Whats is going on around us?


In today’s unprecedented times when the world’s attention is focused on Copenhagen’s Climate Change Conference and its outcome, we in Pakistan, whether in safe havens of our drawing-rooms or online social networks such as Facebook or Twitter, are discussing bomb blasts which took place on Monday in Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore; provincial capitals of NWFP, Balochistan and Punjab respectively.  Many more such blasts have already occurred during the last few months and many more are yet to come. Being exposed to the danger to the maximum we are left alone to deal with the biggest catastrophe of our times: Terrorism as the world calls it. Undoubtedly, Pakistani people are terrorized and paranoid by the an increase in the number of blasts taking place around them to such an extent that they have started fearing that the next blast will kill anyone of their dear family members or friends. Confirming with friends and relatives whether they are safe after every bomb blast is becoming a norm. And, why people should not be worried particularly when the Military’s Headquarter of the country, police stations, check posts, mosques, a university, the UN WFP office and various market places have been targeted for the past two and a half years killing more than 2,600 people.

Paranoid by the current security situation, a number of people are seriously considering the option of migrating abroad in order to provide their kids with a safe environment. “We have a particular life style in Pakistan. However, the present scenario in Pakistan has made our mobility very limited and the place has been transformed into a living hell. We are unable to provide our children a safe and healthy environment for their personal growth. Therefore, the best available option in given circumstances is of moving abroad “, said Faiqa who works as a school administrator in Islamabad.

Nevertheless, there are people who are of the opinion that the situation needs to be fixed because not everyone has the necessary resources in order to migrate to another country. Nevertheless, who is ready to deal with this monster of widespread terrorism? After every blast, we hear nothing from our President, Prime Minister and other elected leaders other than ‘condemnation’. The leadership of the country is busy in deciding the fate of other more “pressing” issues such as the National Reconciliation Ordinance because their fate is dependent on NRO. The woes and sufferings of the electorate have been ignored because politicians do not need people’s vote and there is still time left till next elections.

The prevailing security situation in the country has not only resulted in killing scores of people but even it has worsening impact on livelihood of people. ‘Laying off’ of staff is a common complaint in the private sector these days because the investor is not willing to invest in Pakistan. The country’s economy is sinking with ever passing day and we have seen an incredible devaluation of Pakistani currency that was not witnessed before.  This dismal sate of affairs has led many foreign policy experts calling Pakistan “as the most dangerous country in the world”. This week the Foreign policy Magazine in a recent survey has also enlisted Pakistan as an option to choose as answer to the question “What is the most dangerous country in the world? The global hegemonic America has decided to deal with this “most dangerous country” by authorizing an expansion of the C.I.A.’s drone program in Pakistan despite the fact that such strikes have also caused hundreds of civilian casualties. We cry, we die but there is nobody to pay a heed to our sufferings, We, The Living of this “most dangerous country” do not know what is going to happen to us and our friends and families in coming days .  But, do we matter ? The International Human Rights Day is approaching and I wonder if we are entitled to all those rights as enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights and  do our rights really matter ?

6 Comments so far

  1. Riaz (unregistered) on December 9th, 2009 @ 10:27 am

    To think that the taliban vampires are killing ppl because of the drones and they will stop once these drones are stopped is like living in a fools paradise. Remember SWAT?? it was said that taliban are fighting for sharia and once the govt implements it, they will lay down arms and live a peaceful life. so what happened.. sharia was implemented by parliment and then what did the taliban do? instead of laying down arms, they overtook buner.
    even if the US leaves afghanistan, saudi arabia, or the whole planet, taliban are not going to lead a peaceful life..they r like frankesteins..living dead..thoughtless..mindless and merciless. the promises they make of peace cannot be trusted..they have breached our trust several times befoe and they will do it again..after all for them we are all kuffars and hence any agreement made with us is not to be taken seriously..we have to eliminate each one of them before they eliminate us..the army n ISI should pull out most of its resources from East and put it in west in FATA. after all its not India thats killed thousands of us in last few years, its these vampires on our western border.
    if you go around a city in pakistan, u will see all type of wall chalking saying this n that sect is a “kafir”, but i have yet to see a banner or wall chalking saying taliban are kafirs as well..after all we are very declare each other kafir for the slightest of deviation from our versions of islam (not that islam has any versions..its just one religion…islam and thats it)

  2. Riaz (unregistered) on December 9th, 2009 @ 10:34 am

    “The global hegemonic America has decided to deal with this “most dangerous country” by authorizing an expansion of the C.I.A.’s drone program in Pakistan despite the fact that such strikes have also caused hundreds of civilian casualties.””
    i seriously disagree with this notion that drones have killed hundred of innocent civilians. if you follow the news reports of the drone attacks, it always mentions at best a dozen ppl dead, and according to tribal sources in these reports they are all terrorists.just look at the latest report of a drone attack in NWA, in which 3 arab terrorists were killed.there is no news of “hundreds of innocent civilians” killed in that report..the only ppl complaining abt the drones are these vampires and finding no other way of stopping them, they are now resorting to kill us to put some kind of pressure on Pak govt, so it can put some kind of Pressure on US govt to stop them..very clever of them i would say..

  3. Anonymous (unregistered) on December 9th, 2009 @ 10:37 am

    This is a sad state of affairs indeed. These terrorist bas**rds will stop at NOTHING to wreak havoc on innocents. They might as well call themselves Allah (anauzubillah) if they think they have the right to steal innocents lives from them. The world itself now has so many problems, Pakistan is not the only country with the impending threat of becoming a failed state, nations abroad are seeking international help of varying forms to tackle problems at home. The US is facing a recession, that, relative to its own history, is one of the worst recessions yet, Dubai is facing financial problems, Terror in Afghanistan, Pakistan and various other problems around the world. The U.S. thinks it can fix everything, but the recession still limits what they can do, although what they think they can do and what the world will let them do is questionable at best. It is indeed a gloomy picture, and is something that can push people across the threshold to insanity and even suicide. Unity is dead, it seems its everyone for themselves.

  4. hashriani on December 11th, 2009 @ 11:34 am

    To top it all Imran Khan wants to negotiate with the Taliban and he thinks the military action is not justified and that Taliban actually are very nice people, just a little misunderstood and “misunderestimated” at times.

    And to think most of the “liberal civil society” wants Imran Khan to be the next Prime Minister when he’s clearly a deluded rather silly and stupid politician whose every move beckons at the nod of The Jamat e Islami. As if when he comes to power everything will magically be okay. Ofcourse the Taliban as “misunderstood” as they are will be roaming more freely slapping other people because they held their toothbrush with their left hand because it’s not a part of Shariah?!

    You need to know that if not the prime factor, it atleast is a rather material contributor to the prevalent situation. The “religion” being used as an image statement for achievement of goals. IT has been a rather solidly vested part of our Country since it’s inception. It’s been a very wide known fact that the intelligence agencies do in fact supply weapons and other gizmos to mujahideen in Kashmir. How reliable are they for our “national interest” so to speak?

    And why wouldn’t be Pakistan the most dangerous country when there’s no condemnation on parts of our leaders, who in fact only “condemn incidents and set up investigative committees”.. Another way to mint money presumably?

    Rid the country of the fundoos and that’s 50 percent of your problem solved and I think that would be more progress than we’ve made in the last 6 decades.

  5. Rehmat Yazdani (d1a3n0i4) on December 12th, 2009 @ 12:28 am

    @ Riaz, we should stop ignoring the harsh realities and facts of today’s world. Nobody is gonna deny that there were civilian causalities by drone strikes. The lecture by Tariq Ali (a prominent British Pakistani Author) carries all the answers to what you are expressing here as your ‘comments’.
    Happy Watching!!


  6. Kabir Das (unregistered) on December 27th, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

    @ Hashriani

    “To top it all Imran Khan wants to negotiate with the Taliban.”

    He has simply gone bonkers!

    “Rid the country of the fundoos and that’s 50 percent of your problem solved.”

    Agree but how are you going to do that when they are in majority?

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