“Pakistan cannot be a victim of any extremism. No sect is allowed to spread sectarian tensions in Pakistan. The state knows how to crack down on those who use religious cards to mislead the people. If the people take the law into their own hands then the state will be forced to make tough decisions. The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain.” These are the great words we hear from the heads of every institution and the rulers those who sitting in the houses of this country and we can call these words “words of democracy” because these are the words that the ruler of the time acquits himself by playing with his tongue and we also become so forgetful that we believe in the hearsay and think of the betterment of our nation in it.
Recently, Pakistan has once again gone through a major tragedy and this tragedy was no less than what happened in the past and in general such tragedies put the entire nation, including the state, in a difficult situation from which the state is in a dead-end and the law and order situation is deteriorating day by day.
Yes! This time, a sit-in and a long march were announced by a religious organization Tahreek-e-Labaik (TLP) Pakistan. It has been the misfortune of our country from the very beginning that we are the ones who have created such organizations to be used against the opponents and we are reaping the seeds ourselves.
Hundreds of such incidents have taken place in the past, attempts have been made to spread religious hatred against political parties, slogans of treason and non-Muslims have been raised but despite all such incidents, we do not get any positive results which is why we get fed up with our own sown seed and think of new recipes in our minds every day to reap it. When they are not cut off from us, the results would be the same as those received by the state of Pakistan recently.
Tahreek-e-Labaik (TLP) was launched against a political party like PML-N and sit-ins, arsons and sieges were launched under its own government and were told by the unknown individuals to religious party that you have to break the “religious vote bank” of this political party because of your policies. In addition, another religious party was fielded under the name of “Milli Muslim League” and they were also given the same target that you also have to break the “religious vote bank” of political parties.
We saw both the parties launched by unknown people fail in the general election and after that it was decided to eliminate them.
We saw tensions between the Tahreek-e-Labaik and the current government when it arrested and detained Hafiz Saad Rizvi and banned the TLP.
In the beginning many protests were recorded, roads were blocked, people were harassed, there were clashes between police and protesters and in these clashes police and protesters were also martyred and during Ramadan after a bloody Holi in(Orphanage Chowk) the situation began to cool down and panic spread among the protesters, which led the TLP to consider ending the sit-in.
This religious party used to hold meetings and processions at different times but once again we saw the intensity in this party when two decisions of the High Court and the review board of the Supreme Court ordered to the release of Hafiz Saad Rizvi but despite the court orders the government was not released to him and after two days Punjab government filed an appeal in the Supreme Court seeking annulment of all previous decisions and thus the matter started again from zero.
The leadership of TLP thought that this government wanted to put us against the wall, so now we have to go for full-scale protest. So they first started protesting on the sidewalks on both sides of the road with placards in their hands and a long march towards Islamabad was announced on 12th Rabi-ul-Awal.
We did not know that after this announcement, the situation would escalate again and there would be clashes between the security forces and the protesters and the government would negotiate with them.
This long march started from Lahore and continued towards its destination. Many protesters lost their lives in the long march and many police soldiers lost their lives, but the government was once again announcing the use of force.
The Federal Interior Minister, the Federal Minister for Information and other Ministers were found to be mentioning anti-national elements and foreign agendas in daily press conferences, but instead of the positive results of these allegations, horrible results emerged.
Federal interior minister Sheikh Rasheed left the country in a critical condition and went to watch the Pak-India cricket match in Dubai. After reprimanding the PM of Pakistan Imran Khan, he returned home and started talks with the TLP.
The Army Chief also played a key role in the negotiations and called for talks to end the sit-in. Now that the talks have been successful, the sit-in has ended, the arrested workers are also being released, but if they could not come at this critical juncture, those who were martyred could not return. Today, the protesters and the families of the police martyrs are strongly opposed to the government’s policies.
Why were innocent security personnel and protesters martyred? Why not start negotiations first? No one has the answers to these painful questions and so the two Muslim brothers got into a fight and the blood was wasted.