THE LAND OF THE PURE?
Pakistan is anything but Pure..
On Wikipedia, it says: “The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a sovereign country … with a population exceeding 180 million people.
Located at the crossroads of the strategically important regions of South Asia, Central Asia, and Western Asia, [it] is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west and north, Iran to the south-west, and China in the far north-east.
“The name Pakistan literally means ‘Land of the Pure’ in Urdu and Persian. It was coined in 1933 as Pakstan by Choudhry Rahmat Ali, using it as an acronym, referring to the names of the five northern regions of the British Raj: Punjab, Afghania Province, Kashmir, Sindh, and Balochistan.”
Of course, at the time of its birth, Pakistan had an eastern wing called East Bengal, later East Pakistan, now independent Bangladesh. Notice that no mention was made of Bengal in the naming of the new country.
Bengal, which boasted a bigger population (56% of the whole of Pakistan), was totally overlooked. The land of the pure had anything but purity; the nation consisted of Punjabis, Sindhis, Pathans, Balochis, Mohajirs (immigrants from India), as well as the rebellious Bengalis.
The Punjabis had the loudest voice, the ever-dominating Aryan voice of the sub-continent, but were resented by the others. The resentment has carried on to the present. The Punjabis, with their Aryan blood and fairer skin, looked down upon the others for centuries.
The concept of Pakistan or a Muslim entity in the sub-continent came to poet Iqbal who, disillusioned by the Congress party and then the internal squabbling within the Indian Muslim League, approached Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Iqbal believed “that only Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a political leader capable of preserving this (Muslim) unity and fulfilling the League’s objectives on Muslim political empowerment.”
Little did he know that Jinnah was a British stooge; maybe he had known but decided that the need for a Jinnah was a more important factor. Iqbal’s dream and Jinnah’s persistence caused the birth of Pakistan. The British also grabbed the opportunity to apply their favourite “divide and rule” policy.
Iqbal, a Bolshevik sympathiser, was termed a “murtad” by the mollahs for his poems.
A murtad is a Muslim who has lost his faith. Jinnah, a suave anglophile, was more comfortable living in Bombay; his agnosticism was not hidden too well. Irony present from the very inception of the land of the pure.
Pakistan is a land of contradictions and a failed state to boot.
Having annexed the eastern wing of Bengal in the name of Islam, they exploited them dry using the money they made from jute, grown in the east, to build a modern western wing.
The west held almost all military installations, and the infrastructure there was something the Bangalis could only dream of. They even tried to deprive the east of her language.
When the east became uncontrollable and demanded, at first, autonomy, and then all-out independence, they clamped down and ran a pogrom rarely seen in the history of the world.
On March 25, 1971, the Pakistani army was unleashed on Dhaka and the rest of the landmass: The mayhem was complete, with millions killed in a vendetta of ridding Muslims of the influence of Hindu India, with Hindus killed or purged and hundreds of thousands of women raped mercilessly, irrespective of the deities to whom they bowed their heads — an available woman is a woman irrespective of race, creed, or religion and the “Muslim flag of Pakistan” stood in all earnest, not always to salute.
The Pakistan of today has become a place resembling hell rather than purity. Their sectarian violence is causing bloodshed every day. There is no tolerance for differing views or other religions. Freedom of speech can only be exercised at one’s own peril.
A man with any semblance of a conscience and living in Pakistan is the most depressed person on Earth, boasting melancholia as his shadow.
The Talebs bomb people before sitting down to talk matters with them. The use of drugs is rampant.
It is not unusual today that the current state of Pakistan wants to deny the genocide it perpetrated in 1971. They have the Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report that claims 26,000 people were killed.
The commission was to report of the misconduct, if any, of the army and it recommended courts-martial for many, a verdict which Bhutto hid to keep the army in check.
Some people living in Bangladesh with still love for the “good old days” (some CSPs included) who are as yet effectual in Bangladesh are often seen tooting this horn, albeit ostensibly, as if the Pakis were not all that bad.
The establishment of the known war-time villains in the political field and theme being welcomed in the political scene have also gone a long way in the current Pakistani mindset.
These collaborators have built up a huge economic empire and have been planting seeds within the administration for decades — we have even hanged a war criminal who used to be a minister a decade ago.
Pity to the land that has killed many of its heroes to keep the old suit-wearing fogies and war criminals living in glory.
For those of the new generation who have been born after 1971 or were force-fed history that is apocryphal at best, I would request to find the article written by Pakistani journalist Anthony Mascarenhas in the June 13 issue of UK’s The Sunday Times.
BBC commented on the article: “On 13 June 1971, an article in the UK’s Sunday Times exposed the brutality of Pakistan’s suppression of the Bangladeshi uprising. It forced the reporter’s family into hiding and changed history.”
I would also request that people read about the massacre at Chuknagar: The details are available in books by Muntasir Mamun and more recently from the book written by Salil Tripathi.
The land of the pure is disintegrating fast and will add a chapter to the revised edition of Dante’s Inferno.
Let us all be thankful to the martyrs of 1971 for saving the Bangalis from this descent into hell and work to keep Bangladesh firmly rooted in its ideals of pluralism.
So, if Pakistan is spewing venom about Bangladesh, so be it. The smart people know what had happened, and Donald Trump supporters don’t yet rule the world … thankfully.
DECEMBER 19, 2015