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What’s at stake for Pakistanis in the US presidential elections?

What’s at stake for Pakistanis in the US presidential elections?


Every single day of this year had astonishing surprises for the world. From raging wildfires to civil unrest we witnessed nearly every crucial event historians have written about. And yes, the pandemic which swallowed millions of lives. But as we move towards the end of the year there’s another event which might or might not put the last nail to the coffin. The US presidential election. Pakistan has been quite obsessed with American politics; from our curriculum to drawing room conversation we all just love about talking it. These conversations vary from person to person; for a normal middle class individual America is more of Yahoodi Sazish (Jewish Conspiracy) but if we move to an upper stratum of socio-economic status we see a dramatic change. The content might differ but the context is the same. We all are obsessed with American political discourse.

To a certain extent it is pretty justified as our geopolitical strategy depends on this superpower. But in retrospect it is almost impossible to find any evidence that American president did anything miraculous for Pakistan’s common man. 

Nearly every president has committed war crimes either Democrat or Republican but this year we almost forgot that. Pakistanis who are rooting for Biden may erase their memories about the 2011 drone strikes under the Obama Administration. On the other hand we have Trump supporters, I’m not sure where to even begin. Funnily their ancestors are not angels either.

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan in the Oval Office, Jan. 14, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This election might impact the world more than anything but it wont impact our micro-lives. It won’t change the reality that we lose thousands of live and million of rupees in warfare and pseudo jihads which can instigated by our lovely daddy country; The United States of America 

But still it is evident that our country might take a few more centuries to get over the love for American politics only if our discourse and institution will get out of imperialist hangover.  

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