Sometimes you must express your frustration
By Tariq Toosy
May 20, 2002
I'm a 23-year-old from Islamabad. This is the capital, the headquarters which has
always been accused of supporting the Taliban; the place from where orders were passed
to save Al Qaeda and allow the killing of various sects.
Over the years Pakistan's reputition was deimmed on the international scene. We wanted
to come close to Iran, but again it was the Afghan issue. As a result we dont have
a trust worthy friend. Aafghanistan was always going to pretend to be our friend
just to put the brunt of refugees on Pakistan's already weak shoulders
This country was not always wrecked by political and military will, but other factors
as well. The beards or mullahs, and then there is the other theory: Unncle Sam's
The people of Pakistan however did not want all this. We are having to accommodate
a rude and troublesome first and second generation of Afghan refugees. In Islamabad
alone there are 300,000 refugees, including 1,000 Kurds and Bahaiis. Domicile applicationns
were never a problem thanks to the corrupt ID system.
We have become familiar with a new ethnic Afghan breed
called the Parsibans. If you thought the Northern Alliance hates Paksitanis, think
again. Their families, now reside in luxurious homes in Rawalpindi's westridge area.
In Islamabad, Afghans have made F-10 and G-10 sectors their virtual hubs. The area
of G-10 is considered the most crowded. They run shops, transpport, even brothels.
In the area of F-10, Afghans are a commonn sight. More than 60% of flats are resided
by Afghans. The Farsibans don't seem Pathan at all. They seem more Central Asian.
The Tajik and Uzbek community is active in Rawalpindi's Sadiqabad area. Here they
get together at an Aghan community centre.
It is quite noticable how in a short period Afghans have become so prosperous. Believe
me Afghans are potential troublemakers. Islamabad is now plagued by abduction, sometimes
even rape. And most of the time Afghans are involved.and they are not friendly. Frankly
speaking, no one wants to get in a brawl, as peopple fear of getting to pay a price.
In Pakistan what troubles the locals is the fear that outsiders will dominate the
economy, but the way things are going it seems quite inevitable. Because afghans
excell in studies, commerce, and even modernisation.and i mean modernisation; the
Pathan Afghans are mostly poor, many of their kids work as scavengers here. But the
Parsibans are gradulually forming the uppper class in Islamabad.
People are moving about at their own will, especially women. They are seen in skirts,
flaunting their beauty,but not all,of course u dont see them in skirts everywhere,but
those afghan girls who dress up in local dress will make you drool also.
Since afghan girls are considered the most beautiful
stock in islamabad and Peshaver, many are now getting in their trap, and end up inter
marrying regardless whether she is a Parsiban or not.
So you see Islamabad is not really the place we think it is. The city of diplomatic
cars where orders are passed out.
You might think this is an extremist view. But to tell you the truth, sometimes you
must express your frustration. It's just my way of saying, "What are they doing
on my land"?
But don't worry. We will continue to celebrate the spirit of brotherhood whether
we are accused of being saints, extremists, or silent onlookers.