Saturday, 26 January 2008

Ironic as it gets

"The unsavoury deportation of Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain, the brother of PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat, alongside Shujaat's son after they were both detained for 24 hours at London's Gatwick Airport, underscores the increasing hardships faced everywhere by Pakistani travellers. The prominent PML-Q leaders were reportedly questioned about alleged involvement with terrorists, after a tip-off by the Spanish police which had recently rounded up Pakistani's said to be involved in terrorism."

"...the action taken shows that Pakistanis are looked at with growing suspicion almost everywhere in the world. Visas are increasingly difficult to acquire and the procedure set in place by various countries can take months to complete. In many cases, even students who have gained admission to institutions overseas have been denied permission to take up their studies at them and tales of harassment or tough interrogation at airports around the world remain commonplace. Young men frequently face the greatest difficulties."

excerpts from The News editorial

Where do we stand in the world? As the worn out, "developing country", largely exploited at the hands of the "developed nations" and yet abused as "most dangerous place in the world is not Iraq but Pakistan". As the citizens of Pakistan struggle every day to get their share of electricity, gas, atta and now even face CNG shortage; President Musharraf is pleading the West to see Pakistan from a "Pakistani's eyes". How ironic are our lives going to get?

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