Tattoo and December 21

While the people who want to destroy Pakistan are attacking on our Air Force installations, exploding bombs in the markets, and killing the lady health workers vaccinating the kids for Polio, we are busy in discussing tattoos and the “End of the World”. Its really sad to see the sorry state of our country. It is bad that there are many forces acting against Pakistan. The worse is that the political and military forces have no motivation and agenda to solve the problems. But the worst is that we as a nation are misguided and acting against ourselves.

While watching Bolta Pakistan, it was shocking to see a large majority of people taking the tattoo on the back of one of the terrorist killed in Peshawar Airport attack as an International conspiracy. Many online comments from users also confirm that a substantial population of Pakistanis still believe in sincerity of these people (See Stop wasting time discussing a tattoo). Sadly, these are the people who have access to the open knowledge and supposedly have some rationale.

Through some social media, it was revealed that the person with the tattoo was actually a “handler”, not a fighter. He was accidentally surrounded and ultimately killed. Nevertheless, just looking at so-called proof, how can we say that he was not a Muslim. And even if he was not a Muslim, he “was” acting with the Muslims. The reality is that the organizations such as AlQaida, TTP, LJ, JM, Uzbiks, Tajiks, Chechens act using the slogan of Islamisation. They started their activities in 80s, gained their peak in late 90s, kept a relative silence in 1st decade of 2000s, and now gaining their momentum again. These elements do not care who is in their ranks and many a times completley divert from their cause just to survive (read Salim Safi). And this is exactly in accordance with the human nature.

Unfortunately due to this conspiracy oriented mentality, these elements get local support maintaining active hideouts all across the country. They kill lady health workers in Karachi, they attack on Malala in Swat, they threaten journalists and place bombs in the cars in Islamabad. And we still think that they are sincere to Islam.

Our leaders such as Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan do not want to “hurt” these people. Our Army still thinks that they are our assets. Our Government is only looking for the money they would get from USA leaving these issues to Army. The saddest part is that we as a nation do not realize the truth as well.

USA after leaving the Afghanistan would left us on our own. It would make sure that the Afghanis keep fighting with each other for decades. They would be doing it following their traditions. And the pressure of extremism and “so-called” Islamisation would shift to Pakistan. Even if we rout these people after sacrificing a lot (blood, bread, grace, and even land), they would find a hideout in lawless Afghanistan, and there would be no end to it from Pakistan point of view.

While the whole world is working towards betterment of their people, we think that vaccinations are non-Islamic. At the same time, in spite of having a belief in the concept of the end of the World, we “are” the ones discussing what would happen on 21st of December the most. What a nation of hypocrites we are.


Khilafat Movement in Pakistan

Newsline published an article named Hizb ut-Tahrir in Pakistan in current issue. I am familiar with HuT from my early teens (in late 80s) when I saw its pamphlet particularly in cantonment areas. I personally knew some officers who were somehow attached with it. I do not exactly know the situation now, but at that time, it was usual to see religious sentiments in military ranks. And at the same time civilians used to talk about corruption and money games in army in particular. Nevertheless, striving for whatever cause it maybe in a peaceful manner, cannot be criticized. However, I have two observations:

  1. Escape from Practicality: Aiming for a much higher aim which is not achievable in near future can set a person to talk high and do nothing. I do not know how much these professionals (doctors, engineers, officers) are doing to change the society in their surrounding.
  2. Choice of System: Related to above statement, it is very easy to say that the system is not right. But its the people who run a system. Are we taking full advantage of whatever system we have. And then, after doing this pursuing for a new system. Or it is again an escape.
Let these movements bring good to the society which can be seen. Then there would be no stopping towards the ultimate goal.