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I am a student from Pakistan currently on scholarship at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. Before running another eloquent article about the disintegration of Pakistan, I wish newspaper editors would consider how it will hamper me emotionally as a Pakistani.

No matter how much I and many of my countrymen try deep down not to respond to the comments in such an article, the reality is that we’re being torn apart.

We did not choose anything: our piece of land, the Cold War, the religion. Most of the (religious) materials spread about years ago were funded by the CIA and distributed by the CIA’s accomplice – ISI (Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence).

We didn’t want Osama or Obama. To the best of my knowledge, though, bin Laden and his ideology were enshrined by the CIA during the Cold War.

Born in 1983, I now realize why President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was dumped (overthrown in a military coup and executed in 1979 after being convicted of complicity in a political murder) and made into a horrible example.

Bhutto knew the consequences that the future generation, like me and many I know, would have to bear.

Please, leave us alone. You want nuclear weapons? Take them, but don’t bomb us. Just leave us alone as Pakistanis.

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

khalid majeed

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