Pakistan at War: Lest We Forget

Posted on November 14, 2009
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Adil Najam

This montage of headlines from Dawn need little explanation. It represents seven headlines; one each from each of the last seven days (Nov. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2009). All except one were headlines on Dawn, and one (Nov. 13, 2009) was on the back page. The fact that the killing of 17 Pakistani soldiers will not make it to the front page of a Pakistani newspaper is itself a stern reminder of the craziness that defines our polity today!

There is little ‘news value’ in this montage. But, maybe it deserves just a moment’s silence from all of us. Maybe a moment of reflection on that which is truly important.

We post this merely as a reminder to ourselves that Pakistan remains at war. Pakistanis remain under attack. Our territory remains occupied by the enemy. The relentness of the violence can nudge the routine daily ugliness into the background and the seductiveness of tiltilating conspiracies and scandals can provide ready relief even to those whose job it is to keep reminding us of that which is truly existential for all our futures.

And so, we post this as a reminder to ourselves. Pakistan remains at war. Pakistanis continue to die. Pakistan continues to cry. Lest we forget.

39 Comments on “Pakistan at War: Lest We Forget”

  1. Taimur says:
    November 14th, 2009 1:12 am

    What a heartfelt writeup and what a powerful image.

    A timely reminder to all Pakistanis on who the real enemy is.

  2. Gardezi says:
    November 14th, 2009 1:53 am

    Very poignant and thought provoking.

    The war is an every day affair and we must all remain strong and together in this war. Whatever our political differences on other things, against these Taliban we all must stand together.

  3. HarOON says:
    November 14th, 2009 2:44 am

    Just looking at this has depressed me. Specially because too many pakistanis are still not willing to accept the taliban as the real enemy and keep finding excuses about ‘external’ enemies. I hope we will wake up soon enough.

  4. farooq says:
    November 14th, 2009 3:16 am

    Killing of Pakistanis didn’t start in 2009. It started in 1974, when Qadianis were killed in Balakot (yes, the site of 2005 earthquake), their dead bodies were thrown in the main chowk of the town. Their relatives were not allowed to bury them for 3 days. Dogs mutilated their bodies. Unfortunately, there was no Adil Najam and no journalist to publicize it. Then came turn of Shia. Now whole country is being punished for their act of omission.

  5. November 14th, 2009 10:02 am

    I agree. Heroic deeds of our soldiers in the recent past haven’t been fully recognized except for political rhetorics.

  6. Talat says:
    November 14th, 2009 12:16 pm

    I don ‘t know if the Taliban ‘won’ or if America ‘lost’, but the fact of the matter is that most Pakistan, including educated ones hate America more than they hate Taliban. That does not make them Taliban supporters but it does mean that the Taliban will become stronger even as they kill Paksitanis.

  7. November 14th, 2009 12:37 pm

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “Tragic…..”
    - “:(”
    - “What a powerful collection of headlines. Let us never forget the sacrifice of those who are dying so that we can all be safe from our enemies.”
    - “Why there is no peace and unity among Muslims of Pakistan. I think all over world Muslims are becoming too smart and they forget the foundation of Islam. But However, I must not forget to say that Americans (Jews) understand the week point of Muslims and they take the revenge.
    I simply say.. “Wake Up Pakistanis” and see the way of life from Quran”"
    - “Which Muslims…. Anyone who thinks that these murderers and criminal Taliban and their mullah supporters are Muslims are themselves enemies of Islam. Don’t divert attention from our REAL enemies. the enemy of Paksitan is not Jews or anyone else. It is these mullahs and Taliban who never wanted Pakistan and are now fulfilling their dream by destroying Pakistan and killing Pakistanis.”
    - “So sad”
    - “its not only mullas n talibans its CIOA MI6 MOSAD RAW sponsoring them did anyone hear garzeen mari on aaj tv???dodnt u think he should be hanged”
    - “Also I wanted to comment against SUNNI and SHIA Muslims? whats wrong with you both parties?????? Y are you killing each others…. What religion you are?????? Its very shame on u both.

    Both of you must Understand that you are a Human before thinking of Religion. First think who you are and try to obey Quran and Hadees. Now whats really happening is… you are acting a like wild animals and talk about Quran and Hadees…. How stupid fellows you are?

    Respect to Human beings and Protect Islam from other religion.”
    - “i think that we should never forget our real enemies which are RAW (the indians) they make their getup like talibaans, but actually they are not true talibaans, many peoples have even found proves of that. A famous European said that ” if we cut of NWFP and pakhtoons from pakistan so we can easily hold upon pakistan” Talibaaans are actually defence against real enemies, but the pakistanies didn’t understand that. besides that we are interested in long terms friendship with indians, on the other side indians have jointly made an (III) which is against the nuclear plant of pakistan. Allah has also told in Quran that kafir can never be your friend but we are trying to do so… WAKE UP NOW PAKISTANIES”
    - “What nonsense… how is the ‘real’ emeny RAw when the ones killing Paistanis every day are these mullahs and Taliban!!!!!!!

    And who is this mysterious “famous European” without a name.,.. is he so famous that he has no name… or is this another Taliban supporter’s tactic of spreading lies to defeend and hide those who are killing Pakistanis????

    Anyone who supports the Taliban in any way, including by trying to divert the nation’s attention from those who are killing Pakistanis has to be an enemy of Pakistan.

    - “i fully agreed with Siddiui Sistrz comment, but there are also other factorsi-e Mosat, Israiel Intelligence plus Black Water.
    They are the real enemies, n the terrorists activites they carried on are supported by Indian,Israiel USA trika.
    they want Balochistan n NWFP to b seperated from Pakistan…but InshAllah it will never Happen as Allah is with Us.”
    - “nice”
    - “.do u think that these people can b MUSLIMS???
    ofcourse nt…they jz take there names like that of Muslims. there motto is to destroy muslims by remaining between them and causing fights…
    dnt blame any Pure SUNNI or SHIA…”
    - “Amazing how many people here are Taliban supporters. How can you live with yourself while supporting people who are killing Pakistanis every day. Do you have no feelings for Pakistanis who are being killed each and every day as these headlines show or are you so brainwashed by conspiracy theorists and enemies of Pakistan that you would rather live in your world of denial than recognize your real enemies… THE ONES THAT ARE KILLING PAKISTANIS.
    DENIAL is the refuge of cowards.”
    - “agreeed….but they are nt muslims….they are agents of that Trika….there mission is to destablize Pakistan n remove its Atomic power….
    they are nt Talibans….
    and if they are, we strongly condemn their activites, n will fight against them in every corner of Pakistan.”
    - “”they are nt Talibans….”
    Alas!! we are hitting the same lines”
    - ” I agreed but what is the reality in this war? earlier Taliban leader was Bin Laden… its very famous that he always say ALLAHU AKBAR.. and start the war. Everyone knows Taliban is Muslim Terrorist living in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We might say those who not obey Islamic rules he is not Muslim… but thinks that.”
    - “As I am Sri Lankan… I am very proud of My President who end the LTTE war. he is straight forward person and he did not listen to US or UK comments.
    I really appreciated Pakistan cooperation also who helped us to win the war. I think Pakistan must think independently and finish the war with full arm force.”
    - “A moment of silence???? Isn’t this EXACTLY wat we hav been doing till now???
    Observing silence moments? … I think this demands action now… And by God… our nation is angry…. We have had our wits’ end… and its about time dat a spark ignites a massive revolution…!!!”
    - “u read such news everyday that 19 people, 50 people etc have died in bomb blast at peshawar, lahore etc. But why don’t u read news like, four americans made up themselves like talibans, drawing the sketch of important buildings of islamabad were arrested by police of islamabad and have been set free due to the involvement of rehman malik, america has withdrawn its forces from the borders of waziristan, loads of weapons have been transferred to pakistan by america, indian involvement has been menifested in waziristan: pak army, drone attacks have killed 52 innocent people while only 9 extremists, india is involved in balochistan: pak government? Open ur eyes, talibans are the agents of america, isreal and india and they are destablising pakistan”
    - ” Dirty Politicians must pay at the day of judgment for innocent lives. Dirty Politicians son and daughters will not get harm by this… they are entirely safe.”
    - “Hope 4 the Best…..v should b determined in the fight against Terrorism…
    every terorist is our enemy, whether he is muslim or anyone else…”
    - “We are all against all terroists”
    - “I do read all the news… if they are agents even then should we not speak against these mullahs and terrorists who are killing my people. It is just SHAMEFUL that people will defend the killers of Pakistanis and just not have the moral courage to say that TALIBAN ARE TERRORISTS… ALL TALIBAN ARE ENEMIES OF PAKISTAN. EVen if they are agents, they are still enemies. Until we can say this out loud we are just denying the truth and actually helping Pakistan’s enemies. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD. PAKISTAN FOR PAKISTANIS ONLY. KICK OUT ALL FOREIGN MULLAHS AND TALIBAN.”

  8. observer says:
    November 14th, 2009 5:08 pm

    Good post. It really should be the foremost concern for all of us. The media, especially electronic, needs to do a much better job of uniting the people against the real terrorists instead of diverting attention to Blackwater and this and that, which doesn’t make any sense.

    Ask the people of Swat what they witnessed first hand at the hands of these people. This is a monster that was created by our state and is no longer in its control and thus it needs to be annihilated or else it will annihilate us.

    To all the people who claim that Muslims cannot kill other Muslims, I have a simple question: who killed Hazrat Omar? Who killed Hazrat Usman? Who killed Hazrat Ali and his son? Let’s get real. There are good and bad people in every religion. Let’s identify our enemy correctly without getting all emotional about it. It is tough but we need to do it!

  9. Abdul Hai says:
    November 14th, 2009 6:07 pm

    History is repeating itself. Muslims killed each other, Muslim leaders became stooges of others and fought each other. That ended the Muslim empires.

  10. Riaz Haq says:
    November 14th, 2009 6:53 pm

    Significant differences in the organizations, objectives, strategies and tactics are beginning to emerge between the Afghan and the Pakistani Taliban with the intensification of violence on both sides of the border. The Afghan insurgents generally have shown greater concern about avoiding civilian casualties, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Unlike the Pakistani Taliban who deliberately target to maximize civilian deaths, the main targets of the Afghan Taliban have been the foreigners who they see as occupiers, not the ordinary Afghan civilians.

    The long-running insurgencies on both sides of the border usually operate independently. Pakistani and Afghan Taliban leaders occasionally cooperate, but the differences in their objectives, strategies, tactics and targets point to the possibility of different sources of support and funding for the two organizations.

  11. Ayesha says:
    November 14th, 2009 7:21 pm

    Does someone know the number of Pakstanis killed by the Taliban this year. Soldiers as well as civilians (they seem to be mostly killing Pathans in NWFP)?

  12. Humaira says:
    November 14th, 2009 7:33 pm

    On the one hand the government and the military have now taken on the extremists and murdering Taliban in a real way. On the other hand the media and even modern youth like rock stars are so blinded by anti-Americanism that they are becoming defacto supporters of the Taliban. This is a really dangerous development because unless you have society against these enemies of Pakistan, they will ultimately win.

  13. ShahidnUSA says:
    November 14th, 2009 8:42 pm

    I was at the store and the salesman was a pakistani (my brother). I would not reveal his ethnicity because it doesnt matter, most of them think the same way. Like your brain is trapped in a box and you are only allowed to think whatever is fed to you.

    Right off the bat, he said “yeh sub India karwa raha he” Atleast he spared America this time.
    I watched him silently as he would not have an eye contact. I could see the pain in his eyes, as it hurts to believe that its your own people so you look for excuses.

    India may have and I say may have sparked the fire but the lava was boiling to explode from long time. Self created lava.

    Pakistani Talibans are the lowest and the lowest form of humans, vicious people who explode innocent people body parts, have no respect for humans and are not the innocent children who would follow the Indians blindly.

    At this point, I would like to tribute to pakistani army, regular soldiers who are giving their lives daily so that we can breath freely and live however we want to live.
    Wish it never had to be like this.

  14. ASAD says:
    November 14th, 2009 11:31 pm

    More killing of Pakistanis by these Taliban today. From THE NEWS

    12 perish in another suicide car blast; four children, three women, two cops among dead

    By Javed Aziz Khan

    PESHAWAR: Twelve people, including three women and four children, were killed and 26 others injured in a suicide car bomb blast at a police check-post on the Ring Road Chowk in the suburban Pishtakhara village here Saturday.

    It was the fourth suicide attack in Peshawar during the last six days.

    Eyewitnesses said the bomber coming from the Ring Road probably wanted to enter the Cantonment area where the military installations and government offices are located. He detonated the explosives-laden car when policemen at the security barrier on the Bara Road tried to stop him at around 4:30 pm. The check-post is located almost a kilometre to the west of the Peshawar International Airport and two kilometres from the limits of the Cantonment.

    Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Liaquat Ali Khan confirmed the killing of 10 people and injuries to 20 others. “It was a suicide attack. The cops signalled the vehicle to halt for checking when the bomber struck,” he added. He praised a policeman for sacrificing his life to save others.

    One of the cops on duty was killed while others sustained injuries. Those killed included a woman Nazia, her three-year-old daughter Rehana, Zarshana (wife of Mahmood), an unnamed young daughter of Khalil Khan, a student of the PAF College Kamran, Kashif Zakir, Amjad Rahman, Adnan, Rahman and Ameerullah.

    Bodies and injured were taken to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), the Khyber Teaching Hospital and the Hayatabad Medical Complex where a state of emergency had been declared.

    Those wounded also included women passing the area. Some of the injured were identified as Azad, Muslim, Akbar Khan, Yousuf, Gul Hameed, Tariq, Noor Bibi and Murad Ali.

    Nine of the injured succumbed to their injuries at hospitals. Another 25 wounded are under treatment.

    NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain reached the LRH to enquire about the injured.

    Seven vehicles, including a van of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, were destroyed in the blast and a number of nearby houses and some shops were partially damaged.

    Officials of the bomb disposal unit (BDU) estimated that 50 to 60 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack involving a white Suzuki Alto car, which reportedly came from the Bara side in Khyber Agency. According to DSP (BDU) Tanveer, mortar shells were loaded in the car to cause maximum casualties and damage.

    Meanwhile, a high-level security meeting was held late on Saturday at the Malik Saad Shaheed Police Lines where Additional Chief Secretary Home Fiaz Ahmad Toru, IGP Malik Naveed, CCPO Liaqat Ali, SSP Coordination Alam Shinwari and SSP Operations Karim Khan along with other officials discussed the growing terrorist attacks in the city. The meeting decided to take immediate measures to avoid more casualties and losses in coming days.

    District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sahibzada Mohammad Anis said the barricade in Pishtakhara village was set up to stop the entry of terrorists into the Peshawar Cantonment and policemen on duty sacrificed their lives to avoid any major disaster in the city. He added that the government was looking to get explosive detectors to be provided at all the entry-points, and for the purpose funds had been sanctioned.

    The barricade that was attacked in Saturday’s bombing was erected on the Bara Road in a square where one route leads towards Hayatabad, another to Bara subdivision of Khyber Agency and one more to the Kohat Road.

    NWFP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour told reporters at the LRH that those involved in killing of innocent women, children and other people were “beasts”. “We will never hold talks with those who are killing our children, sisters and brothers. They are barbarians, they are neither Muslims nor humans,” said the minister.

    Bilour was of the view that terrorists were being funded by foreign elements. “We will fight till their elimination or our death. They have killed Benazir Bhutto and thousands of others across the country,” the nationalist leader said.

    Agencies add: Malik Jehangir, in charge of the checkpoint, told AFP that policemen were checking vehicles when he saw a suspicious black car across the barrier and asked one of the policemen to go and check it.

    “I saw that there was some argument between the driver and the policeman and suddenly a blast downed me with shrapnel piercing my shoulder,” he said.

    Another witness, Akbar Ali, said that he was riding a motorcycle and waiting in the queue at the checkpoint when he saw a scuffle between the bomber and the policeman.

    Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and others have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Pishtakhara.

    In their separate messages, the president and premier expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of lives and said the government will speed up efforts to wipe out extremists and terrorists from the country.

    PML-N Quaid Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Governor Salmaan Taseer, NWFP Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani, Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti and Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi also condemned the blast.

  15. HarOON says:
    November 15th, 2009 12:17 am

    Ayesha raises an interesting point. These Taliban are systematically targeting Pukhtuns and Pakhtun areas more . Although they seem to enjoy killing all Pakistanis everywhere!

  16. Afzal says:
    November 15th, 2009 12:18 am


    >>Does someone know the number of Pakstanis killed by the Taliban this year. Soldiers as well as civilians (they seem to be mostly killing Pathans in NWFP)?

    For your blind eyes, here is the chronology of attacks:

    Pakistan is bleeding, and it is surprising to see that there are people who still harp on regionalism, and sometimes denial. It seems people have still not made their mind whether Taliban is a friend or a foe. The worst part is the hidden snub about “Soldiers killing Pathans”. Get over it, please….

  17. Neena says:
    November 15th, 2009 7:52 am

    Pakistani Talibans are the lowest and the lowest form of humans, vicious people who explode innocent people body parts, have no respect for humans and are not the innocent children who would follow the Indians blindly.

    Good point! Only retards can see the real enemy but well.

    At this point, I would like to tribute to Pakistani army, regular soldiers who are giving their lives daily so that we can breath freely and live however we want to live.
    Wish it never had to be like this.

    Blame goes to the Army , what the heck were they doing during their rule since 1999 and their semi rule during 90′s and full rule after 1977. Even if they didn’t rule the country, isn’t it their responsibility to look after nation’s security.

    Here are some facts for younger readers.

    1977-1988 Army ruled under Gen Zia ul Haq who executed elected Prime Minister.
    1988-1999 Civilian ruled under Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif.
    1999-2008 Army ruled under Gen Musharaff who kicked out elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

  18. Neena says:
    November 15th, 2009 7:53 am

    Oooops, in above comment I meant “Only retards can’t see the real enemy but well.”

  19. ShahidnUSA says:
    November 15th, 2009 10:48 am

    @ Neena
    Thank you for performing surgery on my comments so eloquantly.
    Allow me to enlighten you with my retard wisdom.
    So you are saying that pakistani army is bombing wrong people in south waziristan.
    I think the real retards are those who serve sweets and dance on the streets everytime martial law is impose on them.
    Then there is no shortage of sugar, only when the opposition has to make the government look bad.
    Cheap tricks would backfire one day.

    Bakra ki ma kab tak khair manay gi
    Ik din na ik din to us ki bari aay gi

  20. Neena says:
    November 15th, 2009 11:46 am


    No offense intended.

    As for Talibans they are indeed the lowest form of humans but question is why our protectors let them grew into this demon? You and I know how that area flourishes in drugs and arms and last I check its a land locked country, someone is helping them but not USA or India some powerful local organization surely do. As for operation in Waziristan, who knows what’s happening there since media isn’t allowed there.

  21. Capri5315 says:
    November 15th, 2009 1:21 pm

    It is very easy to be selective and biased here are some more facts for younger readers:

    Ayub Army Rule: the only time in the history of Pakistan we had a surplus (exported more than imported), Highest economic growth, Green Revolution etc.

    Civilian Rule: Attack the Supreme Court, Low economic growth, high inflation, shortage of commodities, lease agricultural land to foreigners because we only need fresh polluted air to live etc

    Oh No! I am neither supporting the Army nor Civilian governments because as far as I am concerned they are all a bunch of crooks that are only in power to plunder, loot and ship the gains to safe havens.

  22. ASAD says:
    November 15th, 2009 10:57 pm

    The Taliban are out killing Pakistanis again today. Once again, they are targeting Pashtuns.


    At least three people have been killed and 21 others injured in a powerful explosion that occurred in Peshawar’s outskirts of Badhbeer on Kohat Road near police station, Geo News reported on Monday morning.

    The state of emergency has been declared in the local hospitals.

    The police and relief workers before long arrived on the blast site and kick-started the relief action. According to police sources, the ambulances of Edhi have arrived on the blast site. The injured and bodies are being shifted to the hospital.

    There are some children and a woman among the injured.

    According to Geo News correspondent, the police have confirmed that blast was a suicide attack, as a car was used in the blast.

    According to sources, the suicide bomber was taking his explosive-laden car to some sensitive place; however, he was signaled to pull over. But, the suicide bomber on being stopped, blew him up, killing three people.

    According to Geo News correspondent, at least seven injured have been brought to Lady Reading Hospital.

    The blast was so powerful that the nearby mosque collapsed.

  23. TJ says:
    November 16th, 2009 12:26 am

    Dear Editor,

    My request to you is kindly publish my message. I truly believe that only having a broad mind and objective thinking can really make a Nation progressive.

    My dear Pakistani friends,

    I am an Indian professional, now pursuing PhD in USA.
    While traveling between India and U.S., I have met quite a few Pakistanis in flights, and really enjoy talking to them. I wish I get more such opportunities; I enjoy to see there is so much similarity between Pakistanis and Indians; the first thing we do when we meet is to criticize our Government!

    Its very sad to see what is happening in our countries. If you look at the history of last 60-odd years; just like any Bollywood movie, India and Pakistan were two brothers who got separated, and chose different paths.

    The two brothers had the same Genes, same blood, and similar physical appearance. But what differentiated was the path they chose. One chose path of Democracy and Tolerance, while other chose the path of Fanaticism and Intolerance.

    Over decades, Pakistani politicians nurtured among common people hatred towards India, on the excuse of Kashmir, while depriving them of basic amenities, infrastructure and career-opportunities. I am not saying India doesnt have any problems or struggle, but overall Indians chose the constructive path of progress and tolerance.

    In last decade, India is emerging as a country with Soft-power, with largest pool of specialized doctors, Engineers, pharmacists, scientists and Software professionals; while world in general views Pakistan as a supplier of Terrorists.

    Why this happened? Pakistanis need to interospect.

    My grandmother used to say, if you sow Cactus, you are not going to reap Mangoes.

    Best wishes,


  24. November 16th, 2009 6:04 am

    Crime scene coverage and how to do it? This is what the media should really re-consider, especially after a suicide blast takes place. The gruesome pictures and aftermath should not be shown with a PG logo on top of the screen. The images shown can be very disturbing, and also show false images of how our society is in the global circuit.

  25. Hira Mira says:
    November 16th, 2009 7:52 am

    I would so agree with this post. The past seven days bad things have happened but CONSECUTIVE seven days Dawn has to give disturbing violent headlines. What impact do you think this would have on the readers. Not a single day they could put something positive? This gives us an idea how the media has gone crazy lately and been promoting the terrorism. This is a win to the terrorists making headlines all seven days!! Nice image good job!

  26. baharan says:
    November 16th, 2009 2:20 pm

    Today Pakistanis are opposed to Taliban saying they are killing innocent people and therefore are unislamic.

    But about those hundreds of thousands slaughtered by Taliban in Afghnistan , when Pakistanis were strongly supporting them as they destroyed a beautiful nation.

    Were the Taliban Islamic then and now because Pakistanis are dying suddenly they have become evil ?

  27. Rana Kamal Khan says:
    November 16th, 2009 3:36 pm

    Capri5315 you said

    “Ayub Army Rule: the only time in the history of Pakistan we had a surplus (exported more than imported), Highest economic growth, Green Revolution etc.”

    but that growth only took place in West Pakistan, our half wing i.e., East Pakistan was very dissatisfied about that rule. Still growth did took place and thanks to the US aid which is soon going to change things again, hopefully.

    “Oh No! I am neither supporting the Army nor Civilian governments because as far as I am concerned they are all a bunch of crooks that are only in power to plunder, loot and ship the gains to safe havens.”

    so true but someone has to rule the country and usually public elected leaders are less corrupt since there is some accountability for them.

  28. Abid Shah says:
    November 16th, 2009 8:41 pm

    This issue will not till we start looking in to us. Every time we blmae other for our problem and wash our hand. Look at Molivies they bring million people on roads for their own cause but can not bring 10 people to mosque.

    They do not condemend these action any way.

    Allah Give them right path Ameen

    My heart bleads everytime when i see all this stuff.

  29. November 17th, 2009 5:56 am

    How can the media be shifting all the focus on the “sugar crisis” when the real issue is terrorism in Pakistan. There have been five suicide blasts in the last eight days in Peshawar alone, why is the “Sugar Crisis” such a big deal that its taking up the focus?

    It has been noted in a survey by the Gillani Foundation that 57% of the population agrees to the fact that it has been the media which has been responsible for the political instability in the country. It can be further noted on the following link:-

  30. PAKISTANI says:
    November 17th, 2009 10:44 pm

    Great Letter in the News today
    Wednesday, November 18, 2009
    I cannot get the image of the young wounded soldier lying helplessly in the CMH out of my mind. His thin bullet-riddled body was covered with bandages, and his face was sad. He was 21 years old, my son’s age, and when I prayed for his recovery he asked me to pray for Pakistan. ‘Pakistan hai to hum hain’. Another young soldier said that the nation was not being told the truth. The casualties were far more than those being reported. His grievance? That precious lives were being sacrificed in a war which most political leaders said was not theirs. Not a single government representative has ever bothered to visit the troops to boost their morale.

    I fail to understand that if my countrymen and women are being massacred, if my children are being killed and maimed, if my soldiers are coming home in coffins, then how is it not my war? Who are the people in the videos, cutting the throats of innocent citizens? Who was spewing poison in the FM broadcasts in Swat? Who is training young impressionable minds to blow themselves up in the name of God? Who challenged the writ of the state after the peace deal? Is Hakimullah an American, or was Baitullah a Jew, or is Fazlullah an Indian? And does it make any difference whether they are or not? For the mother who weeps over the ravaged body of her child, does the identity of the culprit matter? Were Mir Jafar or Brutus outsiders? Is it the name Taliban which is causing the problem? Are we really that stupid and naïve to fall for that argument?

    I request those who are confused about whose war this is to visit the bullet-riddled soldiers, the three-year-old daughter of Pervez Masih, the recently widowed Nasreen bibi in Lal Kurti, the hospitals in Peshawar where injured children scream in agony, and the graveyards where families have buried the pieces of their loved ones. These are the victims of a split second of madness. Does it matter what these murderers call themselves? Whoever they are, and whoever is behind them, they are traitors and enemies of Pakistan and Islam. Unless we recognise the enemy within, we will end up in history books as a nation that once was.

    Ghazala Minallah


  31. November 18th, 2009 5:45 am

    The Pakistani operation in South Waziristan is an ongoing activity, yet it is undermined by issues like the NRO and Sugar Crisis. Why can not the media act more responsibly and focus on the issue at hand?

  32. Zecchetti says:
    November 18th, 2009 7:46 am

    Here’s something Dawn did not report:

    Pakistan Taliban air video denial.

    “Azam Tariq, a spokesman of the Tehreek e-Taliban, posted the video statement on YouTube on Monday.

    The message refers to a bombing at the Islamic University in Islamabad, which the spokesman said was orchestrated to prepare the ground for a military operation in South Waziristan, a stronghold for Pakistan’s Taliban fighters.

    He also said his group had no role in the bomb blast in a Peshawar market that killed at least 100 people as well as an attack in Charsada, a town located in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.

    Tariq said Taliban attacks never aimed to target civilians, but that the explosions were linked to Blackwater activities in the country.

    Blackwater is a private military and security company founded in the United States.”

  33. Gardezi says:
    November 18th, 2009 10:23 am


    WOW. And you woudl actually believe a Taliban spokesman. A spokesman from a group whose goal is to kill Pakistanis everywhere, especially to kill Pashtuns and whose purpose is to destroy Pakistan. A group that kills and lies and is destroying my country as well as my religion. WOW. And you support and believe these guys!

    But then from your comment sounds like you are a Taliban spokesman yourself!

  34. Safia Rehman says:
    November 19th, 2009 4:42 am

    I salute the brave police of Peshawar for the way they are sacrificing their lives for our safety. They are really trying with their meagre sources and outdated weapons and negligible training. But still they are really tring their best. It is in fact negligence of the government that they are unable to provide scanners for a city terribly hit like Peshawar. It is a criminal act on part of government.

  35. Zecchetti says:
    November 19th, 2009 12:46 pm


    I find it slanderous that you accuse me of being a Taliban spokesman. All I am doing is putting accross the other view point in order for the public to gain a more complete picture. The link I provided was an Al Jazeera English news link – a channel that is broadcast all over the world including in the UK. Are you saying that they are a Taliban mouthpiece? You sound like one of those far-right American politicians, like George Bush who once said “if you’re not with us, then you’re with the terrorists”.

    I find your narrowness unpatriotic.

    And what are your views on Blackwater and the CIA? Are they in Pakistan on an innocent holiday? Those that turn a blind eye to these foreign criminals – they are the true enemies of Pakistan and the wider ummah.

  36. November 20th, 2009 5:57 am

    @ Zecchetti

    Fair enough the political issues should be covered by the media but that does not give any justification on it to hide the tragic terrorist activities occurring in Peshawar. There was a bomb blast yesterday and it was sidelined by Gillani’s press conference and the Afghan Elections. The media should really act more responsibly.

  37. ahmad says:
    January 7th, 2010 9:03 am

    good done

  38. ASAD says:
    November 14th, 2010 1:50 am

    A year later. Has anything changed?

  39. Watan Aziz says:
    November 14th, 2010 9:09 am

    Besides the improvement in the bank accounts of thieves, nothing!

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