Attack on Sanaullah Haq

Published May 09, 2013 03:07am

THE battle frontiers of our primeval war against India seem to have shifted to jails. The attack on Sarabjit Singh generated a similar incident in an Indian jail where a Pakistan jail inmate, Sanaullah Haq, was attacked and is now brain dead.

Both, Pakistan and India, seem to have lost ethics which are supposed to be displayed by ‘enemies’ towards each other.

Exposing a convicted terrorist to misplaced wrath of our ‘patriotic criminals’ is either disturbing incompetence or a ridiculous way to carry out the sentence.

The thought that the Indians will be consistent in settling the score crossed one’s mind when the unfortunate attack upon Sarabjit Singh was reported by the media, as well as the idea that some Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails would pay the price for the way Sarabjit was handled.

Considering Sarabjit’s case, the thing which perturbs one’s mind is that proper security measures were not taken for such a high - profile captive, since all of us must be aware of the media and political campaign for the release of Sarabjit on humanitarian grounds. What is more painful is that no disciplinary action seems to have been taken against the people responsible for Sarabjit’s death. It is perhaps a tragic irony that both Sarabjit and Sanaullah’s names start with the letter ‘s’. The similarity between the two ends here. Whereas Sarabjit was convicted of terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil, Sanaullah crossed the border in pursuit of his cattle. This is not the way for the civilised nations to continue their conflicts.

Both Sarabjit and Sanaullah are the victims of an epic failure of the very idea of nationalism. We seem to have taken our disagreements to such depths of moral and political depravity from which we will do well to recover.

Let us pray for the families of both Sarabjit and Sanaullah with the hope that in the future we would choose better battlegrounds and be gracious enemies, that is, if we cannot help being enemies.

M. UMAR TAHIR Okara


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Comments (15) (Closed)


captainjavedsafdar
May 09, 2013 05:55am
I Fully Endorse Mr Umar Tahir's Point Of View. Very Well Said Umar. Capt. Javed Safdar
Bikkar S BRAR
May 09, 2013 06:35am
Dear Tahir Sahib, My sincere thanks to you for writing this mind provoking article. Kind regards BRAR
Niaz Khan
May 09, 2013 08:41pm
There goes another Indian, denying facts.
DS
May 09, 2013 04:55pm
So, Singh was a spy while Sannaullah was an innocent Pakistani, who just mistakenly entered Indian territory? Go ahead and make a story about Kasab too!
manish bairagi
May 10, 2013 02:55am
in the supra writing it is mentioned that both civilised nations should not be behaving in this way. could you please elucidate how would you define
kamaljit singh
May 09, 2013 07:29am
Wonderful Janab
Jeeves
May 09, 2013 07:53am
Sanaullah was convicted of bombing a bus. On the other hand Sarabjit's family claims that he crossed the border after a fight with his family. They may or may not be guilty. It is quite likely that neither the both of them are.
Manu
May 09, 2013 08:18am
Please use your brains, just few days back in pakistan chamel singh was also killed. did any reaction came for that, so people took it granted and killed innocent Sarabjeet also, now results are visible to all
Alan
May 09, 2013 09:31am
"Sarabjit was convicted of terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil, Sanaullah crossed the border in pursuit of his cattle" Mr Tahir, Indians call Sanaullah a deadly separatist (I call him a convicted terrorist who was trying to separate our integral part Kashmir) and we call sarabjit a person who accidentally crossed border in intoxicated state. it is the same old story. You believe your story we believe our story. You never agree with our story and we will never agree with your story. Yes of course it was a tit for tat and it should have been avoided but who was craving for it ? (I mean who started it?)
samrat
May 09, 2013 10:27am
"Both Sarabjit and Sanaullah are the victims of an epic failure of the very idea of nationalism. We seem to have taken our disagreements to such depths of moral and political depravity from which we will do well to recover." Replace Samrabjit by Sanaullah and that would be the Indian narrative
samrat
May 09, 2013 10:28am
Whereas Sarabjit was convicted of terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil, Sanaullah crossed the border in pursuit of his cattle. Replace Samrabjit by Sanaullah and that would be the Indian narrative
Raza
May 09, 2013 09:36pm
If Pakistanis does this kind if thing we understand it. But Indians should not have done this.
Telveer
May 09, 2013 09:13pm
Two wrongs do not make a right. Both countries should take steps to ensure safety of the people in their territory.
Raj
May 09, 2013 04:21pm
Sanaullah crossed the border in pursuit of his cattle. Pursuing cattle will not put in jail since 1999. It has been proved in Indian court, that he was a pakistani and was a terrorist .
VRM
May 09, 2013 04:40pm
Let us hope this madness ends soon. An eye for an eye is not going to further the cause of peace.