KARACHI: Member of Storting Norwegian Parliament Chaudhry Khalid Mahmood has said that Pakistani Diaspora experiences different realities in different countries. In USA and Canada which were societies based on the culture of settlers, the Pakistani Diaspora had a relatively more comfortable scenario but in European countries such as UK and Norway where the society and cultures were set, Pakistani Diaspora were creating its own identity and place in those societies, he said here on Tuesday while addressing a gathering in connection to PILDAT dialogue series on relation between the Muslim World and the West.
The dialogue series was attended by Baroness Kishwer Falkner of Margravine (Member British House of Lords: Liberal Democrat) and Mr. Khalid Mahmood, (Member of Storting Norwegian Parliament: Labour) in addition to Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Moinuddin Haider, Mr. Ghazi Salahuddin, Ms. Huma Baqai, Ms. Shazia Marri and Dr. Meraj-ul-Huda Siddiqui. In an interesting dialogue, the panelists and the participants disagreed on the western role, termed it as confused whenever it tried to deal with political Islam.
Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Moinuddin Haider said that Pakistan’s Diaspora had come into a sharper focus after 9/11. After 7/7, Pakistanis in Briton were associated with the attacks immediately without any investigation or solid facts, Haider said. He said that invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan was unjustified. Pakistani Diaspora also suffers from biased propaganda and coverage in the Western media, he believed.
Ms. Huma Baqai said that the geo-strategic position of Pakistan is an important factor in determining its policies. Pakistan suffers from an intellectual deficit, she concluded. She said that there was no representation of Pakistani side’s story from Pakistani authors and academicians. Ms. Shazia Marri said that the West had double standards with respect to Muslim countries and it needs to stop supporting dictatorial regimes if it wants to rid itself of the “double-standards” charge by the Muslim World. The next session of the Dialogue Series will be held in Lahore Today.-SANA