Tuesday, November 17, 2009

O Peshawar!

My city is being put to smithereens. 6 suicide attacks in 5 days not to mention countless that peshawarities have to endure for quite sometime now. If there is any city in Pakistan that has sacrificed in huge terms.. its Peshawar. It hosted majority of the afghan refugees numbering around 3 million in early 80s. It had to face countless bombings when Afghan war as its peak. I still remember them because I used to go to school in bus and parents kept worried. Today the situation is the same... a bit different in the sense that schools now do not open at all due to suicide bombing fears.

For the peace of Peshawar

I dare not ask a kiss,
I dare not beg a smile;
Lest having that, or this,
I might grow proud the while.

No, no, the utmost share
Of my desire shall be,
Only to kiss that air
That lately kissed thee,
(Robert Herrick)

This is for people of Peshawar and the city. I salute you. The sacrifices are enormous. People have lost their near and dear ones in senseless bombings. Terrorism has to be eradicated. Your blood will not be forgotten! I hope so.

Rahimullah Yousafzai has written a beautiful article here.


Anonymous said...

There are going to be countless nameless graves all over Pakistan. The seed was sown well in time by the terrorists; now it is akin to asexual reproduction. Everyone lives in fear. The terrorists have won. They don't really need to blast a bomb daily now. Once a month should be enough to remind people of them.

Majaz said...

I feel terrible for the people of Peshawar. I remember what it was like to live in terror back in Karachi and I remember the number of times my mother recited Ayat al Kursi for my father's late night arrivals from work or some press conference at Nine-Zero and I remember hearing bullets being shot after 12 regularly.

I hope no city goes through what our cities go through every day.

PostMan said...

Welcome Majaz..

The cost of this war is horrendous. May sanity prevail.

Sophi said...

May Allah guide us and those also who are mere ignorant about what they actually are doing.

just an hour before, i finally succeeded in talking smoothly with my friend in Peshawar (damn mobile network). She was telling me how much they are scared to come out of their homes but they have to. the details of the bomb blast at khyber Park/road shuddered me too. Then She started telling me that she went for shopping today after at least a month for buy some essential items. And that she had to buy old fashioned dresses and could not take a risk of bargaining. We laughed and then cried silently. how much miserable life has become