Martyr Definition & Rs 180 Tomatoes?
The Lower House, National Assembly session on Monday - 11th November 2013, took the floor after 5.00 pm, after the usual trend of delayed timings by the parliamentarians.
When Sheikh Rasheed, President AML, started to speak, he woke up the already sleeping on lookers seated in galleries. A mere Friday release of a suspense thriller will not stir a crowd, as much as, Sheikh Rasheed does by his NA speeches. It is synonymous to pressing “like” button on face book where all the faces at visitors / press gallery are waiting to clap on something thrilling spoken out of “Political Pandora Box”.
Sheikh Rasheed started his speech around 6.45 pm and chose to follow after PTI, Imran Khan, ended his drones’ fervor and slashed the government for failing the negotiation deal! It seemed clearly that the “cold friendship” of both leaders aimed to criticize the government through the combined “worded weapon” of their NA speeches!
Sheikh Rasheed in his mere excitement called upon media - loud and clear to make a note of the Price of Tomatoes which are soaring at “Rs 180 / kg” and at the same time sent a clear message to the government to be empathetic towards the emotions and economic needs of a common man.
With the current issue of “to be a martyr or not” – he added that the common man who is buying Rs 180 per kg tomato will not be concerned about “who is who?”
He also reflected upon the recent Nawaz Obama meeting and said that the country does not want “Dialogue with Dollar” but Pakistan Ki “Awam” demands solution to all the political, economic and social problems!
As he concluded his speech on a predicative tone of announcing his support for Imran Khan’s 20th November 2014 protest rally for NATO supplies route blockades, both the leaders dispersed from the National Assembly Hall at the same time after conclusion of their speeches. Around 10 to 15 other MNA’s followed them and while walking down in the lobby Imran Khan said “Well done Sheikh Sahaab – Zabardast.”
On one side we are debating on the definition of a martyr in the light of religious aspect, social aspect and “army clan” aspect – whereas, on the other end, the Taliban is getting more strengthened by “regrouping” against all those they think “not to be martyrs!”