Fatima Arshad


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Whenever tensions run high along the ‘Line of Control’ between India and Pakistan, too many people start to believe that war is definite. But would a nation like Pakistan, which is now more than ever involved in war on terror, survive it?

I do not mean to sound hopeless, rather realistic. Our country is already engaged in too much bloodshed that comes from fighting against several people and groups. I.e. the war on terror, war against militant groups, Shia-Sunni fights and fights based on provincial identity. Does winning a war with India seem a possibility? My opinion seems to be quite positive as we all have confidence in our armed forces. We should know that war will be instigated by India, not us, because we are constantly assured of this point by our ever-calm government. And that just might be our plus point, as history reminds us that in the recent era all countries that started a war did not succeed or did not attain the victory they had hoped. But in comes a major point, both countries are nuclear powers and in the atomic age war between nuclear powers is suicidal. It has become almost normal to say that the atomic age has altered the nature of war. No nuclear power can tell another, “do as I say or I shall kill you,” but that has been changed to, “do as I say or I shall kill us both.”

Everyone must know that the face of war, with its relentless horror, threatens to destroy anyone who looks at it for long. Yet we must find the courage to overcome it in any form when it emerges, civil or national, internal or external. War is sickness, though it may be man’s ‘sickness unto death’. No murderous epidemic has ever been conquered without exposure, pain and danger. But in the end human reason and courage have always prevailed and even the plague was overcome. The Black Death that wrecked our planet centuries ago today is but a distant memory.

It is very common to assume that war is not a sickness, but like aggression, an irremovable part of human nature. I disagree. Aggression may be inherent but war is learned behavior.

Humans have stopped doing acts that previously seemed impossible to shed. For example, thousands of years ago, humans ate one another and drank one another’s blood. That, too, was part of human nature. Even a brief century ago, millions of Americans believed that God had made white people to be free and black people to be slaves. Why else would He have created them in different colors? Yet slavery, once considered to be part of human nature, was abolished because human beings showed capacity for change. Change came slowly, after immense suffering, but it did come. Human nature had been changed because it can be. Like slavery, war too can be removed from man’s arsenal of horrors.

It seems that people abandon their bad habits only when catastrophe is close at hand. Why is it that we have to be shaken, almost shattered, before we change? A dangerous illness must come and must pass before it is known whether the patient will live or die.

We Pakistanis must awaken from our careless sleep and take care of the very country we live in, because the danger of losing identity is upon us, but so is the opportunity to positively enhance it. We must make an effort to look India’s intentions in the face and warn them to not take our calm and collectiveness for granted though in doing so we must stay clear of provoking them in any way. We must diagnose this murderous malady raising head among the Indians and many other nations on this planet. Diagnosis is no cure, of course, but it is the first and most necessary step.

In the end, the most important point is that in history majority of those who started a war took a beating. Neither the nature nor the ideology of the government made any difference. Aggressors were defeated whether they were nationalists or not, white or non-white, Westerners or non-Westerners, rich or poor.

For the two neighboring countries, as for any other in the world, war will prove to be instantaneous death.


By: Fatima Arshad


  1. Maheen A Khan April 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    of course war is war…..

  2. Tariq Quershi April 27, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    why we can’t we make line of control as line of peace?

  3. Shani April 28, 2014 at 8:11 am

    why aggressors normally don’t win/

    • Shoki May 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      because they are aggressors

  4. Ruby April 28, 2014 at 8:12 am

    why we need war and why we can’t talk

  5. Subhash Vikram April 28, 2014 at 11:10 am

    you pakistanis can keep dreaming that India needs to wage a war with you. You already lost half your country to us and another half is on its way.
    you pakistanis cant even look after your own people and need to learn a lot from India.
    Jiye Hind!

  6. Tariq April 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    @subhas you are day dreamer….

  7. madiha komal May 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I am sick of this word War.lets give them full & final Waar.lol just kidding i am a peace bird.war is no solution of any prob.live and let live with Peace.

  8. nadia May 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Good to know that in your teens you understand the value of peace.well done

    • Dr. Fahim May 6, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Rather I believe teens have better sense then us

  9. Dr. Fahim May 4, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    @madiah but war is fact of life!!

  10. Tariq Quersh May 4, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    @shaini because nature does not support aggressors

  11. Kaif May 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    no war only love we need

  12. Nahid Bilawal May 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Talk Talk and Talk till u agree or agree to disagree

    • Maheen A Khan May 6, 2014 at 6:38 am

      but how we can talk if others are not willing to talk

      • Nahid Bilawal May 6, 2014 at 7:46 am

        still we need to do our job and truth and goodness prevails

        • Rahul Paroda May 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm

          what job?

  13. Waleed May 5, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    warriors usually have their own agendas

    • Shani May 6, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Nothing wrong is having agendas but should be positive ones

  14. Rahul Paroda May 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    war is a game actually and those who play well actually survives

    • Ruby May 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      very funny war is not a game it is too serious issue

  15. Kaif May 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    why war? at home? at office?at friends?

    • Tariq May 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      war is a part of life whether we like it or not

  16. Rahul Paroda May 10, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    war is not the solution for anything

  17. Shoki May 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    war and peace are two sides of same coin

    • Tariq May 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      but both sides are not same

  18. Maheen A Khan May 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    To avoid war we should keep talking

  19. Kaif May 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    peace peace and peace is required

    • Shoki May 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      no dreams plz face the reality of life


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