Over­sim­pli­fy­ing his­tory

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

Af­ter four decades of the bloody war that re­sulted in the dis­mem­ber­ment of Pak­istan, while it may be easy for some peo­ple to say that ‘some ex­cesses were com­mit­ted by both sides’, the re­al­i­ties on the ground are com­pletely dif­fer­ent. The fact is that over a mil­lion peo­ple were killed in this war. Some sources put the fig­ure even higher. The writer of the ar­ti­cle ‘War Crime Tri­als’ termed the peo­ple of the then East Pak­istan ‘more sen­si­tive and lib­eral for whom re­li­gion was ap­par­ently not so im­por­tant’. He also claimed that the re­li­gious-minded peo­ple con­tin­ued to be­lieve in the ide­ol­ogy of Pak­istan. Need­less to say that the ma­jor­ity of those ‘re­li­gious­minded’ lived in West Pak­istan.

I won­der how he will ex­plain the ram­pant killings go­ing on in Pak­istan where self-pro­fessed ‘de­vout Mus­lims’ are killing their Mus­lim (and nonMus­lim as well) coun­try­men; where the same self-pro­fessed groups of ‘de­vout Mus­lims’ are deny­ing the ide­ol­ogy and the con­sti­tu­tion of Pak­istan. His­tor­i­cal facts and oc­cur­rences are com­plex phe­nom­ena. They can’t be and shouldn’t be sim­pli­fied in terms of black and white.

K. M. Sai­ful­lah Dhaka, Bangladesh

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