By this time, I’m sure many of you have seen the video of a girl being flogged in Swat. Declan Walsh has more details about the incident in his article in today’s Guardian, which you can read here. Of course, as always, the government has not spoken about this issue, and as far as I know , no Pakistani TV channel has shown this video either, despite the fact that its been circling around the Web for at least three days [I may be wrong, please correct me if it has been aired].
An extract from Omar Khan’s op-ed published in The News yesterday, where he sounds as despondent as many of us:
Maybe it’s finally time to face the reality staring us from the wall – the experiment has failed and the Quaid’s dream is a distant and rapidly receding memory. Everything that could have gone wrong in a nation’s sixty-year history has indeed gone horribly wrong. Looking back over the years, there are few glories but a growing string of calamities. A few sporting glories here and there briefly managed to camouflage a system built on the most rotten of foundations: corruption. But it couldn’t last.
Unless there is an immediate turnaround in the manner in which wealth, opportunity and justice are distributed in this country, Pakistan is doomed and most certainly the Quaid’s Pakistan will, alas! never come to pass. Sixty years of greed and corruption have finally cooked the goose and thus: Game over.
UPDATE: Samaa TV aired it during their morning show, and Geo News just aired it as well.