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. Takwah says:

    Surely Pakistan, through the mayhen and murder that is manifest through Ramdhan, is fulfiling a Divine prophecy:

    ‘There will come a time upon the people when nothing will remain of Islam except its name only and nothing will remain of the Quran except its inscription. Their mosques will be splendidly furnished but destitute of guidance. Their divines (mullahs) will be the worst people under the heaven and strife will issue from and avert to them.”
    (Mishkatul Masabih, Kitabul Ilm)

  2. Mansoor says:

    I would like to solute the great courage shown by Altaf Husain for taking such a principaled stand on this issue. Shame of Imran Khan and so many other ‘leaders’ like him who always have time to critisize almost everyone and everthing in the world to gain political edge, but are cowards when it comes to standing with the weak and opressed.
    My hats off to Adil bhai for brining it up and not being scared of the Mullahs and Mullah sympathizers.

    My God bless Dr. Mannan’s soul…All he wanted was to serve his country. He could have just stayed in the USA and enjoyed a very lucrative career and a comfortable Mullah free life…but the poor guy wanted to serve the people of his country who he thought would not be served otherwise…
    Bina kardan, aye khoosh rasmay, ba khaak o khoon ghalteedand
    Khuda rehmat kunad een ashiqaan e pak teenat ra
    — (By Mirza Mazhar Jan-e-Janaan- a 16th century Urdu/Persion poet)
    English translation:
    Without crime, o righteous one, you have mixed me in blood and dust
    God, please have mercy on these lovers of clean intention

  3. u want this to stop? how could u? how could I? let it burn, let it destroy.
    when the dust will settle, and it shall settle, a new society will emerge, of neither the obsurantists nor the enlightened moderists, neither nationalists nor racists but humanists whose identity will be a redefinition of the religion we practice to be the religion we have forgotten.

    justice shall prevail in this land one day….

  4. Sophia says:

    Ahmadi Muslims were among the founders of Pakistan when the Mullahs opposed Qaid-e-Azam. His closeness to the Ahmadiyya jamaat is well documented- after all the first foreign minister of Pakistan was an Ahmadi. Now the Mullahs have gained power, they and their nexus in the media will poison more people against all that is good, decent and fair minded.

  5. Rehman says:

    Here is what International Federation of Journalists has to say;

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is horrified to learn that two people belonging to a minority religious sect in Pakistan were murdered shortly after a broadcaster on one of the country

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