-Illustration by Faraz Aamer Khan
-Illustration by Faraz Aamer Khan
“Stop killing Christians in Pakistan, Pakistan,” shouted a group of 20 people outside a New York hotel where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was addressing the Pakistani community.

Since most of them were Christians, they were not asked to come in. Are Christians, Pakistanis? It is still debatable.

“We will build a road from Islamabad to Abbottabad” drilling a hole through the Margallas,” said the prime minister. “An underground, linking Rawalpindi to Islamabad, a train from Islamabad to Muzzaffarabad, through Murree.”

He paused to breath and added: “Another highway will also be built, linking Karachi to Peshawar. Yet another, linking to Gilgit Baltistan.”

Now the prime minister was fully excited, so there was no stopping.

“These roads will not terminate at our borders. One will go to Termez, linking us to Central Asia. Another road, and a train, will link Havelian to China,” he declared.

Some of these roads will snake across KPK and Punjab, and link us to India, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Now, if you are busy building roads across South and Central Asia, touching the Middle East and eyeing Southeast Asia, you obviously cannot hear less than 20 people chanting across the hotel.

But they also were Pakistanis – even if we do not acknowledge them, so they were equally stubborn and were not about to go away.

-Photo by Victor Gill.
-Photo by Victor Gill.

“We want religious freedom,” they shouted. “Stop killing Christians. Stop burning churches.”

A man, who obviously had a greater claim to Pakistaniyet being a Muslim, walked up to them and said: “We share your grief but you should not protest here.”

“And why not?” asked a protester.

“The prime minister is here and it looks bad. We should not make him look bad,” said the man.

“Looks bad? They are killing our family members and you are worried about looking bad,” said another protester who said his relatives had also been killed in attacks on Pakistani Christians.

Earlier in the evening, two blue-blood Pakistani Muslims were walking up and down the Madison Avenue, looking for a massage parlour. They did not find one, so they went to a barbers’ shop.

A strange shop, it was. The man who shaved was a Jew from Tashkent. The barber was an Uzbek Muslim and the woman who shampooed another was a Tajik.

“You see, we are all from the former Soviet Union and that binds us,” said the Tajik. “We all speak the Russian language too.”

This was not acceptable to the two blue-blood Muslims.

“Islam does not bind you?” asked one of them.

“And the Arabic language, don’t you speak Arabic?” asked another.

Both eagerly reminded the Central Asians that as Muslims they were their brothers.

-Photo by Victor Gill.
-Photo by Victor Gill.

“Stop killing Christians,” chanted the Christians perched on a pavement outside the hotel where the prime minister was speaking. That they were Pakistanis was not important or was it? Did it make them the brothers of Pakistani Muslims?

Perhaps. Perhaps not.

Inside the hotel, some prominent Pakistanis met the prime minister and gave him a memorandum.

“Release daughter of the nation, Dr Aafia Siddiqui,” said the memorandum.

“And what about the daughters, sisters and mothers killed in last week’s blasts in Peshawar that killed 81 Christians?” asked yet another protester.

“What about them? They were Christians, right?” asked a blue-blood male.

One Pakistani, whose blood was not as blue as those of the others, offered dinners to the protesters.

“Don’t,” said a blue-blood. “They are against Pakistan.”

“But how?” asked the not-so-blue. “They are only protesting against a gross injustice.”

“A gross injustice? The terrorists have also killed more than 40,000 Muslims,” said the blue-blood.

“Yes, we regret those deaths too,” said a Christian protester, showing a placard that said: “End terrorism, protect all.”

“We did not kill them. The killers were also Muslims,” said another.

-Photo by Victor Gill.
-Photo by Victor Gill.

A third Christian reminded the blue-blood that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also condemned the Peshawar blasts. Although he did not use words like Christian or church in his speech to the UN General Assembly, he did mention them later.

In his address to the Pakistani community on Friday evening, he did say that the terrorists had targeted a church and most of the victims were Christians.

He also said that it was a great injustice and that nothing could justify killing innocent people.

At the barbers’ shop, two blue-blood Muslims tipped two Central Asians and came out, noting that some of them were Muslims too but were not fully aware of their Muslim identity.

“If everybody is saying that we have made mistakes, we must have made mistakes,” said the prime minister.

Anwar Iqbal is a correspondent for Dawn, based in Washington, DC.

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Comments (86)

September 28, 2013 5:31 pm

Mr.Iqbal Are you suggesting that Christians in Pakistan are not entitled to the protection of the State

sabir ayub rabbani
September 28, 2013 5:41 pm

And what about the thousands of Pakistani Muslims who have lost their lives in suicide bombings.

September 28, 2013 5:47 pm

As long as the protests are peaceful, they should be allowed. There is absolutely nothing wrong in oppressed people submitting a memorandum to an democratically elected PM, who has unfortunately shown a very soft corner for the Taliban and their ideology.

September 28, 2013 6:01 pm

Grammatically incorrect to put that comma in the title.

Muhammad imran
September 28, 2013 6:09 pm

Yes Mr blogger...THEY ALL ARE PAKISTANI'S....but the terrorists who killed them,most of the time with the help of satellite monitoring are not PAKISTANI'S....

September 28, 2013 6:11 pm

Talking about belonging .....even shia's who are also Muslims do not feel at home, what to talk about Christians, Hindus etc.

The guy
September 28, 2013 6:31 pm

To be honest this article is just rubbish, why are you trying to make Christians Pakistanis fight with the Muslim Pakistanis. I have friends who are Christians and Hindus and I have never thought that they were not Pakistanis ever. Also the PM did Address the issue of the church bomb blast and the fact that he specifically didn't say that "Christians" were killed because he knew that whoever was killed in that area were citizens of his nation who are infact united under the banner of our country, he didn't want to categorize them by calling them Christians or Muslims. But why would you understand this simple fact? All you want to do is take a simple event and make it look like something horrific has happened (by the event I mean the president not saying Christians). Its article like this that make the Christian community and the Hindu community of Pakistan feel like that they do not have any rights. When the fact is the problems that they face are similar to the problems that every Pakistani faces and the Muslim community has no prejudice against them at all.

September 28, 2013 6:41 pm

When the Taliban takeover Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif's roads will come very handy. First with the exodus of Imran Khan and his trolls out of Pakistan and then by the Sunnis. The rest of our minorities would be too afraid to venture out out of fear. Let the journey begin!

Sher Mohammad
September 28, 2013 7:05 pm

It is a thought provoking and soul searching story By Mr. Anwar Iqbal brilliantly presented. Here are some questions for all of us to seek answers of them. First is, what about the "Jamhooriat." It is still a mirage. As for the religion, the Prophet (sawaws) has left with us Qur'an and Sunnah unto the end time. We can always turn to it with repentance and forgiveness from God. Let us set our priorities right with these two and we will be blessings both to us and to the minorities.

mack (usa)
September 28, 2013 7:01 pm

MAJinnah said they were Pakistanis, evidently rest of us are not sure because we never paid any attention to them.So called secular parties offered only lip service. Late Zia ul Haq empowered mullahs who certainly strengthened 'Fortress of Islam" by selective policy of exclusion. Christian leader, a minister in PPP government was assasinated, killers were never caught, blasphemy law indiscriminately targetd Christians - Seems Mr.Jinnah's declaration fell on deaf ears.

September 28, 2013 7:13 pm

Interesting. In the church bombing most of the victims were Christians. Except the two Muslims who were killed by their suicide vests. These Christians who are protesting are not mourning those two Muslims, the true Pakistanis. How hypocritical can they be?

September 28, 2013 7:16 pm

Sad to see so much bigotry in the land of pure

September 28, 2013 7:24 pm

They are not! So it appears,

September 28, 2013 7:28 pm

They are not! So it appears,

September 28, 2013 7:30 pm

What a disgrace to humanity Pakistanis like Imran Khana have become!!

September 28, 2013 7:58 pm

Benjamin Franklin once said, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” We, the Pakistanis need to realize that the terrorists driven by hate and intolerance will not stop at one group; they will come after each of us one by one. Intolerance is an attitude and mindset and there is nothing to stop it. If each of us watch silently while each time they target Christians, Shias, Ahmadis, Barelvis, and keep telling ourselves, it's not me they are hurting, and it is happening to these people because of this or that; well, pretty soon it will be our turn. Instead of constantly asking our minority communities to act as Pakistanis, we need to act as Pakistanis ourselves first and take a stand against injustice towards any human being, any Pakistani, regardless of their religious ideology. That is the only way we will ever rid ourselves of this menace of terrorism. It our fight and we all have to be united to preserve Pakistan and protect all Pakistanis.

September 28, 2013 8:38 pm

The PM needs to be more courageous and call a spade a spade. He should say that Pakistani governments, past and present, have failed in protecting minorities. He must say that blasphemy law is wrong, that innocent minority people are suffering in prisons because some so-called muslims implicated them in a false and fabricated blasphemy to enable them to grab their homes for free. He should empower the courts to punish and the judges to not be unjust just to save themselves from targetted attacks. At least this many words should have been spoken by the PM Nawaz Sharif. He fell short of expectations and the gathering must have ended in a hefty and greasy dinner for the elite who were invited. Good grief!

September 28, 2013 8:40 pm

WHen condemning the most violent of crimes is difficult, when there is so much blood and gore that violence becomes banal, then there is no hope for that society of spineless people.

September 28, 2013 8:57 pm

A very appropriate question indeed. It seems that the christian Pakistanis in this protest in US really don't care about the rest of the Pakistanis. Only when Pakistani christians became the target of terrorism did they protest. Though I would strongly object to anyone questioning the loyalty of thousands of christians in Pakistan but making this act of terrorism which is facing entire Pakistan a christian centric affair is very despicable!

September 28, 2013 9:05 pm

The article seems to imply that somehow the government of Pakistan could have stopped the killing of Christians by terrorists but refused to do so.

irfan roy
September 28, 2013 9:58 pm

Are Minorities Pakistanis? I was born and grew up in Pakistan and sometimes I got the impression that many of my Muslim neighbours and friends thought that i was a second grade Pakistani. Is it not a high time now to include in syllabus of Islamyiat Islamic teachings on rights of minorities and women and whether Imams in mosques could give sermons on how to treat minorities

September 28, 2013 11:06 pm

Is that even a question?

If there is any doubt read Quaid-e-Azam's first address to the nation on religious rights, on where we were starting from.Seems like we build monuments and put his pictures everywhere, but never pay heed (or at best just lip service) to what he had gave as guidance for a future Pakistan. To quote from that historical lesson: "You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State.... ... Even now there are some States in existence where there are discriminations made and bars imposed against a particular class. Thank God we are not starting in those days. We are starting in the days when there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State. ...."

September 28, 2013 11:35 pm

A funeral is suicide bombed -- 30 people are shredded into pieces nothing happens -- a general, a colonel and a Naik are torn into pieces -- nothing happens -- 2 churches are blasted -- 83 men women and children are mutilated and dead -- nothing happens -- 19 government workers going back to their wives and children after their day's work are blasted into pieces by a bomb placed in the back of the bus -- and still nothing happens.

I feel like going to New York seeing Nawaz Sharif and telling him -- that sir you run one of the most cruel, callous, insensitive, lethargic, stone-hearted administration in the recent history of Pakistan governance -- no amount of bloodshed, death and destruction seems to move you and your administration to action against the perpetrators -- it's not even 6 months -- and so many have already died -- so much destruction.

Do you think you can go on like this for another 4 &1/2 years? What will take you guys to move against the Pakistan's enemy number ONE - an attack against Raiwind itself?

September 29, 2013 12:05 am

I will add that it is not just Christians that are not safe in Pakistan, it is each and every citizen that is affected. Simply, life, property and places of worship of none are safe including Muslims. The security situation seams to be out of government's control. Corruption on all levels is to be blamed. Also foreign powers have been playing sides with different groups for their own benefits causing conflicts even on religious and ethnic lines.

September 29, 2013 12:18 am

Well written. As a former citizen of Karachi, i am disappointed in this narrow view of diversity in pakistan. I hope that culture moves to a more accepting and inclusive middle ground. That would be inline with how i remember my youth in Pakistan.

September 29, 2013 12:28 am

"Are Christians Pakistanis ?". What does this mean ? Perhaps, you can say, "Why are they killing the Pakistanis"

Who is not being killed in Pakistan ?, Please name any community who has not been killed in Pakistan ?

The teaching of Islam does not allow to kill anyone, and those who kill anyone, are not Muslims.

September 29, 2013 1:24 am

very joking article,,, made me mad with laughter

September 29, 2013 2:13 am

I think there is only one thing that these terrorists need to understand that, no matter what race, ethnicity, religion, country, a human being belongs to nevertheless, a human is still a human after everything. You cannot kill a person based on someone religious beliefs. The only way to eradicate this menace is to enlighten people by education. Unless the majority of population in pakistan is educated, these such tragic events will continue to occur until judgement day!

September 29, 2013 3:22 am

the real question would be are muslims Pakistani? Or better yet, are Pakistanis muslims?

Raja Murataza
September 29, 2013 3:23 am

kashmiris do nit claim to be Pakistanis and still Pakistan thinks it is their to protect Kashmiris than Pakistani Christians..

September 29, 2013 6:12 am

Why is the 'peaceful' majority so silent about the plight of minorities, all minorities.

Makes me wonder is there is a peaceful majority at all.

Will Pakistan ever become a humane country again. The current ideology of Pakistan does not have any place for humanity.

September 29, 2013 7:05 am

A perfectly rubbish article written. Christians are not killed by Pakistanis, they are killed by talibans.

September 29, 2013 7:35 am

what a nonsense .. why didnt these ppl cam out when muslim pakistanis were being bombed in mosques ?? .. and where in the world this is this related to blasphemy !! ..

Agha Asad Raza
September 29, 2013 7:42 am

So right and so thought provoking!!

September 29, 2013 8:18 am

I am a Muslim, and I will say that no matter what religion you belong to you have the right to fair treatment. This is what Islam teaches us, to be fair to everyone. The government of Pakistan does not represent Islam, and neither do these militants that kill innocent people.

Nizamuddin Ali Ahmada
September 29, 2013 8:56 am

They are as pakistani as apple pie and mom in The USA. They are the native sons and daughters of Pakistan No body should doubt that..

Amjad Wyne
September 29, 2013 10:23 am

Pakistani Christians that I know of have dome more for Pakistan than most Pakistani Muslims.

September 29, 2013 11:02 am

Stop killing Christians?!!!!! OK we know that the act was brutal and should not have happened and I am sure every Pakistani condemns it but the protest has gone way out of point. Do they have any idea how many mosques have been attacked and how many Muslims have been killed? How many army personnel and convoys have been attacked? and they cry about a single attack on Christians??

September 29, 2013 11:32 am

Even Muslims are not pakistani.........

September 29, 2013 12:29 pm

If they are Pakistanis they should not protest in the way they did. More then 40000 thousand peoples died in the war of terrorism all they were innocent Pakistanis have they protest when same type of attacks on mosques take place. These protesters just defaced image of Pakistan at an international forum and event. They try to divide peoples on the name of religion The 81 people killed in Peshawar were first Pakistani then have any other identity.

Bukhtiar Awan
September 29, 2013 1:33 pm

I think this debate is useless when the purpose of terrorists is to create panic regardless of muslim or christian. Mosques are also being attacked. This is not being done by a common pakistani. We love each other. This kind of articles just start a debate which does not exist.

Fatima Aziz
September 29, 2013 2:19 pm

The same question has been on my mind. Thank you for raising it. I believe that there is and will be no satisfactory, straightforward answer. Legislation, combined with a political attitude respectful to Pakistanis christians is of prime importance. Wonder when that will happen?

Ishtiaq Ahmed
September 29, 2013 3:04 pm

The slant in the question is clear; yet I will say anyone born in Pakistan to Pakistani parents is as much a Pakistani as anyone else. It is time we remove all forms of discriminations based on religion. Let a Christian or any other Pakistani child also aspire to become the Prime Minister of this country when he /she grow up as could a Muslim child. Another point; the use of word 'minority' itself an expression of discrimination.

September 29, 2013 3:11 pm

Religion is the opium of the masses. Marx learnt it 150 years ago. Rest of the world learnt it in due course.

Civi varghese
September 29, 2013 4:20 pm

Fanaticism and fundamentalism, the curse of the world. Well done, Anwar saab.

September 29, 2013 5:10 pm

@AHA: There is no such thing as silent majority in Pakistan. In fact, the majority quietly supports what goes on in the country. In 1974 when Ahmaddiyas were declared as non-Muslims, or when Islamic laws (Hudood, Blasephemy laws) were passed by Zia, nobody objected to it. 2 years ago, when Salmaan Taseer was brutally gunned down by his security guard, the proterstors were demanding the release of the killer. There is some hope in Afghanistan, in the sense, the people are sensible although Taliban are armed. At any rate, unless reformists/sensible people take on to the streets and fight the religious bigots, it's hard to say that there is a majority. And if there is really one, then we need to find out how many more suicide bombings later will they realize things are wrong.

September 29, 2013 5:50 pm

I am an Indian Christian living abroad. I once met a Pakistani Christian facing persecution by Muslim fundamentalists (he later had to flee Pakistan). I half-expected him to NOT support the Pakistani cricket team, but he does.... he sure does. :D

But moving beyond notions of country and patriotism - God, the creator of the universe made all human beings. He gave us our life, our conscience, and the freedom to obey our conscience. Those who seize any of these things God has granted each one of us, are answerable to God and to God's agents on earth (i.e. to governments setup for our protection). Governments and countries that willfully and repeatedly ignore such violations are themselves answerable to God.

sam baig
September 29, 2013 6:21 pm

What do you expect from a country where there is a war going on and bombs going off all over the place. Peshawar being the most affected. Everyone is very sad and deplores the bomb attacks, on Christians as well as all other faiths who have been the most affected.

This is not a time for Christians to single themselves out, and all should share the grief collectively.

September 29, 2013 6:26 pm

i am not expert about political issues but about this i would say, Christians are brothers of Muslims and Islam never allows any one to make blast or to kill any human i would like to remind you guys "If you kill one human being it means you killed whole humanity" this is what Islam says. its only few peoples who are dis integrating Pakistani's in Muslims Christians shia sunni etc we must focus on being one Pakistani.

September 29, 2013 6:33 pm

it is quiet unfortunate that for most of the Muslims their religion comes first.So it is always very easy to take them on path of violence by using religion. In Nairobi incident people have been killed by asking their religion and asking the question on Islam.

September 29, 2013 7:00 pm

No. PAkistan is only for muslims, and only muslims.

Sandeep Singh
September 29, 2013 7:05 pm

some of them were Muslims too but were not fully aware of their Muslim identity. ha ha ha how true

September 29, 2013 7:24 pm

@The guy: Where were you when there colonies get attacked by mob just because of some false allegation or their daughter gets abducted and married to any Muslim just to increase your number. First stand for them and then expect them to be behave like Pakistani.

September 29, 2013 7:51 pm

Are Christians, Pakistanis?

To answer this, let us find out- Who are the people of Pakistan? The Preamble of the Constitution gives us a hint, when it says that the Constitution is given by 'We the People of Pakistan'.


The same Preamble also lays down who constitute 'We the People of Pakistan' in the very first sentence which says, Whereas sovereignty over the entire Universe belongs to Almighty Allah alone, and the authority to be exercised by the people of Pakistan within the limits prescribed by Him is a sacred trust.

Now, where does that leave Christians or any other people who do not share this vision? Well, your guess is as good as mine.

Arpit Jain
September 29, 2013 8:14 pm

Always love reading your articles..

September 29, 2013 9:42 pm

@MO: shame on you MO>>>>it proves you are fundamentalist

September 30, 2013 12:10 am

@Naeem: Yet these terrorist are killing in the name of islam and giving a bad name to it and no blasphemy laws apply to them. Way to go!!!

September 30, 2013 12:13 am

@MO: If you guys don't stand up to these people killing muslims, at least the Christians are standing up to it for their people. How many killings will it take until YOU take a stand? Please don't wait till your family and house get targeted!!!

ahmed jawad
September 30, 2013 1:40 am

i don't understand that why don't minorities understand that muslims of pakistan are facing the same trouble and have paid more if i am not wrong here. at this we are only pakistanis and we need to handle it together regardless of religion and race.

September 30, 2013 3:51 am

Today 41 muslims killed in attack also in peshawer will these so called pakistani's came again and protest? ?????

Jamal Malik
September 30, 2013 5:01 am

Christians are NOT Pakistanis, they are Christians.

If they were Pakistanis then they would not be Christians.

Does our country have prefix of Christian Republic of Pakistan? Ask youself, check books, newspapers, talk to people, listen to radio, watch television, well is it?

September 30, 2013 5:16 am

@Zimbo_Indian: "Religion is the opium of the masses. Marx learnt it 150 years ago. Rest of the world learnt it in due course."

Unfortunately, much if the rest of the world has not learn a lesson, It is too intoxicated by this opium.

Ahmed Hasan
September 30, 2013 7:14 am

@Chauhan: hahaha.. You Indians watch stops at playing cricket !! Christians in Pakistan are NOT in trouble because they are Christians, at present NO PAKISTANI IS SAFE AT ALL... whether they are sunni, shia, whatever !!!

September 30, 2013 8:52 am

@lalum,: you already are one ....You just realized it today...

Nizamuddin Ali Ahmad
September 30, 2013 9:13 am

How do you know.

M abdullah
September 30, 2013 10:00 am

In our country muslims are being killed by muslims,Muslims aren't safe here,how come the minorities then?

M abdullah
September 30, 2013 10:04 am

who says that Pakistani's are united?Hundreds of peoples are being killed every day ! why are then christians protesting collectively?

September 30, 2013 10:22 am

Criminals have been targeting places of worship of all faiths. Most of them, have been Muslims, and now they decided to kill Christians too.

If bombing places of worship is the criteria to ask whether a certain group is Pakistani or not, then this question must be raised for Muslims, since Muslims have been the biggest victims of such criminal acts.

Seems like this tragedy is being handled from an angle which is out of proportion and dramatized. Which makes me wonder about its genuineness.

September 30, 2013 10:28 am

@pakiboy: Remember one thing that Christians are not bombing any of the worship place, its them killing each other.

Alan Paul
September 30, 2013 10:48 am

@Osman: and taliban's are from Timbaktoo??

Munir Varraich
September 30, 2013 12:04 pm

@Ishtiaq Ahmed: The use of the word "minorities" in the constitution of Pakistan is a contradiction to the claimed "democracatic system". For democracy to function, the equality of the Pakistani citizen, irrespective of his colour, creed or faith, must be declared in the constitution. That can only be possible when the "state" is secular. The reality is that the very name - "Islamic Republic of Pakistan" divides Pakistani citizens into "first class" and "second class" citizens. All those Pakistanis whom the "religious ullemas" declare as non-muslims are "second class" citizens, be those Christians, Hindus, Ahmadis or any other.

The solution is to re-write the constitution and make it a secular document. If not then it is time for the non-muslims in Pakistan to mass migrate to other secular countries, where they can be "equal citizens of the state".

MAV Sweden

Munir Varraich
September 30, 2013 12:04 pm

@Naeem: There are two categories of Pakistanis: "First Class" who can become the PM and the President of Pakistan, and there are the "Second Class" who, in spite of the abilities cannot aspire to become the PM or President of Pakistan. That is very clearly written in the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


September 30, 2013 12:15 pm

@Omar: Can you tell any Muslim Majority nation where Minorities get fair treatment. Forget about other religion, even other sects of Islam does not get fair treatment by Majority sects of Islam in a Muslim Majority country.

September 30, 2013 12:35 pm

PAKISTAN = Christians,Hindus,Sikhs,Parsees,Jains,Ahmadis, Shias,Sunnis,Wahabis and any other religious sect. No one group has the right to hinder anyone else.

September 30, 2013 1:30 pm

@Osman:Arent Taliban Pakistanis and Muslim

September 30, 2013 2:11 pm

Well, i truly condemn the killing of our fellow christian brothers, but the heart of the matter is that the terrorism in Pakistan is killing everyone, Christians, Muslims, Hindus without any discrimination. We should realize that it's a Pakistani genocide, this is not the time for segregation, we have to pass through these difficult times as Pakistanis, not as Christians, Hindus or Muslims. May God protect every single Pakistani. AMEN

September 30, 2013 2:34 pm


You said so and your responsibility completed.Look at Peshawar Bombing , Nairobi Incident and today's attack in Nigeria. People are being killed on the name of Islam. Now Muslim around the world should think and do something. Only repeating same line that Islam is religion of peace will not convince the world as no body is going to read the Quran but people will see the deeds of Muslims.

Cosmo Costanza
September 30, 2013 6:37 pm

@allaisa : Did anyone tell you and 7 others who agreed with you that idiocy is an incurable disease? So I am not going to wish you to get well.

Aamir Munir AlSadiq
September 30, 2013 6:45 pm

Very Well Balanced Report . Nicely Illustrated. Appreciate all.

September 30, 2013 7:42 pm

Why aren't there any Muslim Pakistanis in the crowd protesting the deaths of their fellow Pakistanis, either Muslim or Christian? Why are the only brave or sufficiently motivated Pakistanis these Christians? It's not like America lacks Muslim Pakistanis.

September 30, 2013 8:12 pm

@NASAH: Still to come on the last day of the week that is Sunday -- another two suicide bombings another 41 martyred by the dastardly Taliban -- still nothing happened.

This is an administration of well fed rounded cheek stoic face numb skull Buddhas.

October 1, 2013 3:08 am

@sabir ayub rabbani:

Two wrongs do not make one right...all is bad.. and all the killing should be stopped! if only the stupid political leaders will agree to put end to it. And by authorizing the well trained and equipped army to crush the mulla's

October 1, 2013 3:07 am

Two wrong do not make one right my friend...All killing is bad...we do not live in the stone age any more....there can be peace in Pakistan if all the stupid politicians will agree to give a clear mandate to the armed forces. To crush the Mulla's as they are anti Pakistan

October 1, 2013 8:54 am

@PeaceNotSurrender: ""You are free; you are free to go to your temples, mosques...." Nobody has ever believed in this statement or ever practiced it in Pakistan. The situation today is ample proof of it.

October 1, 2013 10:02 am

Mr. Jinnah! If you are watching all this from up there !

Though you were quite a strong and not so emotional man, but I am sure you must be feeling very sad by this state of your dream state ! But, wasn't this country formed itself on the blood and bodies of thousands of innocents ? Isn't it Karma ? May be !! God Bless !!!

October 1, 2013 5:24 pm

An excellent article.Killing and murdering of minorities and other innocent people, we all agree, is not the act of pious Muslims. Islam teaches peace and demonstrates that there is no compulsion in the affairs of religion (Holy Quran). Almost all religions preach peace and love for others. Unfortunately in the beginning, Pakistan politicians and legislators had no or little knowledge of Islam which provided a loophole in the constitution and paved the way for theocrats to penetrate into the law making process. They came up with various changes to protect and secure the majority sect as if they have been entrusted this job by revelation. By doing this, they singled out minorities and offered them no or little rights due to lack of presentation in the system. Minorities now have become an easy prey for illiterate people.

Now we have grown up and can see around the world that Religion and State cannot go together. They need to be separated as major countries are demonstrating and everyone should be treated as equal Pakistani citizen. This will help All Pakistanis to work together with each other in harmony and brotherhood as one nation. Religion is one’s personal choice and it is between him and God, Who is the Great Judge.

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