‘Put an end to turbulence’

BY JAMIL KHAN

 

A LARGE number of Pakistanis who live in Sharjah and its adjoining areas find themselves worried most of the time over the turbulence plaguing most of the areas of their homeland.

While talking to The Gulf Today here on Friday, the expatriates working in different jobs showed their concern over the worsening law and order situation and want drastic changes to improve the overall condition.

Darwesh, a 40-year-old taxi driver was of the view that being in another country, they were more worried than their countrymen. Sitting in a shadowed corner of a cafe, Darwesh said he belongs to Parachinar, a distant part in restive NWFP (North West Frontier Province) and has been driving a taxi for the last three years.

“It has become a ritual when two Pakistanis meet, they only inquire about the prevalent situation in their country,” he stated.

He further mentioned that the new Pakistani government, which has almost completed three quarters, should put its act together and stop the bloodshed in the tribal areas.

Sher Ali, a computer literate belonging to Karachi had shown optimistic signs to overcome the shadows of lawlessness of tribal areas and other parts of the country. “We are here to show our expertise and earn a good amount for the people whom we left in the country. It is the responsibility of Pakistani government to resolve the issue for not only the people living in the country but also for those who are spread throughout the world and far away for their dear ones,” he said.

However, Naseer, a 29-year-old boy from Lahore, Punjab seen idly outside his apartment building in Al Nehda area said that besides all facilities here the complete peacefulness of mind is possible only when we find our country free from incidents of bloodshed.

Working as a fulltime waiter in an Indian restaurant, Naseeer became a serious man in the midst of his friends and remains occupied by the nostalgic thoughts.

“It is not difficult for me to stop thinking on such lines but being a Pakistani and far away from the country, I find the thoughts engulfing me throughout the days and nights,” he said.

“On Fridays we have a full-day time to share our past weeks’ activities when a group of over twenty youngsters gather at one place and enjoy the get-together.

We have our traditional foods, music and exchange the current news of our homeland,” he maintained.

-Published in The Gulf Today-Sharjah | Jan 24, 2009

~ by jamilkhan on January 25, 2009.

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