Shahzeb is a boy who became a man before his time. The serenity in his face, the grace in his smile, the sheer innocence in his eyes leaves one shattered. The affect is absolutely ethereal, how an image of such earthly beginnings soar you to thoughts and places in a universe beyond your own.
What could have been another incident of reckless, ruthless, callous cruelty became a symbol of unity and faith in ourselves, our youth, a beginning of change that we could bring ourselves.
Why do I care? And why do you? because I am a sister and a mother. I know not how one can bear the loss. The outpouring of grief is not without sincerity; it has hit home to millions across the land and broken barriers of religion, race, and creed to unite a nation against tyranny and oppression, and most significantly, blatant disregard for human sanctity.
“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
― Albert Einstein
The discussions in the workplace, at home, in educational institutes that have followed have raised questions that we uttered behind closed doors for fear of retribution or revenge. The death has not sparked; it has ignited a new found passion in our very souls. The violence that Karachi has seen for decades has finally reached a climax that could go either way. Protesting will get you places. Or will it? When you see a large group of peaceful demonstrators who do no harm, break no windows, torch no vehicles or shops, you sit up and take notice. It is not another political game, not another religious chess match, it is as raw and real and honest as the uprising that it is bringing.
Whether he gets justice is yet to be witnessed by the world. What the choice of punishment will be is another enigma. Will this be another one of the millions of cases that rot in court and are forgotten as dates are postponed and witnesses lost or broken? I know not.
But I can’t bear to sit and watch any more.
“If anyone slays a person
– unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land –
it would be as if he slew all people.
And if anyone saves a life,
it would be as if he saved the life of all people.”