Osama bin Laden’s revenge begins

Published: May 14, 2011

In the first major strike to avenge the killing of Bin Laden, at least 80 people were reported dead and more than 100 wounded in the Charsadda blasts in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP

Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist and mastermind behind the September 11 attacks, was killed by US Special Forces in a predawn helicopter raid in Pakistan’s garrison city of Abbottabad on May 1, bringing an end to the decade-long terror that had gripped the entire world in its ugly clutches.

His death was declared the third biggest news of the 21st century; right below the rise of China to first-tier nation status and the election of Barack Obama as the US president.

However, even in his death, Osama has not seized to surprise us. If anything, he continues to be as creative and diverse for from the deep sea beds than he was from his various hideouts on land. Providing us with all the ruffled feathers to untangle and gathering as many sympathies as scorns across the globe, Bin Laden blares through the television screens day and night and seems to have all the right means to keep the analysts and strategists on their toes.

While Americans went crazy with joy in Washington and New York, at the report of Bin Laden’s death, cheering and reverberating their president’s slogan: ‘justice is done,’ can we in Pakistan afford to indulge in such luxury?

In our case, I am afraid ‘justice’ has just started. Already fighting over fuel prices, loadshedding, ethnic killings and parliamentary stage shows, we know what is coming our way – another hornets’ nest to take care of.

In fact, the first egg of this nest hatched off this morning. In the first major strike to avenge the killing of Bin Laden, at least 80 people were reported dead and more than 100 wounded in the Charsadda blasts in Peshawar, on the paramilitary police.

Justice has just begun.

While our entire civilian and military leadership met today at the Parliament House to discuss United States unilateral raid into Pakistani territory, a few politicians earlier hijacked proceedings in the same parliament to offer prayers for the death of the ‘great martyr.’

Justice has just begun.

Similarly, while the country should be heading straight away into probing the failure of Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies, who failed to identify Osama’s presence within a stone’s throw of the Pakistan Military Academy, the government and the opposition does not seem to be getting over their differences.

While the PPP denounced PML-N’s demand that a commission headed by a judge should investigate the Abbottabad operation as “absurd” and an “insult” to the democratic system, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif boycotted Friday’s in-camera joint session of the parliament to protest against the increasing role of the ISI and army in politics. Which makes one think: isn’t justice delayed is justice denied?

No, but our justice has just begun.

And then there are the religious clerics and their massive followers who are trying to link Osama’s death as an open war against his declared opposition to “Dunya-e-Kufr.”

Justice has truly begun in this land of the pure.

In truth, Osama continues to haunt us Pakistanis in so many ways that justice cannot be done until we do not find plausible answers to all the drama that surround his death. Post Bin Laden operation, the big question as to why the world’s most wanted terrorist was found here in the first place has disappeared from the national radar.

While our premier shares the blame for the apparent failure to capture the world’s most wanted man, an average Pakistani can only hope that he is given justice before he becomes a docile victim of the insane version of justice that the Bin Laden brigade must be planning somewhere to infect upon us in near future.

Till then, please be safe dear fellows.


Huma Iqbal

A blogger who writes on social development, socio-political and economic issues in the region.

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

  • Fahad Raza

    Pakistan was in the mess before him and has not moved after him. The only way forward as i see is to wipe out TTP elements and Our security forces better do it without anyone’s intervention.Recommend

  • http://www.ayeshahoda.wordpress.com Ayesha Hoda

    Good one, Huma! I think some sins are so grave that no matter how you punish the perpetrators (if you do punish them), you still feel that justice has not been done. 80 people means 80 more mourning families suffering an irreparable loss. You can’t help thinking when you will also become just another statistic for the world. Recommend

  • sash

    @Fahad Raza:
    wot abt wipin america out….open ur eyes n try to see da truth!!!Recommend

  • Uza Syed


    da! da! da! —— stupidity at its worst —— da! sash da! sash da!Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim

    @Fahad Raza:

    Removing TTP will only end an iota of our problems. The real vermin live amongst us and
    we come across them daily, some recognizable others wearing a theatrical mask that we fail
    to snatch off their faces.Recommend

  • sAm

    Heart goes out to the already and future victims of this 24/7/365 war going on in PK. the word that come to mind on such state of affairs of beloved PK is “tragic”. Justice is defined the party who winds the favors and not by the one who is at lost. It seems we in Pk have been in constant state of loss (of life, or morale, of ethics, of reasons, of sanity, of friends, of collective will to fight despair and list goes on). Again, a good article, and melancholic but important dimension of affairs that you have highlighted.

  • Dr. Ali Ahmed

    The FBI never wanted OBL / UBL for 9/11. they just needed him for the US navy attacks in 98..Recommend

  • parvez

    We, as a nation today are paying the price of a badly flawed national security strategy, in which we stubbornly kept endorsing failure with failure instead of innovating and correcting.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza

    @Khalid Rahim: Who is the real vermin then?
    @sash What’s the truth dude? this blast was done be TTP, make an argument Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/author/264/huma-iqbal/ Huma Iqbal

    While we leisurely indulge in the debate as to who was OBL and how true or not was his entire life and death saga, why do we tend to overlook the massive loss of precious and innocent human lives that we lost and keep losing in all this maddening circus? My dear readers my only question to you all is: When will justice be served? Hope this makes us focus more on the solution rather than the blame-complain game that we have, as a nation, indulged in for long. Recommend

  • Hassan

    @Fahad Raza: It seems you know a lot about this war on terror please help me in answering the following

    Who and what exactly is the TTP?
    What does the TTP want?
    How many TTP have we killed so far in the past 7 years?
    How many are left?
    How will we kill the ones that are left?
    Why are they fighting with us?
    Is killing them the only solution?


  • Qasim

    Article which was more lyk news headlines finally got ended..
    Justice surely has just begunn..Recommend

  • Arsalan

    When the government supports irregulars and militants, the police are taught to develop a habit of looking the other way. Sometimes they look the other way for people they should be staring intently at. Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim

    @Fahad Raza:

    Those who indoctrinate the raw minds with their interpretation of Islam and Koran, whether in the schools of FATA or the rest of Pakistan. Unless these makers of the most vicious venom are not stopped nothing can be done to stop radicalization of our nation. We can find
    them in every avenue of our society, wearing all types of dresses and with real and false degrees posted on their walls.Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim

    I wonder if Fahad Raza is closely related to Raza Rumi or they are the same person?Recommend

  • Asad

    its a vicious circle….American drones kill families in NWFP..their young survivors join TTP and attack Pak army/civilian installations because they think the Pak govt/army are aiding the Americans who destroyed them. When these guys turn into terrorists and kill innocent people in Pakistan indiscriminately, then the US increases its resolve to fight terrorism and sends in more drones, which kill more families and it continues..a vicious circle.

    The simple soltion is US pulls out COMPLETELY out of Afghanistan and Pakistan. no drones, no NATO, no soldiers. Then the TTP will not get recruits so easily. Recommend