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Amidst numerous incidents of chaos, anarchy, hatred and fundamentalism, finding solace in hope of a peaceful future is the only choice left for many people living in the country. It is during such times when great leaders like Mahatama Gandhi are truly missed, who sacrificed their lives not only for the betterment of the society at large, but also fought day in and out for human rights. He dedicated his life to peace making and recently his birth anniversary, which was declared the International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nation, became a reason for Pakistan and India to stand united by paying respect to the man who propagated the philosophy of unity and peace in the most violent of times. It surely is a day such as this which give me hope for better times — times in which human rights are mutually respected and accepted beyond borders, religions and cultures.

Unfortunately, each act of communal rioting makes the sacrifices of the likes of Mahatma Gandhi go in vain. The act of an individual should not be taken as an excuse to instigate violence against other communities. Following the riots that stranded Karachi a few days ago, a group of armed assailants vandalised a Hindu temple on the outskirts of Karachi.

The attackers allegedly, broke all the religious statues, tore a copy of the Bhagwat Gita and stole all the jewelry belonging to Hindu women, leaving the helpless and poor caretaker in tears. As expected, the miscreants were able to escape from the scene; however, a case was registered against the culprits under the blasphemy law. Yes you read correctly, if caught, they will be tried under the blasphemy law — which has previously always been used against the minorities of Pakistan and for the first time will be referred to protect the aforementioned community which comprises less than two per cent of our population. Earlier, President Zardari condemned the attack on a church located in Mardan and instructed the authorities to take strict action against the attackers, calling their acts un-Islamic.

Whilst Pakistani officials, lawmakers and law enforcing agencies are gradually waking up from the decades-long slumber, our neighboring Bangladesh is embroiled in a conflict which erupted when the picture of a partially burned Holy Quran was seen on Facbook. A  Buddhist boy alleged of torching the Holy Quran was tagged in the picture and was the reason why infuriated Muslims torched down temples and homes belonging to Buddhists in Cox’s Bazar district.

Although hundreds of Bangladeshis have been arrested for the attacks, most of us know that sooner or later they will be released and the charges filed against them will be dropped. Perhaps the same treatment will be given to the Pakistani Muslims responsible for desecrating a temple and church.

We know for a fact that a vast majority of Muslims living in different countries are not in favour of any such religious violence and that the small minority of fundamentalists use innocent people to quench their thirst for more power and money. So the all important remains: How to save minorities and safeguard their interest in countries where fascist elements have the authority to maneuver situations to suit their advantage?

The plausible way is to formulate a set of laws which empowers the minorities and protects them against blasphemous acts done to their religious sites and sentiments. Perhaps a law which works against people not in favour of inter-faith harmony can be added to the constitution of Pakistan, aiming to protect non-Muslims who are threatened by the ubiquitous bigots ready to spread hatred at the drop of a hat. A law which encourages Christians to speak out against the atrocities they face in the name of blasphemy law, most often used by Muslims to settle personal scores. We are in dire need of a legislation which deters Muslims from abducting Hindu women and businessmen for forced conversions and ransom respectively.

Although, on the surface, the constitution of Pakistan vows to protect the Muslim and non-Muslim minorities of Pakistan, however, in practice we have yet to see a time when Ahmadis, Christians, Shias, Hindus and other religious communities were treated on the same footing with Sunni Muslims. In fact, all governments that have ruled Pakistan after 1977 have been unjust to minorities and indigenous communities, which became evident in 2011 when minority rights group ranked Pakistan as the sixth most dangerous country for minorities.

I personally believe that the declining ratio of Pakistani Hindus and Christian might jump up if the blasphemy law is repealed or at least revised.

I feel even when people refer to Jinnah’s most famous speech — you are free to go to your temples, churches and mosques — they fail to realise his mission. What all of us do not understand is that Pakistan was created for Muslims and not for Islam.

The country came into existence for a minority in United India. Isn’t it ironic that a nation once founded for minorities is now one of the top ranked countries where minorities are marginalised to heinous extents?

Unless precise and specific laws are developed for the non-Muslim and Muslim minorities of Pakistan, they will neither feel protected nor free to practice their religion in Pakistan. Simultaneously, in the absence of clear laws, the group of people who literally bank  upon communal violence for their interests will continue to grow.

It is time to show resolve and urge the government to repeal and introduce laws which will recognise minorities as equal and contributing citizens of Pakistan.

 


Faiza Mirza
The writer is a Reporter at Dawn.com


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Guest
Oct 08, 2012 08:07pm
It says so in the holy Koran, the word of God unaltered and unalterable.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 08, 2012 01:48pm
If peace is an opium pipe dream it is because Man has been at war with Man (and his neighbors for the last 5,000 years). What we don't want is for our neighbors to own more than we own. To thumb their noses at us.
Agha Ata (USA)
Oct 08, 2012 08:16pm
In a country where one is afraid to do the right thing, in a country where it is unpatriotic to appreciate good deeds done by someone of another country, in the society where admiring a person of another religion, another country for a great service to mankind is almost a blasphemy, in a country where the insult to their holy book must be avenged by murdering the culprit, but it is alright to destroy, and burn the alleged culprit
deepak
Oct 08, 2012 07:12pm
i was confused how the offspring of hate can show the doorstep of god... Than i read the comment given by Guest...
Vikrant - Pune (India)
Oct 09, 2012 06:54am
Hi Faiza, I would like to say "Thanks" for a such a wonderful & heart touching article. I am an Indian & stays in western part of Indian City - Pune. I have many Muslim Friends either in my hometown or in office. We celebrates each others Festivals with full of enthusiasm & energy. We all have respect & Love for all religions across India. I do understand that, In India as well there are some UN-socialist groups trying to create difference between us. But, we are strong enough to rectify this. This article is very special. It's one of the major concerns for minority communities such as Hindu's & Christian's. We just heard about the violence, terrorism & crualilty about the Pakistan. But, pleased to see that, Pakistan also have sensitive people like you who really care of other communities as well. Nearly every religion seems to preach love, peace, and tolerance. But of course, we know differently. People often hate people of other religions. And those who are hated hate right back. And some people who preach even preach hatred, often developing their hateful messages from those same holy books that preach love, peace, and tolerance. Hate is a cancer. It destroys people, churches, and nations. If you hate, your hate may destroy someone else. But it will also destroy you, and those people that you love. Hate shrivels up your heart (not physically), and makes you less and less of a human being. I recommend examining your heart, as the various religions tell you to do. If hate resides there, you may want to consider what harm it is doing to you and those you love. Really. Wish you all the very best for your near future. Thanks & Best Regards, Vikrant
Sohrab Khan (Hyderabad, India)
Oct 09, 2012 04:45am
I am an indian minority and trust me I enjoy more rights than what muslims enjoy in pakistan. Yes there have been incidents like gujrat and bombay riots but i am proud to be an India and I cant stop thanking my grandfather who didn't moved to pakistan. I vote in India, I can work in an MNC, I do not need to fear targeted killings. Nobody teaches my kids hate lessons. We are Indian muslims and we respect all religion. I can understand your pain as you cant digest India's progress, its unity in diversity, its multicultural society, its cosmopolitian cities. You come to Hyderabad (India) once I can show you temple, mosque, church and gurudwara at stone throw away distances at many places.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 08, 2012 01:45pm
People look at this behavior every day in the news and pronounce Terrorists innocent because they are fellow Muslims. "There are none so blind as those who will not see."
Dr Suraj Gupte
Oct 08, 2012 12:13pm
Congrats to the learned writer of this blog for an unbiased and timely call for recognizing the rights of the minorities in Pakistan,
akil akhtar
Oct 08, 2012 10:56pm
India treats its minorities such as Muslims and Sikhs and Christians far worst than Pakistan (thousands killed) the difference is no one from the majority bothers to write about it or I should say dares to write about it. But in pakistan it is fashionable to demonise Pakistan at a drop of a hat.
akil akhtar
Oct 08, 2012 10:58pm
You mean like india...LOL
akil akhtar
Oct 08, 2012 10:58pm
I think because she seems to have an agenda in exaggerating negatives against Pakistan, not sure what her personal motivation is. Isn't she the one who was leaving Pakistan and begging Indian PM to take her.
brighton rodeo
Oct 09, 2012 01:15am
excellent article. All religions are living together in india and now in Pakistan since immorable time. But since the fundamentalism has risen in Pakistan, minorities are not acceptable. It is not the poor masses but some of the elites are lookiing at their lucrative poperties. Some think, snatch what you cannot get legally Some attackers on india adopted the same principle. Now the world has changed and we should live in cooperation with other nations. World has and will become smaller and smaller and will be responsible for our deeds.
bnath
Oct 08, 2012 11:22pm
Good article. I have problem with the statement 'small minority of fundamentalists'. This type of extremism does not prosper in a vacuum. They must have the tacit support of a large percentage of people in your country. That is why muslims in general have earned the disdain of the world at large. At one time people refrained from maligning muslims at least in order to be politically correct. That veneer has more or less peeled away.
A Happy Minority in Pakistan
Oct 09, 2012 07:53am
True and well said
Dhanus Menon
Oct 09, 2012 03:12am
Just a thought, what if Islam is the problem. Majority of the people who feel offended are muslism.
Prakash
Oct 09, 2012 11:37am
I would vote for "Nobel Peace Prize" for "Dawn editor and writers." This is the only resource Pakistan is left with today, which may save the country from catastrophic turmoil.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 08, 2012 01:36pm
The Prophet Moses brought down from Mount Sinai the Ten Commandments of Allah. He sent the Prophet Moses to give them to the Hebrew people so that they could live in peace with each other. Allah's rules for a civil society. Among them are: "You shall not kill" (not for any reason) an unqualified commandment. "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor". (for revenge or out of hatred) For those who really believe in Peace these commandments cannot be ignored (or is it we keep the commandments which suit us and break the rest?) This is Allah's solution for men to live in peace only so long as they are not being broken. These were given to Man before the Prophet Mohammed was born and he testified to them declaring Moses a prophet of Allah for that reason Prayer alone cannot save us on earth. Innocent people are hung every week in Iran because of those who bear false witness. God cannot cure hatred. We must cure ourselves of it.
Ashish
Oct 09, 2012 03:30am
looks like you're relying on Pakistani books, not those available outside your borders
Mustafa Razavi
Oct 08, 2012 11:34pm
No tears for hundreds of Muslim slaughtered in Assam in the month of September? Around the same time hundreds more slaughtered in Myanmar. Cox's Bazar is a stone throw from Assam, the Cox's Bazaar riots could be a reaction to the sustained slaughter of Muslims in Assam or Myanmar, at least in part. I thought our supreme court had put this "Forced Conversion" issue to the rest and found that the conversions were voluntary.
sb
Oct 08, 2012 09:16pm
You're going to make us all cry with your comments Sir.
sb
Oct 08, 2012 09:19pm
And how does stealing gold from a temple priest's family encourage people to embrace Islam? Seriously - What is the relationship between a good Muslim and a person who attacks Hindu temples?
sb
Oct 08, 2012 09:20pm
Fazia - thank you. It's difficult to be the writer who pens things like this at a time like this, but there are many who appreciate it.
akil akhtar
Oct 08, 2012 11:02pm
The hypocrasy of Indians is astounding. After killing thousands of Muslims and Siks etc. they make such comments. Can you tell me how many from the minority have been killed in tehse muslim countries.
Joe
Oct 08, 2012 01:18pm
Bravo. Can one imagine a politician -- any politician -- brave enough to propose such a law in public, even if he/she feels it truly in the heart?
Tahira
Oct 09, 2012 02:42pm
UK should send them all back to where they came from which is mostly Pakistan. Let them rot in the country which is already headed that way. Let them enjoy the Sharia law there and see their families suffer the consequences. And I hope one of them will be caught stealing to bear the punishment and loose his hand.
Tahira
Oct 09, 2012 02:39pm
You have a closed mind which is under a lock. You are unable to understand this reasonable and clear article.
khan
Oct 08, 2012 02:01pm
No idea what we all are talking about? There are no rights for any one except for the elites, the feudal lords, the politicians, and the oligarch.....
sameer
Oct 08, 2012 02:37pm
God Bless
Tahira
Oct 09, 2012 09:09pm
As an Ahmadi, I am all too familiar with the lack of protection for minorities in Pakistan. My family fled from Pakistan when my father was denied a government job after he had completed his studies in nuclear engineering simply because he was an Ahmadi. To this day, the Pakistani government has done very little to help the plight of minorities and in fact, the government itself is sometimes behind blasphemous actions such as erasing the Kalima Shahada from Ahmadi mosques or tearing down minarets because we don't fit their description of what a Muslim should be. I hope we will live to see a day when Qaid-e-Azam's vision for a secular Pakistan in which all citizens will have equal rights will be realized.
Baighairat Kafir
Oct 08, 2012 12:54pm
Bravo Faiza! Bravo! Please keep up the good work. Reading your work makes me realize that there are still a few normal human beings left in a country of bigots.
Tahir Chaudhry
Oct 08, 2012 06:25pm
Superb, Faiza. I hope writings like yours, will have some effect on our so called leaders.
Does not matter
Oct 08, 2012 11:03pm
Are you kidding? Secularism and justice died long time back in Pakistan. If you are not a sunni, you have no life in Pakistan. Every day minorities are persecuted in Pakistan. The ones who could afford, have already left. Let me tell you the food chain in Pakistan Sunni politician>non sunni politician>sunni bureaucrat> non sunni bureaucrat>sunni policeman>non sunni policeman> common sunni man> rest of them
akil akhtar
Oct 08, 2012 11:03pm
Print anything negative about Pakistan and Islam and increase your readership across the border, that seems to be the motivation..
Reality boy
Oct 09, 2012 03:59pm
What all of us do not understand is that Pakistan was created for Muslims and not for Islam. LOL! the writer has forgotten the Iqbal's overwhelming dream about pakistan where muslim were being treated under Islamic law not a british made law as we are seeing it today. I will not obey Quaid-e-Azam, he is not of a higher authority than Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
Prakash
Oct 09, 2012 11:23am
I disagree from part of your comment that is "muslims are violent by nature". A large part of muslims are smart and intelligent and don't show violence (e.g. UAE, Oman or most of middle east, Malaysia, India etc.). It's only Pakistan where radical leaders have hijacked the country and distorted people mindset. Those who are moderate can not speak-up in fear for life. The same is going to happen for moderate muslims living in Western world. Today some of them shyly agree to the radical leaders views but very soon their freedom will be taken away such ban on entering in Pakistan. Today they should make a voice just like this brilliant writer, but they wouldn't.
sh
Oct 08, 2012 12:22pm
recent example of perfect muslim is abu hamza who was born in egypt but immigrated to uk. why do muslims immigrate to the west when they hate other religions?
Truth Speaker
Oct 08, 2012 12:37pm
In the core of a human being lies the voice of reason--the judgment to do right or wrong. Faiza Mirza proves it, that secularism and justice is not dead...In her voice lies the future of Pakistan.
Maira
Oct 09, 2012 01:23pm
Still waiting for your reply, princess Faiza... Oh, this means that you need to actually read the blasphemy law to comment... Too bad ... that is not your cup of tea...
Akhil
Oct 08, 2012 07:49pm
Faiza, you are a true princess. You care about people, regardless of their religious affiliations.
kayamat
Oct 08, 2012 12:24pm
If you want to prosper safeguard your minorities. This speaks about the health of the society. If the society is unhealthy how can it prosper socially, politically, economically and psychologically.
Agha Ata (USA)
Oct 08, 2012 02:29pm
Only a secular state can take care of minorities.
aij9
Oct 10, 2012 08:46am
Pipe dream.
Introspection
Oct 10, 2012 08:43am
In my opinion, the writer, is profusely and persistently contributing to more of a
sb
Oct 08, 2012 09:15pm
How does it feel to be in the minority?
Rao
Oct 08, 2012 01:50pm
I am wondering why Faiza Mirza turned to be such Rebel with a cause! It can be dangerous in Pakistan like walking in a mine-field. Any way I like her courage and wish her the best.
IndiaReturn
Oct 10, 2012 06:54am
I did. It was terrifying' Lol
Facts103
Oct 10, 2012 06:50am
Most of it.
Facts103
Oct 10, 2012 06:48am
From your comment it is obvious that you also have not read it. But speak and write about it nevertheless.
Oh Yeah
Oct 10, 2012 06:41am
For one like your there are a million others who suffer every day in India from discrimination.
TheFactsOnlyPlease
Oct 10, 2012 06:39am
There is significant historical evidence to back that. Too long to cite here, Please read for yourself.
Zitzi
Oct 10, 2012 06:26am
Wrong.
Sue Sturgess
Oct 09, 2012 05:29am
In Australia, during bushfire season, many volunteer firefighters do exactly that. They help the community, even though sometimes their own house burns.
Sue Sturgess
Oct 09, 2012 05:27am
Justice is possible, but not probable
Sue Sturgess
Oct 09, 2012 05:34am
Simple minds are always confused. Perhaps she writes for the less simple?
kaushik
Oct 09, 2012 05:18am
how do you know it is unaltered?
Shahid
Oct 08, 2012 07:53pm
which country is that?
Sue Sturgess
Oct 09, 2012 05:41am
To multiply and conquer. Muslim birth rate is much higher than the west. Also because of generous welfare payments. Westerners might be considered evil, but their money is not!
Reply123
Oct 10, 2012 06:52am
Simple minds are logical and true. And can not be confused for that simple reason.
Babar Khan
Oct 10, 2012 05:08am
Eliminate the law! Get rid of the blasphemy law!!It has been misued by the majority against the minority. It is a man made law and an insult to Islam and all law abiding citizens of Pakistan!!!
JustSaying
Oct 08, 2012 09:41pm
You speak with a forked tongue...
sanu
Oct 08, 2012 09:46pm
The attackers allegedly, broke all the religious statues, tore a copy of the Bhagwat Gita and stole all the jewelry belonging to Hindu women, leaving the helpless and poor caretaker in tears. ........... Imagine this happening in India where Holy Quran is torn by an hindu, all hindus in pakistan and bangladesh would have been slaughtered by now. Muslims by their very nature are violent, exceptions are there, but majority are violent. They complain when someone abuses Islam, and it is the same muslims who abuse other religions. And the muslims expect respect. Muslims must learn to respect others first.
Reply123
Oct 08, 2012 09:47pm
No...because she makes things up and confuses the simple trusting minded.
Salman Sagheer
Oct 09, 2012 02:09am
How is this comment relevant? or do you think that Muslim lives are more valuable than lives of Hindus and Christians? why do you need to think about other people when your own house on fire
akil akhtar
Oct 08, 2012 10:54pm
Stop the hypocrasy... do you mean the christians and Hindus etc who believe in their own gods and religion do not belive they are the only truth and that other religions are also true.... LOL. Atleast be truthful to yourself. We belive in Islam because we belive it to be the truth....
Chizey
Oct 09, 2012 06:21am
we need to love and respect our neighbour, their belongings as we would our own! But then respect is not something that comes easily to us Pakistani's right?
Salman Sagheer
Oct 09, 2012 02:11am
If you call hard facts negative articles about Islam and Pakistan then you need to rethink my friend. This article says nothing against Muslims or Islam
Zaheer
Oct 09, 2012 01:47am
I admire your courage, keep it up. I am sure sense will prevail over nonsense, sooner than later.
imrankhan
Oct 09, 2012 06:44pm
It is one of the basic responsibility of the state to ensure the peaceful coexistance of all religious communities. The State that supports one religious community against the other is bound to create friction between the different religious communities. The issue of violence against the non-muslims cannt be adressed unless we redefine the pakistani nation. The religion `Islam` has been given the diproportional say in the affairs of state which has sidelined the other religious communities. The lot of the non-muslims in the Pakistan can't b improved only by ensuring the lack of interferance in the religious affairs of the non-muslim communities but by the positive interferance to make up for the already disadvantageous position. A State has to be completely religiously neutral while serving different religious communities.
Salman
Oct 10, 2012 12:13am
Everyone knows what blasphemy law says Maira I would have it repealed its a draconian law and I am sure Faiza would concur
aditya
Oct 08, 2012 03:24pm
never happen in the land of the islamic ostriches
Maira
Oct 08, 2012 03:01pm
Please also propose the changes you want in the blasphemy law, O learned writer...
Nabarun Dey
Oct 08, 2012 03:03pm
People of different faiths are like various colors, notations of music. Nature is bound to lose its beauty, its charm, its melody ,without them. Wiping off minorities from the landscape only make Pakistan a barren land. It is heartening to see Faiza is trying to make a lot of corrections.
Salman
Oct 09, 2012 02:15am
Which part of this article is made up? Please elaborate
Amit Kumar
Oct 08, 2012 05:35pm
excellent article as always...hats off Faiza mam. Appreciate ur courage to highlight minorities' plight.
Sam Manekshaw
Oct 08, 2012 04:59pm
coz she speaks the blunt truth?
JS
Oct 08, 2012 04:59pm
Wonderful blog Faiza. Let
Rakesh
Oct 09, 2012 05:56am
Yes Akil, A secular country like India. And I am a minority...a microscopic minority of my country...I am an atheist. My belief (or the lack of it) is never held against me. If it is, I can sue the concerned person in court. We have our problems as a developing nation, but we certainly are treading the path of progression. If only you could come here and experience multiculturalism. Wish you well. :-)
Sam Manekshaw
Oct 08, 2012 04:53pm
Perfect!... This precisely is the problem with muslims...
Aht
Oct 08, 2012 02:39pm
I hate this writer...
ChicagoGunner
Oct 08, 2012 06:28pm
Dear Guest, How do you say Islam is the ONLY true faith? What is the proof of that? Your saying so is called BIGOTRY. Too many bigots in this world, that's the problem with our world. Respect all religions, you will find peace too.
XY-Z
Oct 09, 2012 09:05am
If he asked her
major-ji
Oct 09, 2012 09:06am
A good attempt to highlight this burning issue. However a road map is required to start this gigantic task. To me first and foremost step of the road map is nationwide campaign to raise an over all awareness for the accommodation for divergent religious views and in case of differences resort to dialogue and logic rather than labelling others as Kafirs etc. Similarly violence on the name of religion has to be strictly forbidden and those violating to be severely dealt with. These days one can hardly see any effort in this direction. Once the awareness is achieved and violence is forbidden then next step of the road map can be suggested to follow.
True Pakistani
Oct 08, 2012 04:37pm
- dream on . . .
True Pakistani
Oct 08, 2012 04:37pm
- it is NOT true that pakistan (a misnomer in fact) was created for minorities. it was carves out of india for the landed families of the currenet day pakistan (neem-pakistan?) because in india congress was going to (and it did) abolish feudalism.
sanu
Oct 08, 2012 09:50pm
These educated Pakistanis are even worse,they want sharia law in UK even though they are only three percent.Imagine when they become thirty percent.
Maira
Oct 09, 2012 01:28pm
Princess Faiza, you are a gem... Now please also propose the changes you want to make in the blasphemy law... What.. ? ... Did you said that you haven't read it ...!!! Whadda joke!!!!
truth
Oct 08, 2012 12:51pm
india must exchange muslims for hindus to remove any hate between the two communities totally. the only aim of muslims is to convert the world into islam .There is no respect for other religions in islamic countries whether turkey,malaysia or indonesia. chinese and indians in malaysia are treated as second class citizens in malaysia.chinese who are the richest are immigrating from malaysia to other countries because of this.
goose
Oct 09, 2012 08:51am
he would also be unashamedly claiming benefits in the UK. I found it so painfukl when I read yesterday that terrorist Abu Hamza's wife is living in a 5 bedroom council home in the UK, and the authorities want her to downgrade to a smaller one (wow, famed British principles - the wife of a terrorist can claim a government house as she is permitted under the 'rules' to do so) - whilst the family of the person who allegedly made the offensive film about Muslims has to be hidden in the United States away in a safe place, their faces covered so no one can see them etc etc. Osama's son too lives a normal, comfy life in the UK. And you people scream about the world being unfair? can you promise the world that the family of this film maker will be safe should they want to live in Pakistan? let's see you do that - I', not even asking for security for the film maker himself - just his family.
ChicagoGunner
Oct 08, 2012 04:13pm
Beautiful article. Always love to read this writer's sensible and thought-provoking articles. There is still hope for the country while people like her exists. Thank you Dawn.
Guest
Oct 08, 2012 04:05pm
This is libral claptrap. It is every Muslim's duty to encourage people to embrace Islam. Praising, exalting and defending people who deny the ultimate truth that Islam is the ONLY true faith is heresy.
B R Chawla
Oct 08, 2012 03:56pm
Parsis in India is the smallest minortty but their contribution to the Indian commerce and Industry is the most and unparrallel. They are the harbingers of steel, transport and even aviation. Had Indians treated them the way Pakistan treats it's minorities India would have deprived itself of the progress contributed by the Parsis. Unfornately the country has gone against the will of Jinnah who had envisioned only a secular Pakistan and not the one is driven by hate towards other sons of the soil. Chawla
Siddhartha
Oct 09, 2012 09:08am
You made my eyes moist young lady. Youth like you can really usher in peace and harmony in our sub-continent. God bless you.
HansChristianAnderson
Oct 09, 2012 08:56am
@Akhil: Ever heard the story of the disguised evil witch giving beautiful poison apples to little children? It is a story parents read to their children so that they can learn to read between the lines, tell facts from fiction, and good from evil. I have to assume you were never read that wisdom of the ages. Sad there are many like you here.
Raw is War
Oct 08, 2012 02:42pm
god bless you.
PremS
Oct 08, 2012 01:42pm
Isn
Arpit
Oct 08, 2012 12:05pm
Great analysis and some practical solutions.. The problem is that when fundamentalist are given the free run to interpret the religion, moderates have no place to do but to compliant with them. Thats the whole crux of problem. The knowledge of mullahs are unquestionable when even the very act is against quran. I pray for minorities in Pakistan and hope god give sense to Pak politicians and people. I hope you publish this article in urdu as well so masses also wake up.
Reply123
Oct 09, 2012 08:21am
That is a Western mind-set. In the East we share.
Krishna Bhagawan (@KrishnaBhagawan)
Oct 08, 2012 12:10pm
Funny !!
VK Menockie
Oct 08, 2012 01:41pm
As long as Mullas and Military has a firm grip on the country's policy making, minority will never be protected in Pakistan. Mindset of the majority is so one dimensional,unless multicultural values are introduced at the lower level in schools no one will respect the feelings of minority.
NASAH (USA)
Oct 08, 2012 01:37pm
As they say today's persecuted become tomorrow's persecutors once they get power.
JS
Oct 08, 2012 05:04pm
We all loooooooooooove this writer