An open letter to the Chief Justice, from a granddaughter

Published: June 8, 2011
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1982 - Being recieved at the HQ 14FF in Abbottabad as Colonel Commandant.

1963 - Standing with his family in Rawalpindi. 1966 - Waiting to jump off a C-130 plane. 1973 - On a visit to China as Commandant of NDC. 1982 - Being recieved at the HQ 14FF in Abbottabad as Colonel Commandant. 2009 - Meeting his first great-granchild for the first time. 2010 - Martyred in Lahore, buried with military honour.

Did you know your grandfather Mr Chief Justice?

I knew mine rather well for a man with 21 grandchildren. His name was Nasir Ahmed Chaudhry.

He lived to be 90-years-old and was a retired Major-General. He was killed on May 28, 2010 in the attack on the Model Town Ahmadi “place of worship” – first wounded by a grenade and then shot repeatedly by a terrorist. These are the facts; you can read them in any number of newspaper articles.

Let me tell you what the papers don’t know.

My nana used to pick me up from kindergarten while I lived in Lahore.

He would buy me chhalli every single day, even if he had to drive for forty minutes searching for a corn vendor.

He liked pizza.

He limped because he had a bullet in his leg from a war he fought to keep you and me safe.

He taught me how to play chess.

He used to reward his grandchildren whenever they got an ‘A.’

Every time I saw him, he would ask me about my three promises. These were promises he would try to extract from me – usually things like, say my prayers and read the Holy Quran. He tried to get me to promise to always be home before sunset, but that one didn’t work out too well. Every time I told him I was keeping one or more of the promises with regularity, he would switch them around. It was his way of making me a better person.

The last time I saw nana he made me promise that while I was in the United States on my vacation I would teach his first great-grandson to say a prayer. I landed at JFK on the May 28 and was told that while I had been asleep over the Atlantic, there had been a gruesome attack on Baitul Noor and my nana had been martyred there. It helped to learn that he had been brave to the end, that he had stayed calm, sat down on a chair in a prominent position, guided people to safety and exhorted them to pray. I would expect no less of him Mr Chief Justice; he was a brave man, had been a Major-General and had led that “place of worship” as its Sadr for many years.

Why am I telling you all of this Mr Chief Justice?

The man who killed my grandfather was captured alive on May 28, 2010. He was not killed or harmed by the unarmed Ahmadis who overpowered him; though you have to admit, their provocation was great. They handed him over to the authorities because that was the right thing to do; that is how justice is supposed to be served.

I’m sorry to report, Mr Chief Justice, that the trail of justice has gone cold.

Where is the man who killed nana?

Will he undergo a trial?

Is he in jail?

Is he already home, planning another attack?

I met Ayaan, my nana’s first great-grandson last year and cooed the prayer at him for hours. Unfortunately, he was barely a year old and not really speaking as yet. Don’t worry, Mr Chief Justice, I’ll keep trying and get him to say it when I see him next. You see, I know I have to keep my promises. I hope you know that too.

I asked you if you knew your grandfather Mr Chief Justice, but to tell you the truth that was a rhetorical question. If you have read this to the end, you know my grandfather. And, you know what your promises demand – your solemn oath to “do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favour, affection or ill will.”

Kanita Chaudhry

Kanita Chaudhry

A development consultant based out of New York. She dreams of Karachi and dabbles in photography and writing.

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

  • D

    I never saw any of my grandparents but I still can feel what the writer must be going through. I hope, pray and sincerely wish that the justice system in Pakistan improves. Recommend

  • Fahad Raza

    Man thats crazy massacre is a massacre whether Ahmadi, Christian, Hindu, Ismaili, Shi’ites. We can’t have it. Islam doesn’t preach us to ignore this or any mass murder . We must put the people responsible to justice. Recommend

  • http://www.tanzeel.wordpress.com Tanzeel

    Please wait for sometime, CJ is busy in handling Atiqa Odho liquor case on which he instantly took a suo motu notice over the release. Once he done with this most complicated case of the century he will definitely get back to Ahmedi issue.Recommend

  • Jawad Maqsood

    I know my grandparents and I can understand the pain of writer. But I would have appreciated if she had raised her voice for all the innocent people who have died in terrorists attacks. I am sorry to say but “Ahmadiya” School of thought can not stop whining. Terrorists have killed thousands of Pakistanis, and by that I mean PAKISTANIS, irrespective of their religion, social and economic stature. We feel the same for each and everone who has died at the hands of terrorists and do not differentiate between sunnis, wahabis, shias or ahmadies. All who died are pakistanis and I expect the same feeling from “Ahmidya” School of thought.Recommend

  • Fahad Karam

    So Jawad Maqsood you are proposing that the author either speak for everyone or shut up? Ridiculous. Everyone has a right to ask for justice and that is all the author is doing. Asking the chief justice to do his constitutionally sanctioned duty.
    The fact that no one is getting justice is no excuse, its apathy.
    Snap out of it my friend. Recommend

  • Burhan

    It doesn’t matter whether CJ takes action or not…if he would take..he or his family would become the victim of terrorist and of our extremist mullahs…and i firmly believe that CJ himself had no courage…a person who himself a drama can’t do anything courageous..!! Recommend

  • Gr8 Lahore

    Excellent! Butt sorry they are busy in some other “IMPORTANT” Issues.Recommend

  • Jawad Maqsood

    @Fahad Karam:
    I am sorry to tell you that you totally got me wrong. I am only asking that for once should we hear from this particular school of thought about others who have been killed by the terrorists. it is her right to ask for justice and i will support her this right till my death.Recommend

  • Rajeev Suri

    Very moving indeed!Recommend

  • Bilal Rashid

    @Jawad Maqsood
    the writer is talking about a personal experience the memories of her nana .. why would your bring ahmediya school of thought into it .. this is personal .. and i lost loved ones in that attack too.. i think it takes a small person to take a piece like this and turn it into a case of whining by ahmediya school of though .. shame on your Mr Jawad maqsood .. Recommend

  • Ms Marium

    Ahhhh!Not again .. not another ‘Qadiani’ please..please ET!Recommend

  • Hamza

    @Jawad Maqsood:

    Stop Whining.Recommend

  • Jawad Maqsood

    @Bilal Rashid:
    I dont want to start the debate over, but kindly re-read the blog and do tell me how many victims of terrorist attcks were armed Pakistani in contrast to un-armed ahmadies? how many terrorists who have been caught, are not handed over to police? Kindly surf through the web and you will come to to know what do I mean by Ahmidiya Whining. Recommend

  • sarahelahi

    Why are comments that are offensive towards Ahmadis being approved by the moderator?Recommend

  • Jawad Maqsood

    @Hamza:
    Ji Acha :) Koi aur Hukam? :DRecommend

  • HH

    @Jawad Maqsood:

    I trust this will settle the ‘Ahmadiyya whining’ issue … http://tribune.com.pk/story/184740/minorities-identify-with-pakistan-despite-persecution-report/Recommend

  • Ruhina Hashmi

    @Jawad Maqsood:
    Mr Maqsood, your facts are wrong brother. Sure, we’re all Pakistanis. So could you please sort out the parts of our constitution for my education that label all the other victims of terrorist attacks as non-Muslim and ‘wajib-ul-qatl’.
    As long as that clause is present in Pakistan’s constitution, all Pakistanis are NOT equal. Thats not the Ahmadis, thats people like you, who convieniently oversee the leverage given to terrorists and the acceptance awarded to murderers of members of this community. So, get your facts straight and then talk about whining.
    Heartbreaking article beta. I feel for you. May Allah award your Nana the highest station in heaven and reward him richly for his sacrifce. Ameen. Recommend

  • M M Malik

    This writing has symbolically been addressed to the Chief Justice and writer has highlighted the curse of terrorism and religious bigotry prevailing in Pakistan today. Ahmadis are Pakistani citizens and their constitutional rights have been vandalized; just like the rights of many other Pakistani citizens.Recommend

  • Jawad Maqsood

    @HH:
    lol, mate I agree with the link and I stand by by posts about their Whining.Recommend

  • http://www.durraniblogs.cc.cc Saad Durrani

    Well, well… no offense but the Cheif Justic is becoming a fame-monger… This issue is so last year for him… The hot topic.. WINE in ATIQA’S BAG…

    I have utmost respect for a nana. I have immense respect for Dr. Abdus Salam. Recommend

  • nafisa

    @Tanzeel:
    Your comment is all in bad taste! Recommend

  • Talha

    Nasir Ahmed was a war hero and a distinguished gentlemen.

    He was one of two generals who were injured in the 1971 war against India. The other Gen. Iftikhar Janjua who was also an Ahmadi died when he succumbed to his injuries, he was the highest ranking officer to die in a war for Pakistan. Gen. Nasir Khan survived and it was expected that he would reach the leadership role in the forces but Zia happened and the rest is history.

    We don’t have officer like him in the army anymore.Recommend

  • Jawad Maqsood

    @Ruhina Hashmi:
    Well, where does Pakistan Constitutaion says that Non-muslims are wajib ul qatal? and where did I support killings of non-muslims? You people are missing the point. Let me re-type it for you Sister, Ahmidiya school of thought should also condemn killing of other Pakistanis as well by the terrorists * and *I strongly condemn the killing of every human by terrorists and the terrorists should be given the most harsh punishment and they should be wiped from the face of earth.

    I hope I have conveyed my point.Recommend

  • Talha

    Ignore Jawad Maqsood, he is just venting out his religious hatred in another form.Recommend

  • Ms Marium

    @Talha:
    So you’re here now ..I was wondering why u not commented on this blog .. hahaha :D Recommend

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat

    My sympathy is with you my dear,your grandfather was a Pakistani and he served his country you and all of us should be proud.if you are expecting justice from our system then i would say don’t waste your time.If justice start working here we would all be happy. Recommend

  • Ummar

    You can’t kill a man just like that, only because he doesnt agree to your religious school of thought. what kind of religion would avoid criticism and dialogue.if u don’t ask a question you won’t get an answer … if you don’t let anyone differ how would you bring meaning out of your theories… and i think its a huge social failure that we have such little amount of tolerance towards other minorities …
    CJP is not going to do anything … i’m pretty much sure about it … they can’t do anything ….
    its such a shame Recommend

  • SALMAN AKHTAR

    Dear Kanita, i can feel the pain for not having the justice. I was sitting very close to your nana on that day. And i have seen all this horrible incident in front of me. I can witness all. Even i saw the terrorist while he was shooting calmly, unarmed people on point blank. i know why we will not get justice because these judges are scare of these fanatics mulas. There is actually no justice left in Pakistan, Only the Chief Justice left with Tied Hands. So i have no hope left from pakistan any more.Recommend

  • HH

    @Jawad Maqsood:

    Mate .., seems you got it all wrong … nothing to LOL about …Recommend

  • Ms Marium

    Your censor policy is amazing ET .. lol :))Recommend

  • http://natashasuleman.wordpress.com Natasha Suleman

    Heart-rending.

    CJ has much more serious issues to attend Kanita.

    Please ‘be patient’ as your grandfather / grandmother/ parents/uncles aunts kids and someday ‘you’ are blown into pieces or targetted. That’s the only ‘justice’ you can have from Mr. Justice.Recommend

  • http://natashasuleman.wordpress.com Natasha Suleman

    Heart-rending.

    CJ has much more serious issues to attend Kanita.

    Please ‘be patient’ as your grandfather / grandmother/ parents/uncles aunts kids and someday ‘you’ are blown into pieces or targetted. That’s the only ‘justice’ you can have from Mr. Justice.

    On a side note, I can feel the pain over your loss. May Allah grant you patience and ease the burning and frustration you feel for what happened to your nana.Recommend

  • Jawad Maqsood

    @Talha:
    Kindly point out one hatred post by me or else say sorry.Recommend

  • Iffo

    A new episode of open letters.Recommend

  • Ali

    The fact of the matter is that Ahmadi’s irrespective of what they believe in, have the right to practice their religion in this (cursed to have the most corrupt leaders) Islamic state. It is a pity that we can not protect our minorities but dear author, the state of affairs is the same for the majority population as well. It is not about justice, it is about how much you can pay for it. I can feel your pain and being a Pakistani citizen, I want to say that I am so so sorry for your loss. Recommend

  • Razaque

    Its utterly saddened. Each word mad me CRY! Recommend

  • Ummar

    it’s such a shame that we only know this way of imposing our religion …. we have done so much harm to Islam … the way we,after declaring ourselves the sole custodian of shairah, portray Islam to the world i dont think any non-muslim would give a damn to what islam has to say… anyways its again drifting off the subject … we too want that terrorist to be given a punishment worth his deeds and that’s it …Recommend

  • Faseeha Arjumand

    Medical superintendent of Jinnah Hospital, Lahore gave an interview to the media on 29May2010. He stated that he visited one of the terrorist admitted in his hospital and asked him why he did the horrible massacre. His reply was that he was told by his handlers that Ahmadis were responsible for the blasphemous Danish cartoons; but now he regrets his actions.
    The hatred spread by religious bigots is unprecedented Recommend

  • http://twitter.com/#!/alibajwa Ali

    @Jawad Maqsood

    Sir I am from the “Ahmadi school of thought” and I condemn the killing of every Pakistani from the hands of terrorists or otherwise. I condem the killing of Salman Taseer. I condemn the burning alive of innocent Pakistanis in Gojra.

    The thing is my father and my nana were in the model town mosque,my father was injured by a grenade pellet, my mother had no communication with either of them. All this time the debate that was raging on the news channels was is it a ‘Place of worship’ or is it a ‘mosque’. This is insensitivity which was felt by us, but we did not come out on the streets because we are used to this, we are used to living in fear, we are used to not having our point of view heard. Is too much of us to ask for justice. Does it hurt you when we ‘whine’ for justice. If it nags you this much we will remain silent after all we have been doing that for the past 40 years. You ask us to treat all victims with equality by calling for justice for everyone, yet constitutionally we can be jailed for three years, just for saying Assalam-o-Alaikum. Where is the equality in that?
    Despite all this I consider myself a Pakistani first and an Ahmadi second.Recommend

  • http://twitter.com/#!/alibajwa Ali

    @Jawad Maqsood

    I can see where you are coming from, http://tribune.com.pk/story/32703/plea-against-mubashir-luqman-dismissed/

    I apologize if any sentiments are hurt.Recommend

  • Burhan

    Jawad Maqsood….Ahmadis do feel and keep on condemning the attacks on all pakistanis…come out of this short sightedness….and its a natural fact that if your own home isn’t safe..u would try to protect it first and would then see at the others…when ahmadis are themselves not safe..then surely they would raise their voice PEACEFULLY..first for them…don’t think that ahmadis don’t feel for others..they do…even when they are declared non-muslims and their killers have constitutional protection…now don’t dare to say that they cry only for themselves…this is a fact that they are more easy target as compared to other muslims…Recommend

  • Burhan

    Jawad Maqsood..the only way to satisfy you is that you should enter ahmadis hearts and then u would feel the same pain as u have…brother ahmadis do condemn attack on pakistanis and read ahmadis newspapers AL-Fazal in which whole page came out of condemnation of attack on DATA DARBAR…and it doesn’t matter whether they condemn attack officialy…We being an ahmadi just pray and ask for help from ALLAH because he is the one who is listens to us…just like u we also feel for the Pakistan even we are declared non-muslims(which is totally wrong) and we are being presented as a symbol of hatred by our foolish so called ulemas..and they r the one who say ahmadis are wajibulqatal..Recommend

  • Fawad Azam

    Dear Ms Chaudhary,
    You sure have appealed the wrong person. CJP would only act or take suo motto if it satisfies his personal vindictiveness. Rest all can go to hell.
    What happened to killers of Gen Chaudhary? What happened to broad daylight murderer of Governor Punjab? What happened to all cases in which lawyers were accused? What happened to all cases of the party that supported him in restoration?
    You sure have appealed the wrong person.Recommend

  • Mira

    @Ms Marium So if tomorrow one of your loved ones were to be gunned down in cold blood and their killer was not brought to justice, and you wrote about it eloquently and emotionally in a paper, it wouldn’t be in atrociously bad taste, not to mention hideously insensitive with not a hint of self-awareness or compassion for something/someone beyond one’s own repugnant self, to leave a numbskulled remark about it, would it? Recommend

  • Taimur

    Chief Justice is busy in Atiqa Odho case. These issues of killing infidel Ahmedis, Christians, Hindus and Shias are of least importance.Recommend

  • Sunil

    I dont get the “Hahaha” and “lol” in these comments. I assume the writers of those comments know how morally thin they are, and are only trying to hide it.

    By the way, in this case – it seems that the perpetrator was caught alive. And hence the anguish on no-action.Recommend

  • Shaheena

    Thank you Express Tribune for touching such a sensitive subject.
    Ms Chaudhry your account is indeed touching and I hope that you and the thousands others effected by this devastating incident get justice in this land of the pure.Recommend

  • Sheheryar Muftee

    This is not really an issue about what a person’s religion is. We should be ‘color blind’ in terms of religion when the discussion is about human rights and national issues. The writer wrote a personal piece where one has every right to disclose and talk about what their belief is. Although we have the right to comment on the writer’s religion, we should exercise our rights with caution. There was no need for the comments made by Jawad Maqsood or Ms Marium. Or Jawad at least, could have written something that conveyed what we all understood from him but didnt read like somehow a point was being made against the Ahmadi community. I also think that if you are a minority, you have the right to whine. and we as a majority have a responsibility to listen. Shame on the justice system and shame on the people of Pakistan who cannot seem to move forward and seem to remain stuck on the same issues for the past 70 years. Where is Quaid’s Pakistan? If Quaid was alive today, he would have surely been assassinated in the name of Islam.Recommend

  • http://accidentallyhuman.weebly.com/ Sanya Shiraz

    They’re too busy deciding whether Meera’s a virgin or not.
    Jokes apart, I just have one grandparent, and I can’t even imagine your loss, yet I sympathize.Recommend

  • Maleeha Azeem

    Can any of us really say with any degree of certainty that we are clearly part of a minority (or several minority groups) or the majority in Pakistan? I know, for example, that those of us who have access to this paper and are reading this article right now represent only a minority of Pakistan’s population. I don’t think ‘Society’ is something external to our blameless selves at whom we can point fingers. The Society of which we speak consists also of groups of minorities – being part of a minority or the majority is a fluid state. Which is why what is happening to minorities in Pakistan is so atrocious. Acquitting those convicted of the Gojra killings, lack of follow up on the massacre of Ahmadis in Lahore, silencing anyone who dares to be a voice of dissent be it Salman Taseer, Shahbaz Bhatti, Saleem Shahzad or a countless others – all of this should scare us all because we are the ones doings this to ourselves. The author may have addressed this article to the CJ, but does that acquit us of our responsibility as members of this society – members of several minorities and majorities within this society ourselves – from making sure the CJ is held accountable? You and I pay for his salary through our taxes; he reports to us. And if he is sleeping on his job, and doing the equivalent of playing Farmville on Facebook on company time (concentrating on non-issues such as the Odho liquor case), he needs to be served a show cause notice. Or fired. We need to stop feeling so disempowered. We are the taxpayers. We own this country. Let’s start acting like it. I think we need to start a petition on this cause. Avaaz? A better platform? Recommend

  • Khan

    Rspect for Army, they followed merit over sect.Recommend

  • Grace

    Killing of anyone is wrong – period; Regardless of religion or ethnicity. I am sorry that crazy extremists killed your grandfather but I am equally sorry that crazy extremists killed many more mainstream Muslims (Sunni and Shia) and Christians. Do you not see that the extremists are killing more Muslims than Christians and Ahmadis. Why do you think that the lives of one group is more important than another. Please condemn the killing of all innocent peoples and try not to make it just an issue of Ahmadis being killed. You do a disservice to your grandfather who fought for a flag that recognized all Pakistani citizens(That’s why we have the white stripe).Recommend

  • Imran Ahsan Mirza

    No one is charged not becasue of CJ or Pakistan’s justice system, it is becasue of the Police, Army and other security agencies who do not catch and prosecute these terrorists. I think the terrorist of 28/5 was later taken by Army or ISI and may still be in their custody. So it is beyond CJ’s justice system. Being an Ahmadi and having relatives and friends killed there I have no hope for Pakistan’s future until and unless the military stops its romance with Taliban factions and Mullahs. Pakistan is slowly but surely getting to the same fate as of Afghanistan i.e, a complete failure. Ahmadis are very disciplined and highly organised community and it may be unique that they caught these terrorists in Pakistan and remained absolutely calm under such situation. Recommend

  • noshi asif

    It’s not just about who targets who in terrorists attacks…..Some readers are missing the point by focusing only on that….
    The very fact that Ahmedis had their rights stolen from them, and have been discriminated against for so long in such a disgraceful way, in their own country, is simple proof that they are not treated equally …..And the simple fact that no-one in subsequent govts had the guts to right this wrong [and the general public never spoke out either] is even more proof that they are treated unfairly. Its an issue that needs to be highlighted again and again until govt and people in general see sense and do something about it…
    I agree with Talha. Ignore this maqsood person.
    And Kanita ….its a wonderful piece…
    I hope it moves more and more people to THINK logically…instead of allowing a lynch mob mentality to invade their brains.
    Its true….so many people, educated and otherwise, go with the flow on this AND other issues. Not only are they apathetic, pathetic and gutless, but they have no concept of independent thinking. They are to be pitied as they will never be anything but part of a herd….Recommend

  • Adnan

    I’m sorry Kanita but I doubt any justice will be done to your brave nana in this barbaric society. Its pathetic how the country has always treated Ahmadis but we vow to change it someday and justice will eventually be done!Recommend

  • Zoha Waseem

    One of the finest blogs I’ve read on ET till date. Thank you for writing about this and depicting what is indeed the reality of the CJP. He needs to concern himself less with Atiqa Odho, stop avenging people based on personal vendettas, and focus less disagreements with the executive. The CJP is on a power trip and has his priorities wrong. Truly shameful. Also, I’m sorry for your loss. Recommend

  • Ehsan

    U simply don’t worry about the justice
    Justice will be given but don’t expect any from these wordly courts. They r not strong enough.expect this from allahs court.and believe me when justice will be given it would indeed be handsome.Recommend

  • ANONYMOUS

    I knew my Nana and lost him last year as well. Not in a terrorist attack but to age. But i still felt pain. So i can understand the writer’s pain as would anyone who has ever lost a loved one. Ms Chaudhry i hope you find peace soon. To the people who are accusing the writer of Ahmadiya whining shame on you. She never brought in her faith apart from saying that her grandfather died in that massacre. She is just asking for justice for a man who served his nation in his lifetime. Even if he hadn’t, justice is his right as a citizen. It’s only people who have never experienced discrimination on any level who can talk nonsense about whining. Mr Jawad Maqsood grow up.Recommend

  • faraz

    @Khan

    Those were the good old days before Zia when religion/sect wasnt an issue in the armyRecommend

  • Humanity

    @Ms Marium:

    Get a life Ms. Marium. Pakistan is imploding in all ways possible and you take upon yourself the responsibility of stalking Talha and spewing hatred against fellow beings who happen to be the citizens of the bastion of Islam.

    Are you a registered voter and and if so, do you vote? Do you and your elders pay taxes? Go do what are your civic duties and try to become a mindful citizen instead of peddling bigotry and intolerance. The poison spewed by your kind has seeped deep and the outcome is there for every one to see. Get out of your Utopian dream and join the 21st century. Learn to live and let live. That is a good way to get closer to the Creator.Recommend

  • Fahad Karam

    @Grace:

    You’re doing a disservice to your comprehension abilities with that comment. The author hasn’t said or even implied anywhere that it is okay for everyone else to be killed. This seems like a personal piece and it would be utterly stupid to take up your issues with the entire community with the author.
    However, I also totally disagree with the merit of your argument. Ahmadi’s have it much worse off. They are constitutionally excluded and systematically persecuted with the nod of the establishment. Recommend

  • Mustafa

    @Jawad Maqsood: In your first comment you mentioned:
    We feel the same for each and everone who has died at the hands of terrorists and do not differentiate between sunnis, wahabis, shias or ahmadies.

    I ask you, do we? I’m not an Ahmedi, but I can feel their plight. When the attacks happened, only a couple of politicians went to meet the wounded in the hospitals, and they were criticized for that. I would wish that as Pakistani’s, we start feeling the same for each and everyone, whether they be sunni, shias, wahabis or ahmadies. But sadly, our case will be that of: ‘when they came for the jews, I didn’t stand up, for I wasn’t a jew. When they came for the ahmedi’s, i didn’t say anything, for i wasn’t an ahmedi. when they came for me, sadly, there was no one left to stand up for me.’

    As far as ahmedi’s criticizing the killings of others are concerned (you might have answered this, i haven’t read the complete comment thread), by human nature, the oppressed class stands up for themselves (and it seems that they’ve forgotten the flight of others that are being oppressed). Do you hear the Palestinians voice for the victims of the drone attacks? No, it’s not that they don’t share the plight of Pakistani’s in FATA, it’s just that they have a lot on their own plate. And I don’t think I or anyone of us have the right to criticize the Palestinians for not using their stage to criticize what goes on around the world (for their suffering is bad enough, for them to be criticized). I think the analogy holds true for ahmadi’s. Recommend

  • Ms. Saeed

    People like the chief justice (and others who sit quiet like him) – want to forget even if they did know your nana or any other high-integrity gentleman. The reason – the presence of such makes their own existence look paltry and their questionable contributions so far, even more picayune. While I am grieved by your loss and even more by the ignominious coverage of the shahaadat broadcast on national TV – you must be so proud of a such a regal grandparent – one who stood out and till his very end fought for the people, as a leader. Good luck with teaching the child that prayer – I’m sure you’ll keep your promise. Recommend

  • Mubashar Ahmad Khan

    I know General Nasir Chaudhary from 1975, was our neighbour in Westridge, Rawalpindi. I do not have words for him to say. Only I will say that “he was a great man”.

    It was a shocking news for all of us about the happening on 28th May 2010 i…n Lahore. We pray to Allah almighty that he give wisdom to our government to provide justice.

    Mahir Chaudhry is also known to me since that time. He was well behaved and intelligent boy. I had never met him from a long time, only exchanged messages on Facebook.

    I pray for General Nasir and his whole family.Recommend

  • Mahmood Hussain

    Justice from the CJ, who had released terrorist caught in lal masjid operation by sou motto?????

    35000 Pakistani have been expired in terrorism but not a single terrorist hang by court.

    terrorist sympathetic organization like JI and PTI are beating from Peshawar to Karachi for killing of 2000 terrorist and families in drone attack.

    Now its time to awake the silent majority to raise voice against judiciary corruption.They are diverting the nation attention toward Govt. corruption to cover their own criminal acts.Recommend

  • Maleeha

    @Grace: For real?! You are whining that the author didn’t take up the cause of the entire human race in this article? The author’s grandfather was murdered because of his affiliation with the Ahmadiyya community, not because he was an average Pakistani. I think the author has every right to point out the fact that minorities bear the brunt of the violence in this country. Sure, no Pakistani is really safe from terrorism within the country, but you can’t just dismiss the fact that certain groups are more prone to targeting than others. You suggest that the author “condemn the killing of all innocent peoples and try not to make it just an issue of Ahmadis being killed.” I have heard this kind of flawed argument countless times – and the only answer I have for this kind of argument is a little obnoxious: Dear Grace, once you write a book about every issue known to humankind (and all other life forms), then you get to speak about whether or not other people should restrict their newspaper articles to a specific subject. Your comment is so ridiculous that I’m having a hard time restraining myself from responding in kind. And that white stripe in our flag that you speak of, what are you doing to make sure that it is not subsumed by the green? Sure, there are a million issues that needs to be fixed in the world, but how does that mean that people should stop writing about individual issues for fear that they will fail to mention a dying elephant in the zoo somewhere, or starving children around the world, or victims of the anti-blasphemy law, or the prison situation, or the education crisis? You are either extremely naive, or….Recommend

  • O

    Extremism, Chauvinism, Taliban, Al-Qaeda are “gifts” given to Pakistanis by our dearest and nearest Pakistan Army and its agencies. What happened during Zia regime is like writing on the wall and we are facing the aftermath. They never let civilians and civil institutes define our national interest, foreign and regional policies and kept broadcasting their vested interests in the name of national interest and sovereignty. Taliban is a buzz, a wake up call for 200 million Pakistanis, almost 0.65 million army jawans, JCOs and officers and a dozen generals and brigadiers to wake up and let people decide their future. Let’s spend 491 billion rupees on education and health that will ultimately lead us to peace and prosperity. Otherwise, granddaughters like Ms. Chaudhry would keep writing and ……… you know what!Recommend

  • Awais Khan

    At least everyone is in agreement that these terrorists should be brought to justice, as justice delayed is justice denied.Recommend

  • http://India Feroz

    Everybody is safeguarding their own interests and leaving national interests to the mercy of the Gorilla in the room. This Judiciary has absolved itself of all responsibility to the constitution and is sympathetic to fundamentalists, terrorists and extra judicial forces. Terrorists will continue to walk free, nationalists will continue to go missing, minorities will continue to be murdered, kidnapped or converted and journalists will continue to show up as corpses with torture marks on their bodies. If you escape all of the above and run foul of your powerful neighbour you will be strung and hung from a tree after being called a Spy. Lucky that Maj Gen was not around to see the reality of the Abbotabad and PNS Mehran fiasco.
    May his soul rest in Peace ! Recommend

  • Nadeem Malik

    I am unable to understand why most of my countrymen are so biased rather somewhat hateful against other sects and religions. I can read between the lines– some of my fellow writers are promoting their hate agenda here instead of feeling and sharing someone’s pain. I’m afraid we’ve forgotten the basics of decency.Recommend

  • Mira

    @all the people leaving comments of the ‘i love you, but…’ variety i.e. yeah it’s bad that it happened but why do ‘they’ whine about ‘just ahmedis’ when there are many more ‘mainstream’ muslims being killed: ‘they’ ‘whine’ about it because every single goddamn day of their lives they are told that that IS what ‘they’ are, that IS what defines ‘them’ and that ‘they’ are inferior, unwanted and blasphemers BY LAW, that ‘they’ have no business saying assalam-o-alaikum in greeting, that ‘they’ cannot print bismillah on their wedding cards, that ‘they’ must be disowned by all good muslims applying for a passport, that ‘they’ can be persecuted and mistreated and murdered with impunity. So excuse ‘them’ if ‘they’ go on a bit about how crappy things are for ‘them’ sometimes. And btw, as for ‘mainstream’ muslims, actually as the majority it is OUR moral duty to protect the rights and lives of our minorities (as well as the people we ourselves have turned into minorities by law), a duty we are eggregiously guilty of shirking again and again. Recommend

  • Rija Ahmad Khan

    Its been over an year since the gruesome attack that left over 90 people martyed n hundreds breaved directly or indirectly.Our country is falling into an abyss of darkness n despair.We are cluless as to our present state n our future.Dear Alia ur grandfather was an extra ordinary man n his services to our nation n jammat are unforgettable but if u ponder upon the current state of our country, countless innocent people have lost their lives to this mayhem n no one has ever provided us with any report on any investigation or result.A country which is lead by leaders who give a damn about its people or souvernity,what else can u expect.I hope the great ‘ Qurbani’ given by the martys of 28th may 2010 can bring some sense to all that is wrong with us.Recommend

  • Burhan

    Anybody who talks about the white stripe in the national flag should watch this clip:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT4oGIWXfQ4

    and then contemplate about the vision of Quaid e Azam for this country. Recommend

  • umar

    Simply i would say to Mr. CJ
    ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’
    You shouldn’t be in any satisfaction shell that you are doing enough justice to the ppl of Pak from your sideRecommend

  • waqas

    A sodier is to fight against all the ill-forces which threats any country . But unfortunately nowadays the “GERNALS” are using ULTRA COMFORTABLE Cars , so you will not find such devoted soldiers anymore and he was brutally murdered that is the saddest part and what worse is, the murderer caught is realeased.

    Don’t segregate the issue into religion,a wrong deed is wrong. (for the writer and others too)Recommend

  • Dr. Samia Babar

    I feel nothing but shame when I read such articles and other happenings around our country, who all can I apologise to for the injustice that was and is done to them. In a country where the issue of expensive cars, designer bags, expensive watches are what is discussed in gatherings. Leaders run off on foreign ‘excursions’ rather than face the important issues. The rulers ‘take notice’ of breakdowns only when Bilawal house is affected, what can you expect. I can only say may The Almighty grant sabr to you and family and may He get you all justice that you so deserve.Recommend

  • parvez

    Beautifully written. You are asking for your right which in a country like ours you are forced to do. Is it not a abomination ?
    The task at hand for the superior judiciary seems over whelming their intent appears right but the execution is sadly lacking. I hope you along with a lot of others like you get some redress.Recommend

  • Haris Farooq

    Unfortunately the religious extremists are prevailing over the moderates in our society. We all should also share the blame for being silent and let the Extremists do what ever they want. Recommend

  • Mini

    Very touching and well put! Hope your family gets the justice it deserves.Recommend

  • T R Khan

    @Grace:
    The white stripe was one third of the flag in 1947 and it reflected the ground reality and the founders’ future vision.
    The minorities today constitute less than five percent of the population …. even though we created new minorities. Recommend

  • Mashmond

    there is no justice in pakistan what a sad story – the world is watching Mr CJ! Recommend

  • Nasir

    I have read this story and comments in detail, i do have some of my relatives injured and martyred in those attacks.. but i think we are taking this conversation to the wrong side. Yes we r being targeted as the most hatred Islamic sect just because our belief system is different from other, but the point is we are talking about to bring justice to the Ahmaddiyya community particularly just because of the fact that we r not served justice in Pakistan because we are not Muslims at first, secondly we miss the basic rights, thirdly personal hatred towards our community. that’s why we are raising voice first for ourselves. History proves that Ahamadis have done alot for Pakistan by sacrificing their lives, properties everything but i am sorry they have got nothing in return. Mr. Jawad Maqsood is talking generally about all of the victims of terrorism in Pakistan and i think everybody has a right to express his feelings and talk freely, WE SHOULD NOT BE OFFENSIVE TOWARDS ANY BODY, ANY RELIGION. Recommend

  • Dr. Syed Sajjad Khalid

    @Jawad Maqsood

    Lets say for a second that Ahmadis did start ‘whining’ about persecution of other factions. Any faction they supported even if it was just by raising a voice would be persecuted as well. Do we really need that in Pakistan? I don’t think any faction would associate themselves with the Ahmaddiya Jamaat for this reason. Recommend

  • Sarah

    Discrimination, even hatred towards those who are not perceived as ‘muslim’ enough is becoming too widespread. Perhaps not among the readership of Tribune. But if you look at the sentiments of the wider population it is frightening. Recommend

  • MC

    Kanita mourns the death of her 90 year old grand father.
    A son mourns the loss of his father who dropped him to school for his exam and never got the chance to return to pick him up.
    A mother mourns the death of her son. The news was conveyed to her late at night when she returned home after condoling with three households whose near and dear ones had been brutally murdered.
    A family mourn two deaths . . .a father and son both became victims of this gruesome attack.
    A wife mourns the heroic death of her husband who was the lone gunman stationed outside Bait ul Noor. He instructed the others to run inside and lock the gates and was the first to lay down his life. His courageous wife also had to nurse her badly injured son for months.
    And yet there are some who mourn the death of their grandsons…..
    The youngest victim was a 18 year old medical college student.
    Each death has a heart rending tale….Recommend

  • I share your grief sister but Allah is very merciful He will reward your nana.may Allah bless you patience [email protected] Jawad maqsood: we do care of every one.every human life is equally precious.if we were whiners we would have placed our 88 janaza’s outside the assembly but we din’t.not a single Ahmadi Muslim came out to protest.not a single property of Pakistan was harmed.ET is the only means we speak our heart, you want to take that away from us too?there was no program on tv except ONE where an Ahmadi was called to tell their feelings yet ppl like you are not satisfied.i really don’t understand what do you want from us?die in complete silence? moreover *every Ahmadi cares for the lives of his fellow country men no matter what and we have always loved Pakistan and always will * all we want is a little bit of assurance that our people care for our grief too.Recommend

  • http://asadejazkhan.blogspot.com asad Ejaz

    Can any body tell me, how to post blogs here with pictures.Recommend

  • M M Malik

    L K Advani, the right wing Indian politician, who was once named in a police report for an alleged assassination attempt on Jinnah’s life, while visiting Pakistan, wrote at Jinnah’s Mausoleum:

    “There are many people who leave an irreversible stamp on history. But there are few who actually create history. Qaed-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah was one such rare individual. In his early years, leading luminary of freedom struggle Sarojini Naidu described Jinnah as an ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity. His address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947 is really a classic and a forceful espousal of a secular state in which every citizen would be free to follow his own religion. The State shall make no distinction between the citizens on the grounds of faith. My respectful homage to this great man.”

    Are we today living in the Pakistan envisioned by our founding fathers?Recommend

  • Salman Khalid

    Excellent article, what it doing in blogs – should be printed in paper!

    As for comments about Ahmadis cribbing – here are the facts – in terms of lives lost, this was the worst terrorist attack of 2010 and considering the number of Ahmadis in Pakistan, it was a tragedy of epic proportions. Further, I can’t recall a single instance where not one, but two of the terrorists were turned over to the police. Miraculous, isn’t it! Look what happened in Sialkot, two innocent children lynched over suspicion of stealing. Whereas, the Ahmadis having just witnessed their fathers, brothers and sons gunned down, turned the murderers over to police – in the hope that it will lead to crackdown of the cell they belonged to, so that not just Ahmadis, but ALL PAKISTANIS could be put out of harms way.

    I hope the Chief Justice gets to read this gripping account and I hope it’ll compel him to do his job.Recommend

  • Usman Khan

    @Ms Marium:
    why not another Qadiyani, are they not human enough for you….Recommend

  • http://none Bangash

    The Chief Justice is a useless man and the Pakistani judiciary is worthless. Only God can grant justice in Pakistan now.Recommend

  • MC

    @Khan: “Rspect for Army, they followed merit over sect”.
    Unlike the majority I hold the Pakistan Army in high esteem.
    If by the above comment you mean that the writer’s grand father rose to the rank of a Major General despite his affiliation with the Jaamat Ahmadiya, may I inform you that he was already a Major General when the Ahmadis were declared Non Muslims in 1974. He retired in 1975 and was not promoted any further despite an impeccable record.
    Presently Ahmadi officers are not even promoted to this rank or its equivalent in any of the armed forces.
    But I have to commend the Army for the support that they provided to the family of the deceased and to the fact that they were present to pay their last tributes to this courageous soldier as he was lowered in his grave.Recommend

  • Asma Zaheer Ahmad

    Mashallah, it is a great article, May Allah rest his soul in peace.

    It is so shameful and hypocritical that the majority of Pakistani society has forgotten that the so called “Qadianis” and “Mirzai”, are the ones that sacrificed their lives and fought for Pakistan. Today, they have forgotten of the sacrifices made by Ahmadi’s; they gave the country the best of the best and most honest men in every sector.
    Unfortunately, the people that were enemies of Mohammad Ali Jinnah at the birth of Pakistan are the ones that have been stabbing the back of Pakistan since 1947; because of those people, Pakistan became separated, and today those people are openly destroying the country and killing innocent, loyal people.

    These types of people have no faith or religion; they are just cold blooded killers.Recommend

  • Kiran Ali

    A lot of people have questioned why the author has addressed the Chief Justice and commented on how he is busy with frivolous cases. I ask these people, who else should she address? Is there anyone in our blighted country who can deliver justice? The CJ is not an ideal choice but who else is there? Zardari? I think this letter is symbolically addressed to the CJ but each of us should read this letter as though it is addressed to us. After all, our taxes pay the salaries of our glorious judges and leaders and they should be accountable to us. That is how a democracy is supposed to work? Recommend

  • Anam Aftab

    Brilliant article!Recommend

  • J Chaudhry

    People often comment and try and make guesses about the psyche of suicide bombers.
    I wonder about the psyche of the people who experienced this gruesome attack and also at the psyche of our system.
    In the May 28, 2010 act of aggression and barbarism the unarmed worshipers managed to overpower two of these suicide attackers.
    The only comment which reached the media, from one of these assailants, was that he was shown blasphemous cartoons and told that the Ahmadis were responsible for making them. That was probably enough to make him enraged enough to take the lives of these infidels and in the bargain also earn the promised ‘hoors’ of Paradise.
    Now consider the sentiments of these helpless yet highly charged people who saw their own family members being massacred by these barbarians.
    They could have torn them to pieces.
    They could have doused them with petrol and set them on fire.
    They could have simply turned the high tech automatic weapons confiscated from the attackers in their direction and pulled the trigger.
    These sights are not uncommon.
    But they chose to hand them over to the authorities.
    This is the first and only time that such an arrest came about.
    I admire the audacity of the media and the authorities who quietly shifted the credit to the police.
    Even greater admiration for the judicial system who worked day and night to bring those behind this beastly act to justice. Justice that would be exemplary and would discourage more suicide bombers to attack more innocent people in markets, mosques, shrines, cantonments and the list goes on and on…. Recommend

  • Hina Akhtar

    Oh come on….This was a personal letter of a grand child asking for justice for her loved ones…Of course it would be personal and focusing on personal expectations…and with the fair trial of the accused, justice would have been done to all those who lost their lives in this horrific incident. We all need to put our justice system under pressure for delivering fair and prompt actions against those are destroying our country through actions of terror and hatred…any country that has a strong judiciary automatically develops accountability and instills this in all its citizen…i hope that one day Pakistan too will become such a country…..Recommend

  • Qirat Sheikh

    @Grace:
    “You do a disservice to your grandfather who fought for a flag that recognized all Pakistani citizens…”

    Kanita Chaudhry has highlighted the rampart and growing terrorism, intolerance and injustice prevailing in our country by narrating a personal tragedy. She has not at any place said that she does not condemn the killing of Pakistanis.
    The same army to which her grandfather belonged and was retired prematurely in 1975; when serving as Commandant National Defence College (now university); due to his religious affiliation; is fighting a war against the very same terrorism and intolerance. Ironic.
    Major General Nasir Ahmad Chaudhry was injured in the 1971 war by areial strafing on the Chor Sindh front lines. Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim

    There cannot be one GOD in Islam since there are 1001 sects like the book of Sherazade.
    Each sect claiming superiority of their god over the others! Even heathens will be better placed over us on the day of Judgement.Recommend

  • MC

    Some people think that this article is another case of ‘whining’ and that the writer should be mourning and condemning the deaths of all the innocent people who become targets of terrorism, not just her grand father.
    The killing of these 86 innocent law abiding Ahmadis is not an ordinary act of terrorism nor is it a retaliatory act by a aggrieved party.
    It is an act of state sponsored terrorism.
    The state is not content by declaring the Ahmadis non Muslims.
    It allows the clergy to spew venom against this community openly.
    It has never made an effort to stop misguided scholars declaring them ‘wajib ul qatl’ on television channels.
    It does not penalize the people who openly distribute pamphlets and erect banners in prominent places across the country inciting people to harm the businesses, property and lives of Ahmadis.
    It practices open discrimination when offering jobs and promoting deserving candidates.
    It has never allowed a single member of the community to air their grievances openly.
    The state is deaf, dumb and mute and the Ahmadis rest their case in God’s court not with the corrupt courts of this country and its insensitive and incompetent Chief Justice. Recommend