February 21, 2015
Dear PM, CMs, MNAs, MPAs, COAS, Commissioners
Anyone else who is supposed to be interested in the ‘affairs of the State’ and the (sad) ‘state of affairs
I won’t get into too much of historical aspect, which is all too clear, and shall assume complete ignorance on the gravity of the situation. This is the only way to ensure that the writer of this letter and those addressed are at the same level of understanding with respect to the issue being discussed.
In the recent past, we have witnessed a group known as Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) spewing venom against the Shia community. Aurangzeb Farooqui has been seen vowing to ensure that survival for members of Shia community is made impossible in Pakistan.
Public gatherings are held where anti-Shia slogans are chanted, even in Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan.
A group of concerned citizens raise their voice against such atrocities followed by attack on an Imambargah in Shikarpur. Sharmila Farooqui of Pakistan Peoples’ Party attends to the protesters outside the Chief Minister House and the visit is followed by agreements of cleaning of wall chalking in Karachi by banned outfits including ASWJ. She also appears on television and confirms that ASWJ is a declared banned outfit in Pakistan. On the following day, however, ASJW is found gathering in large numbers threatening the civil society and the state with great zeal and fervor, as if knowing no one can possible take any action.
Later that evening, the concerned citizens, raising their voice for peace and against terrorism and hatemonger are arrested as they continue to chant “Shia Sunni Bhai Bhai, Pakistan Zindabad” while those who threaten the civilians and the state are allowed to rally. The lovers of peace continue to scream and shout from behind the bars and fight for their constitutional right.
ASWJ has now planned another rally in Islamabad, which has brought to the kind and unconcerned knowledge of the authorities by the concerned citizens, although it is really perturbing to note that citizens are required to bring activities of banned outfit to the knowledge of the law enforcement agencies.
As a Pakistani, I demand answers to these questions:
- After looking at the videos in this piece, why are those asking for peace behind bars and those preaching hatred allowed to rally freely?
- Why are citizens required to bring anything to your attention? Is this a reflection of your incompetence?
- With such self-incriminating speeches, what else is required to take action?
- Whose side are you on?