Pakistan’s State of Emergency is over. You know the one spoken of in troubled voices on CNN? The reason many non-desi friends asked in hushed voices if it was really wise to go to Pakistan considering? The way the media covered it you’d think the residents of Pakistan were spending their time trembling under beds watching the news with their binkie blankets. My relatives who my folks are staying with are one big military family with my chacha/chachi/cousins ALL in the military and all living in Islamabad… so I figured they’d be riveted and catching the play by play of this international scandal, but apparently not…
Me: Sooo, the State of Emergency is over!
Ami: The State of what?
Ami: Oh…that.. is it over?
Me: Yesss… its all over the news here… How are people reacting?
Ami: hold one second beta… *speaking to relatives* Uh huh, that Emergency thing, its over. Yes, Aisha said. Yes, she’s doing good.
Me: You mean you didn’t know? People aren’t cheering in the streets?
Ami: No, people are busy doing their Eid shopping beta! But that’s nice!