Who owns Lahore?
08 May 2013
posted by Salman Rashid @ 10:25 AM,
- At May 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM, said...
You are not alone in this Salman Rashid. I too feel sorry when I see trees being cut or slow death of so many other things that characterized Lahore in the past. This is, however, a classic example of plundering brick by brick. Who has time or wish or will to listen to this fable when so much is going on?
- At May 8, 2013 at 12:14 PM, Arthur Anab Shams said...
Its a very sorrow state, and I quite agree with your statement that says "Dismantling the country brick by brick" and we are all party to it. I have also noticed the same thing near Kalma Chowk. Although the Nursery owners stopped the women and kids stealing the bricks, but their response was same as you mentioned. I suppose its all because of lack of education and affordability. For the Brick Stealer's perspective, they also give a damn to the country all that know is to build their own shelter.
- At May 8, 2013 at 1:37 PM, Nayyar Julian said...
So you too though Najam Sthi will be any different? They are all the same sir. Forget Lahore. Forget Pakistan. Lutto te phutto. Let Pakistan take care of herself.
- At May 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM, said...
I live on College Road near Jannat Marriage Hall.
Why should I be the only one concerned about the destruction? You should be and you are (this article shows your concern clearly). Saying 'damn the system and perhaps also damn the country' can't make you oblivious of your responsibility.
- At May 8, 2013 at 3:40 PM, Salman Rashid said...
Hakim Muhammad Rafiq, will you then join me in this struggle? Will you be at the crossing of the wedding place you mention around 4.50 AM tomorrow?
- At May 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM, nisar said...
Salman sb! The same apathy and indifferent behaviour prevails every where in the society.In my village Rukanpura distt Okara, 35 years old Shisham tress on the canal bank were cut by the local timber mafia and no one even raised a finger at it. Nisar Ahmad Phullerwan
- At May 8, 2013 at 8:16 PM, said...
Yes, I will sure catch up with you some day on the route. Thanks.
- At May 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM, Kausar Bilal said...
Feel really sad to read the post. Actually, many times we overlook such things as we are routine-blind. Such incidents are happening around but we never notice them. There is no justification to destroying the country, but in a system where the poor are not taken care of at all, the poor find these ways and others like them as guards, police officers, etc understand their pain of poverty and join hands with them in fulfilling their basic human needs as building a shelter. We can't stop these evils unless n until we bring economic, social and educational reforms in Pakistan.
Nice to know we have so clear-minded, sensitive, motivted and action-oriented patriots as yourself, who tries to reform the system. Wish we all are like this.
- At May 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Kausar, We need to overhaul how we look at things. No one, not even the poor, should have license to dismantle this country. I suppose they have learned it from what they see all around. Everyone is at it and no one bothers.
- At January 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM, Salman Khattak said...
Thank you Salman Sb for sharing your thoughs.
I say, take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves.
At a young age, I learnt to always do the right thing ; wonder what kids learn these days at home and schools ; I have seen countless times rubbish being thrown out of expensive vehicles during school rush. Once, I took the initiative and at a traffic signal near Cavalry Lahore I rolled down my window and protested to the fellow in the car about the child's inappropriate conduct of throwing trash out of the car.
His reply was 'abay chal bay'.
Its the little things that count to create a functioning and rather happy society. No state, government can ensure that 180 million people behave righteously ; though we can at least start teaching our kids a little about Ikhlaqiyaat at school level.
What good is memorizing your way through education if it doesn't teach you basic manners to operate in a civil society.
- At January 20, 2014 at 8:16 PM, said...
I have often said and say it again: V don't deserve to b an independant country. They say it takes a 100 years to make a nation but I doubt it. In any case, "Kaun jeeta hai teri zulf k sar honay tuk!" And when v r gone,"Apni bala say baad-e-saba ab kabhi chalay."
Jannat Wedding is owned by a young, sharp retd Col and so is the area around it.He lives in Defence and obviously has no love lost for a storm water channel.And the attitude is well summed up by the Hakim Sahib above:"He'll catch up with u one of these days,"which means anything from now to eternity.
- At February 8, 2014 at 3:45 PM, Salman Rashid said...
Salman Khattak, Let us just carry on doing our right thing. Even if no one emulates.
- At February 8, 2014 at 3:46 PM, Salman Rashid said...
Hakim sahib never caught up, as you rightly guessed.
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