Yeh Hum Nahin: Saying No To Terrorism

Posted on September 22, 2008
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Adil Najam

In times of pain – and these are times of pain – we sometimes need music to soothe our hurt. Sometimes we need to raise our voice to join others who are also crying out in pain.

We do so, not because it will ease their pain, but merely because it might – just might – ease our own pain.

30 Comments on “Yeh Hum Nahin: Saying No To Terrorism”

  1. Abdullah says:
    September 22nd, 2008 3:19 am

    Very nice song. I think this speaks the true feelings of most Pakistanis. Well done.

  2. PAKISTANI says:
    September 22nd, 2008 3:24 am

    Pakistanis are decent people. No better and no worse than anyone else. These taliban extremists are trying to use us just as these Americans are. We Pakistanis have to stand up and speak for ourselves and not let these religious extremists do it for us.


  3. Salah says:
    September 22nd, 2008 3:25 am

    “i am looking for peace. i am looking for mercy.
    i am looking for evidence of compassion.
    any evidence of life.
    i am looking for life.”

  4. faisal says:
    September 22nd, 2008 4:45 am

    Pop stars in their nice western look and feel are going to defeat Taliban and AlQaeda, singing nice songs?

    I feel good already.

  5. Greg says:
    September 22nd, 2008 7:17 am

    Although I didn’t understand the words, the message is very clear. I have many wonderful friends in Pakistan and my heart is with them, and all Pakistan during these difficult times. I pray things will improve. Hopefully we here in the US will start improving things during the November elections.

  6. jk says:
    September 22nd, 2008 7:50 am

    Good song and I’m impressed by the number of petition signatures. Over 62 million people have signed so far.

  7. Blue Boy says:
    September 22nd, 2008 8:45 am

    Are you on the FACEBOOK?

    Please join PAKISTANIS AGAINST TERRORISM (PAT) a group recently formed in Islamabad because enough is enough!

    Raise your voice against terrorism!

  8. A. Jadoon says:
    September 22nd, 2008 11:26 am

    Moving song expressing what most of Pakistanis actually think and feel! Appropriate time to put it up.

  9. jusathot says:
    September 22nd, 2008 2:12 pm

    Perhaps it is time to look at

  10. Translator says:
    September 22nd, 2008 3:22 pm

    @Greg, here you go

    Not who we are

    What has been spread in our name is nothing but a lie
    Others have marked our forehead with death just to vilify
    The name by which you know us is not who we are
    And what you perceive us to be is not who we are

    That’s not who we are
    That’s not who we are
    That’s not who we are, not who we are
    That’s not who we are, not who we are

    As darkness approached
    we desperately sought our way
    Scared, we torched our home
    just to keep the night away

    But what’s in the air around us is not going to fly
    What’s been spread in our name is nothing but a lie

    That’s not who we are
    That’s not who we are, not who we are

    The name by which you know us is not who we are
    And what you perceive us to be is not who we are

    That’s not who we are
    That’s not who we are, not who we are

    Somewhere along the way we lost what unites us
    We’re a little scared, ’cause some of us feed what bites us
    Granted, your pain is as vast as the sea
    Our wounds are even deeper, the pain greater, has to be

    That’s not who we are
    That’s not who we are
    That’s not who we are, not who we are
    That’s not who we are, not who we are

  11. Kabir Das says:
    September 22nd, 2008 6:39 pm

    @ Pakistani says
    “These taliban extremists are trying to use us just as these Americans are.”

    Let truth not be a casuality in this war on terror. I am not a supporter of Taliban. I am absolutely against millitancy and extremism. However, I would like to say the following about the above statement.

    If any body has been used by any body then these are the Talibans of today who were the Mujahaedeen of yesteryears. In Afghan war against Soviets they were used by America, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to expel Soviets from Afghanistan. When that job was done America left them high and dry. Saudi Arabia continued to support them to fight its proxy war with Iran in Pakistan. Pakistan continued to support them to use them to conquer India.
    It just so happened that the Frankenstein thus created and nurtured turned back to attack its creaters.
    The moral of this story is:
    As you sow so shall you reap or
    Chicken will come home to roost or
    If you will sow the wind you will reap the whirlwind and sorry to say that’s what is happening now.

  12. Kabir Das says:
    September 22nd, 2008 6:47 pm

    @ Salah
    Sorry to say that if you are looking for these things in Pakistan then you are at the wrong place. Go to some place where there is no religious bigotry or hypocrisy.

  13. Sarah says:
    September 22nd, 2008 6:55 pm

    Getting harder and harder to convince folks especially in the States of this:-/

  14. Abu Ali says:
    September 22nd, 2008 8:53 pm

    Please also read a different perspective about YHN from

    article no. 159 to 162


  15. Faraz says:
    September 22nd, 2008 10:00 pm

    “If any body has been used by any body then these are the Talibans of today who were the Mujahaedeen of yesteryears. In Afghan war against Soviets they were used by America, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to expel Soviets from Afghanistan. When that job was done America left them high and dry.”

    I am sick of hearing this garbage theory which is often thrown in to partly or wholly justify these terrorist organizations. That was 25 years ago! Was the U.S./Saudi Arabia supposed to re-educate these people and find them jobs or something? Can they not think for themselves? Are these people so effed up that they cannot distinguish between basic right and wrong any more? Are they so incapable of figuring things out themselves? If they are then may be they are the problem not anyone else! These people are their own creation, not anyone else’s.

  16. sidhas says:
    September 22nd, 2008 11:17 pm

    Adil thanks but we have reached the condition beyond pain.

    But I will say one thing that each time terrorist strike, my resolve to fight them multiplies. Just like many of us, I think people are lining up to fight terrorism. The common men has come to their senses.

    I would add fighting these terrorists is not hard at all. What we need is a clear multi-pronged strategy and resolve to excute it for a decade, at the least because this fight will go on for many more years before we can control it.

    One element of this strategy should be to win over the tribal folks and making sure of their safety and security. Making sure that all of us tell them that they are not abandoned. Also making sure State of Pakistan does not engage in retribution against people. Also, Pakistan needs to invest in fighting the internal insurgenies which has been pointed out by many analyst.

    The other key element would be to carryout target killings of taliban leadership. Not to digress but to give a good example. During Karachi Operation in the ninties, State authorities were in the state of confusion for sometime but when they got their acts together they were able to squash terrorist element within MQM. (let me explicitly say that I oppose how State of Pakistan resorted to extra-judicial kilings in Karachi). But around at the end of 1995 and beginning of 1996, the State authorities were effectively going after only the key terrorists (Fahim Commondo, Javed Michael, and Raheem Kana, etc.). This was possible because of good intelligence and knowing how terrorist operated. Their intelligence was so effective that can not even imagine and they knew how they were after. They had started to differentiate between common Karachities and terrorists though in the proces the state made many mistakes.

    Next, we need to stop funds and weapons reaching these terrorists and start to weave a noose around them.

    I know the geography is an issue but it is not the first time in history that insurgents and rebellions are being fought in rough terrain.

    Overall, strategy matters and one that tries to keep itself reiventing and does not loose the surprise element.

    I think the biggest missing element that was absent that is support from commen men is now present. Inshallah, we will win this war and root out terrorism in Pakistan.

  17. ahsan says:
    September 23rd, 2008 1:16 am

    For god sake . Let people get out of this crap of ” yeh hum nahi”.
    It is our very own home grown terrorism.

  18. farzad says:
    September 23rd, 2008 4:27 am

    Yeh Hum Hai!..
    There are outside forces taking advantage of weakness of Pakistanis, but I agree there are a lot of homegrown terrorists. What happened at the red mosque wasn

  19. Taimur says:
    September 23rd, 2008 8:22 am

    Nice song. We must dissassociate from these killers terrorists. They do not speak for me and nor can they kill other Muslims in my name.

  20. Eidee Man says:
    September 23rd, 2008 12:35 pm

    Frankly, I’m sick of songs like this one. Why are we trying to show the world that we’re against terrorism?

    Why does a country that has suffered the MOST (yes, the most, in terms of lives, and other material wealth) at the hands of terrorists need to do this?

    Are the burnt bodies of our people not evidence enough?

  21. Aisha says:
    September 23rd, 2008 12:35 pm

    I agree…we must all be a loud voice and take a stand against terrorism in the World. Silence signifies approval rather than disapproval. We are all human beings and must protest against the killing of innocent people wherever or whomever they may be, otherwise we are just as guilty. Truly God fearing people find no satisfaction in the murders of the innocent and aren’t disillusioned about receiving rewards for such heinous offenses. Violence begets Violence. Two wrongs don’t ever make a right. Violence resolves nothing but does bloody the hands.

    When so many Muslims are involved in terrorism (even against fellow Muslims) claiming to be doing righteous deeds in the name of Allah, they are shaming us and giving the world the wrong idea about us and our religion as being one that perpetrates violence as a solution to every thing. We must make a stand because these terrorists are our oppressors, murdering without rational or necessary cause or direction, like shooting blindly into a crowd of people! Where does all of this hatred come from? Who are those that are responsible for fueling and creating Muslim terrorists as a means to an end? They too should be imprisoned for preaching such evil and violence to the poor and ignorant with false promises in Allah’s name!

    Likewise, we must seriously fight gov’t corruption on all levels so that necessry social changes can really result in the social changes that we need and want as a country. How can we end the corruption? Award whistle blowers who expose corruption? Immediately remove from office or position those accused of corruption (awaiting an uncorrupt investigation into the allegations) and Inprison the “guilty” corrupted officials? Shame and humiliate them publicly in the news and in the press? I say yes!

  22. September 23rd, 2008 12:39 pm

    The song may be good by I do not agree with it. It is our people. Pakistanis are killing Pakistanis without any reason.

  23. sidhas says:
    September 23rd, 2008 1:55 pm


    This extremist mindset is result of teachings of certain elements within our society. Once you except the premise conclusion follows.
    When you go back in to contemporary history, the first person to contribute to such extreme and deviant views and practice was Muhammed Ibn Wahab (see how Al-akhwan group operated in Arabia). In recent times, among those who have contributed to this mindset are Syed Qutb (his view of Jahilliya) and to certain extent all fundamentalists ideologues (JI, Hizb ut-Tahrir, etc.). You have to really shift across to a their paradigm to understand where the rage is initiating.

    I think there two other contributing factors to our miseries. The other equally extreme situation is that our liberal and education elites are so far removed from their own religion and culture and people that they can not even understand what ails these muslims. These liberal and educated elites are corrupt to their bones. For some reason, Zardari comes to mind.

    The third element is that our religious class (ullema and mullahs) is fragmented and intellectually bankrupt.

  24. Qaiser says:
    September 23rd, 2008 5:07 pm

    We need to say this not only to the world but really to these terrorists. As someone said, they do not speak for me and they cannot kill in the name of my religion.

  25. Musalmanan-e-Moderate says:
    September 23rd, 2008 6:40 pm

    I think the most embarrassing thing that came out of the Marriott blast was the contradictory and stupid statements by Mr Rehman Malik, the wannabe Home Minister about cancellation of the Prime Minister’s dinner in the Marriott which never was and of all terrorists belonging to NWFP.

  26. Riaz Haq says:
    September 23rd, 2008 8:47 pm

    The fact that the bombers were able to get into such a secure zone inside Islamabad and carry out the deadly Marriott bombing just before an unannounced Pakistani leadership dinner there shows that there are insiders involved. It’s an unfortunate fact that many Pakistanis (a significant minority) see this jihad rather than the cold blooded mass murder of innocent people, while others sympathize or at least rationalize such dastardly acts by blaming America or the Pakistani military or someone other than the perpetrators. Just watch the conspiracy theories and blame-America talk bandied about on Pak TV channels and you’ll see what I am talking about. To stop this, Pakistanis have to first purge such elements and see the reality of what is going on in our own midst. According to anecdotal evidence and some published polls, the support for war on terror is at a low point in spite of the continuing killing of innocent Pakistanis. This is the sad reality of the insensitivity within Pakistan. It has to change for any improvement to occur to save innocent lives being lost on a daily basis.

  27. Anjum says:
    September 25th, 2008 10:51 am

    I propose a followup song – HUM TUM NAHIN, which is directed to the terrorists and these suicide bombers to say to them that we are not with them and they do not speak for us.

  28. Jibran Hasnain says:
    October 19th, 2008 11:42 am

    A Fake campaign that earned thousands of $$$
    Many people signed it more than 10 times!!

    It would have been great had they spent such huge advertising budgets in some constructive campaign (like Grameen Bank, Bangladesh)

  29. ALINA says:
    December 6th, 2008 1:43 am

    it is agood massage we pakistanis agree to it

  30. TALHA says:
    March 13th, 2010 2:46 am


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