zindabad.
atta Feb 20, 2013 06:33pm
great as usual Sabir dear!
ZafarS Feb 20, 2013 12:25pm
The problem is not with Pakistan but Pakstanis. Wherever they have migrated to they are turning those countries into their style, so admirably described here. so don't worry, in a few years no matter where u go it will be the same. The whole world will look like Pakistan.
Naseer Feb 21, 2013 02:43pm
Irfan Saheb, so true. yes, it is so sad. We cry when we read Sabir for the country that we once had and what the politicians and terrorists have done to it.
imran Feb 20, 2013 09:24pm
And, I decided to read your column backwards - end to beginning. It was still fun - more power to your brush-paint and pen-ink ;-)
Mustafa Feb 20, 2013 09:20pm
The last sentence of the author reads "In Pakistan, Zimmis (Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Ahmadis) are living in enviable happiness compared to the horrible situation faced by Muslims in Western countries." This sentence blew up his credibility. The Ahmadis read the same Kalima as we Sunnis do. In every Salaat we and they read the same Kalima when we and they read At-Tahi-yat. Once anyone reads Kalima just from lips, he or she is a Muslim. There is a Hadis that a Sahabee killed a Qurraish during a fight just after he recited Kalima probably to save his life. When the Holy Prophet heard this, he was angry and asked the Sahabee why he killed the man after he recited Kalima. The Sahabee replied, he recited kalima to save his life. The Holy Prophet asked him "Did you go into his heart to know what was in his heart. The lesson is all Ahmadis recite the same Kalima as all Muslims do. They may be worst sinner but there are many worst Sunni, Shia, Wahabee etc sinners. Who are we to call anyone who recites Kalima as Non-Muslims. Do we fear Allah?
FairAndBalanced Feb 21, 2013 02:26pm
Sarcasm and satire go wasted on people like you.
Asif Feb 21, 2013 10:51pm
Hi Salman - good to see your constructive comment.
u8m Feb 21, 2013 02:28pm
Uhh- heard of sarcasm?? I think you've missed the whole point!
u8m Feb 21, 2013 02:30pm
This is just brilliant!!! Please ignore the negative comments and keep doing more of this- some of us appreciate your brand of patriotism very much
Tariq Feb 20, 2013 08:39pm
Sarcasm at it's best! Great.
Surinder Feb 20, 2013 06:59pm
Great job. All poor Asian countries share the same corrupt genes and you have done a great job in deciphering the DNA.
Farrukh Feb 20, 2013 06:51pm
awesome. I never read you before but this is fact...
Hussein Feb 20, 2013 08:02pm
Friend you seem to live in what we call lala land. Uninformed, biased jurist can only pass verdicts and punishments BUT not justice.
Masood Ali Feb 20, 2013 07:56pm
yes all very true but how about working towards change? its all too easy to complain.
Jamal Feb 20, 2013 07:55pm
I know one thing that I wont be reading an article written by Sabir Nazar as he is a pessimist.
Edmond (UK) Feb 20, 2013 09:46am
PIA will tell you their flight is fully booked but they can help you get a seat if you can help them too.
bablibaban Feb 20, 2013 09:49am
very sarcastic.
bablibaban Feb 20, 2013 09:50am
Helping each other is not bad.
Think Feb 20, 2013 09:50am
well written - an honest piece of work I would say a courageous effort to be true to yourself and your beliefs, make an objective assessment of things around you, and not take the ostrich hiding its head in the sand approach
Asim Feb 20, 2013 06:00pm
We are only good when given the right opportunity. That is mostly when we leave for the west. At home, we barely get the chance. Why? Because others around us have not created an environment to provide those opportuities. And guess what, those "others" include most of us. We are always absorbed with self-interest vs. the collective good. Hence, no one gets ahead....
Asim Feb 20, 2013 05:56pm
Truth hurts. Better it do that than turning a blind eye. How about work on fixing our problems vs. getting offended.
vasist Feb 20, 2013 10:18am
i would like to condemn the peoples who are criticizing you. They should not read this article but have to understand this.
AM Feb 20, 2013 10:28am
This is sad; hope those who do not exercise these loopholes step forward with constructive ideas about how to 'change' the system
malaydeb Feb 20, 2013 10:48am
Do not a kick a dead horse..
Ss Feb 20, 2013 05:37pm
This is a great blog. When I went to Pakistan I didn't see anything bad, instead I saw a lot of people spending money and everyone is living a normal life there is some freedom
Hafsa Sheikh (@HafsaSheikh) Feb 20, 2013 05:36pm
Exactly. Its not that he higlighted wrong aspects, he is good at that sarcasm thingy, but media is already showing enough of that, I was hoping he actually came with positive pints. but noooo, let people think we are completely doomed. Author could have used his pen and brush for creating some hope instead of saying the same damn things that are all over electronic and social media.
Madhur Feb 20, 2013 10:56am
Well above narration can easily fit for india also accept few.After all we are same no matter how much religion separates us
Fuzail Z. Ahmad Feb 20, 2013 10:58am
This is an article that made me sad. Why would you say all these things about Pakistan as if we are the only developing country with these problems. Also, while some of the above accusations are indeed correct, many are factually wrong and you have to be a real goonda to try using these means.
Shock Horror Feb 20, 2013 07:40pm
Your concluding comment is, "In Pakistan, Zimmis (Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Ahmadis) are living in enviable happiness compared to the horrible situation faced by Muslims in Western countries." What percentage of muslims "living under horrible conditions in Western Countries" would wish to go back to muslim countries? I suspect 5 percent. How does this compare to Zimmis living in enviable happiness in Pakistan who would like to be allowed to live in Western countries? I suspect about 95 percent!
COMMENTS ARE CLOSED Feb 20, 2013 11:39am
For a moment I thought that you were writing about my country India...quite a bit of it sound very very similar.
Cheeta_Govinda Feb 20, 2013 11:48am
Thank you for highlighting all the positive points about Pakistan. It is indeed the land of the free! If only the feudal politicians could also live in relative comfort, without facing prejudice and the constant harassment.
oyerg Feb 20, 2013 12:00pm
"Pakistan is the only country where you can get house maids, servants and drivers at a cost that is unimaginable in a foreign country. We don
nivi das Feb 21, 2013 02:43pm
actually, you are right, reading this article, I find India is much better, progressing in the eye of world, but for reasons we all know, Pakistan is a discounted country. Some people may say our genes are same, I disagree, does not - don't find anything common except the similarity of Hindi and Urdu. What happened in 1947 is forgone in past, we are two different countries, nothing emotional - then we should cry for Nepal, Bangladesh, Afganistan, Burma [you keep stretching your genes]....
Mahmood Feb 20, 2013 12:19pm
I sometimes wonder why we as a nation are depressed to such an extent. Yes, we do not have the best system and have more challenges than others may claim, but we are still up there with the best. Our professionals are required the world over and we have achieved milestones while constantly pressurized by lack of resources. Endless criticism will not resolve our problems. Allama Iqbal was the ultimate critic of the muslim nation, but he gave answers to the plight as well. We need hard workers like Muhammad Ali Jinnah if we are to go forward, otherwise we will forever remain a downtrodden nation waiting for others to give us direction.
Naseer Feb 21, 2013 02:50pm
Also if you live in middle east, you don
fbn2 Feb 20, 2013 01:02pm
Hahahahahaha this is awesome. :p
M Feb 20, 2013 01:02pm
What an excellent article. Pakistani`s really do live in a perceived utopia of sorts.
King Tut (@AmirTut) Feb 20, 2013 07:32pm
Great satire, only humiliation will work on us now.
Haroon Feb 20, 2013 06:20pm
Seems as if sarcasm is the best revenge for a journalist, even if it contains the truth
sri1ram Feb 20, 2013 01:15pm
Wooow.. Loved those. Some of it is still true in India - After all we share some of the same genes. But I can really feel the author's angst while writing those pieces. Take care.
hitesh Feb 20, 2013 01:24pm
master piece..Hat off sir
chandra Feb 22, 2013 06:34am
Absolutely delighted to read this. I will copy and paste here replacing Pakistan with India as the entire text holds-good. This is the irony of the "once upon a time" great land of culture/values and what not.
Zimbo_Indian Feb 20, 2013 02:35pm
Syed Saheb, you will be surprised to note that most comments by Indians will acknowledge that India suffers from most of the ills described in the article, albeit to a some what lesser degree. The difference of degree is reflected in the economic progress made by India of which we are justifiably proud.
v Feb 20, 2013 02:49pm
Ouch. Mr. Nazir. You are bad! Very witty. Well written.
Sirius.sam Feb 21, 2013 11:16am
It is not about making fun of Pakistan, but it is a well crafted "pun", it is a mirror of the society of Pakistan and to some extent of India (my country). we all know where we lag behind but we tend to adjust with it, even though we know that we could have made things better. This is in short our report card of managing our country nearly 66 years of independence. Lets face it.
SS Feb 20, 2013 02:55pm
See, even when the neck is being squeezed, and death stares, your last thought is about losing face to the neighbor...You, Sir are amazing, and need I say have kept your head in the sand of denial of reality for good many years. You are worried about losing face while your country is in flames...
Adil Feb 20, 2013 02:55pm
Hope you are satisfied making fun of Pakistan. For a moment I thought someone really is writing good about Pakistan. Yes what you have written is true, but there is a lot of positives in Pakistan too. Stop making fun of Pakistan and get up and do something to change things.
Sooraj Feb 22, 2013 08:01am
Good Satire. Nicely Put.
Vijay Feb 20, 2013 05:11pm
Bro Syed... I actually could relate to most of the above in India also. Not jumping in joy my friend.
Mansoor Feb 20, 2013 04:40pm
Pakistan Zindabad!! Mansoor.
beg Feb 20, 2013 04:41pm
same sort of things occur at a worse scale in india but the question is if this writer is free and balanced enough to write about india in the same positive way.I dare this writer if he is a true writer
Rameen Feb 20, 2013 04:42pm
I would disagree only at one point that is instant Judicial system, where open kacheris instantly punish culprit's 'Loved Ones' (especially women).
Nizar Feb 20, 2013 05:03pm
Yes Syed! If you are so sensitive about our neighbors response, why don't you do something constructive and do your part in changing yours and your bakistani's repugnant attitude of cheating, lying, evading taxes, killing someone who does not share your version of Islam or other non-believers, blowing up schools, shooting and blowing up innocent children, women and men.
Arun Feb 21, 2013 07:10am
You didn't mention that people like Hafiz Saeed are hailed as heroes in Pakistan, and given a podium to speak from, even though the polarize society and weaken Pakistan.
Asif Feb 21, 2013 10:53pm
I wonder if Mr. Sabit is living in US or Canada or Australia (sadly, I am)
sunil Feb 21, 2013 07:13am
Don't know about western countries, but in India, Muslims are treated far better than what minorities (Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Ahmadis) get in Pakistan
Asad Feb 21, 2013 07:17am
Fantastic and true
vijayIndia Feb 21, 2013 07:18am
definitely not Arab
syed Nazim Feb 21, 2013 07:30am
Excused, because Pakistan is a third world country. Will like to remain like that for reason described by the auther
Salil Feb 21, 2013 07:46am
Yes I admit, writer is jack of all trades, but master of none. Still he needs to study the situations, before writing columns.
Pakman Feb 21, 2013 08:06am
Simply superb !! amazing work.
saif Feb 21, 2013 09:35am
totally agree. i would be grateful if good things of our society are also highlighted may be just for a change ....
Naila Feb 21, 2013 10:06am
Some people will always see glass as half empty. Lets vote for a government that will make education their top priority.
Qammar Abbas Feb 21, 2013 10:31am
i felt overwhelming sarcasm here, but i was actually hoping for you to show the bright sight of our beloved Pakistan!
Indian Feb 22, 2013 06:50am
Chanakya, Which India are u living in ? Agreed we r a bit better off today, However corruption is rampant even till date, 90% people settle traffic police on the spot , Electricity is still stolen (Few places only). things are going better however we need to do a lot more to be called a civilised state.
Indian Feb 22, 2013 06:55am
Read all the comments below here am quite zapped, Most of our Indian & Pak Brothers share a lot in common, using rational thinking ,and have put comments as they want to do something to change to uplift their so cold corrupt life . No one has brought in religion and giving tit for tat... (Normally seen in most of coments) great guys keep it up...
Deb; India Feb 21, 2013 11:41am
YES. They do.
naveedjami Feb 21, 2013 11:56am
I thought it was by Nadeem Paracha...
Nash Feb 21, 2013 12:01pm
Ironic but true
Mr Singh Feb 21, 2013 12:42pm
superb as always
zainab Feb 21, 2013 12:50pm
Like what?
zainab Feb 21, 2013 12:53pm
Why don't you write about the positive things in Pakistan instead of just being critical of the truth !
Devil Feb 21, 2013 01:08pm
And that is what they call as Obsession !! Why are you so obsessed with India ? I wonder why the writer should mention about India when he is writing about Pakistani problems ? Would he be more credible if he has a India-Bashing certificate to show-off ?
koushik Feb 21, 2013 02:15pm
aren't familiar with irony are you?
pathanoo Feb 21, 2013 04:57pm
Sabir Nazar, I love reading your truthful articles. Great work. Sabir nazar................A second coming of Nadeem F. PARACHA.
sultani Feb 22, 2013 04:07am
superb 1 brother...........
Ravi Feb 22, 2013 02:23am
What a great nation . i want to migrate to Pakistan from the U.S.A. Mr. Nazir , please let me know how long it takes to get a Green card in your beautiful country
Masood Hussain Feb 21, 2013 07:09pm
The plight of our Zimmies should not be made asubject of joke. they need our heart felt sypathies and Divine Mercy,apart from this we can hardly do any thing because of blasphemy law.
Khalid Feb 21, 2013 08:38pm
Dear Mustafa, very nicely written comment. I wonder what our Hindu, Christian, Ahmadi or Sikh brothers and sisters feel living in Pakistan. The way things are going, I can see people being killed for not having a beard or for not having the right length/shape of the beard !!.
Khalid Feb 21, 2013 08:41pm
Dear Jamal, I guess you have a lot to be optimistic about looking at the situation in Pakistan !!. You must be a politician as they are the only people who are benefiting from the situation in Pakistan and have done that for decades.
Yaseen Bilal Feb 21, 2013 09:27pm
Very unfortunate to see yet again a sarcasm on our country that highlighted our issues in even more derogatory manner as if this is what we truly has become and accepted as norms. Avoiding challans, child-labours (positives of Pakistan), honour killings, salute author for slapping the nation like this, in the name of positivity for Pakistan. You might have spoken a bit of woman being raped by landlords as well and they roam around freely, that's a positive for Pakistan too where men can fulfil their desire in any manner they want. This is what happens when an idiot is allowed to voice their opinion in public. Azad Media, you are most welcome.