The Siege of Lal Masjid: An ongoing memoir…

You must have been following up on the bloody, ruthless and queerly transparent siege that is keeping Islamabad on the front face of the media both inside and in international fronts – but let me echo the feelings of a friend who lives in the G-6[The curfew struck sad sector that accommodates the infamous “Lal Masjid”.

Please forgive the anonymity that this text proclaims.

I am a resident of G-6 sector and my house is about one km away from the mosque that is under the bloody siege. Since some days, my sector has been under a curfew. I live with sounds of bullets being fired, different voices of lal masjid people and rangers being amplified through megaphones, cries of people getting hurt, and a lot of other things.

But the aspect that I will emphasize over here is the inconvenience this is causing in my personal life. There are different, unscheduled times when the curfew is relaxed and we are allowed to go to markets. The commodities are available in mobile utility store vans but are short of demand and are expensive than what is the normal cost of them. The uncertainty in our lives of as to when the curfew will end is affecting my job routine as well, because I have not been able to go to work as well. I am most profoundly been very worried about patients who are living in our sector and how this catastrophic drama is putting more than just the people at siege, but also their hope at the disposal of incarceration.

Although I am not in the condition nor have the knowledge of what should be the actions of the people involved, but I do condemn the act of making a satirical irony of the lives of people living in G-6 and in the vicinity of G-6.

That – my friends – is the real irony.

6 Comments so far

  1. iunknown (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

    ppl shud start protesting against this action so that i cud be stopped.

    Some of the anti-p[akistan ppl dont want things to be fixed in a friendly manner thats why their is still that action goin on.

  2. jay (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    A karachi based English language daily.

  3. 1967 (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

    I believe citizens of this country should wake up to the fact they are among the top list of failed states in the world. Lal Masjid fiasco, incidents in Baluchistan and Tribal areas are all due to rising disparity and detatchment among the citizens on financial, social, economic and education grounds. What can you expect when a single super expressway in the capital leading to the new military’s GHQ (named after Sheikh Rasheed) would be completed with an estimated 15 billion rupees, where as the total development budget for the largest province of the country, Baluchistan is just 13 billion rupees.

    Failed state is a term intended to mean a weak state in which the central government has little practical control over much of its territory. That’s exactly what we are experiencing in the capital these days.

    The US think-tank, the Fund for Peace, publishes an annual index called the Failed States Index, which is also published in the US magazine Foreign Policy, where it ranks nations based on 12 determining factors like mounting demographic pressures; massive movement of refugees and internally displaced peoples; legacy of vengeance-seeking group grievance; chronic and sustained human flight; uneven economic development along group lines; sharp and/or severe economic decline; criminalisation and delegitimisation of the state; progressive deterioration of public services; widespread violation of human rights; security apparatus as ‘state within a state’; rise of factionalised elites; and intervention of other states or external factors.

    Failed States list of 2007 is given below. Check out among which countries does the supposedly a country “extraordinary economic activity”, as per our financial ministers lies

    1. Sudan
    2. Iraq
    3. Somalia
    4. Zimbabwe
    5. Chad
    6. Côte d’Ivoire
    7. Democratic Republic of the Congo
    8. Afghanistan
    9. Guinea
    10.Central African Republic

  4. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

    Now they are lessening the curfew-ed area of G-6, luqman hakeem road and few far away roads would be taken off from curfew … Hoping this would turn out to be a little relief for fewer of G-6 people.

  5. Fauzan Sohail (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

    It is indeed most unfortunate for the residents of G6 undergoing this turmoil that the events have come to this. One can only hope that the matter is resolved as soon as possible with minimal loss of ‘innocent’ lives so that things can get back to normal. I don’t believe it is possible for us sitting within the safe confines of our homes to imagine what these people would be going through. Trapped in their own homes and with limited resources at their disposal, it is a test of times and I hope their misery ends soon.

  6. junaid naseer (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 11:35 pm

    Muslims are killing Muslims

    Be it the “war on Terror” by the US and its allies or the so-called “Jihad” by Al-Qaeda and others,the result is only one and that is Muslims are being killed at the hands of Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon and the world over. The suicide bombers are blowing themselves up in Mosques, schools and other public places killing more Muslims than the U.S. has managed to kill in the last 5 years. They claim to be serving Islam by spilling the blood of fellow Muslims. And what’s more if you confront them on this question, they would provide you with some vague abstract pseudo argument that it is OK to do so for the sake of Islam ! I mean, have we all gone deaf and blind. For every US or Allied soldier or even for every Non Muslim killed 40,50 or even more Muslims are killed. Creating anarchy in Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and then saying that they do so to promote Islam and the cause of Muslims ! Jihad is not child’s play where I take 10 people hostage today, kill 5 policemen and a couple of by standers and then claim to do it for Allah. Every religious scholar would corroborate that the call to Jihad is given by the Islamic government. Ok for argument sake, our government is not totally Islamic but then again there are other Muslim countries with far more Islamized governments like Saudi Arabia for instance. Have any of them given a call for Jihad?
    And then the so called “War on Terror” where once again Muslims are being killed at the hands of Muslims. There is only one loser in this battle, no matter who wins this war and that is the Muslim Ummah. The Us went through just one 9/11 but the Muslims have gone through and are going through many 9/11s. If the West and the Non-believers conspire and wage war against us then why should we complain? After all history proves that they have been our enemies for centuries (whether they openly accept that at this time is another matter) but if our Muslim brothers and sisters conspire willingly or unintentionally to defame Islam, to weaken Muslim countries, to defame Islamic scholars (Ulemas), to defame Madrassas then it really is painful indeed. I believe it is time for the real leaders of Islam, the unpoliticized Islamic scholars to come up and rise to the occasion and bring some sense to all this. Islamic scholars from all over the world and from every religious thought should meet and decide once and for all what direction the muslims want to take. Enough of this Fundamentalism and liberalism. There is only one true interpretation of Islam and the rest is all just farce. Stop the confusion. It is the duty of all the Muslims but the religious scholars and the governments of the Muslim countries in particular.

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