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I hate to admit it, but Stalin was right. One death is a tragedy, thousands statistics.
Last time I checked, death toll because of flood was 1400 all over Pakistan. 1400 is the reported figure, how many perished who were not reported, while they were travelling or due to outbreak of disease is another matter.
Sorry to say our journalists except few have proved to be no better than our politicians. While I heard the term “national tragedy” for the plane crash over and over, I heard no such thing for the flood. On a talk show right now, Sharmeela Farouqi and Ameen Khattak are drawing daggers at each other. If only they took half the effort to overlook relief operations, hundereds of lives could be saved.
While the death of Raza Haider is a tragedy, along wit many innocent people, many of them members of MQM and ANP who are killing each other. But what wrong did the thousands of people who are dying only because of lack of attention do to anyone?
Stalin was so right. Larger statistics will get more sympathy donations. Statistics are more important, not people.