Punjab Research Group

The slow demise of a proud nation By Shahan Mufti – GlobalPost

Posted in Articles by Pippa on March 24, 2009

With each act of terrorism, cultural life in Pakistan suffers another deadly blow.

Published: March 23, 2009

 

LAHORE — Pakistan’s second city, widely considered to be the country’s cultural capital, is undergoing gradual but unsettling change.

 

For hundreds if not thousands of years a bastion of social and cultural life for not only the region but the world, the city has become a soft target for those who disagree with the Pakistani government and its policies, or with society at large.

 

Terrorists and militants no longer see a reason to limit their attacks to security forces and government institutions and they now increasingly see value in targets of deep cultural significance.  

Ayeda Naqvi, a writer based in Lahore says she believes such attacks “aren’t just isolated acts of terrorism.”

 

In November last year, Naqvi was at the “Al-Hamra” open air theater in Lahore to see her favorite mystical Pakistani folk singer perform at the World Performing Arts Festival. The festival which showcased Pakistani artists and others from around the world was attacked with handful of planted bombs on its final night. Such acts of terrorism are “part of a larger effort to wipe the slate of Pakistani culture clean,” Naqvi said.

 

For full article: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/pakistan/090312/the-slow-demise-proud-nation

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