By Akhtar Malik 21 Nov 2013
A US drone attack on a madrissa in Hangu area that killed 6 persons has created a shock wave across the whole country. This is because the US has widened their domain of international terrorism to settled areas and people feel that now no city of Pakistan is virtually safe from drones. This has happened because of apathy of the govt who is as mum as usual on this serious issue also. Is the govt now waiting for drones to attack people in Kohat, Peshawar and then Islamabad?
American war on terror was brought in Pakistan during Pervez Musharaf era. It was nurtured and made more lethal during Zardari-led PPP govt and now PML-N govt is not seen in a position to take any stance that could rescue the country from perpetual disaster. The main reason for this apathy is that the present setup has been brought to power with a ‘stolen ‘mandate’ to achieve specific objectives by international players. The US has rightly selected the most coward, the most spineless and the most timid ruler in the history of Pakistan to extend their drone attacks beyond tribal areas. They fully know that the NS govt will never take a slightest step against them because of obvious reasons. Had the elections been conducted in fair and free manner, the genuine leadership would have taken pragmatic steps, and by now the US would have been compelled to revisit their drone policy.
This is not a good omen for NS govt. Coupled with unprecedented price hike, ever-depleting economy, an uncontrollable inflation and deteriorating law and order situation, the danger bells for the govt have started ringing much earlier than expected. If the NS govt is unable to retrieve the situation by taking drastic and revolutionary steps, I am afraid the govt may not survive by the end of next year. In case NS feels that he is genuinely incapable of retrieving the situation on any pretext, then instead of waiting for chaos and anarchy to knock at the door, he should better admit his failure in public and resign. There is no point in clinging to power at the peril of the country. But in all my sincerity, I want to see NS and his govt survive with dignity and success.
THE ENEMY IS CHANGING TACTICS
By Akhtar Malik: 16 Nov 2013
The tragedy of Rawalpindi on 10the Muharram (15 Nov 2013) has left no doubt in our minds that the enemy has now opted to change his tactics. Earlier the enemy was focusing on bomb blast on the Ashura processions, Imam Bargahs and religious leaders. The enemy agents carried out suicide bomb attacks on Hazara Town residents in Quetta a number of times, they bombed Muharram processions in various cities including Karachi and Rawalpindi and they had target-killed members of Shia sects while on the move in Baluchistan and Gilgit Baltistan. They tried their best to spark Shia-Sunni riotsts in the country but failed. This is because the Muslims and their top religious leaders well understood the plot behind these terrorist attacks and did not react.
But the way Rawalpindi carnage was conducted speaks clearly about the intentions of terrorists. How the Ashura procession was planned to pass through a specific point at a specific time, how some persons fired close to procession, how some persons from the procession snatched the weapons from police including the Elite one and after using those weapons they returned the same to police, how 100 shops in Madina Market were mysteriously set on fire and how the Fire Brigade and Rescue teams were blocked to contain the situation, indicate that the terrorists are changing their tactics. They were able to create confusion in the public. Soon the riots spread in other parts of the city, and the next day they engulfed Chishtiyan, Haroonabad, Bahawalnagr and Multan. The Army was called in to handle the situation. The emotions are high and the unrest is likely to spread to other parts of the country as well.
……And this is what exactly the enemy wanted…!!! Create confusion / rift, divide the nation and destroy the country. After doing it in Iraq, Libya and Syria, they are now bent upon completing their agenda in Pakistan.
The need of time is that Ulema from all sects and the public in general should understand the changing tactics of our enemy, show tolerance / magnanimity and foil the nefarious designs of the enemy as they have done in the past. The government should deal the terrorists and conspirators with iron hand and no leniency should be showed in this regard.
THE MESSAGE OF KARBALA
By Akhtar Malik:15 Nov 2013
An ongoing struggle between the philosophy of “Husseiniyat” and syndrome of “Yazeediyat”.. till the time when humanity in general will come to the conclusion, that “Husseiniyat” is the only way of life that can provide sustainable global peace and security. The struggle between Hussein (AS) and Yazeed is an international phenomenon. It is not restricted to Muslims only. Sooner or later other nations of the world will also realize that the cause for which they are struggling now ie global peace and social justice, the same cause was fought for by Hussein (AS) 14 centuries ago.
It may not be surprising to see in near future those nations owing Hussein (AS) as their role model. That will be the day when the dawn of peace, tranquility, justice and prosperity will shine on the horizon of this war-torn planet.
THE MESSAGE OF KARBALA
By Akhtar Malik: 9 Nov 2013
The Quranic way of life is a life of action and dynamism. Quran condemns a life of isolation, stagnation and solitude. It is only through dynamism that human society progresses and attains its objective of peace and prosperity in this world and eternal blessings in life hereinafter. During the early period of Islam there was no concept of monasteries. Mysticism is an alien concept and infiltrated in Islam at very late stage. It is binding on Muslims to work hard and excel in every field of knowledge, education, research, science, economics, administration, diplomacy and statecraft. Islam is essentially a ‘Deen’ of ‘Amal’ and lays lot of stress on action. Any society that abstains from action and dynamism will eventually die its own death.
Hazrat Imam Hussein (A.S) had inherited a very exalted spiritual position. He is son of Hazrat Ali (A.S) who is ‘Baab ul Ilm’ (the door of knowledge) and Hazar Fatima (R.A) who is the ‘Syeda’ of all women in the world and in ‘Jannah’, and he is grandson of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) whose personality is second to Allah only in this universe. Had he wanted to, he could have made Madina as his spiritual base and the Muslims from the whole world would have pledged their allegiance to him as a Saint. But Hussein (A.S) was aware of the basic teachings of Islam and knew what Islam wants from its followers. He knew that if the Muslim Society of his time was to be purged from the ills, he must rise and stand up against the forces of exploitation and tyranny. He therefore proceeded to Karbala, with a total disregard to safety, comfort of his person and that of his family.
The ‘Yazeedi’ forces of today have made the life of innocent people miserable. They have usurped all the resources and have deprived the poor people from bread, water, health, education, jobs and safety of their lives. Karbala gives us a clear message that if the poor people want to get their basic rights, they must rise and stand up against these tyrannic forces without any fear, as Hussein (A.S) did 14 centuries back. This is the only way to break this lethal inertia that is taking our society to devastation with every passing day.
THE MESSAGE OF KARBALA
By Akhtar Malik : 7 Nov 2013
The message of Karbala is the message of ultimate sacrifice and universal peace. Durable peace cannot be ensured without sacrifice. The enemies of peace have many weapons to use against humanity. Apart from aggression, tyranny and killings through blatant use of arms and ammunition, they also use the weapons of wealth, greed, hate, lust for power and exploitation. Man by nature is prone to be influenced and affected by such attractions. This weakness of human nature is very skillfully exploited by the enemies of peace to serve their own interests. Those who fall prey to them are used as tools of war, violence and anarchy in the world.
The only formidable obstacle in the way of enemies of peace is the strength of character of men who confront them. When a person is strong in character he can parry all sorts of invitations to lusts. A man of strong character can never bend and bow before the threats and is always ready to sacrifice even the most precious of his assets.
Hazrat Imam Hussein (A.S) displayed the strength of his character in the battlefield of Karbala. Had he desired so, he could have got the best luxuries of life from the rulers and powerful elite of that time. But he stood firmly on the golden principles of Islam and offered the biggest sacrifice ever in the history of mankind.
Karbala gives a clear message to people, to come out of the shackles of lust for power, wealth, properties, business empires, bank balances and nepotism, if they want a durable peace in human society.