24 January, 2021

'Survivor Of Battles'

Ironies ruled Ghazi's life all along, right up to his death

'Survivor Of Battles'
The steadfast resolve of Maulana Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, 46, to fight until his last breath against the Pakistan army was among the most astonishing aspects of Operation Silence. His bloody death was in sharp contrast to the abortive attempt of his elder brother and chief cleric of the Lal Masjid complex, Maulana Abdul Aziz, 51, to flee the besieged complex wearing a burqa. Their contrasting responses to the fiercest challenge of their lives symbolise two lives ostensibly united in their passion for Islam —and yet remarkably different from each other in finer details.

Ghazi's life was full of ironies—and one sudden change. For one, the title of Ghazi translates to 'survivor from a battlefield'. It was as if he wanted to defy the meaning of his name. Hours before he was killed, he told a TV channel, "I know I am about to be martyred...I do believe my blood will bring about an Islamic revolution...."

Such passion for Islamic revolution was not there in Ghazi's youth. He rebelled against the religious worldview of his father, Maulana...


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