June 4, 2009.
To call Talibans medieval is an outright insult to medieval ages, which produced literary and towering figures like Shirazi, Razi, Beruni, AveCina and poets like Amir Khusro. The Taliban are pushing the boundaries of Jahaliya upon us in the name of Islam. In the 1980s, the battle of soul became the battle of body-counts. Oil, radicalism, drugs, dollars and real-politicking enmeshed in the social structure and popular culture of Pakistan became so deeply rooted that now it has emerged as the evil spirit of domestic terrorism. Claiming to support the cause of Pashtun Nationalism, these war-monger maniacs are blotting out the heavenly regions of Pakistan’s northern areas with the stains of barbarism and havoc, tainting the very image of the peace loving and honorable Pashtuns at the same time.
The Taliban are a reality mirrored in Marriott bombings, the plight of the tribal areas and the destruction in Sawat. They portray themselves as the model for governance, an epitome to be followed and a dispenser for quick justice and here-and-now punishment. But their real act is the reduction of islam into a mere shadowy penal code. Their link towards the past is distorted, their present is unworkable and their future bleak. They are determined to fashion Pakistan on the lines of a cross between Saudi Arabia and FATA, sans the oil. Created out of warrior culture and poverty, they are prone to death and destruction with impunity, and are least concerned with human values of nobility, sympathy and concern for others. On the global front, they are against every secular invention, based on the fact that it is in use of those that they have clashes with. Therefore, their standard of conduct is double, rendering their moral rhetoric as absolutely hypocritical and contradictory.
The Taliban are our modern day savage marauders. They are anti-women, anti-aesthetic, anti-pleasure, anti-progress and anti-happiness. Their lives are devoid of smiles. Their way of life is shorn of beauty. Their social attitude is biased. They gather people not to alleviate their miseries, but to perpetuate their own narrow agendas. Their nucleus is divine law which is divisive and contentious for all purposes by misinterpretation. Their habit of attributing every discovery and invention by man intellect to a predestined divine code is fallacious.
Their method of employing violence, innocent blood, is instilling a terror everywhere – both psychological and social. Their motif is the social destabilization and structural disintegration of Pakistan and every country they set their lethal gaze upon. Their advances must be halted, their existence ceased, and their crimes prosecuted. The innocent and naive inhabitants of Pakistan’s northern and tribal areas, as well as those in Afghanistan should be made resourceful and aware to resist the bastion of this hideous disease of a movement. The Pakistani government and the elements within it, rogue or not, have both enjoyed enough of using the Talibans as a trump card to gain the gilded sympathies of the West. It is time to either crush them out of existence, or witness them inflict insurmountable and irreversible damages to our civilization and our national sovereignty.
So help us God.