As the nation was still in a shock on the sad incident of serial attacks on the Polio vaccination team across the country, today another incident has further aggravated the overall melancholic environment in the country. Bashir Bilour, who always used to take vehement stand against the terrorism and any sort of anti-democratic and anti-state actions, was silenced by the ‘kharjities’ aka ‘Tehrik-e-Taliban today in Peshawar.
If we go through the political history of Awami National Party (ANP), then we come across this very fact that ANP has always resisted against the religious fundamentalism and continuously victimized for such stand along with Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP).
In recent times, when Afghan war was started in 1980s, our civil & military elite fought a proxy war in Afghanistan and we got (more thn) enough financial and ammunition support from Middle Eastern states and Uncle SAM. At that time, there were two prominent parties i.e. ANP and PPP which opposed such state policies in Pakistan and clearly stated that it’s not a ‘JIHAD’ (Holy war) but ‘FASAD’ (Riot); and were of the view that whole nation will later be reaping the crop which is going to be cultivated by this Afghan war.
And sadly, what we are witnessing today in the form of terrorism is result of those fatal policies which were sponsored and engineered, to a considerable extent, by the state itself since Zia’s regime.
Almost five years back, Pakistan had to bear the loss in shape of martyrdom of Benazir Bhutto, first female premier of Muslim world. She also took firm stand against terrorism and ultimately victimized by the rigid and fundamentalist frame of mind like Bashir Bilour.
Indeed, persons like Bashir Bilour and Benazir had clear choice to remain silent and allow the terrorists and extremists to do what they are doing, or to stand up and say this is wrong and we are going to try and save the country and undeniably they have taken the second choice courageously…