“Taliban Aa Gayay”: Silence of the Lambs

Posted on April 20, 2009
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Sammad Khurram

Back in 2002, I was returning from Friday prayers when I saw an unusual gathering of singing and quasi-dancing Mullahs. Unusual because I had always assumed Mullahs to be against all types of art. The amused crowd were listening to chants of “Taliban aa gayay, Taliban aa gayay.”

I smirked. As if!

Pakistan is a nuclear country with the seventh largest army. We’re safe.

The Mullahs’ songs have been answered – the Taliban indeed are coming. And with them the cowards are bringing a lifestyle that destroys everything Pakistan and Islam.

Oh no. Wait! “This guy is on the paycheck of those who are trying to break Pakistan. Taliban are heroes, its America which is wrong.” Yes, this is the typical self defense mechanism coming to full force. Having nothing to lose, and having been already declared a CIA agent earlier in life I suppose I’ll continue. Continuing with a genuine fear, that these words are falling on either deaf or hostile ears. Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s Pakistan is over if all this chaos continues.

Jinnah’s Pakistan is a dream gone wrong. Perhaps if he knew that the dreamland for living in peace, harmony, religious tolerance and freedom was going to become arena for public flogging where laughs of sadist barbarians and the screams of minors will echo, he would not have decided on creating it. Had he known that there would be more suicide bombs in his country than any other place in the world, where fundamentalists would go around the cities threatening women, where school children would have to undergo security protocols as if they were in a war zone, would he have even bothered to work for the green and white?

Still, Pakistan is not what we worry about. All our esteemed talk shows chatter on is whether there should be 17th Amendment or not and on the statements by America and India. Yes, American drones and Indian statements are a threat to our sovereignty. Yes, the balance of power is important. But even when the Taliban have killed more people than India, American Drones or our tyrant rulers, taken over more of our land and have made us feel more unsafe than anyone else in the past thirty years? What other definition of sovereignty is there than protection of lives and property of people, maintaining writ of the state across the territory and having people feel secured? Why can’t we have some programs discussing the atrocities of the Taliban, the acts of terror that they do and how they have destroyed Pakistan?

No, it’s the “Hindu Zionists” (notice the contradiction?) working on a CIA sponsored conspiracy to break Pakistan. There are the good Taliban who fought the Kuffar off and the real issue is the CIA. Apparently, everyone has all the time in the world to devise every action we do, plan it to perfection and then make the evidence of their involvement disappear. Are we really that important for the rest of the world to worry about when they have their own countries and problems to tend to? Even if the Taliban are foreign funded should does that not mean we should double our efforts? Remember when India briefly occupied few territories near Lahore in 1965 how the whole country ran to defend it? My grandfather had stories of people going with sticks to support the army. I am afraid I will not have any such stories of patriotic resistance to tell anyone when another enemy has taken control of a fourth of NWFP and roughly one twentieth of Pakistan. Perhaps we should ban “Yeh watan tumhara hai, tum ho pasban is kay” for it seems no one really care about Pakistan, except the Zionist Hindus of course.

But no, remember the glorious days of the Caliphs? Remember the great Pakistani Fauj, who under the Ameer-ul-Momineen, Zia–ul–Haq, crushed the Russians? This is only a plan to make America taste the same fate! For a nation which already lives in denial, these conspiracy theories are all we need to turn us completely schizophrenic. Army is great and it will deal with any task assigned to it. More of the same comes from everyone turning patriotic everywhere. This automatic knee-jerk mechanism has seeped in our blood and shut off our brains.

For the love of God can anyone explain me why the great Army of Allah, whose laurels we sing from the day we are born, has still not been able to jam radio stations pouring terror in Swat? Have the core commanders not even tried asking the army engineers how radios work and how easy it is jam them without even having to be in the line of fire? Can they not even figure out if they only played “Who let the Dogs out” at the frequencies the Taliban use it would stop this vitriol? Why is it that these Taliban leaders can appear before journalists in broad daylight and roam freely without any trouble even when they claim responsibility of attacking Pakistanis across the country?

Perhaps the real question I should ask is why do I even care?

When I took time off from Harvard to be part of the lawyers’ movement I had seen a ray of hope. There were concerned citizens and lawyers who stood for what was right no matter what the consequences. We fought for a principle and won with the hope that things will slowly improve. Today the very judges we had faith in released the cleric of Lal Mosque whose crimes everyone knows about. If the judiciary was going to release people whose crimes were recorded on TV perhaps it does explain why Taliban are spreading like an incurable cancer. Imagine who would be hanging in “khooni chowk” had Mullana Abdul Aziz kidnapped a few Taliban officials or fought against them and killed their men?

Yet when you think all’s over, somehow someone comes up. Someone whose name keeps your head from drowning. Perhaps this sick torture has to be long and painful where we chase mirages of oasis, never to really reach them. Perhaps for all the atrocities we have committed to our own people require us to be made an example of so no other nation follows our path. Why do ray of hopes like Afzal Khan, who has socked it up to Taliban and refused to be removed from Swat alive, appear every now and then? However he stands to die in the rain. Alone.

Can anyone please name one Pakistani leader who has said the same? Forget that has anyone Pakistani leader said that he will go and get the Taliban to give up their arms? Will the real leader who can get rid of these monsters stand up? Imran Khan? Qazi? Nawaz Sharif? This silence is criminal!

What’s worse that these leaders of ours have unanimously approved a state within a state run, which is not accountable to anyone, absolves all crimes of the Taliban and gives a safe haven to those who are there to kill us? What sort of a Nizam-e-Nonsense is this when no one even tried to debate the issue properly and even consider for a second that giving blanket amnesty to the Taliban might not, even if it be infinitesimal, the right thing to do? No for the politicians this does not matter. All they are interesting in mudslinging at each other and more ministries. Our media and sheeple are busy devouring the latest gossip while Pakistan burns.

But unlike what people think it will not be because of Zardari’s corruption or Gilani’s incompetence or Salman Taseer’s antics.  We have survived them in the past, and so we’ll do again. But any country that falls to the Taliban will never recovered.

The Taliban are here to stay and unless we stand up against them in every possible way Pakistan will be lost – for good! It will be the silence of the lambs which destroys us. You will be responsible if Pakistan fails.

Sammad Khurram is a student at Harvard University and turned down an award from the US ambassador as a mark of protest against killings of Pakistani soldiers by US drone attacks.

169 responses to ““Taliban Aa Gayay”: Silence of the Lambs”

  1. Salman says:

    Taliban cannot be threatened into retreat..

    threat as a weapon against crime is successful only if the perpetrator considers himself a criminal..

    but if the perpetrator of the crime considers himself exalted while alive.. and even more if killed.. then it would be quite STUPID to bomb them… and think they would retreat..

    the Taliban are successful only because we are stupid.. our policy makers all the way to the top.. are STUPID.. We are bombing them only in reaction.. while it is actually FEAR in us that is driving the current war.. and they are winning it every day…

    The Taliban are the only ones wholeheartedly practicing their beliefs.. no matter how criminal they be.. they are not it war.. they are the ones at peace with themselves..

    This war cannot actually be won until we seriously examine our social structure and its foundation.. even if it would be “blasphemy” to do so according to scripture.. our prevalent belief system is just a pick-and-choose version of the Taliban’s belief system..

    and this hypocrisy will take us down.. Inshallah..

  2. rajnish says:

    Go below your skin and you shall realise that we are same . Have DNA tests and gene sampling you would know that we have the same roots. Talibanis are against the music but music of the Indian subcontinet which is the soul of our culture rests on the shoulders of those who belive in one the allah!.A.R. Rehman gave us Jai Ho!, I go in deep meditation hearing the tablah of Zakir hussain and Sufi music of Nusrat Fateh brings tears in my eyes and ecstacy of being part of existence . Ghulam ali and Mehdi Hassan show me the depth of Love and its spiritual significance .
    All this animal behaviour shall stop . How can a man kill a man ? Are we the most developed species on earth or an disease causing virus of solar system.
    This ego to kill your brother if he does not agree to your interpratation of any aspect of life . Just think of it signifacance of earth is less than a cell in your body when seen in relative of milky way galaxy our solar system is part of .
    I am of the firm opinion that India should support Pakistan in every possible way to get out of this problem and shall stop going in history for finding excuse for not doing so .Pakistan shall be given military support , financial support and whatever else is required to get out of this mess and Americans shall be asked to focus on the fraudsters of street who have created the present global financial mess.Can’t we give pakistan 15 billion dollars ? can’t we send trained 50000 army men having expertise and experience of fighting psychopaths like Talibani’s and help Pakistani army in getting back the area these neurotics have captured and are puting humanity to shame . We can’t afford to loose Ghulam Ali and Mehdi Hassan . India has to push aside its ego otherwise history will not forgive us.

    With love and assurance to pakistani brothers and sisters that this civilisation will prevail and this land of sufism will overcome the onslaught of barbarians.

    Rajnish Mishra

  3. Wakeel says:

    I have full faith that the Taliban will be defeated. People are awakening to their murderous ways.

  4. Umar Siddiqui says:

    Today the Tableghi Jamat also rejected the Taliban and there GUN POINT shariya , now the whole country is standing against the TALIBAN , now its PAKISTANI MUSLIMS v/S TALIBAN TERRORISTS , see the following link :

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-l ibrary/dawn/news/pakistan/12-tableeghi-jamaat-lead ers-denounce-gunpoint-sharia–bi-12

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