Why are we in such a mess…By Rizwan Nasar • Aug 31st, 2012 • Category: Politics • 4 Comments
In the late seventies and early eighties my pre-teen and teen years in Karachi are found memories. When I look back it seems I grew up in a different world. My best friends were Michael (a Catholic), Shahrukh (a Parsi), Masood (an ahle-hadees), Haider (a shia), Hiralal (a Hindu) and Amir (an Ismaili). we hung out together and ate at each other’s homes. We would go to mid-night mass at Christmas with Michael. We would all fast together in Ramazan and celebrated Eid, Nauroze, Divali and other festivals together. Our religious differences were never an issue. Those of us who are still alive continue to be friends till this day. We may not live in the same place together. But Facebook and other social networks have brought us together and we have gone back to older days sharing family photographs and happenings together. We reminisce about the good old days and discuss (rarely) the state of affairs in our beloved motherland; as it hurts too much.
When I look back to the past and compare it with today, I wonder where we have gone wrong and why are we in such a mess? I think the problem is that we have become intolerant, while yesterday we had brotherhood… What was good for me was good for my friends and brothers and what was good for them was good for me. We celebrated out differences where as now the society forces us to ask, what’s in it for me? The Time has come to realize where we have gone wrong, and correct ourselves so we do not kill others because of their faith and sect. I don’t understand how we can put an 11 year old child with Down syndrome in Jail, who is wrongly accused of blasphemy, and sleep well thinking we have protected the Lord and his books from desecration. I can say with confidence that neither the Lord, Al-mighty nor his prophets need our protection.
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I live in Seattle, Washington with my wife (a public school teacher) and daughter (a senior in high school). I am a graduate from Michigan State University in Advertising. And since many years working as a marketing communications consultant with companies like Microsoft, Choice Hotels, and many other smaller companies. I work closely with the Pakistani American community in the Greater Seattle Area. I edit & publish a local journal called "Pakbaan".
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