by Comrad Hyder Abbas
A great civilization is not destroyed “Without” until it has destroyed itself “Within”.
There is no one in Gilgit who does not deny the brutal acts of killing of innocent people. Whenever I meet people in Gilgit they just curse those terrorists, who are deteriorating our homeland by creating a heinous environment around Gilgit. Everyone wants the terrorists to be hanged in the Chowk, but no on is ready to help security agencies. An important question arises here, if everyone wants peace, if no one is happy of being trapped in his/her home, if all the people like to live with harmony, if you want peace, if I refuse to spread violence, then who is behind all this, who is the culprit? Where does it come from? Where does it go?
Well, my dear brothers and sisters that terrorist is no where but inside our own body, it’s me, you and all of us. This is our dilemma; we just put the whole blame on the shoulders of an unknown creature, which has nothing to do with it. We the Gilgities always like to blame agencies. Tell me, how can a person working for a secret agency reach our doorsteps and open fire on us?
Definitely it’s one of us doing these bloody acts of killing innocent people. We the Baloristanis are still sleeping, we are not capable of thinking on all the aspects of any incident which takes place in Gilgit, we just can’t imagine how important it is to stay alert and fully prepared for any challenge in this dynamic and unpredictable world. If we continue behaving carelessly about the coming challenges to our homeland, soon we are going to be wiped out of the map of the world and will be walking in the kachi abadis of Islamabad, carrying our luggage on our shoulders, as our speed of going towards devastation is far more greater than the nations which are now no more existing; destroyed by their own hands.
It’s not just a battle; we are digging graves for our coming generations. They are going to curse us, and there will be no salvation in the world after here, especially for the people like us. It’s very important to understand that future of Gilgit-Baltistan depends a lot on our efforts and struggle for the nation. Our little deeds of negligence are going to cost very high for our up-coming generations, so are we going to think over it?
In my opinion, the responsibility is now on the shoulders of our well aware youth, especially the students enrolled in different institutions of Gilgit Baltistan. Unfortunately due to the non serious behavior of the dummy politicians of Gilgit Baltistan, our youth has to indulge themselves in politics and other social matters. With the grace of Allah almighty, Gilgit- Baltistan’s youth are gifted with patriotism, virtuous nature, sincerity, loyalty, courage and unity and strength. No matter, what a person roaming on the streets of Gilgit is thinking, its students whose thinking matters a lot.
BNSO is performing the holy task of promoting peace and harmony amongst the students belonging to various cultural and religious groups. One of the BNSO’s recent achievements is to avert bloodshed over the issue of recent wall chalking in Degree College Jutial. It was BNSO which came in between two groups and all the students regardless of their sect, unanimously denied the damn act of cowardice, and termed the perpetrators as enemies of our motherland, who do such acts. If BNSO was not there, what would have happened in Degree College Jutial!! Same is the case of Karakuram International University, where now there is no chance of any type of religious brawl, as it has been happening every now and then in the past.
There are some forces who always wanted to spread hatred and revulsion amongst our youth, and want to break us into various groups having totally different ideas. BNSO is struggling to organize Gilgit-Baltistan’s youth under one platform where they can get to know each other and learn how to recognize the combined enemy, and how to beat him by the weapon of knowledge and education. It’s my heartiest wish that everyone from our lands should join nationalists to gain a cause, to show the rest of the world that we are not sleeping, to tell them about our recognition.
We are a nation, we are like a family, we don’t fight for money, we know how to protect our lands, we got copies of UN’s charter for India-Pakistan 1948, we know Pakistan’s rule in Gilgit Baltistan is illegal, we know about SSR, and we’ll not sit with comfort unless and until we change this cruel system. We will no longer be the last colony of the world. Our forefathers didn’t even think that, belonging from another sect could be an issue of fighting.
We have a 4000 years old history, we are a civilized nation, we were a civilized nation, we never fought over casts or sects, Dadi Jawari a women has ruled over Gilgit, we made cities, we cultivated our lands, when the forefathers of pathans and Punjabis were not aware of any social manners, our forefathers built a great civilization among the nations across the world, so there is no reason to keep us slaves. Think my brothers and sisters. I want to strictly warn those forces to be careful because, “This Time, A Generation Awakens”
The contributor is Central President of Balawaristan National Students Organization (BNSO). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org