Beggar at Ghazi Chowk



12 Apr 2010

NWFP is renamed. The parliament rejoices. Historical issue is addressed. People protest. Police abuses power. Many die in clashes. Government condemns. Military still on the offensive. 200’000 flee from the fighting. Military begins PR efforts. The world worries of new nuclear arms race. Threats of nuclear security continue. No end is in sight.

And you thought Pakistanis were lazy.

As the war continues, people in Hazara are protesting that they are not represented in the new Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa name. I am not aware of what name they would like to have appended to that, and considering the general state of things, it’s likely to be a second hyphenation. Ugly, but its a solution. We did call it NWFP for so long. As of know I have not come across any suggestion/solution to this conflict. The 18th ammendment passes the lower house, the upper house walks out, the squabble continues.

Meanwhile, while American and Russian world leaders work together to reduce nuclear arsenal, Pakistan and India choose to go on the offensive. CNN tries an experiment in a Pakistani private school, by showing pre-teens The Day After, a movie about nuclear warfare.

They get results Pakistanis would seem used to, but CNN is surprised. Apparently the girls realise they can cause a lot of damage, but why should we give them up when others have them. The girls, like the government, are confused. But they, are 12. And CNN is surprised. Read the entire story here.

The whole thing is making me think though. What if terrorists get their hands on nuclear arsenal? Unlikely, sure. We take the argument as an ego attack and not as a legitimate threat. What if?

They have nothing to lose.