by Fahd Masood on 26th February, 2010 at 7:54 PM CEST
We live in a world where irrational generalizations hamper the relationship of love within mankind. Humanity needs to prevail above everything else but unfortunately we have been forced to think on the wrong lines. I am Fahd Masood, a proud Muslim and a proud citizen of Pakistan. But there are times when I feel that hiding my nationality would do me good, which is shameful in my view. Why have been people from a certain part of the world or of a particular religion been cornered just because of a ‘few’ radicalists!?
My idea of writing this story is about how I as a Pakistani feel on hearing people refer to me as a ‘Paki’ or a ‘Terrorist’. I know that there is a portion from my society which has forced you into taking every Muslim or for that fact every Pakistani as someone who is a hardcore fundamentalist. Pakistan is a leading US ally in the War against Terrorism, we as a nation are struggling ourselves and then this added stigma doesn’t do favors for us, it rather demotivates us and makes us look for a reason of why are we living. We too like everyone else are against the Islamic fundamentalists who are not only trying to malign the image of our religion but are destroying Pakistan’s true image too. We are suffering the most at the hands of these radicals and I would like to support that with some figures. Here are a few facts:
I can write pages and pages about how my nation feels right now but the crux of writing this piece is to request everyone out there to keep hold of rationality and not take everyone in the wrong sense. We have been sabotaged and our sports, tourism everything has suffered and the least we want from you guys is to support us in these difficult times. Trust me it is not easy living here as suicide bombs go off on daily basis and there are Mumbai like incidents almost on a daily basis. The value of life is down to zero but we are a strong nation and would fight off these difficult times and I salute my Armed Forces who have done really well in pushing the Militants back to where they came from.
Everyone needs to be play his/her part and I feel like participating in this War against Terrorism by conveying to all the readers the feelings we normal citizens have and what we expect of you. You do not have to pick up guns to fight a war, I second the old school of thought that pen is stronger than a sword. My advice to all of you out there is about never jumping to conclusions about anyone and play your part in restoring peace to this panic stricken Earth.
All of us need to believe in ourselves and we need to play a part in making this world a better place to live in. Life is short, so play it hard and fair. I love you all.