Biased sympathy

Uroosa Jadoon

The event that took place on the 27th of March, shook the whole country to its core when 72 people lost their lives and more than 340 sustained serious injuries. Soon after, the Lahore bomb blast, prayers for Lahore started streaming on twitter with thousands of celebrities expressing their condolences. Facebook launched its safety app showing the list of people in our close circles who were marked safe. Following this, the next day pictures of famous landmarks in USA started pouring in that had lighted up in colours of our flag in solidarity with the victims. Among these pictures was the picture of Eiffel tower, in Paris, in green and yellow.
These widely spread images gave a sense of relief and unity, until it was cleared by an online website that the picture of the Eiffel tower was dated back to 2007 when Paris hosted the rugby world cup, and not in solidarity with Pakistan. When the mayor of Paris was approached and asked if the Eiffel tower would be lighted up the same way it had after the Brussels attack, she gave a cold reply that there are regular attacks around the world… the attack in Brussels has a special resonance because we have an exceptional link with it. This biased feelings of sympathy greatly saddened us. Therefore, people are advised to only share authentic information on the social media because we still can’t distinguish between our friends and enemies and such posts can create a biased opinion in us as well.
—Karachi

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