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29. Oktober 2009

Arshi Saleem Hashmi © A.S. Hashmi

Arshi Saleem Hashmi

Pakistan - "The Show Must Go On"

Thoughts from Arshi Saleem Hashmi on the current situation

Pakistan is undoubtedly going through a tough phase; policies made in the past are now being re-directed and re-evaluated. This policy-shift phase is not without its toll. Yesterday’s Mujaheedin are now replaced by today’s militants. These militants are using all their might to destroy the polity. The most serious threat is that the militancy in the form of suicide bombing is not targeted specifically. Common people that include a large number of children and women are the victims.

Despite this gloomy scenario, women in Pakistan along with their men are all determined to challenge the militancy and extremism in their own capacity. The desire to save Pakistan and to keep the family, society and country intact is so strong that despite the strong fear and security challenges, women as mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are backing their families to move forward. Last week all the schools were closed for fear of attacks by the terrorists, but the moment government announced the resumption of schools, women were the first who came out confidently with their children dressed in school uniforms ready to defeat terrorism.

Pakistanis are peace-loving and moderate people. Militancy, radicalism and religious extremism are not accepted by the majority. I appeal the world to make an effort to “UNDERSTAND” Pakistani people and Pakistani society rather than isolating it with condemnation and political and social pressures.

Pakistani civil society, scholars, teachers, professionals are all trying their best not to be overpowered by the threat or fear of terrorism. Though the threat is very much real and people are suffering there seems to be a strong resolve that “THE SHOW MUST GO ON”.

Long Live Pakistan!

Arshi Saleem Hashmi is Senior Research Analyst at the Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad and Visiting Assistant Professor at the National Defense University (NDU) Islamabad. Her expertise: Religion and Violent Conflicts, Extremism, Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies

Arshi is a member of the SAVE Pakistan group we are currently establishing.

Reaction from Rola Dashti, Kuwait:
Dear all
I do hope that Pakistan´s fight against terrorism and radicalism ends soon ....
And for you Arshi, our prayers and thoughts are with you as I do know how frustrating and painful it is to see our countries are being regressed while we possess all the elements to be is a struggle that we need to win so that our future generation can live in peace and prosperity....

Please let us know if we can be of any help


Rola Dashti is one of four women who was elected to the Kuwait parliament in the historical elections in May 2009. She was listed among the world’s 100 most powerful Arabs in 2007 and she is the Chairperson of the Kuwait Economic Society. Rola Dashti is the first woman to hold this position since its inception in 1970.


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