In a complex Pakistani society, a new phenomenon is in vogue ‘CPEC marriages’.
Privacy is an alien concept in Chinese culture
People say privacy is a common phenomenon that exists in every culture
but is just interpreted and expressed differently. Yeah, right! Go tell any Chinese and see their reactions. Chinese are bent on dismissing privacy as a bad thing, and their zeal might have something to do with its negative connotation. In Chinese, “si
yen” means seclusion and implies secrecy. Chinese have little comprehension of personal boundaries or personal space.
On the other hand, the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan enshrines
the right to privacy as a fundamental right. Article 14(1) of the Constitution confirms that “[t]he dignity of man and, subject to law, the privacy of a home, shall be inviolable.” As a fundamental constitutional right, the right to privacy is
meant to take precedence over any other inconsistent provisions of domestic law.
Are Pakistanis going the Chinese way?
it is now seen that surveillance across all of Pakistan’s communications networks is becoming more widespread. Intermittent but devastating attacks within Pakistan’s major cities by armed groups, such as the 2014 Peshawar school attack by a Taliban-affiliated
group, have been cited as a reason to expand surveillance in Pakistan. Interception across Pakistani networks is therefore pervasive; some of it is also unlawful.
A Supreme Court hearing about a case concerning phone tapping revealed that the ISI intelligence
agency had tapped 6,523 phones in February, 6,819 in March and 6,742 in April 2015. The impact of surveillance in Pakistan by both the State and other actors has become increasingly reported on and documented by civil society groups, with some research conducted
with particular groups in society such as female journalists and women.
Chinese promote self-criticism, Muslims are more tolerant
Taking the history and current situation into consideration, people in Pakistan have been experiencing great changes of regime, culture and religion that they are adaptable and tolerant. According to the creeds in the Quran, everything in life is arranged by God and Pakistanis believe in fate. So it is nobody that should be to blame for or take responsibilities
for failures which are considered as acts of God. If a calamity or tragedy, unfortunately, occurs to someone, others will comfort each other with the word kismet.
In China, although humility and mildness are national ethos, introspection and self-criticism are absolutely necessary after a failure and the person who is supposed to be in charge will be investigated and hold responsibility.
The Chinese economic and strategic promise is extravagant and almost blinding
for Pakistan. However, it has unleashed a new cultural wave posing serious challenges to the already ethnically vulnerable Pakistani society. Presently, Pakistanis seem to be enamored by a foreign bait, happily embracing China’s moral void.
03 Dec 18/Monday.
Written by Afsana