Recently a drone strike in South Waziristan killed five top Taliban leaders. As long as these drones keep on doing the good work of taking out the Taliban leadership, why should we complain about their origins? The issue of drones has been manipulated by the so-called true representatives of the citizens of Pakistan, for the sole purpose of political point scoring. While Wikileaks openly provides evidence of the dual faced political games, our citizens are still easily wooed by them. It is to be realized that it is not the drones which are breaching the sovereignty of Pakistan; in fact they would not be operating in the first place, if the Taliban and Al-Qaeda had not been present in the Tribal Areas.
Archive for October, 2011
This time it was Karachi where the radical religious parties of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) took out processions, as a show of public strength for the release of Mumtaz Qadri. The previous protests in Punjab had turned violent, but on this occasion they were unable to muster enough street power to even make headlines in the media. Perhaps the people have finally seen through the deception of these so-called religious parties. Our religion preaches peace and encourages converting oneself into a better human being, while the extremists are on a rampage convincing the ignorant populace to kill for religion.
As the political and military leadership is considering peace talks with the Taliban, the terrorists have no reluctance in showing their true intents of striking at the Pakistani state and its citizens. Already in the past couple of days at least thirteen security personnel have lost their lives in Khyber Agency, while the Corps Head Quarters in Karachi has been receiving threats. When will our leadership finally realize that the only way to deal with this security threat is to eliminate it altogether, rather than as recently stated “give peace a chance”, which we have already done much too often and failed.
It should be a wakeup call for all of us, as the United States plans to address the nuisance of terrorist sanctuaries within our borders. While we are reluctant to take any action against these embedded terrorists, it is obvious that the coalition will look towards alternate solutions to remove this cyst. Our policy makers seem to be of the opinion that the country can co-exist with this parasite in our midst. We are in fact ourselves paving a path towards foreign intervention, placing our national sovereignty at stake. Although none of us would like a repeat of the embarrassing debacle which took place at Abbotabad, but still we refuse to fulfill our responsibilities.
On 07th October, during the violent protests and call for strike by the radical mullahs, a mob of fanatics armed with iron rods marched into a Girls High School in Rawalpindi and assaulted the staff and students. This was in a bid to close the school on the enforced strike by the rabid extremists. A shameful act for a shameful reason is the only way it can be summarized. In fact many other such incidents took place that very day, resulting in the disruption of daily life. The question which, I will dare to ask these so called guardians and flag bearers of religion is; would our religion allow innocent women and children to be subjected to such an objectionable act? In reality, these mullahs are chopping down the same tree they are claiming to preserve.
The story is simple. First an innocent man is brutally murdered, then the killer is glorified and presented as a savior to the general public and finally the group benefitting from this entire charade, demands the verdict in the favor of the killer, attempting to whip the entire country into frenzy. The radical mullahs are attempting all this for Mumtaz Qadri and no, they do not have any plans for saving Qadri, they only take advantage of him, to bask in the limelight awarded to this case. The mullahs have and will always use these strategies to exert their influence. The question is not how these radicals can be stopped but how much longer will WE allow them to carry on with this?
Mumtaz Qadri has been sentenced to death by the Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) over the murder of Salman Taseer, but Taseer family has a long way to go before justice will be fully served. The decision will be challenged in other courts and the case may drag on for years. Qadri will reach his demise eventually, but what about the people who poisoned his mind and provoked him to carry out this atrocious activity. These people in the garb of self proclaimed guardians of Islam are still out there carrying out a campaign to glorify the murderer and promote his image as a hero. The hardliners have exploited Qadri for their gains and do not care if innocent lives are wasted in the process.