This weekend, like any other weekend, I was doing my routine labor of switching over channels on TV. For an occasion, I hold my finger tip on an Indian channel. There was a late night comedy show coming over. I must say that the guy has something in him that kept me from pressing that button. He was an effortless comedian. Starting up with imitating Indian actors he came to the topic that becomes the reason for me writing this piece. He started making fun of “The Pakistani terrorist Hafeez Saeed”. He took a forged Hafeez Saeed on line.

The guy on the line said that because of the incessant bomb attacks and drone strikes in Pakistan even he doesn’t feel safe in the country and wants to come to India as soon as possible. Weird enough but that raised my curiosity to watch this show more. I searched YouTube to watch the previous episodes and find that most of his jokes loop around Pakistan. Another thing that I observed here was that, when I searched for India, the top searches were: India joins the space race, Indian mobile industry booming etc. But when I moved over to Pakistan, the result was quite on the contrary. The searches came down such as Balochistan Insurgency, battle of Swat valley, Pakistan double cross on terrorism and so on. This difference of attitude makes you ponder that is this way the outer world takes us and if yes, then why that is so. I mean alright we do bad things.

We take bribe from every nook and corner; we lie, don’t follow court orders, ditch each other and yes, our debts are even bigger than our pockets. Moreover we break laws the way no one else can even think of. But, still do we deserve to be called a terrorist nation? Are we the “Bad Guys”? The answer couldn’t be yes. Because when you walk outside your door you can still find people who are kind to you. People who work hard for their kids, people who are honest, not all of them but we can safely say that morality and genuineness has still not entirely vanished from this part of the land. Where on one side there are people who scoff at beggars and eunuchs passing by. There are also those who leave their seats for senior citizens. Yes, there are people who do eve-teasing on the streets but there are those as well who open the door for a woman.

Majority of us can not read and right but our youth has enough knowledge of the ongoing politics and social issues. The pain and suffering has taught us a lot. Our literacy rate is very low but we know our own flaws and we can learn from them. Fantasy you may call it, but if we know how to tow the whole month in a meagre sum of money in hand and with having the distress of load-shedding, shortage of water, wheat and sugar and other day-to-day crisis in bonus, we can work on our weaknesses as well. We have problems but we know how to deal with it.

Our system is plagued but it’s just we who have the cure. Only we can make the way out from this labyrinth. We know we have made this a mess but whenever it happened, we will be the one who clean it up. So, you can say that we are a careless, illiterate, fanatic, aggressive, and a bit cynical nation but you know that’s how we are!

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