Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) executed 15 kidnapped members of Pakistan’s Border Security Guard, a paramilitary force that guards the country’s northwestern border region in a major blow to government efforts to pursue peace talks with the militants. While the news about this massacre appeared in media on January 5, 2012, the video was released to media through Ansar ul Mujahideen, the media portal used by Taliban and Al-Qaida. This video clip was downloaded from their website on January 24, 2012.
Most astonishing thing is that no outrage against these militants and solidarity with the security forces of Pakistan could be seen in media or even general public in Pakistan. It must be recalled that an attack by NATO on Pakistan’s Salala checkpost on Afghanistan-Pakistan border was strongly resented by media, political leaders and public alike. There were public rallies and demonstrations organized by right wing political parties throughout the country, against NATO’s attack. Even Insani Huqooq Ittehad, an alliance of progressive NGOs and human rights activists, could not stay silent and a public demonstration was held by them in Islamabad.
But sadly, this particular incident in which 15 soldiers from Pakistan’s security forces were brutally killed by the militants from TTP, went without public and political rage. One argument that someone gave me on Twitter was, there was more outrage against NATO because they are Pakistan’s allies, while Taliban are the enemies. Well, this argument could be crafty, not honest. If Taliban are enemies, it is all the more necessary to give public support to our security forces and TTP must be confronted with a public sentiment against them. Imran Khan who does not leave an opportunity to radicalize the youth against the West, must be held responsible specifically because he claims to represent 60% of the country – the youth bulge – and does not feel it important to shape up public opinion against the militants and in support of our security forces who are fighting them. Sad and shameful.
Below is the video, which is NOT RECOMMENDED for people with weak heart and children below 18 years of age. It is graphical and will make you numb for hours. In fact, many nights. My heart cries for these soldiers, for these sons of my country being butchered like this by militants who are doing it in the name of religion. It will be shameful if an ordinary Pakistani does not wake up and stand with our forces who are fighting to save our country from militants.
Heart felt condolences to the families of these martyrs. Pakistan zindabad