(Copyright 2001. The Tattoo. All Rights Reserved.)
--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---
Dec. 31, 2001
By Syed A. Huda
By Syed A. Huda
Despite watching the news about
the latest tension between
“Only God knows what’s going
on,” said Suraiya Huda.
And that’s true.
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee now says that there is a very little
chance of a war erupting, but earlier he said that no dialogue would take place
between the two countries.
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee now says that there is a very little chance of a war erupting, but earlier he said that no dialogue would take place between the two countries.
People are confused over the sudden change in plans.
Young people in
For instance, a medical school student, Samra Ahmad, said, “The less fortunate who are trying to keep the roofs over their heads in one piece now have to worry about whether they’ll have a roof there at all.”
Others hold similar strong opinions, but have different reasons.
The Pakistani Government has shut down all Indian
channels shown in
As a college student Najia Khan said, “I miss
Fifteen-year-old Zaid Laghari said that by
shutting down the television channels,
“It has reached quite a climax,” Laghari said. “It’s a total mess!”
He said he believed – as many people may also think – that launching a war over the dozen people who died in the Dec. 13 suicide attack aimed at the Indian Parliament is absurd.
Some say that there’s a 5 percent chance of a war occurring.
Even though it’s a small possibility, it’s still there, hence the fear and the anger.
If, God forbid, there is a war, hopefully it
won’t be like the 1972 one, where a portion of
With all the tension here, the cloud of uncertainty is getting blacker than ever.
Huda, who joined The
Want more information on the unfolding events in India and Pakistan?
Check out The Times of India at www.timesofindia.com
or Dawn, an English language Pakistani newspaper, at www.dawn.com
To understand some of India's thinking, see this Tattoo story: