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Many in Pakistan are not proud of their country or nation; they hesitate to reveal their identity as a Pakistani. But it is obviously not because of the country itself. It is clearly because they are ashamed of their fellow Pakistanis whose actions are a disgrace. Such people blemish the image of Pakistan and its citizens locally as well as around the globe. Following are a few reasons as to why I am ashamed to be a Pakistani. Can you come up with more?
1-There is no National Pride in our people.Our ethnicity is more important than being a Pakistani – if not to our own self than to others. We are Sindhi, Pathan, Balouch, and Punjabi before we are Pakistani.
2-We are being governed by Zardari. It is shameful to be governed by Mr200% (formerly in Benazir Bhutto’s government he held the ever-so-famous- title of Mr.10%).
3-Pakistan Provides Training grounds and support for Terrorists.Literally every terrorist of any significance has some link to Pakistan. Osama Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad (true or not) was an icing on the cake!
4-Our Cricketing Heroes Turn Into Traitors. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed in a spot fixing scandal in their Test match against England at Lord’s last year.
5-There is no National Unity (except in an India Pakistan Cricket match).Be it any issue, Pakistanis stand divided, be it religious sects, political ideologies, ethnic communities or gender.
6-The unfair VIP culture walks all over the general population.Protocols of Government officials cordon off roads and cross Red Signal lights, even if it means making an ambulance wait for their own security.
7-Let alone common man, even politicians (even the most outspoken ones) cannot question the Maulvi’s about the Blasphemy Law openly. SalmaanTaseer’s assassination is a prime example for this one.
8-There is no sense of security. Be it any gender there is no sense of security anymore. This is obviously worse for women.
9-There is no sense of Ownership in Pakistanis.People are okay about rolling down their car windows and throwing trash or spitting out (just because it is not their job to keep their country clean!) people are okay about throwing trash at the end of their street instead f throwing it in front of their own house.
10-It is extremely easy for us to succumb to what is wrong /unfair.People give and take bribes as easily as breathing in air, be it for getting their driving license, passports or to avoid a traffic ticket.
11-People hardly value the power of voting in elections.While majority of Pakistanis believe their vote does not count, most of them simply don’t care. According to the stats provided by NADRA, more than 60% of the people are eligible to vote in Pakistan. But a very small percentage out of them actually make the eventual effort to vote.
12-There is no freedom of speech.The Death of journalist Saleem Shahzad was yet another blow to Pakistan as a nation. In 2011 17 journalists were killed in South Asia, out of which 12 were killed in Pakistan. Reports also proved Pakistan to be the 10th most dangerous country in the world for journalists.
13-There is no freedom to follow your own religion in peace.Religious preachers go about trying to rectify each and every individual as per their own perceptions and rigid beliefs. A religion that according to them cannot be questioned for better understanding but just has to be followed blindly.
14-The government changed laws to accommodate members of the parliament who did not have authentic degrees. HEC, Higher Education Commission Pakistan was attempted to be dissolved by the government in order to save many parliamentarians who were cornered in fake degree scandals.
15-There is simply no value of human life let alone that of animals.About 4,000 people including civilians, security force personals and terrorists/ insurgents have been killed in 2011 alone.
Accepting and Identifying a problem is the first step towards eradicating it. The next would be to do what we can in our power to minimize such causes of disgrace for our country and our people.