Eid celebrations: Globetrotting keeps politicians away from terror victims

Published: July 21, 2015
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PM Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: FILE

PM Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Globetrotting and family affairs kept the top leadership of major political parties away from victims of terrorism, who celebrated a second consecutive Eid away from their homes.

Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif was the only person to have spent Eidul Fitr with the displaced people in Bannu and Eidak as well as with the troops fighting militants in North Waziristan Agency, Khyber Agency and South Waziristan Agency.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family celebrated Eid with the Saudi royal family, the premier’s family friends told The Express Tribune.

An estimated two million people left their homes and camped in various parts of the country after the military started an operation in the tribal areas. Unfortunately, political leaders expressed their sympathies only through their Eid messages.

“We thought that PM Sharif or Imran Khan would celebrate Eid with us in the camps, but no one visited us,” Rahmat Khan narrated over the phone from Bannu the plight of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan.

Similar views were expressed by the parents of the victims killed by militants in December’s tragic attack on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan planned to celebrate Eid with the IDPs in Bannu, but he changed his mind. “Because of the weather, our flight to Bannu has been cancelled,” he posted on the micro-blogging website Twitter. “Sadly, we will not be able to celebrate Eid with the IDPs.”

He, however, remembered the APS victims with a special prayer for their families, for whom it was the first Eid without their loved ones.

Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari spent his Eid in Dubai, but he did not forget to send his greetings. “Let us also remember the martyrs of APS and all those who have laid down their lives, those displaced from their homes or suffered otherwise in fighting the extremists and militants.”

“Only military men remembered us on this big day; political leaders forgot us,” said Fawad Khan, who lost two relatives in the APS attack. “Our public representatives should have spent Eid with the victims of terrorism, but they left the homeland.”

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There were only national and international aid groups that took care of the people on this occasion, he added.

Interestingly, only General Raheel visited Bannu and Waziristan to celebrate Eid with the troops on the front lines and stayed overnight at the Wana camp in South Waziristan Agency.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Saleem
    Jul 21, 2015 - 9:35AM

    What else can be expected from these “leaders”!Recommend

  • Liberal
    Jul 21, 2015 - 10:37AM

    This is reason we love our Pakistan Army!Recommend

  • Neutral
    Jul 21, 2015 - 10:56AM

    Because Raheel sharif is the “Real honoured” man, and these politicians has nothing to do with country or “honour”Recommend

  • Saad
    Jul 21, 2015 - 11:15AM

    So what’s new here….. COAS spent eid with his family and NS spent eid with his real family. Everyone knows thatRecommend

  • hope
    Jul 21, 2015 - 11:20AM

    This is OK. Since, all patriotic Pakistanis consider only Raheel Sharif as our leader. These politicians are just sleeping in offices anyways.Recommend

  • Jul 21, 2015 - 11:20AM

    @Liberal: Yes! That is true, however, General Raheel Sharif must now start looking at Karachi from the economic, cultural, and development point of view. HE MUST SPEED UP THE ACCOUNTABILITY PROCESS. Thanx and SalamsRecommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 21, 2015 - 12:07PM

    Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari do not hide their contempt for Pakistan or Pakistanis……..yet their wealth and position stems from Pakistan and Pakistanis, by way of a system that allows them to do so…..its called ‘ democracy Pakistan style ‘.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Jul 21, 2015 - 12:15PM

    It’s only natural for these VVIP mega robbers to celebrate Eid in their real homelands

    Pakistan for them is the place to loot and run

    There’s only one leader in Pakistan and that is

    General Raheel SharifRecommend

  • Ammar
    Jul 21, 2015 - 12:57PM

    and then the politicians wonder why in case of a military coup people don’t come to streets to support themRecommend

  • emad
    Jul 21, 2015 - 1:37PM

    Politics itself is a dirty game who ever steps in it never has the same dignity afterwards, take for example imran khan,musharraf,etc. General raheel Sharif is doing a great job and should realize that respect only comes from the work he does in his uniformRecommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jul 21, 2015 - 1:42PM

    Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif was the only person to have spent Eidul Fitr with the displaced people in Bannu and Eidak as well as with the troops fighting militants in North Waziristan Agency, Khyber Agency and South Waziristan Agency.

    It is him that displaced those people and it is him alone.with his brass who will be held responsible for the fiasco. The all mighty God may forgive him but the Pashtuns will not.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Allah Ditta
    Jul 21, 2015 - 3:16PM

    Remember that proverbial Fakir who some how became king and enjoyed eating“Halwa.” Once the opposite forces reached outside his palace, he asked his orderlies to bring the last plate of “Halwa.” he had it and left saying: we were here just to eat “Halwa.” So are our beloved politicians.Recommend

  • LOL
    Jul 21, 2015 - 3:18PM

    @Rex Minor: “the Pashtuns will not”. I dont think an Indian troll has any authority to represent Pashtuns. We are Pakistanis first, and then Pashtuns.

    and how on earth do you suggest a massive operation takes place without the people living there are relocated ?

    Keep your Indian-ness away from us Proud Pakistani Pashtuns.Recommend

  • ayesha
    Jul 21, 2015 - 3:40PM

    Both(N and Z) are traitors to this land.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 21, 2015 - 5:18PM

    General Raheel is a better Military leader than his predecessors but he should never change his designation. If he becomes our President or Chief Martial Law Administrator which many stupid people want, he will become another Mian or Zardari. Recommend

  • Asif
    Jul 21, 2015 - 6:11PM

    And who exactly voted these goons into power?Recommend

  • Noman
    Jul 21, 2015 - 7:49PM

    because COAS decided to celebrate Eid with IDPs. Imran Khan’s was delayed… Good political move!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jul 21, 2015 - 11:31PM

    @LOL:

    We are Pakistanis first, and then Pashtuns.

    This is not the slogan of the Pashtuns who for thousands of years were Pashtuns before the mughals invaded India? If a Pashtun has now learnt to forgive those who by design or accident cause injury to his kin then the n sun must have changed its routine in their land as well. Do not blame the Indians who are not idle but poised on the real battle Front!1

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Ahmad
    Jul 22, 2015 - 12:04AM

    @ayesha:
    Please add Altaf Bhai to this list as well..Recommend

  • raider
    Jul 22, 2015 - 12:14AM

    @Rex Minor:
    get a life,,,, you live in stone age not just Europe Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 22, 2015 - 1:17AM

    What else can you expect from these looters. They dare not attend EID prayers because fear of any attack. Moreover, their love is outside Pakistan. They should be shunted out for ever and not for ten years which Musharaf did.Recommend

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