Pakistan lost a beloved, courageous leader last Friday night. If there is one thing that everyone who had the privilege of knowing Sabeen Mahmud understood, it is that above all else, she loved Pakistan and believed it was a country worth fighting for -- and, in her case, tragically, worth dying for.
The man who brought a lot of glory to our nation, Aziz-ur-Rehman Khan was amongst the squad of the national hockey team which represented Pakistan for the very first time in the XIVth London Olympiad. I visited the gentleman in the early hours of the morning to know the legend further while he takes a stroll down memory lane.
2013. A year in Pakistan's history when the government and public were celebrating a successful election as for the first time ever in the nation's history. Democracy, here, is when the government is fooling the masses who have been kept under the false pretense of having the right to express themselves completely.
A full scale military operation to rid Pakistan of the scourge of terrorism in the country's tribal belt has sparked a national debate, and defense analysts and experts on Afghan affairs and militancy have begun shedding light on the Karachi airport attack. Given that Pakistan has already reportedly suffered 49,000 casualties -- including the loss of more than 15,000 security personnel in its fight against homegrown insurgency -- and given the prospects of full throttle action against the militants in coming days, the government needs to focus on formulating an effective strategy to avoid civilian casualties in future situations. Hence, it is the high time to quell the insurgency through employing all the resources available.
If the rulers cannot ensure the safety of the people, then better they resign and quit power. The present government's endeavors to build a bridge of understanding with the Taliban are a mere waste of time. The Taliban, who have scant regard for the sanctity of human lives, do not deserve -- nor should be shown -- any mercy. If the government is reluctant to unleash a ruthless crackdown on the Taliban, then let the army on its own volition take this most indispensable onslaught and finish the job of eliminating these latter-day assassins once and for all. Otherwise, Pakistan is doomed and will remain subservient to the killing sprees and criminal and bulging demands of these murderous thugs.