Five score and thirty years ago a boy was born to a middle class family who had just moved from their first lodging in a new Pakistan (kharadar) to a more leafier suburb of Karachi. It had taken this family about 27 years to get into the position of owning the house they were moving to and they were super super excited. That boy was me, that family my family and their struggle the harbinger of the fruits I enjoy today.
These are my thoughts whenever the new year and my birthday swings around. I try to inspireÂ myself with each year (lots of room to do that in) and I am happy to report that by golly I think I have done a grand deed to start off 2010. No!! I am not talking about the moves on the dance floor as the 31st finished (although those were not less inspiring..err shocking) to the onlookers but the Peace initiative I attended in Karachi yesterday.
Amanitehhad is the moniker adopted by the people who organized this march. They are a group of student organizationsÂ as well as civil society activists who have all joined hands to raise hope and awareness in Pakistan and to demand peace for all. This rally was carried out in many different locations across Pakistan at the same time and we all chanted with one voice “ham aman ki khatir niklen hain ao hamare sath chalo”/”we have come out for peace join us”
There were people present from every strata and area of Karachi there, I think about a 150 or so and among them were media luminaries like Ayesha Tammy Haq and FQ(although he will tel you he was not part of it) as well as writers like Mohammad Hanif. What did it feel like walking with these folks? Awesome!! Partly because it felt like you were contributing to something and secondly because HEY I GOT TO MEET MUHAMMAD HANIF!! Whose writing style is err..wow. i am still giddy from that chat..anyways.
Even though part of the peace rally was hijacked by the red flag bearers of ANP (they came and dissipated with the media) the purpose was served as I thought Aman Ittehad made a very strong show of their demand for an end to violence of all kinds in Karachi, with specific focus on the recent atrocity against our shia brethen!! And displayed to all and sundry that there are still people who care about things enough to raise their voice for good, irrespective of any banner.
Oh by the way, the recent shit storm of negativity against the shia community in MSM is just one example of why such rallies are important! We must show the world we are neither as daft as our government considers us nor as easily led as these “voices of reason” belief! We all know that the shia community has always been persecuted in this land and they are NOT CAPABLE of unleashing such carnage.
In solidarity we trust, have peace we must!!!