Pakistan a country that is reported most often in western media and quite effectively in negative light – after all gory Pakistan sells. Now a days, international attention is going ga ga on “only one positive thing” that comes out of this insane land and that is Nobel Prize winner-Pakistani child-icon Malala Yousafzai whose getting feted by westerners in their civilized media, for simply being the single most courageous and brave little girl to have thwarted the big bad enemy – Taliban.
Honestly there is much more to Malala and Pakistan. But. There is no shortage of strange ideas that west has about Pakistan. A terrorist country where poor Muslim women are subservient to their men, that drive their camels through its deserts committing suicides in name of Allah. The rest of Pakistanis cum jihadists are busy plotting the strategy for going to war with the whole world, after all they are lunatics with nukes. ………………… Need I go on?
Basically, Pakistan is HELL on earth. After all there is nothing peaceful about this useless country in their opinions.
Hey. Wait a second. I ask, “Do you know there are so many peace activists in my country, Pakistan. There are many even children as little as 10 years of age?”
Really, that’s not possible, comes back the disgruntled response.
I say, but does not media in your country ever speak of that little girl called Nabila Rehman?
Err…. Nabila who? ‘
The who part did it for me. Off course 10-year old Nabila Rehman, survivor of drone strike in North Waziristan wouldn’t be really noticed in the west.
She’s just spoils of war.
Nabila Rehman didn’t sought to become anti-drone strike activist because it took her fancy. The 10-year-old girl survived a drone attack in 2012 (she was eight then). Exactly on October 24, 2012 a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year-old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother while they were in their village fields learning to pick ocra from grandma Momina Bibi. The approaching Eid festival preparations were in swing.
Thanks to the American Predator Drone, that Eid was submerged into funeral of her grand-mother Momina Bibi and injured Nabila and her siblings. At that same moment, many American children were playing netball, surfing on their Kindles books, but child of a lesser God and nation, Pakistan’s Nabila was writhing in pain and terror for the unmanned aircraft protecting the future of the American children released its deadly payload onto Nabila Rehman’s family, changing their lives in a mere second.
I don’t know what drone approving authorities told their public back home about this incident. But. In this strike, seven children were wounded and Nabila’s grandmother was killed before her very eyes. Till date we see no official apology, explanation or justification.
But western people and media are constantly asking 1.6 Muslims to become accountable and apologize for the bad events, we are repeatedly “told” to say SORRY AND APOLOGIZE for the Boko Harams, ISISes, Al-Qaedas, LeTs etc and etc.
I am interested to know if there will be an apology made by the Drone Strikes approving establishments, its supporters and western media to anti-drone child activist Nabila Rehman?
The answer comes back like this: Well, you know Pakistanis support militants therefore such collateral damages are taking place. A Pakistani yourself knows how you people support these bad guys and give them heavens.
Really? I or this traumatized nation will support the total destruction of our homeland and its people. Would any sane person want that?
Err.. but you know better Islam is backward and it treats women badly.
I see myself being attacked by a Non-Muslim right now, like countless other times. And excuse me. What of the treatment meted to little Nabila, plus thousands others killed in the so called war on terror?
Laughs out Loud and tells me, “Oh please, don’t be such a drone-a-phobic.”
This takes me back five years ago, during a work trip somewhere in Europe; some colleagues laughing their heads off with words “ALLAH–HU–AKBAR” these ass holes are dead while watching a television news clip of a drone strike in Pakistan, during work hours. In a way this was quite an enlightening incident and I was not sorry to have overheard this while working in the room next door.
OK. Lets get real, my country is partly responsible for fighting a war that had been initiated with international partners and thanks to this folly, this war is in my backyard and you tell me to stop being paranoid or drone-phobic?
The building up of false narratives in the coverage of western wars and their agendas of women’s rights is nothing new. Western media, especially American media, has had a race problem for centuries when it comes to covering issues related to women of colour and the Saving Muslim Women Syndrome continues.
In any-case, this annoying conversation comes to an end. Thanks God. I am not sorry to say this, but to me both child activists; Malala Yousafzai and Nabila Rehman are really important persons as both have serious messages that will have long term consequences on millions of children in this world. In their divserse ways, they both speak of PEACE.
Little Nabila’s testimony at last year’s US Congress was largely ignored, dismissed and gulps-deemed unnecessary. Why so? Because it casts the heroic western champion into a dark and bitter light. The unfortunate reality is that we will see thousands more of Nabilas who might not live to see the day, in this quest of being at war with Islam. A living Nabila (Thanks God, Allah All-Mighty) is a testament that we are being duped into some one else’s version of democracy and justice.
No Nobel fiasco for Nabila, no Hollywood endorsements, no big dollar funds, no sympathy and no acknowledgement for this little girl that travelled all the way to the other part of the world to share her drone strike experience and message of peace. So much for the hypocritical child rights claims, seriously we are not impressed.
Yet. For today.
I celebrate both Naliba Rehman and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.
- Two voices representing courage and resilience.
- Two victories against terrorism.
- Two survivors. Two little girls.