By: Sibtain Naqvi
The article Want to meet Hillary? Don’t Criticize United States is a wonderful example of the prevalent thought process in Pakistan that this blog seeks to change. From my understanding of the article, it seems that the author has a deep resentment towards the government and the United States. I am sure he has his reasons as many others do. The author has done a superb job in using obnoxious and rude terms throughout the article, but what is the writer achieving by using such filthy language which is only being highlighted by various websites?Firstly I disagree with the author that schools should have been left opened at the height of terrorist attacks hitting the country. This is not bravery but rather stupidity. By worrying about our safety does not mean we are bowing down to those terrorists who are willing to take our lives in a second.
Someone once told me that change is not an event but a process. This is something that needs to be ingrained into the minds of our ultra right-wing journalists. The fact that they believe Hillary Clinton’s trip should have brought a complete end to all our misery is nothing short of wishful thinking. When their own personal contribution to the problems we face is next to nothing, how can they blame others? They are quick to trash the United States but shy away from giving credit where it is due. Drone attacks are an issue that is highly amplified by our right-wing. If these journalists are so worried about Pakistan’s safety, why have they not approached the army? But yet, every other day they have an interview with ex-ISI Director’s and ex-Army Chiefs. Not once have I heard these right-wing journalists asking for help from these retired army men in stopping drone attacks.
Also, the author seems to really angry at not being invited to a very exclusive event. This event was apparently “highly selective” and unfortunately the author did not make the cut to cash in on a town-hall style debate with Hillary Clinton. Damn! Such a bummer. Maybe it was a good thing for Pakistan that this author was not invited to the debate. By the looks of his article, it seems that had he been given the opportunity to sit in the auditorium where Mrs. Clinton was speaking, he would have been ready to throw a shoe at Mrs. Clinton. Imagine the embarrassment such an incident would have caused our country. I am glad that his university’s administration had the ability to see the true intentions.
Furthermore, it is utterly disgusting at the language used by the author when referencing his country’s Ministers. Even Fox News in the United States does not swear at those in government publicly. It is high time that we stop washing our dirty laundry in public. Whether you agree or disagree with the government’s stance on various issues is something completely different and you as a citizen have every right to be dissimilar. Show your patriotism when talking about your government publicly, have some decency. Holding the media accountable is crucial in this defining moment Pakistan is facing today. Finally, one can see a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel, where other writers have also become sick of our I-can-report-nothing-but-bogus-and-conspiracy-theories media and are lashing out against them..
In my concluding argument, I would only like to tell all those right-wing journalists reading this article that I am not a supporter of the United States or Mrs. Clinton. But knowing that any attempt to hold the right-wing media accountable leads to being labeled a bed partner of the United States I am waiting to hear the scathing criticism that some may have in store!