You robbed him of trust, why the surprise then?

Published: October 21, 2014

Policeman stand guard next to Pakistani charity worker Abdul Sattar Edhi (C) in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP

Another day.

Another perfect state of affairs. Perfect in a picturesque Pakistani way.

Why the surprise then?

Because they say there is light at the end of the tunnel. But you just dragged that iota of light further away, reassuring us that there is no light. It is only an illusion built by psychopaths like yourself, all set to be served to naive humanoids like us.

Why the surprise then?

Because in the battle of good versus evil, you just slashed open the throat of good and left the body to rot in a manner even vultures would find ugly. Your nerve, the impulse inside you to shatter every sense of decency known to mankind, just took a giant leap. You have outdone yourself in multiple shades of spectacular.

Why the surprise then?

Because you treated this man like a hero, you wanted him recognised on the global arena. You wanted him championed on every platform. You never raised a finger at what he did, how he did it and why he did it. You cried wolf when a teenage girl won the Nobel Prize and he didn’t. But then you abused the same man. You pushed him against the wall and robbed him of more than just material things. You robbed him of the resolve that made him the man he is today. You robbed him of trust. You robbed him of belief.

Why the surprise then?

Because you still refuse to take a cold, deep look at yourself and identify the savage monster you have become. You refuse to believe that something vile runs through your blood. You are busy in political slogging, media campaigning and electoral chest pounding. But you don’t have the time to be human. You don’t have the time to show compassion or a sense of dignity.

Why the surprise then?

Because this is not the end; your imagination stretches far and beyond anything this world has known. You multiply. You don’t divide. The world will give you ugly. You will make it uglier. The world will give you angry. You will make it angrier. The world will give you bad. You will make it worse. Edhi is only the start. This is only the trailer. The main show still hasn’t started.

Why the surprise then?

Because your crime and twisted state of mind will dissolve itself in the mudslinging of opposing groups that takes place every day. We will never identify your face, your name or any other part of your identity because that is not how we operate. We operate in a mode where one man’s poison is another man’s meat. We operate in a manner where one man’s nightmare is another man’s dream. We operate in times where we are right and they are wrong.

This is precisely why you did this to Edhi. This is precisely why you succeeded.

Congratulations on a job well done.

salman Zafar

Salman Zafar

The writer works in the Education Sector and tweets as @salmanzafar1985 (

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