Straight From The Heart – December 2014 – Editorial

Straight from the heart!
Syeda Qudsiya Mashhadi

Dear Readers


“Say: He is able to send punishment upon you from above you or from beneath your feet, or to bewilder you with dissension and make you taste the tyranny one of another. See how We display the revelations so that they may understand.” (Surah Al-Anaam – Verse 65)

Already a Black Day in the history of Pakistan, December 16th this year saw one of the most heinous crimes in human history, the likes of which would even shame Genghis Khan and Halaku Khan. Pakistanis know about the brutality of TTP Khawarij but nobody had imagined that they would cross such limits, targeting and viciously murdering innocent children.

This catastrophe was a big jolt for the political leadership of the country as well which had been wasting time in a battle of egos, political point scoring and pointing fingers at the opponents. The ‘Dharna’ which had started on 14th August came to a sudden halt as all the political parties sat together to figure a way out to deal with the menace of Khawarij. All our PM could come up with was a suggestion for a ‘committee’ to deal with Peshawar Attack. Thankfully, the Army leadership stepped in and took bold decisions, starting by hanging the terrorists who were already on a death row, locked in jails for years.

Though I am satisfied that finally firm steps are being taken to deal with terrorists, I cannot help feeling that the Peshawar Attack and many incidents of suicide blasts could have been avoided if our political and military leadership had dealt with the Khawarij of TTP with an iron hand. The terrorists knew well that there was no accountability in our country and with a lame judiciary, incompetent political government and sympathetic media, they could get away with whatever they did. Although Pak Army has been doing its duty well through operations like Zarb-e-Azb and Khyber 1 to eliminate the terrorists, they paid a huge price on 16th December 2014 for not being firm with the political leadership when it came to punishing the terrorists. Why we needed the blood of 132 innocent children to wake up and realize that ‘Qisas’ should be done in Pakistan? Why we as Muslims, did not follow the Quranic law of dealing with those who spread ‘fitna’ on earth? Why ideological supporters of Khawarij in the government and media were not put to task for spreading confusion in the public? Why was Pak Army silent when they knew that judiciary was complicit in letting the terrorists go scot-free? The duty of Pak Army is not just to protect the physical borders of the country but also to defend the nation’s ideology. This Madina-e-Sani Pakistan was created in the name of Islam but we let Khawarij hijack Islam’s name and identity and we did nothing about it. The result is what we see today in Pakistan, and in the World too, where Islam has become synonymous with terrorism, thanks to mercenaries like TTP and ISIS.

It is great that hangings of terrorists have started but this is not enough. We need Pak Army to be more firm and swift. There is no room for delayed response now. Also, the so-called ‘Maulanas’, the Ulema-e-Soo, the ‘thakedaars’ of Islam and a few ‘analysts’ in media who are spreading confusion about TTP and calling them ‘our brothers’, should not be spared now. They are as much the enemy of the state as the actual Khawarij doing terrorism. There should be no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’; all religious scholars of all sects need to be on one page regarding this issue and should openly declare that TTP are Khawarij and out of the fold of Islam. Their punishment is death according to Quran. Period.
Stay blessed.

Syeda Qudsiya Mashhadi
December 2014