Hunting down Shias: Society's deafening silence

Published Mar 04, 2013 10:52am

Family members mourn the death of their relatives after a bomb blast, a day earlier, in Abbas Town in Karachi on March 4, 2013. A suspected suicide bomber attacked Shia Muslims as they were leaving a mosque in Pakistan's commercial capital on Sunday, killing at least 45 people. — Reuters Photo

KARACHI: Hauled off buses, targeted in their clinics, on boulevards, in alleys, in shops, in offices, in processions and pilgrimages, is there any place left safe for Shias in Pakistan? At Ashura, they were chastised for taking out Moharram processions and giving terrorists an open field in which to attack.

Till yesterday, they might have thought that the inner sanctum of their homes would provide them protection against the growing madness swirling around them. But now the killing fields are their own homes.

Yesterday’s blast in Abbas Town not only blew out shop windows and decimated shopkeepers, hawkers and customers, it also pulverised women and children enjoying the weekend evening breeze on their balconies.

Mothers preparing dinner, kids finishing homework and packing school bags, neighbours chit chatting in corridors, TV sets blaring… a scene of tranquillity and domesticity turned into an inferno in seconds.

As fires raged through the flats and buried people in piles of rubble, panicked families ran for cover, traumatised toddlers sat on stretchers with bandages on swollen heads and tiny hands, and hospitals were flooded with appeals for blood, the writing was writ large on the wall: Either you are with us or against us.

The irony is that instead of the state machinery issuing this warning to these terrorists, it is the latter who are clearly demarcating the lines for the battle to the finish for the soul of Pakistan. It is the state which has capitulated to these “non state actors”.

In short, our chickens have come home to roost.

Once upon a time not so long ago, pock marked and neurotic Karachi was beautiful and cosmopolitan where people of all faiths happily intermingled at work and home.

In school, no one even thought of asking who was Sunni or Shia, because it was irrelevant.

But now, bigotry reveals itself on social media forums when you are asked repeatedly why you have the audacity to believe that Shias are Muslims.

The disinformation campaign against Shias can be seen in  various hate messages being spread via SMS.

At such times, one is reminded of Nietzche: “People don’t want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusion destroyed.”

Known for their erudition and culture, Shias are being hunted down from Quetta to Lahore to Karachi and yet people are so cowed down by paralysing fear and cowardice that they are unable to speak up for their brothers and sisters who are in so much pain.

Even at the recently held Karachi Literature Festival, one was told off for expressing support with the Shia community. On spotting a badge which stated, “Stop Shia killings”, an acquaintance cast a fearful look around the crowd: “Beta, you must take it off right now!” “But why?” “Somebody here might kill you,” she insisted, looking over her shoulder.

It is no secret that our curriculum today teaches hatred for minorities and other sects, instead of teaching children to celebrate diversity, because in diversity there is not only beauty but also strength. The different rituals, practices, festivals, dress, traditions et al should be celebrated, not vilified.

What a boring country we would be if everyone was cut from the same cloth.

The Taliban are not known for their great love of literature, but it seems that they are taking a leaf out of George Orwell’s ominous “1984”, which was a prescient warning to the power of totalitarianism and conformity by force.

In the book, individualism was stamped out with gusto and all citizens of the Orwellian had to fit into the slots assigned for them. People were paid to be spies and turn in colleagues and friends to the state, never to be seen again. Those who refused to part with their individuality or loyalty were eliminated.

Unlike the disillusioned Hazaras, who have now started taking up arms to protect their neighbourhoods in Quetta, the Shia community in Karachi remain committed to the path of peace and reconciliation.

They are hoping for a better tomorrow, but who can blame them for losing hope day by day?

The founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was a Shia but today he is called a kafir by many venomous Pakistanis.

Mr Jinnah’s prophetic words “United we Stand, Divided we Fall’’ have never seemed more tragically relevant to the country he founded with such high hopes and aspirations.

Maheen Usmani is a freelance writer who has covered subjects ranging from socio-political issues to womens’ rights to counter terrorism, sports, travel, culture and music. She tweets at @MaheenUsmani

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Shiv KUmar
Mar 05, 2013 01:25am
well the whole idea of Pakistan ...a land of pure was false .....
shabut
Mar 04, 2013 08:00pm
On what issue the society is making waves let alone the shiae issue?
Sam
Mar 04, 2013 11:02pm
Karachi stock exchange is booming and stocks are at highest peak
Shahid Yusuf
Mar 04, 2013 09:06pm
well written, I think we should keep eye on our maddrassa, they are the one preaching hate, Loving prophet grand children is the best way to show your love for the prophet, in that sense we are all shia.
Zehra
Mar 04, 2013 09:11pm
Self protection is very different than disturbing the peace– the Hazaras have every right to protect themselves and their loved ones from the horrible acts that are being perpetuated upon them. Unless they are actively and unprovokedly attacking people, then they are still committed to the path of peace.
apollion
Mar 04, 2013 08:43pm
It is a measure of how how deep Pakistan has sunk into the morass of bestiality that the author's appeal to stop mass murder is couched in the preservation of diversity rather than humanity.
Yogesh P
Mar 05, 2013 01:53pm
In that case, the same argument can be made against muslims. Just replace each "shia" with "muslim" in your post and read it.
M Hassan
Mar 04, 2013 09:08pm
Just want to point out that quote is wrongly attributed to Jinnah, was not coined by him. It was first used by John Dickenson in Boston Gazette in July 1768. And is modified version of a bible saying in Marks.
Kevin
Mar 04, 2013 08:24pm
Bang on Ms. Usmani, the government and oppostion is corrupt and useless. When will the People of Pakistan say Enough is Enough and stand up for the rights of all Pakistani's
sumit
Mar 04, 2013 08:17pm
``Once upon a time not so long ago, pock marked and neurotic Karachi was beautiful and cosmopolitan where people of all faiths happily intermingled at work and home.'' When was that? Before 1947?
Goga Nalaik
Mar 05, 2013 01:53pm
Very true
Yawar
Mar 04, 2013 07:35pm
I am not a supporter of the PPP. But although easy to do, this is not the time an place to blame the PPP. Blame needs to be put squarely on the shoulders of the terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and TTP and the parties that sympathise with them and their cause.
Tanweer
Mar 04, 2013 07:30pm
chickens are coming home to roost. First it was hindus, sikhs,ahmadiyas, shia's, .........sunnis next
Afzal Mir
Mar 04, 2013 06:52pm
I am not a shia but I am ashamed and outraged at the plight of the shia community of Pakistan. Those responsible for law and order in the country should be ashamed.
Hayyan
Mar 04, 2013 12:07pm
very nice article and i appreciate your views on the above subjects specially the words of Mohammad Ali Jinnah " United we Stand, Divided we Fall " . Just one question i want to ask, is there any Sunni killing happening in the world ?
Sumera Saeed Naqvi
Mar 04, 2013 11:12am
Very well written and spot on maheen usmani:)
Ali Asghar
Mar 04, 2013 06:39pm
Bravo My sister!! I salute you for writting a piece out of your heart. God Bless you
Rehman
Mar 04, 2013 06:12pm
Agreed with everything you said but there isn't a single mention for 18 Sunnis who were killed in Abbas Town Blast as well?
sparkysingh
Mar 05, 2013 03:42pm
Morality predates all religions.
Kash
Mar 04, 2013 06:18pm
My blood boils, my heart burns for the innocents and all but then I just have to turn to history just four decades ago. That was the time when the Shia clerics and their community took up hand in hand with the zealot clerics to declare a peaceful and established community of Pakistan non-Muslims. Things have never been normal in Pakistan since then and have got from bad to worse. May Allah restore sanity and love for all. Ameen.
HK
Mar 04, 2013 05:39pm
Shias of Pakistan. We r sorry. We have failed to protect you.
Kajamohieen
Mar 04, 2013 05:07pm
The Shias collaborated or were silent when the Ahemedias were viciously victimised and subjected to genocide. Shias discrimiate against Bahais and Sunnis in Iran. How many Shias have raised their voices against this discrimination. It is time to stew in your own juice. This sounds cruel. Shias start raising your voices against injustice based on religion otherwise you will have no moral right to protest when you suffer. regards Kajamohideen
Guru
Mar 05, 2013 01:25pm
Throw them out & get an alternative, be it Nawaz or Imran. But please do not let the army rule. I am from across the border and we had some lousy rulers - Laloo, Mayawati - all gone by the will of the people.
ali ahmed
Mar 04, 2013 04:43pm
The tolerance and goodwill that great Emperor Akbar showed to all the non-Muslims is not of recent origin. 1t dates back thirteen centuries ago when our Prophet not only by words but by deeds treated the Jews and Christians, after he had conquered them, with the utmost tolerance and regard and respect for their faith and beliefs. The whole history of Muslims, wherever they ruled, is replete with those humane and great principles which should be followed and practised. Speech on the Inauguration of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly on 14th August 1947 The tenets of Islam enjoin on every mussalman to give protection to his neighbours and to the minorities regardless of caste and creeds
bob
Mar 05, 2013 03:34pm
keep posting...
madiha
Mar 04, 2013 04:56pm
great aricle
Humanity
Mar 05, 2013 01:42pm
Yes it is going on and no one is denying but the difference in killing and genocide should be known to you. See the dictionary if you still not got the point.... peace
Pakistani
Mar 04, 2013 04:35pm
Sir, When you have lost 200 loved ones within a month and another hundred or so with quality of lives destroyed, maybe I will ask you what your sentiments are towards the attackers. When the government won't do anything, when the police won't do anything, when the army won't do anything, what other choice do these Hazara Shias have? Should they continue to live their daily lives and conitnue to die??? There have been thousands of Hazaras massacred in the past few years. Surely they are human beings too, and they have a breaking point. What other choice do they have than to pick up arms and defend themselves when the authorities will not. Think about it
Syed
Mar 05, 2013 06:39pm
Dear Rehman. I hope you understand those Sunnis were not killed because of their beliefs. On the other hands, shias of pakistan have been getting killed for being Shias. We shias sincerely feel the pain the sunni families are going through in Abbas town.
pathanoo
Mar 05, 2013 04:03pm
Yeah, Islam talks a good story but look at the actions and then tell me how nicely were minorities treated under Muslim rulers starting with Prophet Mohammed. I can give you scores of example of mistreatment but at the same time I can also guarantee that they would not show up in the comments. I will be surprised if this one is published. Christianity, or the people in charge of Christianity, committed atrocities but we Christians acknowledge them, discuss them openly and condemn them. That is how a society progresses, becomes better and fair. Not by not accepting the fault lines and defending any mindless brutality just because it might sully the reputation of your religion. Just stating the verifiable historical facts.
G.Rasool
Mar 04, 2013 01:26pm
Ms.Usmani - While citizens are being massacred every day, PPP government under AAZ is busy drum beating , sloaganeering " We have completed 5 years of democratic rule". Can anyone question them ?
Syed
Mar 04, 2013 04:04pm
5 years of sheer hopelesness, misery, pain and suffering.
Oz
Mar 05, 2013 02:02pm
FFS, this is the mindset you need to come out of !! Ofcourse everyone has condemned it including the shia leadership. The part of the bigger issue is the shia killings. They have been the primary target like in all other recent cases. Scores of shias have died in the last 4 decades that is why they are the focus of media... for the first time in nations history.
karim
Mar 04, 2013 03:46pm
Old mullah trick of trying to change the subject ?
Kaafiv
Mar 04, 2013 01:07pm
Excellent Article Maheen, seeing yesterdays carnage reminded me of a sher,,,,Yaan Dast O Paa kattain gey, Yaan Gardanain urrain gi,,,,yeh mohabat e Ali hai, koi dil lagi nahin,,,,
Goga Nalaik
Mar 05, 2013 01:52pm
Shame on you for diverting from the issue. One injustice cannot justify another and still you are trying to justify it. We are not talking about what is going on in other countries. Otherwise I could have easily mentioned here a few comments about oppressed Shia community in oil rich province in Saudi Arabia, or Shia oppression going on in Bahrain for one and a half year, Alqaida atrocities on Shias in Yemen ... etc
Oz
Mar 05, 2013 02:05pm
Perhaps you should invest in a pair of electronic ears. Go back to the incident date and google the responses from Shias across the world. I am ONE and I CONDEMNED it, still do.
Humanity
Mar 05, 2013 01:58pm
Islam of Sunni & Shia has not allowed any massacre in the name of Islam. Killing of Ahmadies, whether you consider them Muslim or Non Muslim along with christians, jews, hidus and belonging to other religions is never allowed by true preeching of Islam. As per hadis Shareef " Murder of a single human being is the murder of whole humanity ". so be clear it is not the religion but the followers who are doing wrong interpretations and acts.
Syed
Mar 04, 2013 12:54pm
Great article Maheen Usmani. I know we have a large majority in Pakistan that has been brainwashed but we need sane muslims like you to do more. If we want to see peace in our country and stop this bloodshed then we must stop this funding from the external forces and arrest all the so called leaders that are preaching hate.
Anonym
Mar 04, 2013 02:03pm
"You have thrown us into wolves" Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
amn0aman
Mar 04, 2013 11:45am
"Unlike the disillusioned Hazaras, who have now started taking up arms to protect their neighbourhoods in Quetta, the Shia community in Karachi remain committed to the path of peace and reconciliation." Forgive my ignorance bt does taking up arm 4 protection mean that Hazaras r no more committed to the path of Peace???
Akram
Mar 05, 2013 12:25pm
I don't think the majority approve of sectarian mindset, they are just the silent majority. This intolerance must be crushed, if not we should tear down the mosques of those preaching hatred.
khanm
Mar 04, 2013 01:56pm
where are we going to?. Oh god guides us. Give us sanity and take away this madness....we really need to define the true meaning of faith and religious harmony In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.
Tamilslevan
Mar 05, 2013 12:26pm
God helps those who at least work on helping themselves. We hear Islam is a religion of peace but do the followers practice what is preached. Look around the world today and see the conflicts due to Islam followers
AHA
Mar 05, 2013 02:22am
Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to humanity. The Western civilization made its progress on humanity only after it was able to put religion under a lid.
bharat
Mar 05, 2013 02:30am
and only in an abrhamic religion killing and maiming has become the main game
suren sukhtankar
Mar 05, 2013 06:24pm
Islam has degenerated in a fanatic philosophy. If you are not like me then , I have a right to kill you.
Zinn
Mar 05, 2013 04:34pm
So vote them in again for another five.
Manzoor Ahmed
Mar 05, 2013 03:38am
You are right our chickens have come home to roost. My heart goes for the families who have lost their loved ones. The incident is tragic and heart wrenching, but it will not stop here. We as a society over decades under the rule of dictators and self acclaimed ulema have nurtured this jinni which was let out of the bottle under the democratic rule of Bhutto. He deemed it fit to mix the religion with politics and blatantly meddled in the affairs of faith which is universally seen as a private matter. Overnight, a law-abiding and peace-loving community (Ahmedis) was declared non Muslims in 1974. The massacre, looting, persecution and prosecution that followed and the amendments in the constitutions to seclude and malign Ahmedis in every possible way are not going to stop just with Ahmedis, there are so many more communities to bear the brunt. Our political and religious leaders, educationists, and intellectuals need to sit down and devise a strategy to uproot menace of sectarianism on war footage. We need to understand that religion is a personal matter. We need to celebrate diversity as part of our everyday life to enjoy its fruits. We need to get out of the shell and cocoon we have around us and see where the world is heading after overcoming this issue decades ago. God bless my city and my country.
sri1ram
Mar 05, 2013 04:28pm
Wow, that was an apt twist to what the great Khan said. A secular, left leaning, anti-feudal popular and capable leader, he presciently knew what would happen in the future. It was Sardar Patel's foresight and perspective - a very smart move to separate elements from the Indian army that could be swayed by faith, that were historically more martial & unitary - completely difficult to manage in case there was a faith-inspired call for disobedience. Hey, isn't that separated entity called "The establishment" nowadays :-)
teletire
Mar 05, 2013 04:28am
Thank you for writing this article Ms. Maheen Usmani.
hussain
Mar 05, 2013 04:09pm
Well! the whole carnage we are witnessing is due to the extremists who are trying to mis-represent the Islam. Had we been a secular state there would not be such devastation of muslims in the name of Islam. Our country men should realize that Saudis or Arab Sheikhs are trying to achieve their dirty goals of eliminating Shias and destabalising Pakistan through Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and TTP. They are heavily funding these banned outfits to train men in the madrassas. May God help those responsible to eradicate this menace to act viscously.
meher raza
Mar 05, 2013 06:12pm
Nice article! This is height of ignorance and tyranny, This kind of bloodshed is not new, throughout history of the world the powerful kept crushing weak and powerless. The action against this kind of behavior has always been a revolt against the merciless rulers who cannot control this violence. My heart goes to the victims and families......helpless people who keep asking help from God or Allah but we know Allah or God never interfered in the past centuries and will not now, Only human beings can help fellow human beings and stand together against this barbarism!
Jawwad
Mar 05, 2013 04:49pm
lol, you mean not a single innocent soul on this planet was lost before the arrival of Abrahamic religions?
numbersnumbers
Mar 05, 2013 06:21am
To all those who took to the streets in the hundreds of thousands in protest and defend Islam against THE MOVIE last year I would ask: Where are you now? If you truly believe, then consider what the Prophet thinks of your silence now, or are so many Pakistanis just "Muslims of convenience"???
Anis
Mar 05, 2013 06:00pm
Deafening silence by all muslims including shias on persecution of ahmadis and minorities. Still has time to make pakistan secular as per wishes of Jinnah. Ban religious parties in politics. Treat every pakistani fairly irrespective of religion. All persecuted communities should get together against extremists as unity is strength.
Oz
Mar 05, 2013 05:48pm
I totally agree with regulating the so called Ulema. Not every prayer leader in our country commands the title of the word "Alim". There are many who cannot even read the Quran properly or justify any aspect of Fiqah. By regulating them, the govt can ensure that qualified people are sitting on the positions of responsibility in the mosques.
Ali Shah
Mar 05, 2013 06:53am
Well written. Excellent article. Since the grass root of the problem is our curriculum. Why there are two different Islamiyat, we take out all sensitive topics from Islamiyat and teach general Islamiyat which reflects peace harmony and tolerance. One should not bother what type of Muslim the other one is, he should be respected based on humanity and not based on his belief. Secondly all the Imam of Mosques must be appointed by Awqaf board under strict vigilance of Government. They should give sermons based on the written note provided by the area commissioner. And they should bound to follow government rule not the rule of the country from where they are getting findings. Building new mosque only be allowed after proper permission from Awqaf board. No Madrassa should be built unless proper curriculum for madrasass approved by the government. Thirdly there should be a university to promote religious harmony in the country, which must have scholars from each sect, religions exist in Pakistan. Last but not least funding from foreign countries should be monitored and no direct funding should be allowed to religious group, the funding should be audit based on how and where they spent the funds. Above are my thoughts to bring harmony in the country. But before implementing above following measures should be taken first. 1. Must ban religious party to take use name of Allah, Prophet and Islam in political compaign. 2. LeJ, Sipahe Sahab and Jamat ul Dawa must be banned an their leaders should be tried under law. (in my view the present CJ is somehow keeping soft corner for extremism)
khurram
Mar 05, 2013 06:56am
Great Work Maheen, Amazing Article.
ND
Mar 05, 2013 07:08am
Kia kehney. Hats off to ur collection . . . .
Del 4011
Mar 05, 2013 05:19pm
Uneducated drivel. Rubbish.
Ruskhe
Mar 05, 2013 05:18pm
Actually it is the central theme in the Hindu religion. Unlike others I have read your Books.
Akbar
Mar 05, 2013 07:32am
It is time for each one of us regardless of the religious faith we follow to come out and remind the so called establishment and the Government that enough is enough!
Musthaq Ahmed
Mar 05, 2013 05:14pm
Take this from an Iraqi sunni ! He quietly assured me that Shia Sunni differences are too deep to be understood by non-Arab muslims. He wondered how can he expect any one other than an Arab to understand the theologie that goes with Islam. He concluded that Islam is an Arab faith and others can imitate it and feign to be muslims.
Fuzail Z. Ahmad
Mar 05, 2013 08:07am
Mehreen, the article was good and timely; but I beg to disagree with you on one important point. We must differentiate between shia persecution by extremists and the religious disagreement between shias and sunnis. What you wrote seems to suggest a nexus between these two aspects. I have studied enough to say that shias and sunnis unfortunately may never be able to reconcile their religious and history based differences, but we certainly want to live together peacefully. We have to focus on the problem - shia persecution by extremists. We have to hit the nail on its head, to achieve results. Mixing shia persecution with our religious beliefs is like trying to define a problem in such a way as to make it almost impossible to contain, let alone eradicate. Shias and sunnis are NOT at war, and insha Allah never will be, at least in Pakistan.
Ruskhe
Mar 05, 2013 05:13pm
The army was ready but has been ordered by the President not to take any action.
AHA
Mar 06, 2013 12:49am
@ Hayyan - This is not a Friday sermon. We expect some sense on this board. You better sit down.
AHA
Mar 06, 2013 12:47am
Bacha Khan was a great human.
AHA
Mar 06, 2013 12:39am
It has failed miserably, but that was because we switched the objective of Pakistan from a place for Muslims to a place for fanatic Islam. The concept of Pakistan was not flawed at its inception.
AHA
Mar 06, 2013 12:42am
Before 1977. But you would probably not get it.
sam
Mar 05, 2013 09:31am
One day people will look back to this point in time and refer to how the true believers of Islam were being massacred and the world stood by as it didn't serve them economically, politically or out of ignorance. Imam Hussain was betrayed and brutally tortured with only 72 companions, at a time when Muslims were in power and were in the millions. I just wanted to thank the author and point out to those who question the fact the Karbala massacre was carried out by Quran reciting Muslims. Allama Iqbal; Dasht-e-Karbal mein khara soch raha tha Islam Faida kiya huwa kafir ko musalman ker kay
Jibrail
Mar 05, 2013 09:46am
Well said! And Hazaras can hardly defend themselves with guns.
Majority
Mar 05, 2013 09:54am
"Unlike the disillusioned Hazaras, who have now started taking up arms to protect their neighbourhoods in Quetta..." .....The article otherwise well written, is making fun of the victims who have been left numb and paralyzed with grief through years and years of violence and carnage against them. The hazaras from Quetta have been a beacon of peace in their resilience and stand against the very violence which has been their companion over a decade now. I am shocked that the author would criminalise the victims like this. Shame!!!!!
Akhlesh
Mar 05, 2013 09:59am
Sadly, Mr. Jinnah failed to apply that adage to all humans. By applying it to Muslims only, he became complicit in the carnage of non-Sunnis in Pakistan.
Naved
Mar 05, 2013 10:03am
Anyone in Pakistan, who is quiet on the genocide of shias and other minorities; basically is the part of problem. In fact acting so, he or she tacitly approves that shias are kafir and there is no problem in killing them in terrorist acts. But they don't understand that one day these silent people will become target of same Sipah/lashkers. The people, who blame outside forces only for the religious terrorism in Pakistan and neither see nor speak against these local Sipah/lashkers are biased from inside. God may guide and give wisdom to these people.
John
Mar 05, 2013 10:28am
Time to do away with Religion....Let Human Beings ....remain Human.
Altamash
Mar 05, 2013 10:29am
There is a very fine line between peacefulness and cowardice.
Muntazir
Mar 05, 2013 10:43am
@ Hayyan True, there are Sunnis being killed across the world. My question to you is - Who is killing these Sunni brothers? In Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt - who is doing the killing? Is it people calling themselves 'Shia Muslims' who are carrying out mindless acts of violence against men, women and children? By God - if you look for fatwas given by Shia ulema, they continually advocate for peace. I ask you to look for fatwas given by other ulema, then ask yourself - Who stands for peace? When atrocities were being committed in Palestine, who suggested that the last Friday of every Ramadhan be decreed as Yawm Al-Quds? The killings in Pakistan are being done solely on the basis of faith. Ask yourself - as a Muslim - as a believer in the Holy Prophet (PBUH) - do you think he would condone such violence? How can someone KILL - and that too in HIS name? This is not a Sunni-Shia issue my brother. This is aimed at causing rifts between muslims, and the sooner we take up to this reality, the better!
Syed Mahdi
Mar 05, 2013 11:04am
Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilah e Raj e oon. Cruelty Peaked in Karcahi / Pakistan on Innocent Shia's and Ms Usmani has the courage to draw world's attention to this animosity taking place all over Pakistan and No One has the courage to condemend the Government NIL action. Syed
rana 1
Mar 05, 2013 10:35pm
SAM no one knows for 100 percent who is the true believer of Islam. The prophet only left behind the Quran as our guide and not some books compiled by people who themselves were at each others throats and who are the cause of the discord between muslms.What happened in Kerbala did not mean it was to be continued to this day.It happened at that moment of muslim history.ISLAM after the passing away of the prophet s.a.w and his sahabas was forged into sects by people who were bigoted in their minds and souls and we are paying the price now.
Feroz
Mar 05, 2013 11:08am
The only Muslim leader in pre Independence India who walked the talk, feared by the British not because he carried arms but had conviction, a man repeatedly jailed because he could not be broken. Pakistan has not been able to produce a single leader who could reach even the height of Bacha Khan's knees. He never ever doubted that the birth of Pakistan spelt the death knell of Pashtuns --- today they are slitting each others throat.
Xaff
Mar 05, 2013 02:06pm
What kind of demented and twisted logic is that? What you are saying is that now Shias should bomb innocent Pakistani sunnis because they did not raise voice against Saddam's criminal actions against Shias? or because of what the king of bahrain did against Shias there? Your logic is the same excrement spewed by the children of satan calling themselves lej.
Samir
Mar 05, 2013 02:19pm
Who are the people targetting Shias?? The society in Pakistan should boycott them or haul them to jail....every body knows that Shias are being targetted, but no one has the courage to name the people doing the killing!!
Shahid
Mar 05, 2013 02:21pm
Obviously, they were killed because they lived with shias. All those will also be killed who have symathies for shias.
Humanity
Mar 05, 2013 03:02pm
Excellent write up. It snot about Shia or Sunni or about any sect or belief. Its about humanity? No religion or sect portrays such a massacre. Islam preaches equality and hence we should stand firm against division and discrimination. The root case is lack of education. Why are young brains taught about hatred and disliking? What about love and brotherhood. I believe everyone has to play a role, and have to do a check and balance what is being taught in schools and madrassas.
ilmanafasih
Mar 05, 2013 03:15pm
Let me speak honestly what I see Maheen: " We have all died, and currently digging our own mass grave, simply waiting to be buried, all together. Pakistan will soon be remembered as a tombstone. Hope RIP."
LOL
Mar 05, 2013 04:41pm
Not so. The other side of the coin. Hidden side, but the same coin.
Hayyan
Mar 05, 2013 03:25pm
well nice to see your thoughts.. that is what i was trying to tell you that you cant clap from a single hand... if there is someone who is brainwashing then its on both sides.. and if the subject is started then talk about both...
Hayyan
Mar 05, 2013 03:27pm
Thats what i want to ask.. well explained brother..
Mudassir
Mar 05, 2013 08:01pm
What do you think of the whole idea of “ISLAM”? Is it really a religion of peace.??? When was it a peaceful religion? Where is the peace in Islamic world? We the Muslims are the most barbaric people. Bloodshed has been happening since the time of “Khulafa e Rashideen”. The hypocrites from the Prophet’s (pbuh) time have hijacked Islam and the results are in. The modern world is much more civilized, much more well-off, and much more tolerant and peaceful after they separated religion from state, and tied down the choking hands of religious clerics. Mullahs, no matter Sunni or Shia are the root-cause of the bloodshed of innocent people no matter Shia, Sunni, Ahmedi, or Christian. They don’t care about the human life or human happiness. They believe in murder, misery and destruction. They have this “industry” and “mafia” of religion, and they know that if the people become tolerant and unite, these Mullahs will go bankrupt and be out of business. Religion came for people. People did not come to existence to be sacrificed for religion. I don’t know how many Pakistanis can read this article and the comments. Dawn should spread the good messages via it’s Urdu edition. Pakistanis need fresh air.
ali.qureshi49@ymail.com
Mar 05, 2013 08:21pm
well u had suggest an educated and a permanent solution to the real and genuine problems pointed out by maheen in this article.. appreciated ur suggestion Ali Shah
nighat
Mar 05, 2013 09:12pm
seems you are enjoying the situation.
NS
Mar 06, 2013 02:52am
Here in Toronto the Sunnis at major mosques are shocked and alarmed at the massacre of Shia in Pakistan. The Sunni imams are preaching peace and brotherliness between Sunni and Shia here, while being aware of theological differences. there are Islamic schools here which have excellent modern curriculum and maybe these can be a model for the Islamic schools there. I am a Sunni and I love my Shia friends.
Ammar
Mar 06, 2013 04:09am
Well written and timely article but tend to disagree on certain points mentioned here. First, i fully condemn the brutal killing of shias or any other sect or minority in Pakistan as this violence is totally unacceptable and loss of an innocent human life is loss of entire humanity as per meaning of Quranic words so there is no question about it. But accusing the text books and curriculum for teaching hatred against other sects... ???? i have done post graduation and have not come across such stuff which teaches hatred against other sects. It has been a cliche but not the fact and in fact itself a self hate producing engine.. If you mean mederssah curriculum, then it must be noted that it is not only on sunni's part but on shia's part as well as books from both sides carry hatred messages and accusations for other sects so lets just not portray a single face of picture because in the essence, portraying a single face of coin actually nurture hatred. A well balanced approach is real need of time here. And if LEJ is responsible for such attacks, a common sunni like me which infact is majority has nothing to do with this bloody LEJ so LEJ must be taken only as a "terrorist organization" , not some "sunni terrorist organization:.