The state’s surrender to the Faizabad mob was an insult to APS martyrs

I can still recall the horrendous day when the whole nation was gripped in a wave of sorrow and grief. Tears and emotions turned into an organized anger which galvanized state institutions to blur the line between good and bad terrorists,vowing to eliminate them all.

The powerful response from the state poured out.Civil, military establishment and all political parties joined hands against extremism, which was declared as the root cause of terrorism. The little coffins forced the nation to devise a long term plan to combat the scourge of terrorism.

The National Action Plan came to surface and undoubtedly it was a laudable effort by all stakeholders.

The NAP was a full-fledge strategy to halt the wave of terror and demolish the edifice of terrorism. Steps vowed to be taken in NAP, especially streamlining of madrassas, ban on hate speech, and eradication of extremism from society, were the need of the time.

But what we have done to avenge the blood of innocent children?

What practical steps have we taken besides sloganeering?

Have we even started implementing the National Action Plan?

Unfortunately, our emotions evaporated in air andwe wore the cloak of callousness again.

The capitulation of state before a frenzy mob of hate mongers was condemned by progressive elements. But why didn’t we condemn the shameful silence of the nation over violent protests?I consider the silence as clandestine support.

The fact is that we are mullahs led. We can be cajoled by anyone. We may easily befooled by demagogue politicians and the ticket distributors of heaven.

The life of minorities in Pakistan is becoming miserable day by day and the state is a silent spectator.

Hindu girls are forcibly converted but we prefer to shut our eyes on it. We have erased the memories of December 16 and the devilish extremism which had engulfed the little flowers is resurging with more force.

Non-state militias have been a source of concern for thinking minds. Ilyas Kashmiri from one of the good jihadist groups JeM was involved in Taxila Church bombing and there are many more examples.

It was agreed by all stakeholders that action will be taken against militias and militancy won’t be allowed to prevail in any form. But we have opened the avenues of politics for militants.

There is no sign that state is serious to take any concrete step to end this practice.

Extremist organizations are still functioning under different names. Sectarian elements are grinning over the feebleness of state. Hundreds of our youngsters were sent to Syria to participate in one of the worst wars of history.

Where is the NAP?

Why has the government buried its head under sand like an ostrich?

Are they waiting for another dreadful event?

No major initiative was taken by government to streamline madrassas and ban the use of hatred from pulpits.

The Faizabaddharna exposed the government when a venom spewing mullah targetted all institutions and abused all of them with a sense of impunity. My confidence on the state shattered the day our government prostrated before them.

There is no ray of hope emanating from anywhere. A fresh wave of terrorist attacks has worried us all, but we are not ready to rise up from the deep slumber. We have allowed hate mongering by remaining silent over it.

It is easy to shift the blame on government. No doubt, the government is duty bound to implement the NAP, and it has abdicated from it, but as a nation,have we fulfil led our duties?

Have we stopped following the propagators of hatred?

Are we not equally responsible?

Let’s ponder over it. The blood of the martyred children should not be forgotten.

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8 Comments

  1. anam says

    extremism is not acceptable at any cost..n our people should not b fooled in the name of religion

  2. Israr khan says

    Zabardast analysis. Hum logo kay zameer murda ho chuky han.

  3. Nouman Ch says

    We need brave writers like you but would you dare to write the same blog in urdu because khadim rizvi cannot understand that.

  4. Hussain says

    Religious heads are trying to become sacred cows. Speak against them could cost you even your life. People like Khadim hussain rizvi are turned into mafia moguls.

  5. Waqar Noot says

    A very brief and factual analysis of the environment we are living in. As pointed by you, we, the society, as a whole has failed to deliver on the promises we made with the bereaved families of APS attack. Take, for instance, the constitution of military courts and the lack of political will to overhaul the existing Criminal Justice System. Let’s hope that the sanity prevails.

  6. Si Waqar Noor says

    A very brief and factual analysis of the environment we are living in. As pointed by you, we, the society, as a whole has failed to deliver on the promises we made with the bereaved families of APS attack. Take, for instance, the constitution of military courts and the lack of political will to overhaul the existing Criminal Justice System. Let’s hope that the sanity prevails

  7. SAB says

    Government is reflection of the people. Vague and general statement about the nation wont be effective. And try changing your job as your confidence is shattered in the state. Start something of your own. It will be better that you write an article about “Importance of quality primary education”. I am remembering a quote from Somerset Mougham’s Novel The Razors Edge. It goes something like this:
    For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they are born, the city apartment or farm in which they learnt to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poets they read, and the God they believed in. It is all these things that have made them what they are, and these are the things that you can’t come to know by hearsay.

  8. Faseeh says

    desi liberals, your time is up.

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