Archive for September, 2010

Mian Nawaz Sharif’s Choices

September 8th, 2010

Today, the Punjab Government is a forced marriage of fierce political adversaries i.e. PML-N and PPP with the junior partner (PPP) playing the role of the enemy within the coalition so that PML-N in Punjab does not become a success story. Mian Nawaz Sharif must be credited for his magnanimity in accommodating the PPP despite its negative role in the Punjab coalition. Why is the PML-N letting this happen is something only its leaders can explain. Sindh is a sad story with Karachi being torn apart by violence. Pakhtunkawa is a bargain government, like a hereditary estate, that the ANP and the PPP have distributed between themselves in return for ANP support to the PPP at the federal level.

Such is the state of governance in Pakistan. Most Pakistanis, by now, know that they are not even nominal stakeholders in the existing political dispensation based on absurd political compromises made by all the current political leaders. On the other hand, Pakistanis can get killed in earthquakes, drown in floods, get blown up in bomb blasts, get killed by target killers or just die of hunger and disease while the political gimmicks go on. Does anyone care? » More: Mian Nawaz Sharif’s Choices

Letter from a perpetrator of the Sialkot Incident by Tesseremos

September 3rd, 2010

The following was posted by a blog named Tesseremos. It made me think how much we Pakistanis have failed our own country. It is obvious that ‘one of the perpetrators’ is supposed to mean the 180 million indifferent Pakistani nation. This letter in which ‘I’ is a collective reference to the Pakistani nation must shake it’s collective conscience.The letter below is reproduced as on the Blog quoted above.


A lot has been said and written about the ‘Sialkot Incident’. From government officials to the municipal janitors, everyone has contributed to the debate. I am an insignificant person, but I think my voice should be heard. After all, they are talking about me. They are all looking for the perpetrators, angrily, with accusatory fingers pointed in all directions. I should come out and say it now, they are looking for me. I am responsible. I sit here, in my comfortable hideout. Afraid and guilty. I was the cause of the whole affair. What scares me more is that I haven’t repented yet. I am a dangerous person. You should all do something about me.

I was there when it all happened.

When I close my eyes I can hear the voices. Harsh, loud, cruel voices. I can remember how, amidst those, a thick stick hitting a pulp of a skull makes a terrifying noise. If you have a heart, you can even hear the blood spray. I was the one who suggested that we tie them up somewhere high, for everyone to see. Its true, I have no reason to lie.

But I would be lying if I said that it was a spontaneous crime. It was planned. I had been planning it for a long time. Preparing for it, calculating every move, measuring every step, creating stories, inventing reasons. For a long time. The exciting and colorful video that you saw was the fruit of the tree I had been carefully nurturing all my life. It was a public enactment of the climax of a story that I had willfully written. I had worked hard on it.
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