Hope: Lost or Not?

22 Aug

Being back has turned out to be everything I had hope for it to be in not the best way possible. Since my return there has been a plane crash, a wedding, interesting job offers and the most devastating floods the country has seen since 1970.  I always wanted to come back to Pakistan so that I could be a part of everything that happens here. Well, Pakistan has not disappointed! Its given me a lot to do and a lot to think about. As the country is ravaged by floods, there is no dearth of ways to get involved in helping fellow Pakistani citizens. But as the outpouring of help by citizens is inspiring, the floods are a reminder of the enormity of the task of national reconstruction. In times of national crisis, when the spirit of national generosity is unable to trump the corruption, fatigue and inefficiency in society its easy to lose heart and hope.

And I can see people loosing hope every day. This is why two boys were brutally beaten to death in Sialkot today. They became victims to the frustrations of citizens who have been abandoned by the state for far too long and have now resorted to taking matters, including the law, into their own hands. Surely, these are signs of a failing state. They are reason to lose hope and be ashamed.

The Show Must Go On: Farmers in Swat unfettered by the Floods

But then as I was wallowing in national misery, our favorite national sport, I saw a news story on BBC urdu that made my flagging, flailing, gasping for breath national spirits soar again. Groups of farmers in Swat, also abandoned by the state, have also taken matters into their own hands. They are not beating or torturing anyone. They are busy building boats and rafts and carrying on their backs, the agricultural produce to market that they have worked year round to produce and which would have rotted away had they not taken matters into their own hands.

The absence of the state doesn’t cause all Pakistanis to resort to violence. It inspires some to use their strength and skills to find productive ways to overcome the absence of the state. And as long as we have people innovative enough to turn tyre tubes into river rafts and strong enough to wade through water with sacks of onions on their backs, there is hope for us.


5 Responses to “Hope: Lost or Not?”

  1. Saadia August 22, 2010 at 4:27 am #

    Sehar very well said. Finally, someone writes about something positive cat times like these constantly portraying a grim situation and making it sound like there is no hope actually pulls down morales. The ending is what all of us, sitting in isloo, need to read. I hear people complain about being a failed state, corrupt nation and the list goes on. My question what have WE done on individual levels to save the country from failing. It is about time we get done with our negative drawing room discussions and make a CHANGE. And thank you for stating that your returning back to your country was not a wrong decision, there’s so much to do for an educated people here. Rebuild Pakistan. !!!!

  2. Ayesha August 22, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    After the brutal killings of two innocent brothers in Sialkot, i am ashamed of being a pakistani. My eyes and heart cries for those boys and their parents.We have stooped to a level where we dont even deserve to be called humans anymore.
    Ms sehr you breifly touched upon this topic.Which i think is the most barbaric and condemnable incident to have taken place in this country. I wonder what your reaction would have been if these brothers had been christians, sikhs or hindus?(Would have been a great oppurtunity to trash ISLAM and MUSLIMS)

    You made a great deal out of the word kaffir written on prem chand’s coffin. And your article seemed so passionate about how MUHIB E WATAN he was. Is this the only credential that makes individuals worthy of your sympathy?
    The death of two intelligent students who were also hafiz e quran is a greater loss. May Allah give them Jannat ul Firdous and wipe all the anilmals who participated in it and ones who watched it heartlessly.

    Pakistan is doomed.The truth is the country that has breached every law of Allah, crossed all limits of decency,is devoid of human beings deserves to be wiped out.Even the muslims in India are way better off than us. Allah has unleasehed His Azaab on this country and yet we dont learn.

    This country will survive only if we have rulers who are educated in DEEN AND DUNYA. Ones who follow Islam in the truest of sense and implement this beautiful way of life on every level. As far as only HIGHLY EDUCATED people are concerned, they are no good either. Benazir had all the credentials as far as wordly standards are concerned. But what did she do? Looted and plundered this country.

    Its about time pakistanis get their act together and turn to the Creator, ask for His forgiveness and mend their filthy lifestyles.Only then there might be some hope for the survival of this country.

    • Sehar Tariq August 23, 2010 at 12:53 am #


      Thank you for being a regular reader. The reason I have not written about the Sialkot incident as yet is because I was writing about it for a newspaper and hence cannot publish it on my blog just as yet. Doesnt Islam teach people not to be judgemental and not to accuse them of things that they have no proof of? Maybe its not just me that needs to revisit the teachings of Islam.

      But anyway, since you always seem to take issue with my religious views, might I humbly suggest that instead of constantly harping on my views, you do something for constructive and try and raise awareness about the brutal murder of the two brothers in Sialkot in a manner more profuctive than trashing my views?

      I agree with you that it was a horrific tragedy and deserves to be highlighted. Hope you will find more productive ways of brining this into the public view.

  3. abdul Majid August 26, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    In Islam one has to make judgement between RIGHT and WRONG, between honest and dishonest, in secularism you cannot be judgemental because anything goes,everybody makes own morality and can vary as situation demands.

  4. SajS September 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    Not yet lost. Not all of it.

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