Have some decency!

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!

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4 responses to “Have some decency!

  1. It’s highly unfortunate that the right-wing writers today in Pakistan not only imagine what they say is factual and correct, but further they do not allow anyone to disagree with their statements. Mr. Sibtain Naqvi (above) wrote a rebuttal to an article written by Mr. Hamza Gulzar who is not only an ardent fan of Paknationalists but also a LLB (Hons.) student at a prestigious institution in Pakistan. Not only is the language used by Mr. Gulzar pathetic and loathsome but his response to Mr. Naqvi’s post speaks for itself. Below is the reply he sent to Agha Haider Raza’s blog, analyze for yourself!

    normally such bullshit doesnt deserve an answer but in your case ill make a special exception so hang on!

    Don’t Criticize United States is a wonderful example of the prevalent thought process in Pakistan that this blog seeks to change.

    Yeah right…and who’re you? Jesus, Moses, Muhammad or do u go to the rooftop and communicate directly with God?! I have no problems in you stating your opinions (which btw are highly unqualfied) but once you start stating facts you sound more stupid than Paris Hilton!

    Oh and good luck with that btw!

    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.

    Well, its pretty obvious to anyone who has passed fifth grade that YOUR UNDERSTANDING is even worse than your self-esteem!…Although you and other intellectual snobs like you who dont bother to research about people before commenting on them are’nt important in my life but since you made the effort of slandering me publicly ill give a response on this nonsense that you just wrote:

    The United States of America is one of the greatest countries of the world!…It gave us Burger King, McDonalds, Hollywood and Rock n Roll! Because fools like you read things with preconceived notions and biases you ASSUME that anyone who criticizes certain policies of the US is somehow anti-American public! Which brings me to another point….my article was basically targetted against the ignorance of the Pakistani government and if you have any doubts you could read the article again..this time with open eyes and see what ive written about General McChrystal and Hillary in general! 70 percent of Americans oppose Obama’s healthcare plan so in your definition that makes them self-hating Americans?…People like you who live under a rock and think that everything’s hunky dory are better of at kindergarten! My favorite band? KISS (both founding members JEWISH), my favorite television show (Two and a half men) and the place i wanna go to for further education?..America! So dont make assumptions about people when they criticize something as a matter of principle! Oh and btw..another reason to fire your researcher: The headings of my articles are not necessarily drafted by me..thats done by the great Paknationalists team!

    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?

    Well you see, if i know that my hard earned money is going in pockets of people who’ve looted billions i wouldnt have many nice things to say about them! What am i achieving? Getting funny emails by ignorant maniacs and being recognized..thats what!:)

    I really dont have a problem with men who sound more like 40 yr old divorced women, afterall you might end up asking me if i wanted ‘fries with that’

    and if this bashing isnt enough a word of caution: Do not judge lest ye be judged!…

  2. Do explain to me how these right-wing journalists plan to turn Iqbal’s dream into a reality if they are not willing to even listen to the other side of the debate. I am sure had Iqbal been alive today, we would have been able to conduct a healthy debate where disagreements do not lead to an all out character defaming spat.

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  4. You are dead right that the ultrafanatics tend to bulldoze anyone who does not agree with their veiws.

    The fanatics love to sort the world into groups regardless of what the individual people actually beleive, eg, they love to spout that ALL Jews are evil and domineering, ALL Indians are out to destroy Pakistan, ALL Westerners are Crusaders/Infidels out to destroy Islam, et cetera. And naturally, they like to paint themselves ALL as faultless victims. The stereotypes these hate-powered madmen use is unsupportable by logic and is only sustained by paranoia, conspiracy theories, and accusation.

    But I fear that you also are using some monolithism in your blog; the USA, India and the West are responsible in some ways for causing trouble in Pakistan: they are not blameless either. Extremists and bigots on all sides are to blame for these catastrophies, not just one side or the other.

    The only way to combat extremism coming from both sides is to show no mercy to either; extremists do not see logic, so the only way to defeat them is to overwhelm them with logic until they can no longer deny the truth, or until their followers see sense and understand that their leaders are insane.

    Please show some consideration to the fact that evil comes from segments of all societies, that no one side or the other is completely to blame or blameless.

    Other then that, good luck and keep up the good fight.

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