Dear Rishi Kapoor, before pointing the “terrorism” finger at Pakistan, please take a look at your prime minister, army and country

Published: June 22, 2017
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As a public figure, you have acquired a massive fan following, and a person of your stature would be well aware of the sensitivity of the Indo-Pak relations.

Dear Rishi Kapoor,

As a Pakistani, I am not ashamed to admit that I have grown up watching Bollywood movies, I have been entertained, and I have also questioned the integrity of the industry where ageing actors such as yourself would still get lead roles as heroes. Maybe it reflects the Indian mindset, maybe not. However, do you see how such a small detail can have such a lasting impression? 

One of my favourite songs is ‘Dil lene Ki Rut Aye’, with you and Madhuri Dixit (an amazing actress and definitely one of a kind).

Moving on, this is not about your career or acting abilities, rather it’s about your anti-Pakistan rants on social media. Since you are an artist, I am sure the following quote from Superman will be appreciated.

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

As a public figure, you have acquired a massive fan following, and a person of your stature would be well aware of the sensitivity of the Indo-Pak relations. You should have used this power to reach out to people and bridge the gap. All you have done is show Pakistanis the bias that you hold and made a contribution towards moulding the vulnerable Indian mindset against Pakistan. Independence has happened, it is done and dusted with. One million people collectively from both sides have died and two wars have been fought, therefore I think it’s time to make amends, not burn more bridges.

You very conveniently stated:

Terrorism, that’s an interesting point, especially when someone from India uses that word so loosely. Currently, your sitting Prime Minister Narendra Modi is nothing short of a terrorist himself. When he was the chief minister of Gujarat, he incited the massacre against the Muslim community in his home province. Even the commission to probe into the the Godhra Train incident is tainted with conspiracy and corruption. The incident itself reeks of dirty games played by the government to marginalise the Muslim community in Gujarat. This is even more evident as the Modi government promotes a rigid and radical version of Hinduism across India with complete autonomy.

Now moving forward, what about state-sponsored terrorism carried out by your army? And no, I am not talking about Kashmir; I will get to that shortly. The name Thangjam Manorama probably rings a bell. A young woman was victimised at the hands of the Indian army under the Armed Force Special Power Act (AFSPA), 1958. She was extra-judicially executed by the Indian paramilitary unit, 17th Assam Rifles on July 11, 2004. She was only 34-years-old at the time. Manorama was tortured, raped, shot dead and her mutilated body was dumped near her village the very next day. Is this how the law works in your India? Did you protest? In 2004, the following protest took place in Manipur.

Five days after the killing, around 30 middle-aged women walked naked through Imphal to the Assam Rifles headquarters, shouting: “Indian army, rape us too… We are all Manorama’s mothers.” Padma Shree author M K Binodini Devi returned her award in protest. Protests have continued in 2004 and over the years. Photo: Outlook India

Now let’s move on to Indian export; Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian spy sent to Pakistan. Jadhav, in a video confession admitted that the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was involved in destabilising Pakistan. He also confirmed his active service as an officer in the Indian Navy and that he was working in Pakistan at the behest of RAW. Is it fair to say that the unrest in Balochistan is the direct result of India meddling in the region? Again, that would be state-sponsored terrorism, wouldn’t it?

Now, how many embassies or consulates should a country have on foreign land? This is India’s list:

US: 5

England: 2

Russia: 3

Pakistan 2

China: 4

Australia: 4

German: 3

Mexico: 1

UAE: 2

Afghanistan: 8

Canada: 4

Interesting, Afghanistan has eight embassies/consulates. Countries that can provide substantial economic advantages to India do not even come close.

Farooq Ahmad Dar, the Kashmiri who was tied to the jeep as a human shield. Photo: The Indian Express

Mr Kapoor, meet Farooq Ahmed Dar, the gentleman who was strapped to the front of an army Jeep by Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi and then paraded around multiple villages across Kashmir. Proud moment for the Indian army, especially since the army chief applauded him for this disgraceful act that violates even the most basic human rights.

I, as a Pakistani, a human rights advocate and a normal human being, salute and stand by Dar.

By the way, this isn’t an uncommon practice in Indian-occupied Kashmir. Indian police and army officers have often stripped Kashmiris and paraded them across villages naked. If they try to cover their nakedness, they are abused and physically assaulted.

The Indian army has a lust for rape, let’s not forget the mass rape they conducted in February 1991 in the twin village of Kunan and Poshpora. There, in the middle of the night, four units of the army carried out a systematic operation, gathered all the men, tortured, emasculated and sexually assaulted them. Age was not an issue, men as young as 18 and as old as 68 have given their accounts of that tormented night. A police report to end the investigation is still pending to date.

While these men were being assaulted, their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters were being raped by your glorious army.

More than 1,500 villages have been razed to the ground in Kashmir. Can you justify that? Why is India blocking the United Nations (UN) from visiting Kashmir? Why is India blocking a plebiscite in Kashmir? Is it because the real truth will come out?

India’s rape culture can be attributed to its army. Bravo! Even Indian politicians are okay with it.

“Rape is a social crime which depends on the man and the woman. It is sometimes right and sometimes wrong.” – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician Babulal Gaur.

“Earlier, if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded, but now everything is so open. It’s like an open market with open options. Rapes happen because men and women interact freely.” – Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal chief minister

Child marriage is a solution to rape and other atrocities against women.” – Former Haryana CM. The Lok Dal’s Om Prakash Chautala. (He’s currently in jail for rank corruption.)

“The rate of crimes against women depended on how completely dressed they are and how regularly they visited temples. Rapes in the state of Chennai are comparatively less as their women are always completely clad and visited temples regularly.” – Babulal Gaur, a BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh

“You are safe, why are you bothered?” – Uttar Pradesh’s Samawaji Party (SP) chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav in response to a reporter who asked about rapes increasing in the state.

Courtesy: Times of India

I can continue to go on and on, however, that is not my intention. What I wanted to spell out to you is, India is not perfect and neither is Pakistan. While you may feel we export terrorists, we from our land have sent some of the best talent to India. Your father himself was born in Peshawar, your grandfather served in Peshawar as a police officer and Salma Agha is a distant relative and a Pakistani. Amitabh Bachchan as a kid would play with my mother’s uncles when they used to live in Allahabad. Small world.

As Indians and Pakistanis, our bonds are interlinked. We almost speak the same language, our cultures are the same, our cuisine is divine, and both sides are filled with over-emotional people taking jazbat to a whole new level. Our boundaries are set with a border; however, our identities beyond nationalities are still the same. Why is it that Pakistani and Indians abroad label themselves as desis? It’s the commonality.

Mr Kapoor, your jazbat are appreciated, however, it cannot come at the cost of Pakistani integrity and vice versa. Neither you, nor I, are perfect, but it’s time we start bridging the gaps.

Before ending this, I will say, power to the Indian people, they have shown resilience and they have stood up for their rights, please do not tarnish that with your jazbati tweets. Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jew, Budhist, Farsi, we are all South Asian brothers and sisters, lets tweet that. Pakistan Zindabad!

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Love from Pakistan and from an ordinary Pakistani,

T

This post originally appeared here

Syed Taha Salman

Syed Taha Salman

The author is a writer and analyst who writes on geo-political issues and international affairs affecting Pakistan and the South Asian region. He is also an analyst for Wikistart, a global think-tank. He tweets @SyedTahaSalman

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

  • Rohan

    What a nonsensical article ,a Pakistani and Pakistan accusing other countries of terrorism especially one like India.Grow up dude ,I still have hope for uRecommend

  • rama

    Stop pocking into Kashmir for years every thing will be normal.
    Pakistan is in bad shape because of the pseudo think-tanks and conspiracy theorist , Do these individual and think-tanks has any international credibility
    Before writing anything about India’s Kashmir , read , write and talk about the Pakistan army atrocities not only in Baluchistan and forced disappearance in Baluchistan of 10000 (by Pakistan court account)
    Have you people question about the humiliation of minorities in Pakistan including Shia and Ahamadias
    Write about all these if you have guts and spine if you are in ISI pay list !!Recommend

  • Samuel

    Excellent. Be it East Turkestan Islamic movement or militants in Tibet China, TTP or Jamat ul Ahrar in Pakistan, Mukhti Bhani in Bangladesh, or so called Tamil tigers in Sri Lanka… India has supported more terrorists and militants in neighboring countries than any other country in the world. This all is besides state sponsored terrorism in Kashmir.

    I don’t know when will India come to senses.???Recommend

  • hp kumar

    He has courage to brandish pakistan a terrorist hell hole..Recommend

  • black_kettle1

    Incredible India with incredibly bloated egos – considering they have no toilets and very high rape incidents:

    92 women every day! What a horrible place.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/india-rape-92-women-every-day-4-delhi-statistics/1/380956.htmlRecommend

  • hp kumar

    Get it on your face..you r a dreaded terrorist country nothing else..Indians who r making statement otherwise ,actually they r fooling you.This is common perception about all of you among us.Recommend

  • Adeel

    It’s shameful that after being exposed badly, you are still blaming others. What a hypocrite mindset.Recommend

  • Milford

    Hahaha..a guy, of course, an innocent guy, allegedly, is crying foul what India does in its own country. Village idiot, India is doing a great job killing all those fundamentalists from her territory. Let India kill whoever stands in it’s way and the rest of the world is quite okay with that, not saying India even cares what others think when it comes to it’s security and national interests, well except pakistanis.Recommend

  • Mehmood Malik

    Syed you’ve hit the nail on the head, I salute you sir.

    Rohan I have very little hope for you, the hindutva cancer has blinded you.Recommend

  • Rooh Ullah Khattak

    You are coughing up things which have been fed to you since your day of birth. Round world, small minds, self loathing narcissist disgusting Indians.Recommend

  • Zaynah

    truth always seems nonsense to you people…clear your head man n get some knowledge about whats happening in ur own country then talk!Recommend

  • Amir Sultan

    How are you even talking after reading that article!!!Recommend

  • Myrna Minkoff

    The so-called “confession” extracted from Jadhav is no different from the one extracted from Otto Warmbier in North Korea – under duress and torture. This author is delusional.
    Also what does the number of consulates in a country have to do with terror? Ridiculous.Recommend

  • aliya

    well done! Here in England English people also know this India has an extrem problem with rape an injustice. let’s just hope Indians can sort it out without more harming more innocent humans. my thoughts with all thoes who never found justice due to Indians lust army an corrupted system.Recommend

  • Amer Lodi

    You have hit the nail hard…..An excellent article, exposing the Terrorist face of india. Infact, when india talks of terrorism is the same a Prostitute talking of chastityRecommend

  • Aamir – Toronto

    Typical Endian mentality, you guys will never accept your mistake and will continue to live in fool’s paradise. Look what you have done to your country, elected a PM who is known to be killer on innocent and unarmed Muslims in Gujarat riots, shame on you !!!!Recommend

  • Alia

    Rohan Dude why don’t you look at your own country and stop worrying about ours! ‘ I still have hope for you’, really!?Recommend

  • Rajdeep

    Ha! Ha! ha! Unnecessary rant!Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Hmmm, let’s see!
    OBL lived in that Abbottabad safe house for more than 5 years with his large extended family! All without Pakistani visas BTW!
    26/11 Mumbai attack facilitated by Pakistani LeT proxies, but trial of those accused now going onto 7th year with no end in sight!
    Indian Parliment attack facilitated by LeT/JeM proxies!
    Good Taliban proxies (Afghan Taliban and Haqqani!) still operate against Afghanistan from Pakistani soil, with Quetta Shura command structure still openly operates from Quetta!
    Dear author, what’s your point?Recommend

  • NKAli

    Dear Rohan,
    If you are unable to understand the events, places and dates mentioned lucidly in the article, I suggest you become an extrovert and change your present company of friends. Thank you and have a nice day.Recommend

  • irfan shamim farooqui

    Its fact based Rohan nothing nonsensical. Highly appreciable that tribune published this blog.Recommend

  • vinsin

    None of your business.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    You call it excellent.
    Recommend

  • vinsin

    Writer has not exposed anything Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Dear author,
    As you well know, both Pakistan and India each have ONE Embassy and FOUR Consulates in Afghanistan!
    Please explain how you think India has EIGHT total Embassies and Consulates there????
    Dear author,
    As you well know, Per UN agreements, plebiscite for Kashmir was to be held AFTER Pakistan removed all Pakistani armed forces! Recommend

  • hp kumar

    Even they celebrate cricket by firing shots using ak-47.A sign of lawless rotten land.Recommend

  • Gratgy

    Far less than the number of children raped everyday in PakistanRecommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    The Indian consulates in Afghanistan are used to foment terror in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “India is not blocking any plebiscite in Kashmir”. Any Indian politician who supports a plebiscite to determine J&K’s future will be lynched immediately!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “Why Pakistanis keep writing articles on India?”. Because Muslims are not safe in India. If it had not been for Pakistan, all Indian Muslims would have been killed.Recommend

  • Bharath

    Oh my god..! This is the joke of the year..Recommend

  • Parvez

    Skillfully written …..I think your intention was to ‘ set the cat amongst the pigeons ‘ and you have succeeded.Recommend

  • Patwari

    A straight forward hard hitting article. Why so? Read the hindu
    comments. They are literally tearing their hair out in the frenzy
    of denial. As they keep saying, when you face the TRUTH it is
    painful.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    “If it had not been for Pakistan, all Indian Muslims would have been killed.”

    Another mumbo-jumbo. If we want to do it ,we will do it. You don’t have anything to stop us.

    But why Muslims are still living in India?They asked for a separate country and got it, why are they still here?Recommend

  • jayyed

    Utter nonsense. India is funding anti Pakistan terrorists while Taliban are Pukhtoons the majority in Afghanistan. Parroting the narrative of USA won’t get hapless India anywhere. China is coming after you in Afghanistan- and Russia recently embarrassed India by openly supporting Pakistan.Recommend

  • jayyed

    And you rape women and break tv setsRecommend

  • jayyed

    Unnecessary? So why were you compelled to read it? Buahahaha!!Recommend

  • jayyed

    Village idiot? Says someone who doesn’t have a toilet and kills people who he imagines to have eaten beef. Fundamentalist? Says bhakt of Sangh Parivar, Bajrang Dal, VHP and Shiv Sena. Recommend

  • jayyed

    Well said.Recommend

  • jayyed

    No need to pay this guy any kind of attention.Recommend

  • jai

    hey get some burnol for you. world knows where Osama bin laden was found..and many similar are roaming freely in streets of Karachi..Recommend

  • jai

    Osama bin laden was found in India.. world renowed LET JEW etc etc are all based in India..Pakistani passports are most valuble passport in the world..Pakistan is the richest country in the world.minority population in Pakistan is grwoing evry year.hindus and christians are safest and enjoy full religious freedom..way to go Pakistan.Recommend

  • PatelPara

    Indians will react the same way as they were before the match on 18th June. Very confident that they are strong and cannot lose. LOL

    The arrogance is still there. They still think India does not spread terrorism inside other countries and are holy. They are still in denial if they are doing anything wrong in Kashmir, or across India.

    for e.g. almost 40 ppl are charged with sedition just because “allegedly” they supported the win of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    You are describing yourselfRecommend

  • Rohan

    I pity your terribly low standardsRecommend

  • Rohan

    The article is not about dates and places,read it again carefully ,slowly.If you can’t then it’s time to go back to an English grammar school which I think is difficult to find there since so many madrassas keep mushroomingRecommend

  • Rohan

    I do worry about mine but it’s time you stop worrying about mineRecommend

  • Rohan

    With my mouthRecommend

  • Rohan

    Still better than jehadi terrorists from fail-istanRecommend

  • Rohan

    We are not exposed,we didn’t hide osama or mullah Omar and we don’t suffer from drone attacksRecommend

  • Rohan

    Osama bin laden Head of al Qaeda
    Mullah Omar head of Afghan Taliban
    Mullah mansoor successor of Omar
    Hafeez saeed head of banned militant org
    Masood azar head of jaish a banned militant org

    Are/were all found in Pakistan and not India
    And mind you pakistan suffers from drone attacks for hiding jehadis NOT INDIARecommend

  • Gingerman78

    Madrassa MathRecommend

  • Milind A

    Idiot!!! Read articles of Pervez Hoodbhoy on science in Pakistan and his experience about visits to India… We honoured a Muslim scientist with Presidentship (rather than declaring him non-Muslim)… Our IITs are world class and our professionals (Hindus) head multinationals and conglomoretes worldwide. What do you have to show for?Recommend

  • Milind A

    But then we blame neighbouring countries for rape as you blame us for terror acts.Recommend

  • Milind A

    Fool… East Turkestan Islamic Movement is not in Tibet China.. Its in Sinkiang and your militants have supported it.. Wait till Chinese colonise you.Recommend

  • Custard_Pie_In_Your_Face

    Why is this has been even being given any importance in the first place?Recommend

  • Simla

    Pakistan can’t even take care of her citizens. Pakistanis come to India to get medical treatments.Recommend

  • Patwari

    But you fail to see something. Trust a hindu to do so.
    When you are out of ammunition, for your artillery, rifles,
    hand guns, machine guns, anti aircraft guns, etc. and no fuel
    for your tanks, armored vehicles, troop transports, jeeps,
    trains, fighter/bomber aircrafts; also out of water and are surrounded on three sides with one million hindu army soldiers with the Mukhti Bahini stabbing you in the back,…then there is not much of a choice,…is there? Why have your army of 75,867 brave soldiers slaughtered and killed when they cannot even defend themselves.
    A one sided, hand to hand combat, literally.
    It was a very human and wise decision by Niazi. To save his
    soldiers, and live to fight another day. Which is exactly what they did!! In the following years. Border skirmishes localized heavy duels, mini LOC sectional wars. Trouncing Hindu Army
    Even the great General Rommel surrendered when he was surrounded on all sides by the British and American forces.
    And the progeny and descendants of these soldiers, captains
    lieutenants, majors, brigadiers?…They have a sworn vendetta against you hindus from Hindustan!!!
    See,…. you hindus never learn……karmaRecommend

  • Taha Salman

    Dear all,

    I am the author and thank you for taking your time out. Firstly let me start by addressing both my Pakistani and Indian brothers/sisters (irrespective of religion), this article is not a bash on a nation, it is a rebuttal to an arrogant man who feels free to lynch people. period. Everyone picked up bits and pieces to suit their own mindsets – no one picked up on the parts of making amends and no one picked up the part where Indian citizens were applauded for their efforts to resist against suppression. My links are provided and none are Pakistani sources, even the embassy/consulate details were taken from the Indian government website. As for Pakistan having presence there, it has too, we border it and are one of its major transit zone and house almost 2 million Afghan refugees – to contest that is quite absurd.

    Nor India, neither Pakistan are perfect – another point overlooked. This article was not about Pakistan, and no I am not an ISI agent or someone who blindly follows Pakistani policies. If you read my blog you would know that. I do not indulge in writing for the sake of spreading malice or hatred. Both India and Pakistan have a lot of housekeeping to do – neither country is free of corruption and mismanagement. If you feel you have something to say about Pakistan, please write an Op-Ed. My blessings are with you. Truth does hurt and I am willing to take it as positive criticism to go ahead and build my nation’s character.

    As for Kashmir, I am not inspired to write about Kashmir. Keep an eye out, and I will publish my claims about Kashmir and I look forward to your rebuttal. The best thing about dialogue is, it bridges the gaps. And we get an opportunity to hear both sides. Our Kashmir is a tourist haven… no secret operations or anything of that sort happen there. Can that be said about the Indian side? if so, then a lot of videos need to be taken off of youtube by the Indian government.

    I have not had to time to go through all the comments and answer any questions you may directly have for me. I will try and get to them, feel free to reply here.

    Stay blessed.

    Regards, T.Recommend

  • Sane

    India is the biggest exporter of terrorism in the world in general and neighbor countries in particular. Indian occupied Kashmir is under siege by Indian army. Kashmiris are struggling for freedom and they are destined to have a liberated state. Sikhs in India are also facing atrocities of Indian govt. and fanatic Hindus of India. India is a country of rapists and the land where people are killed for eating beef.Recommend

  • Lalit

    Water car and energy harvesting from Djinns to name a few.rest are in pipeline.Recommend

  • Lalit

    That has to be the joke of the year…Recommend

  • Sane

    And kill people for eating beef. And send terrorist to our and other countries. One Kulbhoshan has been caught who killed thousand of citizens in Pakistan and now crying for mercy.Recommend

  • Sane

    You Indian commentators do not have any thing to do, but to be on Pakistani pages. How much you are paid by RAW and Indian Govt.?Recommend

  • Sane

    You made a terrorist your Prime Minister.Recommend

  • Sane

    What work? You are paid to be on these pages, that is your work.Recommend

  • Sane

    Except you, so you are always on these pages.Recommend

  • Rohan

    You made many in the 90’sRecommend

  • Rajiv

    Not everybody is like you.
    How come you don’t have a disqus ID?Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Where are the Mughals now?Recommend

  • Rajiv

    LOL
    you don’t have a disqus ID.Recommend

  • vinsin

    So why Nehru was not lynched immediately? As always you have never answered any questions?Recommend

  • vinsin

    Prove it?Recommend

  • vinsin

    How Pakistan is exposing RAW terrorism network in front of the world? When did Pakistan even tried doing it so?Recommend

  • abhi

    Good for you to live in a delusional world.Recommend

  • abhi

    How charging someone with sedition is spreading of Terrorism? Do you have any logical thinking abilities?Recommend

  • Sane

    I’m proud to be a Pakistan tout. Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    No, that is not true.Recommend