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The story of Pakistan is not monolithically negative.

Posted in pakistan by Karaka on 26 April 2010

Is it ironic that I’m preparing curry for dinner, or merely an amusing coincidence?

Following on to the previous post, the Guardian’s Mustafa Qadri states why Pakistan has to work, despite its failings:

Going as it does against the very grain of Pakistan’s claim to be a home for the subcontinent’s Muslims, ethnic nationalism has been condemned by both Islamists and the elite as a mischievous attempt to destabilise the nation. In reality, it has always been a direct consequence of marginalisation. That is why Bengalis, incensed by systematic discrimination from Pakistan’s Punjab dominated institutions, fought to create Bangladesh in 1971. At political rallies in the Balochi, Pakhtun and Urdu-speaking slums of Karachi, you can hear the echoes of 1971 today.

But the idea that ethnic nationalism will unlock true freedom, or that Pakistan itself is an impediment to liberation, is a dangerous fantasy. Despite Pakistan’s failings, the alternatives are far worse than anything we have already faced. Just as importantly, the story of Pakistan is not monolithically negative.

Short article, worth the time to read. “There remains no credible option but to make Pakistan work.” Methinks some other countries may disagree, but I entertain the claim.

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  1. Alec said, on 27 April 2010 at 06:44

    A minor point… the Comment Is Free blog is a side-interest of the Graun, and contributors are more often than not not staffers. Sometimes articles from the print edition are included, but it’s a special sort of Graun journalist who does this after the spanking and insufficient respect they tend to get.

    • Karaka said, on 27 April 2010 at 08:29

      Yeah, I suspected as much, but I figured it was a compelling enough narrative that made it worth the time.

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