Musharraf promising for the Nth time that he will crackdown on
for London Blasts Lies With the West and General Musharraf
Wajid Shamsul Hasan
July 18: Following the horrendous July 7 bomb blasts that killed
more than 50 innocent commuters and injured over 700 others, Scotland
Yard and intelligence agencies have been leaving no stone unturned
to find out who were the barbaric culprits who damaged the tranquility
of world's most favorite cosmopolitan haven for all races and
painstaking efforts have led to certain leads and they seem to
have identified the youngsters who acted as suicide bombers for
perpetrators of global violence. It is shameful to know that those
allegedly traced to the bomb blasts are Pakistanis of British
origin. The master mind behind them, of course, is an Egyptian
of Al-Zawahiri mould.
death-loaded bloody trauma has brought Pakistan into unprecedented
international glare of suspicion as the most dreaded cradle of
terrorism while as Muslims they were already at the receiving
end due to Al-Qaeda's dastardly bombing of 9/11. Besides the albatross
of being the epicenter of global terrorism hangs around their
necks due to the never-ending involvement of our military rulers
with the Jihadi elements.
involved in London suicide bombings deserve to be condemned unequivocally.
We fully endorse the demand that the roots of terrorism must be
destroyed at all cost. We have full faith in the British innate
sense of justice and fair play and we are confident that no harm
would come to innocents Muslims especially Pakistanis who have
been enjoying all sorts of freedoms here denied to them at home
since ages and who have been proudly contributing their share
of services in every field of human endeavor for the peace and
prosperity of the multi-culture and multi-religious British society.
and law-abiding Pakistanis in Britain are whole-heartedly with
the authorities to unearth the key terrorists. In Pakistan itself,
every one wants that culprits be found and they be punished so
that such dastardly deeds are not repeated. They also have profound
concern that their compatriots living in the United Kingdom do
not become victims of a racist backlash that is trying to raise
its ugly headed despite the best efforts of the police authorities
managing admirably well the post-July7 situation.
like the bunch of terrorists who had their evil ways of doing
things, racists too do get away with their ulterior motives when
the society needs utmost peace and inter-communal harmony. One
could refer to a few incidents where the racists have willingly
targeted Pakistanis notwithstanding General Pervez Musharraf's
assurance that Islamabad would go out of the way to help British
government get down to the roots of terrorism.
also claims that it had forewarned London on the eve of British
elections in April/May of the possibility of terrorist strikes
in the United Kingdom. I am sure such assurances -- if sincerely
put in action -- would definitely go a long way in combating terrorism
especially when Pakistan has been singled out as the epicenter
of global terrorism by the West and in case of London bombings
too, it is being alleged that the suicide bombers had been trained
in Pakistani madrassas and Jihadi training camps.
British authorities will have to probe the real causes of terrorism
including war in Iraq and find out what went wrong locally as
well what drove the suicide bombers to commit the despicable act
of killing innocent people. Besides, it is the responsibility
of the democratic West to have a larger view of the problem. It
is not only related to current sense of deprivation, abuses, victimization
and exploitation, denial of human rights but it has more to do
with the West's support to unrepresentative and military dictators
causing larger and wider frustration among the Muslim masses.
the West sincerely gets down to tracing the root cause of terrorism
it would find it leading to the door steps of military rulers
as far as Pakistan is concerned while in the case of other Muslim
countries, the blame would go to those rulers who deny their people
the right to chose their own government.
case study of Pakistan will suffice enough to make the Americans
and the men in the London's Whitehall realize where they have
gone wrong. Pakistan's rapid slide onto the road to terrorism
and Talibanisation started the day General Ziaul Haq subverted
democracy in July 1977.
of condemning the subversion of democracy and extra-constitutional
hijacking of the country by Zia the American leaders and their
western allies rushed to embrace the military dictator since they
had a role for him that no democratic government would have taken
upon itself to perform, that is, to wage their Jihad in Afghanistan
against the Soviet Union.
Americans and their other western democratic friends forgot about
their commitment to higher democratic ideals and they gave General
Ziaul Haq freedom to rule Pakistan through bayonet, bullet, whipping
and hanging of those who sought restoration of democracy including
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
They allowed him free trade in drug and arms, sent him suit cases
loaded with freshly printed dollars and gave him a blank check
to destroy civil society in Pakistan. While doing the dirty job
for the West, Zia got down to streamlining Pakistan from a democratic
polity to his dream child of a Deobandi-Wahabi state.
democratic interruptions in between did try to assert civil authority
but when they became too assertive, they were shown the door by
an overbearing military establishment that tolerates no dissent
or supremacy of the civil authority. Ever since then we are back
on the track where General Zia had left us in August 1988.
Musharraf has no doubt made too many U-turns to please and deceive
the West. However, he continues to run with the democratic western
hare while hunting with the extreme religious hounds within Pakistan.
And it is an irony that the Americans, the British and others
in the West see in him a solution to the global terrorism when
he, the military establishment and their mulla allies are actually
inherent part of the lethal problem.
do rush to blame poor Pakistani boys of being the villain of the
piece when actually fault lies elsewhere and should be shared
equally by the West and General Musharraf. Washington and London
must realize that by continuing to support mulla-military alliance
in Pakistan and not supporting return of democracy, they are actually
becoming a party to feeding epicenters of terrorism to grow from
strength to strength.
would do well to read an investigative story published in Monthly
Herald (July issue) of Karachi that lifts the veil from
the new breed of terror camps that have been allowed to get into
old business as usual by the present junta.
detailed reference to the recent disclosure of the visiting Kashmiri
leaders from Srinagar that they had enjoyed in thousands the hospitality
of and received training at Information Minister Sheikh Rashid's
Rawalpindi Farm House base camp set up by ISI, Herald's
investigative report titled "BACK TO CAMP - Pakistani militants
revive their training camps after a year-long break" has
explicitly exposed the ongoing training of militant youth from
various parts of the world. It is definitely an eye-opener.
to the report, inquiries made by a two-men team in Mansehra region
in NWFP alone revealed that at least 13 major camps had been revived
and were churning out overly brainwashed Muslim youngsters, fully
trained in martial arts and subversion. These camps are based
in the areas of Pano Dehri, Jallo Sufaida, Ogi, Lkhewari, Jabba,
Batrasi Naradoga, Akherilla, Hisari, Boi, Tanglaee and Acherian.
add insult to the injury of his western masters, the General in
Pakistan, whenever there is a spate of suicide bombing incidents,
re-issues his order issued several times previously, to clamp
down on the terrorists training camps or the terrorist organizations
that have resurfaced with a new name. Being nothing but eyewash,
his orders had no effects in the past so shall they end up in
oblivion now with more of the same, much of sound and fury, signifying
senior investigative reporter who has an access to the training
syllabi of some of the notoriously known madrassas and their brainwashing
operations, ridiculed the sweeping opinions that are being put
forward by the so-called Western experts stating that the young
Muslim suicide bombers are motivated to commit the dastardly acts
by the mullas who brainwash them injecting in them a message that
if they die in service of their religion or for the glory of it,
they would go straight into heaven where they would be greeted
by 72 houris (or virgins) all for each one of them.
experts unfortunately do not realize that it is not virgins that
attract them to become suicide bombers. It is their commitment
to a cause that makes them a martyr. And it is the importance
of the cause for which the mulla brainwashes them to the extent
that they become robots willing to do or die.
it also needs to be underscored here that it is not Islam or Muslims
that monopolize suicide bombers. History of the 20th century is
replete with stances where suicide bombers have been used in a
state of war. Not from too distant a past, we are reminded of
the Japanese suicide bombers, the famous Kamikazes, that unleashed
havoc on the Americans during the Second World War to the extent
that their dare could only be countered by American use of the
also have before us the long trail of the suicide bombers belonging
to Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. In both the cases, the perpetrators
of suicide bombing are not followers of Islam. Their religion,
Buddhism, has been non-violent like Islam that has no room for
killing of a human being by fellow human being. It is believed
that injustices, perceived or otherwise, breed violence that cannot
be controlled or subdued either by reason or logic.
In conclusion, it is a case of as you sow so shall you reap. Had
the West not nurtured and nourished, funded and armed the Mulla-Military
alliance in Pakistan to wage its Jihad in Afghanistan there would
not have been curse of terrorism originating from Pakistan. The
innocent youngsters-turned-into lethal suicide bombers are a direct
outcome of the subversion of democracy, subversion of the constitution
and disempowerment of the people and earlier opening up of floodgates
of kalashnikov and heroin culture soon after General Zia had staged
his military coup to convert Pakistan into a Deobandi-Wahabi garrison
but not the least, if the West wants to protect its values, its
freedoms, its democracy, its fundamental rights then it must see
to it that the curse of mulla-military alliance in Pakistan ends
without further delay.
recently passed Hisba Bill by the MMA-controlled NWFP Assembly,
spells out clearly the direction of the future wind in entire
Pakistan. It is not only against the Constitution but also violates
the fundamental human rights and paves way for rapid Talibanisation
aims at setting up a chain of priest judges at the provincial,
district and tehsil levels and raise a brigade of new Hisba police
to enforce what the political official regards as 'virtue' and
whip out what he considers as 'evil' in the name of religion,
a grim reminder of Taliban rule in Afghanistan when heads were
shaved of visiting Pakistani football team as it was considered
evil by the Taliban.
Hisba laws are much more of the same that have terrorized citizens
in Nigeria where innocent people have been lashed in public for
non virtuous behavior. Soon Pakistan will have the "tiktikis"
(a contraption to which victims were tied to be flogged) that
had symbolized General Zia's ruthless rule, decorating every public
and sanctity of one's home would be shredded to pieces when the
Virtue Hounds would peep inside one's four-walls. And Hisba vigilantes
would be seen parading women in the nude in public to teach them
a lesson in modesty. Besides, the Hisba force would also interfere
with the media.
only people that would remain untouched by the Hisba laws would
be the personnel belonging to the armed forces. Obviously there
could not be a better manifestation of Mulla-Military alliance
than the Hisba laws. Those who fear sporadic terrorism better
get ready. Soon MMA's virtue vigilantes would be exported en masse
to correct the wayward West!
writer is a former Pakistan High Commissioner to UK