Wednesday, 28 December 2016

5000 Days.

5000 days... 5000 days of rape, harassment, assault, extreme torture.
5000 days of being kept away from children, of being imprisoned, of being charged for crimes that were probably not even been committed in the first place. 

Yes, 5000 days of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui being held in the FMC Carswell, Fort Worth Texas, Divided States of America (post-Trump world) convicted; sentenced to 86 years in prison. 

A soft-spoken, down-to-earth, kindhearted girl with a scarf, as her mates define. A Pakistani-Muslim with a PhD in neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as she was. A woman working for the welfare of Muslims through various charitable organizations as much as for jail inmates. A lady working for the welfare of Islam in an extremely anti-Islam and anti-Muslim country. A humanitarian working for refugees through different organizations. 

I'm not engaging anyone in the argument of her working for Al-Qaeda or not, of her assaulting the guards or not, attempted murder or not, of her carrying various documents and notes of bomb making and containers of sodium cyanide or not, of her buying highly scientific military equipments or not, of her being in the hands of talibaan in Afghanistan or not, of her being under the influence of Abdullah Azzam (the mentor of OBL) or not, of her being abducted by US or Pakistani intelligence agencies or not, and of everything she was always accused of. 

The sole purpose of this piece is to remind the people who have (if) forgotten the unending and countless promises our so called 'Democratic' politicians have made and are still making about the bail and safe return of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. Be it the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Yousuf Raza Gillani or the then opposition leader (now) Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif or the chairman of the party who symbolizes itself as the only group who's upto break the status quo of the country and who tends to change the system as a whole, Mr. Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi, our politicians and leaders have made countless promises over the passage of time about the release of Dr. Aafia. But by far, no progress made, no steps taken, nothing. Amidst all the issues either Panama leaks or Dawn gate or the race to being the strongest opposition party against the PMLN government, it seems like our leaders don't even remember Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's name. But of course, like all other promises and commitments made, let's believe the fact that the promise of the bail of Dr. Aafia was merely a 'political statement' to gain mileage and votes. Hence, nothing else. 

The conclusion to be made is; our leaders and politicians are very much intoxicated by the addiction of their powers and they probably don't even care about the children who haven't seen their mother in a long time, the woman who's been being raped, assaulted, harassed since ages!

5000 days... Of nothing done, nothing achieved! 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

From Baqir Najafi to Qazi Faez Isa.

There has been a mayhem in the political and media circles since the Quetta inquiry commission report by Justice Qazi Faez Isa has come out. While many are asking Chaudhry Nisar to resign as they see the report as a charge sheet against the ministry of interior and Chaudhry Nisar himself, there's one person who thinks that the report is biased i.e Chaudhry Nisar. 

We have seen a history of commission reports from Hamoodur Rahman commission to Abbottabad commission report to Model Town commission, there are two possible course of actions after a commission completes its findings: 1-The report is never made public. 2-And if made public, no action is taken against those accused. 

Referring to the title and the reason I mentioned Justice Baqir Najafi is that the Model Town massacre report was never made public but many media houses and journalists were able to get their hands on it and they see it as a charge sheet against the provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. Politicians make a lot of claims about high moral grounds to get vote of the public but the same politicians when in government don't give a bit of heed to high moral grounds. Be it the provincial government of Kpk or the federal government or the provincial government of Punjab. Yes, you read it right. The government of Kp is in the list of lacking high moral grounds. A few months before the APS attack, somewhere in August, a threat alert about a possible attack on Army Public Schools and Colleges was circulated to the provincial government. The questions that arise here are: Why wasn't the threat dealt seriously? Why wasn't necessary action taken? When there were supposed to be 23 guards on the security of APS, why were there 3 on the 16th of December, 2014? No matter how many questions are raised, our politicians and leaders will never have the courage to resign on the principles of high moral grounds. Neither Chaudhry Nisar nor Rana Sanaullah, not even the concerned minister of Kp, none will resign. 

That's all what we have learnt. From Justice Baqir Najafi to Justice Qazi Faez Isa, no action taken, none put forward for justice, no one resigns. Its about time the government makes the Baqir Najafi's report public.