Not leaving Pakistan

KARACHI: This is with respect to Caitlin Malik’s article of March 15 titled “Why I am not leaving Pakistan”. I, too, did not leave Pakistan (although most of my class fellows in engineering university left soon after graduation in 1966). I, too, used to think that Pakistan is a heaven on earth until March 10, 2011, when the ruling party asked its followers to observe a strike the next day.
That night, the party’s activists indulged in indiscriminate firing and burning of property. Where in the world does a party ruling the country observe a strike when the judiciary rules against it? That night, I wondered why my parents had come to Pakistan in 1947. I think Uganda would have been a better choice.

Shakir Lakhani
Published in The Express Tribune, March 16th, 2011.