Eye on Pakistan

More anti-IDP propaganda

Posted in Domestic Affairs by onpakistan on June 17, 2009

The steady stream of alarmist articles about the effects of IDP movement and settlement within Pakistan continue to be spewed forth from the press. The latest is this article on professional beggars posing as IDPs. In the bigger scheme of things, begger-gang impersonation of IDPs is irrelevant. In terms of professional (and non-professional) begging, the numbers pretending to have fled the miltiary action is miniscule. Similarly the issue of this impersonation (if, indeed, one sees it as an issue) fades into insignificance in the face of the displaced persons crisis. The ‘criminalisation’ of begging is a well-studied and remarked upon phenomenon for the Indian case (see this powerful article). In the case of the article noted above, the author is forming, in the minds of his reader, a triangular link between begging, the IDPs, and criminal activity. This link does not exist, and we should not allow the people of Pakistan to believe that it is of any significance.

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