By Ethan Casey
Casey updates his knowing of the Pakistan event and units it inside a context of contemporary and modern background. He humanises household politics, attitudes in the direction of the West and India in addition to the Kashmir and Afghanistan matters. His literary reportage demystifies the uneasy position Pakistan occupies in an doubtful global.
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Only for this purpose they are helping us. ’ 33 Pakistan Book 21/7/04 5:52 pm Page 34 ALIVE AND WELL IN PAKISTAN A touching faith in the United Nations and/or America was a theme I heard expounded almost daily. ‘We Kashmiris, first thing we bleeve in, we bleeve in God,’ a friend had told me. ‘After that, we bleeve that if America takes an interest in our problem, it will be solved. America can do anything. ’ I asked Amir Khan why in the world the United States might be interested in helping Kashmir against India.
I asked what solution he saw for Karachi. ‘Some kind of revolution,’ he said, half-heartedly. ‘Some kind of new gummint. ’ ‘Yes. ’ I visited the offices of Newsline, one of Pakistan’s two English monthlies, where a young employee was kept busy poring over all the daily papers, adding up the reported deaths, and I arranged to interview two officials of the US consulate, colleagues of the two who had been killed. Both were cordial and seemed to be going out of their way to be helpful to me, though they obviously were exhausted and strung out.
I came in militancy in 1990,’ he told me through a translator. ‘I belonged to Jamaat-i-Islami of J & K. When India became independent from British, there was some status disputed. In disputed status was Kashmir also. According to UN resolution and leaders of India, they promised to people that we will give independence to Kashmir. ’ 32 Pakistan Book 21/7/04 5:52 pm Page 33 VESTIGES AND RUINS I asked if he would be satisfied with elections. ‘We have had many elections, from 1972 to 1986,’ he said.
Alive and Well in Pakistan by Ethan Casey