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Run for your Life- Pakistan Today: Were Jinnah and Zafarullah Khan Wrong?

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Express Tribune: Op Ed: Pervez Hoodbhoy: Eighteen bloodied bodies, shot Gestapo-style, lay by the roadside. Men in army uniforms had stopped four buses bound from Rawalpindi to Gilgit, demanding that all 117 persons on board alight.Those with Shia sounding names on their national identification cards were separated out. Minutes later it was all over; the earlier massacres of Hazara Shias in Mastung and Quetta had been repeated.

Having just learned of the fresh killings, I relayed the news on to colleagues and students at the cafeteria table. Some looked glumly at their plates but, a minute or two later, normal cheerful chatter resumed. What to do? With so many killings, taking things too seriously can be bad for one’s mental health.

In Pakistan one’s religious faith, or lack of one, has become sufficient to warrant execution and murder. The killers do their job fearlessly and frequently. The 17th century philosopher and mathematician, Blaise Pascal, once observed that “men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it for religious conviction”.

Equipped with just enough religion to hate those with another faith — but not enough to love their coreligionists — Pakistanis have mostly turned their backs on religious atrocities. Exceptionally grotesque ones, such as when 88 Ahmadis quietly praying in Lahore on a Friday were turned into corpses, have also failed to inspire public reaction. Mass executions do not interest Pakistan’s religious parties, or Imran’s Khan’s PTI. For them, only the killings by American drones matter.



Posted by on March 5, 2012. Filed under Asia,Human Rights,Human values,Pakistan,Separation of Church and State,Sharia. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to Run for your Life- Pakistan Today: Were Jinnah and Zafarullah Khan Wrong?

  1. Zarif Ahmad

    March 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious Ever Merciful
    Life of human being is sacred, whether it be a Hindu, Sikh, christian, Jew or Muslim of any sect. Killing of any human being by moss is deplorable and sad and condemnable. The people in the helm of affairs Government and Judges will be accountable in this world and here after for not discharging their responsibilities to save the life of their subjects.
    As per Quran-a-Majeed, “Killing of one person is amount to kill all the human being and to protect a life is amount to protect all mankind.
    Kindly educate the Nation and deliver them from the vested interest mullahs and politicians. May Allah have Mercy on us.
    Zarif Ahmad

  2. syeda zainab

    December 7, 2012 at 5:05 am

    in pakistan shia community is targetted bitterly especialy hazara community.but no one regret.shia are waiting the day of judgment God will take revenge with the bullshits.