Bleak prospects

Raza Rumi

It is evident that the Pakistani state faces a crisis of legitimacy and survival. Twelve years ago, on May 28, the Pakistani state displayed its nuclear prowess to the world especially to the ‘infidels’. After a decade, statehood and its compromised effectiveness stand exposed. True that the victims of the Lahore attacks were an underclass or at best residents with partial citizenship, i.e. the Ahmadis. But the inability of state agencies to fight splintered terror networks is worrisome.

The federal government had warned the provincial authorities of the impending attacks. The usual slovenliness and chaotic governance of the Pakistani variety treated it as just another communiqué. The police arrived late; and terrorists had implemented the plans rather adroitly making a mockery of Pakistan across the globe. Imagine a terrorist was nabbed through civic action, not the torture-friendly police. And guess where an injured miscreant was taken? No surprises here. A brutal murderer backed by large terror networks was admitted to Lahore’s busy public hospital where security was minimal given the level of threat.

Thus the gruesome drama on the morning of June 1, inspired by Hollywood thrillers, was witnessed in real time by millions. Amid the chaos, nothing made sense: the state, the terrorists and the abstract notion of security. If a public hospital with police and big gates is not safe then what was the point of a managing a public facility. We could very easily be in a fiefdom of a medieval Raja. But this is the 21st century — the age of information and fast paced change.

Thankfully, the Punjab authorities did not blame an external agency for this event. If RAW or Blackwater were still functional and powerful after May 28 then our huge state apparatus might as well be disbanded, a friend of mine commented in the middle of that horrible night.

Punjab and its playground – the state of Pakistan – remain quite complacent even when the terrorists, like the Mongol barbarians, are poisoning its foundations. As if the sectarian networks operating for decades from the south were not enough, its cultural centre Lahore is, brick by brick, being dismantled. What will happen if more of such incidents occur? Lack of public safety and eroding trust in the state will lead to further anarchy thus paving the way for further violence.

Ordinarily, in such circumstances, a social transformation is in order. But in our case the faded hope of such a revolutionary change is haunted by the spectre of Wahabi-Salafi totalitarianism. God forbid, such an eventuality is still a remote possibility. However, the institutional decline will further impact our already difficult lives marked by lack of services, security and an uncertain future for the youth that comprises half the population.

It is time for the Pakistani state to take decisive action; and parliament to focus on our existential threat? Or is it too late?

Published in the Express Tribune, June 4th, 2010.

30 Comments

Filed under Islamism, minorities, Politics, public policy, Punjab, Terrorism

30 responses to “Bleak prospects

  1. Amaar

    A united front comprising all decent Pakistanis regardless of their religion, class or ethnicity needs to form. We nee to say no to all the nonsense by our politicians and to all the hate by Mullahs.

    If you defend and protect the rights of minorities then you naturally guarantee the protection of rights of all citizens.

  2. Jamal

    Add to that the fact is that suspicion is on police officers to have facilitated the perpetrators;

    Pak investigators suspect police officials’ role in Lahore mosque attack
    pakistannews.net/story/643733

  3. Bin Ismail

    @Amaar

    “…..If you defend and protect the rights of minorities then you naturally guarantee the protection of rights of all citizens…..”

    …and the grave dug for the minority, eventually becomes the last resting place of the majority.

  4. Zulfiqar Haider

    This is a serious issue and must be taken accordingly; the provincial government must sever its ties with the banned militant organizations, because innocent people suffer due to this partnership.

  5. Sadia Hussain

    The amount of cynicism that surrounds our nation has blinded us to see any good that is happening in our society. The youth of Pakistan has been vocal in denouncing extremism and they have the courage to say out loud, the youngsters are not naïve which is why they rejected the Taliban ideology; the youth is no doubt the hope of Pakistan. The disturbing prospect is that the youth is disgruntled and perturbed and we must provide them opportunities to express their potential. No matter how many schools the Taliban destroy they cannot break the dedication of a patriotic youth.

  6. kashifiat

    What happens with Ahmadies is sad.

    But what intention they have in disguise is also bad.

    Mr. Jamal ! It was not mosque & it is clear violation of Pakistan constitution by Ahmadi minority by shaping their worship places just like Muslim mosques.

    This clear violation of extremist Ahmadies should be control by state

    @Amaar ! “A united front comprising all decent Muslim Pakistanis regardless of their sect, faction or ethnicity needs to form. We nee to say no to all the nonsense by our Ahmadies and to all the hate by Liberals”

    Bin Ismail ! Grave is resting place for everyone

  7. Hayyer

    What is an extremist Ahmadi?

  8. Mustafa Shaban

    @Sadia Hussain : Totally agree with you, people only talk negative and not posotive. We dont see the achievements of Pakistanis within and outside Pakistan especially the youth.

  9. Mustafa Shaban

    A good list of achievements of Pakistanis….check it out.
    :

    http://www.pakpositive.com

  10. bciv

    What is an extremist Ahmadi?

    an ordinary citizen judged to be standing up, often quite inadvertently, to the extremist and most vile aspects of the state.

  11. An Ahmadi Muslim

    @kashifiat “What happens with Ahmadies is sad.
    But what intention they have in disguise is also bad. .. ….This clear violation of extremist Ahmadies should be control by state .”

    The comments do not deserve a response .. however, it is worth pointing out the hypocrisy and jahalat ..

    No you are not sad. Do not say what you do not mean. In the very next sentence you pass a judgment about the intention of Ahmadis. Are you a god (nauzobillah) to know the intention of Ahmadis?

    You seem to think that Islam and its teachings are to be practiced by only those who agree with your interpretation. I ask again, are you a god (nauzobilla) to judge who is or is not a muslim? YOU ARE NOT GIVEN ANY AUTHORITY BY ALLAH SWT TO JUDGE WHO IS OR IS NOT A MUSLIM OR WHAT ANYONE’s INTENTION IS. GET IT !! (maybe not).

    You think Islam is an object of trade and inheritance and the so-called ‘momeeneen’ own the copyright as claimed by one of your so-called aalims. Only you can recite the Kalima, or call your place of worship a masjid ? BTW, mosque is a derogatory term – a muslim’s place of worship is called a masjid – and if Allah lives in one’s heart, then his/her heart is a masjid!. What are you gonna do about that?

    As Rasulullah SAW had said, “it will happen in the end times that its ahlul ibaadah are jahil and its ulama’s are fasiq,” [Hadith Ibn ‘Adi].

    The ‘momeneen’ have gotten themselves into an abyss. Only divine intervention can save us from such bleak prospects! The problem is that the ‘moneeneen’ beliefs no longer permit any divine intervention. Instead, they rely on the parliament, the constitution, and the jahil ulema to somehow lead them out of the abyss. Keep on hoping ..

    May Allah SWT help us, forgive us, and save this nation from itself.

  12. Bin Ismail

    @Hayyer (June 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm)

    “…..What is an extremist Ahmadi?…..”

    An Ahmadi who is extremely law-abiding, extremely peace-loving, extremely gentle and extremely forgiving.

  13. Not Dear Ahmadi Non Muslim !

    Intentions of Ahmadies is clear – To weak this nation who unanimously declared You Non Muslims. You want to take revenge from this nation.

    Bin Ahmadi ! Ahmadies are extremely sazishi

  14. An Ahmadi Muslim

    And may I ask, what is the judgment of ‘momeneen’ for the intentions of Shi’a , Ismaili and all others who choose to disagree with you ..

    My Allah protect this nation from jahalat, and zulm ..

    “Tum apnay paas hee rakkho yae faislay apnay, hamain yaqeen hai ooppar bhee ek adaalat hai
    Ussi ke faisalya hee chaltae hain aur chalnay hain, azzal sae lauh pay likkhi huee ebbarat hai”

  15. Bin Ismail

    Dear Kashifiat,

    Your bewildering ability to peep into the human soul and instantly scan intentions and discern the presence or absence of faith, renders you ultimately unique among this species commonly known as Homo Sapiens.

  16. An Ahmadi Muslim

    “My dear! The way to support faith is quite different!
    Not that you draw the sword if someone disagrees!
    Why do you need to draw the sword to support your faith;
    What survives on bloodshed cannot be faith.”

    (Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, Ruhani Khaza’in,vol. 15, p. 132, 1902)

  17. An Ahmadi Muslim

    The Prophet (saw) gave us two definitions of a Muslim. At the time of the first census of Medina, the Prophet(saw) said: ‘Write down for me the name of everyone who calls himself a Muslim.’ On another occasion the Prophet(saw)said: ‘Whoever prays as we pray and turns to our Qiblah and eats what we ritually slaughter is a Muslim; he is dhimmat-Allah and dhimmat al-rasul. So do not put Allah in contravention of his dhimmah [responsibility].’

    And the zealous ‘momeneen’ of our age have UNANAMOUSLY chosen to overrule Khatum-un-nabeeyeen, Rahmat-ul-lilalameen, Mohammad Mustafa (SAW) while carrying out their self-assigned responsibility to ensure Khatam-e-nabuwaat.

    If the ‘moneneen’ still don’t get it, they probably won’t.

    W’salaam.

  18. Jamal

    “Intentions of Ahmadies is clear – To weak this nation who unanimously declared You Non Muslims. You want to take revenge from this nation. ”

    Then how come every terrorist captured is your favourite deopbandi taliban, who are supported by Jamaat Islami?

  19. Moosa

    @ kashifiat

    “Mr. Jamal ! It was not mosque & it is clear violation of Pakistan constitution by Ahmadi minority by shaping their worship places just like Muslim mosques.”

    You cannot be serious. You’re joking, right? Pls tell me you’re joking. Now you’re saying that Ahmadis are breaking Pakistani law because they worship in places that have the same shape as mosques???

    Where will this end? Do you want us to shave off our beards? Do you want our women to stop wearing hijab? Do you want us to start drinking alcohol? Do you want us to worship idols? How far do you want to drive us away from the Sunnah, so that we’re not ‘pretending to be muslims’?

    What a foolish law. But what to say of a person who continues to advocate this law?

    Wassalam,
    Moosa

  20. An Ahmadi Muslim

    I take the liberty to post a heart-warming, hopeful write up ..
    http://ahraza.wordpress.com/2010/05/30/there-is-nothing-righteous-in-terror/#comment-264

  21. Moosa

    @ kashifiat (again)

    “Intentions of Ahmadies is clear – To weak this nation who unanimously declared You Non Muslims. You want to take revenge from this nation.”

    I’ll tell you a funny story from 2005. After the Kashmir Earthquake, Ahmadis wanted to help Pakistan (despite being persecuted by that nation for the last 30 years). But of course, there was no way that ‘officially’ we could be allowed to help. So we set up a refugee camp in Northern Pakistan, under the guise of a NGO, and Ahmadi doctors and other healthcare professionals from all over the world volunteered to work there. I know this, because I was one of the doctors. The funny thing was that every day this jamaat islami person with a long beard and a scary face used to visit the camp and we’d make him a cup of tea and call him ‘maulvi sahib’ and make him feel like he was an important guest. This refugee camp wasn’t an effort to spread the message of Ahmadiyyat, in fact we had strict instructions not to breathe a word regarding our beliefs. It was simply a desire to help the nation of Pakistan in the midst of a great catastrophe. Eventually some local media started to spread rumours that we were Ahmadis and immediately we closed down the camp and left the region.

    The strange thing is that the nation of Pakistan persecutes our community, we show immense loyalty by refusing to turn to terrorism and continuing to serve Pakistan in our capacity as lawyers, doctors, soldiers, etc… and then people like kashifiat accuse us of wanting to take revenge from this nation.

    Kashifiat, may i ask: what have you done for Pakistan? how have you served your nation?

    Love,
    Moosa

  22. D_a_n

    @ moosa

    ‘Kashifiat, may i ask: what have you done for Pakistan? ‘

    Silly question. If you talk to Kashif long enough you will come away with the distinct impression that his brain has been replaced by a functioning rectum.

  23. Jamal

    Molvis issuing fatwas on Ahmadis in national press;
    http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1100963423&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20100608&sms_ss=email

    This will get more Ahmadis killed.

  24. The history of Ahmadiat is full of brutality and terrorism.

    Fore fathers of founders of Ahmadiat supported English Raj against 1857 Mujahidien.

    Founder of this religion also supported English Raj by opposing Jihad

    In 1953 they were involved in firing and killing of innocent Muslims due to which whole Lahore was disturbed.

    Only cynic minds can deny the incident of Rabwa Railway station when hundred of Muslims students were beaten and injuered by Ahmadies terrorists.

    And Mr Moosa the problem with ur religious extremist people is that u always try to preach your religion at every occasion, that’s why you not welcome any where.

    And if you are so religious then why here at PTH u r supporting Liberal / secular / atheist mindset?

  25. Jamal

    “In 1953 they were involved in firing and killing of innocent Muslims due to which whole Lahore was disturbed. ”

    Check Munir Report and tell who was responsible. Firing was done by the military to stop the hooligans.

  26. Bin Ismail

    @ Moosa (June 8, 2010 at 2:38 am)

    “…..Kashifiat, may i ask: what have you done for Pakistan? how have you served your nation?…..”

    Moosa, have you no idea of the meritorious services rendered by Kashifiat to Pakistan? To mention just a few:

    1. His mentors, whom he proudly admires, called Quaid-e Azam “Kafir-e Azam”.

    2. His mentors named Pakistan “Paleedistan” and “Napakistan”.

    3. His mentors openly rejected Quaid-e Azam’s appeal, when the Quaid was in desperate need of help.

    @ kashifiat

    You may like to take note of the following inconvenient facts:

    1. In his book “Asbab-e baghawat-e Hind”, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan terms the “Jihad of 1857” a “Baghaawat” which could safely be translated as “mutiny”.

    2. On the death of Queen Victoria, Allama Iqbal wrote a heart-rending marsia, from which a couplet may inspire you:

    “Aye Hind, tairey sar say uttha saya-e Khuda
    Ik ghamgusaar tairey makeenon ki thhi, ga’eey”

    Translation: O India, the Divine protection that was over thy head, has been lifted. She, the greatest wellwisher and benefactor of thy inhabitants has departed.

    Kashifiat, may I confess that while I might be willing to help you out with your “history”, what daunts me is that we may have to begin our review from the Big Bang.

  27. kashifiat

    Neither Quaid-e-Azam nor Allama Iqbal, were prophet who can’t done nay mistaekes, We need to see their characters on whole.

    My Mentor never said QA – Kafir-e-Azam
    My mentor said if Pakistan (which means clean area) will never be Pakistan If Islam can’t be practice as system in that piece of land & its true, Islam is no where here in that Pakistan.

    My mentor on the request of QA delivered the speeches from Radio Pakistan in his life.

    But Here your mentor called Mujahidiens of 1857 as “Mufsiday” & supported Bristih rules by sending 100 men with horses

  28. kashifiat

    Jamal ! Justice Munir report is one of the most prominent black spot in the history of judiciary. I just call this report as

    Jhoot ka palinda

  29. Nusrat Pasha

    @kashifiat

    Would you then graciously consider denouncing all the ulama who called Quaid-e Azam “kafir-e azam’ and Pakistan “paleedistan”?