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Shaheed Shahbaz BHUTTO! – by Danial Lakhnavi

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وزیر اعلی پنجاب کو “پنجابی طالبان” کی اصطلاح بہت ناگوار گزری ہے اور یہ ناراضگی بجا بھی ہے کہ ہماری سیکورٹی اسٹیبلشمنٹ کے میڈیایی تجاوزات اور پنشن یافتہ دفاعی تجزیہ کاروں کو ان تزویراتی اثاثوں کا پاکستان میں پھیلی صوباییت کی لعنت سے آلودہ ہونا گوارا نہیں ہے. ہاں قومی مفاد کے عنوان سے مزین خارجہ حکمت عملی میں یا اسی عنوان کے تحت سیاست میں طالبان اور پشتونوں کو باہم متبادل الفاظ یا مترادف قرار دینے میں کویی مضایقہ نہیں.

درحقیقت سعودی عرب سے نودرآمد شدہ مذہبی افکاروریال،خلیجی درہم ودینار اور امریکی سی آیی کے افغان جہاد پراجیکٹ کے دوران مختلف ممالک سے خریدے گیے روسی ساختہ اسلحہ سے لیس ملیشیا، پاکستان میں بسنے والی تمام اقوام( ماسوایے بلوچوںکے) کے افراد پر مشتمل اپنے مسلم امہ کے تصوراتی ہیولےاور “اک ہوں مسلم حرم کی پاسبانی کے لیے” کے مقدس مشن کے علمبرداروں کو کسی خاص قومی و تہذیبی اکایی سے جوڑنا درست نہیں. مگرکیا کیا جایے کہ پاکستان میں الفاظ واصطلاحات کے معانی محل وقوع سے متعین ہوتے ہیں.

شھباز بھٹی کی المناک شھادت پر اس کے قاتلوں کو پنجابی طالبان قرار دینے کے علاوہ بعض افراد کا ان کو شھید قرار دینا بھی ناگوار گزرا ہے. لیکن ان سے کیا شکوہ کہ شہید سلمان تاثیر کے خاندان کی ملکیت اور ان کےفرزندارجمندجناب شہریار علی تاثیر کے زیر ادارت چلنے والے اخبار “آج کل” میں سلمان تاثیر کے بعد اب شہباز بھٹی کو بھی ھلاک کردیا گیا” کے عنوان سے اداریہ چھا پا گیا.ستم ظریفی حالات ہے کیا کہیے.یاشاید دیگر نشریاتی اداروں اور میڈیا ہاوسز کی طرح اردو اخبار کو پاپولسٹ ٹرینڈ کی پیروی کرنی پڑگیی ہےیوں بھی ہمارے فیشن ایبل لبرلز کو کیا خبر کہ اردو میں کیا چھپ رہا ہے، چاہے وہ اخبار تاثیر فیملی کا ہی کیوں نہ ہو.

ہمارے ایک بلاگر دوست نے گوجرہ کے المناک واقعات (جب مذہبی جنونیوں نے لوکل سیاسی جھتوں کی سرپرستی میں مسیحی آبادی پر دھاوا بول دیا تھا اور بچوں اور خواتین سمیت لوگوں کو زندہ جلادیا تھا) پر مسلسل لکھتے ہویے کہا تھا کہ گوجرہ کے المناک سانحے کی دلخراش یادوں کو دھندلا نے مت دینا، قوموں اور ریاستوں کے اجتماعی حافظے سے ایسے سانحات مدتوں چمٹے رہتے ہیں جو ایسے حوادث کے دہرایے جانے کے خلاف بھرپور مزاحمت کی تحریک فراہم کرتے ہیں. لیکن لگتا ہے ہمارے قومی احساس کولاحق سلیکٹیوایمنزیا کے عارضےکے باعث وہ تمام واقعات حرف غلط کی طرح مٹ چکے ہیں۔.

اورکیوں نہ مٹتے کہ گوجرہ میں زندہ جلائے جانے والے عورتوں اور بچوں کا تعلق ریاست پاکستان کے دوسرے درجے کے شہریوں سے تھا. وہ تو بھلا ہو سلمان تاثیر کا کہ اس نے اس طبقے کی ایک بیٹی آسیہ کے سر پہ ہاتھ رکھا. اور اس جرم کی پاداش میں شہادت کوگلے بھی لگا لیا مگر اس حادثے نے ہماری ایلیٹس کے شعور کو کسی حد تک جھنجھوڑضرور دیا ہے. یا آپ سمجھیں کہ میں اوور ریٹنگ کررہا ہوں. کیوں کہ سلمان تاثیر اور شہباز بھٹی میں شہادت کے علاوہ اک قدر مشترک ان کا سیاسی کردار بھی ہے..

لیکن ہمارے فیشن ایبل لبرلز یہ اعتراف نہیں کرتے کہ بندوق والے قطع نظر اس کےکہ وہ یونیفارم پہنے ہیں یا نہیں ان کا نشانہ سیاسی قوتیں ہی ہیں، کیوں کہ سیاسی قوتیں ہی کسی بامعنی تبدیلی کی بنیاد بن سکتی ہیں.

سول سوسایٹی کی سرگرمیوں کی نوعیت علامتی تو ہوسکتی ہے لیکن اگر ان کو لوگوں کو انگیج کرنا ہے تو اس کے لیے کویی غیر سیاسی میدان کبھی کارگر نہیں ہوگا.

شہریارعلی نے ایک مرتبہ طارق علی کی بی بی اور پیپلز پارٹی پر تنقید کے جواب میں لکھا تھا.

“Comrade when you were resisting the empire in westminister with Hollywood celebrities Bhutto’s were being murdered along with the working class workers of the party . That’s what made them leaders . So that you can write novels about them and make films on them and earn millions and than falsify facts.”

ایک دوست نے لکھا تھا کہ پیبلز پارٹی کی ڈی بھٹو فیکیشن ہونی چاہیے..ہوا یہ کہ پیپلز پارٹی کی ڈی بھٹو فیکیشن تو نہ ہوئی بھٹو فیکیشن کی توسیع ہوگئی ہے. اور ہزاروں کارکنوں عبداللہ مراد، منور سہروردی اور دیگر شہداء کی طرح سلمان تاثیر اور شہباز بھٹی نے بھی اس “ھال آف فیم” کو جائن کر لیا ہے

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  • Its great to see posts in Urdu here at LUBP. I think we should encourage authors like Danial and stress our editors if they could contribute in Urdu and other national languages as well,..
    Ahsan is contributing on regular basis in Urdu and Suleman too has contributed a very excellent Urdu piece…
    We want more Ahsan, Danial and Suleman.

  • یہ صحیح بات ہے کے اس مذہبی دہشتگردی کو لسانیت سے جوڑنا غلط ہے پہ یہ بات بھی حقیقت ہے کے اس پوری طالبانزیشن اور مذہبی دشتگردی کی جڑ اور نظریات پنجاب ہی ہی میں پھلتے پھولتے ہیں اور یہیں سے ایکسپورٹ ہوتے ہیں – آئی ایس آئی زدہ مولوی سب سے زیادہ پنجاب ہی میں ہے جاتے ہیں ، ایسے بہت سے لوگ ملیں گے جنکا آپ زندگی میں مذہب سے دور دور تک کا واسطہ نہیں ہوگا پر اپنے سیاسی نظریے میں وہ طالبان اور جماعتی نظریات کے حامی ہونگے .
    حافظ سید ہوں یا قاضی حسسیں ،منصورہ سے لے کر مرید کے سب کے سب پنجاب ہی میں ہیں . پنجابی طالبان کے اصل رہنما مَثَلاً حمید گل ،عمران خان اور جماعتیں جیسے جماعت اسلامی ،جماعت ادعوه ،سپاہ صحابہ وغیرہ سب کا پنجاب ہی میں پا یے جاتے ہیں
    پنجاب دراصل سعودی عرب جیسا کردار ادا کر رہا ہے یعنی جس طرح سعودی عربیہ نے اپنے نظریات کو ایکسپورٹ کیا اور دوسروں پر نافذ کرنے کی کوشش کی پر اپنے آپ کو سب سے محفوظ بنا لیا اسی طرح پنجاب کی مذہبی جماعتوں نے فوج کے وہابی اور جماعتی عناصر کے ساتھ مل کر افغانستان ،سرحد اور کشمیر میں اسلام کے نفاذ کی کوششیں کیں ،پر پنجاب کو محفوظ رکھا
    پختون ذاتی طور پر مذہبی پہلے بھی تھا پر پختونوں میں اخوان المسلمون کے جراثیم ضیاء الحق اور جماعت اسلامی سے آے جو پنجاب ہی سے تھیں .
    اس میں میں پنجابیوں کا قصور نہیں ہے بلکے یہ انسانی فطرت ہے کیوں کے انسان اپنے روزگار کے ساتھ جڑا ہوتا ہے اور پجابی عوام کا روزگار فوج کے ساتھ اور فوج کا روزگار انڈیا اور اسرئیل کی دشمنی پر اور یہ دشمنی میں سب سے برا عنصر اسلام اور اس کا حل فوج کی نظر میں جہاد پر یہ جہاد وہ خود نہیں کرتے ہیں بلکے جہادی تنظیموں سے کرواتے ہیں .اگر یہ سب نہیں ہوگا تو پیسے نہیں این گے اور روزگار نہیں ہوگا

  • Assassinated Pakistani Minister ‘Wasn’t Afraid Of Being Killed’

    Mourners at the burial of slain Pakistani Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti at his family graveyard in his native village Khushpur, Pakistan, on March 4.
    March 05, 2011
    Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister for minorities and the only Christian serving in the government, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on March 2. Al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the assassination, which ended one man’s life-long pursuit of religious tolerance in the face of violent extremism. Bhatti had recently sought to reform the country’s blasphemy laws, under which insulting Islam is punishable by death. Michael Horowitz, a close friend of Bhatti and an expert on religious freedom on the Hudson Institute, a conservative-leaning Washington think tank, spoke with RFE/RL about the assassination and on how liberalism can be supported in Pakistan.

    RFE/RL: In an interview with us in November 2010, you described Shahbaz Bhatti as “the bravest man I know.” Tell us more about your relationship with him and your impressions of him.

    Michael Horowitz: “I knew him quite intimately. I think that both of us regarded each other as, literally, brothers. It’s what we called each other. So this has been quite stunning and devastating for me. I’m a Jew and he spent a Passover Seder at our house a few years ago. [In] my last conversation with Shahbaz, I said, “Listen, if you don’t protect yourself and [you] get yourself assassinated, I’m going to kill you.” We both had a good laugh about that. We had worked very, very hard, along with members of Congress, to get the State Department to pressure the government of Pakistan to provide adequate security, which they of course did not. And [Bhatti] was a hard-headed realist — not the guy looking to be martyred that he is sort of portrayed as. [But] he wasn’t afraid of being killed and it took a little persuading to get him to care about his own life — that’s true.

    RFE/RL: What do you think Bhatti’s assassination says about the viability of liberalism in Pakistan?

    Horowitz: [It’s] hard to tell. I think the assassination says that time presents opportunities, and that if lost, they often are lost forever. Here’s what I mean: The West, and particularly the United States, did not understand [Bhatti’s] potential importance as a figure able to change the rules of the game in Pakistan and through the example of Pakistan, in much of the Muslim world. He got elected to the parliament as one of the minority representatives, and then, wonder of wonders, he was appointed to the cabinet. When he was appointed to the cabinet, by the way, there were celebrations in cities throughout Pakistan by all the minority religions. Here he was, this brave man and this example of what the possibilities in Pakistan really could be; and then, as minister, he began developing powerful relationships with the Islamic clerics.

    Most notably, he called an all-day session attended by the four principal imams of Pakistan, by heads of the leading madrasahs, and by the heads of all the other religious communities. They joined in this statement of principles calling for religious harmony throughout the country. The radicals — the Taliban, the Al-Qaeda, the Islamists — they knew who was behind it and they knew how targeted he was. At that point, there was an extraordinary opening to bring those Muslim moderates from out of the foxholes, but that would have taken press recognition of the importance of this statement. That would have taken an American ambassador who really understood its importance. That effort was not made. There was no recognition.

    RFE/RL: How should the Pakistani government and the West respond to Bhatti’s assassination to best discourage similar acts of violent against moderates?

    Horowitz: There’s only one possible response and one understanding of the situation in Pakistan and it is this: Words won’t do anything. Indeed, they’ll be worse than nothing, because they will announce to the murderers that the murders of [Governor Salman] Taseer [and] the murder of Bhatti serve their purposes.

    There is, however, another response, and that is to take Bhatti’s murder and the murder of Punjab [Governor] Taseer and make of it what happens when a great leader is assassinated: The leaders of the world congregate at a memorial service. If the [U.S.] Secretary of State or, indeed, the vice president, or in my judgment, the president does not attend — it’s probably too late to attend a funeral — but if we are not planning a memorial service in Islamabad to which [British] Prime Minister Cameron comes, to which President Obama comes, the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti will serve the purposes of the murderers. Once we [in the West] show that we stand with Shahbaz, once we say after the Taseer and Bhatti murders, “Never again,” once we show up with our bodies and in strength and not just write pieces of paper a thousand miles away, watch how religious tolerance increases in Pakistan.

    RFE/RL: Does Pakistani civil society have the ability to respond meaningfully to Bhatti’s assassination?

    Horowitz: One of the things [Bhatti] did as minister of minority affairs was set up around 120 district committees — harmony committees — of six Muslims and six non-Muslims, who regularly met with each other and began to understand each other’s issues and created that kind of civil society community. This was another extraordinary achievement that this remarkable man produced. Shahbaz deeply believed that there really was this impulse. And yet, here was the United States giving $5 billion a year or so to Pakistan. Did anybody in the United States say, “Hey, we’re giving you $5 billion, you better make sure that $20 million goes to the Ministry of Minority Affairs to help strengthen these harmony committees”? No.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/interview_assassinated_pakistan_minister_not_afraid_of_being_killed/2328905.html

  • Adam Thomson British High Commissioner , Pakistan RSS feed
    Remembering Shahbaz Bhatti
    Posted 04 March 2011 by Adam Thomson | 0 Comments
    This was another sad week for Pakistan. On Wednesday morning, I was telling journalists about a doubling of the UK’s aid to Pakistan, when I was horrified to hear that Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti had been shot and killed in broad daylight in Islamabad.

    As I said that day, his death is a loss to Pakistan and a deep wound inflicted on Pakistani society. On behalf of the British Government and my own family, I have sent my sincere condolences to Mr Bhatti’s grieving family and friends. Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague, Minister of State Alistair Burt and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi have also sent messages.

    Baroness Warsi and I met Minister Bhatti just a week ago during her recent visit to Pakistan. As ever, it was clear to us how fearless a voice Minister Bhatti was against extremism and intolerance, and how steadfastly he championed the rights of minority groups.

    The murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, and of Salman Taseer and others before him, poses questions about what kind of society Pakistan wants to become. It was not just an attack on a dedicated, democratically elected Government Minister. Nor was it just an attack on the representative of minority communities.

    It was an attack on Pakistan as a state and on Pakistan’s democracy. An attack on all Pakistanis who believe in tolerance, respect and a future free from the scourge of violent extremism. It was an attack on a people who have already suffered greatly; whose shrines have been attacked, whose girls schools have been destroyed, whose livelihoods and futures are being damaged and who have now lost another high profile voice for peace, tolerance and freedom of expression.

    All moderate people of all faiths should unite and condemn this act, and work together to end the violent extremism which abuses all Pakistanis. The stakes have been raised again. I hope and believe we are now seeing the emergence of an increasingly strong collective response from Pakistan’s society and political leadership to challenge the extremists. The Cabinet is to review the country’s national security strategy, the Prime Minister has spoken in support of the country’s minorities, the President has said Shahbaz Bhatti’s family will be given the chance to contest his parliamentary seat, protest rallies have been held, most political parties have spoken out.

    This is another kind of long march for Pakistan. I wish it well.

    Adam Thomson
    04 March 2011

    http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/roller/thomson/entry/remembering_shahbaz_bhatti

  • Asia Nasir, a Christian member of the National Assembly from Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), set the tone for the day when she addressed the portrait of Quaid-i-Azam, overlooking the house, and pleaded for him to notice the state of minorities in his country.

    “At the time of the creation of Pakistan, we (the minorities and the Muslims) were all one. But today, we feel we are out,” said Nasir. She said the Christian community would give its reaction after the funeral of Bhatti.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT4oGIWXfQ4&

    Dedicated to Shaheed Shahbaz Bhatti

    Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2011.

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