Monthly Archives: January 2012

Criminal Neglect

Karachi has again become engulfed in the fire of sectarian conflict, protests, strikes and target killings. The criminal negligence accorded to the city by every incumbent administration has lead to the situation, where the citizens of Karachi live under the perpetual shadow of fear. While every major and aspiring political parties choose the metropolis for a show of strength and popularity, with empty promises and rhetoric to sweep the evils away, but none have yet shown the willingness to challenge the spreading intolerance and radicalism. The city, which has every segment of the society from throughout Pakistan represented, should have been a role model for the rest of the country. Instead it has assumed the notoriety of being one of the most dangerous cities in the world. cheap Rogaine 2%

Subverting the Media

Another journalist murdered and this time it was Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who took the responsibility of the attack. Mukarram Khan Atif was gunned down in Charsadda by the assailants, while praying at a mosque. Unfortunately, Pakistan is now being deemed as one of the most dangerous places globally for journalists, where according to Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), at least 17 journalists and media workers were killed in 2011. The journalist community has become caught in the middle of a conflict and is now easy pickings for both state and non-state actors. Among them another journalist was Saleem Shahzad. Recently the judicial commission investigating the murder of Saleem Shahzad concluded its activities and presented a report on the incident, which has been termed as inconclusive. The commission was not able to find the culprits who kidnapped the journalist from Islamabad in May and tortured him to death. The murderers roam free and remain out of grasp of the legal justice system, in probably every case where the media has been the victim. Unless and until the culprits attacking and subverting media freedom are not challenged and brought to justice, these incidents will continue to take place.

Clear Objectives

If anyone has any doubts regarding the aims and objectives of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT), perhaps the news from Bangladesh will clear these doubts; where a group of army officers, linked with the organization attempted to mount a coup. This is not new for HuT, as they already made headlines in Pakistan, when the army arrested senior officers in June of previous year, for having alleged links with the organization and also concocting a coup plot. Unfortunately in Pakistan, Hizb ut-Tahrir and various other radical organizations, despite being banned are carrying out their activities, without even going through the pain of keeping them covert. If the authorities are not willing to stop these organizations, then it is time that the citizens should adopt measures to discourage the radicals from taking more hold.

Prominent Exposure

Someone is getting all the limelight in the upcoming rally of Pakistan Defense Council (PDC) at Rawalpindi on 22nd January, 2012 and that someone is no other than Hafiz Saeed himself. Guess where are the banners displayed, bearing his prominent image along with the picture of a leading politician? Well of course, in the capital territory of Islamabad. I do not think that the authorities should be just concerned with this development instead they should be horrified and should be scrambling to take appropriate measures to counter this return of radicalization. In its place, one finds them in deep slumber and untroubled.

What about Taliban?

On 26th of November 2011, NATO forces attacked Pakistani check posts at Salala and 24 Pakistani soldiers in the onslaught and on January 05, 2012 Taliban slaughtered 15 personnel belonging to Frontier Constabulary, who were being held captive. While we have clearly redefined our relationship with NATO and especially the U.S., taking a stand on the unprovoked attack, there seems to be no reaction from any circle over the latter incident. None of the Taliban apologists, who claim to be the saviors of Pakistan, have taken to the streets and protested over this horrific act. These were also sons of our soil, their only fault being that they were serving Pakistan. If this is the kind of peace Taliban are promising to implement, in the ongoing negotiations, then we do not want it.