Beggars can’t be choosers

There is a famous idiom in English that says “Beggars can’t be choosers”. One can take out different meanings from this. One can be you don’t have the right to choose when you are given something from someone. But at this moment I will discuss how it befits Pakistan and where the situation is leading the country.

Nato and Pakistan

Pakistan is a non-Nato ally or so it is claimed

Pakistan is just getting back to ‘being normal’ after a devastating flood run. The country is almost broke and it bears limited funds (being optimistic). Pakistan doesn’t generate much from its taxes though within the past few weeks the nation’s lawmakers are progressing to tax the hell out of a common man.

While the preparations were under way, there came NATO with its fighting machines and bombed Pakistani soil. Leaders were outraged (as always) and cut off NATO’s supply line which was the allied forces’ only supply line from Arabian sea. As a result, thousands of fuel tanks are now frozen within Pakistan borders. A fair protest, nothing wrong with that, but then came Pakistani Talibans (from bushes or some invisible cloak) and started torching the containers parked within Pakistani borders.

The foreign minister claims Pakistan will ‘cover for the losses’ as it is Pakistan’s responsibility. My question is from where are we going to cover that? How is a common man responsible for this calamity? Ofcourse these ‘cover ups’ will be taken out of the common man’s pocket? wouldn’t it?

Pakistan is literally burning right now. Our leaders go abroad to visit their palaces like princes and then meet their counterparts as beggars. It is shameful to see our leaders going to international forums begging relentlessly and yet the international community is cautious in releasing their funds. Pakistan expects that the funds will be released soon and regularly but the security enforcing agencies are unable to protect the supply meant for the international community which is ‘stuck’ in Pakistani borders.

The people of Pakistan and specially those in the Government should understand the fact, until they are unable to protect the NATO supply in a proper manner they can kiss good bye to funds which are ‘supposed’ to be released soon by the international community. Pakistan need to understand that ‘beggars can’t be choosers’.


About Hasan
A Muslim with a slightly different perspective. A student of history, theology and science.

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