No matter how a country evaluates its progress through modernization, it still lacks the essence in most parts and is unable to break from all barriers given its path. Most people do not defend modernization and are strictly against the idea of putting forth new bridges before old traditions.
The irony, if some foreign soul attempts to do something out of the blue on a land where one doesn’t follow, they are not only forgiven but applauded even if it breaks old traditions and disrespects your culture.
Recently, some same foreigner attempted to do something that placed a question mark on her act. Cynthia Ritchie was seen bicycling on the roads of none other than “Peshawar”.
— Cynthia D. Ritchie (@CynthiaDRitchie) November 12, 2018
Peshawar is known to be a city that marks the flag of respect for women. To go cycling, wasn’t the best ideas of Cynthia Ritchie at all. She should’ve learnt more about Pukhtoons culture before randomly cycling through the roads of Peshawar.
Here is how Pakistanis shared their cent of view:
I am afraid, cycling in public by girls can be done and is done by girls in cantonment areas only! Even then there is ogling for sure. No girl in her right mind can do this on the city side. Cux the men out on the streets are worse than dogs. At least dogs mind their own bushes pic.twitter.com/59tdezAqYl
— Saba Akbar Baloch (@saba_bee) November 13, 2018
Guess she was spared for being a Foreigner… You get the green flag for not being a Pakistani.
Please just stop. How many Pakistani women did you see riding around On a bicycle like this? https://t.co/Bqa2fBH4gy
— Gule (@gulmeenay) November 13, 2018
The irony in these pictures is that if Pakistani women in Peshawar try to do this – they wouldn’t be able to. Think about that. https://t.co/lkRCOl2htP
— Sehar Tariq (@sehartariq) November 13, 2018
Bet many of the men praising her in this thread (and it seems to be almost all men) wouldn’t let their sisters do the same.
— Arsalan Khan (@akkhan81) November 14, 2018
Behan toh behan hai jee. Yeh toh behan nai na!
True … Tharkio ki aik fauj hogi right and left
— Dr Ayesha (@DrAyeshaNaveed) November 13, 2018
Sadly, not to protect her.
Common women can not roam freely in Peshawar if no male is accompanying them , I do not buy this propaganda
— Casuist of🍌Republic (@libcasuist) November 13, 2018
Neither do we.
Indeed ironic, why would a desi compare a GORI with American culture to a woman born n brought up in Peshawar ?
— Fazal kakakhel (@Fazal_Haleem) November 14, 2018
Exactly … and how many Pakistani woman can actually do this without getting all kinds of crap from people on the street? … these stunts and gimmicks are so lame … instead of promoting some kind of a delusional ‘positive’ image it’s basically #theignorantsideofgoras
— Khurram Qureshi (@fatherofyousaf) November 13, 2018
Projection of false delusional image has became a new way of gathering followers.
— Ahmad Masood (@ahmadmasood_m) November 13, 2018
Minister Zartaj Gul was also given a shut up call for praising Cynthia. Oops!
Are you serious? Post a picture of yourself doing all this, make it safe for other women and then it will be a soft safe image. Until then it’s shameless optics.
— Asimah (@asimahNShah) November 13, 2018
Not against the idea of promoting “Naya Pakistan” but this kind of stunts don’t make sense when you’re overstepping culture and bringing forth something that is considered “delusional” by many of the Pakistani themselves.