Salman Rashid

Travel writer, Fellow of Royal Geographical Society

Nanga Parbat: we will not ‘tolerate’ anymore

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‘Such acts of inhumanity will not be tolerated.’ Thus speaks Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan upon the dastardly and gruesome murder of ten mountaineers and their cook at one of the base camps of Nanga Parbat. This is the most damaging act of terrorism so far. It has earned Pakistan the world’s opprobrium – as if we needed any more of it.

The terrorists will simply thumb their noses, stick their tongues out and make rude farting noises at NS. ‘Don’t tolerate then and we will carry on doing what we have to do,’ they’ll tell the man. The terrorists know NS is impotent. He just does not possess the gall to act against the terrorists. He can simply not do anything to bring an end to the mindless terror perpetrated upon the country by these bigoted maniacs.

Earlier the statements used to go, ‘We will not allow such and such.’ And the terrorists would say, ‘So, don’t allow us. We’ll do what we have to do without your permission.’ And they carried on bringing down death and mayhem upon this country. And mind, this did not happen post-drone attacks. This has been happening to us since about 1997.

But back to NS. He says he will not tolerate. But can he please tell this nation what he intends to do about it. Suspending the Chief Secretary and the Police chief of Gilgit-Baltistan will not help. The men will pretty quickly be reinstated in more lucrative positions to continue to not do anything.

If he will not tolerate the gruesome killing, can NS tell General Kiani to pull up his socks and get on with the task of cleansing this country of the bane of terrorism? Well, he will not and he’d better not try. One scowl from Kiani and the good Prime Minister will be shaking in his own socks. He has not forgotten the terror of being in Attock jail.

What our Prime Minister will do is have some more ‘not tolerate’ statements prepared and ready to be trotted out when the next such act is committed. These recurrent doomsdays are the lot of the Pakistani nation and those few, very few, tourists who venture to this blighted, benighted land.

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At 24 June 2013 at 19:08, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was such a depressing thing to hear when one of my friends told me that. I think everyones going more and more crazy everyday! These tourists are the people who mostly support pak and are against the drones etc. And these innocent people got killed. Now i think these barbarians are being treated right by the US,killing them with drones. There's no other way that they would stop otherwise

At 24 June 2013 at 21:38, Blogger Nayyar Julian said...

So frustrating, so sad. When will it stop? Rather who will stop it?

At 24 June 2013 at 22:42, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Politics is Kabuki Theater. So words are meaningless to them.

Real power is the power of the purse.
The Legislature supposedly has that but won't
disable SIMs, won't stop fertilizer factories, won't control bullets, won't stop Islamic charities funding, won't control the ISI, etc.

At 25 June 2013 at 13:34, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Anonymous, I endorse. Moron Khan aka The Brainless Wonder, and other equally foolish politicians because of their fecklessness wish to talk to these people? We know how and why it is all happening. We know no one will stop it because they only wish to remain in power.

At 25 June 2013 at 13:40, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we can't stop them, let Americans kill them all with drones. And hi, no one should doubt my patriotism.

At 26 June 2013 at 00:53, Anonymous Kausar Bilal said...


At 26 June 2013 at 21:55, Anonymous Punjabi Baba said...

اب نہیں کوئی بات خطرے کی
اب سبھی کو سبھی سے خطرہ ہے

جون ایلیا


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