You can’t run to America anymore Pakistan, time to fix yourself now!

Published: November 17, 2016
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A Republican Congress, like the White House, will squeeze Pakistan harder for compliance. PHOTO: REUTERS

The mayor of a small West Virginia town has resigned after facing backlash following the endorsement of a Facebook post calling Michelle Obama an ape in heels and thus became the poster woman of the America that will now be made great. This might trigger some pretty intense flashbacks for some Pakistanis (hint: Tractor trolleys) but of course in this country, resigning isn’t a thing.

Although mortified apologies have been made, the fact is no one really believed that the US would become what it is at this moment (except for my mum), that Trump would win (mum called it), that the racists existed (except for all the non-white Americans and my mum). All the polls were wrong (guys, hire my mum) and the entirety of news media failed, despite claims that the republicans would have to prise the country out of their cold, dead, rigour mortised fingers.

The shock has begun to wear away, the world microwaves some popcorn and experts (i.e. middle aged adults on WhatsApp) weigh in on where it all went so wrong. Reports of hate crimes in the US are on the rise as people with no understanding of how citizenship and genes work call names, graffiti property and, in some cases, physically harass and steal from minorities. Europe too, is gearing up for a similar rise of the far right and Angela Merkel is probably wondering how long she can keep dragging the liberal cart all by her lonesome.

As the people around you let out their inner economists, foreign policy experts and political scientists, the deluge of information, analysis, claims and counter claims can become too much. I’ve taken it upon myself to strain the ocean and present a short list of the most important things that Pakistanis can do to weather the storm:

1.  You need to be more shocked at your friends and relatives using the ‘C’ word (hint: contemptuous term for a Christian) before you share posts about white people suddenly throwing the ‘N’ word around freely.

2.  You do not get to say ‘America elected a perverted president because it is perverted’ (or some variant thereof) if you’ve also judged rape victims, think that what women wear in public has a direct correlation to street harassment or that child abuse is not a thing.

3.  Politics are complex and cannot be summarised into a single social media post. No one reads that stuff. It’s annoying. Stop.

4.  Many Muslim countries (including Pakistan) have minority communities under siege (they don’t even have to be non-Muslim). If you comment on the plight of Muslims under Trump but also deny this simple fact, then the hypocrisy fairy will visit you at midnight and leave a giant huntsman spider in your room.

5.  The far right may be rising in white-people-land, but it’s been alive and well all around you for years. Think about it. You’ve survived it here, haven’t you? Stop panicking.

6.   Start considering problems that are closer to home. For example, the fact that several thousand people will march cross-country for ‘leaders’ with vague agendas, only to have the whole thing evaporate before anything meaningful can be accomplished, and yet these thousands are incapable or unwilling to pressure these same ‘leaders’ into doing something about hate crimes against Pakistani Christians, Hindus, Qadiyanis or Shias.

Finally, now that there is nowhere to run to, start trying to fix your own country.

Sakina Hassan

Sakina Hassan

The author is currently studying for an Mphil degree at the Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics.

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

  • Patwari

    Wow! You said it girl!Recommend

  • Test Test

    Good article! I think instead of everyone around the world attacking America for electing Trump, they need to look inwards and work to better their own countries.Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath

    Good Advise. But then Pakistanis are always good at giving advise but poor at following their own. Pakistani newspapers and talk show are full of advise for foreign countries/governments/their leaders and how they should conduct themselves. I am sure this author while advising others has separate utensils for her christian maid.Recommend

  • Rohan

    They cant beg for aid anymore Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn

    Pakistan won’t run to America anymore, It will run to new sugar daddy China.Recommend

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

    As a sign of protest Pakistanis should give up their passport which they get after discriminating against Ahmadis by signing a piece of paper.Recommend

  • Parvez

    I normally enjoy reading your articles but this one was somewhat confusing for me.
    Possibly you are addressing people whose one intention in life is to land up in America. But what about those who are already there …. your advice ‘ time to fix yourselves ‘ should apply to them as well ……. well, they can always run back home.Recommend

  • Feroz

    Nicely written but a bit far stretched,Recommend

  • jay

    But Pakistan has already found new daddy ! Pakistani has sold itself to China now!Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Wow,
    how many Pakistanis will understand what you have written.Recommend

  • Sane

    Same the Sikhs must also do?Recommend

  • Sane

    And you abandoned you daddy Russia and probably your mother is in search of another.Recommend

  • Sane

    You have lot of openings now.Recommend

  • Sane

    Mr. Brainy! have you understood?Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Why don’t you get a disqus account?Recommend

  • Rohan

    You don’t even make senseRecommend

  • Sane

    Ha ha, it bites. I enjoyed.Recommend

  • Sane

    My first interest is to open a BEEF account in India. Can you guide how can I do this.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    By getting lynched by a angry mob of Hindus.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Nothing bit me,enjoy your air bite Recommend