Stop The Violence, Please!

Posted on April 9, 2008
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Aitizaz Ahsan begging for peace and calm as violence breaks in Pakistan

This photograph of lawyer leader Aitzaz Ahsan on top of an ambulance putting his hand together and begging for peace and a stop to the needless violence by some who are ‘supposedly’ his supporters, speaks volumes. It speaks volumes about Aitizaz Ahsan; volumes about the culture of anger and violence that has gripped Pakistan, and volumes about the the state of Pakistan politics. A sense of anger and angst continues to define Pakistan.

Read also, Aitizaz Ahsan’s letter to his fellow lawyers, back in December.

Whether the violence is the result of nefarious ‘agency’ designs to discredit the lawyers movement or the disgruntlement of frustrations within the movement, it does not bode well for the country and for democracy in the country. It may serve the short-term interests of some, but it cannot be in the long-term interests of Pakistan.

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The pictures (above) of mayhem and violence on the streets of Pakistan are are equally articulate about the state of affairs in Pakistan.

89 responses to “Stop The Violence, Please!”

  1. Rafay Kashmiri says:

    @aquarian,

    yes, we must not bring in or exploit ethnicity, linguistic
    or racial, and also not pointing at a city or province etc.
    I used two identical expressions in my comment ” rhetoric and Baja “,
    one at the begining the other at the very end, of course,
    very significant was the matter in between, I always like to end up with little humour or a qata’a . Pls. don’t mind !!

    We have to be very very careful with all prof.Politicians.
    jiay Pakistan, sada jiay.

    @Faraz Waseem,

    Jamaat Islami’s record since 1940 is been open to every
    one, they never ever tilted towards arming themselves,
    you say about 80s
    ” Jamat Islami was also fully loaded at that time ” ,
    you must be joking, some MQM’s munafiqs
    claim that they were with Jamaat, but the truth is that
    they are lying and cheating, this is a usual MQM’s tactic, one does not have to be a member of Jamaat to get him/her
    selves being armed.
    The only political entity in Pakistan which does not believe in armed struggle within a muslim society is Jamaat- Islami ,
    and is today even, the most civilized, tolerant, non-violent,
    educated people working within the Party, please learn,
    that you don’t have to be a member of Jamaat–e-Islami
    in order to appriciate her.

  2. aquarian says:

    @pakistani

    “Let

  3. Pakistani says:

    This is not an ethnic issue so let’s not make it one.

    I am from Karachi and Urdu speaker. I do not see the MQM representing me or my community. Not in this violence. Nor does violence by some members of a community mean that this community is violent. Last many months we have see horror violence from all communities all over the country for different reasons. Let’s focus on stopping violence and supporting those calling for calm.

    Today I identify most with Aitzaz Ahsan and his call for peace no matter what his ethnicity.

  4. aquarian says:

    Rafay
    When you stay ‘stop your baja’, then how am I supposed to react to this comment? Am I supposed to take this as humor?

    I am being respectful to you and to all other readers and want to have a dialog. Let me also start the thread by saying that I have my opinion but I may be wrong b/c I don’t know everything in this world. If I am proven wrong by civilized dialog then I will accept that I was wrong.

    Everyone can diasgree with eachother but use respectful language to send your point across.

    I love this blog because diaologs here mostly stay respectful.

  5. aquarian says:

    Faraz Waseem
    I mostly agree with your analysis except one of your earlier comments where you suggested some kind of mini martial law for Karachi. no. I think democracy is the only way forward. many problems arise when you treat one part of country at lower standards than others. We saw this in 1992-99 period in Karachi when the city was treated differently than other parts of the country. There was less personal freedom, less freedom of movement and less human rights.

    I agree with your analysis that use of force will only make matters worse. The root cause of violence should be addressed by the political leadership. A leadership which is mature enough, whom the city people can trust that they won’t be bitten again like they were done in all PPPs, martial laws and PMLs governments. Right now they don’t see a SINGLE leader who can safeguard rights of people of Karachi b/c all current leaders are basically representing their own ethnic groups only including Imran Khan. This may be the reason that same party keeps getting elected again and again from Karachi b/c there is no sincere alternative.

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