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There should be boundaries to critical discourse, yet it seems permissible nowadays to publicly decry a person as a ‘thief.’ Poets, authors, playwrights, and even columnists like us should brace for criticism that might echo in their wake, with detractors jeering, ‘Terrible! Terrible!’

In a recent, unsettling turn of events, poet Ahmad Farhad was abducted by individuals in a utility vehicle, presumably due to his alignment with Kashmiri protestors against excessive electric bills. This incident curiously evokes thoughts of William Shakespeare’s work.

In Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, right after the pivotal murder and Antony’s famed oration, the character Cinna, mistaken for a conspirator, faces a hostile mob ready to attack him for his “bad verses.” We’re left unsure of Cinna’s fate, an eerie foreshadow of modern-day forced disappearances.

While historical figures such as Field Marshal Wavell showed an affinity for poetry during wartime, with no record of him either quelling or bolstering literary movements of his era, modern implications are more direct. What messages was Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico conveying when he met his demise at the hands of a poet, one with a respectable body of work? This is a grim reminder to not underestimate poets.

Despite poetry’s occasional dark moments, other pressing tragedies take precedence, such as the somber observance of Mother’s Day by remembering the mothers in Gaza. With an appalling tally of mothers and children killed daily, one must ponder the prolonged suffering before there can be peace.

The devastating losses are resonating internationally, leading to resignations within American intelligence and defense sectors, though no such dissension seems to be occurring within Israel, a fact that stirs disquiet and sorrow.

Back home, political debates pivot around familial legacies, particularly involving the scions of notable leaders. The Defence Minister’s recent remarks tie historical figureheads to current political adversaries, sparking a discussion on the interconnectivity of past and present influences in our political sphere.

The dynamics within the political arena bring to light the inherited roles and responsibilities, with figures such as Bilawal reflecting on the ancestral groundwork laid before them. These moments draw parallels with British ceremonial practices, underscoring the classic tension and pageantry associated with parliamentary proceedings. Bilawal, for his part, chose to address matters of agriculture rather than dwell on familial attributes.

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