The Gloomy December

December 9, 2016

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By: Zia Ur Rehman

December is gradually becoming a month of curse for Pakistan. I have no intentions of starting a debate on whether it is ethically right to call any month a ‘cursed month’’ or not. Rather I just want to share my feelings at the moment.

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December 7th, 2016 proved to be another gloomy tragic day for the nation when an aircraft was crashed near Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) killing all forty seven passengers including five members of crew. When my grandmother heard this shocking and heart-breaking news, she all of the sudden said, ‘All of the major tragedies including the separation of East Pakistan (Dec 16, 1971); the massacre of 132 children in Army Public School, Peshawar (December, 2015) and now this tragic incident of aircraft lead to the same assumption that December is a cursed month for Pakistan’.

A student holds a placard and candle during a candlelight vigil in Lahore, Pakistan, December 13, 2015 in memory of the victims of last year's Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Do not go far as our neighbor Russia share the same kind of fate in some respect. Russians consider August a ‘cursed month’ because most of the tragic incidents there occur usually during this month. According to astrologist Yelena Kuznetsova, “Russia’s horoscope is directly connected to the annual August turmoil”. Russian tragic incidents associated with the August curse include; the Eastern Front of World War-I, rise of the Bolsheviks and the Russian Civil War. Similarly a few Asian nations are superstitious about some numbers too. For example, in South Korea people do not use the number ‘4’ in hospitals. Instead the 4th floor is often labeled as ‘F’. Chinese more or less follow the same tradition while skipping number ‘4’ in many houses and apartments. Sometimes, it is renumbered as 3A or 3B etc. Afghanistan is no exception to it as the residents hate the number ‘39’ even on their car plates.

Let me talk about that foggy and gloomy ‘December’ again. Sixteen December is indeed a ‘black day’ in the history of Pakistan when two major tragedies happened. The freezing cold days of December snatched away many innocent lives in both tragedies. No doubt, the separation of East Pakistan was the worst tragedies the nation ever experienced. Four decades have been passed but the wounds of our soil are still not healed. According to an estimate, 26,000 people were killed during the separation of East Pakistan. The other major unimaginable tragedy with the children of Army Public School, Peshawar is hard to believe. How can be a human being so furious to brutally kill innocent lives?

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And here comes a third major tragedy with Pakistan now on December 7th. The aircraft crashed due to some technical issues in the hilly northern areas of the country adding another black day in the history of Pakistan.

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According to Astrology, there are some universal forces in the universe that effect on everything in the world. Whether December is cursed or not for Pakistan is another point of discussion but in short, there are some invisible powers in this world that are beyond our imagination.