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Pakistan, Will You Wake Up?


Raza Habib Raja
During the past one week, events have occurred that have shocked me despite the fact that over the years I have become used to hearing adverse news about Pakistan. First workers carrying out Polio vaccination were killed all across the country. A young girl aged only 14 was amongst the victims. She was killed by “soldiers of Islam” who thought the entire vaccination campaign (aimed for protection of Pakistan’s children) was a grand conspiracy of the West against God knows what.

Those horrific killings have been followed by two separate incidences. In a village near Hyderabad, a mob once again burnt a man alive for allegedly burning the Holy Quran. Such incidences have always shocked me and in fact my personal journey towards becoming a secular and liberal person had started with one such shocking incidence which took place in 1994 (http://pakteahouse.net/2012/07/08/i-am-ashamed/) . This time also there was nothing different as crowd once again dragged the person from the police station and burnt him alive. The incidence has once again pointed out that the problem is much deeper than the mere blasphemy laws. It is the entire mindset and repealing the laws alone will not change the mindset.

And then finally the week finished with the assassination of ANP minister, Bashir Ahmed Bilour. The slain minister was a vocal critic of Taliban and this perhaps became the reason for his assassination. Taliban have once again accepted responsibility and as I write these sentences, I am sure some of the idiots belonging to urban middleclass have already started to view this through their conspiracy theory paradigm. As time has dragged on, I have not seen any change in Pakistanis. Most of us continue to live in a parallel universe where everything is nothing but a deep conspiracy to destabilize Pakistan. Every stupid interpretation is contradictory to the past one but it does not matter because irrational instincts are driving our discourse.

Being way from Pakistan, for the past one and a half years, I feel even more depressed. May be when I was in Pakistan, I had somehow or the other gotten accustomed to what was happening around me. Being away, the situation appears so bleak that it is bordering on being completely hopeless. Pakistan is virtually slipping away into complete mayhem and yet concomitant with this drift is the strange state of denial. It seems that as the religious extremists kill us, we are supplementing their efforts by strangling ourselves with our own hands.

And yet I still want to hope. Being a student of politics (my majors is politics) I do understand the most of the progressive societies have evolved over time to reach their current status. Liberal values did not materialize out of thin air but slowly crept into the moral and social fabric of the society. At some point, due to complex interplay between various factors, these societies began a self-reinforcing drift away from religious and in some cases nationalistic fanaticism. Many a times, it was some horrific event ( such as war or civil war) which ultimately hastened that drift.

How much more Pakistan has to go through to understand? I want to hope and yet every incidence leaves me shocked and yet baffled. Shocked over the horrific nature of the event and baffled as to why Pakistanis simply don’t get it. We are still not even able to acknowledge that there is a problem and it is not CIA or USA but the menace which our security forces created. That Frankenstein monster is now out of control and needs to be fought with. And yes we need to take a military action as you cannot negotiate with irrational actors. And yet, many Pakistanis think either CIA s involved or that military action would be against “our own” people.

Pakistan, will you wake up?

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107 Responses to "Pakistan, Will You Wake Up?"

  1. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    NYT and Washington Post covered. India today is recognised as a RAPE COUNTRY. Because it is the truth. Truth shall and must prevail inspite of RSS – BJP and Makkaar Congress.

    REAL FACE OF A HINDOO.

    Ram Singh, 33 – Bus driver for 2 schools in Delhi + Noida
    Marital Status: Single
    Role: Main accused.
    A local bully in South Delhi’s Ravi Das slum cluster, he was drunk at the time of the incident and triggered the altercation which snowballed into the horror

    Mukesh Singh, 31
    Driver-cum-cleaner

    Marital Status: Single
    Role: Was driving the bus. He is the younger brother of Ram Singh. He assaulted the girl and later attempted to destroy evidence

    Details: Was among the only remaining family member that Ram Singh had left at the slum cluster

    Pawan Gupta, 18
    Fruit vendor

    Marital Status: Single
    Role: He assaulted the victim’s friend. He also helped in throwing the couple off the vehicle.
    Details: Lived in Ravi Das camp with his family. He quit studies after Class 9. His mother maintains that he was not friends with the other accused. (He was doing Full Body workout @ RSS Headquarters, eh ?)

    Vijay Sharma, 20
    Assistant trainer in a gym

    Marital Status: Single

    Role: He brutally assaulted the girl’s friend before sexually assaulting her. Had held him down as others beat him with iron rod.

    Details: Was nabbed from his house in Ravi Das camp a day after the incident.

    Lakshman
    Cleaner-cum-helper – aged 17 yrs 9 months

    Role: Among the 3 who most demonically assaulted the girl. He solicited the couple on to the bus. He sexually assaulted her and kept brutalising her even after she lost consciousness.

    Details: A runaway from a broken home, he was nabbed from Anand Vihar ISBT Status: Produced at Juvenile Justice Board.

    Akshay Kumar Singh, 20
    Helper on Ram Singh’s bus

    Marital Status: Married, with two children

    Role: Cooked food for Ram Singh’s alcohol-fuelled ‘party’ on the fateful afternoon. Was the second man to have sexually assaulted the victim.

    Details: Police nabbed him from his native village in Bihar.

    THIS IS THE REAL FACE OF HINDUTVA., AND HINDU-ISM. YOU CANNOT HIDE THIS UGLY REALITY.

    THE ABOVE CRIMINALS REPRESENT HINDU-ISM ON THE GROUND. NOT THE SOUNDS OF RAVI SHANKAR’S SITAR ! (THEY ARE FOR THE SEMINAR).

    HINDUISM HAS BEEN TURNED INTO A VIOLENT CREED. A CULT OF RAPE AND ORGY. BAS. TRUTH IS UGLY. DERIVE YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS… AND DO YOUR OWN BIT.. SILENTLY.

    DO NOT SAY A SINGLE BAD WORD TO A HINDU. GO INWARD. HIBERNATE. DO NOT GIVE A SINGLE RUPEE TO A HINDU. IT IS TANTAMOUNT TO FINANCING THE RAPE OF MUSLIM GIRLS.

  2. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    DHOORT ji, you forgot to give their RSS membership status. I did read your wonderful words in Washington Post. Will you be writing in Le Monde too? That would be nice since we speak french at home.

  3. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    While the New Delhi gang rape case has resulted in outrage that has spilled into the streets across the border, the plight of women who have faced rape and sexual assault in Pakistan has been largely confined to formulaic articles in the press, slow-moving cases in the courts, and frequent dropped charges due to bribes, threats of further violence and family pressure on the victim to avoid further ‘shame’.

    In 2012, The Express Tribune covered over 150 reports on cases of rape and their follow-ups across the country, but the actual number of incidents is likely much higher as the stigma of rape, treatment meted out by police officials and low prosecution rates makes this crime largely unreported.
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    RSS infiltrating into Pakistan too!! These are a vile lot!!
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    http://tribune.com.pk/story/486966/pakistans-shame-rape-cases-in-2012-timeline/

  4. Dronacharya Saudi Arabia Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    WHAT IS TAUGHT IN R.S.S. SCHOOLS ? WHAT IS INCULCATED BY TEACHERS IN R.S.S. SCHOOLS (THEY RUN THOUSANDS OF SCHOOLS THRU-OUT INDIA). WHAT IS TAUGHT IN D.A.V. SCHOOLS ? WHAT IS TAUGHT TO YOUNG BOYS AT SPORTS-CAMPS AND GYMNASIUMS BY THEIR TRAINERS ?

    IS IT NOT A “FACT” THAT YOUNG BOYS WHO GO TO TRAIN (PUSH-UPS, SIT-UPS, DUMB-BELLS, BENCH PRESS.. THE BASICS I.E.) ARE TAUGHT BY THEIR SENIORS AND COACH.. TO RAPE MUSLIM GIRLS.. AS A FIRST STEP TO BE A “M-A-N”.

    IT IS THESE SPORTS COACH, GYM-FRENS AND PEER PRESSURE.. THAT PUSHES YOUNG HINDU BOYS TO BECOME RAPISTS. RAPING MUSLIM GIRL IS AN ACT OF CHILVALRY FOR A HINDU BOY – AND A FIRST STEP TO ATTAIN MANHOOD.

    ONCE HE BECOMES A HABITUAL RAPIST (an achievement his parents/sisters/brothers take pride in), he graduates to killing his victim. Raping and Killing… and moving away… makes him a YODHA.

    THIS HAS TO BE EXPOSED. IT IS THESE SCHOOLS., THESE GYMNASIUMS., THAT ARE INJECTING A RAPIST ON EVERY STREET IN INDIA.

    THESE 7 DIRTY FELLOWS FROM RAM-DAS SLUM/COLONY IN NEW DELHI… HAD ALL STUDIED AT R.S.S. SCHOOLS (AT SOME POINT OR OTHER). THEY WERE MEMBERS OF BOTH R.S.S. AND B.J.P. AND HAD COMMITTED SEVERAL CRIMES B4 TOO… BUT THE POLICE LET THEM OFF… AS THE POLICE TOO IS R.S.S. (IN TROUSERS).

  5. Maggu India Safari iPad says:

    DRONA: you are right, I just met guy in a cassock i could have sworn he was a catholic priest, but then i saw him doing push ups and bench press. I instantly recognised him to be from RSS thanks to your warnings. These guys are everywhere

  6. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    “SWABI: Seven teachers, six women and a man, working at an NGO-operated school were shot dead on Tuesday in Swabi, Express News reported.
    .
    The incident took place in Sher Afzal Banda area in Tehsil Chota Lahore, when unidentified gunmen targeted the teachers who had just exited the school building.”
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    When will this madness end?

  7. Dante Seychelles Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

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    give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your blog posts.

    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums
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