A clar­ion call for peace­ful co­ex­is­tence

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS - Za­heer Bhatti

chil­dren. Th­ese are mer­ce­nar­ies with­out con­science.

But what does one say about po­lit­i­cal dwarfs within the country who at­tempted to draw po­lit­i­cal mileage out of the tragedy by seek­ing to di­vert the fu­neral to their Party of­fice claim­ing al­le­giance of the de­parted man to their leader while Sabri’s nephew begged of them to let it pro­ceed to his home. It is also a shame that some lead­ers of that Party also tried to frame their ad­ver­saries by al­leg­ing that Am­jad had re­ceived life threats over his re­fusal to join a par­tic­u­lar Party, whereas Am­jad Sabri’s el­der brother who was also his fa­ther fig­ure, cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied any such threat. But even if the al­leged ver­sion was to be be­lieved, why did th­ese men of con­science not warn the au­thor­i­ties when Sabri was still alive and given him a chance to live on? This only fur­ther strength­ens the gen­er­ally cir­cu­lated be­lief that this Party played pol­i­tics over peo­ple’s blood and may well be point­ing the trails of this mur­der to their own back­yard; their con­nec­tions with RAW al­ready tak­ing the rounds.

Am­jad’s el­der brother Sar­wat who had flown in from Bri­tain, in his laments to the Almighty cursed the as­sas­sins and prayed that they meet such an end that they find it dif­fi­cult to die de­spite wish­ing to. He urged and ap­pealed to Gen­eral Ra­heel Sha­reef whom he aptly termed the man of the mo­ment, to hunt down the forces be­hind the heinous crime and go af­ter them rather than just those paid in­di­vid­u­als wield­ing the gun. Al­though one is sure that the en­am­oured Gen­eral and his men in uni­form will con­tinue to do ex­actly that, it is a pity that other en­ti­ties re­quired to do their bit in ex­act­ing the Na­tional Ac­tion Plan have been guilty of grave neg­li­gence and ap­a­thy. The country wide swoop by the Armed forces was or­ches­trated Email: za­heerb­hatti1@gmail.com with Po­lice re­forms dur­ing the time the Rangers did their job and the Courts of law sum­mar­ily con­vict­ing and bring­ing the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice but many of those ap­pre­hended were re­leased on bail and are back on the ram­page. This amounted to let­ting down the Gen­eral and mak­ing the sac­ri­fices of his men go in vain.

One can con­tinue blam­ing ex­ter­nal forces for in­ter­nal tur­moil, but even that re­flects the in­com­pe­tence of those at the helm of af­fairs in tack­ling them be­cause se­cu­rity of each Pak­istani sub­ject is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the State and there­fore that of the sit­ting Gov­ern­ment. The blood of each Pak­istani killed is on the hands of the Rulers who have no right to the po­si­tions they hold and must step down if they can­not vouch­safe their sub­jects, a small glimpse of whose agony one wit­nessed over a TV Channel as an el­derly soul aptly trans­lated the hap­less­ness of the State ma­chin­ery.

The killing re­port­edly claimed by the Tehreek Tal­iban Pak­istan which is shel­tered in Afghanistan under the um­brella of In­dian-North­ern Al­liance nexus sup­ported by the US and the pup­pet Gov­ern­ment in Kabul, has es­tab­lished noth­ing ex­cept ex­pos­ing their tacit overt and covert in­volve­ment in ter­ror­ism across Pak­istan for which they shall pay in the Here­after. Now aim­ing at soft tar­gets af­ter the dis­man­tling of their net­works in Pak­istan, the en­emy prox­ies in their at­tempt to show that that they were still op­er­a­tional de­spite Oper­a­tion Zarb-e-Azab, had suc­ceeded in at­tract­ing world at­ten­tion but only this time to their cow­ardly act ex­plod­ing the myth of their so-called Holy War they were sup­pos­edly fight­ing against the en­e­mies of Is­lam.

One op­ti­misti­cally looks at the great prospect of resur­gence of the Is­lamic Ummah, should the fol­low­ers of the Faith trust them­selves rather than the Im­pe­rial clan promis­ing them the moon and mak­ing them fol­low the mi­rage of af­flu­ence, se­cu­rity and pro­tec­tion. Hav­ing cre­ated its de­sired car­tels in the Mid­dle East, which was at the Cen­tre of Is­lamic Oil power, the en­emy has con­verged on the strate­gi­cally piv­otal South Asia find­ing Pak­istan and Afghanistan in its way to Cen­tral Asia. Weary of Pak­istan the only Nu­clear Power among the Mus­lims with an en­vi­able Armed force, Iran with its oil and nu­clear ca­pa­bil­ity catch­ing up fast in self­de­fence and ey­ing Afghanistan as the road to Cen­tral Asian land­mass of riches, the Im­pe­rial forces have found the fast emerg­ing Asian gi­ant Peo­ple’ Repub­lic of China as a road block in the way of their cher­ished goals, and elected to field their new-found strate­gic part­ner In­dia in a bid to con­tain the ris­ing power.

Af­ter a no­tice­able calm achieved by the cleans­ing Oper­a­tion this fresh wave of at­tempted dis­rup­tion by the en­e­mies clearly aims at di­vert­ing Pak­istan’s fo­cus from the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor which has been an eye-sore for them, and about which they have made no se­cret, even though the ‘One belt One road’ Chi­nese ini­tia­tive only stood to ben­e­fit the whole re­gion rather than the two coun­tries in­volved. With a clear de­nun­ci­a­tion by Pak­istan’s Army Chief in his ad­dress at the Na­tional De­fence Uni­ver­sity, of dis­rup­tive ploys by de­trac­tors of Pak­istan and the na­tion’s re­solve to foil all such de­signs, one wishes to sound the forces of evil and ad­vise them to aban­don the course to mu­tual self-de­struc­tion and sup­port Pak­istan’s whole­hearted at­tempt to root out ter­ror­ism, and also avail the Chi­nese win­dow of op­por­tu­nity rather than cre­ate hur­dles to de­vel­op­ment. — The writer is a me­dia pro­fes­sional, mem­ber of Pi­o­neer­ing team of PTV and a vet­eran for­mer Direc­tor of pro­grammes.

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