Posted by yourpakistan on February 28, 2014
By S. M. Hali – Opinion Maker
Renowned English playwright William Shakespeare, in his epic Julius Caesar, has Mark Antony proclaim after Caesar’s murder, “Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war;” Here the expression implies the military order “Havoc” to be a signal given to the English military forces in the Middle Ages to direct the soldiery (in Shakespeare’s parlance ‘the dogs of war’) to pillage and chaos.
In Pakistan, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is a motley group of terror leaders, operating under an umbrella organization of various militant groups based in the northwestern Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Pak-Afghan border. They have varying agendas but converge upon wreaking havoc in Pakistan and creating mayhem and chaos. In December 2007 about 13 groups united under the leadership of Baitullah Mehsud to form the TTP. Its current leader is Mullah Fazlullah, who has taken refuge in Afghanistan. TTP’s stated objectives are resistance against the Pakistani state and enforcement of their interpretation of Sharia. The TTP is not directly affiliated with the Afghan Taliban movement led by Mullah Omar and has defied his order of not targeting Pakistan; instead it is following the course charted by Al-Qaeda.
The devastation inflicted by TTP in Pakistan has taken a toll of 51,326 precious lives to date, out of which 810 have been killed in 2014; barely seven weeks into the new year. More ominously, after the Government of Pakistan’s announcement of peace talks on January 29, 2014 with the TTP, 370 fatalities have occurred till February 23, 2014. One would have expected the TTP to have ceased terror attacks once the peace dialogue was in progress but they threw caution to the wind and continued their course of destruction. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on February 18, 2014
The face of war however, has changed as “terrorism” has overwhelmed the world and is inflicting chaos, mayhem, mass murder and destruction.
This more hideous face of war is more dangerous than armed conflicts between nations. The enemy is faceless, resides among the local population, hides his identity as well as his heinous agenda and strikes with impunity when least expected. His targets are schools, hospitals, places of worship, entertainment and trade centers.
By S. M. Hali – Opinion Maker
Renowned playwright William Shakespeare, in his epic play ‘Henry VI, Part II. Act V, Scene 2, states: “O war, thou son of hell, whom angry heavens do make their minister. Throw in the frozen bosoms of our part. Hot coals of vengeance! Let no soldier fly.” The bard, who is famous for his allegories, metaphors and symbolism, addresses “war” as “son of hell”. This poetic expression holds good even in contemporary times, where war continues to wreak havoc, devastation and bloodshed.
Pakistan is bearing the brunt of terrorism, which has spread like the contagious Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), which is extremely feeble and elusively fragile to withstand environmental exposures. Thus HCV moves through concealed routes of blood and secreted material to reach the sensitive organs like the human liver and brain to eke out its survival and consolidate its position, waiting months and maybe years to strike when it is strong enough to destroy the entire microcosm of the human body and cause a painful death.
Terrorism, being illegitimate and unconstitutional, tends to secure its existence and broaden its sphere of influence through clandestine means. Foreign support including ideological direction, lethal weapons and sophisticated equipment, training in militancy, financial sustenance, and ensuring availability as well as the management of space within local population, provides the terrorists the necessary impetus to solicit their warped philosophy, twisted logic and criminal designs. In fact it would not be out place to argue that the terrorists without the support of local sympathisers become “fish out of water” and their misguided thoughts leading to criminal acts of violence also die a natural death in the absence of requisite support.
Recent upsurge in terrorist activities and deadly attacks have traumatized the local population and left deep scars on the minds of every Pakistani. Thus William Shakespeare’s apt and pertinent description for the terrorists being the real “sons of hell” remains valid. These “sons of hell” have no respect for human life, be they women, children, old persons, invalids, sick or even those engaged in religious rituals. The terror mongers continue to spread the fires of hell for humankind although in return they earn the curses, condemnation and hatred of society. The sad part is that these “sons of hell” demand the imposition of Sharia Law but forget that no religion in the world propagates, slaughter, carnage and butchery of innocent people in the name of religion. Islam, on the other hand, is the religion of peace while the Almighty Allah has ordained that “…if any one slew a person —- it would be as if he slew the entire humanity: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” (Al-Quran 5:32).
It is also ironical that the “sons of hell” motivate, brainwash and subliminally program their agents of death, the suicide bomber by promising a permanent place in heavens, where 72 houris await them after they pull the string of their suicide jacket causing death and destruction of the innocent victims. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on February 7, 2014
Pakistani forces for your uninterrupted Bollywood Blockbusters
By Ahmad Ali Raza and Ibn Yusuf – Opinion Maker
“If you have never experienced the danger of war and imprisonment, the agony of torture and hunger, you are much ahead of 500 million people in this world”
Looking back at the last 10 years, Pakistan has lost more than 50,000 of its men including civilians and the military troops in the name of war against terror. The number of people injured isn’t even comparable.
More than 2,400 security personals have lost their lives and another 6,500 were injured as a result of war on terror only in the years 2009-2010. Inter comparison of lives lost between the civilians and the military forces shows more civilians were prone to the collateral damage. Sadly, this sacrifices is rarely acknowledged, forget the global media we rarely hear of the names behind these numbers on the local news channels.
Our armed forces are busy fighting a battle in which several international forces have colluded against Pakistan. To win such a war, a multilateral strategy is required which includes the fight on battle field, psychological warfare on media and on foreign diplomatic front. The moral support of common people for the troops involved in such a war is always of extreme importance. No country can win a war solely by its armed forces without the support of people of that country.
With the ongoing loss of life telecast right to our TV Sets or should I say our 3D, Plasma Sets. Pardon me for I’m certain the common man doesn’t really care for he can stream entertainment right on his screen and care the very least for men sacrificing their lives for their uninterrupted Bollywood shows. But for the men on the battle field, every day is loaded with a whole new challenge. Read the rest of this entry »
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