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Pakistan, my fatherland, I weep for thee

24 October, 2007

By Anwaar Hussain


On the worst carnage in Pakistan’s history in which close to eight hundred innocent people were killed and maimed

Today I weep for this blood-smeared mournful land that you have become, marooned in the blazing desert, torn and tormented, plundered and ravaged, disfigured by the scars of myriad wounds, tears dropping from your dolorous, longing eyes. Today I weep for thee.

Today I weep.

Today my grief is a sea—a fathomless, boundless sea. In this dark expanse drifts my soul…aimless, doleful and in mortal pain. Today I weep, unreservedly, unashamedly and in gushing torrents for Pakistan my fatherland. Today I weep for thee.

Today I weep with grief for Pakistan of flowering fields and blooming orchards, that wondrous land of jasmines and daffodils in freshest blossom, of tall snow capped mountains with rose fragrant valleys. I weep at your slow death at the hands of boisterous evil. I weep at your bloodied countenance and contorted face. Today I weep.

Today I weep for the demons of extremism that are stalking your splendid fields and farms. I weep for none can see that these monsters come clothed as messiahs bearing gifts steeped in poison. Nurtured on a diet of hate, these are now out of control. Rejuvenating in each bloodbath, they are consuming innocent humans at will. And while these demons have taken our nation on a guided tour of hell, the good men continue to wallow in their deafening silence. Today I weep.

Today I weep for the hapless victims. I weep for the unsung songs of the dead, for their unlived lives, for their untold stories. I weep for the loss of innocent souls whom no amount of crying or wailing can now bring back. I weep for scores of disabled whose limbs were torn asunder and will now hobble on ugly crutches through the rest of their miserable existences. Today I weep as I gaze upon your once promising past and then the present full of pain and then again upon the ominous unknown towards which you are headed. Today I weep as I find myself unable to soar above this dark abyss, weighted down with the mute silence of my good countrymen as I am. Today I weep.

Today I weep for this blood-smeared mournful land that you have become, marooned in the blazing desert, torn and tormented, plundered and ravaged, disfigured by the scars of myriad wounds, tears dropping from your dolorous, longing eyes. Today I weep.

Today I weep in the full knowledge that in vain are my bitter tears. In vain and useless because man the man-eating beast is on rampage in your bosom in the name of God while my good countrymen sit in meek acquiescence to the evil sermonizing from the pulpit. With their heads bowed, they listen to bigotry, intolerance and oppression spewed out in the name of God. Today I weep.

Today I weep for even as these lines are being written, somewhere at the fringes of humanity, in some dark recesses devoid of fresh air and sunlight, ominous creatures huddle together planning more massacre as the good men sway in trance to the bellowing from the pulpit. Today I weep.

Today I weep at the festering wounds in your body the gangrene in which is alive and spreading fast. Today I weep because your sons who could cure these boils with air and light now sit cowering in fear in their homes hoping that time somehow will pass healing all your injuries. I weep for they fail to realize that the time to break out of our collective apathy and lead the nation from its present state of gloom and despair is now or never. Today I weep.

Today I weep because my countrymen think that their religion is just about prayers and worship. I weep for they forget that a significant portion of their Book deals with purification of self, interaction with others, knowledge of the universe and what is contained therein. I weep because they do not see that while they are busy loathing the West, the West is busy conquering the same universe, solving its riddles, harnessing the nature for the benefit of mankind and finding that time is their only competitor. I weep because my countrymen counter the West by suicide bombing, beheading of innocent human beings, issuing Fatwas to that effect, continuing to pray for Divine intervention and by hating the whole West for the stupidity of just a few of their leaders. I weep because nobody seems to care that the only, repeat only, way to walk tall and strong in the comity of nations is to come at par with the West in education, technology and economy. Today I weep.

Today I weep for the once wonderful madarasah that was supposed to be a bastion of knowledge and a guiding light to the world where every order of learning from mathematics to science, from medicine to astronomy, from philosophy to jurisprudence were taught, where great Muslim luminaries such as Al-Beruni, Ibn-e-Sina and Ibn-e-Khuldoon produced timeless works is now being used to mislead innocent Muslims by promoting intolerance, hatred and violence. I weep because from its podium and the pulpit, the so called clerics are inciting adherents to kill innocent people, while singing sweet lullabies of their marvelous past. I weep because we are told to keep hugging past glories to our chests and remain prostate in prayers waiting for a Saladin to appear and restore us to our rightful destiny. Today I weep.

Today I weep for the horrendous indifference of the good people, for the hush, impotence and disappearance of moderate voices from across the national scene. Today I weep over the past three decades that have seen Pakistan navigating a course strewn with blood, bones, and bodies of innocent victims. I weep for I have witnessed firsthand -the whole nation slowly caging itself into an obscenity of horror, pushed by the hands of decent men who remain quiet when they should speak. Today I weep.

Today I weep, O country mine, for each new pain the beasts inflict upon you. My breast is torn again and again as you reel from the countless wounds inflicted by the savage hordes. I weep in the sure knowledge that neither God nor fate had destined you to become this vale of sorrow and anguish that you have now become. I weep for I cannot see any time soon that dawn will rise and put an end to your murk and gloom. Not unless we the silent ones arise from our slumber and pour sunshine into your stricken heart that you may burnish with new light, my Fatherland. And that I do not see. Today I weep.

Today I weep for I see nary an effort to get up and start carving tunnels of hope though the dark mountains of despondency and disillusionment that we have allowed coming up all around us by remaining a silent majority. I weep because the dark clouds and the deep fog of extremism now engulf our communities from all around. I weep for I cannot see any where on the horizons the radiant stars of happiness, harmony and prosperity that should have been shining by now over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. Today I weep.

Today I weep for the thousands that have paid for our apathy with their lives and the thousands more that surely will because we continue to remain silent. I weep for this harvest of hate season after season. I weep for our failure to face squarely the extremists who sell their dark dogmas as superior to enlightened reason. I weep for my countrymen who fail to see through the naked, twisted, mindless logic of the bigot. I weep at the silence of the good men who have brought this about. I weep at the impotent look in their dead eyes as they gaze on at the slowly erecting sorrowful tomb of Pakistani nation. I weep at their terror-stricken question that they ask each other in hushed tones….what happened to Pakistan?

YOU happened to Pakistan.

Pakistan, I weep for thee.

Copyrights : Anwaar Hussain

http://truthspring.info/2007/10/22/pakistan-my-fatherland-i-weep-for-thee/

Reader Comments:

Ashamed

It would be more appropriate if the article text is edited such that the phrase 'I weep for' is replaced by 'I am ashamed of', wherever the former appears throughout the article. This is because the author of the article is not a third party but a member of Pakistani society which is responsible for the shameful state of affairs.

Aman, Hungary - 24 October, 2007

MOST APPROPRIATE

COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF.

THOUGHT PROVOKING AND ON THE DOT.


A. V. RAO, United Kingdom - 24 October, 2007

Dont weep, do something

Dont weep, do something

suku, Hungary - 25 October, 2007

Re: Aman

How right you are.Yes!We are
so stubborn with arrogance,to
be ashamed of our behavior.We
will bury our head in the sand and let others wipe?

Khalid Rahim, Pakistan - 25 October, 2007

The dunderhead's comment

A deeply moving, profoundly impacting, conscience jolting article for all Pakistanis. Despite the effort of an Indian dunderhead to belittle the highly courageous effort of the author, the article can, if published far and wide, prove to be a ground breaking effort to reverse the downtrend in Pakistan's national life. Kudos to the author.

Were it not for the fear of making the article an Indo-Pakistani slinging match of rhetoric, one would have pointed out the many instances of shame to the Indian commentator who abused the hospitality of Pakistan Tribune by trying to disparage one of its main author's brave effort.

One would have, for instance, reminded the callous Indian commentator the thosuands perpetually incarcerated in India under the shameful TADA and POTA Acts, the state sponsored anti-Muslim pogroms in Gujarat unleashed by the BJP rulers in which more than 2500 Muslim men, women and children had been massacred, the murder of more than 250,000 Sikhs since 1984, the killing of around 200,000 Christians in Nagaland since 1947, almost 75,000 Kashmiri Muslims since 1988, and tens of thousands of Assamese, Tamils, Manipuris, Dalits, and others. One would have reminded him that in 1994, the US State Department reported that the Indian government paid out over 41,000 cash bounties to police officers for killing members of the Sikh minority.

One would have then asked the senseless commentator to produce a single document written by an Indian author that tried to move the Indian national conscience, if such a thing does exist, in the way this article has done.

But for the fear of making the article an Indo-Pakistani slinging match of rhetoric.





Khalid Haroon, Ukraine - 25 October, 2007

The truth

As the country sows ,so shall it reap . The frankenstein monster developed by ISI to try and ruin India failed. Not it has turned its head back on its creator.

Milind, Pakistan - 25 October, 2007

Nothing exceptional

History of islamic society is almost similar from the inception. I don't know why a nation created in the name of islam should deviate from islamic values? The author is a confused soul (studied in civilised educational structure but rooted with islamic values).

Deep, United Arab Emirates - 25 October, 2007

DUNDERHEAD CALLING

Dunderhead.

An offensive term that deliberately insult’s somebody’s intelligence or capacity to learn

- Encarta Dictionary

So anyone who does not see eye to eye with the situation in Pakistan is a dunderhead? Better still an Indian dunderhead?

Pakistan was created as a homeland for the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. However, more Muslims stayed back in India than migrated to Pakistan to be in the warm embrace of their brothers.

Now who is refusing to or lacks the capacity to learn.

The biggest myth of Islamic unity and brotherhood was smashed when Bangladesh was created. Who is refusing to learn from that and a series of mistakes that have occurred since – including and especially the latest tragedy?

Pakistanis react like any other typically defensive nationals especially with their prickly relations with India.

Who beheaded the Pakistani soldiers in North Western tribal areas?
Who blew themselves up in their failed bid to assassinate Benazir Bhutto?
Who has made several attempts to kill Musharraf?

All Muslims.

It is time Pakistan brings something real to the table instead of knee jerk reactions to its current day predicaments all caused by brothers against brothers.
There is more to nation building that religious passions and exaggerated sense of self.

A Dundererhead
Not from Pakistan or India but from America.


A. V. RAO, United Kingdom - 26 October, 2007

Pakistan,My Fatherland,I weep...

'Thee' should not weep and waste precious tears for Pakistan since 'thee' like many other sons & daughters of the Fatherland have left fatherland in its misery with the first available flight (or opportunity?!) and conveniently adopted new father and new land

kilo, Pakistan - 27 October, 2007

"My heart bleeds---"

The executive punch line used in the article betrays the man. A man is not expected to "weep", but explore reasons and remove the root causes of hurting feelings. Author should consider replacing his line "I weep for thee" with "my heart bleeds for---"
While I fully agree on the issues that hurt our feelings, as pointed out by the author on which our hearts bleed, but he has failed to mention the basic and the deepest bleeding wounds.

If we call our country a Fatherland, the first and foremost holocaust issue should be, the colossal rejection by the nation of its “Father of the Nation", we call without meaning, "the Quaid-e-Azam" which literally means the Greatest Guide". Unfortunately, we have no time to ponder on his guidance. As a reminder, consider his guidelines about need to develop our National Character, which we are not ready to consider even an issue.

The Quaid defined following as the most essential ingredients of our National Character, which he desired of us, to look for in selecting our future leaders:-

1) Highest level of Honesty.
2) Highest level of Integrity.
3) Incorruptibility.
and
4) Readiness to give Sacrifices for the Nation.

How many of our leaders possess, even a single of these essential required qualities? Leaders lead by examples. Characters are cultured and cannot be commanded. We are still in infancy as a nation and need grooming. We borrow alien cultures without caring to consider their vices. We need a leader who should make the Quaid's basic guiding principles to build and preserve our National Identity and Honour.

Another sore point on which our heart must bleed is the manner in which we rejected the only person in our checkered history, who courageously initiated to work on the Quaid's guiding principles and tried to establish a National Unity, by its practical application. It was Chaudhry Muhammad Ali. His greatest achievement was drafting and getting approved through the National Assembly, the Constitution of 1956. The whole country celebrated the promulgation of his Constitution on March 23, 1956.

Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, however, failed to agree on bargaining deals presented to him by various interest groups before accepting the very first step of the Quid's Guideline, i.e., Unity. Constitution had made Unity its essential pillar and made the entire country a single Unit. He proved to be too honest to be a successful politician and failed to control his own party which ultimately led to his downfall. His greatest mistake was in appointing Dr. Khan Sahib as Chief Minister of the Unified Province of West Pakistan, ignoring his anti-Pakistan Congress mind-set.
Chaudhry Muhammad Ali believed that as a Prime Minister, his actions should be governed and based upon the principles of general welfare of the country and not on demands or resolutions of any party. He believed that, he was responsible only to the Cabinet and the Parliament. Thus, he refused on the bargaining demands of his own party, which stopped progress on his development plans. Disgusted with the scenario, Chaudhry Muhammad Ali resigned as Prime Minister as well as from his membership of the Muslim League, at the same time.

Today it is not difficult to understand that, the Horse trading and political dealership started immediately after resignation of Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, which has continued unstopped, till today. It has not only landed us in the ever-deepening bog, but also left into wilderness of extreme dimensions

I was the greatest critic of the One Unit for various reasons. It was difficult at that time to understand its gains. Chaudhry Muhammad Ali had clearly stated on announcing its establishment that, it was a very essential but slow moving process, which would take up to 40 years, before bearing fruits. But today, nothing can be more evident of its real benefits, which we lost by truncating the One Unit. It immediately resulted in the loss of East Pakistan. Imagine the scenario on completion of 40 years of One Unit which we would have completed in 1996. It would have completely eliminated ethnic and parochial tendencies, unifying the country into a single block of faithful people. Ironically, 1996 is the starting point of our most critical difficulties.

For the shortage of space I have not touched the efforts of Ayub Khan in trying to cement fragmenting One Unit and its leading to the dismemberment of the country, and creation of Bangladesh, which in itself is a very delicate separate discussion.

I am absolutely sure that, all our problems started when we went astray after deviating from Unity, which should have been followed with realization of Faith in our capabilities and resources with Disciplined approach to achieve our targets fixed by leaders religiously breeding and following the National Character based upon the simple requirements given by the Father of the Nation. All other wounds and pains are the after-shoots of these main issues.

M.Saeed, Pakistan - 27 October, 2007

A Clarification

This is to clarify Rao Saheb's misunderstanding on my 'dunderhead' comment.

My comment was not directed at you at all sir. Far from it, I agree with your agreeing with the author. It was rather directed at the churlish effort of one Aman from India. Please do read his comment and you will know why I wrote what I wrote.

By way of further comment, I quite agree with Saeed Saheb's analysis. However, much water has flown under the bridge since then and the present situation in Pakistan has gone far beyond those initial failures. As far as his suggestion of replacing the word 'weep' with 'bleeding heart' because men are not suppose to 'weep', I believe these are just words to effectively put across one's point. I, for one, read nothing more in it. I believe the author has effectively made his point and given his solution. He exhorts us, the silent majority, to rise up and check the extremism of the violent, vocal minority. I agree with him.

Many Indians and only a few Pakistanis have thought fit to comment on this vital issue. That speaks for our disdain. One comment, by Kilo from Pakistan, is particularly strange. His comment suggests that the millions of us Pakistanis who are seeking livelihood for our children in far off lands have forfeited the right to be concerned about our fatherland. I find it particularly naïve, if not downright offensive.


Khalid Haroon, Ukraine - 28 October, 2007

CLARIFICATION TO THE CLARIFICATION


Sir:

I respectfully apologize for the misunderstanding. In exchanges of this type, there exist openings for outbursts.

Exchanges in the Pakistani press can be classified into to two broad varieties.

1. Pakistanis feel that India tends to discriminate against Muslims and it is the moral duty of Pakistanis to defend the rights of “Muslims everywhere” and especially in India.
2. Indians tend to rebut by quoting the instances of successful Muslims in India. They feel that these examples are sufficient to claim that India is land of equal opportunities to all especially the Muslims of India.

Both tend to forget the ground realities of their respective countries.

Pakistan was created as a homeland for India Muslims to free from the “money lending cruel” Hindus. Pakistanis being Muslims are noble, innocent and straightforward and that the Hindus are devious, ignoble and weak.

Indians feel that “More Muslims chose to be in India after the partition and that Pakistan has not lived up to the ideals Islamic values.”

Pakistanis feel that “They are Muslims first and all other next.”

This quarrel will never end.

While the U.S. (that dropped a nuclear bomb of Japan) and Japan, Germany, France, Italy have all made up and that South and North Koreas want to get together, why do Indian and Pakistanis wrap themselves up in the holy robes of their respective religions and want to fight on?

It is a fact that there were 22% Hindu, Sikh and other minorities in Pakistan when the two nations were created. Now the minority population in the Land of the Pure is less than 3%. While the population of Muslims in India has gone up!

Why are the Bihari Muslims of Bangladesh being denied the right to go to Pakistan?

India is not a perfect country or the land of purity. No democracy is. Military takes over a country to “right the wrongs of elected governments” and invariably create more of a mess. Pakistan is no exception.

Pakistanis cannot solve the problems of Indian Muslims- they can only voice their opinions to “side step the hard realities back home.” The Indian Muslims are not a monolithic community. They speak different languages, follow different traditions and regional variations, have different food habits, do not generally marry into other groups. There are educated professionals, very successful business people, politicians, artists, writers, sportsmen and women, public personalities, poor have-nots, petty traders, victims of social and other abuses from within their community and others – in short they reflect the microcosm of the status of the majority community.

Neither the Hindus nor the Muslims or other communities in India can claim to united and open minded.

Pakistan is no haven of Muslim idealism. Muslim rulers have neither been enlightened, kinder, gentler and open minded to their own kind. There is room to cry for the nation.

So sir, let us not waste time in mudslinging and name calling.

We are all in the same boat.

A. V. Rao
New York


A. V. RAO, United Kingdom - 29 October, 2007

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