Please take me to hospital, my friend

Jun 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Pakistan


“Haspataal puhancha day yar, mujhay haspataal to puhancha day’’

“Take me to hospital, my friend, please take me to hospital” were my last words.

And why would they take me to hospital when they shot me like an animal. Had they considered me a human being, they wouldn’t have treated me like this. I would have been given the opportunity of proving myself innocent.

I am a 17 year old, youngest of five brothers, a matric student. I go out to a nearby park as it was unbearably hot at home without any power for the fans to work. I get involved in a scuffle at the park and one of the men pulls my hair and takes me to some uniformed men. I’m labelled as a dacoit. Six giants corner me and I plead for mercy and beg them to listen to my part of the story. I have hope that they would listen to me, probably arrest me and put me behind the bars but not in my wildest dream I have thought that they can take my life.

They are mighty and armed and I’m weak and helpless. They do not let me speak and their metallic hearts do not mould. They remember no law, no jails, no courts and of course no mercy. They find no other way to handle the situation and they shoot at me.

But why? Was I a threat? Was I armed like they were? Or did I look like them, mighty and fearless? Did I have a suicide jacket on? None of these, but yes, they were inhuman and they had weapons in their hands and I was a target to prove their bravery and chivalry.

I fall on the floor. My hope begins to fade but there is something in me that keeps me going and I beseech for help

“Please take me to the hospital”

They keep wandering around me telling someone on the phone they have caught a ‘man’ while I exsanguinate to death.  I’m helpless and slowly passing to the next world right under the nose of my own so-called ‘brothers in faith’. I am not in in Palestine, I am not in Kashmir. I am a Pakistani, a ‘La-Waris’ Pakistani,  and I belong to a state whose rulers lick the boots of their western masters, whose armed forces watch their men die in drone attacks and whose law enforcement agencies strictly follow ‘jungle ka qanoon’. Yes! That’s how I define myself, ‘an orphan, lonely Pakistani’ and I close my eyes.

I die and a story comes to an end, but many stories erupt after I pass away to my Lord.

The world mourns after me. Eyes get tearful and there are screams in my house which I left a few hours ago and my dead body now lies in the lounge. The hands that rocked my cradle are up for supplication, asking for Lord’s mercy and justice. My father suffers from a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital. The people who asked the police for help in the park and told them that I am a dacoit,  have disappeared and are now untraceable. An FIR is registered at the police, which tells the world that I was a robber and I was killed in a Police crossfire the ever famous“Police Muqabla”. Then this video appears on TV channels made by an independent cameraman covering an event in the park. So another FIR is registered with some amendments. They now say I had a 30 bore pistol with me. This cameraman receives threats and is now running for his life. My family remains unable to register an FIR for hours after I have left you all, which is nothing but normal in my country.

Should I tell you the moral of my story?

Make sure you have someone in your friends or family who can yell and tell the people that you were killed in cold blood for no reason when your life could be saved very easily. Probably my merciless killers did not know that my brother is a reporter at a local news channel.

And, also when you move around, ask someone to keep their mobile cameras ready in case you are shot at. Because unless proven otherwise, you are a terrorist and a ‘potential suicide bomber’ like Kharotabad incident victims or dacoits like Sialkot lynch mob preys.

May Allah have mercy on you all and this land where I leave you today amongst barbarians and butchers.

Fee Aman Allah.

 

Aisha Aijaz

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Aisha Aijaz is a medical doctor, MA History, a photographer and a dreamer who longs for a kind and tolerant world. She loves Urdu poetry.

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  1. I can feel the torment on our heads, “Ab to maafi mangtay huay bhi sharam aati hay ALLAH se..” Humara dushman akhir hay kaun ? Duniya ya hum khud apne qatil hayn ? Kis se kareyn sawal aur kaun day ga Jawab…… Hum aik zinda laash ban chukay hayn shayad.

  2. Jub Islam kay dairay say nikal jao, tau aisa zulm phir hojata hai…For every firawn, there is a Musa. Our Prophet (saww) had said, that even during war, spare the old & children, and leave every standing house & building in tact, do not destroy the crops & do not plunder.

    These golden words had depth and meaning. We should show mercy, but these people did not show anything, merciless…how can the Rangers be the judge, jury & executioner?

    Whether the guy was guilty or not, he should have been booked…not executed. And that without mercy. Even Islam forbids it at any level.

  3. RytLy said Brother. . .
    very WeLL said. . .

  4. Dear Sister Aisha,
    Very good article, but you missed the point on how irresponsible our media is, they were showing it live for two days and one channel reported “yay sansani khaiz Khabar App tak sab say pehlay DUNYA news nay pauhanchai” and then Awaz channel showed the whole video saying “yay Manazir aap tak Awaz kay ilawa kissi aur nay nahi Pauhnchai” what is going on? has the media lost it completely??? Are their any rules for them!!! I doubt it!!

  5. very sad even during a bomb blast these tv channels keep on saying this rubbish .it mens they are not doing it for justice but only for the progress of thier channels so that they can get bonnus they are also one of them ….brutles…they also have metal hearts who can watch this ….shot this … but cant stop this … if some people gather and tried to stop this they could have atleast taken that boy to hospital so that he might survive……

  6. Ver weLL said u Both Umer Bro and Hina Sis. . .
    Thats Another Bitter FAct. . .
    Our Media RAces for their Own Progress,. . .
    they Dond mind whats rong going on. . .

    There is a lack of Sene of Responsibility and MAturity. . .

  7. Lets not be so short sighted, there is an inquiry going on and let that finish. There are always two versions of a story. In a city where target killings are a normal ritual, a city which is hostage to a party that less to no Mafia, a province whose Governor I believe also has some unfinished cases on him ( I think of 302), a country where polce muqabla is a norm. Only 2 videos of direct killing surface and those too which include Para military forces .. at a time when Uniformed men are not just under attack from outer enemies but more than that inner ones and are under immense pressure .. never ever have we seen a video of a Polce Muqabla or a target killing or any other .. why this one .. I am not sure of the facts but let them come out .. A sentry who stands at a pot checking everyone, sifting and searching everyone has no meter to separate terrorists and normal civilians, he also has kids and parents. If he is lenient and some incident happens then we start getting the response .. “Yeh aik Security failure hai .. Supreme Court sey Tehqeeq karwain,. commission banaein” .. and if they respond to anyone suspicious then they are barbarians .. You can not be in a state of war and peace at the same time .. I think we are being led as a Nation and our shortsighted media and politicians are trying their level best to fall in the trap either willingly our naively, most likely willingly. I am not trying to justify this barbaric act, there should be an inquiry and if found guilty the culprits should be hanged till death.. but why create such a hype ..and try to demonize one institution only and all declaring all others are Walis … Maikhanon ki ronaq hain kabhi khan qahon ki
    Apna li hwas walon ne jo rasm chali hai
    Dildari e waiz ko hamin baqi hain warna
    Ab shehar main her rind e kharabat wali hai

  8. NAsir Bro. . .
    thats the MAin ProBlem of Ours. . .
    Blame GAme. . .
    here RAngers Did AbsoLuteLy wrong, , ,
    u know tha fact but Instead Acceptoing u BLAming the Governor and ther Political Parties. . .
    what is the Purpose for that., Ryt here . . . . ..??????

    here if dat guy was a Dakoit. . then Responsibilty of rangers was to Arest him. . not to Shot him. . .as the guy was ready to Surrender. . .
    is there no Justice left in PAKIstan. . .?
    no Courts to Give Justice. . .?
    Are rengers the Courts to DeCLAre the Person as CrimnaL and Give Execution. . . .???

    Shot at sight is Applied in Article 144 which is not Applied ryt here in KArachi. . .
    So why u Shoted. . .

    Instead u woukd have to Shot rem0nd Devis who Killed 3 people on d spot. . .
    but you Provide a chance to Prove him self innocent in Cort. .
    Why dat chance not given to That Guy. . .who Niether killed any 1 at the Spot. . . ..??>

  9. hey !!
    What if this guy turned out to be a robber or target killer himself who kill others just for a mere mobile phone in the query..will he stll be innocent in the eyes of you(Aisha) ??…LOOK army duty is to defend and if this guy that got killed was creating chaos by stealing and robbing others and doing target killings than what happened to him was right as Rangers duty is to deal with culprits like these….
    NO body raise their voices when target killing happens int he name of ethnicity ,when women are buries alive ,when honor killing happens ,when Shia are killed just for having different ideas …the only Department that still is organized and doing something for the county is this ARMY !! ….in Floods ,in earthquakes ,in building roads and school Army is always in front ….and dealing with miscreant …so rather then yelling out to Army at least first see the other side of the story

  10. Who yelled at the army, my brother?

  11. Even if she yelled at your Holy Cow, there is nothing wrong in it. Even a blind person can make out that the guy was shot when he was almost on his knees and not a threat to anyone at all. Selective justice will not work anymore. Everybody raises the voice when women are buried alive, when honour killings happen and when sectarian clashes kill people. And so should they when the security forces do such blunders.
    Yes, Army does a hell lot of work during natural disasters and so should it. Kisi pay ehsaan nahin kartay. All Armies of the world do that for their fellow citizens. But that doesnt absolve them of the crimes they commit.

  12. Watching all that happening; I have no fear of ghosts, and I have never heard it said that, so much harm had been done by the dead during six thousand years as is wrought by the living in a single day. My senses were windows to the world, and I always thought that they do a fair job at capturing an accurate depiction of reality.. But a veil of prejudice it was.. I have been kidding to myself all my life.. Again felt like betrayed…For good or for worse.. We badly need Divine Intervention..

  13. such will the cases when qiyamat will be near…..

  14. such will the cases be when qiyamat will be near…..

  15. Whether he was guilty or innocent there is clearly no evidence from the video that he was posing a lethal threat to the rangers, in fact when he was shot he was bowed down begging. The problem with this force like the rest of the institutions in pakistan is a complete lack of guidelines and accountability. What are the rules for engagement for these personnel?? and if there are any why did these soldiers not follow them?? why is only one soldier (the shooter) being aggressive? the other soldiers obviously did not feel the threat of pointing their guns at the person.

    While what happened is wrong, this should not be a public trial either, not a media trial or even for the “convenient” suo moto notice of the SC. If these are military personnel they should be investigated as per military protocol.

  16. the video speaks for itself, even if he was guilty of mobile snatching, the last thing rangers do in such petty cases is that give the guy zabardast chitrol and then they give the alleged criminal in the custody of the police. Thats it, they can’t do anything else.

    I remember right after last year’s bomb blast in the muharram juloos, the so called mushta’il afraad set the Bolton market on fire while the rangers kept watching the looters and plunderers and didn’t even bother to save the shops and when the owners of the shops asked them to stop the criminals the response they got from the rangers was ‘we don’t have the orders to shoot any miscreant’. If they didn’t have the orders to shoot the criminals then then how and why did they execute the boy in this easy to handle scenario??

    In the midst of an image crises for the security agencies, reckless behavior on part of the security personnel is acting like a final nail in the coffin. Of course the media will play it’s role to malign as much as they can, but the security agencies, be it the police/rangers/FC or anyone else in uniform, are also making sure that all the slandering done gets justified by such actions. To me both the media and the security agencies under political influence are making things worse for the country.

  17. we are a hopeless nation… still sitting in homes waiting for a miracle!!!

  18. mafi chahta hon Aisha behn,

    ap la blog is pro street crime! when we got target killing and stuff … the media is crying we want peace, there is no one to take action against it. but when a ranger like him takes an action then the media starts again!
    instead of taking an edge on your competitors, why dint they call an ambulance? why the guy was having a toy gun? he is not small enough to have one! did you write about those people who got shot or robbed by such guys? just interview someone who has been through the torture caused by such teens! in karachi no one can talk on the phone in open…why dont you try to promote the justice what this ranger did? you might get even more hits … think about it! this is all what our media wants rite?
    the punch line is … if you cannot do good for the country dont do bad at least.
    take care sis
    sayanara

  19. Bhai. . .
    Crime rate kam karnay k Liay Ap AsaL Mujrimo tak Puhancho na JANAB. . .
    ye JAzbaati batein karnays ay Crime RAte kam nahi HoGA. . .
    SAaf ZAhir hai k us LArkay ko us ki GHALAT Suuhbat ki WAJA say MArna PARA. .
    MANA k wo GHALAT hoga. . .
    MAGAR wo WAHA keh raha tha k MAin MAjboor tha WAgeera WAgeera. .

    rengers ko Chaheay tha k US LArjkay ko Arest kar k ASAL root TAK Puhanchti Via Investiigation. . . .

    MAGAR ap nay ASAL Chehra BAY NAQAB karnay k BAjaaye us ko hi maar dia jis say ap asal Root TAK puhanchtay. . .”

    Jin Logo nay US LArkay ko Mujrimm banaya. . .
    WO kal kisi aur Ko Mujrim bana DAingay. . . .

    And The Story wilL go On. .
    AGAR ap Mujrimo ko KHATAM b karna Chahtay ho to ASAL root tak Puhancho na. .
    Aur ASAL root TAk Puhanchanay k Liay AP ko in hi ISTIMAAL huay huay Logo k zareay Puhanchna Hoga. .
    TAKLAY log es TARha IStemaaL na Ho SAkain. . . .

  20. Liaqat baagh main Liaqat ALI Khan ko TArget Killed kia gaya. . .
    Logo nay On the Spot Killer ko maar dia. . .
    NA k Usay Giriftaar kar k Investigation kar k ASAL ANAsir tak puhanchtay k Kis nay ye KArwaya. . .

    Aj b yeh ek Muamma hai k Liaqat ALi Khan ka QATAL kis nay KARWAYA. . .
    Q k Soucrce ko on d Spot mita Dia gaya. . .

    HAMAIN Agar Behtari LAni hai To es JAzbaati pan Ko KHATAM na SAhi magar sahi JAGHA Use karna Hoga. . .

    Jinhain On d Spot mrna Hota hai unhain to HAM SAR p bitha DAytay hain. .
    MArna Tha On d Spot to Remond devis ko MArtay na., . .jis nay 3 Khon kiay thay. . .
    es larkay nay to Chori ki thi. . .
    Jiski SAZA ISLAM main b SAZAE maut nahi. . . .

  21. @ salman bhai

    you are talking about “legal threat” … go anywhere in the world and try to touch a security on duty personal whether its in the pub/club, train or wherever. you are required to follow orders strictly. specially in country like ours…this guy could have been a suicide bomber or army has suffered a lot already, cannot take more chances! the only fault i saw in his conduct was he got very close to the subject.

  22. shameful act & no accountability. I feel i’ve come from a nation where human life has no worth any more .if we don’t stand against such acts i wonder than do we deserved to be called as nation.please forgive us brother we are equally responsible for your cold blooded murder as we are nothing more than a nation of dead people

  23. JazakAllah Aisha for sharing the truth in these insane times!

  24. ye sub hmari awam ki waja se hota ha ,agr 1 dafa bahr niklen sb thk ho skte han,hmari awam ki ajeeb zahniat ha net per or apis ma discussions ma to sb bol lete han lakin jb bhir niklne ki qurbani deni parti ha to sb ghron pe beth jate han,agr is waqae k bad 5000 log bhe rangers k office k bahr jama ho jate to D.G rangers ko khd resign krna parta usi waqt.

  25. Very Well said dr.Ayesha . . .
    This Article wiLL Bring Tears in the eys of Senisitive People. . .
    we should have to AcT Also. . .
    As our NAveed Bro has very weLL said. . .

    “”ye sub hmari awam ki waja se hota ha ,. . . . .
    agr 1 dafa bahr niklen sb thk ho skte han,. . . .
    hmari awam ki ajeeb zahniat ha net per or apis ma discussions ma to sb bol lete han lakin jb bhir niklne ki qurbani deni parti ha to sb ghron pe beth jate han,. . . . .
    agr is waqae k bad 5000 log bhe rangers k office k bahr jama ho jate to D.G rangers ko khd resign krna parta usi waqt.””

  26. securty idaron min insaanon ko B bharti kia jaye………
    ameer jamat islami pakistan

  27. agar koi baghawat ki tehreek ka masiha hai to btay main ap k sath hon aur sab sy pehly main aaun ga ap ki awaz main awaz milany. ab hamen aisi jahannum main nahi rehna jahan sialkot k 2 bhaiyon ko safakana qatal kr k lashon ko trucks pe latka k ghumaya jay. ya kharotabad main khawateen ko qatal kr k rasiyon ko un ki tangon ko band kr kheencha jay. ya pani k muzahiray main anay waly larky ko goli mar k qatal kiya jay phir us ki maa ko bola jay k” bike ki tanki ka dhakan khol k petrol nikal buriya ko jala”. ya sarfaraz shah ko maafi mangny ki halat main golian mar kr zinda insan ko mot ka raqs krwaya jay. (yeh wohi log hain jinhon ny laal masjid pe mizail daaghy or bepanah lashon ko gandy naaly main phenk dia.) hamary mulk ka 80% maal to in hi idaaron pe lgta hai. puuri qaum sy 100% ly kr 20% hukmran kha jaty hain aur baqi 80% yehi militry idary.hamen inki ghulami manzoor nahi………

  28. assalam o alikum! i would like to say few words about your article sister aysha… there is no second opinion that its a step towards barbarism. but the thing is that look at past for a moment,kharoat abad incident,attacks on navy buses in karachi,well planed “kaarrawai” in PAF museum and crossfire between attackers and pak army at the occasion, all these attacks are just to create hostility between pakistani forces and awaam. we all understand the political situation of pakistan and our politicians are making us fool and keep themselves cool.so army is the only institute of country that has an ability to protect us from our enemies. all these situations are created by America to make us exhaust from pak army. so, here we have to b positive and have to analysis that why such disasters are happened and who is behind them… because “jab kisi mulk ki faoj ka wujood us mulk me khatam hojata hey to waha dushman ki faoj ka wujood mulk me qaaim hojata hey”

  29. I am sure if few dozen of criminals are shot in public , Pakistan will become a much better place to live in. Courts have failed to punish the criminals. The inept justice system has multiplied crime an encouraged criminals.

  30. those who suspect that he might have been a robber or guilty in any other way are right . but as the video shows he didn’t resist at all so they could easily have arrested him and produced before the court. but they didn’t . this is not what a law enforcement agent is supposed to do. especially when alleged is empty handed and helpless in all aspects.

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