Nadeem A. Butt – Virginia USA
Another Pakistani, Farooq Ahmad arrested, a few days ago, allegedly planning to blow up DC Metro Trains! Wow, Terrorism, America, Pakistan and Me! All these links are very frustrating! What should I and others like me do, to end such trends as this one? Many like me try all their lives to build trustful relationships in another place far from their birth place! They behave nicely, learn a different language, abide by the Laws of the land, but then suddenly someone with extreme ideology put all this in jeopardy and put a big question mark on my trust and loyalty to my homeland! And the struggle starts again from the scratch! Really frustrating and intimidating! Shall this ever be end?
I do not know what the reality is behind the above story, but all this took me back in time, in 1984, when I was about 12, to a journey by train! The train was ready to leave Chawinda, a town in Sialkot District, famous for making Surgical Instruments and Sports and Leather Goods, where as Chawinda is famous for a major Indo Pak Tank Battle in 1965, and for its zealous people, who live in strong groups and communities. I remember, during that time, the town got divided into two main groups, violent and non violent! The violent group was using slogans like Jihad, Enemy, Kafir, Non-Muslim, Fire etc., to motivate and recruit, especially youth and those who would look for short cuts to earn ‘dignity’ or ‘authority’ in the society. The group was well in minority, but the general understanding was that they had support from the Authorities, which made people shy of them. I remember a young man, who raised an objection on violent attitude of these people, was murdered and nothing happened to the murderer!
Anyways, I was traveling with my aunt and a couple of younger cousins, so we seated in a compartment which was basically reserved for ladies. Men would normally travel in a different compartment, but I was still a child so I stayed with my relatives. Few men and children were also there, surely to accompany there families. There were no cell phones at that time, for families to be in touch, so this facility for ladies also had some drawbacks. Any how the train left for Lahore, a main of Pakistan, at about 3 hrs distance. Then, at about our half way, a group of about 20 college students, entered and started hitting men cursing them for traveling in the ladies compartment. A quick second filled with fear passed through my nerves. Everyone was silent on that but when they started hitting children as well, a roar of anger did show up not from men but from ladies. As their common and powerful passion of motherhood was put to test, they all pounced on these self made reformers who were inspired by the atmosphere of power and “Religimism”! The ladies rightly, took it as an invasion, rather than help. Having seen this reply from ladies, those “invaders” had no choice but to run away.
Now with that memory in mind I believe that Muslims or Pakistanis and especially Mothers who are extreme victims, should come out and tell such people who in their thoughts, try to help Muslims, that there help is causing more harm than good. Slogans like “Mothers for Peace” “Ma’on ki Pukar, Aman Aik bar, Aman Har Bar” are need of the hour. Also I believe the Authorities, instead of just killing Terrorists or Extremits, should work more on going back to the peaceful ideologies and dialogue, which was corrupted in the past, so that this chaos may really end.