I am not sure what is so bad about Shehzad Roy’s opinion about excluding chapters related to Muslim conquerors from text books of early classes? Instead of indoctrinating with a predefined opinion (right or wrong) focus should be on capacity building of a child’s brain. Once the brain is developed to think freely then present history with alternate view points on it so that a child can make up his own mind on the issues. Whats wrong with that?
The problem is that most people seem to be used to of blind following of their sufis, mullahs, ayotullahs etc and too much into blind nationalism. Is it necessary to develop a child’s brain on india hatred? Yes, we have problems with India over Kashmir and many other issues but instead of teaching them establishment’s version of history we can help them develop an understanding of concepts like freedom, justice, free thinking etc and I am sure once a child will grow up and if he sees injustice being done not only in Kashmir but also in FATA, Balochistan etc then he will develop discontent with the situation in these areas.
The problem is they want to develop hatred with India or other enemies but not with the injustices they were doing which lead to divisions because the establishment and their supporters are doing injustices in their own country which are sometime worse than what India is doing in Kashmir. India never used aerial bombings on occupied Kashmir’s civil population but Pakistan establishment did it many times on tribal areas.
We need to understand that Jinnah and Iqbal were not brought up on India hatred but still they are known as founders of Pakistan.
We have recently seen some of the deadliest terrorist attacks on Hazara community, religious leaders of both Shia and Sunni sects, mafia wars in Karachi and resulting terrorism. It is interesting to see that whenever there is a momentum in support of peace dialogue these things pick up their pace as if someone is not satisfied with the idea of peace.
We need to see who is benefiting from this war?
It seems establishment and their NRO don’t like the idea of peace so they will do anything to use any event for an excuse to continue this war mess. PPP has launched Shehla Reza and Faisal Raza Abidi again to play sectarian card, Zardari had a nice photo session with Khemenei and MQM is again playing similar cards. Now its time for people of Pakistan including Shias to think if they again want to fall for these pro-war and pro-status quo groups and present themselves as a fuel for this war?
Despite corruption in 90s, it was not that bad and lives were better and safer but now its a mess out there in our cities. We need to come out of this mess and for this first we need to come out of this war and then isolate those who are benefiting from this war. Without cooling down the fire in FATA, Balochistan etc we cannot expect peace in the country.
There are other factors than this war or sectarianism which are playing their role. It seems Abbas town blast has more to do with other things than sectarianism. What many are not highlighting is that almost half were Sunnis and the area is not just full of “Shia” flats but they have “Sunni” flats too (probably in more numbers). It can well be another land mafia or other mafia or political thing which is being portrayed by MQM,PPP,ANP and other pro-war scum as sectarian or ethnic violence. All these parties have militant wings with full capability of carrying out such activity. We never had a proper inquiry about 2005 Nishtar Park bombings or 2010 Ashura Blast and resulting riots (it seems the riot time was ready for such blast).
Also, some people are demanding gun ban for people. For them I can only say that if you can’t understand that its already very hard for a common person to get a weapons license in Karachi whereas a criminal doesn’t care about these licenses and laws. Its time to demand the lifting of all kinds of bans and restrictions on heavy weapons as these restrictions are only making a common person defenseless against these criminal gangs. Self-defense or even personal revenge is a basic human right as long as it is not misused to harm unrelated people.
Its time we should stand up for our freedom against the powers of tyranny. The least we can do in this regard is not to support tyrants and their unjust actions.