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O God, have mercy on Pakistan


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290-Quetta“One more attempt, just one more and we can remove our opponents from the face of the earth, this is what keeps the hate groups going. This does not happen, can never happen but they refuse to learn.

“They also have a whole list of issues that they want to resolve, scores they need to settle. They do not realise that some of these issues are centuries old and cannot be resolved. They have become part of our belief systems. They will be there as long as we are there.

“Also, each side wants the other to recognise it as the best. That too cannot happen. One side is never, I repeat never, going to recognise the other.

“Once we accept this, then we can move to the next best option: accepting the differences and learning to live with them. This means accepting the fact that Shias will always be Shias and Sunnis will always be Sunnis. There never is an ultimate victory in a religious dispute. So the only option is to learn to live with each other,” said Mr Shirazi, as we listened with our heads down.

Mr Shirazi’s nephew was recently gunned down in Karachi and the killers shamelessly claimed that they were members of the Sipah-e-Sahaba group.

Today, we had come early to the tavern but not to listen to Mr Shirazi. We were here to mourn the death of a friend and a much-admired poet, Shakeel Azad who died earlier this week.

The session started with one of the tavern regulars reciting Shakeel Azad’s ghazal “Zameen kya asmaan ko thaam lay gi – Agar main darmiaan say hut gaya toh? (Will the earth embrace the sky, if I am removed from between the two?).”

Foroud, the only Iranian member of our group, read a poem by a mid-20th century Iranian poet Sohrab Sepehri. “Let’s not fear death, death is not the end of a dove's flight. Death is dawn's footsteps in a town enveloped in darkness. It sits, two blocks from our home, staring at us, with frowning eyes.”

But before we could go further, Zahid, another tavern regular, walked in. “You are late,” Khalid, who was chairing the session, reminded him.

“Yes, and I did not feel like coming but came because Mr Azad was such a nice man,” said Zahid.

“And why is that?” Khalid asked.

“I guess you guys have been here for some time, that’s why you missed the news. More than a 100 killed in a series of bomb blasts in Pakistan, 86 Shias killed in Quetta by the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi,” said Zahid.

The news obviously had a huge impact on the audience who were already mourning the death of an old friend.

“Two blasts inside Pakistan kill more than a 100. Four soldiers die in India-Pakistan clashes on the Line of Control, two from each side,” said Khalid. “Does the Pakistan army chief have a point when he says that internal threats to Pakistan are greater than any external threat?”

“Sad, sad, sad, a very sad day,” said Tahir Parwaz, an online participant from Rawalpindi.

“How long has this been going on, really?” asked Najma Siddiqi, a Washington resident. “It has now become a matter of numbers of dead, 10, 20, 50 or more. We are the greatest threat to ourselves, nothing to do with internal or external. We accept all kinds of rotten individuals, clans, institutions, systems.”

She added: “We protect and provide the pasture/fodder for these so-called leaders and protectors to graze/feed on. And we let them use one cover or another to justify the loot and the violence: national, ethnic, religious, institution, political.”

“What do you suggest we should do?” asked Zubair, another tavern regular.

“Question more loudly, more openly, more honestly – from wherever we can. Some of us do this already. But it may be too little, too late. I say this also because I see more of the 'intellectually' inclined (or gifted, if you like) taking sides to protect their favoured (politicians, mullahs, and 'systems') than to help us see (expose?) the crevices, ditches, swamps ... around us,” Najma responded.

Javed Rafat Siddique, from Houston, Texas, suggested that Pakistan “needs a complete change, not just the faces, but also the way we elect our representatives. The present system is only geared to bring the same kind of landed aristocracy who is robbing and ruling for the past 60 years.”

Agha Adeel, from a Washington suburb, claimed that the army chief was fast becoming unpopular for not doing anything to stop this carnage.

“The media has to do more to create more awareness,” said Mohsin Bashir Awan, another Washington area participant.

“What goes around comes around,” said Zamarey Faqiri, an Afghan from London.

Yaa Allah, Pakistan par raham farmaa (O God, have mercy on Pakistan),” said Mahmood Raza Tariq, a Virginia resident.

“Amen,” said all.

But my questions remained unanswered:

“Those who kill: Have you ever brought up a child? Seen a fragile sapling growing into a full grown tree? Have you witnessed a mother showering a child, combing hair, changing the uniform? Polishing shoes? Saying goodbye as the child walks out of the door?

“Have you seen a father going to the bazaar to buy books, uniform and shoes for the child’s first day at school? Have you seen the father taking a loan to pay a child’s tuition fee? A mother selling her gold bangles?

“Have seen the parents thanking God when all their efforts bear fruit? When the child returns home with the result card?

“Have you seen the same child bring his or her first salary to the parents? Have seen how their faces light up?

“If you have seen all these, then how can you undo this labour of love, this effort of a lifetime without any feeling? How can you plunge an entire family into darkness? How can you take away a widow’s last hope? A sister’s only brother? A child’s father? Someone’s mother? A sister?

Don’t you think? Don’t you see? Don’t you have a heart? Can’t you feel pain? Are you incapable of crying?”


80x80-Anwar-IqbalThe author is a correspondent for Dawn, based in Washington, DC.

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Anwar Iqbal is a correspondent for Dawn, based in Washington, DC.

Comments (111) Closed

aabdul Jan 13, 2013 10:17pm
Well written and many important questions are asked. I really appreciate the good work done by the Dawn staff. Why didn't Pakistanis ask such questions for decades when they were sending Mujahideens to Afghanistan and India? Others lives are not as important as Pakistani lives? “If you have seen all these, then how can you undo this labour of love, this effort of a lifetime without any feeling? How can you plunge an entire family into darkness? How can you take away a widow’s last hope? A sister’s only brother? A child’s father? Someone’s mother? A sister? Don’t you think? Don’t you see? Don’t you have a heart? Can’t you feel pain? Are you incapable of crying?”
human Jan 13, 2013 09:30am
Govt diverted attention to LOC /India
BRR Jan 13, 2013 08:51am
One can lament all one wants, but it changes nothing, means nothing. As long as people are muslim first, and humans last, and as long as they want to go to heaven at any cost, this will continue to happen. What kind of heaven will it be with such animals. I pity the houris.
BRR Jan 13, 2013 08:36am
Such statements get boring very quickly. If you cannot behave as a human, then al those religious texts are wasted on you.
BRR Jan 13, 2013 08:41am
This is what the army wants - to be called back to power. They have played a good game. They can profit from this mayhem.
BRR Jan 13, 2013 08:40am
For over 1000 years, there has been discord, and often killings. You call it minor?
Parvez Jan 13, 2013 07:25pm
The title is wrong. It should be ' O the 1% who rule, have mercy on Pakistan '.
BRR Jan 13, 2013 08:35am
The 11 who blew up the Twin towers were educated, were relatively well-off and had opportunities to prosper - they were just fanatics who wanted to kill. The fanatics and brain washed are the problem - not the poor. Why do so many muslim youth turn into fanatics ? Can you answer that? Why so much hatred?
Reet Jan 13, 2013 10:07am
Before you ask for mercy, ask yourself if you are practising what your God has asked you to practise. I am not saying this as an Indian, but as a citizen of the world. A country that grooms terrorists for an economy deserves no sympathy in my opinion. I encourage Pakistan and Pakistanis to ask yourselves how you want to define your nationhood. The Kashmir struggle cannot be the basis for your nation. Sooner or later internal contradictions will tear you apart as it happened in 1971 and as is happening now.
Secular no more Jan 13, 2013 08:17pm
Thats the problem Malik bhai and was always a nurtured it to be so independent that it went out of its way to create Jihadis to fight the same element have gone rough and taken this all to a different level.
AHA Jan 13, 2013 12:59pm
Humans... Who?
Amir Bangash Jan 13, 2013 02:21pm
Whatever is happening in Pakistan has nothing to do with sectarianism or belief. The enemies of Pakistan and Islam are conducting well planned covert operations to destabilize the country. Pakistanis need to under stand the evil designs of powerful enemy and display unity to counter the threat.
raika45 Jan 13, 2013 10:43am
I have one child,a son.I have always instilled in him human values where he can appreciate what humanity and peace is. Glad to say today he is an outstanding man with a good position in the IT field, has his own house and drives a BMW Z 4.No offence meant sahib.I am proud of my son.
MAha Jan 12, 2013 10:08am
i wish i was in tavern too . Excellently written Anwar Sahab
AJ Jan 13, 2013 08:02am
You think hunger and illiteracy are only found in Pakistan? They kill because they think that's what their 'god' wants them to do. Keep waiting for Allah to sort things out,and you'll be waiting till kingdom come.
Faqi Jan 12, 2013 10:50am
They are blinded by hatred. Their hearts are charred with evil. How can they see or feel anything?
khanm Jan 12, 2013 10:55am
Khoun kis se may kay kia he, shabe ghum buri bala he, mujhe kia bura tha merna igar aik bar ho ta. wonder how many more going to be killed, God please wake us up.
Samir Jan 12, 2013 11:30am
Oh the pain!!! As a parent I shudder to imagine the unimaginable. O gods of war, please forgive us. Please withdraw your curse
Human Jan 12, 2013 11:35am
While you have raised some very valid humanitarian points, the problem with muslims is they consider themselves muslims first and humans second. The day muslims start considering themselves humans first then and only then your points will make any sense to them. Think about it.
True Indian Jan 14, 2013 07:49am
I felt very sad about these killings, i do not know how their families will survive, i am from India but my heart is in deep sorrow for those who lost their dear one, i think this is the right time Pak should do even India should do something so we can save our country....i believe no country will have interest on us beat China or US, they just seeing drama and simply i would like to request you all please give good education to your children's and be friend with India, yes i believe we have both sides some negative elements but we have to throw them out and have to make better living place for our upcoming future and for our child's, God bless Pak and India....
raika45 Jan 12, 2013 11:46am
Those who do the killing are also sons of some families.Their parents must also be holding high hopes for their sons when they grow up.So what went wrong and Why?. The human mind is like a computer. You have to program it to get results. So who programmed this minds to act as they are doing and why? Is it lack of opportunities like education,technical knowledge for those who cannot or do not have the ability to further their studies.Or is it the extreme poverty in the family that drives them to join such organizations? That boils down to lack of jobs.Your factories do not work full time because of lack of power.The government is totally at a loss of how to bring things to an even keel Oh boy Pakistan! What are you going to do?
Junaid Hashmat Jan 12, 2013 11:46am
O parents, O children of the last ones as a Pakistani i can feel your pain and i am really really sorry for that. I can't do anything for you because of my inabilities but the only thing i can do is pray, pray and only pray to ALLAH for you people. May ALLAH bless us with unity and qualities of accepting each other. May ALLAH give you people the reward for what you lost in this world and in here-after. Ameen
Assad Jan 12, 2013 12:12pm
Why are you wasting your breath venting and imploring through Dawn, an english newspaper, that 98% of the population can neither read nor understand? While I can appreciate your pleas here, it would be much better if this type of message was shared with the public in the native language. Dawn and the English speaking elite of Pakistan live in a little bubble all their own. Nobody knows or understands what you are preaching here on the Pakistani street. To get to them, you have to get down to the level of Jang etc. and wage this battle of ideas in the lingua franca i.e. Urdu. The planners and foot soldiers in the war being waged on Pakistan have to have access to this. They don't care or bother much with Dawn or the efforts to moderate them through the English press. This is a huge problem in Pakistan and most could care less about it and are happy just getting their opinions published for their personal satisfaction and some kudos from readers here.
Feroz Jan 12, 2013 12:15pm
Iqbal Sir, when you are poignant you are at your best. In Pakistan of today the value of a human life has fallen so low as to be worthless. The glorification of a fake superiority and the violent attempts at homogenization of a varied people have caused total havoc. My belief is the right belief and if you do not agree I kill you, seems to be the chant of the murderers. Religion when used as a tool to subjugate people and for political ends will end up consuming the society that used and abused it. Time for the nation to secularize else the Wolves that are tearing it apart will consume it.
Cyrus Howell Jan 12, 2013 12:27pm
"Life is real. Life is earnest, and it's end is but the grave." Euripides . There are all shades of opinion.
Secular no more Jan 13, 2013 08:27pm
One suggestion change your education system,dont twist history and present them to your kids....tell them to respect Humans first,then people from all religions not only Muslims alone....guys you know it what you teach your children.....teach them correct history now or they will learn it the hard way in future....make your system suggestion is the best i can do....Bcoz i care for the future.
Sarmad Jan 13, 2013 12:17pm
Justice is in God's hand. When human beings start doing it by themselves without following the devine teachings then we come to a state where we are now. Agree with you 100%. These questions remain unanswered to me as well :(
Tamilselvan Jan 12, 2013 12:47pm
The title is appropriate. God can't help unless people of Pakistan make an attempt to help themselves by punishing the mullahs who are instigating the violence. Pakistan has brought it upon themselves by becoming the terrorist den of the world. Do you blame the religion or the so called followers of the religion? No use stating that Islam is a peaceful religion etc if the majority does not have the guts to put down the radicals and spread the true meaning of Islam. Enough of trying to convince the world that the killers are not followers etc, let's see it in action
Avishek Roy Jan 12, 2013 12:50pm
Touched... :(
TOGREENCAGEDPARROT Jan 12, 2013 01:03pm
vj Jan 14, 2013 06:57am
Great,this is exactly happening when you deal with hypothesis and not the real truth. people inerpret in their own ways and total confusion. Truth is only almighty, it doesnt have religion, we made religion for our convenience.since we dont understand simple things.simple truth kids should understand. Good article Anwar, allow people to live as per their belief. There is nothing wrong as long as they mind their own business.. Treat people as humans not based on their caste, religion or race.. This is called wisdom. Kindly cultivate this culture in your country so that neighbours can live in peace and reduce their unnecessary military spendings.
ImmI Jan 12, 2013 01:25pm
We blame the west the Islam is a miss-understood religion by them. But have we ever thought this religion is vastly miss-understood by us, the Muslims of this country the most. When the religions are not studied properly and are applied unchecked then the same kind of results are seen that we are facing today. Some that consider themselves the champions of this religion do not know even the ABC of our peaceful religion. The red line is that no government is taking this issue seriously to counter the mindset that is rusting the strength girders of our country. We should pray to God for His mercy but first let's make ourselves capable to receive His mercy. O God!Make us capable. . !!!
other side of LOC Jan 12, 2013 01:25pm
In today world Pakistan and core Islamic views have created lot of trouble in the world. What Pakistan need is to literate people and work to build a society of peace but the people who have guns in their hand and majority Islamist only believe that the whole worlds knowledge is embedded in a single book. Believe in peace and change. Its not the same world that our forefather had left for us and first try to walk properly and then think of pulling someones leg.
Rizman Jan 14, 2013 06:29am
@HRS very well said BRAVO
Utkarsh Jan 12, 2013 01:31pm
The saddest and most disturbing thing someone said to me about the victims of terrorists is that they will be rewarded by Allah in their afterlife for they sacrificed for a holy cause. I think the concept of being compensated for your sufferings or death in your afterlife is the biggest reason with which they try to justify terrorism. It has to be done away with.
Udai Singh Jan 14, 2013 06:25am
"How can you take away a widow’s last hope? A sister’s only brother? A child’s father? Someone’s mother? A sister? I fully agree it was wrong to kill Shias, no two opinions here . Anwar Iqbal Saheb Christian, Hindu, Jew, Ahemadia widows, sisters , brothers & children of Pakistan will ask same question - Don’t you think? Don’t you see? Don’t you have a heart? Can’t you feel pain? Are you incapable of crying?” Is it OK to kill Christian, Hindu, Jew, Ahemadia ??
jamil Jan 14, 2013 06:04am
Do you think your intended audience know English. Our intellectuals should learn to read and write in the language of the masses.
Jam Masta Jay Jan 12, 2013 02:12pm
Give me a break. Why are you wasting your time. Do you really think those animals even give it that much thought. Very thought provoking article but Pakistan is not ready to change so your words are a waste.
Sajib Jan 14, 2013 05:43am
Many of the European people don't believe in God but 100% taliban people have faith on God
mahak durrani Jan 12, 2013 02:24pm
impressive and intellectual.... but now the feelings are lost somewhere.....
Mangesh Jan 12, 2013 02:31pm
Beautifully written, it brings tears, last paragraph..although I am Hindu from India but that does not stop my tears...after all we all are first humans then hindu, muslims, indian or pakistani or whatever. I really hope god will have mercy on Pakistan. After all having a friend next door is very important.
Sajib Jan 14, 2013 05:30am
First you should know the value of humanity
a.k.lal Jan 12, 2013 02:41pm
time has come for pakistan residents to understand a word NON VIOLENCE
AHA Jan 12, 2013 03:02pm
So true. We seem to have specialized in hate/
G.A. Jan 12, 2013 03:02pm
Silence from the government is more deafening than the sound of the blasts. Any other country would have gone into a complete lockdown with law enforcement agencies in full swing and cricket series would have been cancelled.
S.A. Hyder, Ph.D. Jan 12, 2013 03:06pm
Excellent article. If only others would read it and take lessons from it. I wish they would, but alas, this is an impossibility in Pakistan. They can never learn to live together. They can never learn to tolerate others. If Shias are infidels and the LJ, the Talibans and SS and so on are out to clean the earth of the infidels, then they should be prepared to kill the roughly 5 billion plus inhabitants of the earth. According to them, all those who do not subscribe to their deviant and heinous views have no right to life; in fact, it was a terrible blunder on the part of God to have created the latter (per their beliefs)!. Please include me in the tavern the next time. S.A. Hyder, Tennessee, USA
Hamid Hameed Jan 12, 2013 03:08pm
What kind of country is this???
abbastoronto Jan 12, 2013 03:15pm
Mr. Anwar Iqbal. Please pay us a visit here in Detroit USA. Karachi had 1800 murders in 2012 for a population of 18 million - some 100 per million. We here had some 400 for a population of 600,000 and that is over 500 per million, 5 times Karachi rate. Allah, have mercy on us here in America.
Malik Arif Jan 13, 2013 12:45pm
It is all against humanity, Islam doesn't teach such things! these people should not be spared at any cost. Shame on democracy and army as well who cannot save this beautiful country.
chacha Jan 12, 2013 03:23pm
you reap what you sow
Raj Jan 12, 2013 03:29pm
Who are killing don't read news is useless to educate them. Eliminate them or get eliminated. Ther is no third option.
Tahir Jan 12, 2013 03:49pm
Anwar Sahib, nice write-up but you are being too emotional and are expressing your sentiments like such witnessed on soap serials. We need to be brave and this platform should be used to spell out to the public how to bring about change. And change we must in a big way.
Javeed Jan 14, 2013 04:35am
Oh! Pakistan everybody is here to destroy You. My heart weeps, where is Pak heading. Oh corrupt leaders why don't you fear God! Sometimes i wonder is humanity anywhere, to kill innocent people is never allowed in Islam & how can they be called Muslims who are responsible for such a genocide. Oh people of Pakistan wake up and cleanup this mess today, tomorrow it may be too late. God have mercy on Pak.
PAKISTAN Jan 12, 2013 04:14pm
why bureaucrats,military,judiciary and rulers are sleeping??? are they not trying to prove to be equal partners in this cruelty??
AHA Jan 13, 2013 12:57pm
Sp true. Hate can only bring more hate. We cannot expect peace if we continue to cling to our ideology of hate.
Mushtaq Jan 14, 2013 04:29am
No one teach their children to be deaf and blind. A true believer would never harm anyone. The heart of a true believer is filled with love and peace and that is the only thing a true believer spread.
Tabinda Naeem Jan 12, 2013 04:38pm
You are painfully right Anwar Sahab. Somehow I can not bring myself to imagine that they may have never raised a child, or have never witnessed a mother combing her child's hair, polishing her shoes, as you so touchingly mentioned in the article. The question remains, how in the name of God were they raised ? Where in the thick of wildness were they brought up ?. Was it a normal household or a jungle somewhere. Every incident like this brings you to a realization that you will not feel as much pain and anguish on the next one...but it doesn't happen. Pain comes with more suffering. Pata nahin Allah kab Pakistan per reham karain gay!
Feroz Jan 14, 2013 04:22am
Brother, the enemy is within you, conquer it. God does not make enemies it is we humans that do, Overcome your shortcomings and learn to love and be compassionate, so called enemies will disappear. Good luck and God Bless !
Karachiwalla Jan 12, 2013 04:42pm
Very sublime
Fazal Karim Jan 14, 2013 04:16am
Killing can be stopped if all the crimnals are caught, prosecuted and punished. Crimnals are not caught because of inefficient police as most of the appointees are not appointed on merits. They are appointed on political considerations and bribes.Then comes political interference and pressure to let go crimnals. Police does not prepare cases for court properly, leave contradictions and many loop holes. The main cause of acquittals is lack of evidence. Because crime was not checked in the biginning the crimnals are ruling , they have terrified police, judges and witnesses. Witnesses are killed and such crimnals are not caught and punished. Unless witnesses come forward and give evidence there will be no control on crime. Prime witnesses should be protected and secured at every cost. However if a witness is killed he should be hansomely compesated by government. His family should be paid between fifty lacs to five crores depending his earning capacity but not less than fifty lacs. This amount should be paid from police budget. Let the crimnals know that they have not achieved much by killing a witnesses. In Islam it is obligatory on a muslim to forward to give witness. No use spending any amount of money on police if there are no convictions. Comensating a shahid family will prove to be great detterance.
Waseem Ahmad Jan 12, 2013 05:02pm
There is no end to brutality in sight. How a human could be so barbaric and callous. But it is a fact faced by us each day in Pakistan, Baluchistan, KP, FATA, etc. We are living on false hopes of peace and our people are dying. These forces of evil are getting powerful with each passing day. Still thinking why fate has stored such acts of violence for us. This piece is so moving. Can't see the innocent people protesting in Quetta since yesterday, but the government is unmoved, we are unmoved, the society in general is unmoved. Definitely one day these monsters would come after us and there would be nobody left to raise voice for us.
AHA Jan 13, 2013 01:02pm
I agree. Unfortunately, open discussion is equivalent to Blasphemy in Pakistan.
malik Jan 12, 2013 05:32pm
More religion means more problems. Period.
Sialkotia Jan 12, 2013 05:33pm
This is exactly what Mullahs are feeding after Jumma Namaz.
human Jan 12, 2013 05:33pm
really sad indeed. Am from India these news really scares me, am sure it is just matter of time before it spreads to India too. Pakistan please do something about it only you can save yourself.
tony afzal Jan 13, 2013 04:00pm
Beautiful words. That's all they are. There is ONLY one way. Round up all the mullahs in Pakistan, lock them up, and throw away all the keys into the Marianas Trench.
AHA Jan 13, 2013 01:25pm
Although feudalism triggered the ills in Pakistan, the ‘culture of hate’ has now assumed a life of its own, and is fueled by reasons that are out of this world.
Kamran Afzal Jan 13, 2013 03:46pm
O GOD whats happening Pakistan & no body can' identify where we are going day by day being a Muslim we should know our value.
AHA Jan 13, 2013 01:28pm
Wow - great response.
AHA Jan 13, 2013 01:12pm
We will not divide, but we will definitely implode.
AHA Jan 13, 2013 01:09pm
‘Choice’ is a concept that is alien to our teachings. We are forced to believe in pre-determined destiny, and that to me is the root cause of all our evils. Loved your post, wish I could have given you a million thumbs up
Gerry D'Cunha Jan 12, 2013 07:36pm
they are not sleeping my friend - they have been bull dozed with wealth, not to interfere with the internal affairs of the country.
AHA Jan 13, 2013 01:19pm
I agree. Boring. It is the deeds that count. And those proving a totally different picture.
S.A. Hyder, Ph.D. Jan 12, 2013 07:58pm
Simply put: You are as in human as the Talibans. Even one murder is too many. Please do not try to justify these henious acts.
Ahmedi Jan 12, 2013 08:10pm
Why should the argument be learning to live with one another, why not calling a butcher a butcher and eliminating them, only then this endless violence will end.
disagree Jan 14, 2013 03:09am
He wouldn't be saying this if it was shias killing sunnis.
not-sunni Jan 14, 2013 03:11am
I am ready to be anything anything but a sunni. I am so fed up.
YOUSF Jan 14, 2013 02:51am
The words of Amir Bangash are quite true.May ALLAH guide all the humans,ameen. For HRS,with kind feelings i say religion truly means to have 100 percent faih in Allah and ALLAH has created fishes for us(humans)as food.ALLAH wants us to work hard to get fish.May ALLAH help us to understand the true religion ISLAM(It means PEACE)ameeen.
Tariq Jan 12, 2013 08:49pm
The new dawn will only reign on Pakistan when the religion will have no business with the affairs of the state! All the these religious bigots are vying for political powers' in the name of their God. But IF religion is declared by the constitution as no route to political ambitions this may bear fruit!
Akil Akhtar Jan 14, 2013 02:42am
Gary Jan 12, 2013 08:54pm
Years ago, some shia doctors were shot in Pakistan. I asked my sunni friend what is wrong. He said those doctors deserved death as they were shia. I was shocked. Educated Pakistani living in the west for the last forty years,and still no change in their minds.
Aqil Siddiqi Jan 12, 2013 09:01pm
As for I am concern, find these killers and kill them. It's either them or us, so take the actions now.
Tahir Chaudhry Jan 12, 2013 09:15pm
It is time to bring in the Army, to sought out this mess. It is beyond the capabilities of police, FC and the 65 ministers of Balochistan government (good for nothing parasites).
HRS Jan 13, 2013 01:37pm
Give man a fish and he will eat for a day Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime Give him a religion and he will keep praying that the fish appear on his plate
Faiza Khan Jan 14, 2013 01:36am
unfortunate but this is just due to disbalance in society. disbalance leads towards anarchoy. Allah gives the solution. Practice Islam the true values.
Kamal Hussain Jan 12, 2013 10:32pm
In the past, I have tried to convey to the readers of DAWN in the Comments section that differences between Sunnis and Shias should be assumed minor and that the schism was caused by political, not religious differences. DAWN never published my comments.
Kamal Hussain Jan 12, 2013 10:33pm
Only people who do not have faith (in God) can resort to such brutalilty.
Tamilselvan Jan 13, 2013 03:39pm
Eye for an eye will leave one blind. This has been proven many times in the Islamic world. Try peaceful coexistence for a change
Ankahi Baatein Jan 13, 2013 10:38am
If only the killers could remember that before being Shia or Sunni we all are human beings!!! No light at the end of the dark tunnel we seem to be walking in... or the end is still too far for the light to be apparent? I wonder!
Pitythymorons Jan 12, 2013 11:57pm
Yet, You chose to go and live there...!!!
N Jan 12, 2013 11:57pm
End feudalism and all will be fine in due course of time.
Ravi Jan 13, 2013 12:13am
Are the murders in Detroit targeted killings of certain ethnic groups? if not, it is not fair comparison.
malik Jan 13, 2013 12:14am
Please read the Qur'an and the Habith it teaches tolerance not murder or hatred. Only God is the judge and punisher.
AHA Jan 13, 2013 01:50pm
I bet many here do not know what SS is. Nice post.
farid Jan 14, 2013 09:25am
I wish some one can listen to you.
Rabia Shoaib Jan 13, 2013 02:43am
Anwar Sahib, they do not see, hear and feel because they are the children of hunger and illetracy themselves. They are born to be left wandering naked in the streets. The void left by life's hardships is filled by ideas of extremism. Only Meaningful education has the capacity to change us. Give a child an education and an objective in life and you have struck off one name from a suiside bomber's recruitment list.
cschandragiri Jan 13, 2013 06:31am
Why don't u go back to Pakistan if its relatively safe? Are you an Ahmedi or Shia?
Eklavya Jan 13, 2013 06:24am
why such things r happing in al over muslim world baring few muslim kntries, Muslims r either fightng against other religions or fighting among temselves. I think time has come Muslims should retrospect about ter way of thinking about others and idea.
AHA Jan 13, 2013 01:52pm
We need to preach sense instead of hate.
Talkingpoint Jan 13, 2013 03:17am
Very very emotional closing and how very realistic questions being posed to all terrorists anywhere - Pakistan , India or ROW.
Husnain Raza Jan 13, 2013 03:19am
Govt. has skipped the timeline where resignation from CM Balochistan could stop protest. now it is turning really really big. Govt can still hold by sending Army to Quetta as demanded by protestors. if they fail or delay to deliver it. LONG MARCH of Tahir Qadri would head to Quetta and People of Karachi will head to Bilawal House Karachi. a perfect check mate. We are soon to listen "MERAY AZIZ HUM WATNOO"
stuti Jan 13, 2013 06:45am
O God, have mercy on Pakistan. Mercy or hate, God has no opinion one way or the other. God only works to give what a person chooses or a nation chooses. So Pakistan is getting what its people chose. Change your choices and things will change for you.
Tamilselvan Jan 13, 2013 03:31pm
Dream on Bro. Sorry, Allah will not help people who don't take the first step and admit that killing fellow human beings is not one of his tenets and they have been breaking it for the past 14 centuries. Please take your head out of the sand and look at the reality around the Islamic world
Yawar Jan 13, 2013 04:26am
Very well written. In total agreement with the author. What we should recognize is that "truth" to one person may be "falsehood" to another. May Allah guide the fanatic oppressor and remove his lust for causing death and destruction and provide justice to the oppressed. Ameen.
Laeeq,NY Jan 13, 2013 11:02pm
You are living in the world of fools.
sradhanandfrom Mauritius Jan 13, 2013 06:04am
Muslim leaders in 1947 thought muslims could not live peacefully with Hindus, so they created Pakistan. Now if Sunnis muslims feel they cannot live with Shias and Ahmadis etc, the solution is to divide Pakistan into several parts, one part for every muslim sects and minorities.
Ganesh (India) Jan 13, 2013 05:08am
Sir.. Truth is always bitter.... Gods dont give curse or boon.. Or let me put it this way.... Gods give us back what we give him... Unfortunate but true...
mazharuddin Jan 13, 2013 05:18am
This is not enough to read Mersiah and Ghazals on such tragic killings. Presently the country need honest efforts to settle sectarian differences on the basis of justice and reality and to accept basic human rights of all. Must condemn religious extremism and fanaticism. No religious activities should disturb public activities.
Bong Jan 13, 2013 05:23am
When sentiments & feelings are lost, a human being no longer remains a human being. It is good to be brave like a Lion , have fighting spirit like the Tiger - but however the qualities of a human being are much higher than that of an animal.
Bong Jan 13, 2013 05:34am
@Raika - What have you done about it ? Have you voted for the right person? Have you taught a child about the right values in life and not to hate others (however different they are)? Have you experienced and tested the power of non-violence ? Have you tried to join a political party and brought about a change in that party. Be the change that you want to see in the world.
ahmed41 Jan 13, 2013 05:40am
Perhaps, those in power do not want to unleash a CIVIL WAR on their own people.