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Missing Persons Protest

Missing Persons Protest

A friend asked me: Hum itney na-shukrey kyun hain?

Why are we so unthankful?

At first, I thought it was a usual comment by him we often use in daily life. But soon I analyzed he was talking about “Pakistan” particularly. I retorted that we really are unthankful — an unthakful nation. Perhaps he daresaid, while making this comment, that I’m always cynical with my thoughts; that I’m critical and pessimistic. I wonder where have I ever been pessimistic. Being critical doesn’t necessarily imply that a person is pessimistic too.

Most of the time I’m vocal about the role of our army and politicians. While I criticize our Pakistan army — mind it that I don’t criticize the whole institution with more than 600,000 servicemen, but only the wrong policy makers — people usually think that I’m committing a blasphemy as I’m speaking against the sacred Pakistani institution which is meant to guard our nation. I always think and ask is the army above criticism? How many times this institution has erred and repeat it still; hence, speaking against it is wrong?

It pulls me back to the time of Jinnah. Jinnah was selected for the Central Legislative Council from Calcutta as a Muslim representative in 1910. Lord Minto supported Jinnah. Viceroy Minto’s pious hopes were soon shattered. Jinnah clashed with the viceroy the very first time when he rose to speak in the council, addressing him to a resolution that called for an immediate end to the export of indentured India labors to South Africa. Jinnah spoke out saying: “It is a most painful question — a question which has roused the feelings of all classes in the country to the highest pitch of indignation and horror at the harsh and cruel treatment that is meted out to the Indians in South Africa”. Minto reprimanded him for using the words “cruel treatment”. Jinnah spoke out saying: “It is a most painful question — a question which has roused the feelings of all classes in the country to the highest pitch of indignation and horror at the harsh and cruel treatment that is meted out to the Indians in South Africa”. Minto reprimanded him for using the words “cruel treatment”. Minto deemed Jinnah’s statement “too harsh to be used for a friendly part of the British Empire” within his council chambers. My Lord, Jinnah responded, “I should feel much inclined to use much stronger language. But I am fully aware of the constitution in the Council, and I do not wish to trespass for one single moment. But I do say that the treatment meted out to Indians is the harshest and the feeling in this country is unanimous.”

Jinnah was the only men who stood for such an act of unjust against the people of his country. By then, not even Gandhi raised this objection or anyone else from the Congress. Because Jinnah always stood for the human rights too, and he would never care if he’s speaking against the friendly British Empire or his Congressmen. Is speaking against the cruel policies of army/intelligence on the missing persons — and as I recall the death of one of my personal friend’s mother in Bajaur air strike and 100’s of innocent people like her — an amoral thing, I ask? Is speaking against the role of US in many things — for example the drone attacks that kill innocents daily — a wrong thing, I ask? Any missing person has a right to be prosecuted in the Pakistani courts — morally and constitutionally. But they just remain ‘missing’, let alone their prosecution. Simultaneously, I’m accused of being a traitor as I stand firm besides the families of those who suffer from the hands of some amoral uniformed and non-uniformed people.

Now with the latest update on the efforts of the families of missing persons: aggrieved families of missing persons few days back launched a long march from Faisalabad for the safe recovery of their dear ones with solemn pledge to enter Islamabad with five million registered followers for staging a sit-in.

According to the sources, only the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) is supporting this long march. Why just PTI, why not the MQM, PPP, PML-N, PML-Q, ANP, JUI etc. etc.? I stress on the significance of the cause of “Missing Persons” and urge every political party’s activist to support this cause and participate in the long march. Raise your voice. Please, this doesn’t have anything to do with your political party’s affiliation. Anyone with a flesh heart is morally obliged to support this cause — before it gets too late. Support the 100’s of families of missing persons (788 cases registered with “Defence Human Rights Pakistan” alone, whereas the estimate according to International Human Rights group is not less than 10,000) by standing against the unjust and amoral acts of those who are accountable for adding miseries to the 100’s of families, simultaneously adding the miseries to already troubled and miserable Pakistan. It reminds me of the words of Martin Niemoller — a leader of one of the German group opposing Hitler and Nazis.

First they (Nazi) came for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then… they came for me… And by that time there was no one left to speak up.

Innocency Or Hypocrisy?

Of late, I came across the views of many people who don’t like to see or hear even a single word against the dear me dear intelligence agencies of Pakistan and Pakistan Army, simultaneously they’re also endorsing the cause of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and are pretty much browned-off since the verdict has been announced.

In May 2004, the then Interior Minister of Pakistan acknowledged that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was abducted from Karachi by Pakistani security agencies — that automatically held former president General Musharraf accountable for her miseries by the way.

All I’m unable to understand is the tantrum of those people who are ‘never’ ready to hear a single word against ISI or Pakistan Army, despite the fact that their own responses are no less than the oxymoron — supporting Dr. Aafia on one side and on the other hand supporting those as well who’re actually responsible for Dr. Aafia’s miseries.

What should we call it: a hypocrisy or an innocency?

PS: I say, please, at least denounce the bad moves — be it coming from any one.

United We Rant

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

Today’s headlines as I’m expecting it’d be: President sympathizes for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and pledged to pursue the case in US High Courts. PM slams the decision and promised to talk to US Government. Nawaz Sharif denounced the court decision. Altaf Hussain, on his telephonic address, expresses his strong concern against the court decision on Dr. Aafia. Siddiqui. Pakistani people are infuriated on the court’s decision. United we rant!

I’ve been following the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui quite meticulously since the case was put on hearing in the court on 19th January, 2010. I’ve been seeing the action and reaction of the Ghairat Brigade since the time the newses of ‘Prisoner 650’ was published in Pakistani newspaper and jolted the Ghairat Brigade from its roots. Well, not all were jolted; some a la mode liberals, yes the liberals, didn’t feel like paying heed to the issue as for them it was just about an individual, which is inconspicuous when it comes to the nation of 170 million people already stuck in other problems — the big problems more important than Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, as they say. Some were found justifying her abduction by our beloved dear me dear intelligence agencies and army. A horde of them — who’re the supporter of enlightened moderation introduced by the zilch-venerated former president General Pervez Musharraf — are agilely found justifying such villainous foolish action.

When the prosecution started, it was testified that there were no fingerprints of Dr. Aafia on the M4 rifle, as accused by the government of US that she attempted to murder and FBI official while she was captivated in Afghanistan; there were no M-4 bullets, no bullet debris from the M-4 rifle and no bullet holes from the rifle in the room. She was the one who was shot by FBI officer thrice in the abdomen. And due to the urgent medic availability, she survived. She had 3 kids, all were just too young. Only one is recovered. The rest two are still not recovered from the FBI yet after 7 longs years. God knows where they kept her both kids, God knows if they’re even alive or they’ve killed them. Isn’t it cruel? If you belong to a race of man, it’s my understanding that you’ll be condemning such acts of atrocities and injustice by the US courts.

Even the lawyer of Dr. Aafia put forward ahead of the judge during the closing arguments that believing on the accusations of government and FBI agent would simply mean that you’re also denying the simple laws of science.

This constitutes that a poltergeist removed the fingerprints of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui from M4 rifle (which was held by FBI guy as per him), a poltergeist renovated the walls of the room where she was kept, and that poltergeist also removed the debris of the bullet. This is so amazing, no?

This is just not enough. During the hearing, at one occasion Dr. Aafia started to get hyper and wept. Judge Berman removed her from the court room. At another occasion, Judge Berman called a US serviceman to give a testimony. The serviceman started giving the testimony: “Three of my men were killed, along with one Afghan”. The soldier began crying, and judge Berman reached over and handed him a tissue. Where exactly can you smell the discrimination? The trial wasn’t fair as the events went. Judge had sympathies with the US serviceman, but not with the Pakistani national. Do you still receive the situation of injustice willingly or you have an urge to deny it?

Had she been acquitted today, I’m ready to wager that all the leaders of ethnic and national political parties of our country would have been congratulating her, simultaneously asserting that their efforts to retrieve Dr. Aafia have become successful. From the other point of view, we all know that how much our political parties have employed efforts to retrieve her. Every major political party has been busy in power ploys — holding out massive rallies on youm-e-tasees, lawyers movement, playing Sindh card to protect their government; briefly, ranting with a big-league along with awaam — ranting unitedly. But none of the political party ever tried to bring its loyalists on road for a demonstration against the illegal detention and prosecution of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui in US courts. She should have been prosecuted in Pakistani court in accordance with the constitution of Pakistan. But who cares. United we rant — at all the events and instances that favors us to bring us to power. I’m sick of all such opportunist political parties.

Pakistani Government should immediately reject the verdict squarely which is given by US kangaroo courts. Pakistani government should immediately demand Dr. Aafia back from US. She’s a Pakistani citizen and should be prosecuted in Pakistani courts — if she’s guilty. We, Pakistanis, don’t accept the verdict by US courts; besides, it’s against our constitution that pledges to provide security to Pakistan citizen.

This is such a disgraceful event for our nation. I’ve void of words to write more on this unjust. Somehow or other, I’ve managed to understand that we’re, at the most, hellishly proud united Pakistanis — united when we all rant at such events but do nothing fundamentally!

Poly Ticks

It Is All About Politics

Politics — nowadays is also served on the dining table inclusive of some extra spice in association with the favorite political talk show being aired at that moment, otherwise the usual gossip on politics is always into the bargain at the dining table. The prominent thing about politics is that it’s unscheduled, in a way that you never need any special theme to put on in order to jumpstart the talkses despite the possibility or fact that there’s no talk show aired at that time or your dinner is devastated by holy load-shedding. For example, at the dining table:

Aaj tu tamatar ki qeemat asmaan se baatein kar rahi thi (yehi koi 3 Rs. ziada). Hadh hai, gosht bhi itna mehenga chal raha hai.

Today, the price of tomato was skyrocketing. Unbelievable, meat is also way too expensive.

And here you’re. Political gossip has just begun. You know where it’ll end? It was started with the economy of the country, moved to pure politics then — just like the car traveling in a lizard lane — and will usually end with the same old vernacular phrase: kya hoga is mulk ka! (What will happen to the country!)

I believe, while writing all this, that this is the story of every home, or at least majority of homes in Pakistan. This isn’t our fault perhaps that we can’t resist ourselves not to bring politics at every moment we find is unworthy of discussing because nothing has changed so far; notwithstanding that from our long dining table gossips on politics to hours long drawing room tea/green-tea/coffee with guests with the torrential shmoozing on politics and to the watching of political talk shows on comfy sofas — nothing has changed yet after all that.

While aggroupings happen and gossips take place on politics, it’s been noticed that even the most standpat type of people do acknowledge at times: Sub choor hain yaar (Everyone is a looter).

By virtue of word ‘politics’ — which is, once I read, derived from the word ‘poly’ means ‘many’ and ‘ticks’ means ‘blood sucking parasites’ — the contemporary politicians hold countless PhD’s coupled with honorary PhD’s as well — in the Management of Bloodsucking. The number of death of people affected by malaria is sure less than the number of people who die due to circumstances attributable to the bad policies and moves of politicians. This, if anything, also substantiates the fact that politicians are more inauspicious than mosquitoes. Yours and mine have a poor luck that a mospel kind of lotion, to prevent from getting sucked by politicians, isn’t hatched up until now.

Although every politician is same, but in Pakistan there’s an unparalleled lot of politicians found at no place in the world. Such distinction of Pakistani politicians from the rest of the politicians of the world is parce que many overt reasons that are, on top of it, incomprehensible as obstructed by morbid egotism of the Ghairat Brigade.

Let’s move down to the types of politics and politicians — particularly related to Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

There are only two types of politicians: honest politicians and honestly honest politicians.

Honestly honest politicians are those who think they’re honest while the downtrodden awaam thinks of them as berks. Some of the characteristics of honestly honest politicians are that they’re down to earth, in regards to the trait learnt from the evil lore. Some honestly honest politicians fall squarely out of the comfy jails in to the country’s presidency and premiership while others of their kind were/are afraid of being incarcerated so they excused the awaam and threw themselves into self-exile, hence, remain fugitive from justice.

Some honestly honest politicians chant the slogans of Rooti, Kapra and Makaan (Food, Cloth and House) to get the votes. This is another kind of demagoguery politics quite common in Pakistan. All those who chant the slogan of such kind with the purpose of getting the votes from the abundantly poverty-stricken people simultaneously have lush palaces, in conjunction with bank accounts in foreign countries filled with billions of dollars for their very personal lavishness.

Other kinds of such politicians pledging to promote democracy are found having covert meetings at General Headquarters. Such politicians are personally unconcerned with anything except of retribution and certainly the chief of all facts in politics — power seeking by unprincipled power ploys.

Some other characteristics of honestly honest politicians are, to an exceedingly degree of honesty, understandable (which is actually quite easy to understand in the contemporary politics in spite of mentioning) when one intend to malign his/her opponent by means of blame game, particularly related to ad hominem arguments — often unilateral — revolving around one’s private life.

There are other kinds of politicians who urge people to put a stop to the arms culture in civilians while their own substantial stalwarts hold a horde of illegal arms. Such duplicitous politicians and their political parties are a prompt threat to country, yet we support them.

Another kind of honestly honest politicians are those who are running their political campaign on the name of Islam and ‘go America go’ slogans. I’m horrified to see that on the name of Islam, they terrorize students in the universities and colleges. However, besides, it’s a bilateral process where every such terrorist under the banner of student try imposing his beliefs on others. And once rejecting those means you’ll be bullied by them persistently and throughout your stay in university. These politically affiliated students from different honestly honest political parties have ruined the educational institutes to a considerable extent. We’re doomed — no one is up for the elimination of politics from educational institutes.

Let’s not forget a top listed and earthshaking brand of a semi-political party. They believe that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is an extraordinarily brave woman — a female hero for them. On one side they bomb the schools, look black upon the coeducation system — and on the other side their favorite female hero has studied in a coeducation system in an American University, and has also worked in a environ with males — which they term as strictly un Islamic. Such sanctimonious semi-political party is a blot and cause major regression in the ongoing life cycle of the country.

Each day these honestly honest political leaders and their political parties write on ice and each second day the ice melts and they rewrite on ice again. This has been going on for decades now while the Ghairat Brigade watches this political matinee and at nights we’ve to discuss — often as idle hours activity — at dining table, at coffee shops, in drawing rooms and in front of TV on comfy sofas while watching the hot talk shows on politics. And the life afloat … under a revision.

PS: I’ve jotted down this write up with a purpose of no purpose to mold already to the skies molded people, but to help myself rectify with the help of the views of others. Today’s politics, I sternly believe, is all about self-interest and lack of principles. Besides, the other kind of politicians i.e. the honest politicians need no introduction and explanation.