Where Hakimullah Mehsud’s killing in a drone strike shocked the TTP and govt, it also served to expose the true faces of our so-called leaders. The Ameer of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Munawar Hassan, went all out in defence of the Taliban and termed Hakimullah to be a ‘brave martyr’ who went down fighting against the infidel forces. And he is a martyr only because he hinted at ‘considering’ the govt’s talk offer. Moreover, he implied that the Pakistan Army soldiers who died fighting against the Taliban terrorists were not martyrs. This appears like a case of ‘one man’s hero is another man’s villain’. We call our fallen soldiers Shaheed and the militants call theirs too. But we come to know who is on whose side. The JI has now openly come out on the side of the terrorists.

Our valiant soldiers go out to fight and make the ultimate sacrifice and then people like Munawar Hassan have the audacity to question or challenge their loyalties and call their killers Shaheed?

Before going any further, I would like to pose some questions to the JI leader. If Pakistan Army is fighting a war on the directives of US and our soldiers who lay their lives in this war are not martyrs, does it implies that those Mujahedeen who fought and received US aid in ’80 are also not martyrs? If anyone who dies at the hands of US is a Shaheed, does it mean that the 15,000 soviets killed were also Shaheed?


Lahore, November 13.