A Ramazan month to be long remembered
Posted on 9 months ago
Today when some people in Khyber Pakhtukhwa and most of the people in other provinces will be celebrating the Islamic festival of Eidul Fitr, almost every one of us at the same time will be talking about the holy month of Ramazan that has just finished. It was a Ramazan about which my late father used to talk about. It was a Ramazan that comes in summer after every 30 years. Which means that it was a Ramazan which had been witnessed by my elders when I was the age of my son, and my son will witness it again when he will be of my age. It was really difficult to hold fast during such weather especially when the government had failed to provide any relief to the people in terms of load shedding. But, everyday at Iftar people used to thank Allah and break the fast with great happiness.
However, for me it was really an amazing Ramazan because during this holy month I saw a totally changed Peshawar. There was no fighting on the roads which has been a routine matter for Peshawarites during Ramazan; there was no rush on the roads just before the Iftar when the motorists and the bikers and everyone else were going home to break the fast as fast as they can and in their this effort they ended in a fight with other motorists; and just for a change there was huge rush of people on the stalls of ice selling vendors. I was fortunate enough to live a life in which I have seen what my elders used to tell me and that is a fight to take just a single block of ice. I was astonished to see large number of people climbing one over the other to buy ice from a Suzuki van and in this effort the pushing and pulling was going on at the worst.
But on a sad note around 17 bodies in gunny bags were found in and around Peshawar. But despite of the notice taken by the Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court there was no stoppage to this brutal killing. Police also seemed to be clueless about the incidents. Mostly of the bodies did not have any signs of torture or bullet injuries.
Who is behind these killings no one knows. Is there any connection between the persons killed and Taliban or is there any clue that will lead us to the connection between these dead men and the missing persons? These are surely questions yet to be answered. But Senior Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour can come on media to say a few words about the sighting of the moon in Khyber Pakhtunkwha but he or any one else in the government including the Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti cannot take notice of the 17 persons killed in a brutal manner.
We all pray that Allah may show us many more Ramazans in our life so that we can also get a chance to get our sins forgiven but I will never and I know no one else will want another Ramazan in which 17 people were killed and than closed in gunny bags. But we definitely pray that our leaders should start taking notice of such incidents like they do on other issues like sighting of the moon.
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