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The point of this post? The point is to illustrate the uncertainty of a human life in Pakistan. Incidents occur everyday which either leave people dead, or leave someone at the mercy of a person wielding a weapon. Examples range from killing another over a mere dispute to targeted killings to suicide bombings. While it is true that life is unpredictable and no one knows how or when they’re going to die, is it also true that such a death can ever be acceptable? What gives anyone the right to end someone else’s life for, let’s say, just for a cell phone.

Alas, we live in a country where a blind eye is cast on such things. There are long speeches about condemning suicide bombings, but ask the ones who lost their loved ones how hollow these speeches are. We live in a country where a mother gets fearful when her children aren’t back home from school on time. Some call it irrational fear; I call it irrational fear that has been built up because of the uncertainty in this country. Gone are the days when children could just walk to school all by themselves. Now, we study in times where parents rush to schools to get their children home because the country suddenly falls into throes of violence just out of the blue. We study in times where schools close every other day because of an unsettling law and order situation in the country, and where universities operate not just with threats of bombing on their heads, but having witnesses such things. Remember Islamabad anyone? People aren’t even safe in their own houses anymore, because anyone can break in it seems.

Questions are asked as to where our peace of mind has gone. The answers are simple. The mother lives in fear because her child is not home yet. The wife lives in fear until her husband isn’t back home from work. People lock every door and every window of their houses, yet are scared of the very shadows inside. And why is this so? Because we don’t know how quickly our life can be taken at the hands of another.

We live in the ‘Islamic’ Republic of Pakistan. Yet there is something quite un-Islamic about the way we kill people. How ironic the name seems, considering murder is a sin unforgivable in Islam. Maybe it’s time we changed our name to the Barbaric Republic of Pakistan. Harsh, but true.

Death is imminent. We can only hope for a death which doesn’t leave people with a lot of questions and even more regrets.

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