If Pakistan was a secular country, Veena Malik would not have received as much attention as she has. There is no real middle ground in the spectrum of ideology in Pakistan any more. To say that there are different types of liberals is also somewhat incognitive, you are either a liberal who accepts the rights and freedoms that the left-wing built its foundations on, or you reject it completely. A large majority of so-called liberals are still mowing in between or sitting on the fence, picking and choosing what's right and wrong on individual merit. They are lost in understanding the very fundamental liberties which form the roots of a secular society. These rights and freedoms that come with a secular society can not be challenged by the establishment or the people within. I wish Pakistan was that type of a society. The problem is, the majority in Pakistan is not liberal and reject secularism. They are overwhelmingly right-wing conservatives - just as some of the Southern states of the US. So why is it so that in a democratic Pakistan, Veena Malik has hurt the sentiments of the majority?
The ones calling for Veena Malik to be left alone, or aspiring to push their weight behind Veena Malik in newspapers will only be tweeting/writing English articles to the small minority formed by a trabecular network of likeminded individuals. These voices, however, fall on deaf ears when taken in the context that liberals make less than a couple percent of Pakistans 169 million population.
Veena Malik's ostentatious expressions of being victimized by everyone in the media and society, her uncanny histrionics and the unforgettable verbal clobbering of Mufti Saheb deserve an Oscar. Many will hold that moment on TV close to their hearts; rarely have I ever seen as pure a liberal as one can be - taking on a mullah, so furiously. The fact that it took a woman to find that strength has to applauded. However, it is hard to forget that she is an actor by profession & handling herself on camera is her day job. Regardless, her brave conviction and ability to hold her own as a working woman supporting her family in Pakistan is commendable. That been said, she and all other liberals need to step off the popular fallacy that the general public needs to listen to them simply on the basis of their idea of civic virtues. Instead it's time to listen to the people and and address their sentiments too. The journalists who chose to oppose Veena Malik's actions are merely voices representing the popular dismay of the general public towards her actions.
For the life of me, I will never understand why issues like these raise more debate than finding ways to help the ordinary people of Pakistan out of the crisis that has mauled them,. The people are unable to afford basic food, shelter, millions of children are still at risk of diseases and malnutrition after the floods of 2010, communicable diseases are rampant, poverty and crime are rising, public schools are being rented out for other businesses and inflation are the real issues. Millions of ordinary people can't afford antibiotics to treat a minor ailment, treatment of more serious patients in government hospitals maybe free but I'll have to write another blog entry on how difficult and painstaking that process is for the average person. All the while private hospitals enjoy lucrative incomes. The social elite can get their botox injections and face lifts from a variety of cosmetic clinics opening up - though none offer any treatment for the callous mind. Where have we gone wrong? Why do we blame the common man living in dire straits for putting all his eggs in conservative basket? If they feel let down by Veena Malik today, it is because their civic virtues stem directly from religion. And if religion is all there is left for those who have no hope, you can't expect them to accept Veena Malik with open arms and garlands.
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Maybe I am biased, maybe it's because I think Mohammad Asif is the greatest gift to fast bowling since Glen McGrath, which automatically excludes me from Veena Malik fan club. I could care less if tomorrow she is answerable to the people of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. She is a shrewd woman who knew exactly what she was doing when she made her decisions to performs "tasks" like sleeping with another man in a reality tv show. It would be imprudent to think Miss Malik did not expect the backlash and controversy upon her return home. It is no secret that in the entertainment industry, celebrities thrive on controversy. And when have celebrities not enjoyed revelling in the publicity they receive? Isn't that how they raise their stocks? Somewhere, Veena Malik is signing contracts for future shows and endorsements with a grin on her face - patting her own back at how her carefully conceived plan has swelled into a storm of attention, one that she desperately needed in her dwindling career.