By Kashmala Asad Khan Wazir.
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ― Elie Wiesel
“Truth never damages a cause that is just.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. “ “Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.”Lois McMaster Bujold.
The “We Want Justice” Slogan We want justice is more like a slogan of every Pakistani now a day. But who will do the justice, who will implement the system of justice, who will listen to “we want justice”, we really don’t know and have no hope of knowing about. Every next day, there is a new story, a new drama of a more strange character but fortunately or unfortunately, of few days episode and then it gets diminish itself and everyone gets back to where they come from.
But those who cannot go back to their normal routine life are those who have lost Zainab, who have lost Intezar, who have lost Naqeeb Ullah Mehsud and the never ending list is going on. They still are begging while having eyes full of tears watching for justice and saying ” we want justice”. They want justice from the government, the politicians, the institutions but they know not that crying in front of those is like crying in wilderness.
The politicians can only make their promise which can never be fulfilled, the establishment can only help in providing the system without justice, and the ordinary public like me, can only write about the every heart wrenching stories with beautiful words but apologetically cannot say “we will bring justice”. We, the public can only shad tears for the loss of such families but cannot intermingle our voice with them in “we want justice”.
There are plenty of questions that clicking every mind and so of mine time and again that why Zainad is not only killed but raped? Why Intezar is not only murdered but blamed as a suspicious person? Why Naqeeb Ullah Mehsud is not only targeted but given with the title of a terrorist by the so called respected force The Police? We can accept the death of these innocent souls but how can accept the Blames-of-death? So let’s make a new slogan for these departed as “We want Respect”. And it’s time to raise the voices, give hands in hands and make the land of the pure as pure and free of Devils.
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
United we stand, divided we fall is the silver lining for the Pakistani nation to adhere by I true letter and spirit. We wish justice is carried out and punishments are meted out to the culprits so that the climate of impunity could be done away with systematically. As a nation, we should stand by those who need our collective support in the hours of crisis.
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Kashmala Asad Khan Wazir specializes in Defence and Diplomatic Studies from FJWU, Rawalpindi. She has keen interest in role of the US, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in the region. She promotes Feminism and believes in emancipation through uplifting the sorry state of gender inequalities and sexism through education and awareness. She works with private NGO working for promoting girls education in FATA.