The Moharram Tragedy

At 4:20 pm today there was a bomb blast in the city as the Main Ashura procession was passing at M.A.Jinnah Road. Till now almost 20 people, and around 50 people have been injured.

Till yesterday under this very heading I was going to write with a different perspective, that can be summed up as below.

It has always been astonishing to me that people usually don’t care about having their voice heard. They don’t come out when the country is going through a crisis, like when the democratic government was toppled by a military General who would live up to the term “dictator”.

But every year people would come on to the streets every Moharram and perform their religious acts with such dedications- sometimes crossing over to the point of barbarity. This was explained to me by my friends in more or less these words

This is an act of piety, we mourn the death of our Imam and his followers who lost their lives fighting the evil that was Yazid. This procession every year is a sort of symbolic act which is meant to say that we are here against any Yazid that would rise today. We mean to show that we have power in our numbers, and every year you can see the wave of men and women who come out to warn anyone who would dare strike the innocent.

Now I am all for religious independence and I have many friends who are Shia and I respect their believes tremendously. But I think most of the people have engaged themselves too much literally to the concept.. Shouldn’t the point be to rise and come out in the streets against the wrong? And not just in Moharram? Where are all these people year long when so much wrong is going on in the world which is wrong?

The symbolism of the Ashura Procession

I dont mean to sound Prejudce and therefore I should say that it is not only the tragedy of one sect but of all of us. We all take religion literally, when I hardly think that it is the reasonable approach because most of the religion is not literal . There is symbolism and meaning between the lines.

Today, after hearing the news of the blast, I am going to change my perspective a bit, and say the following, that it is certainly very courageous for people to go out year after year knowing the possibility that is out there, knowing that each year after year there is a chance that there is going to a blast. Even as I type this, there are people who are out there on the streets who are continuing with the Moharram Procession. Continue reading

Another blast rips the country

Every blast sends new waves of fears through out the country, and makes you reassess the entire political system of this country. Yesterdays blast at the Mosque at Parade lane in Rawalpindi were thus not an exception to this fact.. or at least that is true for me.

The day before yesterday, after many heated arguments I decided to change my stance towards the army. I thought that I would from today onwards limit my hatred towards the Generals and the majors only, and not towards the many soldiers that have lost their lives, either fighting in Swat or Waziristan, or for that matter even during performing their duties at the many residential quaters that they have so lovingly built for themselves and their families with our tax money. After all not everyone in the army is the like of  Zia’s and Ayub’s and Yahya’s and the Musharraf’s. I thought I would change my perspective, but then the blast happened yesterday and did it make my blood boil.

First, it boiled when I heard the news about the blast, then it boiled when I saw the nightly agonizing show of Kamran Khan.. a paid ISI man. He and to be fair, many of the other anchors on many of the other shows clearly highlighted the fact that the bombing of this mosque marks the darkest day in the Pakistani history.

Army cordons off the area after the bomb blast

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Attack on the Islamic University

Not before has any tragedy hit home to me as much as the bombing on the Islamic University. You can call me an insensitive person who has no compassion for other people’s pain. But its not that.

You see, whenever the bombing used to take place in the many girls school in Swat, I used to dismiss it as a war-zone. Of course we said that it was barbaric, and that those people should be executed and all those words of hate and anger.

A Girls School in Swat bombed off

A Girls' School in Swat bombed off

Every time it happened in Peshawar, I again dismissed it by saying well it always happened there. NO big deal. The images on the tube managed to intice me for a minute until finally something more shiny comes along.

I was there when the blast took place on the 18th of October. The bomb went off in front of me. Although the impact lasted for almost 4 days but  the fact of the matter was that it wasn’t unexpected. The loss of lives was immense, the effect on me even greater. How could that happen? How can anyone do that?

The attacks on the Islamic University for the first time scared me.. I have been scared since that day that it can happen here.. in my university. It can happen when I am taking my classes, it can happen when I am not in the university, but my friends are. They aren’t playing by the rules.. for them everything goes and we are a weak piece of humanity that has the power to do nothing.. our words, our tax money, our army, our prayers all of it is useless. Nothing can change the situation. Continue reading

Lahore Attacks

LAHORE IS ONCE MORE UNDER ATTACK, AS MULTIPLE ATTACKS TOOK PLACE IN THE CITY IN THE EARLY HOURS, LEAVING 20 DEAD. THE PLANNED ATTACKS TARGETED THE SECURITY ZONES OF THE CITY, PUTTING SERIOUS QUESTIONS ON OUR INTELLIGENCE ABILITY

I am so furious right now.. and I am shocked right now. This is the country that can always be found bragging about how it can take over USA and India and Israel any day. And yet the situation in reality is that within a week, a certain pattern of attacks has continued, bringing the tally up to a 5.

3 attacks have taken place in Lahore, 2 in places that have already been attacked before, and despite warnings circulating of attacks in the Capital and in Punjab, the security preparations were less than perfect. Todays attack were targeted at the

  • ELITE POLICE ACADEMY, BEDIAN

Almost 7 people have been reported injured so far, and the search is still on for any more suspected terrorist that might be in the building still.

Lahore Attacks

A member of the Bomb Disposal Squad taking of a suicide jacket off of an Attacker

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  • THE FIA BUILDING,

The building has been cleared and the injured have been shifted to the hospitals. A suicide jacket was also found from the vicinity. The last time the FIA building was rocked from its very foundations (literally) was last year on 11th March when almost 26 people and injuring almost 176 people.

  • MANAWAN POLICE ACADEMY, MANAWAN

At the Manawan Training School, grenades were fired, as a number of terrorist entered the building and started firing, while 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up. News is that the building is clear of terrorist. But then should the agencies be believd?

The recent attacks on GHQ tell us that the attacks on security agencies is being underplayed in the media. And there  is no certainty, in my mind at least, that there wont be news of the fighting continuing and the security officials being surrounded by the terrorist as hostages.

I am so furious right now, where the hell was our ****** **  intelligence? Where was the security? Where is 50%  of our budget that is used by these agencies going? What is it being used for?

The consequences of the War Technology

In my philosophy course, there was once a discussion about how the recent developments in the War technologies has made war more easy and horrendous.. not only from a technology point of view but also from a Psychological point of view.My teacher argued that now since we don’t get to see the impact of our action, the impact of killing a person is dramatically less than it might have been, lets say in the Crusades.

Last night during watching Vantage point there was a scene when the terrorist Mastermind is able to shoot at the President, make a bomb go away all while simply sitting somewhere and it makes one realize that war and attacks simply have become too easy now to make happen. They don’t require a guilt factor and they don’t make you suffer over killing someone since you are so far away that you are able to disassociate yourself with the reality of the ground.

The argument against this can always be that the media is now there to provide us with the visual link to what is happening far away and that we can see the impact literally unfolding before our eyes. That is true. It was much clear during the recent Palestine Conflict and it was therefore that there was such a huge support for the Palestine Cause and such a pressure to stop the attacks and they did work in making the conflict stop.

Btu then it is also the choice of the media what it chooses to show or not. Such a case in point is the drone attacks that have been happening in the North of our country, Pakistan for almost an year now. The drone attacks have killed more innocent people then thy have the terrorist and thus now brewing the new threat of a new wave of terrorist as a reaction to this.

The media however has not given much attention to this and thus although the headlines with a Google map showing the area of attack is visible to us but not the actual scene of the disaster is ever transmitted to us. Maybe that is why the cause “STOP THE DRONE ATTACKS” hasn’t been able to catch much dynamics. Continue reading

Lahore and Noshera Bomb Blast – 12th June 2009

Up till now almost 7 people have been dead and around 100 injured.. the number no doubts would be rising as the day passes on.

Today was Friday- or Jumma – and muslims this day gather to be able to perform their religious ritual. The Juma prayer has a great significance in the Muslim world, and it is this freedom that we fought for 60 years ago – the freedom to perform our religious task freely.

But not only have we proved that we fail as Muslims, we even fail as Humans.. and each day passes us by we fail ourselves more and more.

I remember reading in Karen Armstrong’s book “Breaking the Curfew” that Muslims have always felt that since they had the laws of God, they didnt need to abide to any lower form of human laws, that is why you would find so little respect for traffic laws, and the kind.

I think that the world that we live in today proves her point more and more every single day. We are not humans, we can never call our selves human, and maybe now even God won’t take us. We must have lost our respect in his eyes a long time ago. We are bodies roaming this earth, with no proper word to describe our barbarity.

The scholar killed in the Lahore Blast, Professor Sarfaraz Naeemi was one of those few voices that spoke out aloud against the barbarity of Talibans and openly declared them non-Muslims and maybe this is why it was very important to have these voices be silent.

It is shame, we bring shame onto ourselves everyday.. this world is hell, and we burn in the fire of hell everyday.

Attacks on the SriLankan Team

It is incredible that in a country where more than 50% of your budget is spent on army and intelligence – that is excluding the pension of the retired officers – we have, in this age of terrorism failed to stop one plot. What have they been doing with all this money.. what is the use of spending such a monstrous proportion of our budget on something which has yet to show its capability?????

And today was the highlight of our intelligence’s incompetence.. Where were they .. how is it that these people .. THESE 12 PEOPLE… are hiding among flowers with rocket launchers and grenades and nobody notices them.. considering that Liberty roundabout is a busy node… HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE… And how did they .. HOW DID ALL OF THEM.. actually manage to escape so easily at such a rush hour…..

I am still baffled by today’s events.. how can this happen.. why wasn’t there more security personnel…

As for the Sri Lankan’s, i apologize to you from the bottom of my heart.. we condemn this as a nation… and do not own these acts of violence.. These people are neither muslims and neither are these acts Islamic.. in case that is the justification given……

This act of today would have ripple effects that we would come to regret.. it is these acts that would destabilize Pakistan ….

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