Samina Baig : Pride of Gilgit-Baltistan
Until you don’t do extraordinary you remain in oblivion. No one recognizes your identity. No one recognizes your rights. But when you venture out and set a record you’re not only recognized but esteemed and respected above all. At the same time your rewards and achievements are at the verge of being hijacked to trivialize your efforts by some people who want to get the whole credit.
Samina Baig of Gilgit Baltistan has made the history by conquering Mount Everest to become the first woman from Gilgit/Hunza who set this record. In the history of Mountaineering there a few names who have succeeded in this wild-goose-chase. Samina is undoubtedly the pride of Gilgit Baltistan and deserves respect and acknowledgment from all.
In the midst of celebrating Samina’s conquest, we see some very unrealistic news on Pakistani social and Electronic media referring her to be ‘First Pakistani Woman’. It’s unacceptable for any enlightened individual of Gilgit-Baltistan to forfeit their pride and identity this easily.
The people of Gilgit-Baltistan have been sidelined by Pakistan for decades. Their identity is in oblivion. When it comes to making records and becoming a symbol of success, the people of Gilgit eventually become ‘Pakistanis’ but while voting the CNIC of every single person of Gilgit-Baltistan was rejected, saying ‘You are not a Pakistani Citizen’ and of course you have no right to vote.
Samina Baig is also from Gilgit Baltistan (Hunza) and she too was rejected for using her right to vote. But since she has become the first woman to conquer the highest peak of the world, now she’s been referred as ‘The First Pakistani Woman’ which is true hypocrisy.
Congratulations ! To Samina Baig and her Family in particular and whole Gilgit Baltistan in general.
May Allah give you a chain of success and bless you ever.
Gilgit Baltistan Zindabad
Pakistan Paindabad <3
“The anxiously awaited Elections are over with mixed feelings of smiles and tears. Lion stands the victor while the most expected Bat emerges as the 2nd largest political power of the country. Let’s first have a glance into the pre-elections scenario.
The 2013 elections as, people were saying, are a ray of hope and the way of emancipating Pakistan from the deep rooted troubles. We saw huge processions and rallies of different political parties each coming up with different a motto. PTI which introduced youth in politics and motivated them was apparently the strongest party as they talked about ‘CHANGE’ which was the word of the mouth of every Pakistani after PPP’s 5 years bad experience.
One peculiar point of these elections was the highest turn out which made the history by reaching up to 60%. The reasons behind the huge turnout of 2013 Elections, is the increase of the political insight of the nation.
Social Media and Electronic Media played a key role to aware every individual about the importance of ‘Vote’. Every other person wanted to cast vote no matter which party he belonged to. Moreover social activists contributed their part by conducting seminars on the importance of Vote.
Despite of the law and order situation and many political parties directly under threat, the brave people of Pakistan came out of their homes to use their vote as an arm. These elections were in a sense an open political war between the Left Wing and the Right wing so everyone participated in this race enthusiastically.
After the elections day the results were quite unexpected for everyone. Most of the parties were not happy with the way elections were held and raised questions on the performance of ECP. We heard allegations of the polls being rigged and that these were the history’s most unfair elections.
Apart from these allegations and the final results, one thing is obvious and that is ‘Change’. A positive change in our nation that now they know and use their right to vote which is the ultimate ingredient in sustaining true and pure democracy in a country.”
I heard somebody saying “The worst form of democracy is better than dictatorship”. This statement is unarguably correct if it is a definition from a political science text book or the words of a corrupt politician. But when it comes to practicality this statement holds wrong and totally unrealistic especially after the display of PPP’s 5 years democracy or may call it “DemoCRAZY”, which further aggravated the economy, security and poverty. More importantly the role which Pakistan’s Judges are playing is no less than a dark blot on the face of Judiciary. Advocates have become the street thugs and our media is running an unpaid campaign against Gen. Musharraf for all those who could not achieve their interests in Musharraf’s reign.
Go back and Read the history of Pakistan carefully. Lets First Start Justice,with all those responsible for 1971 breakup of Pakistan because no Crime is Greater Than Breaking Your Own Country!!!! then move on to 1977 overthrow of Govt,the 1985 Referendum all Governments of 1990′s before Musharraf and than come to Musharraf.
All those involved whether Civilians,Judiciary/PCOs,Military or others should be brought to Justice.One should not pick and choose events that one likes and leave the rest which are far more bigger in Crime like the 1971 incident.One should seek Justice with impartiality and across the board not on ones Personal Likes and Dislikes!
While the brave Shia Hazaras of Quetta are out there with their young sons and brothers in coffins, peaceful Shia protestors across Pakistan have taken to the streets with a legal charter of demand. Where sit-ins are continued in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, a flood of protestors at Gilgit have converted the governor house vicinity to Tehrir Square. They chanted anti-government slogans and demanded a decisive action against the terrorist organizations. As per charter of demand the key points are armed action against LeJ, ASWJ formerly known as SSP, apprehension of the heads of all terrorist organizations and deployment of military in Quetta to ensure the security of Shia Hazaras.
On the 8th anniversary of Shaheed Allama Syed Zia-ud-Din Rizvi, while addressing a massive gathering of masses Agha Rahat Hussain Al-Hussaini and other speakers criticized the government for not being able to ensure the security of its people especially Shias of Quetta, Gilgit and D.I.Khan. Right after the ceremony at the house of Shaheed, around 70000 scores of Shia children, youth and old ones took to the roads in the form of a procession. In the extreme cold of Gilgit which normally goes below -5 degrees the enthusiastic and spirited Shia folks marched towards governor house. They were peaceful, organized and well guided by the Shia leaders. Sheikh Mirza Ali Nagri who was leading the assemblage animated the souls with his inspiring discourse. Sheikh said:
“Our ‘Shia-Millat’ has proved it yet again that we can remain patient without being unreasonable. Our Hazara Shias have made us proud today. Those brave Hazara mothers are with the bodies of their martyred sons with courage and valor. In this ‘Qiyamat-e-Sughra’ (Doomsday) we are with our brothers with all our energies. We remain steadfast against the evil and oppression. We know how to fight without guns and this is what we have learned from Karbala. Look! We do not sabotage our own property, we don’t burn vehicles and destroy infrastructure in spite of being victims. We peacefully record our protest as is expected from a civilized community.”
In their speeches, other Shia religious leaders criticized Pakistan’s blindfolded media’s hypocritical role in trivializing Shia Genocide by presenting it as mere an ethnic issue. They called upon all Shia Muslims to raise this issue terming it as ‘Shia Genocide’.
The passionate Shias chanted “Labbaik ya Hussain” and solemnly pledged to continue the Sit-in until all the demands are accepted. The sit-in has entered its second day on Jan 14 today. The vicinity of governor house is densely filled with the zealous protestors. Their enthusiasm is worth seeing in the freezing cold of Gilgit. They are offering their prayers on the roads while the volunteers have taken responsibility of security measures. People from the city are arranging ‘Nazar & Niaz” for the protestors. An overall distrust on security forces is in the minds of people regarding security this is because every individual is being asked to stay alert at the sit-in. The sit-in will be continued until all the demands are accepted and the martyrs are buried.
The world wide peaceful protests of Shia Muslims against Shia Genocide in Pakistan have not only given a message of unity and solidarity but also it has set an example of the non-violent struggles ever made in the history after Karbala. This peaceful uprising against terrorism if supported by Sunni brothers can be a fateful one in eradicating the roots of terrorism from the country and making a better image of Pakistan internationally.
Religion VS Secularism
The word ‘Extremism’ bears a variation in its definitions which depends on the political and social structure and an overall opinion of a society towards a particular idea. It is an outlying concept in the moderate societies where the very term is so pejoratively used. A dictionary meaning of ‘Extremism’ refers it as ” any political theory favoring immoderate uncompromising policies” but it overlooks some of the key points which extend beyond the political theories e.g; social, cultural and religious beliefs. Any ideology which stands outside the normal and intimidates others to not only accept but also respect that particular ideology accounts to extremism be it secular or religious. A layman concept of this terminology only addresses a single aspect of it i.e; Religious Extremism. Every person who sticks fast to the fundamental beliefs of his respective school of thought is a fundamentalist but he cannot be called an extremist.
We know Taliban and other religious fundamentalists as symbolizing extremism but forget the fact that the meaning of extremism equally applies on the other pole i-e; Secular Group. Earlier I happened to meet a number of fundamentalists and built my opinion realistically through experience without any bias or prejudice. Media’s contribution was even helpful in aiding to my perception of fundamentalists being the real extremists. But since I encountered some secular folks my threshold of understanding extremism has extended. Out of these meetings, the most interesting was on a social network where some proud secular guys were discussing Hijab. The topic was a common one but the fierce condemnation of Hjiab and abusive language for that 15 year old girl by a secular guy made me put a few words into the discussion. Their line of thinking was unacceptable and irrational for they only emphasized on the point that Hijab hides the real identity of a woman so it shouldn’t be worn. One more thing they reiterated was that women are compelled to wear this peace of cloth by extremist Muslim men. Moreover an extreme prejudice and hatred was clearly exhibiting from their words. They condescended the Hijabi’s and relatively religious people so contemptuously that one could easily understand that this attitude is only out of their hatred and not out of any rational ideology. Here originate some questions!
If Hijab is made a compulsion by Muslim men on women then why this hatred for those Hijabi women?
How are you so certain that no Muslim woman wants to wear Hijab at her own will while the ratio of Hijabi Muslim women is above 70%?
Do you think a few non-Hijabi or Anti-Hijab Muslim women represent the view of all the Muslim women? It cannot be denied that a fair ratio of Pro-Hijab women wear it on their own will. No one has got the right to question them WHY? It is how they feel comfortable in the society. Some are those who feel comfortable without Hijab. The debate is not on what is right for all and what is wrong but it’s about the convenience and comfort of the people. In addition to that we cannot disregard the differences in norms and values of different societies and cultures.
Likewise westerns raise the slogans of ‘Freedom of Expression’ which is to me quite hypocritical phrase. This freedom is only for those who agree to the interpretation of freedom and moderation which is introduced by them. If there is anything like freedom of expression in the West then why is it that in France no Muslim woman can wear Hijab by law? Strange freedom and liberalism! Isn’t it?
Extremism is not confined to that related to religion but it is also deeply rooted in secularism(so called liberals). There are two poles of extremism, religious and secular. Both poles are at the extremes of their opinions. No one is ready to accept or at least respect others point of view rather both try to overawe others to accept their ideas. One should not try to impose his personal views on others and expect them to act according to what he thinks about a particular matter. People confuse secularism with liberalism which is far beyond the definitions of liberal school of thought. Let everyone live his life according to his own principles. Don’t intimidate rather invite him and proof to him your view rationally, if you really think you are not wrong. This is called being ‘Liberal and Moderate. Here we must discriminate among religious extremists, secular extremists and the real liberals. And let me tell you, between these two extremist poles being a moderate is not that easy.