The silent majority

Published Jan 04, 2012 06:55pm

It was on this day last year, when a 26-year-old Mumtaz Qadri killed the very man he was meant to protect. Twenty seven bullets to silence Salman Taseer and to make sure that the debate on misuse of blasphemy laws is shunned for good. It was this day last year that I realised that this might be the end of it all, the end of hope, the end for tolerance, the end of any show of courage, bravery or rational debate on the blasphemy laws or anything for that matter.

Some of us had already witnessed the vengeance before, the ‘either you are with us or against us’ mentality.  It was made to look like it was our word against God’s. We had witnessed people jubilant over murder too and witnessed the transition of a murderer to a martyr. The reactions that followed the attack on Ahmadi’s in Lahore were the first signs that humanity had stooped down and been reduced to convoluted assumptions of faith and piety.

In the past year, minority minister Shahbaz Bhatti was also gunned down outside his mother’s residence, silenced so he may never speak out against the injustices suffered by minorities again. While clerics, television anchors, columnists and even politicians sought to persuade us that Taseer had brought it upon himself, that anyone who dared to speak out against the blasphemy laws would suffer the same fate and that if they had the opportunity they would do the same.

Spectators that either choose to agree with the jubilant or nod their heads condemning the murder but justifying the reaction to 'such sensitive matters', all the same. Something had broken irreparably.

The few of us that were horrified and enraged took to the streets and protested. Knowing well that for every chant, every word, every argument we make there could be a Qadri waiting to gun us down, lynch us so we may never be able to question again. Not much has changed. But should that stop us?

Salmaan Taseer stood for tolerance and he was killed at the hands of extremism. Nothing justifies his murder, and anyone who does has blood on their hands. I do not expect things to change overnight; they will not go away anytime soon. But I choose not to give up hope, not to remain silent and to keep fighting back, even if it’s our words against their bullets.

I, like many others, take my courage from the Taseer’s. Shehrbano Taseer, who despite losing her Abba so suddenly and violently, stood defiant, courageous and composed. At a time when people should have showered her with words of comfort, she was battling with questions, the likes of which could pierce through the most strongest of souls: “How did you feel when your father’s murderer was showered with flowers? People refused to read his funeral prayers? His murderer is being turned in to a hero of sorts.

She chose to reason, to educate the world that the hatred that killed her father hurts all of Pakistan.

As these walls keep closing in on us, like Shehrbano Taseer, we have no other choice but to resist. We live in an irreparably broken society, and I don’t wish to deny the reality, but despite that we must continue to hope, because hope gives us what we otherwise would not have: a chance.

While the courageous amongst us are ridiculed, threatened and attacked we must continue to support and reason. Silence is not an option, it never was.

 

Sana Saleem blogs at Global Voices, Asian CorrespondentThe Guardian and her personal blog Mystified Justice. She recently won the Best Activist Blogger award by CIO & Google at the Pakistan Blogger Awards. She can be found on Facebook.

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Sana Saleem blogs at Global Voices, Asian Correspondent, The Guardian and her personal blog Mystified Justice. She has won the Best Activist Blogger award by CIO and Google at the Pakistan Blogger Awards. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter.


The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Comments (88) (Closed)


Noor Kamal
Jan 04, 2012 04:32pm
- "how irreparably pakistan has become". in case you did not know pakistan (a grotesque misnomer) was born 'irreparably broken'.
Asad Shairani
Jan 04, 2012 04:42pm
The majority is not silent. And sadly - it is the one showering those petals at Qadri.
kashif
Jan 04, 2012 04:45pm
some how i have this feeling that between Salman Taseer & Qadri, we require a middle path. i wished salaman taseer, being a member of the ruling party, should have come up with some sort of legislation to revamp these laws.
raika45
Jan 04, 2012 05:02pm
When a group of people take a religion of peace and understanding and turn it on it's head,mayhem occurs.It gets compounded when the others stand with arms folded and unwilling to correct the situation.Unfortunately it happens most in muslim dominated countries.The lack of will to stand up against such trouble creators is sadly lacking in your people.Can't blame you when the keepers of law and order are clueless or impotent to act.What a shame.
Abu Aayan
Jan 04, 2012 05:22pm
So true .. It is reaching to the limit of being irreparable. I am with those who will not compromise .. who will opt to feel the right way and then say it out .. I am with those who hope and pray that may the real "peaceful" name of Islam is demonstrated by those who associate themselves with it. .. I dont who else is with us ... But that does not really matter ... even if I am alone .. I am like this ... and would prefer to be the target of another Qadri than dieing while being a hostage to my own conscious
jamil tunio
Jan 04, 2012 05:28pm
we should have the courage to resist againist injustice and promote peace and love in pakistan and through out the world. we all should fight against injustice.
Tauheed Ahmed
Jan 04, 2012 05:35pm
I understand what your and other decent Pakistanis' concern at this conduct of all kinds of criminal and indecent behavior in Pakistan that is than covered up in the name of Islam. We can blame ourselves for being fooled by these criminals who have resulted in the deaths and injury to so many Pakistanis as well as severe economic losses to Pakistan, not to mention the bad name they have given to our fine religion of Islam. However, the average Pakistani is not like these criminals - and the proof is during elections when "religious parties" hardly receive any votes. Let us pray that the Pakistanis stop being fooled by this mask of "Islam pasand" that they wear, comes sooner rather than later.
AHA
Jan 04, 2012 06:01pm
I disagree. There was nothing wrong with Pakistan when Jinnah created it. Had the ideology of Jinnah survived, we would have become a progressive and a highly respected nation. It is the policies of all leadership after Jinnah that have let Pakistan down.
Vijay K
Jan 04, 2012 06:05pm
The worst crimes have always been committed in the name of religion
Shaikh
Jan 04, 2012 06:28pm
I wish and pray that one day the heading of such topic's would change from "The Silent Majority" to the "Active-Just-Outspoken Majority"... but we still have a long way to go in that direction. I share the same Respect, Honour and Dignity for Mr.Salman Taseer as any honest-just and upright Man would do. Last but not the least. I try my best to be a practising Muslim and Islam more-so-then-ever asks of me as a duty to support Justice and Peace and REJECT people like Qadri who are a Disgrace to not just Islam but to my Mother-land Pakistan. Peace !!!
AK
Jan 04, 2012 06:33pm
All that Taseer did was to criticize a man-made law, i.e. the interpretation of Quran and Sunnah as per a few men. Treating this as blasphemy is like elevating the status of man-made laws to divine levels. The reason that majority remains silent or supportive of Qadri's actions is because there is no counter-opinion publicly available from scholars vs. the hateful tirade narrated by Qadri's supporters. There are many enlightened scholars who have a different opinion on blasphemy laws... but most are too scared to voice it out publicly. The only one who voiced out a counter opinion publicly was Javed Ghamidi and he is in exile.
Hasan Ansari
Jan 04, 2012 07:43pm
Long live the Taseer family. Kitnay Taseer maroo gay. Her ghar say niklay ka aik Taseer. Hope your soul rests in peace. The Majority in Pakistan supports the Taseer family and their principled stand on the flawed law.
Z. Kashif
Jan 04, 2012 07:48pm
Sana - I wish you had included some comments on the Lawyers, the defender of justice system and so called educated people ..... who demonstrate against the Judge who sentence Qadri, and he had to go underground to save his life, if the Lawyers themself behave like this what can you expect from the justice system of Pakistan - May Allah protect Pakistan........
Fersos
Jan 04, 2012 07:53pm
For too long journalists have fooled the World by saying that "silent majority" of citizens are moderate and do not subscribe to fanaticism. What we are seeing is that the illiterate, downtrodden and landless are moderate because they are too poor to think of ideology or a fake narrative. In Pakistan the educated are wedded to ideology, a virulent form of bigotry and a fake sense of religious superiority. Baffling indeed !
Omar Haroon
Jan 04, 2012 08:07pm
Agreed. It was unfortunate that Jinnah did not survive long after the partition but people have got to realize that things are simply not handed to one on a silver platter. We need to work hard in order to achieve the goals we hold dear- not look to others for simple and quick solutions or to God alone to save us from this decrepit state we stand in. What they fail to realize is that God helps those who help themselves and, as it currently stands, few seem to be willing to walk that extra mile.
BRR
Jan 04, 2012 08:52pm
Pakistan today is the "logical conclusion" to Jinnah's ideology, to his vision of a country exclusively for Muslims, to his belief that minorities cannot live with another majority.
ZAFAR MALIK
Jan 04, 2012 09:00pm
Thnaks Sana for such a nice tribute to Salman Taseer. Taseer was a great human being, who will live for ever as a symbol of justice, fairness and compassion. Qadari will also be rememberd as persofication of a devil.
SHAHID HUSSEIN QABOO
Jan 04, 2012 09:13pm
Media fueled the fire. The intense instigation from its side coupled with brain washing by Mullahs made him to pay the price for speaking for a minority woman, falsely languished in jail, for a sin she did not commit. SHAHID HUSSEIN QABOOLPURIA, LAHORE, PAKISTAN
Murtuza Babrawala
Jan 04, 2012 09:33pm
Pakistan may be an independent country but it is not free until Pakistanis free themselves from extremist and religious bigots that exist within its borders. Pakistan must eliminate these extremist to be a free country. Governor Tasser was killed because he tried to stop the abuse of blasphemy law. But he was murdered by a person who was influence by extremist and religious bigots. His killer must face justice. It was unfortunate his killer was showered with rose petals. The murderer must be given an exemplary punishment.
Dr Rizwan Bhatti
Jan 04, 2012 09:32pm
Hats off to Mr. Qadri. I was in UK when Mr. Qadri performed this act of courage and Faith. He has left us all now to debate about who was wrong and who was right. I am not a very intellectual kind of a person. But just thought its my duty that if someone has spoken for Late Mr. Taseer so its my duty to speak for Mr. Qadri. Only if i was in Pakistan i would have loved to kiss feet of Mr. Qadri.
MC
Jan 04, 2012 10:27pm
We need strict rulers who also respect the law. We need more like ST. If the law is changed we can see immediate results.
Get thin
Jan 04, 2012 11:00pm
It doesn't matter what he did was right or wrong. The only thing that matters here is that he hurt the majority. People here don't like a to see or listen a little against Islam. I myself think what he did was completely wrong.
Ram
Jan 04, 2012 11:03pm
why does anything wrong in Pakistan is attributed to Jinnah or his vision, If fairly educated Pakistani does any decent researach in this interent age will find out from the inception certain establishments particularly defence created a hatred to fear among their citizens.
MNJ
Jan 04, 2012 11:03pm
What are they waiting for ? Man admitted his crime, send him to gallows.
Ahmad Rashid
Jan 04, 2012 11:07pm
You said, 'Silence is not an option, it never was.' and I quote. You tweeted, '(Interviewed a representative of Hindu community, she said: "Why do you think Hindus are relatively safer? We don't make noise!")' and I quote. Sometimes silence is the only option to survive in a country where maltreatment with minorities is an insignia adorned on the chests of her people. Reason!
APNayyar
Jan 04, 2012 11:10pm
Thousands have died,in mosques, in bazzars.Men who preach violence are never caught.Suicide bombers vanish to hell with the secrets.In case of Qadri,there were others in his paltoon who kept on watching & idly stood by.All of them should have been charged with the crime.
Syed Faizan
Jan 04, 2012 11:33pm
Great Article, Salam Taseer is a hero and mumtaz qadri is murderer, he should be hanged without any fear otherwise our country will destroy. We should not support mumtaz qadri.
aslam
Jan 04, 2012 11:36pm
salam, i guess many people do not know the fact that the people who stood with quaid e azam to get this country free were those who were expelled from religion as soon the establishment got chance i.e. Ahmedis(qadiani),to support this i just put forward the name of sir Zafarullah chaudry who was the first foreign minister and very close to quaid e azam.........but unfortunaltely hole of truth has changed in history......this is the reason y every thing gone changed after Jinnah
brighton rodeo
Jan 05, 2012 12:14am
I admire your courage and insight implore the justice for poor and weak. Jinnah made Pakistan to make justice available to unheard muslims and he appointed law minister to write constitution from hindu community. He was very much convinced that sheep should be protected amongst wolves. Our politicians are very weak with fable mentality and Taseer was not from them . Sherry and Taseer are the only who can raise voice against this brutality. Lawyers who showered flowers on Qadri are coward and ill minded. Their thinkig are result of misguiding the others. I hope one day Pakistan will create Messiah who can preach justice and provide justice to poors. Good luck Sana keep doing good works. Thanks
n.qureshi
Jan 05, 2012 12:22am
shame on the lawyers who were throwing flowers on the murderer.
Devendra
Jan 05, 2012 12:59am
Dear AHA, Let me first say that compared to these crazed subhumans maquerading as prtectors of Islam; Mr. Jinnah was a saint. That said, the truth is Mr. Jinnah opted for Pakistan and broke India apart on the basis of religion. He did not want to be ruled by the Hindu majority. That was the sole basis. That is the ABSOLUTE truth. Today there are more than 100 Million Muslims who voluntarily and happily live in India. Of course Indians have their hate mongers too who fan the flames against Muslims. But, I will bet you any amount you care to wager that if ALL of the Muslims of India were offered assisted relocation to Pakistan, not more than a insignificant minority would move to Pakistan. Remember they decided to stay in India.
Awan
Jan 05, 2012 01:03am
Kashif, It is not Allah's job to protect Pakistan. Pakistan spends considerable sum of money on defence and therefore it is the job of Pakistanis to protect Pakistan.
N. Riaz
Jan 05, 2012 01:22am
Thank you for writing to commemorate such a brave and noble soul. My highest respect goes to him and his family. Silence certainly isn't an option.
Nasir
Jan 05, 2012 01:58am
We all, who believe in tolerance, justice and to live within the confines of the Holy Books support Salman Taseer and handful of people like him, but it is not the silent support that is needed, what is needed now is for all of us to take control, to actually fight these manece of the society, fight to change the mindset of Pakistanis, we have to fight to educated people, we have to just fight until we create a society where every Pakistani regardless of his or her relegious belief can live in peace and harmony.
Nasir
Jan 05, 2012 02:03am
We really don't need relegious scholars to interperet a law that should not be on the books, a law that needs relegious scholars interpertation is not a good civil law.
Saeed
Jan 05, 2012 02:39am
I use to have faith that one day Pakistan will change but now I feel it is from Allah's punishment which they never escape I prayer for them my Allah show mercy on them . But remember Allah do not accept the your or mine prayer unless culprit them acknowledge the mistake and seek forgiveness which is not in sight
Pakistani in US
Jan 05, 2012 03:19am
I have no words. For the most part, I can't really understand if it's the same place I spent 22 years of my life in. How has it changed so much in 10 years that I can no longer associate with it. May be my conscious grew and I have started to see the ugly, but true face of Pakistan.
zahir
Jan 05, 2012 03:28am
The man was courageous and a hero who knowing fully the consequences chose the path that he did. Any nation that can not celebrate its true heroes is doomed. the likes of Salman Taseer and Dr. Abdus-Salam can not be denied due credit for either being a minority or trying to protect a minority from the mobs...
AK
Jan 05, 2012 03:35am
A crime is a crime and has nothing to do with religion. Hitler and Stalin didn't kill millions in the name of religion...
Speak the Truth
Jan 05, 2012 03:38am
Actually, it is a silent minority. And a small one.
Taha
Jan 05, 2012 04:31am
Very well written
Akbar Badri
Jan 05, 2012 05:18am
During 70s I had the opportunity to work with Mr Salman Taseer at his Chartered Accountant Company in Karachi, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. When I was transferred to Dubai office; I stayed for about six months at his residence. He was a very thorough successful/professional and a very kind gentleman. This is a great loss to Pakistan.
Rev. Eldrick lal
Jan 05, 2012 06:00am
i appreciate his sublime devotion to the cause.
Majd
Jan 05, 2012 08:59am
Thanks Sana for keeping this topic alive. If all Pakistanis can agree on point, we can have a lot safer country: "Let's don't kill any one on difference of opinion".
Parus
Jan 05, 2012 09:37am
Thanks Sana, for writing few words for the courageous Taseer. I dont know y ppl of our society dont understand the worth of human being.....y they just segregate all in terms of religious beliefs. y our thought process is so narrow?
Sadia Zafar
Jan 05, 2012 09:59am
While the behaviour of silent majority (I hope the majority does condemn Mumtaz Qadri but is silent ) is shameful, the absolute dereliction of our parlimentarians and intellectuals is despicable. I have yet to read a condemnation of the murderer Mumtaz Qadri by a politician other than MS Sherry Rehman. I believe that the best way to pay tribute to Salma Taseer would be to secure freedom and respect for Asia Bibi and all minorities being held hostage in the Islamic republic of Pakistan.
sufi
Jan 05, 2012 10:23am
Jinnah did not sought a country for Muslim only. He wanted to protect the economic right of communities in particular Muslims, whom he thought were suppressed under Hindu rule. He had all the great intentions. His version of Islam was best thing for entire sub-continent. It was General Zia who hi-jacked Islam. Let's hope India learned from that experience and does it best to protect minorities economics and religious rights.
Minority
Jan 05, 2012 11:15am
Very well written. we must appreciate the courage of Taseer. Minorities of all over Pakistan are usually threatened with the misuse of Blasphemy Law. I was asked by a moulvi to comment on the qadri’s issue and i had no courage to express my feeling because i was sure if i would say anything i would be the next Taseer (without media coverage). This is the reason we minorities are forced to feel that Pakistan is not our country and we eventually have to leave unlike our ancestors. LONG LIVE PAKISTAN
CN
Jan 05, 2012 11:32am
Agree with your thoughts Sana. But, as an outsider, I feel that it is not silent majority any more but it is a violent majority and I do not see any hope.
omer
Jan 05, 2012 11:51am
Salman Taseer was a good human being, honest to people of pakistan and democracy and above all a brave man.
Amarnath
Jan 05, 2012 03:10pm
We need to weigh the silent majority vs the reluctance of the parliamentarians (politicians) to change the law. these two contradict each other. If the majority wants a change in that law, the parliamentarians (politicians) would definitely know it and would not show this reluctance in changing the law, because it would only help their vote bank... if not hurt. I cannot accept the "silent majority" on face value any more. And my understanding is that Sana is pointing this implicitly, if not... I do not agree.
Pranav
Jan 05, 2012 03:13pm
Just search for "Mumtaz Qadri" on youtube and you will find scores of videos put up by his supporters in his adulation - "Qadri - the Ghazi", "Qadri singing Naat", Qadri this Qadri that..... An overwhelming majority of the comments are in unabashed praise of Qadri. It wouldnt be wrong to say that people with your view are a minority in Pakistan Ms. Sana.
Shahid Ashraf
Jan 05, 2012 03:22pm
Dear Sana, I am a regular reader of your blogs and like your point of views and opinion. I respect your stance to stand up for such issues. But what majority are you talking about. I am sorry but I see no hope from this society. It's been a year since Taseer's murder and I personally know only 3 persons (including me) who think Salman Taseer was right and Qadri was wrong. It's so horrifying! But don't get disheartened and keep it up!
sarwan kuamr
Jan 05, 2012 03:24pm
very well said but who dare to stop them no 1 i think, your article was nice but if we want to change to this society we have to educated these people not only with modern education but also with religious because gap which have been created among us a those people is major concern and worrying because they are not ready to listen and obey our any thought which reflects human values which Islam has teach us they rarely know about these values because of having not enough religious to regarding this manner, so a greedy person who are using them by their knowledge so there is need to create a social forum where we should introduce real face and teaching of Islam, specially the life of HOLY Prophet(P.B.U.H) which full of truth and brotherhood for all of us fro every human for me also believe me when i go through the life of HOLY Prophet i got astonished that a that how great was HE, HIS teaching HIS Character and HIS exemplary behavior people were drawn to HIM. so same way by following HIS teaching we can spread Islam all over the world we won't need to use gun, but our character will bring change and also educate them that Islam is religion of peace and it present a complete code of life (soul and Social life). this is our duty without that we can't change their mind because some1 is using their mind, now our capability that how we can we bring change.
shaukat Hunza
Jan 05, 2012 03:33pm
Very well written..Agreed, Taseer murder was one of the black day in pakistan history. We should not remain silent with the fear of like these dirty minds ( Qadri). No one can silent us by arms and bullets. We should resist them and need to educate the people about the dignity of humanity. Nothing is beyond the humanity. No one is allowed to kill people in the name of religion and no one have the authoirty to do so. Finally, it takes decades to born minds like Taseer, so being a nation should get adventage from these bringht minds instead of killing or hang them.
Pankaj
Jan 05, 2012 05:10pm
Sana must be aware that the overwhelmingly large majority is against her and so must be the majority of staff at DAWN. I wonder how such an article was printed in a Pakistani newspaper !
saeed
Jan 05, 2012 06:24pm
She used her words politically correct . That why its published Its Blasphemy laws which is totally wrong not its misuse.
alamgirkhan
Jan 05, 2012 07:06pm
A very well articulated opinion about an important issue of Pakistan.But sadly unless the silent majority of pakistanis who are against religious fanaticism embodied in the callous act committed by Mr Qadri stand unitedly in an upfront manner against a minority of people who are trying to impose their extremist religious thoughts on pakistani nation, we stand to achieve nothing.The nation is firmly gripped by the religious fanatics and I believe there is no hope that the voice of reason will prevail.Any how well done Ms Sana Saleem, continue your struggle against religious extremism till the silent majority of Pakistanis will find their voice one day and will end the tyranny of the extremist religious forces for ever.
alamoona gharkaweena
Jan 05, 2012 07:08pm
A very well articulated opinion about an important issue of Pakistan.But sadly unless the silent majority of pakistanis who are against fanaticism embodied in the callous act committed by Mr Qadri stand unitedly in an upfront manner against a minority of people who are trying to impose their extremist thoughts on pakistani nation, we stand to achieve nothing.The nation is firmly gripped by the fanatics and I believe there is no hope that the voice of reason will prevail.Any how welldone Ms Sana Saleem, continue your struggle agaisnt extremism till the silent majority of pakistanis will find their voice one day and will end the tyranny of the extremist forces for ever.
JNC
Jan 05, 2012 07:15pm
I totally agree with what you have written except the title. The title should have read " The Silent Minority"
Adam
Jan 05, 2012 07:59pm
So it's okay to break the law? Kill any one you disagree with? Is this what your religion teaches you? Doesn't Holy Quran give all humans the freedom to choose? Didn't Allah give complete liberty to Satan until Qiyamah?
Inaam
Jan 05, 2012 08:12pm
That may be true ... but these days most terrorism by Muslims is committed in the name of Islam. I used to be proud of being a Pakistani Muslim but today I spend more time apologizing for my heritage and forced to explain how I am different from my own people :( "I am a Muslim but not an extremist. I am a Pakistani but think that non-Muslims should be able to live freely ... "
Kamran
Jan 05, 2012 08:17pm
Are you serious? the only true thing you say is that your not intellectual. People like you should be ashamed for supporting barbarians like Qadri, and if you are against Mr Taseer standing up for the justice of a christian woman, why on earth were you visitng the UK (a Christian country) where muslims have more rights than they would have in Pakistan. Shame on you for calling Qadri acting with "courage and faith"
sanjay
Jan 05, 2012 09:01pm
Pakistan is heading towards self destruction
ANS
Jan 05, 2012 09:06pm
What about Shahbaz Taseer? Does anyone know what's happened to him?
Rajiv Kaushal
Jan 05, 2012 09:08pm
This is a big mistake Tauheed... that religious parties dont get enough votes.. have you seriously tried to listen to what all parties ask votes for... all ask for islam.. all parties ask vote in the name of making pakistan the greatest islamic state... they all get it in the name of religion... if you want i can give you some link to compare that all parties actually talk the same during elections....
Sikandar
Jan 05, 2012 10:17pm
Change will come only when the silent majority speaks out. It is time when the silent majority declares "enough is enough" and that "we will not take it any more". These bigots who kill in the name of Almighty Allah have no knowledge of the very basics of Islam. Over the years the illiterate mullahs have contaminated the peaceful teachings of Islam.
Riaz khan CHICAGO US
Jan 06, 2012 12:26am
Pakistan is sleep walking to SELF destruction.
Shiraz
Jan 06, 2012 01:26am
The title is perfectly express what Sana want to say ... the people are in majority but they dont speak...
Aftab kenneth Wilson
Jan 06, 2012 01:41am
Voice Of Truth has been silenced but he still lives in our hearts and minds.
Cynical
Jan 06, 2012 01:53am
@I have to admit,albeit grudgingly that you are probably right.
Pirzado Azhar ayaz
Jan 06, 2012 05:33am
Very well said...Thump up to you Miss Sana Saleem..I stand with you, with Taseer, With Shabaz Bhatti and with the enlightened majority of Pakistani people who don't/can't speak...
Mohammad A Dar
Jan 06, 2012 05:43am
Silent majority? voice of very vocal tiny secular, self centered, minority.
John Abraham
Jan 06, 2012 07:26am
Dear Devendra, You are 50% right. Indian Muslims decided to stay here, but you are 50% wrong that they didn't want Pakistan. They are creating a mini Pakistan inside India itself.
amie Butt
Jan 06, 2012 09:04am
Salman Taseer is my hero and every enlighted pakistani. He died but the idea he stood for would live for ever.
Ubaid
Jan 06, 2012 10:32am
Why people are not understanding the real issue from the Qadri and Salman incident, which is "DISBELIEVE IN THE IMPLICATIONS OF LAW AND PEOPLES WHO ARE MAKING IT" ....there is nothing to support to Salman if he was against the blasphemy law and nothing to support to Qadri he was take action by his own....Like Salman have doesn't believe on law making bodies/peoples thats why he makes the media advertisement by supporting the girl and blasphemy law is not properly used and similarly QADRI doesn't believe on the corrupted system to protect the blasphemy Law....Blasphemy Law is in many countries in the world but their wrong implementation is in Pakistan only due to highly corrupted system and vast majority who has nothing to do with the media/govt. Think about it...if someone want to change just change the leader.
Saad
Jan 06, 2012 11:25am
Ideals cannot be killed or destroyed, they will only flourish with time. Salman Taseer (may he rest in peace) stood for an ideal, and let there be no doubt that he was a brave man who took a stand for his principles. His death shall not be in vain. In due course his efforts will be recognised when the silent majority will stand up, and when this will happen, change will come to Pakistan.
Asim
Jan 06, 2012 11:53am
Sana i respect your believes and ideology but we must realize that Shariat has been imposed on us and anyone who tries to regenerate Shariat and oppose the former one is directly out of the circle of Islam..so we must think and act remaining in the circle of Islam..
Michael Flores
Jan 06, 2012 12:42pm
What struck me about the death of this immensely brave man, was the deafening silence of those who should have been a support to his family. It was a climate of fear. A climate that bodes ill for Pakistan. The scenes of support for his assassin would have made Jinnah weep.
Nasah (USA)
Jan 06, 2012 01:06pm
Taseer's Pakistan was what Jinnah wanted Pakistan to be -- a progressive secular democratic egalitarian Muslim majority country that treated its minority as first class citizens. Taseer died for keeping Jinnah's dream alive.
muhammad aamir
Jan 06, 2012 05:49pm
The World Bank prepares six indicators of governance for over 200 economies. These are: (1) voice and accountability; (2) political stability and absence of violence; (3) government effectiveness; (4) regulatory quality; (5) rule of law and; (6) control of corruption. If we are not an Islamic Estate atleast we should come up to set ourselves on the general human ground. Congratulate Sana for raising your voice. We are with u.
Syed Ali
Jan 07, 2012 05:55am
I do not understand what stopping the judiciary to punish Qadri when he himself accepted the crime. Where is justice gone. Pleaswe do not delay the simple and open case. I will request the government and the judiciary to expedite the case and finish this once for all and establish the rule of law in the lawless country.
Shabbir Bootwala
Jan 07, 2012 11:49am
Evil deeds in the name of religion.
ZP
Jan 07, 2012 10:42pm
Sana, I endorse your view. We should not be silent. Taseer was a brave man who was against unlawful acts and the settlement of extremist people under this law. Appreciate your views.
Atif
Jan 08, 2012 10:02pm
Blasphemy law has been extensively misused in Pakistan to avenge personal rivalries. It is strange that the peaceful religion of Islam which came to protect the innocent is being used in Pakistan to kill the innocent to protect its own sanctity !!!
Atif
Jan 08, 2012 10:28pm
Today's Pakistan is completely the opposite of Jinnah's vision of Pakistan. Hope the Silent Majority would wake up sooner rather than later to stop Pakistan's progress towards self-destruction.
Naveed Anjum
Jan 14, 2012 11:01pm
There is two sort of people are existing in Pakistan.One is Orthodox and other is Enlightened and they never will be on a same page this is the reality that we have to accept.
Ahsan Nabi Khan
Jan 19, 2012 06:42pm
A time will come when My followers will be killed by men and the killers will think they are doing a service to God. (Jesus Christ The Messiah)