Sun, Jan 18, 2015 - Page 5 News List

Liberals rally to ‘Reclaim’ nation in Pakistan

AP AND AFP, KABUL AND ISLAMABAD

“We are basically people who are concerned for our own humanity. If we do not take some kind of stance we may very well stay alive, but we lose our own humanity by being lazy. It makes us complicit,” said 36-year-old Taimur Khan, an entrepreneur who is part of the Reclaim movement in Islamabad.

Progressives remain a relatively small minority, confined to the educated upper and middle-classes — a fact bemoaned by Nasir.

He contrasted the crowds of hundreds at Reclaim rallies with the estimated 1.6 million Parisians who took to the streets to condemn the deadly attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

“Pakistan is desensitized, but in Paris millions came out. That has made those 12 lives the center of attention for the entire world,” he said.

“We have lost 55,000 people to terrorism, but we struggle to justify our case to the world that we are doing enough to curb terrorism,” he added.

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