Stealing a Life …

Paris attacks are harrowing. Brings a shiver down my spine. I am not exaggerating my state of mind. Whenever innocents die I am forced to recall the words from my favourite book “The Kite Runner”:

“…there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft…when you kill a man, you steal a life…you steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness…there is no act more wretched than stealing…a man who takes what’s not his to take, be it a life or a loaf of naan…I spit on such a man. And if I ever cross paths with him, God help him…”

A horde of Muslims have been concerned about how the horrendous attacks in Paris will bring a bad name to Muslims, again. I am not sure how to answer this. More or less the same number of people are concerned about how western media is actively reporting the Paris carnage and how Facebook is sympathising with the French community by rolling out an application that can merge your profile picture with the French flag to become a unique profile picture on your profile. They are arguing that such a sympathising gesture is only bestowed on the western people and the terrorism affectees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Iraq and others are always snubbed and which is a discrimination and selective-sympathy. It is true. But I guess it is more true that Muslim states are so feeble and incompetent today that their internal differences owing to sectarianism and weakness owing to corruption have led them to this situation and because of that Muslim community is given little or no significance in a world dominated by western democracy, culture and economy. Nature has it that only the strong survives. Justice is subjective and the mighty rules.

I find it sound to put a French flag (even though I haven’t put one on my profile yet but I support those who have) on the Facebook profile and sympathise with the French community ignoring any ifs and buts here. I mourn on the loss of innocent lives in Paris and my heart bleeds for every single soul lost in Paris attacks and all such terrorist attacks anywhere in the world.

Power comes with the responsibility and responsibility requires courage to befit the position you are responsible for. It would take courage for Muslim community to enjoy the pinnacle of the same power western world is enjoying today without being irresponsible.

I don’t know if this terrorism anywhere in the world will ever stop. It unfortunately doesn’t seem to end. I though certainly hope for the terrorism to be dealt with at least more responsibility!

Iran Elections 2009 — Conservative vs Reformist

Ahmadinejad vs Mir Hossein Mousavi

Ahmadinejad vs Mir Hossein Mousavi

Is the famous revolution of Iran at stake? Voting is underway with the results awaited of the tough competition between the two major contestants of Iran’s Election 2009 — the incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former Prime Minister of Iran Mir Hossein Mousavi. Ahmadinejad is a well-known conservative — a candid leader who developed acrimonious relations with the West. On the other hand, Hossein Mousavi is a conservative reformist — a candidate who believes in having fine ties with the West, although what I’ve read is Mousavi proclaimed of maintaining Tehran’s nuclear program yet after he’s elected. The Supreme leader of Iran – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – seems to have the same views the consevative and reformist posses about nuclear technology and that’s why Iran’s Supreme Leader has never been found at odds with Iran’s safe nuclear program. Although Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is an insignificant figure in the International Media – neither he intervenes much in Iran’s politics — as long as it doesn’t become necessary.

The campaign for both the major candidates came to an end last night. But the electronic campaign I’ve noted never got a pause. The official websites of both the candidates are displaying a fervent message to boost Iranians to vote for them. Besides, the internet forums and blogs are filled with the election-mania with mixed support for both candidates.

So far, the updates I’ve received says one of the allies of Mousavi’s campaign has told reuters about the unprecedented turnout in elections, and Mousavi is leading with 58% of the votes — But Ahmadinejad’s camp has rejected this claim clamorously, saying it’s a Psychological war the opposition camp is playing.

While in a mixture of a lot of updates on Iran’s elections, I’ve read this one news which says Mousavi has pledged to talk with US about various issues concerning Iran – internally and internationally.

Interesting thing is that both the major candidates are alleging each other of rigging the polls.

The Revolutionary Guards — a part of Iran’s military founded soon after Iran’s revolution who’s one of the pillars of the Islamic establishment and controls large military forces as well as a nationwide network of militia volunteers — is being alleged of rigging the polls in favor of Ahmadinejad, whereas the areas where Mousavi has a stronghold – has been alleged of rigging the polls. There has been no authentic news so far – just the usual verbal claims.

A sharp message from the chief of Revolutionary Guard has been issued to Mousavi that Revolutionary Guards wouldn’t tolerate any post-election political force under a banner of Mousavi’s “green movement” — which also is a signature color of Mosauvi’s political campaign.

Basij — which is the largest student union in Iran and also volunteers Iran’s paramilitary force — seems to be supporting Ahmadinejad this time as well. In the past, Basij played a major role in the campaign of the incumbent president which lead him to his victory in elections.

While Ahmadinejad seems to have a massive support of Basij and Revolutionary Guards — the reformist Mousavi does also have a good strength of youths who sought to have better ties with the West in all these years — Pro-USA. A lot of youths fervently oppose Iran’s incumbent President — accused the president of undermining Iran’s international standing with his confrontational style and of devastating the economy.

In this more and more tight race of election, let’s see who’s going to be the future President of Iran.

The question to raise in all this warmth amongst Iranians during election is: If a reformist is going to win election, can he revert the revolution of Iran? Or in other words, is a reformist President a threat to Iran’s popular revolution by being tilting more towards West? Or we can also rephrase this question in other way that what would be the role of Iran’s Supreme Leader in case a reformist President is elected?

Talibans — the intransigent conservatives, a stratagem or beyond it?

Years have passed now so far listening to the cries of civvies on Taliban and Talibanization. Many doesn’t know the history of the origination of Talibans and many are determined to learn. Youngsters have started believing them as hobgoblin, few adults conceive them as “Snakehead” — a villain in a movie “The Medallion” of Jackie Chan — so some have started learning Judo Karate to overcome the Snakehead, the collared ones repent .. repent, and towards the west — has been complying of modern warfare which soon will become a living fiction.

The chronicle says that Alexander invaded Afghanistan. His expedition was kind of successful, but he was miserably failed to subdue the people of Afghanistan — Afghani’s in general. History repeats itself, and sometimes repetitively. Soviets met their fate once. Err!! Uncle Sam can’t be Alexander. It’s unfortunate to see the way modern movies depicted the character of Alexander. Alexander was a dignified warrior. Today, after 2,361 years, he’d be rather mystified to see himself over big screen if he walks into any of the cinema and learn that a great part of his life isn’t being played on screen — only the flaming invasions!

Let’s move to the current Talibans and Talibanization. The Talibanization in Pakistan dates back to the time of invasion of Soviet over Afghanistan. Pakistan was an interlocutor — used as a tract to breed the Jihad — sending Jihadis to Afghanistan for fighting against Soviets. USA kept on helping Jihadis, in fact the support Afghanistan got from USA was coming via Israel — including the heavy munition and financial aid. Soviets were booted out by Afghans and Jihadis. It was the time for USA to attempt its luck for invasion. This time Pakistan was also a collateral target.

To target the NATO forces and infiltrate into Afghanistan whenever needed, and then boomerang to Pakistan since Pakistan itself was a  greensward — a heaven-place — for the freedom fighters later tagged as Talibans when the master Yankee-Doodle raised the eyebrows and declared itself a Superpower by attacking over Afghanistan a few years after the Soviet Union collapsed.

Today, I was discussing situation of Afghanistan with one of my Afghani friend who’s a very close friend of mine — a pro-Pakistani. His words were, no matter what USA is doing in Afghanistan — they can’t fulfill their purpose of subduing Afghanis. He further said, it has been long since Afghanis are fighting to see Afghanistan as independent nation — first against Soviets, then Talibans, now with both USA and Talibans.

Talibans weren’t bad people as they’re today. The oppression they’ve faced increased their bedevility hence making them cruel more.

Pakistani government has a history of treating Talibans as their hero. If stratagem of dealing Talibans had gone good in the past, we would not have been facing such disastrous times today. It’s our luck we’ve written for ourself — and it’s we ourself who can revert the mistakes committed.

These days Talibans are disseminating all over Pakistan trying to enforce Shariah — a Shariah of an unknown Islam. So far, they’re successful in the implementation of Shariah in Malakand Division with the help of TSNM and Provincial Government. The loud lyrics in favor of TSNM is being heard from the people of Swat. As yet, things are still not clear if the real peace will be restored in Swat in a literal way. My views doesn’t matter, albeit I’m in favor of this truce, but simultaneously also believe that the elimination of the cannibalic ideologies of Talibans is mandatory.

TSNM is a separate outfit having different purpose. If Talibans were a part of TSNM, they would not have abstained from the Buner Peace Jirgah today (26th April, 2009) where they were invited to hold talks and the practical measures for the enforcement of Adl regulation there. Although a threat has been issued to government to restore the Adl regulation in Buner otherwise TSNM is compelled to join TTP and their barbaric activities. Is it the envisioning of Mullah Sufi Muhammad who cries about Islam, and on the other side believes on the atrocities just on the name of Islam?

Many believe these barbaric people as foreign agents. Not agents, but sure foreign funded.

Still, things aren’t clear so far what will be the role of Pakistani Government, what TSNM will be doing and how TTP can be eliminated. I, personally favored NAR in Swat due to the reasons of the restoration of peace there which was once in the times of Wali Ehad of Swat. Things were good back then. The modernistic way of Islamiztion and restoration of peace is yet different from that of past. Things are hazy as of now.

15,000 miscreant Talibans and 500,000 of Pakistan Army — can not fight against the handful of miscreants segregated at different places? Pakistan Army can, but they don’t — that’s what I’ve started believing.

In all the major cities of Pakistan, the threat of Talibanization is yet there to make people fright. People are fright due to obvious reasons. But the another factor is, people are divided themselves on the basis of ethnicity, raciality, linguistic, provincialism, and thoughts. If that’s all we’ve to demonstrate, no wonder our remorses and downfall is reasonable — in fact very fair.