9/20: Lets Get Safe Ourselves!

Not 18 hours completed and what do we see here? The Prime Minister and President of Pakistan desserts the capital city, Islamabad, for safe waters. At times like this when elsewhere premier of countries cancel their trips and return home. Ours thought the catastrophe done is normal. So, why fuss over a thing that’s not going to stop? So lets visit USA and meet Mr. Bush!

Blackness everywhere!Well actually its all normal, isn’t it? When things happen daily … it comes in normal range, No? Be it Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Bajaur, Anguur Ada or any place else. … after yet again few promises of we are with you sir in YOUR War Against Terrorism. Even if we’ll have to risk Pakistan (and that we’re doing) … we won’t stray away from our promises. Though promises are not hadith or quran. But a promise with Uncle Sam can’t be compromised on. We’ll sacrifice our kids, our men, our women. Let’s make the whole world a 9/11 … to fight thy war of terrorism.

The president who claims, during his fumbled up speech, god-knows-what … must be happily flying in a plane right now. He couldn’t bother paying the site a visit or sympathizing with the poor – common Pakistanis suffering in hospitals. And for our dear Prime Minister … attending a iftaar party in Lahore was much much important.

We are a proud nation! We bicker a lot and we blame each other. We can’t even think straight … act is a totally different story.

Isn’t it high time, govt show some steel in their necks? Take some stern decisions and ACT. Fight the war … but protect your own territories. If I and You can tell who did this … why can’t the govt? FGS. Take your own people into confidence. Stop war on your own people. Start digging for facts please … and Seriously … act before its too late. Though I’m not too sure if its already late or not.

But then these are my opinions … you are free to share your own. Your own theories … and some plan of action if you can suggest would be highly welcome.

I DID whine here … but I know whining would yield nothing. Its time to act.

ps: In case you haven’t watched the CCTV footage earlier released … clickety. Seemingly there was lot of time … but nothing could be done to save this huge terrorist attack.

24 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on September 21st, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

    The video shows that only truck could not produce so much damage as it was being said. As ansar abbasi said that American marines brought emos in the hotel, it seems it was right specially when Pentagon confirmed that their 2 soldiers have seen the path of Hell. In reality they would be 10+ for sure.

    Anyways , we can continue to whine. Conspiracy specialists, Taliban experts could keep saving their pants by blaming Al-qaeda or any other thing they don’t like or fed by West


  2. Hasan Mubarak (hasanmubarak) on September 21st, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

    Totally unbelievable was it. Inna lillahe wa inna ilehe rajioon!

    We share your grief Islamabad…


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  4. ڈفرستان کا ڈفر (duffer) on September 22nd, 2008 @ 7:42 am

    fehmida mirza also ran to america (zardari k pichay pichay)
    yeh saray ******* bhag jayen gay qome ko iss aag main jhonk k


  5. kaami on September 22nd, 2008 @ 8:23 am

    I’ll focus on the question raised by the Author, rather than second or nullify the absurd conspiracy theories being floated.

    For me as a nation we have the following options:

    1/ Give up surrender to the whims of Mr. Osama Bin Laden.

    2/ Keep on fighting as a divided nation, un-committed as the author has advocated "somebody elses war"

    3/ Take ownership of our actions, unite and fight this evil as our own enemy.

    Al-Qaeda wants to advance and it wants nuclear Pakistan, if we continue with the state of denial and half hearted action, then let me assure you the worst is yet to come. If the people of Iraq can stand up to Al-Qaeda then why cant we?

    Even this post is a testament to the fact that the terrorists have achieved their objective. Let me remind the author its not easy to escape responsibility by terming this someone elses war because it was we who ran the Afghan war for over a decade and convinced US to join in, it was we who created Taliban and it was through our lands that these crack pots were exported around the world. Furthermore, it is not only US, our dear friend China also wants action and God forbid if a Jihadist General manages to take over reins of power, we will be attacked the next day and the whole world will pitch in.

    That my friend will surely be our last war.


  6. wecite on September 22nd, 2008 @ 9:39 am

    True that in times as critical as these, the leadership is expected to stand firm at home instead of venturing abroad. Having said that, I would wait and see what stance the President takes with G.W Bush in Washington and its outcome. If Zardari wants to rise a hero out of the ashes of the charred Marriott, he must find the courage to stand up to the United States as well as bring about decisive actions against those we deem responsible. It is high time we start to ‘atleast’ react the way US does when even one of its citizens die any where in the world! We need to start valuing Pakistani lives and those who were behind this should feel the wrath and extent of our resolve.

    All eyes are on Zardari for now.


  7. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on September 22nd, 2008 @ 10:37 am

    when our "Brave" dictator bowed infront of US Administration and spent 8 years in "G Aya Nou" then one should not expect better than non-Wardi president.


  8. IUnknown (iunknown) on September 22nd, 2008 @ 11:06 am

    So, wats the problem with nuclear pakkistan? why they dont want us to hold nukes? just coz it terrrorizes them and its the only thing resisting their all out attack on pakistan else ppl like @kami must have been killed , uptill now.

    "That my friend will surely be our last war."

    Yeah thats True. This is the fighting near end of times and insALLAH truth will prevail, as it has been already said.

    Any ways, I just read abt Banu Quraiza yesterday and the info u told me was totally wrong. They chose their punishment their selves and their children and women were taken home safe and sound. And now doubt there is not lesser punishment of treason, which were given to them .

    Who writes in this disgusting wikipedia?

    I am giving u shelter and u are planting bombs in my home. why shud I leave u?


  9. bozz on September 22nd, 2008 @ 11:15 am

    I see small minds are once again commenting. The only people that will see the path to hell are the ones who planned this, took part in it, executed it and endorsed it.

    Not to forget the camel riders (Taliban and Al-Qaeeda) sympathizers.

    This nation and it’s rulers will never unite and achieve anything, they are not willing and unable to. Might as well let the Americans do the necessary.

    And let us not bite the hand that feeds us.


  10. IUnknown (iunknown) on September 22nd, 2008 @ 11:20 am

    "And let us not bite the hand that feeds us."

    Yeah! keeep begging


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  12. sceptic on September 22nd, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

    The Daily Times Sep 22, 2008

    Editorial: Admit it: this is Pakistan’s war

    Twelve hours after the blasting of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, the flames had still not been doused. The medium-sized Shehzore truck, packed with 600 kg of RDX explosives, drove up to the hotel barrier and exploded, setting the hotel on fire. It is more than likely that, just as he was “pleasantly” surprised by the result of the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001, Osama bin Laden must have been “happily” surprised by the total annihilation of the hotel with a truck that, according to the owner Mr Sadruddin Hashwani, was not even allowed to enter the premises but stopped at the barrier near the main road by the hotel guards.

    Islamabad has received major attention from Al Qaeda after the elections in 2008, at the rate of almost once a month. Al Qaeda has acknowledged bombing the Danish embassy while letting its Taliban minions accept responsibility for others. And Al Qaeda is not new to the task. In 1995, by his own admission, Aiman al Zawahiri had proclaimed his theory of al adu al qarib (the near enemy) by bombing and completely destroying the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad. However, despite all this special attention from Al Qaeda, the security agencies have not been able to “secure” Islamabad. One reason is obvious. Suicide bombers are virtually unstoppable. Another is the existence of Al Qaeda sympathisers and facilitators at every level of Pakistani society, but especially at the lower level. A third is the lack of anti-terrorist training in our civilian intelligence agencies which are ill-staffed and ill-equipped. Low levels of pay account for low levels of motivation too.

    The target may have been the parliament building where President Asif Zardari made his speech in the presence of all the important personages of the state. A truck laden with explosives was allowed to move on the roads of the capital city without sufficient checking. One reason is that it was camouflaged as a contruction-goods carrier, which made it congruous with the construction sites across the city. Apparently it was “checked” a short distance from the Marriott but the checking was confined to diverting it in one sensitive area rather than examing its contents. According to former secretary FATA, Brigadier (Retd) Mehmood Khan, the explosives could be from the Wah munitions factory, contents of a truck hijacked by Al Qaeda not long ago. Al Qaeda was thus using local resources.

    The Marriott Hotel was probably the secondary target. Unfortunately, no one in Islamabad possessed the imagination to visualise what Al Qaeda could do with suicide-bombing. The hotel had received three hits before this, once clearly threatened by the clerics of Lal Masjid who boasted having many suicide-bombers in reserve, an oblique reference to the destructive ability of Al Qaeda, the patron of the growing strength of violent clergy in Islamabad, with nearly a hundred madrassas, many of them illegal. The seizure of Islamabad is on the drawing board of the leaders of Al Qaeda.

    Regrettably, there was some “deflective” journalism in evidence soon enough. One commentator said President Zardari should go to the US, stare President Bush in the eye and challenge him. Another seriously wondered if the blast might actually have been caused by “foreign” powers, a reference that could embrace anyone from India, Afghanistan, Israel and Russia to the United States. One journalist alleged that the Marriott was a target because some American Marines had secretly holed out there during Admiral Mike Mullen’s visit to Islamabad last week. A cleric in Quetta said he could not condemn the attack because it was a fidai hamla (suicide attack) aimed at “America and its accomplices”. A leader of Jama’at-e Islami thought it could be a sequel to blasts in India, meaning that it could be a tit-for-tat incident from India and not from someone inside Pakistan. It is amazing how these people are deceiving themselves and the people of Pakistan by not calling a spade a spade —Al Qaedi did it — because of their anti-Americanism, however justified that may be.

    Thankfully, it was Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani who was direct and clear in his designation of the enemy. He said the attack had come from Al Qaeda and its thousands of “foreign” terrorists now located in the Tribal Areas. President Zardari was more exhortative when he said he and the people of Pakistan would together face the onslaught of terrorism and referred to “the wife that he had buried” after she fell victim to the same terrorists not too far from Islamabad last December. It was also good to see Rehman Malik, the advisor to the interior ministry, arrive at the site and take charge minutes after the incident and facilitate the treatment of the casualties in the various hospitals of the city.

    Let us admit it. This is Pakistan’s war that Pakistan’s army is fighting. Let us also admit that Pakistan needs alignments at the global level to even diagnose what is happening to it, apart from the crucial intelligence about the movement and intent — through tapped phone calls — of Al Qaeda and those who serve it. And let us admit that, given its economic crisis, Pakistan cannot even deploy the muscle it possesses against the terrorists unless it is assisted with funds, expertise and technology from its friends abroad. *


  13. sceptic on September 22nd, 2008 @ 7:01 pm

    It is Pakistan’s own war which we will have to fight.

    Many contributors have harangued on the point that Pakistan is suffering because it has been fighting someone else is war. If that’s so, whose war are the Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighting? Are they fighting for Pakistan by bombing it civilians?

    Let us assume one sunny morning the Americans and NATO decide to pack-up and leave from Afghanistan. Does any one believe the Taliban would just say, “Ok, that’s done now. Let us brush up our CVs and start going through the employment pages for a decent 9 to 5 job.” No, not really. The Taliban won’t stop until they turn whole of Pakistan into another Talibanistan a la Afghanistan. They won’t spare anyone – pro or anti-Taliban. No TV, no Internet, no music, no picture, no ads, no films, no cricket, no women on streets, no minorities, no nothing, back to the caves. They won’t merely stop at enslaving otherwise hardworking Pakistanis. They will use their technical acumen to further their own nefarious and inhuman agenda worldwide.

    Pakistan is fighting a war of its survival. It is our own war, make no mistake about it.

    If we have to win this war, we will have to force our leaders to fight it out. If the nation can feel so strongly about the dismissal of a Chief Justice that it pours out on the streets, the terrorism is the biggest threat a nation can face from within to its sovereignty and independence. It is every Pakistani’s war, which they will have to fight at every level.


  14. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on September 22nd, 2008 @ 11:56 pm

    Well answered IUnknown!


  15. wkhang on September 23rd, 2008 @ 2:01 am

    @ sceptic,

    Hey you cant be so sure that all terror is from Taliban or Alqaida, they have said numeriously times that we dont kill civilinas, they target only those who are with those forces ( against muslims ) or friends of them.

    But in between this all, there are some third hands involved in it like RAW or Russians, they take advantage of it and sit back to watch the drama. (let them fight and kill there own people)

    This is the mission of third hand to create a fight and project it like Alqailda or Taliban did this all so Pakistan Army can crack down on FATA.

    What a shame…


  16. wkhang on September 23rd, 2008 @ 2:09 am

    this war will never ends unless we call to all those groups on table and ask them what you want and what we need, even you bombed the whole FATA and make it plane, its not going to end, dude be realistic, see the ground reality.

    Srilanka, Kashmir, Aghanistan, Iraq, Africa and now Pakistan.
    Get it or not ?

    Peace is the only one way you can win the heart of anyone on this earth.

    If your children get killed by bomb, what will be your feelings ????

    Peace


  17. IUnknown (iunknown) on September 23rd, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

    yaar @wkhang: kitni achi batain ki hain tumnain. but yeh kafir nahi mantey. they want to get all resources and get their hands on china and also monitor russia.

    So, some one needs to be a goat. Muslims (as being a dead nation a fwe years back), cant attack as they were busy in their lavish life.

    Thanks to USa who has awaken us

    @Adnan: thank u :)


  18. IUnknown (iunknown) on September 23rd, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

    "This is the mission of third hand to create a fight and project it like Alqailda or Taliban did this all so Pakistan Army can crack down on FATA.

    What a shame…"

    Oh and i didnt read It. I wish i cud delete my previous comment.

    Mehsood has denied its part. Now its only external agencies like RAW and MOSAD.

    Its the "prostitute friendship" program, which has caused this blast. This program was developed by Musharaff with india. they did exchange some prostitutes and called that dosti. People like @kami would love to have such friendship Im sure. but wat if some one wants to have same kind friendship with @kaami’s family?.

    They retracted from Taliban support which opened a way for all enemies to get near our border. Now they have entered pakistan. They retracted from kashmir where india was being sucked by kashmiris and had deployed 7 hundred thousand troops. Now they are living at ease, those filthy indians.

    I would like to add that if US marines start doing in islamabad, wat they were doing in iraq, every one wud say NO to them but i dont know why they are silent uptill now? Perhaps they are thinking that marines are in FATA and they will never reach their homes

    A safer afghanistan was a safer pakistan and we are bearing it now.


  19. wkhang on September 23rd, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

    Hell to INDIA….


  20. IUnknown (iunknown) on September 23rd, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

    now we might see @kabirdas (a.k.a. @kaami) in action .. LoL


  21. wkhang on September 23rd, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

    If they will come in action I will invite them on Iftary at my house : ),

    Time to collect ourselves, all fingers are not same…

    Each and everyone should now stand up and help our Paralized Govt.

    Pray for Pakistan, Still we can do TOBA and take Off all those TV channels which grow instablity in our rows, throw all Porn DVDS, No Indian Movies, Dramas, No Freaking mobiles sms, youtubes are becoming cancers for us.

    This technogly can be use in Positive ways.


  22. kaami on September 23rd, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

    Here is a refreshing development, finally, somebody in the print media had the guts to say, what should have been said a long time back, normally I dont paste links, but this is a must read:

    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/sep2008-daily/23-09-2008/col8.htm


  23. wkhang on September 28th, 2008 @ 6:25 pm

    check


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