A deeper look at my country

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:

  • No. of terrorist attacks/incidents in 2009: 2586
  • Deaths: 3021
  • Injured People: 7334

Source: Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies

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.

Pakistan has much to offer under the surface
Photo: Saad Khan in the Me and My Country Quick Challenge

 

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Alja Sulčič

Alja Sulčič

Thank you so much for sharing this story, Fahd. It's often way too easy or convenient to jump to wrong conclusions, especially if we only see something from a distance on a TV screen.

And I really like your message about all of us doing our part to make our world a better place for everyone!

26th February, 2010 @ 8:08 PM CEST

Fahd Masood

Fahd Masood | CF Chapters

You're welcome Alja! I am really thankful to C:F for this..
Wish could have written in depth but as I said, dint want people to run away on seeing something lengthy. :)

It would be a pleasure to contribute more towards this Member's Story section.

26th February, 2010 @ 8:21 PM CEST

Fahd Masood

Fahd Masood | CF Chapters

And please, whoever reads this .. Do go through the SECURITY REPORT that you'll find on clicking the hyperlink of Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies under the stats.

P.S: Report is titled as Pakistan Security Report 2009.

Cheers :)

26th February, 2010 @ 8:31 PM CEST

Sayanee Basu

Sayanee Basu | Action team | CF Chapters

I truly believe that the best way to eliminate discrimination and stereotyping is making a friend and knowing him/her as a person. Then we will realise the tremendous diversity our world holds and more importantly how we all seek the same things.

Thanks for this article Fahd and more importantly sharing your friendship :)

27th February, 2010 @ 3:43 AM CEST

Saad Khan

Saad Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

touching and enlightening..way to go fahd

27th February, 2010 @ 7:39 AM CEST

Vallabha Rao

Vallabha Rao

This is the reason I love C:F so much, we can talk , discuss issues with people from different cultures and countries. Stereotyping is a sick thing to do and dialogue is the only way forward. Thanks Fahd for the write up.

27th February, 2010 @ 3:55 PM CEST

Krste Kostoski

Krste Kostoski | CF Chapters

Hope all gets better. Here on Balkans were long wars and we had short fights in Macedonia, it is hard. But every nation has to face and overcome such problems.

Anyway after the rain always comes the sun.

2nd March, 2010 @ 8:56 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

True Faad...
Our generation is away from few things..
like vallabha, me, u, saad are friends and helping each other for their solutions...

even something more can be done... as who knows few things better thn us....!!

3rd March, 2010 @ 7:04 AM CEST

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