Remembering November The 3rd, 2007…

The Context: The credibility of General Pervez Musharraf had been rendered to an all time low by the decision of a larger bench of the Superme Court to reinstate the sacked Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohamma Chaudhry. Cases were filed in the Supereme Court against the holidng of dual offices on part of Mr. Musharraf, the result of which was about to come; not in affirmative for the Army Chief cum President, so believed many.

The Day: The dawn of November the 3rd, 2007 seen Gen. Pervez Musharraf declaring the state of Emergency where the constitution of 1973 was frozen, the judiciary suspended and a Provisional Constitutional Order was issued. More so,the coverage of all the national news and entertainment media channels were blocked in Pakistan besides strict directions were issued to the national newspapers warning them to refrain from publishing anything against the governmental policies. The day could well be termed as one of the most tragic in the political history of Pakistan as the basic rights of the citizenry of Pakistan were snatched by a cowardly millitiary ruler. The decision had to be opposed by the resiliant Pakistani masses and they did albeit the suppressive tactics by the milliatary tyrant at the helm. Students, journalists, laywers and the members of civil society rose for the restoration of the consitution. Political leaders like Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf took it upon himself to mobilize the youth which he did to a great success notwithstanding having been locked up.

What I felt: Like every patriotic pakistani I too wanted to do my bit in the mass campaign for the restoration of the rule of law. Barring participation in a few rallies and surviving an investigation about a black arm-band that I wore, I wrote the poem below which got published as well; to express what I was feeling at the time.

Bhalay Dino’n ki aas hay!

Yeh jabr ki faseel jo,
Kharhi hui hay chaar soo,
Yeh zulm ki kahania’n,
Jo meray aas paas hai’n,
Tho kya hua?
Hamari rooh-o-jaan may,
Bhalay dino’n ki aas hay,
Watan mera udaas hay.
Watan pay raaj kar rahi hay teergi,
Yeh teergi,
Jo roshni ki aik hi kiran,
Ko dekh kar hi apna khatma,
Karaigi,
Woh roshni,
Hamaray aas paas hay,
Awaam ka jo zoor hay,
Yeh waqt ka jo shoor hay,
Jamhooriat ki aor hay,
Yeh jabr ki faseel ab,
Gira keh hi rahaingay hum,
kahania’n yeh zulm ki,
Mita keh hi rahaingay hum,
Hamari rooh-o-jaan may,
Bhalay dino’n ki aas hay,
Watan mera udaas hay…
Watan mera udaas hay…

Translation

The walls of cruelty,
Standing all around us,
The stories of brutality,
Which are being played,
In our vicinities,
Are nothing!
As there resides a hope,
In our bodies and souls,
Of the better days to come,
Yes, my land is saddened,
By the ruling gloom,
The gloom!
We are sure will be doomed!
By seeing even a slightest,
Of the rays of light,
The light!
Is somewhere amongst us.
People; the powerful,
And time; the clamorous,
Are heading towards democracy,
The walls of cruelty,
Will be fallen down,
And the stories of brutality,
Will be wiped,
By us,
As there resides a hope,
In our bodies and souls,
Of the better days to come.

Today: We have got a democratic compensation but we are far far away from what is called a smooth national journey. From the look of things we have plunged even deeper to the void of uncertainity with a torn apart soveriegnity, poor law and order, food and energy cirises and so forth.The question of our survival has never been so fequently asked like todays conundrum.

What we require is the revival of the spirit that we exhibited back then during the black days of emergency. We must raise our voice against the ill-policies of our government towards combating terrorism. We must act as a pressure group to hold our leaders responsible for the decisions they are taking for it is the essence of democracy. I’m more than confident that the vibrant youth of Pakistan woudn’t let this country slip into the hands of obscurity.

Prayer For Tommorow: May Allah keep us united! May the name of Pakistan shine forever over the face of the globe! Amen!

19 thoughts on “Remembering November The 3rd, 2007…

  1. Pingback: Remembering November The 3rd, 2007… | Tea Break

  2. Ayesha

    You have very effectively encapsulated the events of that fateful day. And the irony is that the Chief Justice is still struggling to seek justice.

    Those were very depressive days indeed when the nation was looking ahead but an order from the President pushed us back into dark times once again.

    Hope is what keep us going and we still have hope despite the fact that the law and order situation in NWFP is worrying and the present government seems to be doing nothing about it.

    Your poem was very good! Very true “There resides a hope in our bodies and souls”…

  3. viktor

    I have searched to no avail….how many judges exactly were sacked? how many of those have now been restored? how many have retired/expired? and how many stand unrestored? can any lawyer movement activist give me the exact numbers?

  4. @viktor .. I’m really sorry man! I too have tried but couldn’t find the data you’v asked for😦
    It would have been a pleasure to share it with you though!

  5. Asma

    WOW! What a fantastic write up – Becoming a very good writer there Aadi!

    Its not what you write, its how you write it – a good writer can reach out to the masses – as you are doing very very well now!

    Compliments from the editor😛

  6. shahg, kia din yad karwa diye! Those were historic moments, i still believe that this movement wont just go down in history, though yet it has to succeed.

    Viktor, total 44 judges from supreme court and 4 provincial high courts were sacked, almost 75% of all.
    At the moment all judges from Baluchistan high court have taken oath again, only one is left n peshawar, a couple are left in sindh and a few in lahore. Only 14 are still out of courts. Please visit bbc.com for exact details.
    Shikwa e zulmat e shab sey kaheen behtar hota
    Apnay hissey ki ik shama jalatay jaatay….

  7. I am glad that I know someone with these vibrant thoughts from Pakistan. These lines touched my heart…..
    “Hamari rooh-o-jaan may,
    Bhalay dino’n ki aas hay,
    Watan mera udaas hay…
    Watan mera udaas hay…”
    Your words hold the strength to shake the mind and heart. Keep writing…..

  8. “We must act as a pressure group to hold our leaders responsible for the decisions they are taking for it is the essence of democracy.”

    yes this is what we MUST do now .

  9. @Asma .. thank you so much🙂 I’d gladly take your words of encouragement🙂
    @goonga .. I quite agree with you. The movement was unprecendented and will go down in history as something that revolutionized the youth of Pakistan. And thanks for sharing the required data.
    @neilina .. Thanks a lot for liking the lines🙂 and your valuable comments.
    @Nayni .. thanks for stopping by🙂

  10. Asma

    Most welcome – you are a good writer and a very good translator – becoming quiet an editor yourself now from the quality of your work – must be keeping good complany😉

  11. Asma

    Most welcome – you are a good writer and a very good translator – becoming quite an editor yourself now from the quality of your work – must be keeping good complany😉

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s