I have already talked about the warmth and generosity of the people I have met here in Karachi. But the news is currently full of a story that has shown the very brutal side of Pakistan that has shocked people here and plunged them into sadness...as if they do not have enough to cope with.
Two teenage brothers, 15 and 17 years old, were in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were tied up, brutally attacked and tortured to death by a crowd of people. The most shocking part of this story is that the police stood by and even aided the crowd to carry out this atrocity...this has come to light because videos were made of the killings. The police have been identified and currently are being held for trial.
I was horrified by this story but have no right to comment when I think of the horrifying things that happen in New Zealand...like the torture and killing of the Kahui twins...an act that still goes unpunished by law.
The comment I will make is that modern technology may have a profound effect in places like Pakistan ...such as having the ability to make a video with a cell phone and rapidly disseminate information by social media. People have told me that they feel this will open up society and drive the move to greater democracy....time will tell if this is the case.