Sanaullah’s murder

Published May 16, 2013 05:05am

ONCE again a tit-for-tat trend has begun between Pakistan and India that have been trying for the last decade to become friendly neighbours.

Indian terrorist Sarabjit Singh, who was involved in bomb blasts that killed 14 people in 1990 in Lahore and Faisalabad, was later sentenced to death by a Pakistani court. He languished for about 22 years in jail and was recently attacked by fellow inmates in the Kot Lakhpat jail. He was taken to hospital but died from wounds on May 2.

In response, Indians called this act ‘barbaric’ and demanded punishment for the attackers. Later, Sanaullah Haq, a Pakistani languishing in an Indian jail, was attacked by an ex-Indian army man. He died on Thursday (May 9).

The two nations can overcome their hostility not by people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges but by showing seriousness towards normalising their relations, keeping in view their nuclear status.

The terms for normalising relations should be based on equal status of both countries, keeping aside their hegemonic positions or designs in the region.

Equality doesn’t mean that if one prisoner is killed by someone not among the state authorities, the other country should retaliate by conducting the same act unjustly.

The trend of tit for tat will lead the two countries nowhere and the ultimate consequence can be an allout war which both countries have experienced in the past. The three wars between India and Pakistan didn’t produce any result but increased rivalry.

The idea of responding in the same manner might appease some fanatics in both countries but in the long term it will affect bilateral relations.

Neighbours cannot be changed in the international community but relations can be transformed from hostile to friendly.

A small issue can worsen the relations between the two hostile nations like calling on the high commissioners in each other’s offices, then closing of high commission offices, and closing and bringing troops to borders. A little issue may trigger a big war that can claim thousands of lives and use of weapons worth billions of rupees.

It has been quite deplorable to see the two different responses from the media of both countries.

The Indian media created loads of fuss on Sarabjit’s killing. The Pakistani media also showed its sympathies for the Indian spy on his death but there was deafening silence by the Pakistan media on the attack on Pakistani prisoner in Jammu jail.

The Indian media proved to be blind nationalist with its rapturous welcoming tone over the attack on a Pakistani.

FEHMIDA ABDUL SATTAR Karachi


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Comments (12) Closed




Akil Akhtar
May 16, 2013 11:52pm
He admitted it himself
whatasilliness
May 17, 2013 10:07pm
Disagree! How and when did you decide Sarabjit is a terrorist? If he truely was, then why didn't the Pakistani judicial system award him a death penalty?
John
May 17, 2013 07:10am
The possibility of a tit-for-tat reaction should have been raised and discussed in Pakistan before Sarabjit was brutally attacked. We do have a border and it's real and was promoted by Jinnah.
Ram Krishan Sharma
May 16, 2013 10:28am
Neither of the Governments was involved in the killing of these two unfortunate prisoners.
vinod
May 17, 2013 05:03am
Sarbjit singh is not a terrrorist.
Shubhodip Dasgupta
May 16, 2013 09:23am
Dear Fehmida, what proof do you have to call Sarabjit a terrorist?What you have written in this letter is absolutely true,but,please be careful with your words
Khan
May 17, 2013 03:08am
He was a convicted terrorist sentence by court. Given a state funeral and Indian govt accepted he worked for RAW
Irrfaan Akhtaar
May 16, 2013 04:20pm
sanaullah is not spy he is terrorist. Sanaullah Haq is a resident of Dallowali near Sialkot in Pakistan has been convicted of bombing a bus in 1994 near Jammu in which 10 people were killed.
Venkat
May 17, 2013 08:11am
Fehmida, there was no "rapturous welcoming tone over the attack on a Pakistani" in the Indian media over the Sanaullah killing. In fact there was strong condemnation. Please do not resort to untruths to buttress your story. Secondly, Sarabjit was a liquour smuggler who got unfortunately convicted of terrorism - whether it was mistaken identity or deliberate mis-conviction, we will never know. There was no such doubt about Sanaullah. Thirdly Pakistani prisoners in India are treated far far better than Indian prisoners in Pakistan. See what your own human rights organizations have to say about it. In India, Afzal Guru was fed chicken biryani in jail and a minister of the state government actually went and inquired if "he is comfortable and whether he needs something else" during Eid. I agree with the broad points you make but there are several untruths and inaccuracies so far as factual matters are concerned.
Random
May 16, 2013 01:28pm
Its common knowledge that both of were spys of their respective country's and well this is what happens if you are captured by your enemy. An Indian soldier would be a terrorist in Pakistant and a Pakistani soldier would be a terrorist in India. Is it so hard to understand? I don't know whats the big deal.
Zak
May 16, 2013 09:04pm
Sarabajit was a RAW agent who carried out terrorist acts and killed dozens of innocent people women and children included. He regretted it later in his confessions. Sanaullah was a Kashmiri fighting for the liberation of his country from Indian occupation, a mandate still lies in UN. Sanaullah is a martyr , sarabajit is a terrorist. Simple as that. Pakistan should distance itself from India a third rate country .
anil guopta
May 16, 2013 02:34pm
I condemn both the killings, more so of Pakistani prisoner in India. Humanity has lost.