A Child Dreams of Heaven at Sakhi Sarwar

Posted on April 3, 2011
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Law & Justice, Religion, Society
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Adil Najam

For the fifth time in as many days, a bomb ravaged through Pakistan killing innocent Pakistanis. Muslims killing other Muslims they considered less Muslim than themselves. This time the target was the shrine of 13th century Sufi saint Sakhi Sarwar in District Dera Ghazi Khan. This time more than 40 were killed. That number is likely to rise.

This was, once again, a target killing of a Sufi shrine. As so many times before, this time the victims of this heinous murder were devotees at a Sufi Shrine. As so many times before, this time the murder was committed by a mere child (reportedly 15-16 year old and reportedly now in custody amongst the wounded). A child who is himself a victim in so many ways. A child who grew up in displacement and got the idea instilled and cemented into his mind that the short-cut to heaven was to blow other Muslims up!

The tragedy at Sakhi Sarwar was the logical culmination of another tragedy – the indoctrination of hate. Hate kills. Hate killed again today.

Murder was committed at Sakhi Sarwar  today not merely by a boy-murderer dreaming of an easy ticket into heaven. Murder was committed at Sakhi Sarwar today by the purveyors of hate who have sanction from society – sanction given by our tacit silence. Hate kills. Yes. But so does silence. Silence killed again today.

21 Comments on “A Child Dreams of Heaven at Sakhi Sarwar”

  1. Hasnain says:
    April 4th, 2011 2:23 am

    They use children for this ghatia and mean act and they think they are religious and love God. What the…

  2. Azeema says:
    April 4th, 2011 2:34 am

    Yes, our silence and justification in the name of religion, nationalism, ghairat and all that killed today!!

  3. Jawed says:
    April 4th, 2011 3:51 am

    These are cruel people. These maulvis use children to do their killing and they spread hate and kill other muslims. And we just stand and watch and wait for our turn to die.

  4. Hasan Abidi says:
    April 4th, 2011 3:51 am

    As a disgruntled Pakistani, I have a message for all my fellow countrymen.

    If we dont stand up to these lunatics NOW, then it wd b too late. Our silence has given them the much needed liscence to kill.

    We r no more Silent Majority….but a Criminal Majority.
    Its our criminal silence, that serves as the lethal accomplice to the murderous zeal of these Dark Ages cave monsters.

    Our inaction has virtually endorsed and condoned their medieval and intolerant mindset.

    I also hv a message for these future GITMO prisoners…… GO BACK to the stone age where u came from & still belong to…………by sitting on the smelly camel of urs , u Dark Ages, Saudi funded arab lunatic.

    There z no place for animals like u in a civil and decent social set up.

    Fundos like u hv a place on earth called Gitmo and one upwards with the BIG GUY, called ” rotten hell”……. ur permanent abode , u sick minded, cave creature, desert beast.

    Y dont u take this murderous , barbaric and talibanistic mindset to some Afghan Cave or some hypocrite, homosexual, illiterate, smelly, Rolls Royce driving Shiekh, on whose zakat khairat, lunies like u come down from ur caves to our cities and civilizations, preaching ur hardcore , fundo , extremist mantra…………….welll here is the bad news

    WE r not gonna to take ur crap ANYMORE, and wd root u out and all like u , from our midst by force, who have been the greatest source of defmation and negaive propaganda for Islam all around the world.

    We go to shrines and will continue to go, because our forefathers and ancestors were Imams and Walis…………………U being the direct decendant of Yazeed continue doing wat u and ur foreathers hv been doing…….TO KILL

    Ur skewed , distorted , blurred , beastial , wild , uncontrollable and screwed up preachings, are in fact a reflection of your history, ur background, where u coming from and definitely where u going.

    But ur psychotic , depressive n highly misguided mindset is too repulsive for ordinary, decent, educated and even remotely civilized ppl.

    So take a hike my friend and dont waste our time…ur suicide boming friends r waiting for u in some dungeon, trying to figure out why on earth, the entire planet thinks of u as gone and incurable terrorists, who only hv one solution………….DRONE and if u survive that, God Forbid……………….GITMO….( Bush Zindabad 4 that)……throwing u in a slammmer n then throwing the key in the Arabian Sea………….oh i m sorry…GITMO is in Cuba……..as long as they throw the damn key ……………… Rot in hell you brainwashed, illiterate , suicidal puppets and their masters.

    Hasan Abidi

  5. Rasheed says:
    April 4th, 2011 6:58 am

    Messages like Hasan Abidi’s, while being well-meaning, don’t help the cause much. Our messages must not spew hatred, even for the Taliban. The Taliban themselves suffer when their children get blown up to bits by US drones. They see any supporter of the US cause as being their enemy. And BTW, now YOU, Abidi, need to watch your back, because right as you are about these guys being evil-minded, they do read these posts and cause tragedies like Gov. Taseer. A balanced approach to the Pak foreign policy has to be worked out, and can’t happen as long as agents of the US or West-worshippers remain in power.

    To say Bush zindabad is like piercing someone’s chest with a knife. Bush was one of the most hateful guys in control of so much ordnance, which he used to blow Muslim-human flesh into bits and burn it into ashes. That is precisely what the Taliban are doing. The difference is only that of magnitude — Bush’s killing being far higher in numbers. It is true that the Taliban are targeting innocent civilians on purpose, which is evil, but humans resort to such tactics when they are desperate, are cornered, and believe there is no other way. Also, let’s let the investigation into this tragedy take its course — I don’t rule out a US-israeli hand behind it – paste labels on me liberally for saying that. What, after all, are Raymond Davis’ up to in Pakistan? His contacts with desi terrorist organiations have been amply reported. Why does the US keep appointing Jewish diplomats and envoys to Pakistan time and time again. No sense of sensitivities? Impossible. US officials are dumb, but not that dumb.

    When will this carnage stop? It will not. Condemning the tragedies one after the other is not enough. We are turning into robots responding to the events following the same stereotypic, predictable protocol. Something concrete, long-term and creative has to be undertaken. But we all like to belong; are paralysed by paradigm; and like being like those who are in power, operating from the comfort of the arm chair by the keyboard.

    Some nonviolent outlet for the Taliban’s frustrations and grievances MUST be made available because the current one they’re using is simply UNAFFORDABLE, no matter which side one belongs to.

  6. Ahmed says:
    April 4th, 2011 8:58 am

    Historically, pure Islam and shrine-worship don’t go together. In that the extremists have a point.

    Our brand of Sufism was essentially developed in South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India…) by incorporating Islam into pre-islamic Indian norms of worship (Hinduism, Buddhism, etc) that were prevalent for millenia from Afghanistan to Baluchistan to Bangladesh. Largely, the worship didn’t change at all, though it acquired a Islamic veneer and context. The Sufi saints were no different than the rishis and sages in the Indian context. And, the worship was identical to that of Bhakti movement that originated in South India in the 2nd century AD and influenced all of the subcontinet. This suited the Indian mind more than a foreign mode of worship.

    So, in this historical context, I see these terrorist acts as a struggle between the indigenous strain of liberal mystical Islam and the pure imported Arab variety. Lets hope that we retain our characteristically broad view of religion that has been the tradition of our land for millenia, from much before the advent of Islam.


  7. SM says:
    April 4th, 2011 10:29 am

    Good to hear a few nice speaches above.

    The fact is simple, a dog wont bite unless you throw stones at him. So stop torturing those people with drones and military action. They were hapily living in their tribal belt independently, so why disturbing them?

    It will take a big effort and would take a long time to heal what we have disturbed. But who will do it? Do we see anyone progressing towards the solution to this problem?

  8. MHQ says:
    April 4th, 2011 11:48 am

    I was surprised to see placards mentioning “Maloon Padri” in yesterday’s protests against these suicide attacks. There was no placard saying “Maloon Taliban..”, “Maloon Mullayiat..” or “Maloon Zia ul Haq..”. When will we recognize our true enemy?
    Maloon padri committed a heinous crime by burning the Holy Quran but these so called majahids of Islam are committing far far larger crime by killing innocent people including women, children and elderly in the name of Islam and Quran.

  9. April 4th, 2011 5:53 pm

    All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to remain silent.

    Remember the Sailkot murder lynching of 2 children
    it only succeeded because everyone stood around and watched

    We are all guilty if we dont act NOW!!

    Good citizenship cannot be delivered by government it is the role of ordinary people like you and I. Start by being polite, and courteous to other everything else will follow

  10. Hasan Abidi says:
    April 4th, 2011 8:54 pm

    Dear n honorable Mr. Rasheed,

    Allow me to first n foremost clear one point off the bat: I dont hate no one. At the same time , I refuse to be a hypocrite.

    If u carefully read my post, u wd realize that before u comeup with this done to death US/Zionist/Indian conspiracy verbage, all I said, was that we need to look inwards.

    Muslims hv been killing Muslims from time immemorial. So thats no CNN Breaking news, but wats startling is that we lay every ill of ours at the doorstep of this foreign conspiracy BS.

    Did Bush come down to open all these hate spewing Madressas?
    Is Bush behind all the Shia doctors and academics being killed like dogs in cold blood, in this land of pure since umpteen number of years?
    Is Bush responsible for all the bigotry n sectarianism, being spilled from the loudspeakers in Friday sermons?
    Is Bush responsible for keeping our youth illiterate, brainwashing them n then turning them into walking bombs?
    Is Bush responsible for publicly whipping women on their behinds ?
    Is Bush responsible for slitting people’s throats and hanging their bodies by the trees, just bcoz of ideological differences?
    Is Bush responsible for an obselete , extremist, radical, hate filled, distorted, untrue , skewed curriculum being drilled into our impressionable youths day in n day out?
    Did Bush kill Salman Taseer ?
    Did Bush shower rose petals on his smiling killer?
    Did Bush silenced Shahbaz Bhatti?

    Mr. Rasheed, nations that walk on the crutches of these lame excuses and face saving complaints, never stand up to the challenges confronting them.
    Sadly, we top the list of such nations….solely on the account of absurdly n adamantly denying the writing on the wall.

    And the writing delivrs a vry bleak message. Its NOW or NEVER.
    U mentioned honorable Mr. Salman Taseer. I had the pleasure n the privilege of knowing him. In this country of hypocrites , double meaning n double talking ppl, practicing n preaching self defeating ideologies, he atleast had the heart n the conviction to say wat he meant & to mean wat he said.

    Look wat we did to him n those like him ( Bhatti shb , another utmost & upright thorough gentleman, come to my mind)? And then compare wat we did to his abhorable n repulsive killer. V showerd him w rose petals. V offered him free legal counsel. V looked for ways to justify his atrocious n disgusting criminality. V were n still r looking for a hero in an animal like him.

    All the time v r crying abt Kashmir / Iraq n Palestine, while our own house is on fire. Wats wrong w us ? I guess pretty much everything.

    V r basically, a bunch of disillusioned, aimless , characterless and criminally lazy ppl, who can only chat n do nothing.

    V never take lessons from our past. Infact we compound our probs, by going the extra mile in screwing up the very ext opportunity that comes our way.

    For God’s sake, stop blaming others for our ills. V dont need enemies. Our enemies r too bz dvlping vaccines, exploring space , offering free health care to their populace and concentrating on nation building . V r our own biggest enemy. Period.

    If v r not going to put pur house in order, nobody else will.

    And Mr. Rasheed 65 years is heck of a time to atleast put our damn house in order. Shame on us.

  11. readinglord says:
    April 5th, 2011 6:38 am

    @Adil Najam

    A good and timely article, eliciting some very honest and candid comments, especially those by Hasan Abidi.

    @Sajid Hashmi

    “All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to remain silent”.

    True! But evil succeeds because it has the holy loudspeaker, spewing hatred all the time in the good name of Islam. Stop this holy loudspeaker, which is the most potent weapon in the hands of the mullah to spread his ‘deen-e-fassaad’, and I am sure there will be all around peace.

  12. April 6th, 2011 4:52 pm

    @Sajid Hashmi
    I totally agree, the moment that Sialkot incidence was removed from the media, everybody forgot it. Imagine how poor our judicial and governance system is?
    Need of the hour is revolution. Thrwo this corrupt and self serving lot out of our beautiful homeland.


  13. April 6th, 2011 10:17 pm

    Is there not paranoia involved in the blaming of Americans for all the bad and none of the good that takes place in Pakistan? Do we, with eyes blinded by terror, not miss the point Adil Najam is trying to make? That it is easy to accuse the Americans who have been the target of these terror groups for decades, yet, do Americans not respond, out of empathy for the suffering of others, to each and every natural, human or military made disaster the world over? Have we not shown enough support to Pakistan during earthquake and flood relief to prove the solidness of our commitment? Have we not given enough military aid to Pakistan to prove the solidness of our commitment against common enemies?

    Why, dear readers, would the US support groups that attack them? Conspiracy theories aside, what does the US gain from the suicide attack on a holy shrine? Are Sufi’s across the globe blaming the US? Is the majority of the international community blaming the US? No, why? Are some in Pakistan blaming the US. Yes, why?

    Think? Did one of the injured Lashkr-e-Talaba bombers not confess? Did he, in his confession, implicate the US as a co-conspirator? The US does not and will not support terror groups in Pakistan or anywhere else. The US is in a valued strategic ally who supports Pakistan’s quest to defeat extremism and drive terror from its land. Till all get together and raise their voice against these killings….. Adil Najams’s words stand ‘Hate kills.’ Yes, but so does silence and silence killed again today.

    CDR Bill Speaks
    DET- United States Central Command

  14. Karim says:
    April 7th, 2011 1:22 am

    The fact that most of these bombers are children being used by these mullahs to commit murder seems not to register with our right wing at all. As if they find nothing disgusting in that!

  15. Waseem says:
    April 7th, 2011 11:34 am

    Terrible certainly. Both that they use little kids to do their dirty work and the now systematic targetting of Muslims at shrines and mosques etc. Laanat hai in taaliban par!

  16. shiv kumar says:
    April 7th, 2011 7:31 pm

    Dear Friends,

    i have read and agree with the points expressed. In fact Muslims have been killing Muslims after they finished killing or converting infidels or imposed jaziya from medieval times.This is nothing new so please dont blame others for the situation but look within.

    In fact in memoirs of Marco polo the venetian traveler details “” Quote”"Polo also confirms that Muslim leaders have long relied on Muhammad’s account of a lusty paradise to lure young men into becoming “martyrs.” He recounts how the Shia assassins dedicated their lives to assassinating and terrorizing their opponents simply to enter into “paradise, where every species of sensual gratification should be found, in the society of beautiful nymphs” (p.78). (It is further interesting to note that the assassin leader took into his service men primarily between the ages of 12-20 — are most suited for jihad and martyrdom. This was the situation 800 years ago so what has changed.

  17. readinglord says:
    April 8th, 2011 6:57 am


    “Hate kills. Yes. But so does silence. Silence killed again today.”

    Do you think not enough noise is being raised in condemnation of the killings?

    I think it is the very noise by way of condemnation which they aim at in their heinous crime. Why not start garlanding them as they did in case of Qadri?

  18. Omer says:
    April 10th, 2011 9:23 am

    The real weapon of teh terrorist taliban is fear that is why they do what they do.

  19. April 10th, 2011 1:29 pm

    These boys are not educated. They are being misguided by the so called ruling elite.

  20. Altaf says:
    April 10th, 2011 9:47 pm

    This is a story of child abuse as well as of terrorism

  21. Kashif says:
    April 30th, 2011 7:38 am

    laanat hai taliban murdood par

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