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We Miss Khara Sach

Mata-e-Lauh o qalam chhin gayee to kya Gham hai

Ke Khoon-e-dil meiN Dibo lee haiN ungliaan Main  nay

ZubaaN pe mohr lagee hai to kya ke rakh dee hai

Har aik halqa-e-zanjeer meiN zubaaN main ney

                                                                 —Faiz Ahmad Faiz

For the last several years, Mubashir Luqman has been bravely exposing the mis-doings of the high and mighty, the social evils in our society and the ingress and copycatting of pornographic material from Indian film and television media (which in my opinion is the reason for the heinous sexual crimes which have become a problem in India. Sonia Gandhi is reported to have once said that India doesn’t have to attack Pakistan militarily; it can do so by changing it socially).

Mubashir Luqman spoke with conviction, feeling and compassion for the victims of wrong doings, which one could see on his face, presenting documentary evidence and vowing to go to court if required with proofs of everything he said on TV.

When people in Pakistan say that nobody is above the law, sometimes they forget that this applies to the judiciary as well. Corruption abounds in the courts of Pakistan, and the judiciary has ranked high in the list of corrupt institutions identified by Transparency International. Leaders of both major political parties have criticized the courts, and the PMLN was also reported to have mounted an attack on the Supreme Court when Sajjad Ali Shah, who had to duck for cover, was Chief Justice. Why the action against Khara Sach?

Mubashir Luqman has been conducting such programs for many years. Why this action NOW? The timing, just a couple of weeks before the arrival of Dr. Tahirul Qadri in Pakistan, will certainly raise  eyebrows.  Mubashir Luqman’s Khara Sach would have been an excellent means of disseminating the truth in Dr. Qadri’s message, who is just asking for the strict enforcement of provisions and guarantees in the Constitution of Pakistan. The powers that be seem to excel in silencing any voices which they fear would be raised to challenge them, as they did to Dr. Tahirul Qadri and Parvez Musharraf, and now to Mubashir Luqman.

Godspeed and best wishes to Mubashir Luqman.  All his fans are praying for him. He  can draw courage from the following excerpt from a speech by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in front of his British judges in the 1920s (translated from the book “Jail Mein Azad” by Mohammad Farooq Qureshi, page 31):

"History bears witness to the fact that, whenever the ruling classes have taken up arms against freedom and truth, the courts have provided them with the easiest and surest weaponry. The power of the court is a force which can be used for both justice and injustice. In the hands of a just government, this force is the best means of delivering justice and truth, but in the hands of tyrannical governments there is no greater weapon for revenge and injustice.

“Apart from the battlefields, the greatest injustices in human history have been meted out in the edifices of the courts. From the holy founders of religion to the discoverers and inventors of science, there is hardly any pure and truth-oriented group which has not been made to stand in court among common criminals.

“The list of the injustices dealt by the courts is very long and history is not yet done with lamenting over it. In that list we see a pure human being such as Jesus Christ who was made to stand among thieves in the court of a foreign ruler; we see Socrates who had to drink poison only because he was the most truthful person in the country; we see the mouthpiece of reality, Galileo of Florence, who could not deny his observations and findings because it would have been a crime to deny them in the court of truth.”

Mubashir Luqman’s announcement that he would join Dr. Qadri’s Movement is good news. Eventually, the truth will triumph. As a poet has said:

"Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again —
The eternal years of God are hers:
But Error, wounded, writhes in pain,
And dies among his worshippers."

                                          —William Cullen Bryan

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