Pakistan, gentle readers, is imploding.
Zordari has been sworn in as President at the back of deals made with MQM and other nefarious organizations (here’s lookin at you, Zalmay!)
US/NATO air and ground troops are conducting operations inside Pakistan – with requisite civilian casualties and widespread public discontent in Pakistan.
But, these two recent stories break my heart:
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a remote area of Balochistan province, that five women were buried alive, allegedly by the younger brother of Mr. Sadiq Umrani, the provincial minister and a prominent leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, the ruling party. However, police have still not arrested the perpetrators after one month of the incident.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that an anchor person working for a prominent television channel has incited Muslims in Pakistan to kill – to devastating effect. The targets are followers of the Muslim Ahmadi sect, a group which has been declared non-Islamic under the constitution of Pakistan. The first killing happened within 24 hours of the broadcast, and just under two days later a district chief of the Ahmadi was murdered. Followers of the religion are understandably frightened, and many have left their homes and are taking shelter at their central mosque, the Rabwa.
These are not simply heinous crimes – these are markers of severe damage appearing in a society that is cracked and fissured.
It goes without saying that I expect all of you to click to AHRC site and send a petition to responsible parties. It’s the least we can do.
ps. Here, in a more innocent time, I introduced you to “Dr.” Aamir Liaquat Hussain – a murderer.
pps. Yes, I do believe that “Dr.” Aamir Liaquat Hussain should be prosecuted, as a murderer, for the deaths.