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Pakistan at War: Lest We Forget

Posted on November 14, 2009
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Law & Justice, Photo of the Day
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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 posted

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

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

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

    A year later. Has anything changed?

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

    good done

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

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