SWANSEA, UK: This is with reference to Ayesha Siddiqa’s article of May 23 titled “The Lal Masjid affair”. Neither the Ghazi brothers, nor their wives or daughters were innocent no matter how generous anyone wishes to be. The fact of the matter is that they were organised leaders of a gang of terrorists who were misguided by their own sense of mission against our way of life as we know and practise here in Pakistan.
They challenged and raised arms against the state, they provoked and threatened the state, they incited violence and they even kidnapped ordinary citizens and conducted ‘trials’ against them. Back then, the government of the day made the grave mistake of tolerating their antics for far too long. The government should not have dilly-dallied and should have been firm with them much earlier. Anyone who supports them and wishes to portray them as anything other than what they really were is not a friend of Pakistan and deserves our rejection and even our wrath.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2012.
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