After the death of TTP: Tehreek – e – Taliban leader: Hakimullah Mehsud, a Pakistani Muslim cleric issued a blunt, and quiet insensible, statement against the U.S. government. Leader of the Pakistani political and religious party, Molana Fazlur Rehman said, “Anyone killed by the U.S. is a martyr, even if it is a Dog!”
The opposition leader in the country also expressed concerns about the state of peace in the country – and the increasing number of drone attacks in the remote areas of Pakistan. Rehman continued, “A lot of people still want peace negotiations and therefore the negotiations (with the U.S. government) should not stop”.
Martyr or No Martyr? Pakistani Citizens’ Reaction to Molana Fazlur Rehman’s Statement:
Throughout various social media websites, Pakistani citizens are not only concerned about the cleric’s statement, but also openly agree that it was a testament to the “leader’s” level of insanity. Obviously Rehman wanted to gain sympathies of the TTP leaders, or perhaps he was taking Mehsud’s death as an excuse to declare any person dying at the hands of the United States a martyr, but his views seem to be contradictory in nature.
For instance, during a National Assembly gathering, Molana Fazlur Rehman was also quoted saying in, “Our party wants to move forward with the peace negotiations together with other parties. We will do anything for the country.” If there is one thing where the cleric seemed to agree was the fact that overall, terrorism is impacting Pakistan’s image and economy in the global community.
However coming back to the subject of dying a martyr’s death Fazlur Rehman stated that his own house has been targeted three times already by extremists. In the wake of recent drone attacks to take out key Taliban operative, Hakimullah Mehsud, the world wouldn’t be surprised if Rehman points out U.S. as the real threat to the state of affairs throughout the region.
Political analysts believe that Rehman is supportive of Taliban operatives. In reaction to his perspective, Altaf Hussain, another former Pakistani political figure now living in exile in the U.K., said that it is “Condemnable to call Mehsud a martyr.”