Deep contradictions

Masood Khan

Though there was uproar in the media when Jamat-e-Islami (JI)’s then Ameer, Munawar Hassan declared Al-Qaeda’ chief, Osama bin Laden, and TTP leader, Hakeem Ullah Mehsud as martyrs; however, no one was surprised by that outburst as that represents what JI has been struggling for decades. But when such a statement comes from Imran Khan and his party, PTI, leaders, one wonders to what direction Khan is taking the young generation of this country. Imran was very vocal on Hakeem Ullah Mehsud’s death in 2013 drone attack and called for NATO supplies blockade, even his party called Taliban as their brethren and offered them to open office in Peshawar. One would have thought that since 2013, Khan has learnt some lessons, but apparently that’s not the case. He and his party are still playing the role of pied piper, taking the youth on the path of mental suicide. Has PTI forgotten the massacres by Taliban at APS, BKU, Kabul, Helmand, Kundoz, Hazara enclaves? I was really disappointed by PTI’ spokesman, Naeem ul Haq calling the Taliban leader, Mullah Mansoor a shaheed (martyr). If you call him martyr, what about hundreds of civilians, children and women attacked and killed by Taliban — are they not martyrs? What a contradiction!
In fact, it’s not only PTI, we all are living in a contradictory world — just days before Mullah’ death, Pakistan foreign affairs adviser showed frustration over Taliban refusal to attend peace talks, now foreign office is drumming that droning of Mullah has destroyed the peace talks chances. After dramatizing the DNA test of Mullah, Choudry Nisar is now after NADRA’ junior staff for issuing of ID card and passport to Mullah Mansoor. Whom he thinks he is befooling around; who doesn’t know in Pakistan on what passport Taliban leaders travel to UAE and Qatar, obviously not an Afghan passport. Defence analyst and political leaders are singing the sovereignty epic in every TV talk show, some one should ask them what Mullah was doing on our soil, only then ask the question who droned him!
Let’s come out of these contradictions and see what the outside world is saying about us. Otherwise keep wondering why Pakistan is feeling isolated while all its neighbours are getting united. No one can help us unless we are truthful to ourselves and are able to call a spade a spade.
— Saudi Arabia

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