Pakistan is a country never far from headlines and controversy, the nation seems to have cemented its title as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. With its leaders and high-ranking permanent members of the political élite all being caught to some degrees meddling in matters they ought to stay out of. Take for example, the Corruption charges against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari and the scandals surrounding its current head of state, Nawaz Sharif From the top right down to the lowest levels of the pecking order, everyone including some so – called religious leaders seem to be in-it-to-make-it, that is, a name and as much money for themselves as possible. The rest? well to hell with the rest!
This is how it is playing out with the young up and coming generation of Pakistanis as well, only with one added twist; moral decay and degradation being thrown in, in the bowl of urine and feces.
One thing which can be said about Pakistanis is their deep-rooted pride in nationalism and so-called patriotism. So much so, even some of the Pakistani based global religious organization like the Dawati-Islami, a ‘non – political’ (O the irony!) group get in on the act. Holding a two-day national celebration in honour of Pakistan, signings songs and celebrating its birth. What is the one thing that unites the United states of America and Pakistan? Nationalism. Both countries feel it is a life and death issue not to patriotic towards your country, failure to do so is unacceptable and punishable by death. – (Or so it seems – (chuckle) – from all the programmes and religiously themed Pakistan day celebrations held throughout the world by Pakistanis). The irony in all this is Pakistanis hate anything American, or one would like to think. Yet they do things which would easily make them bed buddies, like the independence day celebrations; where some, if not all Pakistanis, do it religiously!
What is baffling in all this is the idea that a 3rd or even 4th generation British Pakistani feels so strongly Pakistani than British that he will go out of his way to hire a car day for that day and go out all night revving up and down streets with the Pakistan flag plastered on the bonnet of the car showing his ‘love’ for Pakistan. In the UK wild parties and celebrations are held by young British Pakistanis, Facebook posts made glorifying Pakistan on every independence day celebrations. Yet many of these adolescent teens and young adults have hardly stepped a foot in Pakistan or know anything about the culture or traditions there. I find Pakistani people including their young, observe more religiously Pakistan Independence day more than any other country apart from USA and India. A young 5-year-old will probably know about when Pakistan achieved independence. Yet British Bangladeshis’ for instance in most cases, will not have a clue when or what the fuss is about with Bangladesh Independence day.
Recently a video has emerged of a group of young men celebrating Pakistan Independence day in Lahore when a motor cycle driver with its pillion – a black burka wearing female, is trying to make its way on the road through the partying mob. When one of them runs out, who appears to be wearing some kind of a mask, jumps on to the motor cycle trying to force himself on the pillion – a female clad in the religious Muslim gear, a burka, whilst trying to do a sexual act on her in front of the braying and cheering mob. An outrageous and shameless act displaying the finest of Pakistani hooliganism! As it can be imagined, this has caused a great stir and discussion on the internet and social media sites.
The young educated Pakistanis seem to be rebelling against their often traditional Muslim parents. What occurred on the 14th August in Pakistan of the partying mob incident is only a window into the mindset and growing problem of young Pakistanis. Don’t just take my word for it, Pakistan tops list of most porn-searching countries: Google There is a silent plague killing the young generation of Pakistanis and the nation of its moral compass, because of its stubborn nature and refusal to take on board any critique it may be given. Self assurance and pride is making Pakistanis shy away from being able to see what is happening to the country. Let along the secular educated Pakistanis, even the so-called religious Pakistanis feel it is an indirect jab at them when anything constructive is mentioned about the country or even its people. This article alone is sure to rile some people and vex others.
Sexual fantasy and violence seem to excite many Pakistanis more so than any other group of people, something etched in the membrane of most Pakistanis. From the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal to the Rochdale sex trafficking gang this is the one label which is prominent among the plethora of labels the Pakistani community appear to have attached to themselves.
With Tattoos gaining popularity in Pakistan and prostitution becoming the quick way to make a buck, Pakistan must do a soul search and try to realign itself with its founding principles; A Pure (pak) land(stan) – Pakistan. Some will undoubtedly say this is the underbelly of Pakistan and something which exists in almost all countries. But when occurrences like the 14th of August 2015 occur then it no longer should be seen as the underbelly, but the a critical failure of a organ needed for a functioning nation.