To all the leftist liberals and the beghairat brigade, my blood is still green!

Published: June 13, 2014
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Where was another Dil Dil Pakistan, another junoon, all the things that we cherished in the previous decade? PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Where was another Dil Dil Pakistan, another junoon, all the things that we cherished in the previous decade? PHOTO: AFP/FILE Where was another Dil Dil Pakistan, another junoon, all the things that we cherished in the previous decade? PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Nostalgia is a funny thing. It’s like looking through the window of a bullet train passing by downtown of a metropolis at night. You only see the well-lit boulevards and tall skyscrapers while the darkened slums are blurred out of view.

Today, when I look back at my 29 years in Pakistan, I can’t remember the pitch dark slums of the late 80s or early 90s. The memories that have remained or those which my brain has chosen to record are the ones where only the metaphorical boulevards and skyscrapers remain.

Before a myriad of Pakistani television channels sprung up, before a number of musical bands with idiosyncratic names popped up, before the ‘with us or against us’ moment, before the Kargil fiasco, before the mushroom growth of satellites across city rooftops and even before silly old cynicism crept into our collective minds, I remember watching Shaista Zaid, formerly known as Shaista Jabeen on state television. They would read the government’s version of the news every night and we would take it to be the truth and nothing but the truth.

I remember coming home from school and waiting for the PTV broadcast to start at 4:30pm. I remember the Al-Quran program. I remember playing cricket in the streets in pouring rain and in scorching heat. I remember singing ‘Lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tammanna meri’ in school. I remember reading the textbooks on Pakistan’s vast mineral resources and its amazing canal network. I remember reading history books on the Mughal Empire and feeling a distinct connection to our proud history as Muslims. I remember listening to binaka geet mala on radio with my siblings. I remember listening to Dil Dil Pakistan for the first time and having goose bumps just by the sheer patriotic feelings that would engulf me. I remember watching the National Day parades shown live on TV and taking pride in our armed forces. I remember the jazba and the junoon.

I remember being patriotic.

I remember being optimistic.

I remember being a proud Pakistani.

But that was then and this is now. I sometimes wonder what happened to the Pakistan I grew up in. The country where my mother won’t bat an eyelid if I stayed out on the street playing cricket, where children used to be passionate and proud Pakistanis, where the armed forces of the nation were our pride, where August 14 and March 23 were not just holidays for relaxation but meant something, where on September 6 we’d listen to ‘Aye Puttar Hattan Te Nai Vikde’ and relive the memories of the 1965 war, where our heroes were of the sort of Aziz Bhatti Shaheed, Muhammad Bin Qasim, Allama Iqbal, Jehangir Khan, Shahbaz Senior, Waseem Feroz, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan. The country where children did not care what politicians were doing and not doing, where entertainment was not watching talk shows but playing on the streets or watching a Pulse Global movie on the VCR.

Even when I look back at the late 90s and early 2000s, I remember the highlights. The euphoria at Nawaz Sharif being toppled, the hope of prosperity from Musharraf, the growth of private cable networks, the telecom boom, the early promises of accountability, the high GDP growth.

But wait, the late 90s and early 2000s highlights are all a rational human being’s feelings when he has grown up, when he starts to care about bigger things and, ironically, things that he doesn’t have any control over.

Where was another Dil Dil Pakistananother junoon, all the things that we cherished in the previous decade?

They’re all gone; replaced by material shenanigans without any emotional attachments. The GDP, the power struggles, the war on terror, media proliferation, cable TV, internet, cell phones, leased cars, leased refrigerators, leased air conditioners, leased nationhood and finally, the leased terrorists who finally broke their leases and unleashed their terror on the lessors themselves.

Hope started to dwindle, slowly but surely.

Mili naghmays were replaced by hip hop radio pop mumbo-jumbo. Our national sense of pride started being replaced by a national sense of shame – shame at our passports, shame at our ideology, shame at our leased terrorists, shame at our armed forces, shame at the media, shame at hiding Osama Bin Laden and most importantly, shame at being Pakistanis.

They say that objects in the rear-view mirror appear closer than they are. But I say that objects in the rear-view mirror appear brighter than they are. Maybe while growing up in the 80s and 90s, we were fed a lot of bull on our history, our moral superiority, our culture, our armed forces and our Pakistan. And we grew up and found out that they were all just baseless lies and assumptions to keep an entire nation snuggled comfortably in a state of denial.

Maybe that’s the truth, but if that truth means that I have to forego my sense of pride at being a Pakistani and I have to start feeling ashamed at being one, then I’m not sure I want to come out of that denial.

I want to keep looking at the rear-view mirror. I know I’m heading for an accident by doing so but I’ll die being a proud Pakistani than being a shamed nobody.

Ahmad Hassan

Ahmad Hassan

An MBA from IBA, Karachi with an undergraduate degree in Economics from LUMS, he is currently based in Bahrain and writes in his free time. He tweets as @ahmadhasan1 (twitter.com/ahmadhasan1)

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

  • Ayesha

    The words “Proud Pakistani” in your blog really brought back memories. I once asked my brothers friend (who had lived a long time in the USA) whether she was a “proud Pakistani” and they all laughed at me. I still havent lived it down :/Recommend

  • Queen

    Great write up. Totally agree with the author. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Unlike other countries, whenever Pakistan has faced problems nationally and internationally, we have come out as a much stronger nation. There is no other nation more resilient in the world right now than us. The world can continue being judgmental but the fact remains that despite of the problems being faced by my country we Pakistanis are proud of our culture, our traditions and our roots. No one can snatch this proud feeling from us.Recommend

  • asna

    nice!Recommend

  • Ajay Gupta

    Yes, u were fed stories of moral superiority to justify Jinnah’ s mistake. There could b nothing morally superior about a nation for muslims that left more Muslims behind than it took along. Not to mention discrimination against the Bengali majority that started immediately , when Jinnah declared Urdu to b the sole official language of Pakistan. . To tweak maulana azad, Pakistan is a failed experiment !Recommend

  • hassaan ali

    u gave words to my thoughts .. likes !!Recommend

  • Guest

    Life doesn’t remain the same after 29 years, not only in Pakistan but everywhere around the world, guess you need to move on ;) And one thing more buy yourself an i-pod, if you want to feel ultra-patriotism after listening to “Dil Dil Pakistan”. ;)Recommend

  • Zed

    it was just a lot of bull that we were fed and still being fed, army doesn’t care all they care about it strategic depth but when there will no country what strategic depth they want is beyond anyone, politicians don’t have any spine neither they care they have any spine…democracy is for people who know the difference between right and wrong…our society actually lacks that….the systems isnt the problem anymore its the peopleRecommend

  • I wonder

    ….. And you live in Bahrain …..Recommend

  • Kiran akhtar

    A really interesting read. Loved the entire article but do not agree with the ending :)
    Hoping against hope is not a sign of denial, it means you refuse to give up and are willing to keep up the struggle. That shows strength.
    The worse the conditions, the harder the struggle, the harder you have to work and that can only be expected from the strong and resilient.
    Would like to read more of your work.Recommend

  • Ayesha

    Its usually those who live outside Pakistan who love it the most …. :)Recommend

  • shah

    All these folks living abroad in safety and comfort are uber-patriotic.Recommend

  • Ayesha

    I absolutely agree with you … those who profess to love Pakistan must return and serve it. :)Recommend

  • Fatima

    Oh and the failed experiment is strong enough to still survive :) and will survive forever!! Recommend

  • Pakistani

    I live in Pakistan,I see people being being torn up in blasts,I suffer at the hand of corrupt clerics sitting in government institutes,I see incompetent people being rewarded by government but all these things can’t make my love for this land to diminish.We love this land and as Imaan Mazari has written in it in her twitter bio “Pakistan is the blood that rushes through my veins”.No matter what happens,no matter how many times we are being attacked I will love this country.Recommend

  • Ahmad Hassan

    Err… And it proves that I am not a Pakistani or I don’t care about the country?!? Recommend

  • Gratgy

    “my blood is still green!”

    You should consult a doctorRecommend

  • zainub

    Obviously the millions of things wrong with Pakistan cannot be summed up or brushed upon in one article..But this is a good sum up of how most 20 something Pakistanis feel these days…hopefully we’ll grow the balls to make a difference!Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Recommend

  • Kamran Usman

    Lovely article.. totally agree with every word. It’s time that, instead of giving up our Pride, we take pride in accepting our past mistakes and learning from them and making a better Pakistan…. stay hopeful and as our guide book says “na-umeed to gumrah log hotey hain”… and as Tim Robbins once said: Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies… Pakistan Zindabad!Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Very true. It’s the society. Remember that the politicians are also Pakistanis. Recommend

  • نائلہ

    *cue Indian haters*Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Have to say it, we Pakistanis are extremely resilient people. A very strong positive in our gene pool. You should write more!Recommend

  • Himavan

    Pakistanis are soo proud of simple things, as being a muslim.Imagine our pride in being not a Muslim.Lol.Anyways, your spirit to uplift your people is a good one.Shanthi.Recommend

  • fappy

    Blood is green but lives in Bahrain! A piece of advice read instead of writing in your free time, I suggest historians like Mubarak Ali and Mehdi Hassan.Recommend

  • Prof

    “I know I’m heading for an accident by doing so but I’ll die being a proud Pakistani than being a shamed nobody.”

    Why cant you be a proud Ahmad Hassan? Have you done nothing as an individual to be proud of?

    Why should anyone feel ashamed for the crimes committed by others? Guilt by association is a logical fallacy.

    Once you accept the truth, that the version of history we were taught in school was heavily revised to favor our nations agenda while hiding its crimes. And that this was done in order to foster an unrealistic sense of false patriotism used to manufacture our allegiance to an entity masquerading as our government. Then this truth sets you free to love your country & government as much as it deserves, and to focus your energies on other entities that merit your love i.e. your family, your friends, your career and most importantly you yourself.

    And once you do that you’ve got something great to be proud of.Recommend

  • Talha Rizvi

    Maulana Azad was a bitter defeated man in his old age. His own colleagues in Congress mistrusted him I can’t tell you how many Indians have cursed him for being a Pakistani, traitor etc online. Also your hate for muslims is such that there is a conspiracy theory perpetuated by RSS walahs which says that Nehru family is crypto-muslims and is working on an agenda to Islamize India! Pure nonsense not even the most right-wing Pakistani can come up with such nonsense! Why laugh at Zaid hamid when you have such jokers living in your country!?
    As For Bengali tell me NOBODY in west Pakistan spoke Bengali so how could we communicate? Later Bengali was made the national language with Urdu but the Bengalis wanted it to be the sole national language! We are not like you Indians who purposefully force Sanskritized Hindi and propagate it through All India Radio. A few days ago I read that in the early years following Partition people were prone to listening to Pakistan radio due to the unfamiliar language coming from All India Radio! A member of Parliament raised that issue in your assembly.Recommend

  • antanu

    No. ..There are still people who are proud of their countries irrespective of the perils faced by them.this attitude in fact helps getting a nation back on its feet.people with attitude of finding fault at everything are enemies of their countries.just a decade or so back India was having the same problems but moved on because of positive attitude of its denizens. learn something from it. Recommend

  • Adpran

    I am listening to Dil Dil Pakistan when I write this comment. And I can feel the spirit of Pakistan, hope of Pakistan, pride of Pakistan, ….. although I don’t understand Urdu, although I’m not Pakistani.Recommend

  • nubeals

    He only moved there a couple of months ago though.Recommend

  • Noura

    so what, Pakistani will remain Pakistani :)Recommend

  • Noura

    An Indian commenting on a blog about being patriotic Pakistani proves that Pakistani patriotism is a headache for some people across the border :D Good!Recommend

  • Sam

    You are the personification of what is wrong with the upper middle class in this country. Do read Mein Kampf. I have an intuition you will like it.Recommend

  • hahaha

    So many things wrong with the article at so many levels:

    – Being a leftist liberal is not a bad thing, they bleed green too. The fact that someone shows you a true reflection of the country whether they be a band, political analysts, politicians or media people, is always a welcome thought as self criticism leads to improvement only. In fact painting them all with the same brush as your title suggests, IS idiosyncratic and just distasteful.

    – This romanticism of a history which does not even belong to Pakistan is the worst disservice one can do to his fellow countrymen. These Mehmood Ghaznavis and Mughals and Muhammad bin Qasims were nothing but conquerors and pirates – who gave nothing to the sub-continent but just took from them.

    – “I remember reading history books on the Mughal Empire and feeling a distinct connection to our proud history as Muslims.” – lol! Akbar wanted to have a united religion Deen-e-Ilahi to get rid of all these problems religion gives way to (I wish people were smart enough at that time to have accepted it).

    – “I want to keep looking at the rear-view mirror. I know I’m heading for an accident by doing so but I’ll die being a proud Pakistani than being a shamed nobody.” Alas! This line says it all. The whole country has been looking in the rear-view mirror for the past 60 years now, and do not want to look ahead into the future, that’s why we live in 6th century AD, tell our kids that the Arab imperialists were our heroes (whereas the Arabs actually treat Pakistanis like shit, and call them Ajmis and what not).

    – While you living OUTSIDE of Pakistan, please focus your efforts telling some enlightened thoughts to non-Pakistanis there and improving the image of the country rather than trying to preach a half-baked, delusional, and twisted sense of patriotism to people who suffer at the hands of extremism in a country marred with poverty, dogmatic beliefs, dark-age like depression, chronic underdevelopment, hostile neighbors, loadshedding, corrupt politicians (oh sorry ran out of space)….Recommend

  • Adil Uddin

    Agree Ayesha,
    I am also an Overseas Pakistani living in Canada but Pakistaniyat is something that has left neither me nor my parents or brothers, even though I never lived in Pakistan but was raised in Oman till the age of 17. But even there we used to visit Pakistan during Summers.
    In Toronto suburbs too there’s a huge population of Pakistanis who celebrate different national, cultural and religious festivals every year. We continue to follow up with Pakistani sports and athletes, and whatever happens back home.Recommend

  • Adil Uddin

    Excellent piece. I guess the writer has tried to highlight all the distortions that we are taught and the issues we face as a Pakistani presently. But constructive criticism can easily be done without hating your own self, or your home, nation or community. We actually have a pool of SO-CALLED intellects who believe in sounding academic , sane, educated and rational by pin pointing everything bad in Pakistan, actually they think bad mouthing Pakistan 24/7 would earn them respect everywhere.

    There’s no shortage of such people who will keep on saying that Pakistan has got no hope, Pakistanis living overseas hide their origins/backgrounds, Pakistan is this, that and so on; BUT in reality they themselves have never played a slight role in order to help anyone from amongst their nation or community. If you have so much problem being a Pakistani then please move on, and don’t try to discourage others who are hopeful about anything relating to Pakistan .Either put up or shut up, in short.
    I am an overseas Pakistani living in Canada , earlier I used to live in Oman where I was raised till the age of 17, but would always visit Pakistan every Summer. My parents did spend their childhood and adolescence there in Pakistan and they never forgot about it while living overseas. And even my brothers have not forgotten about their Pakistani backgrounds, and we feel no hesitation in disclosing that we are originally from Pakistan.Recommend

  • nubeals

    FYI, he just moved there a couple of months ago. Prejudiced much?Recommend

  • Lion-O

    So patriotism is a foreign construct?… ;)Recommend

  • ajeet

    By canals, you must be talking about the pre islamic indus valley civilization which ideologically belongs to India.Recommend

  • Farooqui

    Author has written a nice nostalgic article however the ending I am not sure about. From those times to now when a prime minister (NS) and the second biggest politician of Pakistan (IK) fail to understand and empathize with the plight of Karachites. There has not been a visit to Karachi by the PM after the incident let alone a single arrest of any associate or masterminds of this horrific and evil attack… for us there in no light at least at this time and don’t know where the tunnel ends.Recommend

  • Lame-O

    “There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Unlike other countries, whenever Pakistan has faced problems nationally and internationally, we have come out as a much stronger nation.”
    Really?. Please elaborate how and when this happened in Pakistan’s history? An explanation with examples will be appreciable esp in the light of two and a half wars lost against India, losing a part of original Pakistan, becoming a target of self-created-strategic-depth-assets, another province which wants to break apart, one of the few countries with polio virus, sectarianism, minorities are killed like they are not humans, no law for the elite , common man is more afraid of law enforcement agencies than they are of the street thugs etc. Closing ones eyes and dreaming of unicorns wont make things better for the common man. This shallow patriotism wont make things better neither will it erase the bloody and embarrassing past.Recommend

  • Desont matter

    the basic premise of partiotism is lost when you opt to live in a country other than your own.Recommend

  • Doesnt matter

    So much pains to justify the existence of pakistan by putting down India :)Recommend

  • I wonder too

    What i dont uderstand is when Pak was created to be muslim mjaority state why do Pakistanis move to Chistrain majority countries? Isnt that a negation of the two nation theory-Recommend

  • Desont matter

    Summary : I love my cuntry but i would rather not live there.Recommend

  • I wonder

    Err … No it doesn’t mean you don’t care. Its just that you can only say that you do while you are away from this country. To really care and matter, you have to do something for it from the inside. Blogging about how good it used to be is actually educating the rest of the world that place and people here are no good anymore. Jo yahan hain un ka to khayal krloRecommend

  • the condemned

    first earn your right to comment on this nation by starting living in it – and facing the hororrs we are facing but still fighting day and night – stop being hypocrite and dont patronize yourself or anyone else – and by the way do u know what actually left means ?-and lastly bhaighairat are those who opt to leave their land but are always ready to shed crocodile tears and be judgemental on those who are still living in pakistan and shall die fighting the demons in this landRecommend

  • Beeka

    We left them there? Unjustified claim. Discrimination is found in secular nations, in abundance! Has not failed yet, thats yr perspective, which has grounds of jealousy. State cannot be undone based on your view of history.Recommend

  • El Cid

    “pre islamic indus valley civilization which ideologically belongs to India.”

    You mean the Subcontinent of India, don’t you? There is NO such entity as India anymore.

    The British Empire’s Colony of India was divided into Pakistan and Bharat mid August 1947. You may check their Constitutions and verify.Recommend

  • El Cid

    “You should consult a doctor”

    And you an English major…specially one who cares to explain what an analogy is, to you.Recommend

  • El Cid

    Separation by distance or by death…both pine the heart. Closeness never does but is comforting nevertheless.
    Recommend

  • El Cid

    The basic premise of patriotism: Love of country. It means not only defending ones country against invasion but also improving it through criticism, dissent, debate and elections.

    Patriotism should not be a refuge, an excuse for bigotry, prejudice, or xenophobia.

    Making, finding ones way in exile is no picnic.Recommend

  • Bilal

    My Friend Anoop. We are proud of being Muslim. We are proud of our Muslim heroes. Mughal Afghans Arabs or Indians does not matter.
    Because we made this country in the name of Islam. Nation state concept is not ours. We Muslims were one and will become one again:) soon Insha’AllahRecommend

  • El Cid

    Life is change. Life is adventure, experiment, experience. The ultimate Gamble !
    Death is the ultimate stagnation: End of life, change, adventure, experience.Recommend

  • abhi

    keep fantasising, it is free. Probably you are not able to even see the discrepency in you own comment.Recommend

  • ullo bata

    Oh No…another ILU ILU Pakistan from a safe distance….Recommend

  • Indiantrollingeffect

    nonsense. Say that to the Indians who have swamped places like Leicester, yet still latch on to their Indian identity.Recommend

  • Lalit

    Beware…the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be of an incoming train.Recommend

  • Ahmad Hassan

    So by the same logic, Jinnah and Iqbal shud never hv gone to England. Wonder what would have happened then?!? Recommend

  • Doesnt matter

    Sorry but I disagree. When u choose to leave ur own nation and opt for a life of comfort elsewhere u are no patriot. Atleast be loyal to your new country of residence which has accepted u.Recommend

  • Ahmad Hassan

    Actually if you had paid any attention to what I had written instead of taking offense at being labelled beghairat brigade, you’d have noticed that I have actually highlighted all the things that were and are wrong. However that doesn’t mean that I stop loving my country or start feeling ashamed about it. Recommend

  • Parvez

    For the author and most of those who have commented………Pakistan is a nostalgic ‘ feel good ‘ slogan possibly even one driven by a guilty complex…….because there are many BUT NOT ALL who have looted this country and moved to greener pastures. Most of the youth who write on forums like this, if they are sincere to themselves, should ask some difficult questions of their parents or grandparents……..and double check the answers. You might be surprised that you may just be looking at a hypocrite in the mirror.Recommend

  • anon

    “I want to keep looking at the rear-view mirror. I know I’m heading for an accident by doing so but I’ll die being a proud Pakistani than being a shamed nobody.”

    Sums up the mentality of Pakistanis succinctly. What exactly is there to be proud off, other than mere existence or survival (which sorry to burst your bubble, isn’t unique to Pakistan).Recommend

  • Ahmad Hassan

    Oh my God. Was it too difficult to understand that I have actually highlighted everything thats wrong with this country and still showed my love for it. Recommend

  • Desont matter

    u seem to be in love with the idea of pakistan, rather than in love with Pakistan. if u were really in love with ur country u would be here doing something about it, rather than being an armchair activist from abroad.Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com nazarbaaz

    Thanks to ET, for publishing patriotic pieces these days.

    Regardless of the

    “pointless proud to be Pakistani argument”,

    I still appreciate everyone who is showing patriotism, which is much needed but really,

    are we just left with enchanters and slogan caster, witchcraft stuff?

    REAL SOLUTION… I repeat… REAL SOLUTION dear back view mirror.

    Just come back, bring some investors, lets join hands. I have many plans but just dont try to prove you are patriotic, be practical okRecommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com nazarbaaz

    Its not… as such, when you come out of the box, then you better understand about the problems you were facing inside the box… its called big picture, that makes us love our country more than the frogs of well Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com nazarbaaz

    I have learned a lot honestly from Indians but not met many people so negative in their thinking like many here… any reason?Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com nazarbaaz

    author means, whatever circumstances, he will still love Pakistan, you got only a little idea about itRecommend

  • Umer Farooq

    your existence on a Pakistani blog with a smiley face proves what a hypocrite you are.Recommend

  • Asad

    how naive can you be. as if Pakistanis are the only people moving to other countries in search of job and education. let me remind you of the well-known fact, that in any country of the world, the number of expat Indians is higher than expat Pakistanis. what does that say about your fellow country men ? kindly do yourself a favor and post something that makes sense, not anything that you have to post out of your hatred. thanks.Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com nazarbaaz

    Earn from bride’s family in the name of dowry as 100 tola gold, a car, a home, piece of land and still you are the one who thinks you have a culture?

    Yes we may not have a culture but we dont need it as well since we are following the traditions of our religion and that would anyhow be enough for us…

    Do you think whatever you do in Kumbh festival is something sane? You are really wasting your time…
    Recommend

  • Asad

    P.S. i honestly enjoy to see you burning, when a Pakistani writes an optimistic article. keep up the good work.Recommend

  • Umer Farooq

    Good question, see the developed western Christian majority nations you refer too have significant percentages turning to Atheism, they are welcoming to skilled immigrants and it has nothing to do with your patriotism if you continue to explore better opportunities not only for yourself and your countries. Unlike the failed secularism experiment India is they have moved on and become super powers and today Pakistans biggest asset is the remissions coming from middle east and these Christian majority countries you talk about. They need us and we need them.Recommend

  • El Cid

    It was their unabashed negativity and animosity…my best teachers.Recommend

  • El Cid

    And Bharat a dead one !Recommend

  • Ahmad Hassan

    Still better than I hate pakistan and I am ashamed of pakistan while living there, no?!? Recommend

  • Naila

    Lol so now you are going to put patents on culture, language and religion?! Nothing you say will make us love our country any less mr Anoop. Recommend

  • Ahmad Hassan

    *facepalm* Can you please send me the location of the demons u r fighting so that I can come and join?!? Recommend

  • Ahmad Hassan

    Summary: Jinnah lived a long time in UK so did Iqbal hence they were not patriotic. Recommend

  • El Cid

    Some become proud and hold their backs straighter and shoulders wider when they get the objective perspective of distance and comparison.

    Others develop an inferiority complex, rather the one they always had but carried protected sheltered by the home environment is brought forth when challenged by the alien one.

    Be proud. You are Pakistan. You have nothing to live down…they do !Recommend

  • Naila

    Don’t say that. Otherwise there would be no difference between them and us. Recommend

  • El Cid

    Non-Sequitur !
    Poor logic. Does not follow.Recommend

  • hameed

    Yeah right.Recommend

  • hameed

    Speak for yourself!. We Sindhis are proud of our indigenous culture, literature and poetry. Never assume religion is our culture its different from culture. And Pakistan does not comprise of punjabi and urdu speaking people (only people who take religion as their “culture”).Recommend

  • El Cid

    Misguided arrogant presumption. Based on myopic ignorance, narcissistic conceit.

    You don’t know me…where I may travel, stay, or live. You assume and project too much.Recommend

  • hameed

    Yes but you chose to refer to the leftists why? What have they got to do with you coming to senses and waking up to reality which is a good thing! Leftists are invoked in the title in a negative tone! And while we are at it you wrote that you want to keep looking at the rear view mirror and die believing in the false notions fed to you! Really? Do you even hear yourself to what you are saying or writing?Recommend

  • hameed

    Also does being a proud Pakistani means eulogizing foreign invaders and taking pride in foreign culture or rather true patriotism should lead you to your roots. It definitely does not mean dyeing believing Bin Qasim to be your “hero” .Recommend

  • Queen

    Mr Anoop, I don’t think there is any need to provide explanation to someone who is completely ignorant of Pakistani culture and traditions. Your comment on a blog which about Pakistan and patriotism itself indicates you curiosity toward learning more information about Pakistan. Have a nice day :) and yeah continue cracking up!! One day you will get luck!Recommend

  • http://nazarbaaz.blogspot.com nazarbaaz

    The best friends I had ever were Indians and their philosophy of nationalism is also inspiring but not all, I am talking about Keralites and Tamils..Recommend

  • hameed

    Your love for a false sense of that identity. You said yourself.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    First stop killing shias and Ahmedis. They are Muslim too. Do you understand the meaning of the word “unite”Recommend

  • Mehdi

    What about women folks :)?Recommend

  • نائلہ

    If you are not, u are free to not associate yourself with Pakistan. Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Ya, but you can’t dispute what ever I’ve written.

    Everything in Pakistan is imported – Language, Religion, Greetings, Dress, Festivals.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Its called Stockholm Syndrome, with a bit of Brainwashing added into the mix.

    All your Muslim talks goes out of the window when you ignore the plight of Uighurs in Xinjiang and call China best friends. When Bangladeshis were slaughtered in 1971 – 3 Million of them.

    Why is that? Your proudness disappears selectively, based on convenience? Jihad is needed in Kashmir but not in Xinjiang? Recommend

  • Faraz Talat

    That is SUCH an expat thing to say.Recommend

  • Gratgy

    “Analogy” is used when comparing two things either the difference or similarity therein. Perhaps i should get someone who cares to explain what a “metaphor” is to meRecommend

  • Gratgy

    As sane as the stoning of the devil ritual Recommend

  • Asad

    and we Punjabis consider the traditions, culture and moral values of Sindhis, Balochis, Pathans and Kashmiris as an integral part of our country Pakistan. I dont understand why some of you have to bring provinces into this.Recommend

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