Pakistanis Die. Pakistanis Cry. Again.

Posted on August 21, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Law & Justice, Society
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Adil Najam

Pakistan is in tears today. Yet again.

70+ people are dead in Wah today, as yet another cursed suicide bomber targets Pakistan and Pakistanis. The Tehrik-i-Taliban has taken responsibility for them. Only two days ago, 32 people were killed in a suicide attack on a hospital in the northern town of Dera Ismail Khan. Meanwhile incursions and attacks into Pakistani territory by American forces continue and fighting between militants and Pakistani forces rages in Bajur and other areas, killing even more.

In what continues to be war on and in Pakistan, Pakistanis continue to die. Pakistan continues to cry.

Some will call it the largest legacy of the Musharraf years. Some will read unstated messages within this murder and mayhem by these killers. Others will see it as the price in dead bodies that Pakistan pays in the War on Terror. Yet others will remind us that this is reaping what Gen. Zia-ul-haq sowed. There will be, I am sure, plenty more pontifications too – ranging from the absurd to the absurdly profound.

All I know is that today, yet again, Pakistanis die. Pakistan continues to cry.

Why must this murder and mayhem continue? I ask. When will it end? These, of course, are absurd questions themselves. Because we all know the answers. It will continue for as long as we let the killers kill and support their murders with our silence. Silence, of course, also kills. And some are condemned to cry silently.

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120 responses to “Pakistanis Die. Pakistanis Cry. Again.”

  1. Waseem says:

    The defense of death in the name of religion is the death of religion!

    May Allah grant us the wisdom to live in peace rather than die in the name of false beliefs!

  2. A. Jadoon says:

    The comments her are funny and sad. Can everyone please keep their religious beliefs to themselves. Why advertise your convuluted beliefs to the world. Isn’t this disturbing focus on religion what got us into this mess. And, everyone, can you please STOP playing God. becoming a good Muslim yourself and people will follow you. Going around with a disturbed set of beliefs and telling people who is or is not a Muslim and threatening them with death is what Talibans do. Please spare us that!

  3. Usman Kadiri says:

    @Masood

    “I am born in a Muslim family. I love my Islamic heritage. I find myself most at home with Islamic culture. In fact I find it one of the most beautiful cultures.

    Yet I do not accept theological tenets of Islam about God and Prophet as valid.”

    Being born in a Muslim family or liking Islamic heritage have nothing to do with being a Muslim. Your views on God and prophet (PBUH) place you firmly outside the fold of Muslims.

    “Please read your scriptures and your constitution. Both are explicit on this issue. Neither of them limit my rights to live in this country with dignity and self respect in line with my secular and atheist beliefs.”

    This shows nothing but your ignorance. Blasphemy is a criminal offense as per both – Islamic scripture and Pakistani constitution.

  4. ShahidnUSA says:

    Secularism in pakistan is as inevitable as the sun would rise from the east tomorrow.

    Remember you heard it here first.

  5. Masood Ahmad says:

    @Ibrahim:

    What is so hard to understand about “secular Muslim”?

    I am born in a Muslim family. I love my Islamic heritage. I find myself most at home with Islamic culture. In fact I find it one of the most beautiful cultures.

    Yet I do not accept theological tenets of Islam about God and Prophet as valid. I have no issues with anyone practicing Islam, however, it is not for me. I consider all religions as man made.

    Which of the above you do not understand? Who gave you authority to decide if I have an equal right or not to live in Pakistan? Please read your scriptures and your constitution. Both are explicit on this issue. Neither of them limit my rights to live in this country with dignity and self respect in line with my secular and atheist beliefs.

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