Greetings from Pakistan on World Peace Day. We have a lot of events and activities planned for today; unfortunately none of them will be sending across the message of peace. Our children, through whom we could portray a peaceful message using crayons and doves, are at home today and could not go to school. Those who don’t go to school anyway are being coerced by their adult relatives to spend the day out on the streets with them to burn tyres.

Our parks and other public locations where we could have held some nice peace rallies and shown off our creative skills through artistic placards have all been sealed shut due to violent protests which we are currently being conducted to show our love for our Holy Prophet. Sounds complicated? Shouldn’t be – almost everyone is catching up to our unique Pakistani mentality now.

No peace concerts planned here either because music wouldn’t be an appropriate indulgence on this day and also because we may get killed on our way there by a stray bullet. Sorry, to explain this better: yes, our policemen are firing stray shots right now to ensure there is peace in the cities.

While expressing love for our Holy Prophet some people in Peshawar got carried away and set fire to some cinemas, so the families planning to go to the movies on this peaceful day can do so no more as the seats will be charred and the screens burnt.

Moreover, our leaders cannot come out to address the public on World Peace Day because there is too much violence on the streets so they have instead given the adventurers of Pakistan a field day so that they can do whatever they want. This freedom given by the government today is being enjoyed by thousands who have taken the country hostage because they are angry at the foreign filmmaker who disrespected the Holy Prophet and portrayed Muslims as violent people.

Burning candles and having vigils is too modest a gesture to share with the world so instead you will see my countrymen setting their own property on fire because this will teach the horrid filmmaker a lesson never to mess with us again. We are capable of setting this whole country on fire and so what if it only damages and destroys our own assets – at least the whole world will know that peace can not be taken for granted.

Speaking of peace, most crowds seem to be thronging towards the US Consulates today. This may be because the US President had been the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and what better activity on World Peace Day than to pay respects to the peace prize winner – but then again, this could also be because of the horrid filmmaker who has given us another reason to say ‘Go America Go’ (note: this may sound contradictory but this slogan is actually not chanted in a complimentary way).

Our children are missing school day after day, our businesses are suffering losses worth billions, our healthcare is in shambles and our security situation is deteriorating every hour, but our faith remains strong – turn on your television and you’ll be able to see that not even a distraction like World Peace Day can turn us away from our first and foremost duty – although, I do believe Pakistan playing a cricket match today would have altered the situation quite a lot … unless the cricketers would decide to wear black armbands in protest and hence inspire the crowds watching to react Pakistani style.

Alas, all is not lost for tucked away from the madness of the country I imagine our president releasing a dove or two of his own … you know, just to emphasise his agenda for peace.


The writer is the Deputy Editor at

Shyema Sajjad is former Dawn staffer.

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 (122)

September 21, 2012 3:22 pm
Pakistan already has enough problems within its border to deal with. there isn't a day when the world doesn't hear some unfortunate Pakistanisgets killed by a deadly bomb blast or a terrorist shootout. why not solve the internal problems first before going frenzy on what an ignorant did thousands of miles away? as a bengali and Muslim myself I feel proud that Muslims in my country have not lost their sense unlike most Pakistanis. I can't even imagine how insane and insecure we would have become today if we were still a part of Pakistan!!! Thank God we didn't have to go through the regime of a dictator like zia ul haque
masroor durrani
September 23, 2012 8:58 am
Please do not piece the peace
September 22, 2012 4:51 am
Thanks Shyema - I wonder whether urdu publications carry your article or whether it is only for english educated people, I wish they should publish too. Unless Pakistan makes education compulsory and not have a biased opinion about other religions - these mullahs and madrassas which teaches hatred will take the country to the brink. Why politicians are keeping quite - may be they are scared to venture out.
September 21, 2012 9:32 pm
The part that I see in these protesters........
September 22, 2012 8:22 pm
Correction, we ARE inferior but with a SUPERIORITY complex.
Sheikh N
September 22, 2012 4:47 pm
Govt is responsible for this anarchy. it utterly failed in its basic duty i.e. to protect the life and property of the people, FIR should be registered against Govt for all the losses i.e human & material. Also leaders of the fanatics parties should be put into bar who are constantly damaging image of Islam in the name of protecting it. These fanatics are increasing market value of those who are insulting our religion.
Javed Qamer
September 21, 2012 1:41 pm
Pakistani rulers have declared friday a holiday so people can riot and create mayhem all over the country. What does it matter that during the rioting country is experiencing billions of dollars in loss. At least people are enjoying themselves. Keep it up Pakistanis.
Humanity First!
September 21, 2012 5:34 pm
How is burning your own homes, hurting your own people, losing your own money, destroying your own homeland going to teach some random filmaker in the US (who couldn't care less about you and your protest and it not affected by this violence AT ALL) a lesson?!? Yes, Pakistan has such such a strong economy and so much money that we can afford to destroy millions worth of property and not contribute to the GDP for a day! Wake up - the guy who did this could care less about your protest! You want to show your displeasure (which is correct and justified) show it in a peaceful and humane manner! Not in a way that makes you look worse than the guy who caused all of this and creates situation where only your countrymen lose and get hurt !!
September 23, 2012 6:32 am
Pity we do not get more articles like this in our Western media. Showing us that not everybody in Pakistan is an extremist, message from Belgium
September 22, 2012 6:57 pm
As Pogo said: "We have met the enemy and it is us."
September 21, 2012 2:04 pm
Nice going Pakistani government!! A State Holiday with license to kill and to create murder and mayhem in the country! You are a fine example to the rest of the world of your peaceful way. What do the think the Prophet would have done if someone had insulted him?
Ahmed Zeeshan
September 21, 2012 1:36 pm
Ok i do agree that we pakistanis are protesting in the worst way by burning down our own buildings and properties but one thing is for sure that dawn has not penned even a single article against the evil,ugly producer of that blasphemy movie nor against the world for hurting feelings of Muslims
September 21, 2012 2:31 pm
Wow. What an ignorant comment. What part of Islam being a "peaceful" religion is not clear?
September 22, 2012 1:15 pm
And I am amazed how Pakistanis never learn a lesson and pick out months and yeas old rioting incidents. If ever you need to see the mirror.
September 21, 2012 1:32 pm
And if you dont agree with them, they will kill you.
September 21, 2012 5:39 pm
though whatever is written up there is what i agree to but unfortunately not to the point which says police firing stray bullets , i am sorry they ( the police) was helpless what could be the worst condition for a man when rocks are being thrown at him plus ppl coming and firing on them when they are fulfilling their pledge to their department and performing their duty.
September 21, 2012 8:59 pm
really? what a thinking..I bet you are the one causing other fellow countrymen the "harships" by destroying property and hurting others. It is time to try a different madrasa my friend, learn some tolerance!
September 22, 2012 8:29 pm
I'm glad you got that off your chest. However, getting the bomb has nothing to do with our current predicament. Its the nurturing of the Taliban preceded by the Mujahideen that is the root cause of our ills. Its a bad patch no doubt but it will pass.
September 21, 2012 1:25 pm
I am really disappointed to see how 'Muslims' are protesting here.
September 21, 2012 10:25 pm
what is the message of peace? oh yes its the west who is promoting peace all over the world.
September 21, 2012 6:36 pm
Looking at the events of today and some of the weird comments on this threadit's no wonder that Islamophobia is on the rise!! I can't even blame the islamophobes anymore!
sulleiman haider
September 21, 2012 2:00 pm
all that is happening is not in the love of prophet(pbuh). If your a muslim you must know that our religion does not allow all this
September 21, 2012 6:16 pm
Tough decisions like, burning destroying the infrastructure of our own home land and killing our own country men in violent protests. Right ? Would you enlighten us more about tough decisions. You have spent half of your life living and growing in a hi-tech society, you must come up with some ideas that hurt them as bad as this has hurt us.
Tahir Alam
September 21, 2012 3:08 pm
Protesting against anything unfair is our right. But declaring a holiday is not the right way. It is a national loss. Also the way, the protests are done today, made me very sad and worried. We need to educate our people and change their mindset. - A Pakistani Muslim
September 21, 2012 8:18 pm
Why only in Pakistan and a select few nations is this so violent. Look at few Islamic countries like Turkey, Malaysia, Indonaesia - they seem to know the art of protesting without killing.
Abdullah Hussain
September 21, 2012 4:26 pm
The adults, the children, men & women did the right thing. Today nothing more was as important as going out on the street to record displeasure & extreme hate for the filmmaker. Some undesirable event took place today but then it happens when the anger exceeds the boiling point.
September 21, 2012 6:57 pm
Mr. Hussain, are you serious? Were you the one who torched people's property and now commenting here? I thought the goal of the holiday was to show love for the Prophet (PBUH) by following his preachings. When did Prophet (PBUH) ever preached to destroy peace and property of fellow muslims, create unnecessary hardhsips and make life miserable for other muslims? and even non-muslims for that matter.
September 21, 2012 7:00 pm
There is a difference between freedom of speech and criminal violence. When you start destroying people's property and start breaking the laws, that is not acceptable.Period!
September 21, 2012 5:06 pm
The filmmaker has been proved right by these violent acts. Shameful!
September 21, 2012 1:22 pm
Love for the Prophet? Do we all Muslims not a single Prophet, and still every sect is taking out its own rallies and even fighting within themselves. We are the worst example I would say.
September 22, 2012 8:04 am
Ban the internet in countries who are not yet ready for it!! Simple.
September 21, 2012 1:30 pm
What ever you do, please keep these peaceful Muslims within the boundaries of Pakistan.
September 21, 2012 5:11 pm
...tough decisions such as leaving Pakistan to go live in the UK?
September 21, 2012 9:17 pm
Dear Asif…I have been hearing about involvement of foreign hands for the past 30 years during various governments, blaming foreign hands on a slew of problems. I really want to see who are these foreign hands. Did it ever occure to you that they are may be just figment of our imagination? Lets get real and face the problems instead of living in denial.
September 21, 2012 5:25 pm
Hi there, what about the freedom offered in Muslim countries to people of other faith. They find it difficult to practice their faith, that is when they are not actively hunted down. What the man in US did is wrong. That cannot justify the wrongs that are being committed across the world by zealots.
September 22, 2012 12:14 pm
The person who made the movie must now be saying "ha ha .. My point proven - I rest my case !"
September 21, 2012 5:33 pm
How much longer are you going to blame everything on "foreign hands"? Isn't it time to take account of your falied system and failed state and why thins are the way they are in Pakistan?
September 22, 2012 5:07 pm
aaa, if pakistanis were ready to endure the same hardship in the work they do, pakistan now would have been one of the developed countries in the world. But that is not what you want isn't it ? you are busy in spreading the peace across the world by destroying/killing innocent lives and most of the times your own countrymen. Not sure if you live in pakistan, probably not. Must be enjoying the all benefits of good job and life style in a western country. But you still want your countrymen to remain the same way. Its a tragidy really.
September 22, 2012 11:01 pm
@Dixit: Do Saudis not love Mohammad? Good question. Don't think so. I have researched this.They have demolished, destroyed, buried around 70% of all that could be associated with him for example his house has been bulldozed and buried. Ghar a Hira has been polluted. Kaaba has been over shadowed with the western style Big Ben type clock-tower that can be seen as a giant phallus to the cunni of the Kaaba. All historical graves and houses of Muslim heroes have been bulldozed and built over. Only the mementos the Ottoman's took to Turkey remain in the Topkapi Museum. Demolishing of his grave and the Kaaba will follow after the Dome of the Rock. US has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Saudi-Israel US NATO are the new world power axis. What you see is the testing the resolve of the Muslims and their unity before the Dome of the Rock cane be dismantled and replaced with thr Jewish Temple.
Across The Border
September 22, 2012 12:12 pm
Many people say the movie and cartoons portray Muslims wrongly as violent and mad people. With all that is happening, can any Muslim now say these cartoonists were wrong (about typical Muslims) ?!
September 21, 2012 4:57 pm actually believe in what you wrote? So over a dozen people killed, millions went without their daily wage jobs, forget about the finaicial impact but this is what muslims should do to defend the prophet who preached "Peace". No wonder Pakistan is headed towards complete chaos and a failed state (if it is not there already). keep it up and you will raise the next generation be complete ignorants......if they aren't already. Burn, Kill on the streets
September 22, 2012 3:56 pm
"This may be because the US President had been the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and what better activity on World Peace Day than to pay respects to the peace prize winner" They must've thought they too could get the Nobel Peace Prize. Wouldn't blame them, since drone terror and increased violence by the US during Barack's regime didn't faze the Nobel Prize Committee.
September 21, 2012 4:17 pm
yes if your are too much inspired by president Obama who have won noble prize not because has given world,the much wanted peace but because of killing innocent Pakistanis with his drones.OK get Pakistanis ready for to be bombed again and again if you like unconscious writers be there
September 21, 2012 10:05 pm
It's a brutal strategy by the authorities to let the people to direct their agression toward a foreign entity, so they'll not be protesting against the local government. And the people fall for it.
September 22, 2012 1:56 pm
Yes ALL Americans where involved in making this film so ALL Americans should be guilty of it's school of thought. Sounds like people are just looking for any thing to get violent about. Pakistan has so many problems to over come and all people see is xenophobic rage, religous hatred, and violence as the answer to EVERYTHING.
September 21, 2012 4:07 pm
I believe the original comment was laden with sarcasm...
September 22, 2012 12:46 pm
By their insane actions ,Pakistanis have proved that they do not need enemies to fight .They are self sufficient in this.They have also proved with evidence that Islam is a religion of peace by their actions.No further proof is required.Just imagine the future that lies in store for such people.A failed state may be a mild title.
September 21, 2012 10:14 pm
When you stop and think about it, Pakistanis insult the prophet when they act as if any insult could harm him. The protest says, "My prophet is weaker than yours, because he is hurt by the insults of an amateur filmmaker halfway around the world." Most Christians view Islam's portrayal of Jesus as blasphemy, but you don't see them marching in the streets demanding the Quran be rewritten to match their beliefs. Protests like these demean the image of Islam and Pakistan. The best way to deal with an insult from an idiot is to ignore it.
September 21, 2012 6:10 pm
Go vent your anger on something else!!
September 21, 2012 2:17 pm
We should stop being so sensitive to criticisms. Outsiders already think we have an inferiority complex; now they'll think that we are actually inferior too.
Shankar Bandyopadhay
September 21, 2012 5:49 pm
No foreigners will touch Pakistan with a ten yard pole let alone their hands. Stop fooling yourself. You dont need anybody Your own society is programmed to self destruct.
September 21, 2012 2:18 pm
Indian muslims seems thanking their parents for not migrating to Pakistan. Barring minor stray incidences, nothing happened India.
September 22, 2012 12:51 pm
our protest was against the teaching of our beloved PROPHET HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (P.B.U.H)
September 22, 2012 12:48 pm
I am just amazed how quick the Indians are to lecturing Pakistanis on rioting. How conveniently they forget their own riots in Assam or Gujrat or Bombay. Assam riots were only a month ago.
September 21, 2012 9:06 pm
Dear Asif...I have been hearing of involvement of foreign hands for the past 30 years during various governments, blaming foreign hand on slew of problems. I really want to see who are those foreign hands are. May be they are just figment of our imagination? Lets get real and face the problemas instead of living in denial.
Dr Satpal Jabbal
September 23, 2012 11:16 am
Really Sad.
A US citizen
September 21, 2012 5:40 pm
Freedom of speech in Europe is not the same as freedom of speech in the US. US allows those who deny the Holocaust to speak freely, make movies, write books and march. I will be praying for those that lost their lives today. And hope for a more peaceful tomorrow.
Deepen C
September 22, 2012 11:55 am
Peace in pieces!
September 21, 2012 6:07 pm
Wah bhai wah, or should I say behen? So people of Pakistan are basically killing themselves, burning themselves, causing general mayhem and chaos to send a message to a foreign filmmaker that we disapprove of his movie? So we implode the whole country, kill out own people and cause untold losses on ourselves in protest? What a wonderful new weapon of war! All the Western countries must now be making the most insulting movies possible so the whole Islamic world just collapses on itself in protest.
September 21, 2012 9:12 pm
Killing and destroying property is now like going to picnic for most of these unemployed individuals who get their direction from extremist and religious bigots.
September 21, 2012 7:49 pm
my dear, dawn has decided to fight (with Pen) against the bigger evils hurting Islam and pakistan,a nd they have chosen right. That individual man did a movie, fine, but howcome the world is hurting our feelings pls explain.
September 21, 2012 1:12 pm
To top it all - the muslims forcefully insist that their is a religion of peace.
September 22, 2012 11:09 am
Go Pakistanis go. This is the way to do it. Loot,plunder,destroy,kill all to show love.
September 21, 2012 1:41 pm
Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out!
September 21, 2012 8:13 pm
People please do not associate these actions with Islam. These people are chanting slogans about their love for Prophet (pbuh), but they would not know the first thing about Islam. You could have rallied them up for anything (Pakistan losing t20 match, Loadshedding, pepsi 65 ki kyon hoi) and they would have been happy to burn things down for you. Bloody good time thats what it is to them. Unemployment, lack of education, inflation, and all that gloom makes one hell of a cocktail
September 21, 2012 7:06 pm
I totally agree with you Mr Abdulah. I'd also recoment that Pakistan should contnue with this Protest until the producer and director of the blasphemous film is prosecuted. Pakistan and all the muslims can endure any amount of harships for the honour of the beloved prophet.
does not matter
September 21, 2012 3:08 pm
I am sure if any one had asked these hooligans why they did it, they would have said that they did it to revenge against insult to Mohammad and for their love for Islam and his messenger. Watch your TV programs where your Ulemas are telling that all these violence is people's emotion and their love for Mohammad.So whether Islam allows it or not, fact remains that it is all happening in the name of Islam.
September 22, 2012 9:13 am
i wonder if these trucks ,cinema buildings belongs to the guy who made the film or americans. if NO, these people are biting their own tail. somebody swear at u and u start hitting ur self in anger. Lol..
September 21, 2012 8:05 pm
AAA and Abdullah Hussain are just trying to further damage the image of Muslims and Pakistanis, wonder who they really are from where (any guess?)
September 22, 2012 5:51 am
Do Saudis not love Mohammad? Because they have not protested the way Pakistanis have. For me religion is to make us better human being and not voilent animal.
Ahmed Saeed
September 21, 2012 5:59 pm
I wonder the movie was produced in US and people of Pakistan are destroying their own country. Love for Muhammad May Peace Be Upon Him should have been through billions of durood and not destruction and mayhem.
September 21, 2012 1:43 pm
I am so saddend by the action of these hooligans in the name of Islam. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) was a man of peace and showed the character of highest humanly possible. But these thugs using his name and acting like illiterates. It is sad day for Pakistan and sad day for ISLAM.
September 21, 2012 4:06 pm
Then why is this happening?
September 21, 2012 6:50 pm
A sensible article for the first time by someone from Pakistan - amidst comments like "We are peaceful people, but don't say anything bad about us or we'll burn people, shops, cinema theatres, and everything else!" ... It can't get more foolish than this.
Krish Chennai
September 22, 2012 6:34 am
Good can survive with a sense of humour, instead of weeping most of the time at the situation.
September 21, 2012 1:04 pm
Hey. Look at the bright side. Atleast the love for Prophet is over flowing... Keep up the good work Pakistan! You are a great example of an Islamic state.
September 21, 2012 8:03 pm
Actually Pakistani government helped saved lives by making this decision, the protest was going to happen. Less traffic on roads and empty offices saved lives. Could have gotten pretty bad.
September 21, 2012 4:06 pm
Did you mean billions of rupees?
September 21, 2012 5:09 pm
Here we go again... the infamous "foreign hand". Never mind the fact that thousands of proud Pakistani maniacs were killing, looting and burning all over the country.
September 21, 2012 5:50 pm
lol so why are you still in UK??? Pls come back and save our culture and islam??
Shankar Bandyopadhay
September 21, 2012 5:51 pm
Dont forget that is also what is taught as part of education policy. Hard to believe for any outsiders..but hatred and violence is bred through state education policy.
September 22, 2012 5:14 am
If Dawn is not writing on the movie its doing the right thing and others should follow. Its a bad film and it deserves no attention whatsoever - it needs to be ignored period. Even to talk about it gives the movie and its makers undue credit.
September 22, 2012 4:34 am
We really sent out message 'Islam is religion of peace'.
September 21, 2012 7:42 pm
There will always be people who will mock your religion, Islam is about peace and peaceful protest should have been the way.
September 21, 2012 2:52 pm
The behavior of Muslims in all "Islamic" countries proves the point of the video and the worldwide claim that muslims are basically violent people!!! You guys just played into the hand of the the video maker.
September 22, 2012 7:09 am
Yesterday was peace day on account of Yaum-i-Ishq-i-Rasoo but unfortunately that day had been converted into battle day among Muslim. Every province of Pakistan was showing best protest way and try to taking lead ahead, who will destroy more public property get the number first. This is showing the bad impression on all of those groups who are involving in Anti-Islam activities. Would not be our reaction in shape of boycotting their brands? If each and very protester at least avoid their band for one day so definitely they will receive a slept in shape of economic loss
September 22, 2012 7:17 am
if we are trying to following the sharia, what is the punishement of those who spread "fasaad in samaaj". our actions clearly in my opinion fall under this area. is we are so islamic then why are we not putting these so called peace loving group under this. its a rethorical question as i know at the end of the day it is the leaders who cannot get hold of the situation each time and fail us. perhaps maybe they are the ones who are creating "fasaad in samaaj"
iqbal Khan
September 21, 2012 2:52 pm
Word peace and Pakistan...emmmmmmm I wish we could keep peace in our country and than talk about world.
September 22, 2012 4:30 am
Good one bro.......
September 22, 2012 4:28 am
Oh ya,... looks like Indian, israli, American hands were the ones who fired all those bullets, vandalised all those property & robbed Pakistan...... You guys have to conduct an other protest protesting the killing....... lets see how many more of u will be killed in that protest (Grow up, accept the reality..... & change, we made mistakes, lets not repeat this in future......)
September 21, 2012 2:46 pm
I just can't get the logic - How do you convey your anger against someone else, by burning your own property & killing your own people? Illiteracy is shining thro, like a thousand suns.
September 21, 2012 7:33 pm
You stayed in Europe for half your life and still this same ignorant logic, so whats your age, 6 years??? . The author is not saying "Dont Protest", the author quentions the type of protest, where you punish yourself and call it a protest. If they made an offensive film about Islam, dont you think the logical solutions is to make an offensive film on jewish or cristian faith and then let it go.
September 22, 2012 4:14 am
safegaurd your faith?the last i heard is that Islam is the fastest growing live in europe but i see it hasnt changed your thought process a bit.did the jews and the west come and kill the people in the riots?did they cause this mayhem?
September 21, 2012 8:33 pm
You can greet whomever you want but there isn't going to be any peace for Pakistanis, so relax and ask yourself, why not, well the answer is you don't want to live in peace. You have no peace within.
Laeeq, NY
September 21, 2012 8:38 pm
Well, Government sponsored holiday to protest against a home made movie only brought death and destruction in the country.. It will not change the constitutuion of the United States of America nor it will change the views of the European countries. What will we do next week if the same non sense appears again some where else on the internet. We should remember that Prophet Muhammmad (PBUH) is not prophet of the Christians and Jews, and we can not expect the same love and respect from them as we do for him(PBUH).
September 22, 2012 3:59 am
ok.... now can we stop picking mullahs off the street and putting them in mosques to give us hate lectures???
September 22, 2012 8:14 am
My common sense says to me, protesting in such way is wrong but am confuse why it happens in the opposite way with my fellow Muslim. Even common sense of an human can judge this thing to be wrong. I am speechless about those type of humans. For sure some spare part is missing in them, they are not normal beings I suppose.
B R Chawla
September 22, 2012 3:27 am
What has happened to Pakistan that was carved out for the pure. Violence, sectarian strife, corruption, backwardness, poverty, intolerance, natural calamities is all the people got in exchange for Atomic Bomb in true wish of Butto who once said 'we shall make a nuclear bomb even if we have to eat grass' unfortunately this pledge has been redeemed looking at the conditions in Pakistan. The bomb shall never be exploded but the future of the country has been bartered. Pray think of the poor, think of the posterity that deserve progress than being pushed to outdated theocracy. Chawla
September 21, 2012 7:15 pm
its time to renounce my religion and convert, i would like to convert to the " Actual Islam " that our Prophet Muhammad Preached and not this rubbish that our mullah's and people are preaching, Islam was a religion of tolerance, peace and love for all, forgiveness was one of the main aspects of the religion, we don't see any of that today, in Pakistan all the ignorant population have done is destroy, loot and burn their country to the ground, this is illiteracy at its best, These people have shamed us all and have failed his Prophet Muhammad, in my opinion i don't even consider them Muslims for what they have done which has led to so much destruction and loss of life, Last but not least we have all failed Jinnah's dream of a a secular modern Pakistan who respect all religions and leave together in harmony. How we we demand respect from other countries when we cant even respect our own people and races. God help all of you and for the ones that have done all this " MAY U BURN IN THE DEEPEST PITTS OF HELL " you sorry excuse for muslims
September 22, 2012 8:48 am
Very true :)
Bill Maher
September 22, 2012 7:01 am
I watched Stephen Colbert on Comedy central making fun (pretty crude one, at least for Christians) of Jesus after a doubtful discovery that Jesus might have been married. I am still waiting for the news that NY time square was burnt down. ..Peace
September 22, 2012 2:06 am
Thanks for the comic releif AK. It was fun reading the responses.
AK from UK
September 21, 2012 3:23 pm
The world is trying to corner us in the name of freedom of speech...Two face west and Jewish lobbies are trying to test our faith....and now we cant even protest! wow! bravo Ms. Sajjad. Your article certainly not helping here. After living almost half of my life in Europe, what I learnt is that using the same freedom of speech, I cant say a word against Holocaust! We are fast approaching a point about where we have to make tough and serious decisions to safeguard our faith and identity as Muslims.
September 22, 2012 6:45 am
When the Bamiyan Buddhas were blown up by the Taliban we did not see violent protests from Buddhists anywhere, why is it some Muslims resort to violent protests. How has this cycle of violence helped the cause, the guy who made the movie must be laughing for having hit bulls-eye. Neither peace loving, but aggrieved, Muslims and nor does Islam deserve to suffer such defenders of faith and the irony Pakistan has to lead the way. High time to introspect for Pakistan.
Sam T
September 23, 2012 12:56 am
Sheikh: Bravo, I fully agree with you. Let the country bring the leaders to justice for the deaths of 20 poor Pakistani citizens . These politicians were aware that the mass demonstration will get out of control. But they did not care.
September 21, 2012 11:12 pm
Drones are not targeting innocent Pakistanis. They are only targeting global terrorists (mainly Arabs) and their supporters.(some Pakistanis).
September 23, 2012 1:09 am
This was a good opportunity for the unemployed have-nots to to vent their frustrations towards the wealthy and for kids to have fun.
September 22, 2012 2:18 am
What is really troubling is to see small kids in the photo today having a good time while fires rage in the background. Who knows what these kids will be upto when they grow up.
September 21, 2012 3:50 pm
There is no peace in Pakistan because of foreign hands. Supreme should become active to find these foreign hands and prosecute them. These totally unseen foreign hands are gonna be difficult to catch and most definitely difficult to apprehend.
September 21, 2012 7:44 pm
RAW, CIA, MOSAD would be ashamed of themselves. What destruction they could not acheive in 10 years, we did to ourselves in 10 hours. Atleast ask for some commision from them for reducing their cost and efford.
September 23, 2012 10:15 am
I was really moved by the expressions of intense grief, anger and uncontrolllable rage on the faces of the children in the picture...
September 22, 2012 1:53 am
Pakistani riots now resemble London and Paris riots.
September 22, 2012 1:54 am
You sir belong in our national assembly
September 22, 2012 4:26 pm
Dear Zaki, your common sense is right; but Madrassa education does not teach common sense.
September 22, 2012 1:49 am
Our elected politicians never seem to amaze me. I mean what were they thinking? Did they truly think we Pakistanis would emerge from Jumma prayers and show our love for Allah and our Beloved Prophet by demonstrating peacefully as a disciplined group while holding placards and glorifying Allah and praising the Holy Prophet?
September 21, 2012 3:49 pm
Religion of Peace......................................
September 21, 2012 3:19 pm
Yes, it is the one and only religion of peace.
September 21, 2012 5:05 pm
"Some undesirable event took place but then it happens..." I wonder if you would be so understanding if you property was destroyed or your loved ones were killed!
Ahmed Khan
September 22, 2012 6:14 pm
Don't bring India into this now. Lets call spade a spade. What is wrong is wrong, and anyone can point that out. It is not just India but the whole world community of nations is condemning Pakistan for its mob rule, weak government and a weaker military! As an ex-pakistani and a Muslim I am ashamed of the pakistanis. They are a blot on the fair name of islam and a disgrace to the human community!!
Sam T
September 22, 2012 3:41 pm
Shyema: My hats off and respect you for this article. People are destroying their own property and inflicting further damage to a country already engulfed by violence.Peaceful and firm demonstrations are more effective than anarchy. What has shown that Pakistan is a hard bed of violent people and Islam is a violent religion. Islam supposed to be a peaceful, tolerant religion. Prove to non Muslims by deeds, writing, debates and research that they are wrong about their projection of Islam and the prophet. Then and only then, these ignorant non Muslim fanatics could be brought under control. Otherwise,the clash of religions, civilizations will go on for generations to come until one group is subdued.
September 21, 2012 2:20 pm
Good job Pakistanis: destroying your own nation, you dont need any help from CIA,RAW, MOSAD anymore.
Aditya Malik
September 22, 2012 7:54 pm
How true. and sad.
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