The additional note added by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has won laurels from all corners of the country. Any prudent person will appreciate his stance; the innuendos made therein are eye-openers for the whole nation. We have drowned deep in the unfathomable sea of inaction.
Our society has been plagued with corruption, jobbery and nepotism. We smile at wrongdoers as if nothing wrong has been done by them. Our conscious has stopped pricking us. Social valued have completely vanished. Everybody is going here for himself. There is no respect for law. The poem quoted by the honourable judge of the Supreme Court was written by Kahlil Gibran in early 1900 and published in his book titled In the Garden of the Prophet in 1933. But even after 100 years, the poem fits on our nation like a time-tested parable. The poet wails for his people and induces them to change themselves.
Justice Khosa, thus, has endeavoured to awake the nation in same fashion. It is heartening to know that our judiciary, the most able and learned minds of the world, is moaning with pain over declining morals and the nation’s current situation. Kahlil’s poem is being reproduced here, as it needs to be read again and again to come out of the present “status quo”:
“Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press.
Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.
Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream, yet submits in its awakening.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice, save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block.
Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.
Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting, and farewells him with hooting, only to welcome another with trumpeting again.
Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.
Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.”
Justice Khosa, however, narrates it as: “Pity the nation that is led by those who laugh at the law little realising that the law shall have the last laugh.”
IFTIKHAR MIRZA,
Islamabad, May 10.