The media often portrays what the people want to see, not what they need to see at times. Many of you may have read about the constant bomb-blasts, killings, violence of all sorts, religion extremism and I can go on and on.
I am in no way saying that these things do not happen, as sadly they do; but there is so much more to this country I call home and that the world is not able to see these things saddens me. Our local media has somewhat started to contribute in spreading a positive image, but there is so much left to do it’s insane.
We are getting there, slow and steady wins the race, no? So today I wanted to take some time out and applaud certain people for their contributions to their country.
Let’s start with the hottest topic, the Oscars, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won her second Oscar for Best Documentary Short for Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. Sharmeen won her first Oscar back in 2012. She has been a professor in one of the top universities in Pakistan at a point, and she has truly been an inspiration for the entire country; a determined woman, fighting against the tyranny with words and hard work.
Punjab Assembly approved the Protection of Women Right Bill recently, which calls for an end to all crimes against women i.e. domestic violence, rape, psychological abuse, acid attacks, economic abuse, stalking and cyber crime. According to the bill a toll-free helpline will also be launched to receive direct complains. (Read more) It is certainly a historical step taken by the Punjab government, and hopefully the other provinces are to follow with the same. Some people (politicians basically) have not taken well to this bill and this sure gives everyone a chance to raise their concerns, as to why?
Mumtaz Qadri, a confessed killer of the former Punjab governor Salman Taseer was hanged to death today (29th February) at the Adiala Jail. Salman Taseer was shot by this man on accounts that the governor had committed blasphemy, and when the orders were passed by the Supreme Court religious parties threatened nationwide protests, but the punishment was still carried out.; as there is no place for religious intolerance and extremism in our country (Read more). Some of you maybe opposed to the death penalty, but sometimes it is the only way to put the fear of God (or life, anyway you prefer it) in people who just seem to not listen or understand and only act on their impulses. As they should know there will be consequences to what they do.
These are some of the things that I personally thought are extremely important and mark the pages for history of Pakistan. We are getting there folks, it’s a win for Pakistan. No doubt repercussions are to be seen for the Mumtaz Qadri case and more critique is to be raised on the bill; but you can’t do something right without making some enemies right?
On a lighter note, Diplo graced the Capital with his concert along with singer Elliphant and DJ Pellegrosso, along with rapper Adil Omar, DJ-producer Talal Qureshi, singer QB, and other Pakistani acts. It had been quite some while since an international artist came to Pakistan for a concert and we are glad that Diplo took a chance to lean on Pakistan!