Killings and kidnappings: a day in the life of a Pakistani

While driving in Rawalpindi yesterday, I came across a series of wall chalking on Tulsa Road demanding the release of Mumtaz Qadri, the infamous murderer of one Salmaan Taseer. I was kinda sad with all things wrong with this country where people not only demand the honorable release of a murderer; they openly declare him a hero. I shook my head and drove on.  
Near Tulsa Road, Rawalpindi

Earlier this morning I discussed this with a friend and we both lamented the fact that even with repeated confessions, the murderer will probably get away with it because no judge who wants to live in this country would dare award any sentence to Mumtaz Qadri. We know that the cleric, Muhammad Afzal Chishti,  who led his funeral prayers had to fleethe country owing to death threats so no judge/judicial bench with an ounce of self preservation instinct would even think about going anywhere near Mumtaz Qadri. Such is the stateof affairs of Pakistan. 
As if this was not enough, Shahbaz Taseer, son of the late Salmaan Taseer was kidnappedearlier today. According to the police, there is no evidence linking the murder of the father with the kidnapping of the son. If a rich and well connected (they have connections with the men in two of the most powerful houses of the country; Presidency and PM House) family like Taseers is facing so much grief vis-à-vis security, rule of law and justice in the country, imagine the plight of a common man. Be it Karachi or Jamrud, the Taseers or any other poor family, the state is failing its citizens again and again and is doing it with impunity.
Here is wishing Taseers that Shahbaz makes it back unharmed.

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12 Comments

  • This is shameful.. I hope Allah sends someone to get my beloved country out of this mess and lead us to the right path. We have all gone astray.

  • No offense Yasin – we need to spend less time hoping that Allah fixes our problems, and more time getting our own hands dirty. I really, truly, firmly believe that your mentality is one of the ways in which we have ‘gone astray.’ Sorry to penalize you for your obviously good intentions.

  • i wrote about taseer’s murder and qadri when the incident happened and i was criticized by my own Facebook friends. educated and well groomed ones.
    i hope I’m wrong but i seriously doubt that shahbaz taseer will return safely.

  • 🙁

  • Similiar attitude in india towards honour killings. The price of your life is placed basis your caste and your gender. Despite the media coverage the government hasn’t been able to do a damn thing.

  • Please for the sake of peace.

    Leave aside your egos and single track mentality.

    I am addressing YOU, the twitter generation. The psuedo intellectuals and the partial journalists cum political commentators.

    You are the same class and thinking, which is ruling this country. The Sharifs, the Bhuttos and the Zardaris etc.

    Go out to a village, to a suburb, to the majority voice of Pakistan. The middle class, the white collared, the mazdoors..

    You will find more Taseer haters.. Noone will ideolise him as you people do. IF they dont hate him, then they are neutral. I am talking about 99% of Pakistans poppulation.

    I am not defending or victimizing anyone. I am only trying to present you a picture.

    You people think that you represent the voice of Pakistan. That is totally not the case. You people are confined to jalsa’s, facebook, twitter or parties.

    I hope you get my point without any offense.

    Be realistic.

  • “99% of Pakistans poppulation”,self made stats

  • @ Anon: So should we become a part of that “99%” too? Are you saying that since the voice of sanity is a small one – it will make no difference and should thus be silenced?
    Honestly Tazeen, this is very sad and disturbing! I mean the kind of comments I get to read. I wonder if the majority of muslims have actually been fooled into believing that “Hate” would take them closer to God. What ARE these people up to? They’ve shamed Islam much more than any “Liberal” could (they say liberals are a source of shame and embarrassment)

  • here, here.

  • Tazeen (((( I was kinda sad with all things wrong with this country where people not only demand the honorable release of a murderer; they openly declare him a hero. I shook my head and drove on. ))))

    Tazeen, you can shake ur head for as long as u want and drive on but i m but a simple soul.I love my head so much and wanna keep it intact on my shoulders.

    So.., Mumtaz Qadri zindabaad
    Liberalism murdabaad

    P.S: Verily, we are fucked.

  • Yasin (((I hope Allah sends someone to get my beloved country out of this mess and lead us to the right path. We have all gone astray.)))

    Yasin mian, for a sane society to get messed up it takes religion.Lo!hopping that God will fix our problems has led us ‘gone astray’.

    Verily, we can’t get screwed more.

  • For Anon:
    Seems like having an opinion that is contrary to the ‘popular mob one’ is enough to get you killed. Or at least warrants one death threat or the other. Happened to me too.

    Should we resort to illegal radio stations and wall chalking to be heard by the masses too?
    How easy it is to assume that if we have access to the internet we have shitloads of money and support one political party.

    ********

    And so we continue writing in a world that is Judgment-Galore. Try and stop us.

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