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All bomb blasts are not created equal

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All bomb blasts are not created equally.

This is why TV anchors will mumble about ‘places of worship’ and shriek about a shrine being bombed.

It is why cinemas are closed today, but not for the victims of another attack.

If all attacks were equal, this one on a shrine – less than 2 weeks ago – would not have gone widely ignored.

All victims are not created equal.

It is why the attack on Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel is mentioned far more than the one on Peshawar’s Meena Bazaar.

Pakistanis, and the world at large, have created icons that represent this country.

It is why fashion week is triumphant and defiant, and ordinary Pakistanis who go out to work aren’t.

It is why Aafia Siddiqui is a ‘hero‘, but the way this woman has been disparaged – first by Pervez Musharraf and now by PPP legislator Jamshed Dasti is hardly cause for concern.

Pakistan is more than one person, one sect, one religion, one political party, one attack. It is more than a Newsweek cover or a Kipling reference.

The failure to recognise this is part of this country’s misfortune.


Written by Saba Imtiaz

July 4, 2010 at 1:43 am

Posted in Pakistan

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