‘Hamid Mir is a traitor. Hang him. Geo is Zionist. Ban it.’
This is the central theme being propagated by the people on social media who have chosen to side by the army. Some are very eager, enthusiastic; some say this in the passing.
What, however, has disturbed me is the force with which many alumni, or sons and daughters of army generals and colonels, on my Facebook newsfeed have emphasized the use of force and violence to deal with these ‘anti-Pakistan’ journalists – the likes of Ansar Abbasi, Hamid Mir, etc.
Within a day of the attack on Hamid Mir, these Fauji kids started yelling: “We recommend that all ghaddars should be summarily prosecuted and shot by a firing squad.”
Now, these kids (these are not really the kids; these are full-blown educated executives, having grabbed senior corporate positions in the country and overseas, the kind of individuals every parent wants) are promoting summary execution and using firing squad. Sends me shrill.
I do not know whether this is the official army line to all these kids, or they are just more eager, more loyal to ISI and army.
Wanted to write this piece the day I saw these posts and statuses, but nature took me away from social media and writing because my sister was diagnosed with GBS with no apparent hope for life, and I had to cancel all my writing/speaking engagements. Only today, she got some signs of life, although still in ICU and on ventilator.
Someone in the army needs to educate the enthusiastic lot to do show solidarity with the army but shy away from calls for sanctioning violence.
This society is already divided, bitten, damaged, bruised, wounded by so many non-state actors. We do not want the followers of a state institution to call for firing squad.
19 April 2015 update: A year has passed since the assassination attempt on Hamid Mir. The commission report is not out yet.
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