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Finally, the Khan speaks out

Published Sep 04, 2012 06:51am


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Last week, I had written about the recent Shia killings – wondering aloud how such an issue could be overlooked by the politicians and judiciary who instead chose to focus on matters so trivial that it was appalling to see the complete disregard for precious human lives.

Where MQM Chief Altaf Hussain had condemned the killings and called for action against the atrocities, his voice was lost amongst the sheer silence of other political leaders who remained mum on the issue. However, on Sunday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was the first politician in the country to finally speak up on the recent killings and brought in focus the judiciary’s sheer apathy on the violence.

Call him over-ambitious, criticize his blurry policies and accuse him of living in a fantasy world, but give him credit for finally taking a stand and asking Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry to take suo motu notice of Shia killings across the country. What impact his call for justice will have is yet to be seen but the development nonetheless, cannot be ignored considering the gross silence prevailing otherwise.

Pakistan has recorded at least 2,642 sectarian attacks, killing 3,963 people since 1989, according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) database. Those targeted are no longer personalities of prominence or popularity – they are the common men. The Shia common men – who apparently aren’t important enough in the eyes of the PPP-led government which continues to carry on with its own agenda that seems to revolve more around acquiring wealth and votes than securing the country.

During his visit to Skardu, Khan called for the government to resign if it could not protect the citizens – wishful thinking on his part though, because no amount of humiliation and failures could make this government resign. However, once again, Khan’s statements, visits and call for justice were a step in the right direction – especially for someone looking to lead a country and not just a specific religious sect belonging to it. It would also help if Khan perhaps insisted a little less on how this is not completely ‘our war’, considering the killings taking place are mainly in KP and Balochistan where militancy is widespread and where most law enforcement agencies are operating. Repeating the rhetoric about whose war this is will not end the killings – only immediate action against the perpetrators can put an end to this brutality.

The call for justice could be made stronger and louder if other political parties joined him here regardless of conflicting views they may have on other issues – the stance on targeting human lives, be it whatever sect or religion they belong to, should be uniformed: no tolerance.

The judiciary needs to do its part here by realising that nothing can be more urgent than securing the lives of people of Pakistan. Label the killings as you please but fact remains that they are barbaric and horrific and if the government leaders are falling short in providing security to the citizens, it should be the Chief Justice’s duty to take his favourite kind of notice – this time for something that urgently needs it.


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Shyema Sajjad is a former Dawn staffer.

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Comments (142) Closed

Seedoo Sep 04, 2012 03:23pm
She is only pointing our a fact. Relax my friend!
Observer Sep 04, 2012 04:41pm
I wonder if the statements alone can compensate for the loss of innocent lives and stop the shiakillings
Muhammad Asif Sep 04, 2012 10:46am
I believe i didn't use the "but about them" knee jerk, I just mention that singly pointing at Pakistan is not the problem. One should take a holistic view of the whole problem. Pakistan is not the root cause or the center of all ailments the world is witnessing. Isn't every Muslim (I mean not Pakistani) treated like an alien at US airports? and yes, almost every single day. Isn't hatred not taught in Denmark through cartoons? and yes almost single days. Aren't mosques being burnt/destroyed in India? Destroying a mosque does not take place daily, but what caused it, the hatred among people's minds, is sewed. I'm not saying that since this is done to Muslims in other parts of the world, so it is allowed for us to do the same. No. No Way. I just want to say that Pakistan should not be singled-out. Hope y ou understand my point.
Naved Sep 09, 2012 09:20am
Mr.Sunni, if any Mr.Shia started writing what about the killing of this doctor, that lawer, professor, judge and so on so forth (all highly educated & well placed shias), then list will be very long. You will not be able to justify or reply. So leave this what about this & that. Every innocent life is precious, so let us do every thing to protect a common man from extremist / terrorists. Please come forward to condemn shia killers. Let us agree that whoever kills an innocent person either shia or a sunni, he is an enemy of Pakistan & Islam. All religious hate mongers and kufr fatwas about different sects of Islam are part of the problem. Please agree to it, no more what about this & what about that.
Masood Ali Sep 04, 2012 08:31pm
naeem my exact sentiments these so called educated class ,have secumed to the fuedal system.if they had the chance they would just be like the ppp politicians.
Laeeq,NY Sep 05, 2012 11:25am
In this time of Pakistan who care of minorities. Politicians are busy in securing their seats and agencies are protecting us from the unseen. We need to decide whether we are Pakistani first or Shias first or any other minority. Until country is divided in Sunnis, Shias, Ahmadies, Parsis, Deobandis,Brelvies, Wahhabis, Ahle Sunit, Tablighis, Balochi, Sindhi, Punjabi and Pathans, there is no end to any kind of violence. How we can unite just as Pakistanis?
jasus Sep 05, 2012 12:30am
you are a typical close minded person and in a state of denial as most pakis! let me tell you the violence, killings and bloodsheds happening in pakistan today are uncompareable and unheard of. The example you are giving about USA, India or the west shows how frustrated you are, and don't even come close to pakistan in violence. don't make a fool of yourself
Ali Sep 04, 2012 07:22pm
Although I am becoming fan of yours with every article I read of yours, for the bravery and sence of furstration I feel in your article is a direct refleection of the entire Shia community. I would still warn you to not to get too excieted about Khan's statement, I have seen flags of banned outfits in his rallies and he has zero sympathy with Shias,he cannot jeopardize his vote bank mind it.
Adil Jadoon Sep 06, 2012 12:40am
Well I think all the political parties and even more so the government can follow suit if it was a priority for them. A murderer is a murderer no matter who he is or what sect he is from. Hang them all as a warning to others.
Hadi Sep 05, 2012 05:20am
khan is right in what he said. the solutions to this problem are multi-layered. a revamp in education and society is needed to address the probem. the killers are fearless of police and law. the world around them needs to be changed to stop the killings.
Muhammad Asif Sep 04, 2012 10:54am
Who hold IK off during live 40-50 minutes discussions he had durnig the last 1 or two years to condemn these killings? It might be media to pick and choose the points, but largely it comes down to IK what he believes, he must speaks as well.
Ijaz Sep 05, 2012 12:01am
The "Supreme Court" is impotent in enforcing any laws relating to the the killings of Shias and minorities. The Establishment will never allow it to happen.The Objectives Resolution from Liaquat Ali Khan's era has been steadily biting us.
Ali Hassan Ayub Sep 04, 2012 11:46pm
Pakistanis first. Not Sunni, not Shiia or Ahmedy, not Sikh or Christian or Hindu. PAKISTAN FIRST.
Ali Hassan Ayub Sep 04, 2012 11:57pm
by the way, please double check facts he's spoken on different occasions about the sectarian killings. This wasnt the first time. i'd of course like to see action taken against terrorist/sectarian groups like Sipahe Sahaba, Lashkare Jhangvi and other terror groups like that - and their supporters/financiers. They are the #1 enemy of Pakistan and Pakistani national unity. Very few support these bigots, but still they get away with their hate speeches.
A Sunni Sep 04, 2012 11:46pm
More than dozen Sunnis were killed by Shia terrorists before eid, what about the Mrs. Author ? why dont you write about Killings of Sunnis, arent they human being?
Shubs Sep 04, 2012 08:45am
I wish Pakistanis would stop using the knee-jerk "but what about them..." defense for every ill devouring their society. Just look around, Muhammad, and not with Islam-blinkers. Look around the world. Where do you see such extreme inhuman hatred that is killing people every single day, that you can even think about drawing such a parallel?
Goga Nalaik Sep 05, 2012 09:40am
@Sunni Shia and Sunni mosques are attecked by the same Taliban ... It has been confirmed time and again and on all medias. Have you noticed that you are the only person here who blames Shia? I let you meditate on this ...
haseeb Sep 04, 2012 09:02pm
Just read articles published in june in all newspapers when Imran was in quetta , He is raising his voice since it all begins and here you noticed now.
Muhammad Asif Sep 06, 2012 11:49am
yes. this is becoming a matter for the CJP (not SC) to show some consistency.
A Sunni Sep 05, 2012 02:43pm
what about the killings of Sunni Scholars ?
KHAN Sep 06, 2012 01:48am
Genuine Sep 05, 2012 02:59pm
Its time we outlaw party leadership for dual citizens ...
Mustafa Razavi Sep 04, 2012 04:59pm
Asif; " MQM, on the other hand, has performed consistently well". MQM has performed consistently well in it's niche, i.e. Sindh large urban areas. That only amounts to 30 seats in the NA, less than 9%. Altaf Hussain, in spite of his intentions doesn't amount to anything. and his condemnation of religious extremism is nothing new, Having Imran Khan speak out against terrorism adds a new dimension to the public rejection of the extremist agenda and denies them the legitimacy they seek.
iykhan125 Sep 04, 2012 10:25pm
It does NOT take a "Gandhi" to see what is going on in our country. We all know that minorities are in trouble in Pakistan and sadly, they have decided to migrate to save their lives. It is a SHAMEFUL moment for PPP that their own citizens are leaving the country to protect themselves. I am happy that a politician has spoken about Shia community and the protection required from the government. We are Pakistani first and we should learn to respect our fellow citizen's beliefs.
MAJanjua Sep 04, 2012 12:31pm
HER SHAKH PEY ULLOO BAITHA HEY ANJAM-E-GULISTAN KIYA HO GA. Whom to ask, to whom we beg for the betterment of the conditions in the country for the sake of saving human lives being destroyed for no reason. Those who are considered responsible and are at the helm of affairs are not interested in it as their interest lies elsewhere. Only Allah Kareem may send a force to set things RIGHT.
Wasif Sep 04, 2012 06:47pm
its the killing of innocent people - period. the "shia-muslims" qualification in your comment makes me wonder if you may consider the mindless murder of some non-muslims otherwise may consider them in-innocent for that very reason.
dil dil pakistan Sep 04, 2012 05:34pm
JI is not PTI partner, they did meet and had press conference together on a particular issue and agreed to support that issue together, which doesn't make them partners. Before you write get your facts in place.
BEA Sep 04, 2012 04:25pm
About time he took a stand when will he speak out about the young christian girl who has been in jail for the past few weeks because of some scum cleric who framed her, if he does that then i may take some notice of "The Khan" and what he says put your money where your mouth is. make a stnd mr khan.
Naved Sep 06, 2012 08:46pm
A separate article should be written for this topic. Yes we need to discuss that who killed mufti Naeemi in Lahore, who killed sunni tehrek whole leadership in Eid-e-miladunnabi congregation in Karachi. Why eminent sunni scholar Javed Ghamdi has left Pakistan. Who is doing bomb blast at sunni shrines in all over Pakistan. A complete article is needed to discuss this issue. But please join here to condemn shias genocide / indiscrimine killing.
KHAN Sep 07, 2012 10:52am
Dont say that,he himself has never said it
aqabdulaziz Sep 08, 2012 05:55am
Every institution in Pakistan is asking the chief justice do everything. Pretty soon general Kayani will ask the chief justice to take suo moto to take back all of Kashmir.
Munir Varraich Sep 05, 2012 06:44am
You are suggesting a strange mix. Its okay with Imran Khan and Altaf Hussain, but where does AQ Khan fits in this set up. He speaks about "no traitors from Bhopal and no Qadianis from Bhopal". Can such a person remain "neutral" which is the first requirement of the President of Pakistan?
Yawar Sep 05, 2012 01:09am
Other than Imran Khan and Altaf Hussain, I would not expect anyone to take a firm stand against the killing of Shias as these two are the only fair political leaders in Pakistan while the rest are only concerned about themselves and those within their circles and baradari.
Agha Ata (USA) Sep 05, 2012 02:01pm
Mr. dil dil, A man is known by the company he keeps, and a party is known by the people, in their conference, meet.
Jean Verlander Sep 05, 2012 07:01am
Secularism is the only way, Religion is a personal thing anyway, why bandy it about like a product. I never ask my friends what their religion is, my neighbours are from Iraq (I assume they are Muslim) all I know is that they are delightful people. I think making Pakistan an Islamic State in the very first instance, was a mistake. PAKISTAN would have done and all inclusive.
A Sunni Sep 08, 2012 05:09am
what about the arrest of 8 Shia target killers in 2010, who got trained in kurrum agency and they accepted killings of 18 Sunnis including Sunnis doctors, police officers and clerics? And they used to get paid monthly, and many groups like this is still out there. Please dont blame everything on Taliban.
Laeeq,NY Sep 06, 2012 02:54pm
Beautiful Democracy is for civilized people and educated politicians. In current state of our state, this dream does not look like it will ever come to a reality.
malik Sep 04, 2012 03:55pm
What else these barbarians have to do for Khan to say this is our war?
Tahira, USA Sep 08, 2012 02:37pm
By the time we reach that beautiful democracy, hopefully Saadia, you will have matured.
Muhammad Asif Sep 05, 2012 11:57am
lols. Even PPP claims this. and yes, it won most votes in last general elections. BTW we are yet to be 200 million. I believe we are still 20 million short of the mark.
asad Sep 04, 2012 05:06pm
This is JI issue not Imran Khan issue , he speaks fo rhimself and his party.
Aamir Sep 04, 2012 04:09pm
100% agreed.
Akram Sep 04, 2012 09:18am
whilst welcome the stand against sectarianism, equally I want to see Imran take a stand against the misuse of the blasphemy laws, in particular the case of the christian girl, and show this is not Islam. We need to stand up against those who are trying to suppress our minorities. Surely Islam has always been about protecting such minorities. Its easy to follow the crowd, Imran needs to show leadership on this, for a true leader leads, he does not follow.
Shehryar Sep 05, 2012 08:24am
TO own and to be partof is different.I think Pakistanis at large who remain silent are a part of SHIA KILLINGs but THOSE who own it are very few maybe 5-10thousand in Pakistan
Aamir Sep 04, 2012 04:10pm
Muhammad Asif Sep 06, 2012 11:39am
A women committed adultery. The elders of the tribe ordered to punish her by throwing stones till she dies. Some resisted thinking that the punishment was too harsh. The matter was refered to Jesus. He agreed that the women should be punished the way the elders have ordered, but, the first stone would be thrown by the one who did not commit the same sin. Mr. Clean to Pakistan mein shayed hi koi ho mere bhai. Jo sab se kam ganda hey usi per guzara karna parega.
MAJanjua Sep 07, 2012 11:46am
Come on have a heart, search your soul and say who is killing whom. Neither shias are killing sunis nor vice verse, the killers have no religion, no faith, they are non believers and animals. To call them humans is insult to humanity, join hands to achieve peace and tranquility and that will be possible when we shun hatred and start loving other humans, tolerate others opinion as every one has A RIGHT TO HAVE OPINION but no one should try to impose his opinion on others. Our miseries are mostly self created and we are the ones to solve our problems. You must be aware of "two cats found a piece of bread and were fighting for ownership, a monkey appeared and said he would do justice, to which cats agreed, the monkey tore bread into two pieces deliberately one bigger one smaller and balance that he eat portion from the bigger one to make it smaller, now the other piece was bigger and in that process the monkey ate the entire bread and said this is the justice for you, that cats were morose but realization was too late". Lets wake up and realise who is doing all this to us under what aims and objectives. To defeat this unity in ranks is a must.
kdspirited Sep 04, 2012 04:26pm
MQM has been in power for over 10 years. First in theMusharaf era and now in the PPP era and the situation of Karachi has seriously deteriorated. Altaf Hussain's words are empty and dime a dozen his actions and those of his parties speak louder. Making a statement while sitting in the comfort and protection of his home in London does not mean anything. Here you can be murdered for opening up your mouth and saying anything that makes sense. IK is a brave man he is here and leading the charge on all fronts.
sadia Sep 06, 2012 03:37am
All these issues are not created this era ,we must implement a beutiful democracy and strong forign poliecy then resolve all the issues .
Ajilala Sep 04, 2012 06:08pm
I would endorse your point of view,but this is how it is.Had there been a single Newspaper reporting sincerely for the inhabitants of this ill-fated country,it had flourished long while ago. The writer has appretiated the efforts of Imran Khan but in a taunting way.
Saz Sep 05, 2012 10:36am
Wonder how imran khan be the first politition if altaf Hussein has been shouting ( literally ) about this for some time. (shakes his head in wonder)
Umer Sep 04, 2012 09:35am
@ Author ! Great job pointing it out ! Shia killings or any homocide for that matter cannot be taken lightly by anyone but yet our government federal and provincial seems to be oblivious of the fact. There are no preventative controls atleast effective ones. Please vote for a party that speaks about such issues, appears eager to resolve them, have the competence to do so, are clean and untested.
MAJanjua Sep 05, 2012 02:18pm
There can not be second opinion that it is the responsibility of the State and public at large to protect all the citizens whatever faith they belong to. The Holly Prophet A.S has always guided to maintain tranquility in the citizens and the Holy Quran also guides in Surah Bakrah "LA IKRAH FE DEEN" and as such none has a right to enforce their groups thinking and belief on others. Our deeds should convince others whether we are right or wrong. The State must ensure safety of all its citizens.
Akram Sep 05, 2012 10:44am
absolutely agree, those who don't want to accept the idea, should not have the privilege of residency in Pakistan. its not a right, to live in Pakistan. Its a privilege.
Nawazish Ali Sep 04, 2012 11:27am
Shyema I apprecaite the whole article, however what about Taliban's godafather Mulla Omer (actual responsible for sectarian killings) being declared as Ameer al Momineen and requested to approve Imran Khan's visit to Wazeeristan. How can IK call ther murderer as ameer al momineen and ask for blessings and then condemn what ameer al munafiqeen's followers are doing? Secondly how can you deny echo of Altaf Hussain's voice?? His voice is a lot stronger and louder than IK. MQM (and I am not urdu speaking or MQM's member) has always raised their voice against sectarianism. So please do apprecaite him as well.
Adeel Sep 05, 2012 07:41am
Strenghten the police and Judiciary and make them truly independent. Need an oversignt department, call it DOJ - Department of Justice which investigates and prosecutes white collar crime. Most of the terrorists are now part of the mainstream political parties, so either we can keep kidding ourselves or recognise that people who have been in power (Centre and Provinces) for the last few years are the real enemy. Once honest people are in place on merit, all other issues will come in line in due course.
Cyrus Howell Sep 04, 2012 03:28pm
Pakistan can have Peace or War at home. It cannot have both. It should be no surprise the Taliban live in caves.
Wasif Sep 04, 2012 06:48pm
hmmm that's quite a cocktail of a solution
Girish Sep 04, 2012 07:20am
Imran is known to be closer to hard wing Islamic parties and politicians. That suits him as he can garner hard line votes and fulfill his ambition of becoming President of pakistan. But is he true secular and libertarian? Or he is shedding crocodile tears else he will lose whatever respect he has in the international community. Pakistani politicians need to do lot more to spread awareness of Aman and peace in that country and pin point real causes of this jihadi violence...hate filled education, intolerance and bigotry spread in the very sinew of this country.
Haider Sep 04, 2012 07:18am
Yes exhort CJP to take notice and then cry 'excessive interference in the executive domain' when he starts to make progress.
Majority Sep 04, 2012 07:19am
Well noticed and well outlined in the article. Thank you Ms. Sajjad for bringing this plight to notice. I hope the "stand" taken will not die down in the fervor of other trivial issues as is the state in Pakistani politics.
Ejaz Sep 05, 2012 05:02am
a political move to gain the confidence of shai community perhaps? neverthless it's good that he spoke out finaly.
Asad Khan Sep 04, 2012 10:53pm
Mr Khan did not just give a rhetorical statement. He went to Astore and visited the Shia mosque within the community hit by this tragedy, showing his full support to the shias and all other religious minorities in the country. "Blurry policies" - you must not be paying attention. PTI is the only party in the country which has clear stands on policy aspects including foreign affairs, economy, education, local governments, land reforms, health and welfare, law and order, and energy. So apt what a few commentators already said, while Pakistanis may be ready for change, the media does not seem so sure.
Muhammad Asif Sep 05, 2012 11:54am
@Mustafa Razavi: Thanks for recognizing it, atleast in its niche. Imran is yet to make even a niche. Best of luck to him and his party.
Muhammad Asif Sep 04, 2012 10:51am
The topic of the discussion is not "Why AH is not coming to Pakistan?". Every AH and MQM hater start discussing this whenever any credit due to them is given to them.
Hassan Sep 06, 2012 04:05pm
Which Sunni scholars have been killed in the last one year. Give me some links
Muhammad Asif Sep 04, 2012 10:49am
How bad riggers are they? The let the people cam-shoot them while they rig. Shame on those bogus videos, picturised in the dehs and studios of Punjab.
Hasnain Haque Sep 04, 2012 07:46pm
I agree with you Naeem, our educated and the elite are sitting comfortably in their Kotis and in denial whilst the rest of the population is simply so illiterate that they don't know the difference between good, the bad and the ugly. I admire Imran Khan who has made so many personal sacrifices for the sake of Pakistan yet the public and the media fail to recognise it, simply astonishing.
Fraz Sep 04, 2012 09:33am
Why not long march or some practical step to demonstrate unity against the killings and open condemnation of those known to be behind the killings.Why just mere lip service.,if you claim to be different ,daring & bold .If you are a true leader prove it ,be courageous.If you can't be on this issue ,who will believe the tall claims about other chronic issues.
Wellwisher Sep 04, 2012 12:05pm
Well said!!!!
Wellwisher Sep 04, 2012 12:09pm
Well said that MQM is part of the coalition Govt. Hence action required rather than empty rhetoric.
Shahid Sep 06, 2012 01:49pm
It is very unfortunate, but you are right
Leader Sep 04, 2012 07:44am
Sorry but Imran Khan has always spoken against sectarian killing, he is the only leader who visited the Hindu families, he is the only leader who called for crack down on LeJ, he is the only leader who went to meet the Hazara community...
rashid Sep 04, 2012 11:37am
Imran Khan is indeed a true voice of 200 million pakistanis
Hassan Sep 05, 2012 09:04am
Ali if Khan thinks he can not jeopardize his vote bank by speaking for Shia community then why do you think is Khan taking Shia killing matter to Supreme Court. There may be banned outfits in DPC but not in PTI
p r sharma Sep 04, 2012 07:16am
MQM has taken the lead in publicly criticizing the sectarian killings( indirectly on the intolerance mindset of people). Imran Khan has the popularly as well as the credibility (honesty) in deeds and a large fan following in Pakistan. The stand taken by him on this matter will help to motivate other political parties to come forward with condemnation of killings by Taliban/ militants and ultimately effects the thought process of common people. A positive step .
Naeem Ahmed Sep 04, 2012 08:53pm
By remaining silent, the Sunnis own this. Just as the Shias and the Sunnis own the killings of Ahmadies by remaining silent. And if the majority continue to remain silent then we will see other groups added to these killings-perhaps barelvi?or deobandi? or sufis? or Isamiles? Silence during injustice means that you are guilty!!!
Rafey Abidi Sep 04, 2012 10:38am
Sucks how the comments section seems more of a place for political agenda pushing. No one really seems all that much worried abt the ppl being murdered. Get your priorities right ppl!!
Falcon Sep 04, 2012 10:36am
Shyma - IK was always against sectarian killings. But its unfortunate that media picks up on the guy when they feel like it. Over all, it is certainly a positive move from all sides. Other political leaders need to talk about this issue as well.
Shaz Sep 04, 2012 11:43am
100% agreed
Baber Khan Sep 05, 2012 11:54am
I just don't understand this "suo moto" mantra at all! OK, the CJ takes suo moto action...... then what? Do you seriously believe he can MAKE government do ANYTHING? Or will his suo moto action be able to enlighten the beasts bent upon destroying the society?
ali ahmed Sep 04, 2012 09:39am
Rana Sanaullah openly supported punjabi taliban and took support in the bye election
Faran Ali Sep 04, 2012 09:40am
I must say that first they either remain silent or taunt him but later everyone follows into the footsteps of Altaf Hussain. If I am right it was Altaf first who started using the words "Inqilaab ka waqt araha hai" in which he asked loyal army generals to come up and help the masses and later everyone started using the word inqilaab. And now Altaf's voice on shia killings is being repeated from others mouth too. I have all the best wishes for MQM to grow nationwide and help the masses with basic necessities of life.
J.Sequeira Sep 04, 2012 11:20am
Justice Iftikhar is part of the problem as he mainly seeks revenge not justice
Syed Sep 04, 2012 08:39am
Please not, PML N brought sectarian tensions to pakistan in the first place. Kick out rana sanaullah, and then talk about how neutral the party is in terms of sectarian differences.
F Khan Sep 04, 2012 08:23am
please note PMLN already condemned these acts and vowed to bring them in assembly's sessions this week
Uzair Zadu Sep 04, 2012 07:47am
I'm not a PTI supporter but credit must be given where it is due, especially in these times. The call for justice indeed should be made stronger and louder. Thanks Shyema, for doing your part.
Hockey Sep 05, 2012 11:32am
"first politician in the country to finally speak out" - IN THE COUNTRY being the key words here....
Goga Nalaik Sep 04, 2012 11:13am
Please don't forget we are a 'confused nation', we don't know where to go and what to stand for ...
M Rafique Sep 04, 2012 05:39pm
What Chief Justice done while taking suo motu notice of Karachi Law n order situation last year except remaining in focus of media
Adeel Sep 04, 2012 07:42am
I feel Imran is the last bastion for hope and slavation for us. All else we have pretty much tried and the results are clear to see. Yes he is not perfect and is still learning but I would take him to be my PM or President anyday over people who are really good at what they do i.e. be parasites and suck this Country dry. Anyone who doesnt like him or PTI is most welcome to vote for the existing parties, if they feel last 5 years have been something they would like to revisit.
Naved Sep 04, 2012 07:41am
Politicians, specially Imran Khan has to "Do More" on this serious issue of the country. I appreciate Altaf Hussain for his loud and clear stance on this problem.
Tariq Sep 04, 2012 10:00am
Altaf hussain should come to Pakistan first and then do and say what ever he wants to say.... Why he is not coming to Pakistan? I wonder.
amad khan dr Sep 04, 2012 08:08am
I think , he will be able to demonstrate what he ahs been visioning , "AllAh helps those who help them selves" I urge people of pakistan to think before vote any one , dont look at color cast or creed, utilize the right suitably and cautiosly for the betterment of pakistan , at the end Imran is a better choice among existing polticians
ROHIT PANDEY Sep 05, 2012 12:36am
Pakistan,it seems to me,is on a course correction.Slow and ponderous,but course correction nevertheless. I hope Imran Khan takes the next firm step: condemn the Taliban outright!
Sari raza Sep 04, 2012 08:17pm
Whoever is offering RESULTS is welcome!! We need results and not just talking?
Adil Jadoon Sep 06, 2012 12:38am
But then we get what we vote for?????
Latif Khan Sep 06, 2012 11:44am
If we take our religions out of the National Assembly and become one family as Pakistani, I think we can solve our problem.
saadiqbal Sep 04, 2012 08:45am
jeet gya PML-N. khush! :)
IM Sep 04, 2012 01:31pm
"Finally the Khan speaks out" ?? Dear writer, where have you been for the last few years? This is not the first time Khan brought up this issue. He has talked about this on many occasions in the past.
MAK Sep 06, 2012 07:13pm
For every issue we are asking supreme court to take suo motu notice.When it does then present government & other liberals start screaming judicial dictatorship. It is the duty of the executive to remedy the present horrific killing of Shias. The law & order situation has hit rock bottom. As far as Altaf Hussain, he is beating the drum while comfortably living in London. Imran K is a lonely voice . What impact will his protest have ? A collective protest in the street from civil society including lawyers might work.Pakistan is heading toward an implosion.
Syed Sep 04, 2012 08:39am
Falcon Sep 04, 2012 01:26pm
@Muhammad Asif- Feel free to visit and you will see condemnation from PTI on all such tragedies. This is not an issue of Pakistan but a global issue where media consumers have started to think that the reality is only what media picks up on.
Goga Nalaik Sep 04, 2012 11:10am
Nice article but writer shouldn't count on CJ as he is considered as 'partial' by many. He has never taken any stand against the Taliban or any other banned outfit invloved in shia killings.
Abid Sep 04, 2012 12:45pm
A primary duty of a state is the protection of its citizens. To do that, firstly the state is to nab the criminals and secondly it has to take these culprits to court with complete (and legally valid) evidence. Here in Pakistan, the state hardly catches these secterian criminals. And if does, in many cases, it fails to provide legally valid evidence in the court. Thus these killers of innocent citizens are let go again and again. The state fails to protect key witnesses. I personally think, that poor prosecution of such cases is the major cause of this terrorist/secterian problem. \ If Judiciary is failing to do its job in such a huge issue; then the President of Pakistan (head of state) is responsbile enough to remind the CJ about responsibilities of the judiciary. There is proper forum to do that. But if state is failing to protect the Shia (by failing to bring the culprits to justice), then who is going to remind the state of its primary responsiblities?????
S.Hussain Akbari Sep 04, 2012 12:43pm
The only solution for a harmonious Pakistan is Secularism. Today's Pakistan is not the one for which my parents and the whole family crossed the border in 1947/1948. And it was also not for which Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah endeavoured. Pakistan's now final hope is a combination of Imran Khan, Altaf Hussain and Perwaiz Musharraf. All others are hypocrites and bandits.
Muhammad Asif Sep 04, 2012 10:57am
and yes, please read the title of the blog again "Finally, the Khan speaks out"
Abbas Sep 04, 2012 09:52am
I salute DAWN newspaper who has highlighted this issue. For get about PPP and PML(N)'s stand regarding sectarian killings because one is busy in corruption and other one is (PML N). Other parties PTI and MQM or ANP are atleast condemning these atrocities. This is very encouraging that KHAN has taken up a stand, which has not only won my heart but millions of other. I wish him success in his noble cause. My request to all Pakistanis please stand up against this menace of innocent Shia killings. Otherwise we will be part of this genoside and equally responsible here and in day of Judgement. There is no reason to kill innocent people of any sect ,creed or group at any cost.
Muhammad Asif Sep 04, 2012 08:00am
intolerance and extermism is not the problem of Pakistan alone. This is the problem of India, US among other countries as well.
Mr.T Sep 04, 2012 07:59am
Imran khan speaks yes he does not but mostly takes too long to speak till the issue was cool down, and sometime he wouldn't. What more he can do is to go out to those who suffers / the family / the clerics. Now those how say He's living in fools paradise, i think now media is trying to backup from his fame, it's normal and common strategy in the world.
SG Khan Sep 04, 2012 07:53am
Yes, via bogus votes. Anyone can Youtube "MQM election rigging" - the clips will speak for themselves!
M. Alvi Sep 04, 2012 07:52am
zain Sep 04, 2012 12:22pm
Thankyou Dawn for highlighting the sectarian issue. and thank you Imran Khan for breaking the silence. IK gets my vote!!
Rana Sep 04, 2012 07:43am
I think you missed out one event, long ago, Imran Khan visited Imambargah in Quetta in support of Shia Community to condole Hazara Shia Killings.
Muhammad Asif Sep 04, 2012 07:43am
"Imran Khan has the popularity...". This will be tested in the coming elections. MQM, on the other hand, has performed consistently well on all general and local elections it competed since 1985.
aryan Sep 07, 2012 04:44am
Khan always talks sense
Mohammad Sep 06, 2012 03:11am
Shyema: comma overuse
Ahmed Sep 04, 2012 06:23pm
dont be so naive to take his speech as face value. He has his shia votes in sight
Kumar Sep 04, 2012 02:20pm
@Muhammad, There is no comparision of airport checking to hatred going on in Pakistan. Some of the hate is sponsored by state. How many mosques are burnt in India? Can you give us the number in the past 5 years? Hatred is there everywhere, but no way comparable to "Pakistan" levels. Hatred is the only reason, terrorists exist.
Sadia Sep 04, 2012 03:15pm
excellent IK....he spoke and visited shias in baluchistan and now Gilgit...good are yet sleeping or are cowards
Irfan Baloch Sep 05, 2012 10:44am
good point I totally agree people at large are indifferent to the plight of Ahmedis. so its no surprise that some bigots actually celebrate the killings at the hands of Sipah Sahbah etc. it is this indifference & criminal silence that has brought us the day that our conscience is being probed by the "Drone Therapy" .
hakeen Sep 04, 2012 06:06pm
First of all if someone has got the guts to speak against atrocities, salute him, non of the the so called religious mafia or secular parties have or had spoken against such evils. I believe Imran must make an alliance with Altaf Hussain and forget and forgive the past. This is good for the country and above all for everyone. I will fully support now Imran as a PM, and Altaf as DPM and AQ Khan as a President. Rest are gangs who have no interest what so ever in Pakistan.
Irfan Nazir Sep 05, 2012 05:17am
The plight of our country is due to utter lack of governance from all stake holders - PPP, MQM, ANP PMLQ, N, F, (all the other factions). These people are trying to build their empire by selling people's blood. Dont forget what happened to Saddam, Qaddafi, ZA Bhutto, Zia, Benazir Bhutto.. They all tried to hide the truth for their own benefit. Look where are they all today!
Naeem Ahmed Sep 04, 2012 08:56pm
I agree with you!! Religon is not the matter of State or the Mullahs. It is a very private and personal relationship with God. Let us get rid of all these hypocritical Mullahs, media that support them, the artifcial defenders of ISalm. All these hypocrties must be flogged in public.
Cyrus Howell Sep 04, 2012 03:20pm
Man's inhumanity to Man makes countless thousands mourn. ROBERT BURNS
MUHAMMAD ABBAS Sep 07, 2012 12:47am
I salute Dawn and its staff for just cause.As every body knows dawn was founded by our beloved leader Muhammad Ali Jinah quide azam. keep up your good work and save the humanity in pakistan. expose the leaders who are silent.
Syed Sep 04, 2012 01:58pm
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Adeel Sep 04, 2012 01:56pm
Agree. Time for people to wise up and see same faces, same bullshit. Pretty much prepared to say and do anything as long as they are in power. They will not solve our problems, because they themselves are the problem.
Shahid Sep 04, 2012 01:50pm
I am so happy to know that Imran Khan (the last hope for Pakistan) has given an statement on mass killings of Shais (the founder of Pakistan) in the country.
Gerry D'Cunha Sep 05, 2012 10:56am
Irfan: in 65 years who cared and learned lessons from past mistakes. The people you mentioned are dead and gone and there will be more to take their place my friend.The victims will always be the poor people.
ali shah Sep 05, 2012 04:24am
Finaly, the Khan Speaks Out." Thanx God, May Allah give all political leaders this courage to speak out including Chief Justice to take suo moto action.
Naeem Sep 04, 2012 02:03pm
"Finally the Khan speaks up", dear writer I wonder what is happening to our so-call educated class who seems in no way to accept a change and rather echoing vigorously their support for status quo. I wish Allah saves us from such groups and people. It is really saddened to see that one can easily recognize the inherent bias in your newspaper policy against PTI and jaundiced view against Imran Khan.
Muhammad Asif Sep 05, 2012 12:01pm
It seems you people have focused your eyes only on Pakistan (I mean closed your minds)
sufyan Sep 06, 2012 12:12am
Err... Altaf is not clean either. Then again who is?
Baber Khan Sep 05, 2012 11:58am
@ Salman Ahmed I fully agree!
Najam Sep 05, 2012 03:27am
Pakistan khan Sep 04, 2012 09:07am
Pakistan needs a powerful and patriotic leader who is strong enough to stop these mihappenings and who can restore law and order situation and he will be American Pakistani.
Salman Ahmed Sep 04, 2012 01:14pm
It is the government and not the judiciary who should be acting on this - it is unfair to blame the CJ for this. He took suo moto action on Karachi and Baluchistan and guess what .... there was absolutely no support from the government and he has ended up spending tremendous amount of time without much to show for. Absolutely action should be taken and taken immediately, but to blame the CJ is not fair.
Shehryar Sep 04, 2012 01:13pm
That is not sectarian killings but KILLING of innocent SHia-muslims by a group of individual(and banned outfits) that consider themselves BIGGEST MUSLIMS OF ALL TIMES.SECTS in Pakistan are not involved in this.It could be a sectarian killing if sunnis at large are involved in this.BUt as we see ,Sunnis NEVER OWN THIS.
Agha Ata Sep 04, 2012 01:11pm
Why is JI (the new partner of PTI) so silent on this issue? I am sure Khan must be concerned about it.
Arif Sep 04, 2012 10:14am
MQM is a part of the existing set-up. Failure of existing Govt is failure of MQM. Empty rhetorics of Inqilaab won't help the country. Actions are required.
deicider Sep 07, 2012 06:42pm
Yep Non-sense!