The origins of this poem are traced to a speech from Martin Niemöller. This poem that I will paste now really demonstrated how we did behave and how we should have behaved at that time. The same theme can be applied on what is happening now in Pakistan. We need to speak UP against the injustices and racism that, unfortunately, still exists. Many nations that were involved in WWII have now come to terms with its history. For instance, Germany and Canada are teaching their students what they have done wrong during the war era. Today, the course books in Germany teach their students that what they did with Jews was absolutely wrong. They now have realized their mistakes and are making sure that it does not happen again. They asked the people at that time that when they were sending the Jews away to the concentration camps and burning them in gas chambers, how can you not realize that what was happening around you? Why did you not speak UP against the Nazis? So here goes the poem and I hope that we also come to terms with our History esp. the Zia era and tell our students about the oppression done by those so-called leaders. Rattalization would not bring a change Continue reading
Once again the Taliban have hit Lahore. But this time, it wasn’t a building or a chowk but it was a Masjid/place of worship of a different sect. Two Masjids have been targeted and near 80 innocent people have died. A terrorist has been captured and more will be captured as time unfolds. But will those terrorists be prosecuted? Will they be asked to pay for the lives of those innocent people who have been slaughtered? The Talibans think that they are making Pakistan the land of pure by causing anarchy everyday. But today as I write this, my heart looks for that once-there peace in these blood-soaked streets of Pakistan.
One wonders what Ahmedis have done to the Taliban. They have been living their life peacefully since they have been declared non-Muslims in 1974. We capture the Taliban but do we prosecute them?