Many a times I have come across Pakistani blogs which berate columnists of Urdu newspapers for being fundamentalists or right wing or plain stupid. It is uncalled for as the columnists are reflecting the tendencies of their readers. The bloggers belong to the English speaking elite and tend to have left-of-center leanings and because they do not agree with the viewpoint of the columnists or the masses it does not give them the right to castigate them.
However, once in a while one does come across a stupid Urdu column. (This does not mean that there are no stupid English columns). One of them I reproduce below which is by notable Urdu columnist and TV anchor Javed Chaudry. This was shared on Facebook by Mohammad Hanif of “Case of Exploding Mangoes” fame. I wish I could translate the article for English reader but that seems like too much work.
The real gem in the article loosely translated says
Malik Riaz, with a slaughtered chicken in his hand, is lying in the pond full of alligators; and for past 30 years has been saving his own life and protecting the chicken as well
The three most important take aways from this article are
1. Malik Riaz is Pakistan’s Bill Gates
2. Aslam Beg wants to drop an atom bomb at least on India
3. Pakistani soldiers can get away with anything e.g., Aslam Beg hid his medical condition while in service which is against the rules and lives to tell about it without fear of any consequences.
Finally, as one of the commentator said, there is nothing surprising about Malik Riaz’s methodology_ as a civilian, he did what the uniform-wearers in this country have been doing for decades i.e., encroach upon land belonging to poor and building on it city for the rich.