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Rehman Baba’s Mausoleum in Peshawar Blown Up

Posted on March 5, 2009
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Owais Mughal

Khudaya dasey tanha na kei souk pe gham kei,
laka ze da yaar pe gham kei yum tanha!
Na ba ma ghundei shaheed wi pe jahan kei,
ne ba ta ghundei dilbar shi bal paida!

Lord, do not make anyone lonely in sorrow
like I am alone in grief for my beloved!
Never will there be on earth a martyr like me,
Nor a beloved like you be found!

Enemies of Pakistan are at it again. After blowing up girls schools in North West Pakistan, forcing traffic to drive on right hand side instead of left in Malakand, digging up the grave of a minority sect leader and hanging the already dead person in the public square in Swat, militants have now started blowing the resting place of those who are already dead.

Is there any limit to this insanity?

Pashto’s language’s famous poet Rehman Baba‘s mausoleum was severely damaged by militants in the early hours of March 5, 2009.

Believe it or not; probably like some of our readers, I am now reluctant to open newspaper to avoid reading any bad news about Pakistan. It hurts. It simply hurts. This is such a bitter pill ‘jo na ugli jaaye hai na nigli jaaye hai’ (which I can neither swallow nor throw out). I have now become numb to bad news and I try to avoid it but then every few days a bigger and worse bad news like the one above comes by which I have to write about. This is despite the pain I feel in writing these sentences.

According to Dawn newspaper:

The shrine’s watchman had received a threat from suspected militants on his cell phone three days ago. He told police that the attack took place to crack down on the tradition of women making pilgrimages to the site of the grave of Rehman baba; a 17th century poet, revered for his message of love and peace.

The high intensity device almost destroyed the grave of the Rehman Baba and the gates of a mosque, canteen and conference hall situated in the spacious Rehman Baba Complex. Police said the bombers had tied explosives around the pillars of the tombs, to pull down the mausoleum.

The entire area was covered with thick smoke and dust soon after the blast,’ said the president of the volunteers of the shrine association of the complex, Sardar Khan, who was busy in removing rubble of the damaged portions. He told Dawn that he was the first one to reach the shrine after the blast. ‘I saw major portion of the grave was blown up and the building was badly damaged but no one was present there,’ he said and added that he informed the local police and some media persons about the incident.

The Dawn newspaper gives more information on the mausoleum complex in following words:

The tomb was a part of the spacious complex housing a conference hall, library, mosque, canteen, guest house, small shrines of some other saints, Tawoos Baba, Syed Sattar Bacha and Syed Sultan Bacha.

The work on construction of the complex was initiated on November 17, 1991 and completed in 1994 with an estimated cost of about 15 million rupees.

Rehman Baba’s full name was Abd-ur-Rehman and he lived 1632 to 1707 AD. He enjoys the same fame in Pushto as Shirazi does in Persian.

I, along with our editorial board as well as our readers sincerely hope and pray for peace in Pakistan and hope to get our lovely country back from the clutches of these ‘zaalim’ people who could do acts like the ones shown in photos here.

God bless Pakistan and here is our prayer to peace !

I want to end this post with a couplet from Rehman Baba’s poem ‘Agony of Love’.

ATP’s Earlier Post: Two Poems by Rehman Baba

Photo Credits: Riaz Anjum at Associated Press of Pakistan

References:

1. The first Pushto sher of Rehman Baba is from the website here
2. Pashto Academy: University of Peshawar: Nightingale of Peshawar
3. Poetry of Rehman Baba at Learn Pushto

53 Comments on “Rehman Baba’s Mausoleum in Peshawar Blown Up”

  1. March 5th, 2009 11:19 pm

    This just breaks the heart into so many pieces.

    Even the message of peace and love from someone who has been dead so long is a threat to the purveyors of hate.

    It is the deep abyss of hate that is all around us, all over and everywhere, that is the great curse of our times. Hate is the common denominator amongst extremists of all ilk – in the name of religion, in the name of patriotism, in the name of identity, even in the name of peace.

    Just like those super-patriots around the world who wish to sow the words of war feel threatened more by the words of peace than anything else; so too those who sow the words of hate are threatened by the words of love that are the currency of someone like Rahman Baba.

  2. March 5th, 2009 11:25 pm

    What else is to be expected from neanderthals with guns like the Taliban ?

  3. Watan Aziz says:
    March 5th, 2009 11:46 pm

    @Bangash Khan

    What else is to be expected from neanderthals with guns like the Taliban ?

    The same that is expected from the neanderthals with guns and power and reside in the urban centers of Pakistan who deny justice and equity to the common man.

    The vast majority of good, decent and hardworking Pakistanis have become double hostage to those who do not respect law, faith or humanity.

    Which is whom? Heads you win; tails you win.

    Rahaman Baba, “What medicine will do?” Equity and Justice will do.

  4. Anam Pugganwala says:
    March 6th, 2009 12:02 am

    This is insane….These so-called-true-Muslims and protectors of Islam think that just by keeping beards and praying 5 times a day they can go to heaven…Do they even think before acting so ruthless and bizarre?

  5. MQ says:
    March 6th, 2009 12:08 am

    Here are rough translations of two random couplets from Rakhman Baba:

    “Pull back the edge of the dopatta from your face, I guarantee
    That you will make the Aurangzeb of the age a Qalandar”

    “I was steel, but when you spun me into a string of rubab
    I became music”

  6. Saleem Khan says:
    March 6th, 2009 12:43 am

    Disgraceful act of cowardice.

  7. antitaliban says:
    March 6th, 2009 1:10 am

    Disgusting!

    And on top of it, the e-jihadis are cheering over this attack.

    http://forums.islamicawakening.com/showthread.php?t=22554

    What do the resident Taliban apologists say about this?

  8. Riaz Haq says:
    March 6th, 2009 1:14 am

    This incident is a part of the ongoing culture war in Pakistan that seems to be intensifying with the growing use of the naked military force in the region by all sides.

    In a recent OpEd published in San Francisco chronicle, Deepak Chopra and Salman Ahmad argue that Pakistan is a war zone, but its battle is far more cultural than military. Many Pakistanis realize this fact and is holding its breath, hoping that President Obama will come to the same realization. As long as the United States pursues the futile military policy of the Bush years, the situation in Pakistan will grow increasingly dire.

  9. Shazia R. Hussain says:
    March 6th, 2009 1:47 am

    These maniacs are doing what they are doing because they have been given a free hand to do as they please. This is what happens when we elect crooks as our leaders. This is what happens when our leaders make peace deals with barbarians who killed hundreds of people in cold blood and blew up hundreds of schools in Swat. No questions asked, no one convicted.

  10. Nadeem says:
    March 6th, 2009 3:44 am

    I tell you one thing, no muslim can do such insane acts, how fundamental he is.. this is like.. what can I say.. going out of words.. these are our enemies.. enemies with no face.. these are simply mad dogs.. and only cure is just kill them.. these are the pigs come from across the border.. bloody indians and afghanis are doing this..

  11. Naseer says:
    March 6th, 2009 4:06 am

    - We condemn this madness, sheer sickness.
    -Though I dont understand Pushto but the sentiment expressed in the pushto poems are amply felt.
    - This act of frustration is like the rocketing of the Bamian Buddha.
    Seems no cheers are coming our way for sometime in the future.
    Naseer

  12. March 6th, 2009 5:09 am

    First they came for Ahmadis:

    I am convinced that this is the natural and obvious consequence of not speaking out against the outrage of Sep. 1974. The takfiri mullahs went after ahmadis, hijacked the first democratically elected parliament, hoodwinked Bhutto into making the ammendment in the constituion. Despite the somewhat luke warm disappointment shown by the liberal quarters, the majority sunni population agreed with the verdict. Now the saudi/salafi creed has metamorphed into a hideous monster. They rode on the shoulders of more puritanical sunnis (deobandis) who were atleast respectful of many Divines and Sufis all over Pakistan. Even Barelvis who adhere to many sufi ways made sure that they were part of this takfiri process. Now Salafi/Wahabi creed took over the madrassahs, created Taliban and militant groups which stand on the extreme to ridiculously extreme range on the theological spectrum who like to kill and main in the name of Islam.
    The majority of Pakistan should know that this is because you did not stop this vile movement when it came to a minority sect. Who do you expect to help you when the majority is the target?

  13. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 6th, 2009 6:02 am

    Another post here has mentioned the anti-Qadiani movement here, from the 1970′s. Indeed it was the original movement from 1949 that rehabilitated the mullahs who otherwise had no political future as a result of opposing Pakistan and calling the Quaid e Azam ‘Kafir e Azam’. Ignoring how we allowed the army to deny us forever a civilised country with Rule of Law and instead gave us a banana republic with martial – i.e. jungle – law. Ignoring too how we callously denied that our forces and their al-badr and al-shams proxies were killing and raping our own people in 1971. But even Rahman Baba would not have been able to ignore what Zia did to a neighbouring country and our own society just for US approval and dollars for his illegitimate rule. We were silent, if not celebrating, when Zia brought in his Taliban-like laws. We allowed the likes of Sipah Sahaba to be developed in our midst. We didn’t mind our own youth being turned in to LeT militias and sent to kill in Kashmir. We hailed or ignored all that the Taliban were up to in Afghanistan. We released Sufi Muhammad despite his crimes in illegally taking thousands of youth to Afghnistan (not to mention his flouting radio broadcast licensing laws!). And now we have the likes of Fazlullah and Beitullah. Rahman Baba would have seen this back in 1979, had he been around. In his own words:

    Sow flowers so your surroundings become a garden
    Don

  14. Tazeen says:
    March 6th, 2009 6:55 am

    What a sad sad incident. I am sure the people who had been threatening for such a long time would not be that hard to crack but no one will crack them.

    Taliban are here and now and the government is busy in horsetrading.

  15. atif says:
    March 6th, 2009 7:37 am

    Couldn’t the Long March be about ridding Pakistan of the Taliban. Can Pakistanis for once unite and come out in millions to support a Swati girl’s right to education and walk all the way up to Mingora from Islamabad?
    I fear every day for Takhti Bahi.

  16. Anwar says:
    March 6th, 2009 9:04 am

    It was a serene and peaceful place to visit and to contemplate.
    A sad event but I hope that people mislead by religious zealots and extremists will revolt against these thugs in disgust…

  17. Hina says:
    March 6th, 2009 9:25 am

    This one hits home, we used to study about this great poet as elemntary school children in NWFP.
    It is a loss of heritage, a shameless and brazen destroying of one’s own roots, like throwing acid in one’s ancestor’s face.

    One person metioned being numb to the hell that is happening in Pakistan on daily bases…I know where you coming from.
    I called my fater in law in Mardan and he satrted mentioning someone blowing a music shop in bazar, I interuppted him, I said I don’t want to hear it. Called my folks in Peshawar, they are complaining about all the Swat refuges( people who left their homes to avoid the tyranny of Taliban) staying in the camps on the outskirts of the city causing too much’rush’ and ‘Nufsa Nufsi’ in the city. I want to hang up the phone..I just don’t want to hear it. Give me a piece of some freaking good news for once!

    But we all know, not hearing it doesn’t mean it ain’t happening. And then there are my small children who constantly ask me when I am taking them to Pakistan, when I am going to show them the land where their pasrent were born and lived some of the happiest years of their lives.

    I am terrified..will there be a land to take them to,
    would I myself will be able to recognize the place and people and culture that I was born into and spend the first 21 years of life?

    But what I am most terrifed of is this: Worst case scenrio when there is nothing left but ashes and destruction, when talking of happier Pakistan becomes similar to talking about land of myts and legends…… Was there anything that I could have done other then voicing my sadness and grief to avoid that final catostrophe?

  18. Zecchetti says:
    March 6th, 2009 9:33 am

    And of mankind are some who take (for worship) others besides Allah as rivals (to Allah). They love them as they love Allah. But those who believe, love Allah more (than anything else). If only, those who do wrong could see, when they will see the torment, that all power belongs to Allah and that Allah is Severe in punishment. (Surah Al-Baqarah:165)

  19. Muqadas Khan says:
    March 6th, 2009 11:17 am

    @owais mughal
    “I, along with our editorial board as well as our readers sincerely hope and pray for peace in Pakistan and hope to get our lovely country back from the clutches of these

  20. Ahmed says:
    March 6th, 2009 11:45 am

    Can the Shrif borthers/ Qazis/Imran Khans for once condemn these elements categorically and forcefully and by name that is the Taliban/ the lashker jhagwi/ the jesh muhammad? If only Sharif could put his weight against these elements , I am sure this would be a big political win against the terrorists. But he will never do it, and so he is given a free pass of safety by these elements too.

  21. wo subha zaroor aye ghi says:
    March 6th, 2009 12:49 pm

    As you sow, so shall you reap!

    The munaafiq quam should expect no other outcome than what is currently unfolding. You enabled the munaafiq mullah who opposed the very creation to Pakistan by falling for their distorted view of the Holy Quran and Hadith. You fervently hold on to the distorted view of the religion passed down by the semi-literate mullah. You do not hesitate from shirk by passing judgment on others who disagree with your brand of religion, and by ‘banishing’ them from your daira-e-Islam.

    Well, the all devouring mullah monster that you helped create is now quoting the very same Quranic versus to annihilate you because you also stand in its path. Now that the demonic fire is touching your own nest, you feel the heat.

    I am and will never be in doubt about the Allah’s Rehmat and Mercy. The creation of Pakistan took priceless sacrifice. Allah will help the believers who uphold Islam to be a religion of peace and harmony and who also walk the talk. Take the Quran out of its cover and read with an open mind. You will find it to be an everlasting universal message for tolerance, love, inclusion, forgiveness, and mercy. It will reaffirm the fact there is no compulsion in religion. It will confirm that it is Allah and only Allah who decides who is or is not a believer.

    Prove yourselves worthy of Allah’s forgiveness and mercy. Liberate your selves from the clutches of ignorance, if you seek salvation. Leave Allah’s judgments to Him and worry about your own day of judgment. Expect to reap tomorrow, what you sow today.

  22. Usman Khan says:
    March 6th, 2009 12:59 pm

    Zecchetti, either your post is incomplete, by mistake, or I am too stupid to see what in the world is the relevance of the particular Quranic quote to the Rahman Baba story. Perhaps, you’ll care to explain.

  23. Owais Mughal says:
    March 6th, 2009 1:32 pm

    More tragic photos of desecration to Rehman Baba’s resting place here

  24. Anonymous says:
    March 6th, 2009 1:37 pm

    @ Usman Khan

    I don’t think Zecchetti’s post was a mistake at all. I think he’s simply suggesting that the destruction of the mausoleum was well-deserved, or even carried out by Allah because it was some sort of unislamic innovation. I don’t think he’s alone though. If you look at that link posted earlier (forum.islamicawakening…) you’ll find that there are plenty of people who not only share this opinion but far harsher opinions as well….

    isn’t the world funny, nobody seems to believe in live-and-let-live anymore…:)

  25. meengla says:
    March 6th, 2009 1:55 pm

    Wonderful. Great job. What’s next: The Mazaar of Quaid e Azam? Women go there too!

    But then….when half of the country call the dead of Lal Masjid as ‘Shaheed’ then anything is possible.

  26. Hammad says:
    March 6th, 2009 2:08 pm

    Force should not be used to stop ‘objectionable practices’, I would prefer if such things could be resolved through dialogue. I dont think these people can though…I did not expect people doing this in the name of Islam on the grave of a saintly poet.

    Whoever is not befriended by God Rahman
    Even if he has armies, he is all alone

    Such is the effect of yours over the face of Rehman,
    Like a flame of fire over a thinly dry stalk.

    Hammad.
    http://beta.vajood.com/

  27. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 6th, 2009 2:21 pm

    What Sir Syed started more than a hundred years ago, was taken further by Jinnah, Iqbal and Abul Kalam Azad – three very different but equally great men. Unfortunately, the All India Congress misunderstood the mission and failed to see the shared goals. The Pakistan Army did not care one jot for the mission, its principles, or any principle, law or constitution at all. Instead of emulating Aligarh, the Army turned our youth in to their proxy militias – the jihadis – lent a speical helping hand by Zia-ul-Haq. These barbarians are now destroying not just what Sir Syed started, but Pakistan itself. As far as the resulting Pakistani mentality is concerned, especially since Zia, Sir Syed has already been completely defeated. Perhaps, decades or centuries in the future, another effort might be made by the Muslims of South Asia, in the same spirit and for the same purpose as Sir Syed’s. Until then, the darkness and the misery will continue and multiply. After reducing the Quaid and Iqbal to mere pictures on the wall, since 1958 (if not 1949), so what if their tombs are also destroyed like Rahman Baba’s.

  28. Dilawar says:
    March 6th, 2009 2:53 pm

    This is the work of the enemies of Islam and the enemies of Pakistan. Anyone who will defend such an act is clearly not a Muslim, no matter how many verses from the Quran he quotes out of context.

    Do whatever you will to his mousuleum, but Rahman Baba will live in heaven, because his message was one of love. And those who did this as well as those who defend this act will burn in hell.

  29. wo subha zaroor aiye ghi says:
    March 6th, 2009 3:09 pm

    One wonders if the thekedaars of Islam will hesitate from desecrating Rauza e Nabwi (SAW).

  30. Samad says:
    March 6th, 2009 5:15 pm

    There is now a clear pattern in what they do.

    First they attack these cultural symbols, then they start spreading more fear by targetting poor people like tailors etc and then they escalate.

    Expect even more in places like Peshawar and after that in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi

  31. Usman Khan says:
    March 6th, 2009 7:49 pm

    Woh Subh, your first paragraph is guilty of exactly what it is accusing others (the generalised “you”) of. The second paragraph, I’m afraid, sounds very much like gloating. You say “it is Allah and only Allah who decides who is or is not a believer”, yet you also know who is a “munafiq qaum” and you decide who is committing “shirk”. Your last paragraph is perfectly fine, but if you replace “you” and “yoursleves” with “we” and “ourselves” it will sound even less arrogant, presumptious and self-righteous.

    Whether the sarcasm in the query I made of Zechhetti was clear or not, makes no difference, as long as people know exactly what he was trying to say. He and his ilk might be a minority. But it’s a huge minority. Critical mass has been reached. Unfolding events confirm that the momentum is against ‘live and let live’ and for ‘kill or be killed’. Yet, we cannot give up. We might as well fight on. Die fighting rather than die begging.

  32. Nostalgic says:
    March 6th, 2009 8:01 pm

    As someone here said, a country where people believe the Lal Masjid weirdos were martyrs will not bat an eyelid at this atrocity… it isn’t so much the attack as the lack of any public outrage that is the problem here…

    By the way, why haven’t the resident conspiracy theorists pointed their fingers across the eastern border yet? What is the world coming to?

  33. AAC says:
    March 6th, 2009 8:44 pm

    I honestly am scared of watching news on tv and even coming to this website..its always one bad news preceded by another..our beloved country has gone to the dogs and nobody seems to take any action to prevent it from more disaster but that is to be expected as we are cursed with the worst possible political leadership in the entire world.

  34. Usman Khan says:
    March 6th, 2009 11:22 pm

    Religion is just one of several major parts of human behaviour and, therefore, history. Was either of the World Wars caused by religion? Was either lacking in delusion or insanity? Human history requires a scholarly quest. Life, society and humanity is a complex plurality. Extremists reduce religion or ideology to a distortion. It’s easily done. Requires no rocket science. Only something compact can be wielded, as a stick, to achieve the extremists’ invariably short term and ultimately political goals. So the quote is similar to what the extremists do in as far as it reduces religion to a relatively infinitesimal distortion of its thousands of years of history. Except it is likely a result of intellectual laziness rather than rigidity. With all its ups and downs. Good and bad. It’s just human history. If religion were to become extinct today, war, extremism, intolerance, rigidity, hate… will still all continue. As long as the human race continues. And that too is looking at a distorted reduction of what humans have achieved and are capable of – both religious and non-religious. As an aside, albeit an important one, religion is also an identity, as separate from the belief system. Was Mahmood Ghaznavi a king first? Or a muslim first? Or Ferdinand and Isabella, for that matter. Or Akbar… and Aurangzeb. Or Plotemy, Avicena, Copernicus…

  35. Nihari says:
    March 6th, 2009 11:26 pm

    They attacked another mazar again….We should go down on our knees, beg forgiveness and destroy the Daata Sahib and offcourse Quaid-e-Azam’s mazar…..

    Those who are offended by the above remarks….we have a similar sort of a thing in Swat

  36. Akbar says:
    March 7th, 2009 12:40 am

    These killers are getting more and more blatant

    The battle for Peshawar is now on and thsi is part of that

    THIS JUST IN: 8 KILLED IN SUICIDE ATTACK IN PESHAWAR

  37. ivehadit says:
    March 7th, 2009 10:37 am

    I was intrigued by the edict to drive on the Right Hand Side in Malakand. Where does this come from? Perhaps the Taliban did not realize in order to drive on the right hand side, you need a LEFT HAND DRIVE car!

    It reminds me of the news item i saw a few months back directing shopowners to coverup female MANNEQUINS in clothes stores since they were provoking male viewers!

  38. ATHEIST says:
    March 7th, 2009 12:18 pm

    well, i am not sure about you guys but i saw this coming, i will not be surprise when they will attack quaid-e-azam mazar in karachi, and all our gov will do, lets sign another peace plan with taliban. what pakistan need to do is stand up …yes pls for sake of your self and your children stand up against these mullahs or what ever they are.
    what pakistan need right now is, to fight with taliban just like they are fighting. burn their vilages, bomb their houses, hanging of taliban in open grounds and punish anyone and every one who sympathizes with taliban (including pakistani media).
    me as an athiest i do not give a crap of your faith but i love my country so i will say ban religion oh yes ban islam completly and only then you can save this country.

  39. Ahmed says:
    March 7th, 2009 2:23 pm

    The only people even more dangerous than those who did this are those who try to propagate the idea that somehow this has something to do with Islam.

    The only people who believe this are the Taliban. And therefore anyone who would claim this is also a Taliban supporter.

  40. Arjun says:
    March 7th, 2009 2:30 pm

    I’ve never heard of this poet before, but the following poem tells me I should read more of him:

    Sow flowers so your surroundings become a garden
    Don

  41. ibrahim says:
    March 7th, 2009 3:32 pm

    whoever these ppl are, they most certainly are not believers in Allah and the last day. most likely thugs and hitmen hired to destabilise pakistan. say what you like about conspiracy theories, but one can’t be so politically naive these days to rule out sinister strategic interests from outside. remember pakistan has nuclear capability and is allied to china. it’s neighbour also nuclear capability and is an enemy of china and now a new friend of usa and israel.

  42. Azra says:
    March 7th, 2009 4:25 pm

    Part of the reason these people get away with it is because there is no immediate reaction to this. If steps are taken at the first instance then lessons can be taught.

  43. Farooqi says:
    March 7th, 2009 4:44 pm

    They have not attacked a mazar. They are not interested in that.

    The Taliban are the true devils of our time. Their mission is to destroy Muslims everywhere and to destroy Islam. They are replacing it with their own doctrine of hatred.

    The irony is that their biggest supporters are other enemies of Islam who are helping them by making acting as if they were the real “muslims” and their version of hatred was about religion.

  44. bonobashi says:
    March 7th, 2009 8:33 pm

    @Arjun

    Very well put.

    And may I also point out to you and other right-minded fellow Indians another example, a glorious one, from Pakistan that is worth emulating, today, now: their Lawyers’ Movement. We need to channel our increasing sense of the danger from the examples that you quoted in your post into action by concerned citizens.

    One example is to be found here: http://www.baware.in

    We need many more.

    We need to take the best from each other. There is much to take of this sort if only we look.

  45. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 7th, 2009 8:56 pm

    Arjun, your last paragraph starts “Indians should very very carefully see…” I guess you mean the few that visit this blog. By the way, if somebody came and told you that your house was on fire or that your neighbour’s house was on fire, what’s the difference?

    (Late) Eqbal Ahmad saw this in 1998: “The Taliban is as retrograde a group as it is possible to find. Last year, I spent two weeks in Afghanistan. One day, I heard drums and noises from the house where I was staying. I rushed out to see what was going on. There was a young boy who couldn’t
    have been more than twelve years of age. His head was
    shaved. There was a rope around his neck. He was being
    pulled by that rope. There was one man behind him with
    a drum. He slowly beat the drum.

    I asked, “What has the boy done?”

    People told me he was caught red-handed.

    “Doing what?” I asked.

    “He was caught red-handed playing with a tennis ball.”

    I went off to interview one of the Taliban leaders. He
    said, “We have forbidden boys to play with balls
    because it constitutes undue temptation to men.” So
    the same logic that makes them lock up women behind
    veils and behind walls makes them prevent boys from
    playing games. It’s that kind of madness.”

  46. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 7th, 2009 9:23 pm

    Apologies for the double post, but Arjun, just out of curiosity, is religious conversion, without the use or threat of force, illegal in India? Is religious conversion the only legal exploitation of the poor? Is there any illegal exploitation too that you may have noticed? Wouldn’t it be better to battle poverty than battling legal, religious conversion? Or, lobby parliament to change the law and make it illegal to use economic methods of exploiting poverty in order to achieve religious conversion? Or, to hold government more accountable for not doing enough to alleviate poverty rather than wasting time bothering with Chrisitan missionaries who are not breaking any laws?

  47. Mohamad says:
    March 8th, 2009 5:14 am

    Pakistan is on the same path Algeria was 10 years ago; wahhabis militants blew up shrines and killed Muslims by the thousands.

    Unless Pakistani authorities open their eyes and launch a full scale war against wahhabis, Pakistan is lost and out of Allah’s Rahma

  48. Yasmeen says:
    March 9th, 2009 3:25 pm

    Whoever said this above is right.

    The words of love are the biggest threat to those who preach hate.

  49. Waheed says:
    March 10th, 2009 4:48 am

    Has the local or provincial government taken any action against the criminals who did this?

    I hope they do.

    Those who did this will rot in hell. They are the real enemies of Pakistan and the enemies of Islam.

  50. Peshawar Walli says:
    March 11th, 2009 2:58 am

    Whatever else, these criminal Taliban know how to choose their symbolic targets well…. the question is whether we will speak out for Rahman Baba or stay silent in fear of teh Taliban!

  51. Neena says:
    March 13th, 2009 12:13 pm

    The commentator at another site made a very valid observation, but can any of us especially, resourceful immigrants stop it from happening?

    A part of the equation that is missed when talking about Pakistan is the drug mafia. The Taliban elements of the north west have certain alternative means of funding, now that they have become more tolerant of the poppy cultivators. The international illegal drug trade is worth 8 billion dollars, and most of the illegal poppies come from the frontier areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    The global drug mafia has no organized presence to carry out a wholesome war, but it can very much inflict terrorist attacks and hold a country for ransom. This has happened in Mexico, Colombia and certain other South American countries in the past. To prevent his extradition to the USA, a drug mafia-lord in Colombia has conducted a series of regular bomb explosions to terrorize the population.

    The way these fundamentalists in NWFP of Pakistan inflict terror : murdering artists, politicians and bombing girls schools, and most pertinently : murdering journalists who are taking a neutral position and are just providing a coverage of events : indicate they have links to the underworld. Some of the acts of these fundamentalists are even against hardline Islam : digging up graves and hoisting the dead-bodies in public is not in Islamic custom. However, such gruesome acts were done by the drug mafia to terrorize the locals in other areas of the world.

  52. May 20th, 2009 3:46 am

    Those who desecrated his tomb were given burial places around Rahman Babas tomb.. I wonder if this is their punishment or maybe the only chance to find forgiveness.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2009/05/090519_mohmand_commander_rh.shtml

  53. Abasin says:
    March 15th, 2010 5:28 pm

    First of all, i have nothing against Pakistan, but we Pakhtuns wants our rights to life toghter with our brothers, from Afghanistan and Pakhtunistan.

    Where are you talking about..? from where comes Pakistaniat, are you sometimes stol it from Afghaniat..? Pakhtunistan is not Pakistan and would never be! it is not Rehman Baba but Rahman Baba. He is Pakhtun and not Pakistani !!! Like Khoshal Baba (Khoshal Khan Khattak, The Afghan Warrior Poet) saids, Pull out your sword and slay any one, that says Pakhtun and Afghan are not one!
    Arabs know this and so do Romans: Afghans are Pashtuns, Pashtuns are Afghans!

    is your isi now bomming our famous peoples tombs. Rember this for your life!!!, May God Safe Us from the fire Of Dragon , Poison Of Cobra And The Revenge Of Afghans.

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