From the children of Pakistan, to the hell bound terrorists: A message delivered by a Fighter Pilot

“Riz, you have a phone call”, were the words I heard as I entered the air-crew room after a mission. I grabbed a mug of coffee and walked to the landline, least did I expect my youngest, 10 years old sister on the other end, a surprise, she never called me in my squadron ever before. I tried recalling if I had forgotten anything she had asked for but nothing struck my mind. Before I could even say anything, I heard loud erratic breathing and a trembling voice of my baby sister. All I could make out of what she said was: “You’re going to kill each and every one of the bad guys out there right?” I was stunned. I said yes of course that’s what I’m here for. She only could add: “Thank you.”

“A school in Peshawar has just been attacked”, I learnt, and for a moment I thought I heard wrong. How can someone attack a school? I asked myself. Even by the perverse religious lucidity the pseudo cults had been exploiting in the name of the religion of peace, how can someone even think of targeting innocent children who wouldn’t even know why were they being targeted? The unimaginable had happened. The Army Public School in Peshawar had been attacked by 7 terrorists who stormed in and opened fire indiscriminately and killed scores of the innocent angels. It was the Armageddon to say the least. Children were killed after confirmations for being sons of armed forces personnel. They were shot in the head. They were shot in the face. They were dragged out from under the chairs, under the tables and shot. At point blank. Their offense? They were sons and daughters of those who have dedicated their lives to defend their countrymen. Soldier saving kids 960 students and staff members were evacuated safely by Pakistan’s Special Services Group’s Zarrar Company specialized in anti-terrorism and hostage evacuation aided by Pakistan Air Force’s airborne surveillance aircraft. 141 embraced martyrdom on this black day in the history of humanity. 133 children aged 5-18 were martyred with an inquisitive expression on their faces “What is even our fault?” Teachers were set alight alive and students were made to watch them. Humanity died 141 deaths this day.

My mother called me last night: “Fight them. Kill them. They’ve hurt your mothers”, never had I heard my mother so enraged before. “Even my life for the vengeance”, I reassured her. It was as if she knew my answer but my tone would determine if she could even continue being my mother or not.

Armed Forces personnel are known to be emotionally distant and strong. My best friend gave his life for the motherland in my arms. I held his hands in mine and the last look on his face was of satisfaction and of entreat to continue the mission of safeguarding the motherland. The blood from his chest dropped on my hands, and sealed the deal. Maybe it is the military engrained in us, our emotional pendulum doesn’t swing back and forth wildly that much. We do not mourn our martyrs, we take pride in them. All that, but it took me 3 days to be even able to write this, one is just short on words on this savagery.

I’ve never seen such pin drop silence in our fighter crew rooms, ever. Even at losing our comrades in action, we get together, reiterate our resolve to continue the mission and fly to safeguard our homeland. 3 days and counting, no one has spoken a word since, just the exchange of silent reassurances between fighter pilots to avenge our children and we will.

The nation has been shaken by this vicious incident. People are frustrated and want to play their part in avenging those animals who took away our children. Anything they do just doesn’t seem enough. Every heart goes out to our mothers and want to take away their pain however it is possible. I got this message from a Pakistani right after the incident, and I’ve not seen truest of the spirits put up in words better than this.Untitled

The international media needs to align its true North too. These innocent children were not martyred because they were going to school, they were targeted because they were the children of the armed forces personnel who are fighting against terrorism at the forefront.

Today, I visited Army Public School Peshawar. As desolated as any place ever could be, I could see our traumatized children uncertain of what was coming at them in that blood adorned auditorium, I could hear them running in the destructed corridors amidst the gunshots. I could read their last messages on their bloodied books grabbed in pain. I could hear them all around asking me if I would continue their mission and I inevitably, inadvertently, kept nodding in affirmation throughout. Every step I took in those corridors, strengthened my resolve to get back and fight back stronger than ever, but there was something I had to do first.

I visited Combined Military and Lady Reading Hospitals Peshawar to meet the injured children and their families and to visit the great mothers who we all as a nation are indebted to. Every child I met in hospital was an epitome of courage and resilience and couldn’t wait to get better and get back to the same classrooms their friends had been shot in. “I will go back and complete my studies in the same school and join our armed forces to fight all the enemies.”, a 10 years old injured student told me. What a resolve, what a nation.

I then went to meet the mother of a 14 years old martyr. Believe you me, fighting a war, bombing the enemy, facing the bullets and the missiles is a lot easier, than facing a mother who lost her child. I walked in, the father of the martyred student embraced me. I could hear his heart beat and his lips quiver as he took me to the child’s mother: “He’s going to avenge our son”, he said and all of a sudden I felt as if I’m holding the whole sky on my shoulders. The esteemed most respectful mother looked up at me, there was a killing silence in the room. All she could do was extend her hand towards me, I knelt down, took her hand in my hands and kissed it: “Ma I will surely avenge every single one of our children”. A tear fell from her eye, rolled down on her cheek, dropped on our hands, and sealed the deal.

“What can we as Pakistanis in the civil do to help?”, a very dear friend asked me. Well first things first, we as fighter pilots and soldiers only need two things that boost our morale in the field infinite folds – National unity, and motivation. There has only been one time in the history of our country that has seen such superlative national unity as of today, the 1965 Indo-Pak war. All we need now is the motivation. There’s no denial this barbaric incident shook all of us, as the saner voices out there, we have all the more responsibility to get out there, walk our people through these toughest of the times. Our children will most likely develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We have to talk them through this, motivate them, and give them a reason to believe. We have to give our people just the hope they need to cling onto. Help us, those who are at the fronts and build the nation. This won’t be easy let me tell you but we will do it, Insha’Allah.

I will not mourn, I will not express my anger. I want to remember this incident as it is when I fight and kill our enemies, I want to remember every face of my children as I extinct all the terrorists and ash their bodies. I will not sit back. I have written off my life in my oath to my nation, I am indebted to her a 141 times more now. We shall avenge every breath and the drop of the blood of our children.

Message from the children of Pakistan written on MK-82 bomb
PAF Pilots wrote this message from the children of Pakistan on MK-82 bombs employed to target the terrorists 

Every bomb that we target these hell bound terrorists with, will convey a message from the children of Pakistan, that they, will not bend and that they, will stand up again. We shall rise and shine. Won’t forget. Won’t forgive.

May the Lord give me the strength to uphold the promise I made to my mothers and may He help my people get through the toughest of the times. Amen !

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20 thoughts on “From the children of Pakistan, to the hell bound terrorists: A message delivered by a Fighter Pilot”

    1. I salute you. I’m the daughter of an Air Force officer and I am proud of you and what you do. May Allah help you succeed in your mission to save this country. Pakistan zindabad.

  1. i havent felt bad about abandoning my passion to be a fighter pilot till now. As a fellow country men i promise you, we will not forget this incident and neither should you. Not until there is no more persecution, no more destruction and no more death. My only regret is i cant join you braves on the battlefield.

  2. Asalam u Alaikum pilot,
    I read your post, I have been watching news from last three days, I’m feeling more sorrow than anger, well let’s say its a mixture of both.
    At first, when I actually heard the news that someone has attacked the school I got the impression that it will go away, they will arrest the terrorists, nothing will happen,it’ll be alright BUT then they did it with monstrous energy, and it HAS been happening since forever !
    It’s not the first time our children got attacked, right? They have been attacked through DRONES, through TARGET KILLERS and now this. All the strings attached to the very same people, who are getting funds from our very own alley and training from the country which has appointed a killer as their prime minister. I hope I’m not the only one who think like that? I’m not really sure, honestly I’m not sure of anything at all.
    Aren’t we (our leaders, from Musharaf to Zardari and NS) responsible for it? WE let them to do it with us, we let go of our religion, our freedom and tried to befriended them, letting them cross their lines whether it was in the shape of ‘Aman ki asha’ or providing them our land to attack Afghanistan. Pilot, you have no idea how it feels, you are a brave person I give you that much but people like me, Muslim, Pakistanis, HUMAN being , we are not strong enough to see it, we DON’T want to see it, not with our children ,our people.
    We should have the courage of our conviction but it seems like we don’t have it anymore, not as the nation at least.
    I’m sorry if my message came too long, but I have been in fear and trembling since that day and the last time it happened it was when I heard Israelis brutally killed children.
    What I’m unable to understand is why we, WE (our armed forces, our COAF) can’t finally stand in front of the wolf who is playing ‘alley game’ with us and the monsters who are training them, when we do have the evidence(at least that’s what I heard from news), then we should do it, we should ask them to stop playing double games with us and let us be free. Why can’t we do that?

  3. You go, fly boy. We will stand by you, by our children and by our great mothers. It’s time to rise and shine as one nation and tell them, the spineless coward subhumans; This loss was not our loss, it was their loss. Just see those kids’ smiling, inspite of losing everything, and you will know who won.

  4. Riz, s very well written piece that accurately conveys the emotion of the nation presently. I’m a Dubai based Pakistani and what’s happened is nothing short of a catastrophic heart breaking tragedy. Like you, I too am one for standing up, looking fear and challenges in the eye and facing them headstrong. However I feel, without being pessimistic, that our Leadership and governance structures are standing idle, bent over, waiting for someone to come and f**k them. The leadership of any entity defines a value system whereas our leaders are either too busy making their bank accounts fatter or trying to get there, without a real concern for the country. Your efforts are highly commendable and I have full faith these sons of bitches will rot in hell and the likes of you will surely get them there and imagine the day a full throttle leadership agenda is behind all your positive efforts it’ll only relay Pakistan as a united country not broken down in to castes or religious circles or political following. Its instrumental that the leadership of Pakistan demonstrates the willingness for a similar resolve the kind you speak of and that they step up and back up the armed forces and the air forces and the navy to put all force in to ridding our country of these pests. Wish you all the best pilot and we’re all with you!

  5. Such a sad day for humanity and what used to be a safe nice town (Peshawar). Originally from there, and when i heard the news i’ve been upset ever since then seeing those little faces. I truly hope you help get rid of those scum that did this. May you stay strong and resilient. It’s amazing to hear how brave those little children are, its times like this I wish I wasn’t so far away..

  6. Riz, asalamuelekum.
    Our hearts are bleeding. Im a mother of two children and a teacher. I cannot fathom what terror and pain the beloved children of my country went through at thier school. Although the thought of martyrdom gives me saber but this should never be repeated in history.This is the voice of every countryman.
    I salute ur resolve. May Allah help you and guide you and keep you n ur comrades safe. May you inshallah find each n every one these horrendous bastards and eliminate them from our country.

    You all will be in our prayers.May Allah grant you Victory
    Fi amanAllah

  7. Riz,
    I am a father of two boys but I feel like my 132 sons have untimely departed our home for ever. I admire your resolve and am absolutely assured that you and other pilots and soldiers will take the revenge and obliterate these vicious terrorists. We thank you for your service of the country.

  8. Hi Fighter pilot,
    I read it all. I feel proud to have fighters like you in our country. It is why we still have hope we will rise again otherwise there is no good is left behind. As the 141 aged 8-15 got martyred for no reason the humanity died. 16-12-2014 became the darkest day in the history. We had a reason to lose all hope after this but we didn’t at all and that’s because of the people like you, we have !

  9. Riz! You have enough words to recount the promised action. The nation cant let helplessness in when it has sons like you. Godspeed! Love Always!

  10. I never want to forget that day, never, because if i do my nation is doomed we all are doomed. It will be as if my humanity died.

  11. That day we all died lil bit inside us.

    Hate anger ? And helpless is the feeling we r in and then you guys step in ! All our Armed forces our Proud our hope. I don’t know about others but i will pray for you guys until the last breath.

    No forgive np forget !

    Promise to our kids.

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