Living in Denialistan

Published: September 9, 2010
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Many writers do not want to see the ugly truth about Pakistan

This blog is in response to an article, The liberal lynch mob written by Mahreen Aziz Khan published recently in The Express Tribune. It will not only focus on this article itself but will mostly critically analyze the mindset behind such viewpoints and briefly look at the message in other such related articles for example Get another passport written by the famous Flotilla Hulk.

Recently a horrifying video of a crowd watching a mob brutally killing two brothers in Sialkot has sparked mass demonstrations in Pakistan. The video, widely broadcasted on Pakistani TV channels, shows a lynch mob taking turns to savagely beat two boys with sticks, metal rods drawing blood from them before dragging and hanging their dead bodies from a nearby pole. Perhaps just as shocking was that none of the dozens of people including police officials watching tried to stop the ferocious attack. The scenes have outraged Pakistanis all over the country challenging how society could submissively watch the killings without intervening.

The new debate

Amid this crisis, a new debate has sparked in Pakistan as to how should one perceives the country. Columnist Fasi Zaka not only condemned the incident but referred to Pakistanis (metaphorically) as ‘human cockroaches’ and concluded that we cannot and will not change unless we rise above all the defenses, excuses and accusations that we give to others and ourselves and take responsibility for our actions.  In another hard hitting piece, a Pakistani journalist George Fulton focused on the gruesome nature of the society and highlighted the culture of vigilantism that has been ingrained in the very roots of the country and ever since actively promoted and widely accepted on mass scale within the country.

However there is another interesting point of view which was endorsed by Mahreen Aziz Khan in her article The liberal lynch mob. In this article, she lambasted both Fulton and Zaka’s opinions labelling them as ‘western liberals’ and concluded that the norms of our society are not very different from those of the western. more developed nations and that what happened in Sialkot was not as out of the ordinary as portrayed by the media.

Critical Analysis

Mahreen Khan’s article does not come as a surprise as I have been reading these viewpoints for a long time now. Basically this has always been the reaction of analysts who either live in a mode of denial or deliberately choose not to scrutinize the loopholes in their society for the sake of their misperceived patriotism, false pride and nationalism. They guard the political-military elite of Pakistan and have been one of the biggest impediments in the democratic process by always possessing a soft corner towards the Pakistan army and its political supporters. They are the ones who choose only to criticize Pakistan’s current President Asif Ali Zardari (popularly known as the source of all problems in the country) by demanding him to donate his entire wealth to compensate the flood victims and maintain their silence on the £10bn empire operating within the country that runs several industrial and manufacturing conglomerates (from cement to cornflakes), owns 12m acres of public land and controls one-third of all heavy manufacturing and approximately 7 per cent of all private assets. Welcome to the Pakistan Army ladies and gentlemen.

What is a western  liberal?

In her article Khan used the phrase ‘western liberal’ at least twice. In Pakistan, this is a common term used to label any critic who points out either the caustic realities of the society or who invokes self introspection instead of blaming the West, Israel or India. This term takes a different form depending on who the user is. Some refer to it as liberal fascists, liberal fanatics or atheists and sometimes it takes a more blatant form such as Kafir, Hindu agent, Jew or Qadiani. These terms are used to describe those people who often:

  • Challenge the popular opinion among the masses and take a stand for their views and have the guts to reach a rational conclusion on their own.
  • Challenges the distorted version of history widely accepted in the country and demands a truthful reformation of the history books taught in the Pakistani classrooms.
  • Highlights the importance of science and research and demand the country’s authorities to allocate a substantial part of budget towards this sector.
  • Promote religious harmony and tolerance by demanding equal rights for Ahmadis and other minorities.
  • Call for abandoning nuclear weapons and transparency towards nuclear wastes and challenge the “first use” nuclear doctrine of the Pakistan Army.
  • Challenge religious orthodoxy and extremism, Taliban, and promote freedom of speech, race, religion, gender and Ideology.
  • Promote the democratic political process instead of taking patronage under the military oligarchy.
  • Point out other regions of the world as well (such as Balochistan, Darfur, and Xinanjiang)  where Muslims are fighting for freedom instead of just playing the usual Palestinian, Iraqi and Kashmiri card

Here I am not going to defend or further analyse this term but instead I will  examine why this specific term was used by Mahreen Khan when the criticism or self-loathing by Fasi Zaka and George Fulton involved Pakistan alone?

Where does the term ‘West’ come from?

The term ‘West’ used by Mahreen Khan was basically to offset the impact of the dilapidated condition of Pakistan highlighted by both Fasi and George by diverting attention through highlighting similar incidents in other regions mainly in the West, Israel and India. Basically according to this mindset, we should not introspect and work towards seeking constructive feedback of our deeds and instead find similar faults of other nations and indirectly justify ourselves.

The basic strategy is to mention the names of these three regions in order to fuel the revulsion that already exists in Pakistan against them and to discredit the other argument not by presenting valid arguments but by presenting excuses. For example, whenever there is a bomb blast in a mosque or shrine in Pakistan where the Taliban accept responsibility for it, firstly it is not accepted by this mindset and secondly even if it is grudgingly accepted, it is incorrectly and indirectly justified by presenting a case where America is bombing Iraq and parts of Pakistan, killing innocent civilians.

In simple words, this Mahreen Khan Mindset looks at every problem in Pakistani society in this context.

As a point of illustration, on the issue of dealings with the minorities in the country, this mindset believes:

So what if Pakistani institutions have been highly unsuccessful in protecting its minorities? Look at India (the typical Gujrat 2002 story), Palestine issue, and American invasion in Iraq etc’. ‘See the magnitude of violence they have been promoting!

By presenting this comparative-analysis- excuse which is often out of context, this mindset justifies the weaknesses of its own society and dismisses any criticism directed against their country’s institutions. Eventually the critics are labelled as traitors, Liberal fascists or Western Liberals – as can also be seen in Mahreen Khan’s article.

Mahreen then says:

These columnists (Fasi Zaka & George Fulton) would not dare to write in such sadistic terms about western cultures. No, they only prey on the weak – pure lynch mob mentality – developing nations like Pakistan, battered by natural catastrophe, war and poverty.

Criticism is good

My first basic question to Khan is this – Why on earth do these columnists need to criticize the West and its culture when the discussion is about Pakistan in the first place? The answer is simple: because the “West” is despised by the masses in Pakistan so it has always been the requirement of Mahreen Khan type mindset to mention them in order to overshadow the Pakistani domestic problems.

According to the writer, one should never criticize a third world country like Pakistan – battered by natural catastrophes, war and poverty.

Why can’t I criticize my country when I know that it is us who are responsible (due to our collective acts) for the natural catastrophes, war and the poverty?

Admittedly, it is a norm of our society to blame God, global warming, India or America for catastrophe but in reality it is the Pakistanis themselves who are mostly responsible for these floods because of their mismanagement of the Indus river, the role of the timber mafia in denudation of the vast forests, and the appalling situation of National Disaster Management Authority.

In the same article, Mahreen Khan has promptly responded to the Maula Jatt example given in “Don’t act surprised” by giving an American alternate of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre example promoting once again a comparative analysis as highlighted by Fulton in “Don’t act surprised Part 2.” Yet, instead of acknowledging the culture of vigilante justice bred in our state, the Mahreen mindset spends hours Googling similar examples in only those regions which are despised by the masses in Pakistan example India, Israel and America. ( No China).

A river in Egypt

These Pakistanis live in a mode of denial completely ignoring the murderous vigilante culture which has been promoted in their society. The people prefer to make their own law rather than following any set rules of law. This utter disregard for law gives way to even more mayhem thus resulting in today’s daily acts of terrorism, looting, raping and murders.

This latest Sialkot tragedy is one of the countless incidents that has erupted like a hyper active volcano. How many Christians and Ahmadis have been victimised at the hands of these people? Other such instances include the Gojra incident and the Sangla incident. Read any report of Pakistan Human Rights Commission and notice how many Ahmadis, Christians and other minorities have been brutally victimised through such people. Does anyone even remember the famous incident which took place in 1995 in which Dr. Sajjad Farooq was beaten to death on false apostasy charges by people outside a police station in Gujranwala? Even the mosques and the ruling Islamic ulemas have always been supportive of such incidents.

How can one forget the pseudo scholar by the name of Dr Amir Liaquat (followed by masses) publically endorse the murder of an Ahmadi? (Notice the increase in the killings of Ahmadis immediately after this public legitimisation) How can one forget the late dogmatic Dr Israr Ahmed (followed by the masses) who endorsed the killings of both Ahmadis and apostates? How can we ignore the fatwa of a powerful radical cleric known as Mufti Rafi Usmani on Geo News for mobilizing a mob to kill Salman Rushdie?

As I am writing, a gun battle between the Chang and Khan groups over a 30-rupee loan left four brothers dead in Gulshan-e-Khair Muhammad Hyderabad. Recently, a teenage girl was gang raped by a feudal tribal council as it was recommended by the Jirga (the increasingly popular Imran Khan’s Insaaf Mechanism) purporting that justice can only be served by the rule of “an eye for an eye.”

We love vigilantes

This barbarous, merciless, homicidal and bloodthirsty approach is not only limited to rural or tribal areas in Pakistan but it is somewhat pervasive in urban areas among the educated families as well.

For example, quite recently mass hysteria has been created in Pakistan after three Pakistani cricketers were exposed for spot fixing in a sting operation by a British tabloid.

Look at our reactions as shown on Pakistani TV channels:

One of the major consensus among the public as shown on various channels is that the cricketers deserve the same fate the brothers who were brutally murdered in Sialkot. The icing on the cake is that even educated sportsman such as Amir Sohail came on ‘Super eye show’ (August 29th 2010) on Geo Super channel and recommended a “Sialkot type” punishment for the Pakistani cricketers.

A top Pakistani banker and a friend of popular television anchor Mubashir Luqmaan again recommended the same punishment.

Look at the Facebook status of Ahmed Qureshi:

Pakistani cricket players chose to be a part of corruption. Where is the supervisory mechanism over the players? My take is: Hang the ********. This country’s politicians and managers can’t give justice and can’t stop corruption. Burn the corrupt, I say. Make them an example, and start with all the corrupt all the way to the top. (Source Facebook Ahmed Qureshi’s Official Page)

Notice the terms “Hang the ********and Burn the corrupt”; it reminds me of similar terms used by the lynching mob in Sialkot during their revenge against those ill-fated boys.

In his article  “Acts of Ghairat Abdul Qadeer Khan not only legitimies the philosophy of vigilante justice but also instigates the public to take justice in their own hands by giving certain relevant examples.

Above all what about the glorified vigilantism, savagery and barbarity in relation to imperialist invaders (Bin Qasim, Ghaznavi, Ghauri and Babar) that the masses in Pakistan study in their crooked history?

This is the real Pakistan where national heroes encourage vigilante justice and have themselves been living examples of it. Then why are we surprised when such an incident as the one in Sialkot happens?

The real Pakistan has been dominated mainly throughout its history by illiteracy, conspiracy theories, corruption, political instability, military interferences, terrorism and poverty. A country where leaders openly justify on national TV that their involvement in corruption is acceptable, by employing the same tactics as those employed by the likes of Mahreen Khan. According to them, it is justified to delve in some corruption because another person belonging to X party is also involved in corruption. Hence, there was nothing wrong with this equation. But the truth of the matter simply put is that two wrongs do not make one right.

Yes Pakistan has positive qualities too as does every other country to more or less some extent. In fact every individual has some positive qualities alongside the negative ones. But what defines you as a good person/ country are the overriding qualities—the good ones or the bad. In other words, the important thing is what prevails over you. For instance, an active child molester also donates some money to a school as charity on a monthly basis. The money he donates will be overpowered by the indecent acts towards children. The same goes for Pakistan whose negative qualities have tipped its scales towards being not only a failed state but a rogue state.

This is not the Pakistan which was envisioned by its founders. It has now instead become ‘Denialistan’ whose citizens do not accept their shortcomings and- if they are faced with no other choice but to accept their faults- are quick to justify them by pointing out similar failings of other states. Who similar to lambs, follow mindlessly what is fed into their brains through the variety of mediums present in the society (such as the military elite, the Ulema and other influential personalities who are idolised by the masses). Just like lambs do not use their minds before following its leader, the vast majority of us blindly follow these figures of influence without applying our brains to what is being said/ asked of us. Moreover those who dare to introspect are condemned as “western liberals” who ought to Get another passport’.

I would like to end this by dedicating the following quote to this denial brigade of Denialistan:

“Sometimes reality has a way of sneaking up and biting us in the ass. And when the dam bursts, all you can do is swim. The world of pretend is a cage, not a cocoon. We can only lie to ourselves for so long. We are tired, we are scared. Denying it doesn’t change the truth. Sooner or later we have to put aside our denial and face the world. Head on, guns blazing. De Nile. It’s not just a river in Egypt, it’s a freakin’ ocean. So how do you keep from drowning in it?” (By Meredith Grey)

If we keep denying ourselves the right to critically self-analyse, willingly turning a blind eye to the blatant causes of the problem, the potential within us to improve and tackle these deeply ingrained issues will be utterly wasted.

This post was originally published in an extended form here.

anas.abbas

Anas Abbas

A UK based financial analyst, researcher and blogger with interests in counter-terrorism, history and philosophy

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://www.criticalppp.com aliarqam

    Great piece…Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/1336/the-democracy-of-detachment/ Syed Nadir El-Edroos

    Very very well argued! Nice oneRecommend

  • tariq shehzad

    i did read Mr fulton’s article which you are refering to and i think it was everything else but LOGICAL.george fulton was illogical and shallow in that article,he went to the extent of saying that violence is infiltrated in our blood and bones and he gave examples of sultan rahi’s movies for that.come on how could you generalize things so quickly,does the violence and action in the movies portray our culture?if it does then people who share the same background with george fulton must be fond of blood sucking because i have seen a number of movies made on “vampires” over there.the “west” is examplified in much cases because they have gone through this period of time called “developing” and we are going through it now.change doesnot happen overnight , be it individual or national.i confess that all the negavite elements that you have mentioned above,do exist in our society and i also have strong belief that gradually we would overcome them,as the other countries have but being too much of a critic that it appears as if fasi zaka ,george fulton and anas abbas are the only human beings left in the country,the rest are animals,is offensive.i highly ,highly condemn the sialkot incident and demand the justice for the inocent brothers asap but at the same time i am highly ,highly proud of the police officer who saved a kid by risking his life in the flood water yesterday and i am the most proud to know that this country of violent people(george’s point of view) have this honour to have the biggest ambulance service in the world.you reffered to talat hussain (you never dared to take his name directly like you did of mehreen) and bunch of other journalists(forget ahmed quraishi though)and made it appear as if they have not contributed at all,answer me once that what goods have fasi zaka and george fulton provided practically??Recommend

  • Humanity

    Spot on!Recommend

  • samina ashfaque

    Zabardast! you are 100% correct in your analysis.Recommend

  • sajjad ali

    not even u settled the score but also had taken the lead over…An inning’s defeat…cheers!Recommend

  • Dr.Fatima

    Interesting analysis..I’d just like to comment on the fact that the present circumstances of Pakistan have brought out two types of mindsets or opinions in front of us..Half of the population is in denial,denying that our country’s political scenario & social set up is heading towards failure and destruction.And the other half is busy in proving the point that we Pakistani,as a nation are a bunch of fanatics,who rejoice in inflicting miseries over others,who enjoy murdering people and that s why we deserve the wrath of nature that has hit us in the form of floods.But what i’d like to say that just as denial is not the solution to any of Pakistan’s problem,there is no point in proving these ”theories or hypothesis” that Pakistani nation is corrupt on the whole and this corruption has been present throughout it’s history or is inborn due to its culture etc etc.These statements are debatable,but what is the point in discussing these things when we can utilise the same amount of time/energy/resources in building Pakistan?i mean,we all know that Pakistan is in a pathetic situation right now,our leaders are corrupt,the society is morally n intellectually bankrupt,the underpriviliged class is starving to death.It s high time that we,as an individual,and as a nation ,started realizing OUR responsibilites,and instead of wasting our time in such debates that whether the Pakistani nation is corrupt by birth or has it acquired corruption due to external factors,i think we should realize that our nation is one that has started its journey by facing the hardships of partition,and can live up to the present challenges as well,.only if we start focussing our energies on building Pakistan and stop painting a bleak picture of our history/culture/society.Recommend

  • Junaid Hafeez

    Brilliant job, Anas! I left Talat Hussain’s facebook age after reading his “Get Another Passport”. Recommend

  • faruq arshad

    excellent article.
    our ppl choose to live in denial about our reality as we can’t confront our intolerant,bigoted,misogynistic reality.
    we prefer to delude ourselves into believing we are pure & better than nonmuslims only because we happened to be born muslims.
    just being born a muslim doesn’t make a person better or more pious than a non muslim.The sooner we get out of our self created & self serving delusions the better for our country.Recommend

  • samaha

    simply loved it ! its about time we face reality and shy away from the illusions of a great nation we have painted to keep us safe from the bitter reality. its an old habit of ours that if someone else is doing wrong so its justified and old habits die hard but these are tough times and instead of finger pointing, for once we need to realize our mistake and work towards a better future or else the entire nation will literally drown !Recommend

  • Tee

    Excellent post. States exactly what I have been feeling. Thank you.Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    Great analysis………….The more i get shocked with I tried to expose some social and corporate frauds, and in response got a stupid answer from a person,,,”if you dislike Pakistan..leave it”………Just like get another passport thingy…………another passport mentality wont let us remove our faults……….At least do you hide a disease when you are suffering from it………or do you stop taking medicine if there is a problem? Highlighting an issue………and “are you a patriot?” reacting over Hindu myth cartoons………….”Are you a Hindu?”…………
    Closed eye approach wont work……….Talat and Mahreen pieces fail to answer many questions………just written as attacking pieces……..Recommend

  • Ali Abbas

    That they published this excellent article raises my estimation of the Express Tribune. Its good to see our media finally have some diversity of opinion instead of the same old “ghairat-obsessed” conspiracy theorists!Recommend

  • Sonam Shyam

    Mr.Abbas I take this opportunity to congratulate you for highlighting the unfortunate problems plaguing Pakistan, in right perspective. I know that after writing this piece, you may invite the wrath of some section of the Pakistani society since most of your observations are straight out of India’s analysis of Pakistan. We in India have been shouting from the rooftops about the “Denial” culture prevailing in Pakistan and Pakistani establishment not facing the truth. Now I present a list of what we in India think about the Pakistani problems and how they have been denied repeatedly by the Pakistani establishment.
    Firstly, we in India believe the biggest stumbling block in normalization of relations between us, is the Pakistani army and the ISI. The army not only has ruled for decades in Pakistan, but also has subverted every democratic institution including the Parliament and judiciary. The Pakistani army, as you rightly pointed out, runs a business empire worth billions of dollars and with virtually no accountability. The army takes the lion’s share of the modest Pakistani resources and their Officer’s lavish lifestyle would even put kings to shame. This larger than life status of Pakistani army comes from its anti India rhetoric and this anti Indianism, gives Pakistan army the legitimacy to conduct illegitimate coups against democratically elected governments. All their sins are washed the very moment they show the India threat to the gullible public, well supported by unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats and even media people. The Pakistan army has a vested interest in keeping the anti India pot boiling because it gives them the legitimacy to run Pakistan as their personal fiefdom. The primary role of any army is to protect the borders of the nation and the Pakistan army has failed to even do that. The three and half wars initiated by the Pakistan army not only led to the division of the country but also didn’t make Pakistan a secure place. Besides the overt wars, the army is engaged in covert operations to destabilize India and to gain the so called strategic depth in Afghanistan. The army and the ISI policy of using radical Islamists like the Taliban and the LET for strategic gains has led to the brutal attacks on innocent civilians all over Pakistan and the ISI has conveniently put all the blame on US led war on terror. The radical Islamists like the TTP, who have attacked Pakistan, post Lal Masjid operation, have been targeted by the army but other groups like Lashkar-e-taiba, who attack India, are openly patronized. This selective targeting of hardliners only breeds more radical elements within Pakistan which further leads to more attacks on civilians.
    Secondly, we in India believe that democracy in Pakistan can never succeed till the Pakistan army comes under civilian control. This is something totally inconceivable in the current Pakistani set up. Everyone knows that Zardari and Gilani are just puppets and the real power is with Kayani and Shuja Pasha. It is imperative that the Pakistani public launch nation wide campaign to bring army under civilian control, in spite of the fact that it may sound impossible.
    Thirdly, there is urgent need to revamp the education system in Pakistan. When distorted history, full of hate and venom against Hindus, is taught in top public schools in Pakistan, then you can very well understand why madarsa educated Pakistani youth like Ajmal Kasab, end up becoming killing machines.
    Fourthly, for Allah’s sake, stop thinking that India is your enemy. India has never initiated a war against Pakistan and it’s the other way round. We in India have our own terrible problems to look after and going to war against Pakistan, is least on our priority list. People of Pakistan have to learn to look at the world from outside the religious prism and de link religion from day to day life. Pakistan was formed on religious basis and after 63 years of your existence, religion has not broughtRecommend

  • Sonam Shyam

    Mr.Abbas I take this opportunity to congratulate you for highlighting the unfortunate problems plaguing Pakistan, in right perspective. I know that after writing this piece, you may invite the wrath of some section of the Pakistani society since most of your observations are straight out of India’s analysis of Pakistan. We in India have been shouting from the rooftops about the “Denial” culture prevailing in Pakistan and Pakistani establishment not facing the truth. Now I present a list of what we in India think about the Pakistani problems and how they have been denied repeatedly by the Pakistani establishment.
    Firstly, we in India believe the biggest stumbling block in normalization of relations between us, is the Pakistani army and the ISI. The army not only has ruled for decades in Pakistan, but also has subverted every democratic institution including the Parliament and judiciary. The Pakistani army, as you rightly pointed out, runs a business empire worth billions of dollars and with virtually no accountability. The army takes the lion’s share of the modest Pakistani resources and their Officer’s lavish lifestyle would even put kings to shame. This larger than life status of Pakistani army comes from its anti India rhetoric and this anti Indianism, gives Pakistan army the legitimacy to conduct illegitimate coups against democratically elected governments. All their sins are washed the very moment they show the India threat to the gullible public, well supported by unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats and even media people. The Pakistan army has a vested interest in keeping the anti India pot boiling because it gives them the legitimacy to run Pakistan as their personal fiefdom. The primary role of any army is to protect the borders of the nation and the Pakistan army has failed to even do that. The three and half wars initiated by the Pakistan army not only led to the division of the country but also didn’t make Pakistan a secure place. Besides the overt wars, the army is engaged in covert operations to destabilize India and to gain the so called strategic depth in Afghanistan. The army and the ISI policy of using radical Islamists like the Taliban and the LET for strategic gains has led to the brutal attacks on innocent civilians all over Pakistan and the ISI has conveniently put all the blame on US led war on terror. The radical Islamists like the TTP, who have attacked Pakistan, post Lal Masjid operation, have been targeted by the army but other groups like Lashkar-e-taiba, who attack India, are openly patronized. This selective targeting of hardliners only breeds more radical elements within Pakistan which further leads to more attacks on civilians.

    Secondly, we in India believe that democracy in Pakistan can never succeed till the Pakistan army comes under civilian control. This is something totally inconceivable in the current Pakistani set up. Everyone knows that Zardari and Gilani are just puppets and the real power is with Kayani and Shuja Pasha. It is imperative that the Pakistani public launch nation wide campaign to bring army under civilian control, in spite of the fact that it may sound impossible.
    Thirdly, there is urgent need to revamp the education system in Pakistan. When distorted history, full of hate and venom against Hindus, is taught in top public schools in Pakistan, then you can very well understand why madarsa educated Pakistani youth like Ajmal Kasab, end up becoming killing machines.
    Fourthly, for Allah’s sake, stop thinking that India is your enemy. India has never initiated a war against Pakistan and it’s the other way round. We in India have our own terrible problems to look after and going to war against Pakistan, is least on our priority list. People of Pakistan have to learn to look at the world from outside the religious prism and de link religion from day to day life. Pakistan was formed on religious basis and after 63 years of your existence, religion has not brought peace in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Harbir

    That article by mahreen khan is a disgrace. She could have said that she is unhappy that the million innocents are getting painted by a broad brush and left it at that. but no, she went on the attack against the liberal commentators.

    How can a person with her profile express such emotional and intellectual immaturity?

    Its as if she lashed out in anger, with feelings that rose up in her gut, without being tempered by intelligent consideration.

    Quite pathetic.

    Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jahanzaib-Haque/149352001744540?ref=ts Jahanzaib Haque

    thumbs up

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  • Nida Haque

    Spot on! A very well presented point of view.Recommend

  • maheen usmani

    Excellent analysis, Anas.Recommend

  • http://www.thetrueperspective.com Hamza Malik

    Absolutely fantastic. Brilliantly written, and very well done. And while you’re at it, give this a read as well:

    http://www.thetrueperspective.com/2010/09/why-muslims-why.html

    Just goes on to show that denial is ingrained into our very bones. Just read the third comment from the top and you will know what I mean! Recommend

  • Schazad

    Excellent piece. U just read my mind and put it to words.Recommend

  • Mustafa

    Good one but too lengthy. . .Recommend

  • NeedaBreak

    “if we keep denying ourselves the right to critically self-analyse, willingly turning a blind eye to the blatant causes of the problem, the potential within us to improve and tackle these deeply ingrained issues will be utterly wasted.”

    That’s the problem. All we seen to be doing is to criticize ourselves. That’s the easiest thing to do, sit on your comfortable seat and criticize everything, and this has been quite popular among Pakistanis for a long while now.

    No one seems to have any answers on how we can improve our lot. No one wants to do any actual work to be a part of the change. May be your article should have been title “Lazi-istan” or “Couldn’t-careless-istan” or “Not-my-job-to-act-istan”, or “Self-criticize-istan”.Recommend

  • M Mustafa

    Pakistanis have tolerated the wajab-ul-qatal incitement for decades. The masses have surely imbibed the prescription.Recommend

  • http://ayeshahoda.wordpress.com Ayesha Hoda

    One of the best blog posts I’ve read on etribune so far. Have observed the same problem (denial) countless times whenever discussing the various issues that Pakistan faces.Recommend

  • Salman Arshad

    Denialistan.. where introspection is Treason. Get another passport if you want to do that.Recommend

  • charsaubees

    The root of our problems is poverty. Mr. Anas Abbas (and all those outdoing each other to come up with shocking titles for their self-critical articles) have you paid your taxes lately?Recommend

  • http://facebook.com/sajjadx Sajjad Ahmed

    Whatever you have analysed, most of the readers here already know. Its people like you who come up with “CRITICAL SELF ANALYSIS” that has led to a growing depression and widespread brain drain amongst our youth. You don’t have the right to put up a sad face when you just cant find the right solutions to fix such problems.
    As for Sonam Shyam above who comes up with her own ideology to further the cause of the writer in blaming the Pakistan Army – please look at the wrongs in your own country, your army is committing a lot of shameful deeds in humanitarian missions in Congo already.

    Such analysis are the common norm these days. They just dont help in improving the conditions that surround us. Ever noticed the problems engulfing our Nation ? How many are they ? have you ever counted ? Ever left money aside and thought about your country ? Ever tried to spread awareness and guided/directed those related ? Or will we continue being the onlookers to all the ‘tamasha’ that goes on around us ?
    A nuclear armed country whose armed forces are regarded as the bastion of muslim power. A land of five rivers; yes, FIVE rivers with one of the best canal irrigation networks throughout the world, and yet fighting since decades over water, and once water comes in plenty, whining over it! Ask desolate countries in Afirca, they wish they only had one worthwhile river to turn there country into a heaven people dream of. Theres no point; theres no point in going to the depths of resources that we possess today, as in the words of a muslim scholar, Pakistan has all the ‘Bounties of thy Lord’ mentioned in Surah-e-Rehman that ‘we deny’ each passing day.

    Whats our responsibility?

    Yes, We have problems; the problems are within, but let us look forward – let us find solutions and mature ones too. Let us look at the root causes of such mental sickness. Let us resolve that the next time we are near such lunatics, please muster up the courage to stop it !

    Please spread messages of PEACE and TRANQUILITY around you.
    ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY now to do so !Recommend

  • http://facebook.com/sajjadx Sajjad Ahmed

    A two-thumbs DOWN to Anas Abbas on his article !
    The writer has displayed mere intellectual immaturity. Such articles just help in bringing down the already pessimistic masses of our country.
    Anas Abbas has highlighted his own sadistic approach to life. Its about time he starts at something constructive. “Getting the pen in hand” never means that you spill out poison, but it gives you the power and a responsibility to try to bring a change in such mindsets which many writers before have already mentioned before.
    ACT as per your responsibility. Its about time …Recommend

  • SarkariKafir

    Thanks to Tribune for publishing such a wonderful article. This is an Excellent post by Anas Abbas and States exactly what is plaguing Pakistani society. Pointing finger at others is easy but looking into one’s own shortcomings is difficult. Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah has rightly pointed out in his Kaffi by saying “ja Ja wardha Mander Maseteen Kadi Apne Ander toon waria nehen”. Meaning that you go to Temple and Mosque but you don’t enter your own self. Then he says that you fight the Satan every day but you never fight your own evils. As a society we have to examine our selves, accept that we are diseased and look for cure to get out of this rut.Recommend

  • Anoop

    Denial-ism is what happens when massive egos built up with the help of one-sided School Curricula ,believing in the myth propagated by the previous govts of cultural and political superiority of its subjects and a divisive Ideology ,like the two-nation theory, crash. The mind cant believe that all the things it believes as the truth is a lie.

    It would take deep introspection by the most powerful institution in the country , the military to correct this. It doesn’t look like happening.Recommend

  • Dr Imran Ahmed

    You wrote what needs to be said over and over. Well done. I agree with your analysis.

    Denial of responsibility, condoning of injustices (poverty, illiteracy, the victim is a fast woman or an ahmadi or a liberal or the perpetrator a true honourable muslim/ghairat mand) and shifting blame onto USA, Israel, India and now Zardari is a time honoured Pakistani ploy.

    @charsaubees – I fear “argumentum ad hominem” – attacking the person instead of the argument is another illogical fallacy indulged in far too commonly. Yes I do pay ALL my taxes, do you?Recommend

  • Saad Duraiz

    @charsaubees Yes he did, to the Queen of England.

    @NeedaBreak I cudn’t agree with you more. Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com/ Kashif

    Riduculous…
    I have following analysis.
    You have defined, Pakistan, as a “failed state” with “negative qualities” … “Pakistan whose negative qualities have tipped its scales towards being not only a failed state …” If you were really a patriot, you would not have said that Pakistan is a failed state and its “negative qualities”, instead you would have used the word society, yes I agree we have a failed society, but its not a failed state unless you see it stops working under its constitution … and starts operating according to the constitution of elements who are trying to divide Pakistan.
    Funnily, you have “limited”, “googled understanding” that Balochistan is a different region, fighting for freedom “other regions of the world as well (such as Balochistan, … ) where Muslims are fighting for freedom” but you are not alone you have a colleague, about India, who thinks ” The people share the same language,” in her blogpost “Where art and cinema failed Pakistan” … found any commonality Mr. Failed Pakistan? you are the people trying to develope controversies just to get more views and comments…
    Yar failed state, … divide and rule…
    Balochistan has Balochistan Liberation Army right?
    KPK Province has Taliban
    Uncle Rehman Malik uses a term Punjabi Taliban …
    Now there is another growing movemt known as Seraikistan … google it…, and a few elements feel that Taliban is in Seraikistan …! you will not get from google, what I feel is there are elements who want to divide Pakistan, so … divide and rule… and a few are working to divide our society into different groups like all the foolish who think if 99 dollar bills are real, then the 100th will also be real, and its another philosophy to mix up a lie with 99 truths, since a person who is just “willing to comment” will overlook one little intentional or unintentional error… funny na?
    Dude I am also convinced that we shall not justify our wild behavior by comparing other’ violent actions but you know one of the problem is “a hungry man is angry”, people over there are frustrated because of the injustice everywhere.
    Additionally, … I dont see any solution given in your catharsis which makes me think that you just wanted to get your blog published and made it a little controversial for some to get more and more views… good going, and are one of who try to prove westerners that they are no more Pakistanis and they can not speak urdu as well, still believe me you are black among them. Where the hell is your solution for this frustrated society? you dont have… no … dont google it now. think about it. let me give you a solution … people like you will say education, awareness and bla bla bla … but no… its only the justice. give them justice, and they wont lynch or burn their people.Recommend

  • Mani

    Mr Anas is a self proclaimed supporter of the PPP. How much more of living in denial can you get than that?Recommend

  • Aatish Ali

    I am not in denial but I wont accpt ur either. Recommend

  • Ahmed

    @Kashif: brilliant answer!

    Anas abbas stop working on anti pakistan agenda.Recommend

  • Ovais

    Whats your problem dude? I thgt you and Ale Natiq were enlightnd professionals when you went against zaid hamid but after following you for more thn a year i have come to doubt your ambitions. all you talk is anti pakistan you guys never leave an opprtunity to sling mud on pakistan, islam and poltical parties (other thn ppp).

    you guys should seriouly shut uo if you cant help. get on with ur lives in uk and leave us alone if u hate pakistan so much.

    Mind it: Islam is a peaceful religion. Balochistan is integral part of Pakistan. we have problems and we dont need fultons to tell us our history is bloody. Recommend

  • Ishrat

    Wow you have really done some research to prove that pakistanis are cockroaches and they should be damned.

    I dont care what we have come to become but i sure do hate the way you work against my country. Recommend

  • Cupatea

    Stop pakistan bashing and try to solve the problems Recommend

  • Imran Khan

    Hats off to Anas Abbas for writing such an analytical and critical piece…Recommend

  • http://www.criticalppp.com aliarqam

    Mr. Anas Abbas is not a supporter of PPP as Mani has claimed here, he writes on Counter terrorism and other issues related to Pakistan and our society and is a brilliant analyst.
    Being on the author list of Criticalppp.com does not mean he is pro-PPP person, as the criticalppp.com has a very open editorial policy and anyone who can write on political issues related to Pakistan, its democratic system and the dominant role of security establishment can write for the site.
    As for as the non political forces, the remnant of Zia are concerned, he has written some very excellent posts on strategic follies and our security narratives, Before throwing any allegation, you should first get through the details,Recommend

  • MalBat

    @Harbir: Are you Pakistani? being labelled as cockroack is disgrace not what Mehreen wrote. Recommend

  • MalBat

    lol Jaffer ko bi le ao. i know u allRecommend

  • http://facebook.com/sajjadx Sajjad Ahmed

    @Kashif – you’ve summarized very good viewpoints in a befitting manner.Recommend

  • http://facebook.com/sajjadx Sajjad Ahmed

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/48593/rs1m-compensation-donated-for-relief/

    some people unlike Mr.Anas Abbas have suffered a gazzillion times more and yet are still adamant on creating new solutions for the country.
    Shame on people like Anas Abbas and the many pessimistic and sick writers of his league.Recommend

  • Upsy Daisy

    @Anas Abbas, the ‘Conservative Lynch Mob’ are out to get you. Watch out!!Recommend

  • SecPk

    Shame on you Anas! Its better to be Denaiastian than insultaistan.Recommend

  • Chairman of the Bored

    Well done, Mr Abbas. Good piece. If only Harvard had not assumed Mahreen Aziz Khan knew how to define a liberal…Recommend

  • Talha

    I think you can buy a Harvard degree from Sadr in Karachi.

    I have three, btw I am offering half surgeries.Recommend

  • Asif

    Why cant we get over this. those who wana call themselves cockroaches let them be those pests. if thy think they ll find some good in calling themselves creeps its their énlightnmnt. others must move on enough of this mess they are dorksRecommend

  • Harish

    @Kashif:
    you are the perfect example of denial-istan…keep it up…no keep denying…Recommend

  • Ahmed

    Upsy Daisy! the “conservative lynch mob’ the term you coined, does it mean it will lynch Anas Abbas in name of Religion??Recommend

  • itsme

    its very easy to live in UK and write such a stupid Blog..
    i am agree with comments of SecPk,MalBat,Cupatea,Ishrat,Ovais,Ahmad & Kashif…

    I am copying some lines from IQBAL’s poetry…i hope if all friends understand it then there is no need to write or read anything on reply of such blogs….

    Apne Markaz Se Agar,Duur Nikal Jao Ge…
    Khwaab Ho Jao Ge,Afsano Mein Dhal Jao Ge…
    Apni Mitti Pe Hi Chalny Ka Saleeqa Seekho..
    Sang-e-Mar.Mar Pe Chalo,Ge Tou Phisal Jao Ge..
    Taiz QadmoOn Se Chalo Aur,Tasadam Se Bacho…
    Bheerh Mein Sust Chalo Ge.Tou Kuchal Jao Ge…
    Humsafar Dhoondo Na Ghairon Ka Sahara Dhoondo…
    Thokerein Khao Ge Tou,Khud Hi Sambhal Jao Ge…
    Tum Ho Ek Zinda Jawed,Riwayat k Chiraagh…
    Tum Koi Shaam Ka Suraj,Ho Jo Dhal Jao Ge..!
    Recommend