It was not long ago that a bill was tabled in the US Congress in support of giving Balochistan – the land of the Baloch – the right to self-determination against their ‘forced accession’ into Pakistan on March 27, 1948. The day is still mourned as a Black Day throughout the Baloch land, including parts of the provincial capital, Quetta.
In the year 1971, the erstwhile East Pakistan had already witnessed a bloody independence war with Pakistan, which culminated in the creation of the country now known as Bangladesh – it was a real bloody war since hundreds of thousands of people were massacred in this ‘genocide’ to crush the Bengali freedom-fighters.
In the present times, however, it is not just Balochistan which has the separatist sentiments, but Sindh under the leadership of Mr. G.M. Syed, has also been fighting for independence soon after the creation of Pakistan. Continue reading →
It was when I was in a bus that I got this news of the Taliban lashing a 17-year-old girl for doing something which was against (their version of) Islam.
As the details had it, she was flogged publically at least 30 times in front of many onlookers. She kept crying and begging for mercy. But why was anybody gonna help her? After all, she had committed a ‘sin’ which was against the Shariah (according to the Taliban)!
یا رب! دلِ مسلم کو وہ زندہ تمنائیں دے، جو قلب کو گرما دیں۔۔۔
The punishment was awarded to her for her ‘crime’ of being seen with a man who was not her husband. Yes, world, that’s a crime in the eyes of the Talibanist Islam! *Beware all!*
So, this is the scene in the land of the pure!
،محبت امن ہے
!اور اس کا ہے پیغام پاکستان
What has the government did for the incident? The president and the premiere have made public their messages in which they have ‘severely’ condemned the brutal act of whipping the teen. What else did you expect?
And, by the way, who the hell are these djinn-like creatures called Taliban? Are they so many that they’ve (almost) hijacked the whole system of government by threatening, and carrying out, suicide bombings and other forms of attack?
Well, not really!
As far as my good brain helps me, I think it’s true that Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and themilitary are conniving actively in this whole situation. Otherwise, how could you think of a situation where a government surrenders to the militants, who are involved in killing of hundreds of innocent people, by signing a ‘peace deal’ with them? Not all: The government has actually given them this license of whipping and chopping hands off as part of punishment – in form of what they call the Sharia, or Islamic system of judiciary – in the once peaceful and beautiful vale of Swat. This all happened because the Pakistani army supposedly couldn’t conquer the Taliban militants with force.
Here we have the brave army of Pakistan which claims to crush the mighty India (and other countries, if needed) surrendering to the Taliban who are said to have a strong control only in the area of Swat! Yes, the army claiming to defend the whole country couldn’t cope with the Taliban – the mightier!
!اے وطن کے سجیلے جوانو
!میرے نغمے تمھارے لیے ہیں
The Pakistanis are never tired of eulogizing their ‘jawwans’ and boast about their morale and courage!
Well, it should not be off-the-track to mention here what Sain GM Syed is reported to have said in as early as 1952. He said:
The way religion is promoted in this country (Pakistan) will make it (religion) to be one of the most difficult issues to deal with and it would be a deadly threat not only to the country itself and South Asia but for the whole world.
Saeen G. M. [Syed was] son of Syed Mohammed Shah Kazmi, descendant of a famous saint of Sindh, Syed Haider Shah Kazmi, of whose mausoleum, he [was] the Sajjada-nashin. He was born at the village Sann in Dadu District, Sindh, on January 17, 1904. His father passed away when he was only sixteen months old. He has had no formal schooling. Whatever he learnt was self-tutored. By dint of hard work, he attained mastery over Sindhi and English languages. He was also conversant with Arabic and Persian languages. History, Philosophy and Political science were his favorite subjects of study.
At an early age of fourteen years, he started his career as an activist.
In 1919 he became Chairman of School Board of his own Tahsil.
Subsequently, he was elected as a President of Karachi District Local Board in 1929. He later became its President.
In 1930, he organized Sindh Hari (peasants) Conference and became its Secretary.
In 1937, he was for the first time elected a member of Sindh Legislative Assembly.
In 1938, he joined the All-India Muslim League. In 1940, he became Minister of Education in Sindh.
In 1941, he became one of the members of the Central Committee of the Muslim League.
In 1943, he became President of Sindh Muslim League.
In 1944, he played a pivotal role in politics and got a resolution passed in the Sindh Assembly in favor of Pakistan, which was the pioneer resolution of its kind in the whole of undivided India.
In 1946, conditions compelled him to dissociate from the Muslim League, and formed a new party named Progressive Muslim League. The same year he was elected as leader of the Coalition Party in the Sindh Assembly.
In 1954, he acted as Chairman of Sindhi Adabi Board.
In 1955, he played an active part in the formation of Pakistan National Party.
In 1966, he founded Bazm-e-Soofia-e Sindh.
In 1969, he formed Sindh United Front.
Getting disappointed from All-Pakistan national politics, he founded in 1973 the ‘Jeay Sindh’ movement.
Mr. Syed is the author of more than sixty five (65) books. His books are on numerous subjects, ranging from literature to politics, religion and culture etc. He was himself a mystic had a lot of love and regard for mystics of all faiths. Besides being a man of immense learning, Mr. Syed possesses a personality that was graceful and poised. Highly cultured and refined manners, hospitality and geniality were the two glaring traits of his character. Wit and humor were the keynotes of his personality. He respected all genuine difference of opinions. For decades, Sindh and Sindhi people had constituted the center of his interest and activity, and all his love energies were devoted to their good. GM Syed proposed the Pakistan Resolution, 1940 in the Sindh Assembly, which ultimately resulted in the creation of Pakistan. However, he became the first political prisoner of Pakistan because of his differences with the leadership of the country, as he believed that they had deceived the Sindhis.
In 1971 , disappointed with the national politics, GM Syed found no option but to demand the Right of Self Determination for the people of Sindh. Mr. G.M. Syed is founder of ‘JEAY SINDH’ Movement which is aimed at achieving SINDHUDESH. For his bold expression of opinion and views after the creation o Pakistan, he was been kept either in jail-or in solitary confinement for the: period of more than 30 years.
On 19th January 1992, GM Syed was put under house arrest and his house was declared a sub-jail. He has been detained without trial until his death and has been adopted “Prisoner of Conscience” by Amnesty International (ASA 33/WU02/94).
by: William Dalrymple, The New York Review of Books
A third factor, which Rashid does not discuss in this book, is somehow finding a way to stop the madrasa- inspired and Saudi-financed advance of Wahhabi Islam, which is directly linked to the spread of anti-Western radicalization. On my last visit to Pakistan, it was very clear that while the Wahhabi-dominated North-West was on the verge of falling under the sway of the Taliban, the same was not true of the Sufi-dominated province of Sindh, which currently is quieter and safer than it has been for some time. Here in southern Pakistan, on the Indian border, Sufi Islam continues to act as a powerful defense against the puritanical fundamentalist Islam of the Wahhabi mullahs, which supports intolerance of all other faiths.
Visiting the popular Sufi shrine of Sehwan in Sindh last month, I was astonished by the strength of feeling expressed against the mullahs by the Sindhis who look to their great saints such as Lal Shabaz Qalander for guidance, and hate the Wahhabis who criticize the popular Islam of the Sufi saints as a form of shirk, or heresy: “All these mullahs should be damned,” said one old Sufi I talked to in the shrine. “They read their books but they never understand the true message of love that the prophet preached. Men so blind as them cannot even see the shining sun.” A friend who visited shortly before me met a young man from Swat, in the North-West Frontier Province, who said he had considered joining the militants, but their anti-Sufi attitude had put him off: “No one can deny us our respected saints of God,” he said.
The Saudis have invested intensively in Wahhabi madrasas in the North-West Frontier Province and Punjab, with dramatic effect, radically changing the religious culture of an entire region. The tolerant Sufi culture of Sindh has been able to defy this imported Wahhabi radicalism. The politically moderating effect of Sufism was recently described in a RAND Corporation report recommending support for Sufism as an “open, intellectual interpretation of Islam.” Here is an entirely indigenous and homegrown Islamic resistance movement to fundamentalism, with deep roots in South Asian culture. Its importance cannot be overestimated. Could it have a political effect in a country still dominated by military forces that continue to fund and train jihadi groups? It is one of the few sources of hope left in the increasingly bleak political landscape of this strategically crucial country.
We have ‘mixed’ (confused!) Religion (Islam) and Politics (Democracy). Apart from that, our people believe that Islam was born in and for Pakistan, and vice versa. We would die in the name of Islam. If we needed to choose between Pakistan and Islam, we would surely go for our religion.. By exploding schools and hotels and killing thousands of innocent people of Pakistan in the name of Islam we have actually proved it!!
We have religious-political party members of which if we see give an impression as though they were advertising different types of beard and moustaches. Nothing else. Take it from me. Why religion in Politics? I know, they would espouse it by quoting it from Khulfa-e-Rashideen period. But, isn’t that still a contraversial issue? As Sain G M Syed, the famous figure among the front-row politician who fought for the independent country, has it that it was a bid’at (bidah?) which people soon after the Holy Prophet (SAWW) left this material world. What happened? He was awarded the title, ‘kaafir’.
Does religion conern we as individuals or as a society? Will we be treated in Qiyamah for what we as individuals did or as a whole society? Is it between us and Allah? Or is it some love-triangle thing where society is the thrid party? Is it really?
Supporting is by quoting ‘Amar bil maruuf wa nahii-a anl munkir’? But, is it through sword – or in this age of science and technology, desi saakht k bombs? Or through preaching? But, I am not surprised at all. Killing kalima-go (i.e. muslims, of course) has been a tradition since long. The ones who killed innocent Muslims and married their wives on the first day of their husband’s deaths, not waiting for their Iddah to complete, we call them ‘the Sword of Allah’ (the Arabic translation might remind you of the figure discussed.) Read Tibri at least.
It seems to us that the beloved country springs from the very ideology of Islam: Pakistan ka matlab kya? La illah ilallah! I couldn’t find any other country founded in the name of any religion. C’mon it’s politcs spelled as P.O.L.I.T.I.C.S. – not religion! What Jinnah wanted? A muslim Pakistan?? If you think so, question your study and awareness about your own counry. How many marks did you get in Pakistan Study? 85%? You must utilise other sources also besides reading textbooks which ‘inculcates’ patriotism in us when we are just like a blank white paper. It was our dear first PM of the country who invented this bidah of stuffing Islam’s name into the country. The Pakistan which Jinnah and Sain GM Syed fought for was meant to be a secular country!
You said it was a muslim country. Mullahs heard it and became happy and content. Now, many decades later, when you ask for freedom of eveything – including permission for women to work outside and wear jeans & T-shirts, co-ed schools and colleges, etc. – they deem it as the seizure of their ‘meeras’. Secular aur be-deen an ban’ny dengy Pakistan ko, the wall in Johar read.
And, we, the Pure, have another weird aspect of our lives as well. We follow religion as a family religion which is a cluster of certain rituals. Has it reached our soul? NO! SHOW OFF! Nothing deep inside. Khair, howsoever, we had been successful in making Pakistan ‘muslim’, and, now, we want to withdraw. We want freedom to wear anything we want, see anything we want and go anywhere we wish to… but, uh-oh! No way back. Or it seems so.
However, Iran is also famous for being ‘too religious’ a country where people are more ‘Islamic’ than any other Muslim country. But do Iranians also think religion to be more important to choose against the country? The answer is NO.
I found a poll which inspired me to write this post. The poll asked a simple question, ‘As an Iranian, If(or when) time comes to choose between ‘Islam or Iran’, which one will you support?‘. The result by the time I saw it was the following:
Let’s have the same poll here in Pakistan’s perspective. Let’s see what Pakistanis think.
Well, coming to the point, these universities are the places which produce the ‘leaders’ as well as many technical people who served and are serving in different walks of life. The area I want to focus is Politics… I have something to tell you. Continue reading →
12th death anniversary of the legend Sain G M Syed was observed at Sann (Dadu) on Wednesday.The Independent Sindhu Desh was his dream.. I wish we all worked together to realize his dream.
I’ve always envisioned the ‘freedom’… How will it feel when we’ll call Sindhu Desh our ‘country’? How will it be like when we’ll have a total control over our cities of Sindh? How will it be like when we won’t have to give the federation money earned from our own resources? How will it be like when Sindhis will be free to seek admission in any of the educational institute of Sindh? How will it feel when we’ll celebrate Sain G M Syed’s birth calling him the founder of Sindhu Desh? How will it feel when Kaachho will be green and the people living in the barren area of Kachho will have plenty of water?? How will it feel when Gorakh Hill Station will be made a tourist resort and attract the foreigners to the ‘free’ Sindhu Desh?
Many are the dreams conceived in my chest.. Many wishes to be fulfilled.. Hundreds of hopes to fly!! May all my dreams come true.. May Sindh be an independent ‘desh‘! (aamin!)