You robbed him of trust, why the surprise then?

Published: October 21, 2014
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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 (twitter.com/salmanzafar1985)

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

  • Parvez

    The angst and frustration you so well have portrayed becomes even more poignant when one realises that our law enforcement and especially judiciary are to a big extent responsible for the problem…….but self serving interests cause them to find excuses not to do what they have taken an oath to do and that is ‘ to do right by the people.’Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    I agree with you my friend. It is the lowest of the low who steal from people like Edhi. I wish I had the money to reimburse him. My heart goes out for this simple old man who has changed countless lives clad only in his qameez shalwar and cap . I hope that the people who committed this atrocity are caught. Last I heard they had been identified but not caught.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    I agree with you my friend. It is the lowest of the low who steal from people like Edhi. I wish I had the money to reimburse him. My heart goes out for this simple old man who has changed countless lives clad only in his qameez shalwar and cap . I hope that the people who committed this atrocity are caught. Last I heard they had been identified but not caught.Recommend

  • Anwar

    I am sorry but we shouldnt become so blinded and worshipful that we ignore facts. Edhi Saheb need to formally explain how he had so much cash and gold lying around! This is a matter of basic investigation. Recommend

  • kitan

    It has already been explain. Please do your research before pointing fingers at somebody who is doing some good for our country.
    Reading comments like this makes me realize what a hateful and unthankful race we are.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    is there a problem with your basic thought processing? HE runs an organization which costs millions a day to run. People donate billions to his charity and even people with low income donate jewelry if they have any. What do you think he does with all the money he gets? puts it into a magical pouch which he carries in his pocket?Recommend

  • Rabblerouser666

    Are Pakistanis for real? Why is everyone so surprised? What bubble have you been living under?

    People get robbed at gun point all the time, rich and poor alike. Buses get looted, so do cars. Innocent are killed everyday for simply speaking out if someone cuts them off in traffic. There’s corruption, nepotism, cronyism, lies, deceit, rape, murders for a thousand rupee. Slippers go missing in Masjid. Kids get kidnapped, raped and murdered. It’s happening all the time, every single day.

    So Edhi got robbed, so what? What’s new?Recommend

  • Rabblerouser666

    I wonder how long before this act too becomes doing of the Americans or Indians or Zionists? Or maybe even Edhi Saheb becomes an agent of the West?Recommend

  • faizan

    Call me blind or naive, but I’m sorry. Edhi can hold as much cash and gold as he wants/needs. A man who has dedicated his entire life, efforts and wealth to improving the lives of millions, saving millions ofchildren from their imminent deaths at the hands of their own family through ‘gehwaras’ at every edhi center, and God only knows what else, is a man who should not be questioned. For everyone knows deep in their hearts that this man held that cash only to help many many more people.

    Only conspiracy theorists who are bored and want some drama in life and people with infinitesimal amounts of humanity would raise a finger at such an angel of a man.Recommend

  • Yousaf Haque

    If by “you”, you mean you-included then what are you lamenting for.When all is wrong then all is right.And that is all what we are,No remorse.Sorry for EdhiRecommend

  • Funny

    Actually,he’s just a ‘muhajir’…just like the Quaid.Recommend

  • Muhammad Sarfaraz Nasim

    I felt that weekness inside me as may be some day or other i may be the penny to be looted. Edhi is a parallel organization to government as government don’t have infrastructure to cater civil/social issues. We stand with EDHI.Recommend