Your silence can mean more murders

09Mar11

At Gawaahi.com, we urge you to speak out. Speak out against injustice, religious bigotry, violence against women, fascism and any number of problems that are increasingly visible here in Pakistan. At the end of a video showing how government school girls — not potential Taliban terrorist boys in training at madrassas — were parroting the meaning of Pakistan to be La’ilaha’ill’Allah, the words *made popular by the brutal dictator, General Zia UlHaq, we suggested you ask for more attention to this country’s education system. For Pakistan cannot mean La’ilaha’ill’Allah as it is not the exclusive domain of a Muslim majority.

Through the gifted blogger, Mehreen Kasana’s animated post, My body, my country, we hoped you would discover the need for parents and guardians to speak candidly to children about the realities of molestation. And you did, as proved by our anonymous contributor who wrote that after seeing the site, she felt inspired to speak out, not only to tell her story, but also, to spread the word on pedophilia.

But there is something else that I would like to encourage you to do, and that is to step up. We too have a collective responsibility to bear in the state of Pakistan today. Yes, it is true that there has been a concerted depoliticization campaign of the people of this country. Yes, it is a fact that years of repeated military rule followed by weak, powerless democracies (for we all know where the real power lies) have made us feel our voices and actions are irrelevant. Yes, there can be no denial that there is much that is wrong, and it feels too overwhelming to change as an individual.

But I am an individual. You are an individual. Together we are much more. We complain that we do not have icons. I say we do. Our s/heroes are the ones who came out on the streets through the decades. The reason you and I do not believe in our voices is because we are not reminded every day of those who stepped up. Their achievements, the blows they bore by the authorities are not shared with us in our history books, on our television sets and in our daily lives. They may have endured violence, but there is no passivity in being struck again and again, in being arrested, but not wavering in the face of oppression. I speak of Asma Jehangir, Benazir Bhutto and the countless women and men who spoke, wrote and acted. They believed in themselves, in this country, in hope, in the possibility of potentiality and in us.

Let us also believe in ourselves, and in a future that will not be ours, and does not deserve to be ours if we do not fight for it. I would never be one to undermine the importance of the written word, but there is a time to write, to speak, and then, there is the time to act. The time for us to act is now.

Please step up with me. Do not think it will not make a difference. It will. There are precedents for it, and we must have the will to set new precedents, or let me reiterate — there will be nothing left for us to fight.

I ask you to step up with me on March 12. Join the letter campaign to the Government and Judiciary against religious intolerance on Saturday, March 12 from 11am to 7pm. I hope to see you then.

The mass letter signing campaign is TODAY Saturday March 12 at Jehangir Kothari Parade opposite Park Towers, Clifton, Karachi from 11am to 7pm. Please be there!

*This post was modified on March 10, 2011.

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17 Responses to “Your silence can mean more murders”

  1. 1 Shobz

    I agree with what you have written over here. Silence means that people are effectively endorsing whatever is happening in our country. The judiciary is quite weak when it comes to the law and so far I have only seen them going after the government instead of tackling important matters. This is one reason why we don’t have proper laws in the country and the fact that no one gets justice. The more people who stand up against them the stronger we are in numbers. I will do whatever I can do to help out.

  2. @author………..
    ur mode will b slow…..bt wid time effective for sure……i went through a report may be outlining Amnesty International, working on these direction in their campaign for “prisioner of conscience”………..best of luck and like always a journey starts with the 1st step!

  3. Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.
    Holy Quran 5:32

    We need to eradicate the places and sources from where such extremist are keep producing and keep coming not only through gun but by knowledge as well.

  4. 4 sanober

    well i agreed that we should step up against unjust,religious bigotry women victims n many more happening in pakistan.but our founder Qaide azam made pakistan on the basis of muslim majority a seperate nation he himself called out the slogan ;Pakistan ka matlab kia la ila ha ilal lah’we cant igore it.

    • Thank you for your comment, Sanober. Please read this: http://bit.ly/ei8d8G

      • Snober is Right. Spekout does not mean we change the fact for ourself.

        Second, dont know why people relate terrorism with “madersas”.Its also one of a very big mis information.

        Thrid,this new wave of “intolerance” is started after war against Afghanistan.
        Do not know, why people think that if we help america in destroying ohter`s country… We will remain safe!

    • dear naveen may b i misunderstand i have gone through the website but i want my country to have peace people live togather with love and care.my moitve to join GAWAAHI.COM to bring my country on world wide position i wanna remove the ‘bad fame’tags from the name of my country over the rest of the world.lal masjid incidnece,dr afia,drown attacks,ramin davis target killing,un faithful leaders,benazir murder n many more……compell me to think what would happen next?i love my country n religion no rebeliation, conflicts n invasion in the name of any relgion n races.i respect all humans.i wish i can see ecstatic time in my country.we dont want interim leaders any more……thanx thats not stump for us

  5. Here’s a link that some people might find interesting – including Sanober: http://tinyurl.com/6kq2ldk

    Incidentally, it was not Jinnah sahab who said that, it was Professor Sodai. Read this http://tinyurl.com/6dctx2e

  6. The mass letter signing campaign is TODAY Saturday March 12 at Jehangir Kothari Parade opposite Park Towers, Clifton, Karachi from 11am to 7pm. Please be there!


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