Pakistan flood victims 'no terrorists'
By Mohammed Hanif
Three weeks after the start of the floods in Pakistan, a fifth of the country is
under water. More international aid is now reaching the country - but the world's
media finds it hard to stop talking about terrorism.
Many Pakistanis who have not been directly affected by the floods ask each other
this question: Is it a punishment from Allah? Or is He just testing our faith?
One of the many religious scholars who pop up on our television screens during the
holy month of Ramadan was asked the same question last week.
He shook his head and answered with the kind of hokey wisdom only TV preachers are
capable of: "If you have transgressed, He is punishing you. If He likes you He is
Not everyone is reaching out for a divine explanation though.
In southern Punjab, poet Ashu Laal linked the fury of the river Indus to our
collective greed and corporate rape of the land.