The Great Debate


It has been a long time since I lifted the pen and wrote something. But this time around I had this uneasiness inside me that I thought needed to get out of my system, in order for me to think clearly . Anyway, the recent turn of events has raised a lot of questions on the authenticity of the title of shaheed and the context it has been used in. I do not know what will the turnout be of the whole debate as the liberals are trying to prove that the particular political party is talibanized. The army men and their families are angry for not being called patriotic and their dead been shunned the title of shaheed. The question still remains that should Munawwar Hassan be that bold in this sensitive issue.

Anyway, I am not going to dwell on what one should have said or not. But I would like to go back to where it all came from: September 11 and the aftermaths. When US claimed that the hijackers were followers of Osama Bin Laden, and they refused to try him in a court and decided to wage a Crusade (according to Bush) on Afghanistan. When Mushy got his hands dirty with Bushy, the whole country divided on the stance whether to let them use our air base to kill our own Muslim brothers. Mushy didn’t wait for the people to decide as he had already sold his soul to Collin Powell over just a phone call. So when you decide that your army is going to “help” the Crusaders, you choose a side. Anyway, then came the whole operation on FATA and Waziristan just because US couldn’t get enough of blood on its hands. I am going back in time because without the whole picture, you cannot analyze today’s scenario. So when we say its our war, we need to see it in this perspective and realize that it never was ours, it was a burden a dictator took just to keep his pockets full. And all these years, the so-called free media had bombarded the people with so much confusion that they had forgotten that suicide bombings (Hakimullah Mehsud and his likes) were a product of the bombs that our own army has been dropping on our innocent civilians for the past decade. We haven’t had these problems before 9/11. These come with the love that US and Pakistan Army with the collaboration of Pakistani political government has been showering on the people of Pakistan!

jang tu khud eik mas’ala hai
jang kia maslon ka hal degi
aag aur khoon aaj degi
bhook aur ehtiaaj kal degi”

This is exactly what we are going through right now as a country. And when we think of the whole scenario, don’t we realize that when we kill our own Muslim brothers just because the US believed that they killed thousands on september 11 (they never gave Osama or others a trial to have proven their beliefs), is right or wrong? The one comment of Munawwar Hassan has cleared the dust that had been accumulated on this issue for such a long time. I am not siding with him, but what will you call the Muslim, who dies fighting the war of nasara killing his own Muslim brothers?