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The consequence of resistance literature - Part - I

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In response to my eight-part series on resistance writing, the readers’ response was overwhelming. Most readers asked about the details of the books and their publishers so that they can read them. It is satisfying when you see many readers, especially students and the youth, interested in reading and trying to find out more.

But there were many who did not like my series at all. Some raised questions about my loyalty to this country and some others pointed out that the series tried to eulogize those who struggle against the state and condemned those who try to protect the ‘integrity of the country’. Such arguments are not new and using just one email out of many I received from civil and military bureaucrats – both retired and serving – I would like to clarify some confusion that many readers found themselves in. The following email is from retired colonel Aizaz.

“Would you like to comment on [the] achievements of our political leadership, any improvements in industry, education, judicial system or in national Cohision (sic) or good governance? Foreign NGOs have partially taken over many aspects along with [the] private sector. Is only dysfunctional democracy the aim of our political parties or provision of basic services to masses? Has any politician taken any solid steps to eradicate [the] murder of innocent women in Sindh in [the] name of honour?

“I appreciate the books of resistance literature, but are they of any practical consequence [?] After Jinnah, Bhutto some people consider a great politician. What about Bhutto’s jailing of JA Raheem – was it democratic? Even our election system is corrupt to [the] core; will somebody raise voice against this political system [?] Regards Col r Aizaz”

I appreciate the comment from Col Aizaz and commend him for finding time to read the articles and respond to them. I have highest regard for soldiers and officers who do their job well and fulfil their duties in accordance with the constitution and the laws of this land. The email........

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