This is a sad day. The day began with the news that 21 out of 22 Levies personnel who were abducted by the Taliban from Peshawar were slaughtered. As the affected and concerned citizens mourned the news, reports started trickling in from Mastung where three buses carrying Shia pilgrims from Punjab were targeted, killing over 45 and injuring hundreds. The pilgrims were on their way to Mashhad and Karbala to commemorate the Arabaeen (40th of Prophet Mohammad’s (SAWW) grandson Imam Hussain (as), his family and companions who were slaughtered by Aal-e Sufyan, Muawiya, Yazid and his army). Mastung has seen many such slaughter of Shias in the past as well:
Both the news involved the massacres and tragedies of highest scale. Here were Pashtoon Levies personnel who were not shot, but slaughtered by Deobandi Taliban. Their families, which include children and infants along with women, will now see chopped off heads of their beloved. In Mastung attack, which was carried out by the Taliban’s allies Deobandi Sipah-e Sahaba and Lashakr-e Jhangvi, families may not be able to recognize their loved ones who were completely burnt in the blast, and the wounded burnt and maimed forever. The dead and wounded included a number of women and children.
Only yesterday, in the neighboring India, after the unfortunate death of a rape victim brought the entire country to standstill. Millions were on the streets, and social media was abuzz with messages of shock, sorrow and condemnation.
Different was the story on this side of the border.
In any land which is armed with nukes and hosts one of the biggest armies of the world, the incidents involving the slaughter of security forces and countless Shia women and children should have prompted the law enforcement agencies to act. All the same, the incidents should have forced the civil society, human rights activists and all the people to protest. The two incidents should have brought Pakistanis on the streets.
However, there was a distracting entertainment for Pakistan as a whole today: Cricket. Social media which is dominated by the Punjabi elite and the Urdu-speaking aspirants of fame were busy tweeting the score of cricket match between Pakistan and India. Some were praising the new bowler Junaid’s bowling, others appreciated the good inning of Dhoni. A day ago, the same Punjabi and Urdu-speaking elite were tweeting on the unfortunate rape victim in India but were silent now as if nothing had happened after the massacre of over 70 innocents. Nothing indeed has happened to them, the elite. Everything has happened to the victims of the same Punjabi generals’ proxies. Victims, after all, are collateral damage here.
Nothing more to add. For a sample, see the tweets of Punjabi and Urdu-speaking elite which have Kufi Shias too.