Pakistan is a land of ironies and the sooner the country realizes this, the better. It won’t be a wrong thing to say that Pakistan is one of the most messed up countries in the world today. To begin with, the official language of the country is Urdu, which is spoken by a mere 8% of the population while it should be Punjabi, which is understood by 48% of the population.
To add to that, Pakistan seems hugely confused about its identity. Pakistanis feel a great inconvenience to admit the fact that they share their cultures and roots with India and try to be more like the Arabs and creates a mockery.
Here are 11 more such ironies of Pakistan that you should know or you possibly already know.
1. The creation of Pakistan
The creation of Pakistan is perhaps the biggest of ironies. To begin with, Pakistan was created on the basis of religion. Jinnah believed Hindus and Muslims are not just two different religions, but rather two different social orders and they cannot co-exist without clashes. But then, after the state was created, he switched to secular tones and declared equal rights to every citizen irrespective of religions. If he were to set secular goals for his country that he founded on religious basis, why there was the demand for a Muslim state in the first place?
2. The finding of Osama Bin Laden
Pakistan has for long harbored terrorism in its soil though it continues to deny the fact without any feeling of embarrassment till this day and have always tried to project itself as a victim of terrorism instead of a keeper. But the discovery of al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan’s Abbottabad and his subsequent killing on May 2, 2011 in a highly classified operation code-named Operation Neptune Spear by the US, at once exposed the hypocrisy of the country.
Though many Pakistanis, including Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, who was Pakistan’s defense minister at that time, agreed that ISI knew about Laden’s stay, the country as a whole continues to shy away from the fact.
3. The love and hate for homosexuality
Despite of being one of the least tolerant countries in the world when it comes to homosexuality, Pakistan tops the list of most Google searches related to homosexuality. The conservative city Peshawar documented most searches related to same-sex acts.
According to PEW Research Center’s report, when Pakistanis were asked the question if society should accept homosexuality, only 2% said yes.
Interestingly, according to this report, though many men are involved in homosexual relationships but they don’t consider themselves as gays.
4. Complains about plebiscite, but does not follow the UN resolution
Pakistan is never tired of talking about a supposed plebiscite that India is not allowing to be held in Kashmir and has raised the issue on several platforms including the UN which in the first place had proposed it. But what they continue to perhaps intentionally ignore is the fact that the pre-conditions that the UN had set for the plebiscite was that Pakistan was needed to remove its troops from the part of Kashmir it was occupying. Once the troops were removed, India was supposed to withdraw its forces too, making a way for the plebiscite to happen free and fair. But Pakistan ignored and continued to fight, not allowing the plebiscite to happen and blame it all on India like a child.
5. Bans Indian movies but also depends on Indian movies
Pakistan from time to time has banned Indian movies because of contents and there were times when it went on to the extent of banning all movies made in India. But the problem with Pakistan is that people in that country are going to watch Bollywood even if the country bans it because of rampant piracy and an almost dead Pakistani movie industry. Pakistani movie theaters depend heavily on Bollywood for their revenues.
6. The partition of Pakistan
After partition, there was this speculation that India won’t be able to remain united because of the diverse cultures and religions unlike Pakistan that was based on a single religion. The fall of India was especially anticipated by Pakistan. Sadly, while India till today stands still, in less than 25 years after the independence, Pakistan was divided into two parts and Bangladesh was born.
7. Lost wars, but celebrate them as wins
Since partition, India and Pakistan fought four wars and in all these wars, Pakistan was never anywhere near to a victory, still the country proclaims itself winner in many of these wars. The first war fought in the year 1947 had technically ended in a stalemate with the intervention of UN after Jawaharlal Nehru approached the newly-formed United Nations Organisation. But by that time India had done greater damage to Pakistan than it did to India.
The finest moment of Indian military power was in the 1971 war when India defeated Pakistan in just 13 days making it one of the shortest wars in the world history.
The biggest victory for Pakistan is the fact that it survived all these wars against India. But if it dares to get into another war, it will be a complete suicide. India is a changed country. Did I mention it was always Pakistan’s aggression that had resulted in the wars?
8. It has become exactly opposite of what Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted
Jinnah wanted Pakistan to be a secular country, but today, it is officially an Islamic Republic. Pakistan has become exactly opposite of what Jinnah wanted it to be.
Do you see the white strip on its flag? You know what it represents? The minorities.
Though Jinnah had set secular goals for the country, it is all determined to wipe out the minorities from its soil. According to Farahnaz Ispahani, who served as a media adviser to the president of Pakistan between 2008 and 2012, it was reported that the population of the non-Muslims in the country had declined from 23% in the year 1947 to 3% in the present context.
Non-Muslims in Pakistan are treated as third-class citizens and it would be called a miracle if anyone not belonging to Islam ever manages to climb to the chair of the president unlike India.
9. The ‘good terrorist’ meant to kill others are killing Pakistanis
Rearing of terrorists in Pakistan is a known fact. It is home to some of the most dangerous terrorist organizations in the world like Taliban, Al-Qaida and Laksar-e-toiba. And though Pakistan had funded these organizations and trained them to disrupt India and Afghanistan mostly, it has backfired badly for the country. If there is any country in the world that has been most effected by these ISI trained terrorists, it is Pakistan.
More than 35,000 Pakistanis lost their lives between 2001 and 2011 in terrorist attacks and the economic costs caused by terrorism between 2000-2010 amounted to about $68 billions for the already poor country. While we are only in the fourth month of the year 2017, Pakistan has already witnessed 33 terrorist attacks by now.
10. Pakistan is a sovereign state but America can bomb inside its territory anytime
Though Pakistan constantly calls it a sovereign state, America seems to continuously challenge this idea and attacks terrorists and their camps whenever it feels right. Many times, the country isn’t even informed before carrying out an attack like when Osama Bin Laden was killed.
Since 2004 under the administration of President George W. Bush, US has been using drones to eliminate terrorists in Pakistan and under Obama’s tenures, it had only increased. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif reportedly demanded an end to drone attacks, but it bore no fruit.
The Peshawar High Court even ruled that the attacks were illegal, but Obama administration disagreed and continued the attacks.
11. Hypes human-rights violations of Kashmiris but turns on a deaf ear when it comes to Balochistan
Pakistan has been very vocal about the human-rights violations of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian soldiers but when it comes to Balochistan, which it has been occupying against the will of the people there, the country has no answer.
While the Kashmiris here can throw stones at the soldiers and police and get away easily, the same is not the case with Balochistan. In Balochistan, the Baloch leaders standing against the military always face the risk of getting kidnapped by the Pakistani military or getting killed. According to Abdul Qadeer Baloch, founder of ‘International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons’, by 2014, about 18,000 Baloch were missing and 2,000 were killed.
Even it is made sure that the reports of these barbaric activities never leave the region.