Dubai-based Pakistani writer Rabia Alavi in a column in Khaleej TimesÃ‚Â onÃ‚Â 1 March 2009Ã‚Â charges that Indian Muslims are hell-bent on portraying Pakistan as a terrorist hub. However, the entire world is now witness for what really Pakistan stands for.Ã‚Â Danish Ahmad Khan responds to Rabia Alavi’s article.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why have Indian Muslims, most whom seem well-educated and demonstrate sound judgment on all other matters under the sun, suddenly lose sight of their bearings (and manners) when it comes to attacking all things Pakistani, be it the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s politics, culture, food or fashion. Why are they hell-bent on defying common sense when it comes to writing off a whole country as being a terrorist hub?Ã¢â‚¬Â This statement from a Dubai-based Pakistani writer Rabia Alavi whose half of extended family are Indians, is really shocking indeed. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know how this Pakistani woman gathered the gumption to dub we, Indian Muslims, as nonsensical and the ones who are Ã¢â‚¬Ëœhell-bent on defying common sense when it comes to writing off a whole country as being a terrorist hubÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. I just wonder why doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t this Pakistani writer Ã¢â‚¬â€œ who is seemingly possessed with a squint and blinkered vision Ã¢â‚¬â€œ see to it that it is Pakistan which is in fact proving to be no less than a terrorist hub when it comes to attacking all things Indian. My dear Ms. Rabia Alavi have you forgotten the 26/11 Mumbai attacks which claimed several Indian lives irrespective of the religions these martyrs belonged to. Which country did these Ã¢â‚¬ËœIslamic heroesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ nay ruthless inhuman killers belonged to? Can you deny that these Ã¢â‚¬ËœJihadisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ did not belong to Pakistan? Your Pakistani government has itself publicly acknowledged that these goons hailed from Pakistan, whom it firstly tried to portray as non-state actors. Are YOU a MUSLIM or not? Are the rulers of Pakistan MUSLIMS or not? Does Islam ask to settle political scores by slaughtering human beings whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims? Is this what is JIHAD you Pakistanis call or think so? What kind of Islam are you Pakistanis propagating? You Pakistanis first of all need to get lessons regarding the true teachings of Islam. We, Indian Muslims, really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to take lessons from you all. Your kind of Islam has miserably failed you all no ends, and Pakistan, which was formed in the name of Islam, is fast approaching to don the status of a failed state. Just cite me a single reason as to why we, Indian Muslims, shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t acknowledge and proclaim Pakistan as a terrorist hub.
I simply look askance when Rabia Alavi daringly asks: Ã¢â‚¬Å“But why do Indian Muslims trouble themselves with PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worries anyway? DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they have enough of their own? Need I remind them how uncomfortable their minority status is for them? Are they not second-class citizens in their own country? Are they not troubled by the countless assaults on the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s minorities, the destruction of Babri Masjid or the slaughter of Muslims in Gujarat? DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they worry about the Modis and Sadhvi Pragyas of their country?Ã¢â‚¬Â This is simply ridiculous. For your kind knowledge Ms. Rabia Alavi, we, Indian Muslims, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t ever care about Pakistan or its worries. But, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it a fact that Pakistan is constantly after us trying to create troubles whenever itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s possible. And, 26/11 Mumbai attacks is just another add on in its long list of crimes. Rabia would do well to at least acknowledge the fact that we, Indian Muslims, never sought help from Pakistan or any other country for that matter to take care of our problems. We, Indian Muslims, are ourselves strong and capable enough to tackle our own problems whenever need be. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t buy your theory that we, Indian Muslims, are second-class citizens in our own country. Let me state that we, Indian Muslims, are thankful to the Almighty Allah and our countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s system of governance that we exercise our democratic rights on our own free will without any sort of coercion or favour whatsoever. Whenever need be we, Indian Muslims, have changed governments at the Centre and in the states that failed to deliver either in terms of development or providing security to lives of people. Yes, I do acknowledge that communal riots did take place. But, these are now becoming things of the past. Rabia, but what about democracy in Pakistan. Just see how the Pakistani Generals trample your democratic rights at their own free will. It is pitiable that even after 60 years of independence you all are struggling to let democracy prevail in Pakistan in true sense of the term. Isn’t it a sorry state of affairs for your beleaguered country? Don’t you have your own problems? What about Jiye Sindh movement, Mohajirs and NWFP? Aren’t these grave problems for Pakistan which it has squarely failed to handle? What about Pakistani Muslims who are being slaughtered daily by Talibani jihadists. ArenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you seeing this? DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you have the courage to take these Talibani jihadis head on. I know you are meek and a coward. You wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even dare to write or talk about the tribals in North West Frontier Province of your country Pakistan. If you ever dare to do so, well you know your fate? DEATH at the hands of NWFP Talibani jihadis! Ms. Rabia, I’m sorry to state that YOU are not a real Pakistani as you are writing sitting pretty well ensconced in secure confines in Dubai. And, just look at me. I’m writing my comments sitting in my own homeland. Just look how much guts you possess and what I possess. This is enough to prove that I’m not a second-class citizen, while I just feel sorry about your status at this critical juncture which your country is presently in.
Ms. Rabia Alavi, do you know that the foundations of the so-called Islamic Republic of Pakistan was laid by an aristocrat Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who wasn’t concerned with Islam at all except being a namesake Muslim. By the way, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you know that fact that your Qaid-e-Azam Jinnah profoundly enjoyed alcohol, never entered a prayer hall or Masjid except for his marriage with Zoroastrian Rutten Bai. Jinnah loved consuming pork flesh and extracted its soup. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you know that consuming pork and alcohol are forbidden in Islam? And, you still revere this Pork eating and wine consuming Mohammad Ali Jinnah Ã¢â‚¬â€œ your GREAT Quaid-e-Azam!! Please donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take my comments as otherwise. I suppose this is what you really asked for while initiating needless debate regarding actions of Indian Muslims vis-ÃƒÂ -vis Pakistani Muslims.