Stop the war

Published: June 8, 2012

I stared down at tearful eyes and asked what I could do to help, all I got was, Stop the war, stop the war, stop the war.

I dreamt of a destructed land last night,

Walked around and met a wounded child,

She was lying in between dead people,

It was the oasis last night, she said in a pained voice,

I was playing with my brother before he died,

My father and mother kissed me before they were murdered beside me,

I had a brother like you, but he was killed last night,

Such is the case with all the girls after the oasis converted into a graveyard,

I walked ahead and met a crying mother,

We were sleeping last night, she said frantically,

I had a son like you; he was killed by people just like me and you,

I had a daughter like your daughter,

Her body is lying naked in the corner,

They were people just like humans, but had the devil on their mind,

They rushed into my house, and killed all the humans inside,

I had a family just like yours, everything finished last night.

Such is the case with all the mothers after the oasis converted into a graveyard,

I climbed up a mountain and met an angry old man,

It was a lively place just last night he said, in an angry voice,

What did they achieve, killing my child?

Answer my questions! What are they fighting for?

I’m waiting for my son but I know he will not come,

Because I know someone else’s sons have killed my son,

I had a son just like you. He was chopped into pieces last night,

Such is the case with all fathers after the oasis converted into a graveyard,

Suddenly my eyes opened and I thought what a horrible dream that was,

I looked around the world and came to know what was going on

I saw innocent eyes full of tears in memory of their loved ones,

I found two enemies engaged in a war

I asked why they were fighting but all I got was,


I stared down at tearful eyes and asked what I could do to help, all I got was,

Stop the war, stop the war, stop the war.

All I ask is to stop the war,

Stop the war before the world turns into a graveyard,

Stop the war before there aren’t any more tears left to be shed.

No fathers, mothers or sisters.


Talal Khan Qaimkhani

Talal Khan Qaimkhani

The author belongs to a small village city in Mirpurkhas called Digri. He is a student of Management and International Business and studied at Webster University for 2 years and is now heading to the University of Sunderland. He is interested in writing about atrocities of war, culture of Pakistan, different political issues and problems which the country is facing, drones, killings in Karachi, abduction in Balochistan.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Javed

    Instead of asking stop the wars, shout ‘Pakistan, Stop Terrorism’.

    Whenever a country will use terrorism as a weapon against other country, Wars are gonna happen.Recommend

  • hina

    So true, and extremely sad! Recommend

  • BlackJack

    I don’t think inserting line breaks
    Instead of punctuation marks makes it poetry.
    While your sensitivity does you credit
    It is unlikely that the war will end
    (In your dream)
    Because no one seems to know
    Or care about
    the reason for all the violence
    Such is the case with all the ostriches in this desert graveyard.Recommend

  • Dannie

    I know Mr. Talal Qaimkhani personally he is an awesome writer and a peace lover person i liked his writing since he started..

  • Anjum Kiani

    Poetic Licence, eh?!Recommend

  • Moaaz Ahmed

    Nice poetry with perfect Articulation
    Indeed Hatred and aversion is the burning global issue!
    Thumbs up for spreading the message of peace and loveRecommend

  • TightChuddi

    I sympthaise with what you say,
    however the reason why we see this day,
    is that the state has no say
    on the matters of day to day

    Non state actors getting wise
    load shedding on the rise
    what shall we do, but the despise
    uncle sam and his alliesRecommend

  • Sumaiya

    Tell this to America. They are the reason for Pakistan’s present condition.Recommend

  • Humayun Aziz

    Imaginative perfect scene creation with essence of lesson should be learnt by each individual. “Thumbs Up Talal”Recommend

  • Noise

    The only way you can stop the war is by winningRecommend

  • Safdar

    good effort bro. but seriously it was prose broken down to form a poem. but good effort on a good topic. if you keep the lines brief by using less words, that would make it perfect.
    always great to read growing writers and poets.Recommend

  • Vikram

    Pakistan gets involved in wars only for money and weapons.

    Mullah Zaeef, a former talibans ambassador to Afghanistan said this about Palistan. “Pakistanis can get milk even from a bull. They have two tongues in one mouth, and two faces on one head so they can speak everybody’s language; they use everybody, deceive everybody. They deceive the Arabs by using the name of Islam, they milk America in war against terrorism and they have been deceiving Pakistanis in the name of Kashmiris, but behind the curtain they have been betraying everyone”.Recommend

  • Zalim Singh
  • muhammad ali qaimkhani

    Mr. Talal has explicitly expressed his concerns about the plight of war stricken people. He has been studied in those so-called western institutes which generate hatred against war, terrorism and prevailing vices. I would like to come to the point. Since the creation of Adam and Eve we have been observing many heinous scenes of bloodshed and war. “HABEEL” and “QABEEL” were the first example of lethal conflict and it resulted in death of one brother. Every sensible person will condemn war but war is always imposed by regimes and nowadays countries. People are always against of it. America so-called peace-holder waged unnecessary wars on terrorism, peace and democracy in different countries. America is the biggest supplier of weapons and missiles around the globe. Pakistan and India are the permament recipient of war fuel from USA. I concur that war is dangerous and causes unerabale injuries but sometimes it becomes inevitable to defend, specially when India invaded Pakistan in 1965 and since then both countries are accumulating their capabilties to prolong the war and this action has restricted the welfare of people across the borders. It is the need of hour to assess the devastation caused by war. I assure you that we can not prosper unless we spend the same amount on education and technology which is being spent on procuring modern gadgets and weapons. But it is a dream which won’t come true in my life. We have a mediocre idea that we can become a powerful and stable country by selling weapons and designing new weapons. a country has a right to have a strong defence but aggressiveness is not permissible. Recommend

  • BlackJack

    @muhammad ali qaimkhani:
    My friend, refer neutral sources to understand the 1965 war – or even some books written by your own scholars (even former generals as I understand). Pakistan invaded India through the LoC, India retaliated by cross the international border. You guys may have thought that Indians would restrict the fight to Kashmir, but were sadly mistaken, and escaped a humiliating defeat (I believe you had a couple of days left of ammunition before you would need to use household equipment for defense) by requesting your erstwhile friends to step in and stop the war.Second, this has become a nauseatingly common refrain from Pakistan to refer to poor people on both sides of the border. You aren’t really bothered about our poor, but want us to stop building our defense capabilities so that you can change your outlook. Well, that is not going to happen. Pls continue to spend the billions that you don’t have on weapons that you don’t need – we have no problems.Recommend

  • Mohammad ali Gaad

    indeed this all credit goes to our puppet politicians and also government, they merely want to full fill their own demands and they have nothing to do with we peoples wether one is going to be end or not.Recommend