In The Name of ALLAH The Almighty
Rising extremism needs to be checked in Chitral now
We in Chitral owe much to Zahur ul haq Danish for giving us a wake
up call from the slumber that we have so far been lucky to enjoy in
our otherwise restive province.
Commenting on Zahoors letter, Mr Akhtar Ali from QA University
Islamabad said " when we look at mullahs history, they were at the
same time priests and kings men..."
This takes me back to the days when the Swat imbroglio was at its
initial stage. I used to ask opinions from my Swati friends and
many of them would take me aback with their views saying " the law
enforcement agencies can easily put a stop to this if they want. It
almost looks like they are mixed up with the miscreants". To add
weight to their arguments they would continue " how come they can't
silence an ordinary FM radio station"
The situation in Chitral is shaping up in a similar manner. Khateeb who lead the Eid prayers at the Shahi Masjid Chitral
devoted more time in his sermon to defending the Taliban than
educating the congregation about the spirit of sacrifice behind the
Eid that was being celebrated that day. Khateeb is a
government teacher drawing government salary. Confusing? Read
Only a month ago the Chief Secretary of our province had announced
a grant of four crore of rupees, towards
the face lift of this very mosque. Surely the prayer leader could
easily have been told to refrain from saying anything that would
disturb communal harmony in his district???
No wonder that young Zahur (who incidentally went to the
mosque in Singoor for his Eid prayers) asks the question which
haunts all of us " does ISI and other law enforcement agencies have
tacit approval of all that mullahs preach?"
But why should our fingers just keep pointing at "ISI and other law
enforcement agencies"? Where are our political leaders hiding ? Why
are they so impotently silent about such vital issues? Are they not
aware of the mushrooming of madressa's in crowded places of Chitral
town, some of them two-stories high built with expensive
re-enforced concrete? Should they not be finding out the sources of
funding of such madressa's? Surely our local politicians should
take some time off from their money-making and devote more time to
saving their district and their people from a disaster about to
happen through this "madsassa culture" that is creeping into our
Luckily the "Chitrari" spirit in the population is still alive. We
all feel strongly about our area, our culture and our language. How
long this will last against the invasion visibly coming from
outside Chitral only time will tell. We need to further strengthen
our "Chitrari culture" because in the end it is inevitable that the
weaker culture will give in to the stronger one.