Winston Churchill once said,
‘’You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.’’
A slightly simplified or altered version of this quote goes as ‘A person who has no enemies never stood up for anything or anyone.’
It may be universally true but for Pakistan, I ‘reshape’ the quote to; If you’ve never been called a Kafir, traitor, RAW or MOSSAD Agent, it means you’ve never stood up for anything.
And today I’ll confess what makes me liable to be labelled any of the aforementioned terms on the virtual world.
I am a traitor for I chose to speak.
I am part of the ‘Fifth column of the enemy’ for I ask of the Army’s budget to be accounted for and known to the nation. I am a RAW Agent for it agonizes me to see the oppression being carried out in Balochistan by no one else but this country’s own security appratus and agencies and so I clamour against it.
I am a MOSSAD Agent for I refuse to bear the hypocrisy that compels me to vociferate against brutal killings of innocents in Iraq, of Palestinians and other places and the foreign intereference in my country but remain in intended oblivion regarding the disgusting exploitation and toying of Afghanistan, by a doctrine of the Military Establishment namely ‘Strategic Depth’ .
I am a Kafir for I protested against the Hudood Law that recognizes rape as some kind of sport in whose occurrence an audience must be present to prove it happened or else the raped will be punished.
I am a traitor for ‘I question the silence of Pakistan’s urban journalists on mass murders of Baloch, Hazara, Tooris & other oppressed groups.’.
I am a renegade for I challenge questionable customs, traditions, myths and practices that have made this society and many lives rot away for too long.
I am a Kafir for I dare to reclaim my religion from the Mullahs. I am a disbeliever for I admire Abdus Salam and Sir Zafarullah Khan and have the audacity to express my rightful desire for them to be honored by all. I am worthy of being consigned to hell because I do not judge and determine who is a Muslim, to what extent and who isn’t. I am a disbeliever and a damned-to-hell liberal because somewhere in my confabulations there may be secularist undertones.
I am on ’The Great Satan’s’ payroll for I do ascribe every happening in my country to it yet vociferate against the greatest of dangers and threats this country faces from its very within.
I am a treasonist for I gladly rip away the locks imposed on my lips by orchestrated ‘patriotism’ that shuns the voice of my thoughts from translating into words of concern for what happens in this country of mine.
I am a MOSSAD Agent who doesn’t recite and repeat the venom-filled and delusional words of a hatemonger like Zaid Hamid.
I am a RAW Agent trying to constantly ruin the country’s image for I draw attention to the misery of minorities in Pakistan in hope of the people realizing the importance of the well-being and freedoms of those to whom the white of our flag is dedicated.
I am a traitor for I chose to speak up. I am a traitor for I am a Pakistani with an awakened conscience.
‘Lack of success does not justify the crime of silence in the face of criminal, arbitrary power.’ ~ Eqbal Ahmad
~ Hafsa Khawaja