Amidst the hopelessness of this grave adversity, the heart-broken mothers and their tragic cries for the loss of their sons, the triumph of terror in this nation, there is still a beacon of hope because the Naya Pakistan has finally actualized. The strong line of divide is fading and a united Pakistan is surfacing.
Forty-three years ago on the 16th of December Pakistan was ruthlessly detached of its eastern wing and the horror of that holocaust still begrimes our history textbooks. Our divide was so immense that it left us broken emotionally as well as geographically. In the year 2014, on the 16th of December, 132 children paid the heavy price of this nation’s divide and their dour sacrifice resulted in the long-awaited Naya Pakistan. The excruciating sacrifice of the young people of this nation has brought us together.
It may not exactly be Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan because we all know for a fact that his Naya Pakistan hardly ever addressed extremism. On the contrary, Khan was more of an apologist when it came to Taliban and their acquaintances, he even appealed for offices and legitimate representation for their Shariah-oriented demands. In fact, he advocated that they were not trying to enforce the Shariah on gunpoint. However, we must let bygones be bygones and appreciate the bold move that Imran Khan has taken towards the unification of the nation. It is odd and yet nice to finally see our leaders on the same page about this issue. We finally have a unified stance against terrorism and a military intervention has been declared paramount in our fight against terror. We have, at last, made it clear to all the apologists that “if you are not with us, you are against us.” And what finer way do we have to exhibit our plan than to lodge an FIR against the Burqa Maulvi, Mulana Abdul Aziz.
It is time for us to unite and tell the world that we will not give birth to any more Mumtaz Qadris. Intimidating Mulanas and their “fatwas” will have no effect on us. And the people of Pakistan will not be confused in the name of religion any more. The public of Pakistan will not entertain those who have abused religion and manipulated their way through religion, any longer. Pakistan stands with the young martyrs.
Religions, sects and classes have divided us for way to long and it is time to step up as Pakistan—not as Shias, Sunnis, Balochis or Punajbis but as Pakistanis, simply.