Dear people of Pakistan, our politicians may be corrupt looters, but you're far worse.
They say all is fair in love and war, and elections can count as modern-day warfare, which is why some leeway is acceptable for the nastiness that precedes an election.
Election season is never pretty in any part of the world, and Pakistan is no exception. Sleazy comments, tell-all books, personal attacks, we have seemingly witnessed it all in a span of months.
They say all is fair in love and war, and elections can count as modern-day warfare, which is why some leeway is sort of acceptable for the nastiness that precedes an election. However, even wars have rules, and certain events have transpired that no matter what side you find yourself on are completely unforgivable. Not only are we getting to witness the true face of our politicians, we are witnessing the true face of the general populace as well and it's ugly.
The following are five events from the past week alone that should make us feel ashamed of ourselves:
1. The attack on Junaid Safdar:
It is not a new phenomenon for our nation to take 'justice' into its own hands (public lynchings, anyone?). And when it comes to Nawaz Sharif, our people don't seem to know where to draw the line. Maryam Nawaz's son Junaid was recently arrested for a scuffle with a worker from an opposing party, but videos soon emerged showing what the scuffle entailed.
A man can be heard screaming rape threats directed at someone's mother. While it is unclear who was this being directed at, people on social media have alleged that it was against Junaid. However, unsurprisingly, there are many out there defending what is being said in the video, suggesting that Maryam deserves whatever is coming. While we do not condone physical violence or aggression, how can one possibly in good conscience justify a rape threat? Is being charged as a thief enough for our society to justify rape? In a country that still mourns Zainab and countless other victims of rape, being so cavalier and quick to throw around rape threats especially when pointed at women we do not like shows where the problem lies.
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|Publication:||The Express Tribune (Karachi, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Jul 16, 2018|
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