Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Political, economic, and social turmoil is nothing new for Pakistan and its people. They have more or less learnt to live with the tumult as a part of life. For many in our part of the world political discussions and debates resulting out of turmoil is a source of amusement and a form of so called "intellectual stimulation" equally enjoyed by all segments of society whether at tea shops in bustling markets, under the shade of a pipel tree in villages or in the lavish drawing rooms of the wealthy. The arenas for these debates are also the TV talk shows where anchors and panellists try to compete with each other more on the strength of vocal cords than intellectual maturity and sagacity. The business world has also developed a great resilience against political turmoil. There are short lulls and then the businesses return to business as usual. These idiosyncrasies of Pakistani society are very difficult for the foreign media and people to comprehend, hence, a negative country perception prevails in the outside world.