Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The highlight being a massive attack outside the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. A dump truck filled with explosives detonated outside the hotel, leaving a 20m X 6m deep crater. Majority of the causalities were Pakistani, but at least 5 foreign nationals also became victim, of which were 2 American military personnel, a Danish intelligence agent, the Czech Ambassador to Pakistan and his Vietnamese companion, and a US State Dept. employee. Among the injured were 6 Germans, 4 Britons and a Filipino receptionist from the hotel.
1. 6th, Peshawar, N.W.F.P. Two suicide attacks; 50+ dead; 80+ injured.
2. 20th, Islamabad, Punjab. Massive suicide car bomb outside the Marriott Hotel; 60+ dead; 250+ injured.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
December 25, 1876 - September 11, 1948
Founder of Pakistan
His Mausoleum in Karachi, Pakistan
Looking at the condition of Pakistan now, sometimes I truly wonder if it would've been better had Pakistan not been created. Is it better to be living in a common land with Hindus, be ruled by them, be a minority to them, and to be maltreated by them. Or is it better to be maltreated and pushed around by your own people? Have we wasted all the efforts of such a great leader, whose entire existence revolved around secularism? Or is there still hope?
And as they say ... "God Bless America and the rest can go to hell"
This topic has wrecked so many brains, I don't even know what else I can say that it would get through to some Obese Ones on the West Side.
I can only pray to God to bestow some sanity and humanity on those desperately lacking.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Being at the receiving end of the gun is never easy. We've often seen in movies where a barbaric villain crosses all limits to attack and hurt the innocent or the hero. But when the hero turns the situation around, and the villain finds himself frozen at the hero's gunpoint sharply positioned at his forehead, there must be this heart-sinking feeling of how bad he's been, and how much pain he's inflicted. There has to be! If not, then that's not a human we're dealing with.
Anyways. There are a few forms of death that nobody would like to imagine themselves in. Being buried alive is one of them. It's a slow, painful, very scary death. 3 girls, between the ages of 16 and 18, were buried alive in a remote part of Baluchistan, Pakistan, after being shot. The girls were dragged into their pits while still bleeding, and covered with earth and stones. The reason? They wanted to marry a man of their choice.
2 older relatives of the girls were given the same death after they tried to defend the girls.
The worst part of the story being, the Baluchistan government is part of this crime. The province is known for it's tribal lifestyle, and honor killings are very common in the region. It is said that the a Provincial Minister's brother is the tribal chief of the region, and he overlooked into having the girls kidnapped in government vehicles.
In Pakistan's national parliament, an MP from Balochistan Israrullah Zehri said on Friday that "this action was carried out according to tribal traditions", a view backed up by some other male lawmakers, who attacked a woman senator who had raised the case.
"These are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them," Mr Zehri added over the weekend.
This part shocks me each time I read it. Where are the maulanas and the mullahs and the fatwa-passers of the world at this point? Why don't they go beyond merely a condemnation? Why don't they take strict action towards such barabrianism that is defaming Islam? The perpetrators of such crimes are obviously agreeing to the fact that these are ancient traditions of their forefathers that they aren't willing to give up, then where is their sense of reasoning in accordance with Islam? They are making up part of a government that is without a doubt of an Islamic nation. The laws are made keeping Islam in mind. They themselves are Muslims at an individual level. Then why isn't anyone there to punish them? Is the Muslim world sleeping?
The next time I read anything about the Ulimahs of the world talking about enforcement of the Shariah in a non-Muslim country, I've had enough!