Pakistanis Die. Pakistanis Cry. Yet Again.

Posted on September 13, 2008
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Adil Najam

This was another bad week for Pakistanis. Our closest international ally continued bombing our territory. The self-style custodians of our morality kept up the indiscriminate killing of our citizen. One of our most popular television show anchors incited murder in the name of religion through television.

Once again, this was a week when  Pakistanis died. Pakistanis cried.


The political machinations in the country continue to be a distraction that is keeping many, too many, glued to the soap opera quality twists and turns in the story of Pakistan’s tortured democratic experiment. But the real story in the country remains what it has for the last two years: a divided society which is at war. Niether the self-styled custodians of our internal identity nor our self-styled freinds abroad seem to be helping. Indeed, they keep making things worse for Pakistanis everywhere.

Meanwhile, Pakistanis continue to die. Pakistan continues to cry.

Whether it is pre-US-election posturing or a deeper shift in US policy, it is clear that the American forces have increased their military incursions into Pakistani territory. Beyond the fact that this is clearly a violation of the sovereign territory of a country they claim to be their ‘closest all,’ one cannot even imagine what the strategic logic of these incursions could possibly be since each incursion only strengthens the hand of the extremist elements that are supposedly after, angers Pakistani public opinion, and pushes the Pakistan goevrnment into a tighter corner. There is no real evidence that they have hit any important militant target but innocent Pakistanis, including children, women and even Pakistani soldiers have certainly been killed; 15 killed this Wednesday; 12 more on Friday.

Meanwhile. Pakistanis continue to die. Pakistan continues to cry.

Meanwhile, the merchants of murder and mayhem thrive even more in this condition and continue their war against Pakistan. Indeed, they seem now to be targetting the places of worship themselves. Only today an alleged suicide bomber was caught in Islamabad. On Thursday, 25 died in a grenade attack at a mosque in the Banai area of Dir during taraweeh prayers. Last Saturday, even as Asif Ali Zardari was being elected President, 31 people were killed and another 81 others injured as a suicide bomber blew himself and his vehicle up at the Zangali police post at Kohat Road, Peshawar.

Meanwhile. Pakistanis continue to die. Pakistan continues to cry.

And those who one might have wanted to bring calm and lessons of peace, are themselves engrossed in preaching hate, and in this case murder, to mass audiences. On September 7, Aamir Liaquat Hussain – GEO TV’s popular religious talk-show anchor, former MQM Minister, a holder of multiple fake degrees, and religious instigator extraordinaire – in his GEO TV Show Alim Online presided over a long discussion instigating that those holding Ahmadiyya beliefs were ‘wajib ul qatl’ (i.e., liable to death). The next day, Dr. Abdul Mannan Siddiqi – a 46 year-old Ahmadi in Mirpurkhas and a US-trained cardiologist who had retruned to work in his community – was murdered in broad daylight while working at his local hospital. The next day, Seth Muhammad Yousuf of Nawabshah was also murdered brutally. Whether there is a direct link between the two or not, the preaching of hatred and the practice of hatred both thrive in our land of the pure.

Meanwhile. Pakistanis continue to die. Pakistan continues to cry.

One sits here, shaken by sadness at this waste of human life, and wonders: at how many hands and for how many reasons should Pakistanis die? How long must Pakistan cry?

97 responses to “Pakistanis Die. Pakistanis Cry. Yet Again.”

  1. correction. Ahmadi doctors working for Fadhle Umar Hospitals do not serve the ahmadiyya community. They serve the whole area without descriminating on the basis of belief or cast etc.

  2. Alveena says:

    Well, I’m not an Ahmedi nor Sunni or Shia only a Muslim without any sect. I’ve few questions in my mind
    1. Can a government declare sombody a non-muslim?
    2. Can anyone can call other sect KAFIR (thanks God, He has not given this authority to human beings)
    3. Is this a responsible attitude of a TV channel?
    4. Is there any reasonable person among our so called leaders to condemn it on huminitarian basis?
    5. Why all mulla’s in Amir Liaqat’s program don’t ask him about his fraud of getting fake degrees and contesting election
    6. Does he has this moral courage to accept it in public?
    7. What if Christian, Jews, hindus and other religion in the world declare muslims as WAJ-i-BUL QATAL
    8. What if even a single devleoped country (USA, CANADA, UK, etc..) asked Muslims to change their religion or leave the country as Ahmedis are supposed to do in Pakistan?
    If anybody has answer to these questions please do tell me

  3. Rehman says:

    Sada, there is a slight problem in assemblies trying to decide on a person or group’s beliefs

  4. faisal says:

    Anyone care to know why the West, which used to be a steadfast christiandom, to a secular and atheist society in a matter of few centuries? Well this is it.

    Constant killings in the name of gods and personal beliefs.

  5. Sada says:

    We cannot open the question of constitutionality of declaring Ahmadies non-muslims here. It was not done dolely by Mullah. Instead it was decision taken by a Constitutional Assembly where all political parties of Pakistan were represented. Prominent leadrs such as Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Wali Khan, and so many others were there and matter was discussed thoroughly there and then it was decided. Lead was taken by people like Pirzada and Yahya Bukhtiar as legal team. So please do not destrye facts here by showing that it was a decision undertaken by few Mullahs.

    Rest, saying that Ahmadies are wajib ul Qatal is totally wrong and non-sense. They ahve all right to live along us in Pakistana nd whosoever says this is wrong.

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