How To Produce A Terrorist

How To Produce A Terrorist

How To Produce A Terrorist

The sky roared, the thunderous sound was echoing and then there was a loud explosion heard. The air strike caused a ruckus, there was bloodshed everywhere — with 10’s of fatalities and 100’s of wounded. People were shouting, crying — everyone was sad yet full of wrath. A lot of them lost their brothers, fathers, sisters, mothers, sons, daughters in the air strike. The present was full of grief.

This was a usual routine that sometimes Pakistani fighter planes would turn up and bomb the suspected hideouts of the militants and mostly the US led drone attacks sketch a real picture of another hell on earth. God knows how many militants the air strike killed, but what is apparent is that every air strike or drone attack for the purpose of hunting down the militants had never reduced the number of militants, instead it gave birth to the 100’s of more fighters against the state government and Nato, who show their ire against the state government and Nato because they lost their loved ones for no reason. Some of the peaceful people before the strike becomes terrorist after the air strike or drone attack parce que they lost their loved ones and the moxie for retribution intensifies within. How would you satisfy or pacify the people when “you” go on a killing spree of innocent civilians and make them loose their brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, fathers, mothers and other acquaints in the drone attack or airstrike or bomb blast? You killed their beloved ones too, because you never raise the voice against the atrocities and you’re as blamable as the militant’s facilitators and ratifiers.

The ongoing terrorism, I daresay, has always been a bilateral process — and where the chances of peace has been practically deep-six. Subsequently, the battlefront is formed which we see today: you kill our brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, wives, fathers, mothers, husbands and friends etc. — in retaliation we’ll kill yours too. This is a ‘general’ situation, exclusive of the religious hype. This goes on, and we’re majorly loosing innocents day-after-day — the rural innocents in drone attacks and air strikes, the urban innocents in suicide blasts. In a word of one of my American friend: When American army or any army regrets the loss of innocent lives, I ask whose life isn’t innocent? We all are innocent.

Want to know more about how, by and large, the world produces terrorist? One should watch the movie “The Peacemaker”. His only daughter was killed and he went on a rampage to blow the whole city with a nuclear bomb. This is the state of mind of ‘many’ of the suffered ones — furiousness at its peak. Those tagged terrorists of today kill someone else’s loved ones .. and the status quo afloat, under a revision. We ought to find out the root cause of the problems and start rendering the justice to the best we can. Justice is the solution to all problems, and not the war or oppression of any kind.

Road To Revolution

Road To Revolution

Road To Revolution

On March, 24 1976, a military dictatorship came to power in Argentina. The US backed regime ruled the country for a decade. 30,000 mostly young Argentinian were disappeared by the military. Millions more fled into exile.

Then there was the economic crisis hit the country during the last decade of 20th Century. People were already sick and tired of the economic and political uncertainty — they became hellishly more fed up with the prevailing problems.

On December 19 and 20, 2001, millions of Argentinians took to the streets. “Everyone must go”, they chanted, demanding the resignation of the entire government. 32 protesters were killed, 200 wounded, but they held the streets. President resigned under the pressure. In one week, 4 governments resigned in succession. How much interesting it’s for you to value now the real power of Awaam?

For decades now, our so-called best governments — the holy dictators and holy democrats — have tried to erase and denied the power of our existence — the power of awaam. For decades now, they’ve stolen our rights. For decades, they’ve tried to bury our wishes under the ground. The same happened to the people of Argentina. But they won when they found that they’ve no other choice than to get out on roads and demonstrate the people’s power.

Somehow, we also get out on roads, but under a banner of the affiliated political party and demonstrate protests solely for the party’s cause. We know the length and breadth of our country, but what we don’t know is the edges of our country — the edges from where the problems arise. Divided we stand today. I daresay when United we’ll stand someday, we sure will create an example like Argentina did and today stands on the verge of progression.

Action & Consequences

Something out-of-the-way. Few days back when NATO announced a major offensive in the southern Afghanistan in an area call Marja, there was a donnybrook mobilizing everywhere regarding the civilian casualties. American officialdoms said the civilian casualties in this major offensive is inevitable. And see, this is what happened: an errant American rocket strike on Sunday, 14th Feb 2010, hit a compound crowded with Afghan civilians, killing at least 12 people, including 5 children.

On Monday, 15th Feb 2010, NATO officials said an airstrike, unrelated to the Marja operation, killed five civilians and wounded two others. They were mistakenly believed to be planting roadside bombs in Kandahar province.

But somehow at this point in time US has taken the notice of civilian casualties and in order to avert the civilian casualties, today U.S. curtailed the use of airstrikes in assault on Marja.

Since this is something I again term as out-of-the-way, I thought I must share it. Simultaneously I just don’t think that in war the action should ever be divorced from the consequences. This is a war — a useless too — and civilian casualties are inevitable in the light of the situation. May the self proclaimed Godfather of Democracy and Justice realize it sooner than later.

Executive vs. Judiciary

Yesterday, a presidential order was passed to elevate Lahore High Court Justice Saqib Nisar to an apex court Justice. Within four hours of the presidential order, the apex court slammed the presidential order, besides, terming it a serious violation of article 177 of the constitution.

The article 177 of the constitution of Pakistan states: The Chief Justice of Pakistan shall be appointed by the President, and each of the other Judges shall be appointed by the President after consultation with the Chief Justice.

In a wake of this donnybrook between the lawyers or Judiciary and federal government or Executive, it’s also said that president did consult the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry before the presidential order was passed. Simply following a formality and consulting the Chief Justice of Pakistan within this formality border isn’t a right way. Our constitution doesn’t speak about the further solution lest there’s a dissonance between the CJP and president. So here something called a ‘common sense’ needs to be used that both CJP and president should unanimously agree over the decision of appointing the Judge. One agreeing and other disagreeing isn’t viable specially when Judiciary and Executive are important part of country’s edifice and their tussle would surely create more problems in an already troubled country.

Hence, it’d be letter-perfect to say that the presidential order by Zardari was an overhasty act which lead to a quick brouhaha in the country. Had Zardari consulted the CJP in order to deduce a unanimous decision, the today’s melee amongst the custodian of country’s edifice would have not happened.

Another controversy is the Al-Jihad Trust Case. Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui has also said that at no point the Al-Jihad Trust Case judgment binds the Chief Justice to recommend the Chief Justice of a high court to be elevated as judge of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice could recommend number two or even number three senior most judge for this elevation.

Confusion in this regard has been created because of intermixing of the Al-Jihad Trust Case with Malik Asad Case by some people. In Malik Asad case, Justice Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui himself gave the verdict in 1997 that senior most judge of a high court will become the Chief Justice of that high court and senior most Judge of the Supreme Court will become the Chief Justice of Pakistan. What needed to be understood is that the seniority principle is not applied in the issue of elevation of High Court Judge to the Supreme Court.

This means that if Chief Justice recommends Justice Saqib Nisar, who is second in seniority, for elevation to the Supreme Court and ignores the Chief Justice of the same High Court, neither the Constitution nor the Al-Jihad Trust case bars him from doing so.

To release the tension in the country that doubles every second day, president of Pakistan needs to act prudently and adopt a strategy of balancing things in order to restore the harmony. If anything, challenging the apex court is as equal to showing the red reg to the bull. This is right to say: Once the Supreme Court gives a judgment after scrutinizing the constitution profoundly, it’s not open to any authority to defy or ignore it. While there is room for criticism of the judgments, there is no room for defiance.

Bajang Aamad — Provides You With Guaranteed Laughs

Bajang Aamad

Bajang Aamad

Above is a page from the book “Bajang Aamad” by Colonel Muhammad Khan. This book was first published in July 1966, and to-date remains one of the best humorous books in Urdu literature. Colonel Muhammad Khan writes about himself in the book and the events of World War II he encountered. The way he has narrated the events is really worth reading.

Colonel Muhammad Khan had long yearned for becoming a “lieutenant” — not even a general but a “lieutenant”. He always found some charm in the title of “lieutenant” — and as comprehended by the views of him, holding this rank is something venerable more than that of a general.

He successfully passes the entrance formalities and was sent a letter to get in to the train to reach ‘Mehev’ which was in the Central British-India. Colonel Muhammad Khan thought that upon his arrival at the Mehev station, he’ll be welcomed with an instrumental band, an army division, and the motor car whose driver will respectfully open the door for him. But upon his arrival, the situation he had to encounter was adverse — and which is humorously explained by Colonel Muhammad Khan above.

Whenever I read this book, it makes me laugh too much. A must read book.