The Song Remains The Same.

While what happened in the Sindh Assembly has been met with a variety of emotions: condemnation from political parties, and barely suppressed glee from the anti-Arbab Rahim camps, the on-the-ground reality is that people are embarrassed by their country. The people I spoke to in Karachi today were humiliated, wondering what the world would think about them now. Their view perhaps stems from our overly formal nature when confronted by outsiders, as anyone who lives in a Pakistani family can testify to. Cynically speaking, this is nothing new. History is witness to riots in the assemblies and politicians and activists being smacked around. At times, we laugh, like when PML-Q leader Tariq Azeem was whacked after journalists and lawyers were baton charged in Islamabad outside the Election Commission in October 2007. Most of the times, though, we hold our heads in despair, and wonder how many more strands of hair we can pull out in frustration. Perhaps it is events like the one yesterday that reaffirms our belief that no matter which way the voting bloc swings towards, things remain, painfully, the same.

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