“Recent weeks in politics and comedy have been completely dominated by the Qadri episode. News channels were reporting the “revolution” with minute-by-minute updates as anchorpersons gave their expert views about happenings in the capital. Talkative politicians were busier as they had to appear at least on one news channel everyday to enlighten the nation with their “intellectual thoughts” and “productive discussions” about Qadri & Co. Print media was publishing articles hailing Qadri as the leader of “Arab Spring” in Pakistan. Poli-tainment (political entertainment) shows also revolved around the Qadri fever perhaps because politics has a sizable contribution in Pakistani comedy.
However, when the whole media was playing the Qadri mantra, about 5000 tribesmen were staging a sit-in right in front of Governor House, Peshawar. Their demands were simple and straight; govt. has to answer who killed 18 of their people. They didn’t have a fiery speaker as Qadri who could play with words with vicious mastery. Neither they were supported by any NGO as their killed men weren’t the victims of Taliban barbarism, nor did they get the deserved attention from media as there was no sectarianism involved which is the only thing media is interested in highlighting these days. It was not about 18 bullet-riddled bodies; it was about 18 bullet-riddled families who had no other option but to survive the continuous pain and misery throughout their lives.
The “Unknowns” had abducted their people; tortured them brutally their bodies were dumped like garbage. Unlike previous cases, their relatives didn’t die of bullets they died of severe torture. Though, “unidentified men” wanted to make sure that there shouldn’t be the slightest of chances that any of their victims survive, so they practiced with M-16 and AK-47 on these poor people.
These “unknowns” have been busy in the exercise of abducting, torturing and killing in Pakistan for decades now. They have also specialized in keep adding names to the list of “missing persons”. However, all their activities are still declared in the “best interest” of Pakistan. For the same reason, they are impeccable and unaccountable as anyone pointing fingers at them, is knowingly or unknowingly, supporting America’s plans to destabilize Pakistan. CJ tried to keep a check at the “invisibles” via missing person case, but they have all the means and resources to deal with the ill wishers of this country.
Ironically, protestors knew the criminals who committed brutality and this is enough to call for the wrath of establishment in Pakistan. Police asked them to leave and bury the dead but they demanded to stop operating in their areas. This demand was, obviously, against the best interest of the nation and for national security, protestors were forced to disperse by the use of brute power that includes, but not limited to, baton charge and shelling.
I won’t be surprised at all if some of the relatives of victims settles for vengeance against those operating under the umbrella of armed forces. What happened to them is enough of a reason to fill their hearts with rage, wrath and yes..indomitable pain . I have absolutely no doubt that they have got enough justification to be a part of some “terrorist” attack on army.
I have one simple question to the readers. Isn’t our government along with armed forces turning our citizens into suicide bombers?”