“You may call it the terrorists or outfits of the agencies. As you wish? I beg to disagree with the word “Non-State actors”. They are owned and nurtured by our own state and enjoy more facilities than the residents of Pakistan; who are struggling for last 69 years to get the rights of citizenship”
The month of August carries a special significance for Pashtun and Baloch. It was this month that we came out of one colonialism and entered another one. The complexion of the colonialist did change but not the mindset. As one of the writer termed it “interests’ inheritance.” Beside the land; the people were also inherited to be ruled by the same mindset. The brute force was added to the philosophy of divide and rule. The center of allegiance shifted from London to Lahore.
On 12th August, 1948; the Babra massacre was carried out, killing about one thousand and wounded about 1300+ till the security arm ran out of ammunition. The injured were thrown into the river to be drowned.
On 8th august, 2016; the carnage of Quetta: In recent months Quetta, has seen many blood baths but this time the intelligentsia, the defenders of the law and patients were the victim, under the very nose of the southern command. A weird resemblance in the two. In 1948 the victims were asking for the rule of law. This time the victims were the defenders of the rule of law.
If we keep on tracing back in the past, the carnage of Bengali students, creation of two units to convert majority in to minority, refusal to the sanctity of ballot, followed by military action killing in millions for using their right of vote, followed by the dismissal of the KP (N.W.F.P.) and Baluchistan governments. Military action in Baluchistan that resulted to drag out politicians from parliamentary struggle and send them to the mountains. KP saw the worst crack down with inhuman torture of the political workers.
In 1948; there was a sole voice of condemnation by Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardi from Bengal, today the sole voice was that of Asma Jehangir from the Punjab. A great human rights defender.
Now we have the carnage of Quetta after the massacre of little students in APS and B.K. University. Initially it was the men in uniform and now it is the veritable long arm of the same group. You may call it the terrorists or outfits of the agencies. As you wish? I beg to disagree with the word “Non-State actors”. They are owned and nurtured by our own state and enjoy more facilities than the residents of Pakistan; who are struggling for last 69 years to get the rights of citizenship.
To sprinkle salt on the wounds, it was politicized. Numerous political anomalous explanations were given. A conspiracy against CPEC, the act of RAW and Indo-Afghan conspiracy. It was to demean or degrade those martyred upholders of the law. Thanks to our flawed policies, internally or externally. Externally we stand isolated, internally more fragmented than ever. It will stay the same, as long as the book is following the sword.
Those who criticized the agencies for their complete failure were immediately dubbed as RAW agents or the agents of Afghanistan without realizing that “A” stand for Afghans in the very name of Pakistan. Every failure needs a scapegoat but the real goat to be held responsible is above the law of the country. In 1948; there was a sole voice of condemnation by Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardi from Bengal, today the sole voice was that of Asma Jehangir from the Punjab. A great human rights defender.
Another insult of the martyred to make a committee of watchdog to see the implementation of NAP without including any representation from lawmakers (the victims) or law upholders or law transcribers. All doubtful were kept out as precautionary that truth is not surfaced.
Having no alternative we accept their deluded presumptions. Have we the right to ask what were our agencies doing? The foreign viruses work when there are breaches in the society. Is it not establishment created breaches? Why not experiment with truth? Apart from OBL and Mullah Mansoor killings, is there any sensitive place left in this country, not visited by the shadows of death. Our rulers are political dwarfs. In my view to criticize institutions for their flaws in security, is to protect the state. I wish they could understand! They expose themselves by talking loose. In early stages the covert have become overtly active. They are shown respects, dignity, and polity during dialogue for their march to capture the capital. Doesn’t it stink foul? Is it our state policy or what? Have we the capability to train the snakes to bite the neighbors only?
What is behind the curtain? We will never know unless we get citizens’ rights. Ask about anything it is security risk. Even the inhabitants of three hinterlands.
Writer: Prof.(Dr) Khurshid Alam
The writer is a columnist with THE PASHTUN TIMES. He can be reached at
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