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Monday, September 13, 2010

MULTAN KI MATTEE

Amongst women from any class of society it is very well known that a certain “Multan Ki Mattee” is rich with certain properties that will enrich beauty, increase ones skins sustainability against the race of time and definitely rejuvenate ones skin. What properties this mud possess is only best known to those who have tried it as many women swear by it.

Today I am sitting at home and I realize that us Pakistani’s have this cultural trait where we delve into ridiculous witch hunts when we are bored. As of late with all the troubles brewing in our perfect haven we are even more perturbed as to how the world perceives our image. We usually are extremely emotional and almost always are victims of our own follies that unexpectedly occur when we succumb to what is a contradiction in our own religion. Vanity!

People say that many a war have been fought over women money and land and the great historians have always justified that Cesar of Rome was betrayed by Brutus for a woman, Hitler by his generals and that Mount Batten ran away from India when Nehru – well basically tried to mount his wife… My point is that us men are even more vain and conceited than any woman and whilst women have the ability to hide many an emotion we kind of tend to become obnoxious. If you don’t believe me then the next time you are at a function just watch the roving eye of any of your friends…

Our insecurities and vanity is what I feel has dragged our morale down, killed our optimism and confused our existing generation and left the next one wondering if life is really worth living in Pakistan. When I grew up in the early eighties it was amazing that if someone had the opportunity to be educated abroad then they were almost certain to return home to their motherland and try to do good. Today when a student pack’s his or her bag they ensure that if they are lucky enough to get a visa or admission abroad they buy a one way ticket and would rather clean the toilets of Heathrow or JFK or even find a way to run away somewhere in South Africa as long as they would not have to come back…

Pakistan I believe has had its own issues and as a melting pot which is over flowing with diversity we are extremely fortunate yet blind to the obvious. We scream about the crime rate we laugh at the obvious fact that we evade taxes and we love to pay homage in the form of bribes and special favors to anyone who will help us along the way… Till date I have not seen any one single important person or organization not do anything nice for a human being if that person could or would never be helpful to them.

The heading for this article is “Multan Ki Matti” and the purification of one’s image etc so let’s get back to that topic. For months now I have been observing this current regime which mind you we have chosen (freely elected) and when the celebrations were going on we danced and sang the night away thinking that we were invincible… We thought that this regime would entertain us in the Marriott’s of Pakistan and simply want to be very special bosom buddies with us. Bottom line we Pakistani’s thought that the Presidency would change its crest to that of a common thela where souls were for sale, leave alone land…

The pinch started when we realized in our emotional hangovers that hey this new found capitalism is not what we expected it to be and somehow some where someone is trying to do an honest job… Already spinning from the elated happiness that we are somehow immensely powerful our backsides began to hurt when we were asked to sit on a chair and do our jobs… The task was simple! Be honest God fearing citizens…

Today I am sad that a man who we chose to fight the fifteen rounds in this boxing match has never had anyone to throw the towel in for him. I’m talking about an exceptional choice that our president made for a foreign minister… Mr. Qureshi is an exceptionally well versed man as he has for one a degree that I am relieved to know is genuine and not hocked of the internet with a stolen credit card from a gas station… Further to add to this he is of an aristocratic cum feudal as well as oddly enough a spiritual background. I found it remarkable that we have a man who has a moderate lifestyle enjoys family values and has the ability to laugh at the odds and present positive solutions whilst fearing God. It’s quite weird as our past foreign ministers demanded their haq and often were running around looking kay kis ka kasur hai…

Multan Ki Mattee today is trying very hard to give Pakistan a facelift and ensure that our wrinkles are hidden but it saddens me to know that irrespective of whatever qualities this soil possesses the face of this nation will always let him down due to the sins mentioned above. The reality is that we have an extremely brilliant asset that wants to do something for the nation yet we offer him no support. The funny this is that we are a democracy and as the late pinky stated before we washed our hands off her that “Pakistan will survive…”these are words that rang through my ears when she was first elected… She also said “we will bring about a change”. Today what put her six feet under was our own selfish ability to survive and the only change we want is the increase in our bank balances.

My honest advice to the Foreign minister is to go skiing in Geneva, play Polo with the queen and start building his own sovereign empire because we as a nation of pirates will only ask him to do favors in exchange for empty promises… Before I end this note I would like to ask you two simple questions? When you praised our foreign minister was it because you were asking him to endorse you getting a foreign visa? Now that you’re upset at him and bad mouth him is it because reality hit you in the face as he tried to do his job?

If you really want to do something then do it. If you’re sending him out there to play an innings ensure that your three balls will not rock the world – democracy may be the best revenge but the basis of democracy is honesty!

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