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Wake up to the reality!

The inevitable has happened and Raymond has been flown out of the country. To those who are acting surprised need to take a serious reality check. None of us expected a conviction for Raymond. Rather to have him holed up for so long is the surprise here. I guess the government and agencies would also have wished for the matter to be hushed up, but it was thrown in the limelight and thus began the huge media circus. One wonders now, wouldn’t it have been better to not prolong the saga for as long as it lingered on.

Let’s face it everyone. We are not a country who can mess with a superpower right now. I would say we have a zillion other problems on our hands and a face-down with the US was never in the mind of any of our leaders. So they did what they had to do. Huge amounts of blood money and the hurried departure of the man himself. Now the nation can cry itself hoarse, screaming in protest on the streets. The matter has been settled. We have bid our final farewell to Raymond.

How the US deals with the man is another matter. After all, he has jeopardized the US undercover operations in not only Pakistan, but all over the world. But our country’s work has been completed. The leading forces, which comprise both the government and intelligence agencies, have played their part. And the judiciary has player theirs by freeing the convict. All the pillars of state were involved, so why question the decision.

Some of you naive enough still believed in the impossible. Raymond would languish long and hard in a Pakistani jail or be hanged till dead. Dream on! We are living in starkly opposite conditions. When was the last time you heard the judiciary had sentenced someone big enough to warrant importance to us, as a nation. And allow me to mention here that I am talking about the ‘free judiciary’ that is the apple’s eye of the nation. We have seen terrorists released after the courts ruled them to be innocent. Have you ever come across one terrorist who has been convicted and punished by our esteemed courts? All have been set free. No judge is willing to take the risk. So when we see our streets filled by the terrorists freed by our courts, why raise a hue and cry over the acquittal of one Raymond Davis. He was, maybe, a threat to our nation’s sovereignty, but then so are these terrorists.

So the next time you see our judiciary doing its job on the domestic front, and handing out just punishments to those that wreak havoc in our country, that is when you should start protesting against the Davis ruling. Till then, just shut up and watch the drama unfold every day. We are, after all, a nation that easily forgets and forgives.

Death and Silence

I want to cry today.  Cry my heart out right now. Another voice has been silenced, that dared to speak out against irrationalities. In the capital of my dear country, another brutal killing has been witnessed. I will not delve into criticising the security forces today. Nor waste words in trying to identify the real killers. Right now, I mourn yet again. As I did on the 4th of January, I feel helplessness and grief.

One by one, all the brave voices will be silenced. And we will only be left amidst cowards, who are too afraid to speak their minds. The real issues will be swept under a carpet of indifference, and society will cease to improve. A stagnant pond of dirt accumulated over time that we have all caused through ignorance and our silence. And when the silence overpowers the few voices that do speak out, the silence will cause a destruction so vast that it would be irreparable.

Shahbaz Bhatti was just another minister. Another will take his place tomorrow. Salman Taseer was just one governor. Another has already taken his place. Yet in these two men, were voices of courage. People with a will to eliminate the irrational attitudes widespread in our society, and courage to match that will. So we have not just lost two government officials, we have lost two right-minded men whose absence will be greatly felt. The hole of their presence will not be filled by any of the presently serving government officials. No one is willing to take a stand. Rather I would go so far as to say that some are going all out in condemning the country to a violent and pathetic end.

Have they managed to silence all those who dare to speak courageously? Or are there any left to condemn this rigid and violent mindset? I cannot speak about the high-powered officials, but I can speak for you and me. I will continue to speak my mind and raise my voice wherever I get the opportunity. Are you willing to do the same?

Today, at this moment, I will cry for the helplessness I feel. I will mourn for the vision of our Quaid we have failed to uphold. I will shed tears for the Pakistani flag we are dishonouring today, by not acknowledging non-Muslims as even Pakistanis today. The word Pakistani has now been made synonymous with being a Muslim, and minorities suffer everywhere. Today we killed their representation in the government. Today we have wiped the ‘white portion’ off our flag. At least, in the mindset we have made the transition. Today was just the graduating ceremony to further cement that mindset. So I cry today, for some ideals lost. The Quaid must be squirming in his grave right now. His nation has failed him miserably. The silence prevails, with death lurking right around the corner for those who dare to break it.

Shame on the senators…

In a small corner of an English daily yesterday, I found some news that was disturbing to say the least. Here I am, shocked at the reaction of common people and lawyers who are hailing a killer as their newest hero, when the Government has proved itself to be no different. The article said that in the Senate session held a day ago, Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar tried to table a resolution condemning the assassination of Governor Salman Taseer. Instead of an easy passage, the resolution was outrightly opposed! Seems our senators are very openly condoning cold-blooded killing on the streets. Also, the same senator had asked that atleast fateha be offered then for the deceased soul. Our esteemed senators could not even do that, and many walked out of the session. What can I say, except shame on all the senators!

Insanity prevails!

The nation has been jolted awake. We were all enjoying the peaceful slumber of indifference, where anything happening outside our houses was someone else’s story. As long as we were spared, the suicide bombings hardly mattered. Security alerts, no more a cause for alarm. Rather, a usual occurrence. Turning on the television sets to find the flashing red news strips on the bundle of news channels was a routine matter. In fact, absence of a ‘breaking news’ would seem quite surprising now. As I said before, we were all sleeping soundly within the shells of our existences, cradling the indifferent attitudes. As a nation slept, the country descended deeper into chaos. It was not simply a matter of a number of days or months. The lava had been burning for many years now, and it finally erupted. 4th of January happened!

The act itself was, well, just a murder. We hear of such atrocities everywhere on a daily basis. Yet when you have a governor on the receiving end, a grinning bearded man holding the gun, and all of it happening in broad daylight in the very heart of the capital, shock waves are generated at a very high frequency. Then you add the bit about the attacker being a security guard, detailed to the security of the very man whose life he took. Cast a glance at the very controversial past record of the man in question, what he was doing still wearing a uniform you might ask. The fact that none of the other guards on duty raised even a finger as the gunman emptied his bullets into the governor’s body. The self-confession and the reason given by the assassin. Now all this makes for some very disturbing news. Still, the worst is yet to come. The lowest point was achieved as we all received SMS after SMS of jubilatory tones, people distributing sweets on the streets, so-called educated minds condoning the murder. The upholders of the law and order of the country, the lawyers kissing the grinning, self-confessed murderer and showering him with rose petals. At the same time, many announced they would be representing the convict free of cost. Rallies taken out to celebrate the newest ‘hero’ for the masses, as the upholders of our religion openly condoned the murderer, declaring him the saviour, a ‘ghazi’. Insanity prevailed! Rather, it still does.

And while all this was going on, the few left of us who were appalled by this atrocious behaviour, could only wonder in amazement. What have matters come to! Is this the country we inherited from Jinnah and our ancestors? Are these the moral values we want passed on to our future generations? Were we all sadly mistaken when we were trying to convince the world that Pakistan is not a country of extremists? What we were calling just a small faction of the people, has turned into a much larger group. The basic ideas and values are the same, as we have seen from the nation’s reaction. What we had understood to be the views of only some madressah-taught men, are indeed the views of even the youngsters studying in the most prestigious universities in the country! How could this have happened? We were all so busy trying to convince the world that our religion is one that calls for peace. Killing and destroying holds no place. Yet we have negated all of that by our own actions. Yes, we have shown the world that we hold no sanctity of human life. Rather, we are barbarians who are celebrating the death of one man, and hailing the assassin as the nation’s newest hero! Try explaining to the world now, where the ‘peaceful religion’ has disappeared. You claim to represent Islam, you claim to represent Pakistan, I say, you represent neither! In reality, you are just an ugly smear on the face of humanity that needs to be wiped clean!

After 9/11, there were fears Pakistan might be bombed ‘back to the Stone Ages’. Well, I say that we do not need anybody’s help in doing that, thank you! We have taken huge leaps ourselves on the path to self-destruction. Today, in all manners of thinking and acting, we are living in dark times indeed, very dark!