Pakistan at War: Lest We Forget

Posted on November 14, 2009
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Law & Justice, Photo of the Day
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Adil Najam

This montage of headlines from Dawn need little explanation. It represents seven headlines; one each from each of the last seven days (Nov. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2009). All except one were headlines on Dawn, and one (Nov. 13, 2009) was on the back page. The fact that the killing of 17 Pakistani soldiers will not make it to the front page of a Pakistani newspaper is itself a stern reminder of the craziness that defines our polity today!

There is little ‘news value’ in this montage. But, maybe it deserves just a moment’s silence from all of us. Maybe a moment of reflection on that which is truly important.

We post this merely as a reminder to ourselves that Pakistan remains at war. Pakistanis remain under attack. Our territory remains occupied by the enemy. The relentness of the violence can nudge the routine daily ugliness into the background and the seductiveness of tiltilating conspiracies and scandals can provide ready relief even to those whose job it is to keep reminding us of that which is truly existential for all our futures.

And so, we post this as a reminder to ourselves. Pakistan remains at war. Pakistanis continue to die. Pakistan continues to cry. Lest we forget.

39 responses to “Pakistan at War: Lest We Forget”

  1. Watan Aziz says:

    Besides the improvement in the bank accounts of thieves, nothing!

  2. ASAD says:

    A year later. Has anything changed?

  3. ahmad says:

    good done

  4. @ Zecchetti

    Fair enough the political issues should be covered by the media but that does not give any justification on it to hide the tragic terrorist activities occurring in Peshawar. There was a bomb blast yesterday and it was sidelined by Gillani’s press conference and the Afghan Elections. The media should really act more responsibly.

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