Popular myths in Pakistan – and their corresponding facts

When it comes to freedom of expression, every citizen shall have right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of freedom of press – is a myth when it is subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or any part thereof friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, [commission of] or incitement to an offence – is a fact.

Regarding freedom of movement, every citizen shall have the right to remain in, and, subject to any reasonable restriction imposed by law in the public interest, enter and move freely throughout Pakistan and to reside and settle in any part thereof – is a mythwhen citizens are made to wait in long queues on roads so that the roads remain open for son or daughter or even grandson or granddaughter of some politician can travel without any hindrance – is a fact.

Article 11 of Constitution – is a myth when Sharia Court’slegitimizing feudalism – is a fact.

The tall claim of PML-N to revive the economy – is a myth when Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves are less than even Bangladesh and we have to rely on IMF program to keep minimum Foreign Exchange Reserves, while exports are at all-time low in last decade – is a fact.

There are functional institutions for accountability – is a myth when accused people openly stating they don’t accept the verdicts and that verdicts have some ulterior motive, like personal vendetta and institutions act dumb – is a fact.

International cricket comes home because Pakistan has become safe – is a myth when there is five-layer security around stadium and presidential security to international players – is a fact.

Pakistan is an agriculture based economy – is a myth when mushrooming housing societies on agriculture land, without any restriction – is a fact.

Pakistan’s industry is booming in current era – is a myth when in Metro Cash and Carry most of the items from electronics till couture and even food items are imported – is a fact.

CPEC is initiated by PML-N – is a myth when CPEC’s inception in Musharraf era which included Makran Coastal Highway and Gwadar – is a fact.

There has been development in Punjab more than other provinces – is a myth. We think that Punjab is more developed because of more resources and marginal development of Lahore roads – is a fact.

Current leadership’s announcement regarding new hospitals in Pakistan and upgrading the health infrastructure – is a myth, when the last multipurpose hospital built in Lahore was Jinnah Hospital in 1996 – is fact.

CPEC related infrastructure is a gift to Pakistan – is a myth whenChina is giving us commercial loans including risk mark-up over and above the highest commercial mark-up – is a fact.

Our industry’s exports will be increased by CPEC – is a myth when Pakistani nation, with its tax money and loans, is building road for Chinese exports – is a fact.

Other automobile manufacturers are interested in setting up assembly plants in Pakistan – is a myth when Toyota, Suzuki and Honda who are here for last fifty odd years, haven’t still transferred the technology to Pakistan and running assembly plants only – is a fact.

The rule by National Highway and Motorway Police that heavy traffic must move on the left most lane – is a myth when the busses, coaches and trailers moving at right most lane – is a fact.

On Pakistan highways right of way – is a myth when no one adheres to the right of way while Motorway police officers sip a cup of tea from nearby truck restaurant – is a fact.

Motorway police is the most professional police – is a myth whenroad accidents are major cause of deaths in Pakistan in last decade – is a fact.

You will cover almost 500 meters of distance between Ravi Auto Store, 10 Band Road, and Pillar Number 126 of Orange Line Metro in 5 minutes, maximum, despite usual traffic – is a myth when encountering huge traffic jam at Chowk Yateem Khana and the next U-turn, if you are lucky to survive a hit or two by QingQi, you will reach your destination in almost half an hour – is a fact.

Pakistan has locomotive factory in Rislapur – is a myth when Pakistan imports locomotives – is a fact.

Interruption of democracy in Pakistan is the main reason of Pakistan’s backwardness – is a myth when all of the politicians serving key public offices in all so-called autocratic era – is a fact.

Democracy in Pakistan – is a myth whenhybrid regime in Pakistan – is a fact.

A functional parliament and senate – is a myth when most of the time the parliament session is adjourned, due to lack of quorum – is a fact.

People don’t abide by the laws and lack civic sense – is a myth when same people abide by laws and have civic sense, without any additional lesson, abroad – is a fact.

We are the 6th largest nation and nuclear power – is a myth when our passport’s lowest ranking – is a fact.

Mr. Jinnah’s 11 August Speech – is a myth when state defining the religion of its citizens and segregating the privileges conferred to them on its basis – is a fact.

Zainab will get justice – is a myth when our police and judicial system failed to provide justice to over 700 cases of child abuse only in Kasur since 2015 – is a fact.

Orya Maqbool Jan’s assertion that rape happens because of provocation by women – is a myth when minors are being sexually assaulted even in “all male” madrassas – is a fact.

The constitutional promise of welfare state – is a myth when Malik Riaz – is a fact.

Sindh Assembly’s bill against forced conversions – is a myth when Mian Mithu – is a fact.

Maududi’s concept of state – is a myth when United Nations – is a fact.

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