What are the worst things about living in pakistan?

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Mudassir Ali 6 months 1 Answer 93 views 0

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  1. A lot of the answers here mentioned issues related to the economy or governance: poverty, a lack of electricity and the rampant corruption etc. I acknowledge that those exist but I don’t consider myself qualified to comment as Pakistani politics is nothing short of crazy. I can (and will) however comment on the ideology of the masses as I find it extremely problematic.

    The treatment of women
    The treatment of women in Pakistan is best described by the old adage of a bird in a cage adorned with gold and given everything it may want, the bird may be furnished with the finest things that it’s owner can afford but at the end of the day the bird lies at the mercy of its captor and has no say in how it’s treated. This results in women being robbed of both their voice and their economic independence that ultimately results in the men having complete control over women as a woman without her man can barely feed herself. I distinctly remember this quote (from my aunt during my youth, when a disagreement arose between me and my female cousin who was 2 years my senior): “even if your brother is younger/smaller he is still older/bigger and you have to obey them as an elder”. Grooming girls to obey men and to always hold them in the highest of respect rather than teaching them to respect themselves and understand that they are equal to men results in women ending up in a subordinate role in society without any volition or control over their bodies or their ultimate destiny.

    the treatment of men

    when a disbalance exists in society the blade is hardly ever one sided. So just as women are put in difficult and problematic situations the men are subject to problems of equal magnitude. a man’s responsibilities include
    □supporting his parents
    ■supporting his sisters until they’re married(which in turn costs a hefty sum as you need to pay a dowry to the husband)
    □supporting all of the non productive members of joint family system(most women would be non-productive and so would(possibly) some men.

    the men have the choice to ignore said responsibility but familial pressure usually won’t allow it.

    Islam

    islam has made the people incredibly xenophobic when it comes to the sects such as the Ahmadiya, the trans people or any of the LGBT community. the only place you’ll find trans people are as prostitutes or on the streets begging as they are barred from normal jobs due to intolerance. Though not so much in metropolitan areas but in most if not all of rural Pakistan Christians and Hindus are looked at with utter disdain folk often believe that food or water that they touch is not fit for consumption.The Islamic excuse is also used when separating and segregating boys and girls which results in an alienation between the two genders and causes the disparity between genders mentioned above.
    The new and radical Islam seeping in is also damaging the new generation. personal anecdote time: my neighbor, a straight A student all through his O/A levels; a very good honest and generally non religious kid, I recently saw him on the news and it said that he was part of an attack that mercilessly killed an entire bus full of agha khanis(religious sect). Any people that could turn a kid like him into a terrorist are to be feared. the Radicalization of people to fight other sects of Islam as the unbelievers is scary and could be severely problematic.

    I’m a pakistani, born in faislabad to middle class Punjabi dad and an upper class bihari woman. I’d like to say I’ve seen many sides of the Pakistani coin throughout my life.

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