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All Pakistanis: Say no to "Pathan Jokes" and racism!

Monday, October 10, 2011


In different cultures, one or more groups have been chosen to be the butt of all jokes related to dumbness and stupidity. In US and Europe, that group is the blondes; in India, it is the Sardars; and in Pakistan, it is the Pathans.

It is a painful experience to see our countrymen actively making jokes against Pathans and propagating them everywhere - in real life, through text messages, through emails, through forums, through Facebook and practically everywhere on the internet. Now there are thousands and thousands of jokes everywhere, and this is hurting the feelings of our fellow Pathans.

And that's not all, the people telling these jokes expect that anyone, including the Pathans themselves, should not be offended by those jokes, saying "they're just jokes!"

As you would expect, the Pathans are now hardly taking a stand against these jokes. They have given up against huge number of people telling these jokes, which is a very sad fact.

What we should realize as humans:

We all have our feelings and expect people to take care of them at all times, so isn't it also necessary for us to take care of feelings of others?

Imagine everyone making fun of you through every possible mean; wouldn't that hurt you, make you feel inferior, make you HATE the people telling those jokes?

The jokes regarding Pathans are also doing the same - and it is a moral responsibility to put an end to it.

What we should realize as Muslims:

As Muslims too, we are entitled to respect people of all races and treat them as equals. Islam has laid much stress on manners and respect, and all Muslims are brothers in Islam. As good Muslims, it's our responsibility to not make fun of our fellow Muslims. There are many ayaat and ahadith that teach us to be nice to all the Muslims and the people, e.g.

Abdullah b. Umar said that the Prophet of Allah said:
"The Muslim is he from whose tongue and hand, a Muslim is safe, and the muhajir he who gives up what Allah has prohibited for him." (Bukhari, Muslim)

What we should realize as Pakistanis:
As Pakistanis, we should realize that such jokes are causing serious harm to our unity and strength. We need unity more than ever in our present crisis, yet instead of doing something for our unity, we just make jokes on pathans and shun any efforts of unity! Without unity, our falling nation will fall still further, but united we could help it rise!

If we take a few moments to think about it, we shall see that the Pathans, as good Pakistanis, have done a lot for our nation; and we should respect them for it.


THE ABSOLUTE VERDICT:

The jokes on Pathans have done a lot of damage to our nation. We have kindled hatred in their hearts and have shattered our national unity by baseless racism. It isn't surprising that some Pathans have grown to hate Punjabis and that some even seek separation.

We have to stop now before it's too late.. ! And here's how to do it:

1. Replace hate for love - If you made jokes against Pathans DIRECTLY, you have caused the most damage, so seek out those Pathans and tell them that you've changed and offer them an apology. This would help soften their hearts and create brotherhood again.

2. Stop propagating jokes about Pathans. (If you wanna joke desperately and don't want to waste the joke at any rate, make sure you don't do anymore damage by sending it as a Pathan joke. Just swap the word Pathan for Sardar/Dumb. Also note: We do not encourage any joke against any group, but if asking for complete stoppage hinders the practical application of our message, then we won't feel guilty asking you to use this alternative).

3. Discourage anyone whom you see propagating Pathan jokes, and provide the same awareness to them.

I hope and pray that our nation will once again follow the words of Muhammad Ali Jinnah (12 March, 1958, Dhaka):

"I want that you should not think of yourselves as Sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi, Pathan or Bengali. There's no use in calling ourselves Punjabi, Sindhi or Pathan; we are just Muslims"

10 comments

  1. i am pathan and i dont mind these jokes.... they are just for laugh and are dont really mean anything...everyone knows that pakistan is a nuclear power and thats due to the efforts of a pathan Abdul Qadir khan!

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  2. We have many pathan friends who are deeply hurt/irritated by such jokes. Most of them are not happy with this, and we can't blame them for it because it's natural. This act should stop if we want a united Pakistan. Not every person has a high tolerance level.

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  3. i m pathan and i dislyk all jokes of pathans. they r rude. Thanx 4 this post! ! !

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  4. Very thought provoking. I wish all of us think in the same way. It is not right to make fun of each other just for the sake of fun and time pass!

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  5. this is awesome what you wrote but i think we should try to diminish this caste system.everyone think their caste is superior to other and this lead them to look upon other casts and making jokes or fun.to be a true pakistani we should try to forget this caste,area etc discrimination

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  6. True said! There should be a complete elimination of racism and caste system.

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  7. i'll agree with The AbsoluteVerdict Team here. At this time, where Pakistan needs brotherhood and unity, such stupid jokes are building and strengthening a huge wall & promoting racism.

    I believe if we start playing our part even the smallest one, by not forwarding those messages, we'll be on right track.

    p.s. loved your "Action-Plan" at the end of post

    Keep it up!

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  8. Thank you rIZ for liking the post and the action plan :)
    Of course such posts are deemed useless if people don't practice it. That's why we preferred writing that plan at the end of the post.

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  9. Thanx for mking me realized... . I hv firmly made this decision!

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  10. ANY RACISM OR PARTICULAR KIND OF PROPAGANDA AGAINST ANYBODY/GROUP/COMMNUITY/RELIGION IS ACTUALLY DEEP ROOTED FERAS, INFERIORITY COMPLEXES AND INCURABLE SENSE OF INSECURITY AGAINST THEM...THE SAME IS THE CASE AGAINST PAKHTOONS, WHICH IS EXPRESSED IN GUISE OF JOKES..THESE MUST BE RECOGNISED BY PUKHTOONS AND ALL PAKISTANI BRETHEREN AND BE CONDEMNED.

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