In the debate “who is Shaheed and who is not”, we have gone too far, much to the amusement of our enemy. What the JI Amir said was unfortunate and it really hurt many. This small issue has turned into a mountain to distract the nation’s attention from more pressing issues. Like the Pakistan intelligence agencies have issued reports indicating a rise in sectarian strife in Punjab during the month of Muharram.

This news came amidst reports that the US Senate Intelligence Committee has quietly approved a plan to step up both public and internal government oversight of the use of armed drones to kill suspected militants overseas. The Obama administration has been under pressure from foreign governments, the United Nations and rights groups to be more transparent and rigorous in accounting for the civilian casualties caused by drone strikes.

Without any other consideration we should be more concerned by our own government’s policy regarding the drone attacks as well as the state’ stance on who is a Shaheed or not. When nations have no clear boundaries or believes they supply easy access to their enemies to plant discontent, and that is what we have been witnessing around us we have no idea who is our enemy or friend any longer.

SHUMAILA RAJA,

Lahore, November 12.