Some talk in low voices, others busy themselves with the tasks of everyday living in these most basic of shelters, looking for food and milk for children, tending the wounds of the injured.But once you sit anywhere in these camps, people begin to speak and their words are like masses of pus released by slitting large festering wounds.
The horrors that they speak of are so macabre, that my pen falters in the writing.
The pitiless brutality against women and small children by organised bands of armed young men is more savage than anything witnessed in the riots that have shamed this nation from time to time during the past century.
The customs duty is subsidised for the benefit of consumers. You can get subsidised electricity, exemption from custom duties, cheap labour and can evade taxes so we can attract foreign investment in Pakistan.
This is not corruption but patriotic strategy to provide jobs and market opportunities to fellow countrymen.
We have a free trade policy and everyone can import anything from outside without paying for customs through Nato containers, but we don’t allow imported alcohol in those containers.
We love our army and judiciary, the only two truly effective institutions in this country, the bureaucracy and media are also stakeholders of Pakistan and they get a plot for their great sacrifices for the nation. We have bara markets all over Pakistan to cater to the needs of our low income classes.I force myself to write a small fraction of all that I heard and saw, because it is important that we all know.Or maybe also because I need to share my own burdens.I have seen ACs in tribal areas for cows and buffaloes, goats and donkeys.They have become green activists and now don’t cut trees for cooking and instead use 2000 watt electric heaters for cooking.Numbed with disgust and horror, I return from Gujarat ten days after the terror and massacre that convulsed the state.My heart is sickened, my soul wearied, my shoulders aching with the burdens of guilt and shame.You keep an extra wallet with few thousand rupees and a spare cheap cellphone; they will gladly accept that without further questions.We have a great judiciary where not even two bottles of wine can be imported. In the lower judiciary, the corruption has been wiped out and we now have are all respected and our politicians are free and unafraid to voice their support for our customs and traditions. I have been under immense pressure for writing negative columns about my beloved country.All the paparazzi, twitteratis, blogoratti have shamed me for using the talent of my brush and pen only to bring out negative aspects of Pakistan.