Most of the visitors to this blog have probably noticed that I have written very little in recent months on the madness in the Arab lands. I chose instead to focus on the good and positive things happening in this country, beginning with the election of President Barack Obama. I didn’t even comment on the Jeffery Dahmer-ish ambassador of Islam, Muzzammil Hassan, who displayed what was suppose to be the beauty of Islam (he wanted to combat negative stereotypes of Muslims) by hacking his wife’s head off.
With that brutal killing to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the Mumbai massacre in November, and now this savage attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, a sad truth is beginning to emerge; all of these cowardly atrocities were committed by Pakistanis. It seems that Pakistan has now become a land of cowardly murderers in addition to being an international basket case possessing nuclear weapons!
It’s no wonder that Pakistani second generation Muslims want no part of their motherland, and choose instead to self-identify as “Muslim American” rather than “Pakistani American”. I guess if I were from that hell hole I’d be ashamed too. Ali Eterez wrote a revealing piece on the collective shame of Pakistanis living in other countries that I’m sure you’ll find quite interesting.
Pride and the Pakistani Diaspora
The Pakistani diaspora is significant, around 7 million people, and contributed almost US$8 billion into the economy last year. It is composed by and large of people who only retain a connection to Pakistan via their families. Once the recipients of the remittances pass away, or as is more often the case, themselves leave Pakistan, the financial connection is severed. At this point, the Pakistani migrant takes his place in the new country, even if it means being a second-class citizen. If he is in the West, he usually defines himself as a ‘Muslim’ or ‘South Asian’ or sometimes even an ‘Indian.’ He then ceases to have a meaningful relationship with Pakistan. This depressing state of affairs is due to the identity struggle within Pakistan itself. Pakistanis abroad don’t know who they are or how they should relate to Pakistan because they don’t know what it means to be Pakistani. (continue)