The other day I was writing a post on the Lahore PAT protest and police violence, so I came across this video.
Let’s keep politics aside for a moment.
Now call me an idiot or accuse me of emotional blackmail, and I’d gladly agree, but nothing has affected me more recently than this. Because I can so easily see myself in her position.
Now the question that the little girl asks is so clear, so valid, so astonishing, that not only it moves you to tears, but also makes you reflect on its possible answer, which no adult would be able to give to her.
One simple question.
Why did they kill her mother? Really, why.
There is one thing that I know pretty clearly and that is that her mother did not have to die. But would she understand why.
Her mother should not have been putting her life on the line for a cause as ridiculous as removing a security barrier from a religious leader’s home. For her children’s sake at least.
Seriously, what was this incident about anyway?
But surely it was not her fault. Probably she was just trying to evade a bullet or a baton around the residential compound.
Probably she was a passer-by or just happened to be caught up in the great mess. Maybe she was just a Minhaj-ul-Quran employee and was doing her job.
But perhaps the Punjab police should have thought twice before relentlessly firing at the people and beating them.
But didn’t some cops die too?
I don’t know.
I just know very clearly that her mother did not have to die.
It’s not only unfair. It’s irresponsible.
Countless individual lives are ruined by politics everyday with people dying for the convenience of politicians.
War is understandable and hard to avoid, but such petty politics.
Nobody learns any lessons.
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