We are All Shahzeb Khan

We are All Shahzeb Khan

Just like Madame Defarge of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ silently kept knitting the registry of all those condemned to death and punishment, when the simple and humble peasants eventually rise to the massacre of the oppressors, the nature is writing down all the names and crimes of the feudals acting as pharaohs in the land of the pure. Just as the ‘bloody red queen’ of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland uses pigs as her foot rest, flamingo as a mallet, hedgehog as her croquet ball and monkeys as her throne support, feudals in Pakistan enslave the commoners and treat them like animals. You annoy them slightly and the verdict comes ‘Off with his head‘ and job done. Remember the pharaoh who said to Moses ‘I give life and I give death’. These are no different.



Feudalism in Pakistan is a disease, the metastasis of the primary ailment called colonialism. It’s been ages since the imperialists left us but the common man remains enslaved to the feudal lords all across Pakistan. Big lands, property, cars, arms, luxurious pastimes, oppression of the poor, harassment of women and private jails symbolises them.  And when these above-the-law feudal lords become a part of government and legislation, the world sees that this country is in state of anarchy and lawlessness.



Shahzeb, the 20yr old handsome young man, the only son of his parents was killed in cold blood right after his sister’s valima dinner, not on a huge issue but a trivial squabble. ‘You don’t know who I am‘ attitude of the feudal youth driving those lavish cars, surrounded by armed men as their security guards, has replaced the humans in them with devils. Shahzeb Khan is not the name of an individual nor does the killer represent an individual criminal. Shahzeb represents a commoner, who like any brother would be annoyed if someone harasses his sister and would get over it if the issue seemingly settles. He has no right to protest or raise voice against an influential monster and can be cleaned out of the way if need arises, with no one to look for justice.  The killer represents the pharaohs of the society, with their right to attack, grab, harass and then get humiliated if a ‘kammi-kameen’ makes noise, eventually plucking the weed out of their way. The whole picture of this tragic incident is a portrayal of our intolerant society. ‘You annoy me – i’ll kill you. You disagree with me – i’ll kill you. You don’t know who I am, but i’ll make sure you will as i’ll kill you‘.



Shahzeb killing symbolises a sick mind-set which should be dealt with an iron fist. But who wears an iron fist in front of the pharaohs? Yes. The same commoners, the peasants, the ‘awam’ which is painted black in face by an angry zameendaarni who uses the filthiest language for a man, her father’s age and he stands helplessly in front of one ‘bloody red queen’ of the area like a helpless animal. Or, the same peasant who is beaten and taken to task for annoying another ‘red queen’ by telling her that the bakery is closed and he can’t sell her the cake. Or, you and I who would become Shahzeb Khans in future if we opt to stay silent.

Aisha Aijaz

A Doctor,specializing in Acute Medicine. She writes about Pakistan politics & read urdu poetry

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  • Abid Hussain

    Don’t blame feudalism for every wrong doing.You should know and must agree that police is the first element which work for the benefits of feudals as well as Politicians (more or less same or from feudal class).In my opinion you are misguiding the common people.

    • s ashar

      every one knows whos doing what so accept the wrongs dont worry someone is seeing every pride has a fall

    • jht

      The bone of contention is feudalism. If we elimitate them all their supporters would come on right path.

  • M.Saeed

    Aisha Aijaz, you have very well presented bleeding heart of the common man. This feudal mindset has permeated deep into their genes and cannot be corrected even with a surgical operation.
    As a famous saying goes in our tribal areas, an enmity in these people continues in generations and can only be eroded if they could live seven generations in peaceful coexistence. And, we have a third generation of a Zardar getting ready to continue a revenge.

  • Shahzeb Khan

    If my death could bring “feudal-free” Pakistan then my soul would much at peace. Kepp on writing against these ruthless feudals.

  • col hazir

    Shahzab case would be a litmus test of our judicial system. The killer must be brought to Pakistan from where ever he has escaped. He must face the court for dispensation of justice. Let’s prove by strong protest that Vadera Culture cannot survive any more. We hope money does not buy the justice.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aliabbas334 Ali Abbas

      alas that would happen. Pakistanis have a memory of two weeks. He will be forgotten in two weeks..

      • Azhar

        The only one answer is all should have arms

    • jht

      Yes brother you are true pakistani.

  • Dr Jaseem Siddiqui

    I fully concur with you The only way to reform these thugs is “Boot Therapy “

    • s ashar

      the best therapy they do not forget for their whole life and their ancestors as well keep fearing once they get it??

    • jht

      Boot therapy would do nothing they deserve kill therapy.

  • Pak May

    This is our destiny dear writer, exactly this is our destiny! We all have been trying in our little circles to understand and dress the situation but it seems to no avail. Madame Defarge did her job very well, since the time was ripe in France for the revolution. Please don’t mind my saying that this is not the case in Pakistan. We still have to languish at one look from someone ‘above’ us. We still have to go through all this. The reason is simple – the way we ‘developed’ as a nation during infancy and the way we continue to do. All the blame here rests with us – the commoner, the awam. Those sitting in presidential palaces are not to blame – at this stage. They were to blame before but now it’s us – the Kammikammeen! The reason for such horrific belief on my part is that I don’t see any Madame Defarge as yet.

  • truepakistani

    All the educated youth must unite togather and make very strong group with the true spirit of islam and being the defender of pakistan and then should start operatiob clean up against feudal lords and their families and all the terrorists including taliban and all political armed wings. The land should be taken back from all feudal lords and should be given to government of pakistan. All the current political parties have close linked with feudal lords. We must kill all the wadera,jagirdar and hang them into the same area where they do atrocities. Feudal lords are pigs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Aries.DXB Abdul Hameed

      You are right buddy! Need for a DJG(Dark Justice Group) is increasing by every day passing as common man has no reach to justice and if there is a little; administration will snatch that as well.

    • jht

      Yes you are right brother. If someone from these fudel families harm Pakistanis their properties and bank accounts should be forfeited and be given to poor families childrens education funds.

  • Gulabo Chandio

    All feudals are curse for Pakistan, if not than rest of the feudals should unite hands with Judiciary to provide justice to a poor father, mother and sisters of innocent Shahzeb

    • Azhar

      Must the well known untouchable mafia be taken to task as they ate responsible for open blood shed

  • http://www.facebook.com/munaza.quaid Munaza Quaid

    very well written. it is indeed sad that we are now living in a country where there is zero tolerance. where our youth think that life LIFE holds no value.
    ask a mother who brings life into this world, nurtures it and sees it bloom and grow only to have it brutally taken away by someone in a flash .in an instant .never to return!!!! and why ?….the so called fights are so ridiculous , why my dear children dont u see that u all are one …..one brothers of one society …..live in harmony and peace!!!!!!!

  • Rao Shaukat Ali

    I firmly stand with Shahzeb family and share their grief. Supreme court hope will bring the culprits to the justice. Shaukat K.L

  • Rao Shaukat Ali

    I stand firmly with shahzeb’s family

    • jht

      Every pakistani except few hippocrates are standind with shaheed shahzaib.

  • Jameel khan

    This guy is lucky that he has been killed by a feudal otherwise if he had been killed by the most renowned mafia party of khi (like other 1000′s) things would have been different like “unknown person killed by unknown person” like they have done with other’s his killing would have gone useless…….this shows the transparency of our judiciary and double standards of our sick mediA…..and for u mr Author plz also write somethung about those beast’s which have blood of the 1000′s on their hands……iwill be waiting…..!!!!
    Regards Jameel khan

    • Azhar

      Correct. Catch the mafia has deep roots in every place and Is a perfect organization to compete with any one n the fact is well known but never acknowledged nor intercepted becos they share the bounty???

  • http://www.facebook.com/Aries.DXB Abdul Hameed

    And look at Politicians like Faisal Raza Abidi , MQM and ANP who carry on criticising Cheif Justice upon killings in their dirty political games and now their big mouths are shut like nothing has happend.

    • Azhar

      Agenda for them is towards macro issues today hearts are sealed n no one seems to work on day to day killings while media does its best n unfortunately those at helm of affairs seen to be least concerned n cjp has to take up issues. Which are neglected by those who must act on it and they sleep over the same ???

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  • khan

    If the murderer of Shahzeb Khan has escaped the country why don’t the Government of Pakistan work to issue an Interpol Red Notice warrant?

  • khan

    If the murderer of Shahzeb Khan has escaped the country why don’t the Government of Pakistan work to issue an Interpol Red Notice warrant?

    • Azhar

      Why not notify the authorities where the killers have chosen a safe haven

    • jht

      The government will have to do this otherwise international community will press hard the govt. Of pak.

  • Azhar

    The law enforcers should work together to ensure justice is provided as it is their lack which encourages the fuedals to take law in their own hands by show n spending of wealth

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    murderer Shahrukh Jatoi has withdrawal Rs.1.0 Billion from KASB Bank account after
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    Sikandar Jatoi have two
    construction companies naming M/S. Shahrukh
    Lily and M/S. Sardar Ashraf D.
    Baloch, both of them are corporate client of KASB Bank, their accounts are
    maintained at Main Branch KASB Bank I.I Chandrigar Rd Karachi Pakistan, it also
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  • adil khan

    shahzab we love u and allah ap ko jinat naseeb kry

  • http://www.facebook.com/zads.shams M Zaid Shams

    Good to see such concern for an innocent boy but I hope the time will come when the voices will also be raised for those who are yet anonymous.

  • http://twitter.com/afsarkn Afsar Khan

    The culture and perception that money can buy every thing should now be changed… and the culprits must be punished….

  • Tauseef

    nice article………very true………we should wake up now and show unity as a Nation. We should have courage to say what is right