Pakistanis Die. Pakistanis Cry. Yet Again.

Posted on September 13, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Foreign Relations, Law & Justice, People, Politics, Religion, TV, Movies & Theatre
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Adil Najam

This was another bad week for Pakistanis. Our closest international ally continued bombing our territory. The self-style custodians of our morality kept up the indiscriminate killing of our citizen. One of our most popular television show anchors incited murder in the name of religion through television.

Once again, this was a week when  Pakistanis died. Pakistanis cried.

The political machinations in the country continue to be a distraction that is keeping many, too many, glued to the soap opera quality twists and turns in the story of Pakistan’s tortured democratic experiment. But the real story in the country remains what it has for the last two years: a divided society which is at war. Niether the self-styled custodians of our internal identity nor our self-styled freinds abroad seem to be helping. Indeed, they keep making things worse for Pakistanis everywhere.

Meanwhile, Pakistanis continue to die. Pakistan continues to cry.

Whether it is pre-US-election posturing or a deeper shift in US policy, it is clear that the American forces have increased their military incursions into Pakistani territory. Beyond the fact that this is clearly a violation of the sovereign territory of a country they claim to be their ‘closest all,’ one cannot even imagine what the strategic logic of these incursions could possibly be since each incursion only strengthens the hand of the extremist elements that are supposedly after, angers Pakistani public opinion, and pushes the Pakistan goevrnment into a tighter corner. There is no real evidence that they have hit any important militant target but innocent Pakistanis, including children, women and even Pakistani soldiers have certainly been killed; 15 killed this Wednesday; 12 more on Friday.

Meanwhile. Pakistanis continue to die. Pakistan continues to cry.

Meanwhile, the merchants of murder and mayhem thrive even more in this condition and continue their war against Pakistan. Indeed, they seem now to be targetting the places of worship themselves. Only today an alleged suicide bomber was caught in Islamabad. On Thursday, 25 died in a grenade attack at a mosque in the Banai area of Dir during taraweeh prayers. Last Saturday, even as Asif Ali Zardari was being elected President, 31 people were killed and another 81 others injured as a suicide bomber blew himself and his vehicle up at the Zangali police post at Kohat Road, Peshawar.

Meanwhile. Pakistanis continue to die. Pakistan continues to cry.

And those who one might have wanted to bring calm and lessons of peace, are themselves engrossed in preaching hate, and in this case murder, to mass audiences. On September 7, Aamir Liaquat Hussain – GEO TV’s popular religious talk-show anchor, former MQM Minister, a holder of multiple fake degrees, and religious instigator extraordinaire – in his GEO TV Show Alim Online presided over a long discussion instigating that those holding Ahmadiyya beliefs were ‘wajib ul qatl’ (i.e., liable to death). The next day, Dr. Abdul Mannan Siddiqi – a 46 year-old Ahmadi in Mirpurkhas and a US-trained cardiologist who had retruned to work in his community – was murdered in broad daylight while working at his local hospital. The next day, Seth Muhammad Yousuf of Nawabshah was also murdered brutally. Whether there is a direct link between the two or not, the preaching of hatred and the practice of hatred both thrive in our land of the pure.

Meanwhile. Pakistanis continue to die. Pakistan continues to cry.

One sits here, shaken by sadness at this waste of human life, and wonders: at how many hands and for how many reasons should Pakistanis die? How long must Pakistan cry?

97 responses to “Pakistanis Die. Pakistanis Cry. Yet Again.”

  1. Asif Sheikh says:


    I’d be interested in seeing the clip you are referring to…I looked at a few youtube videos on the show on ahmedis but I may have skipped the relevant parts since I got really bored with all the theological discussion.

    A link to the clip and the timeframe in which to skip to would be good. Thanks.

  2. amina from the north says:

    i am so scared for my country……………..

  3. Waseem says:

    I saw the recording of this show on YouTube a few days ago and clearly Aamir Liaquat has gone too far. He is clearly insulting in tone and inciting anger needlessly. If you don’t agree with someone, and I do not with Ahmedi beliefs, that is your right but not agreeing does not give anyone the right to spread hate and violence like Amir Liaquat is.

    But even beyond this, this guy is a dhoondhi who is really silly but dangerous because people fall for him. Freedom of expression is one thing but nowhere should it become freedom to spread hate. This guy should be off the air anyone, just for being an idiot!

    Also, a guy who lies about his own degrees, since when has he become teh fountain of truth!

  4. ShahidnUSA says:

    “wajib ul qatl” sort of statement gives me an impression that pakistan may be a very barbaric and evil society.

    I dont care how many times my cousins invite me, I rather go snorkel in hawaii or surf in portugal than have a fear of kidnap,
    mobile snatch or suffer in loadshedding.

    Hope this is all temporary.

  5. IRFAN says:

    Why do you hate Aamir Liaquat for speaking the truth. It does not matter what his degrees are if what he is saying is the truth.

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