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Azra, 68, looks at her dead pet bird in a cage at her home, which was burnt by a mob. -Reuters Photo

It is a tale of two cities. One day the intellectuals of Lahore celebrate the reopening of their famed rendezvous, the Pak Tea House. The next day, a hate-filled mob attacks a Christian neighbourhood and set on fire dozens of homes belonging to the members of the Christian community.

Last week, Lahore indeed was at its schizophrenic worst.

The gathering of poets, writers, and journalists in Lahore at the fabled Pak Tea House, which had been closed for 13 years, warmed my heart. It was indeed a sign of optimism in a city where only weeks earlier a Shia doctor and his son were shot dead by sectarian murderers. The renowned columnist and author, Ata-ul-Haq Qasmi, told scribes that the Pak Tea House was the Vatican City of Pakistan’s intelligentsia and that they had assembled to celebrate its reopening.

While the literati in Lahore were still busy celebrating the reopening of their Vatican, a mob attacked the real followers of the Vatican City in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Lahore. The Christian residents of Joseph Colony in the Badami Bagh neighbourhood of Lahore fled their homes, leaving all their belongings behind. The mob ransacked the entire neighbourhood, looted valuables, and set alight hundreds of homes. Flames consumed the dowry of a bride-to-be, life savings of a retired janitor, and diplomas of a student who was set to appear in an exam. This was all done in the name of protecting the honour of the Prophet.

The Punjab Government has ordered an inquiry while the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, termed the attack on the Christian minority a barbaric act. Despite the strong-worded condemnation by the Punjab government there is, however, little hope for the culprits to face justice or for the victims to be compensated for their loss of property and sense of belonging.

It was only in 2009 that a similar mob attacked another Christian community in Gojra, killing nine Christians, seven of whom were burnt alive. Dozens of homes including a church were torched. The Punjab government then made similar claims of protecting the minorities and bringing the culprits to justice. Four years later, not a single accused has been convicted for murdering Christians in Gojra. In fact, the Punjab government refuses even to publicise the findings of the Inquiry Report submitted to the Chief Minister in October 2009 by Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman of the Lahore High Court. This does not give much hope to religious minorities in Pakistan.

In both instances, the mobs attacked Christian neighbourhoods after unsubstantiated accusations of blasphemy were made against one or more persons. The mob, however, meted out collective punishment while the law enforcement agencies failed to protect the life and property of religious minorities. In both Gojra and Lahore, the Police could have preempted violence, but they did not.

And when the Police had the accused in custody, they were still not able to protect individuals even in the lock-up. Last December, a mob attacked a police station in Dadu to remove a man accused of blasphemy from the lockup. The mob dragged the man to a square where he was burnt alive.

Violence perpetrated by mobs against minority communities is often predicated on accusations of blasphemy. More often than not, such accusations end up proving false. Even in the case of the Gojra massacre, a rumour about the desecration of sacred religious text lead to the death of innocent Christians. Rana Sanaullah, Punjab’s law minister,  told Reuters that “It was just a rumor which was exploited by anti-state elements to create chaos.” What seemed a mere chaos to the law minister ended up being a death sentence for others.

In the absence of law and order, people have turned into a lynch mob in Pakistan. While it may appear that the most vulnerable in the society are being subjected to mob frenzy, the reality is that no one is immune regardless of one’s wealth or status. The assassinations of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Salman Taseer, former governor of Punjab, prove this point.

Law and order are indeed public good. Just like clean air, the benefits of maintaining law and order accrue to all and not just to a few. It is extremely important for the State and the society to maintain law and order. Otherwise, the mob that ransacked Joseph Colony may march on to the Pak Tea House in search of blasphemers.

 


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Murtaza Haider, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of research and graduate programs at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. He can be reached by email at murtaza.haider@ryerson.ca

 


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.

Murtaza Haider is a Toronto-based academic and the director of Regionomics.com.

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Comments (95)

Ahsan
March 13, 2013 5:49 pm
as your newspaper reported yesterday that this is matter of blasphemy, this was actually mattoar of property mafia of PML N MPA and MNA.
Passer by
March 13, 2013 5:02 pm
I am afraid I don't believe there is such a thing as a blasphemy. It's just an outrage from those who are insecure in their own faith. - Stephen Fry
Talha
March 13, 2013 4:47 pm
Its time to change join the civilized world, and change some of the blasphemy laws. Nobody should be allowed to insult those that we hold close to heart. However, these laws are being taken too far. Any benefit from these laws is yet to be seen; however their abuse is quite commonly seen. Remember, the examples that our Prophet himself set and his message and response to those that insulted him. We should follow the same example and so should the laws.
Fayaz Khan
March 13, 2013 4:46 pm
So, and this may be a futile question to ask, what is the basis in Quran or Hadith for blasphemy as a punishable offense?
Magister Ludi
March 13, 2013 1:42 pm
A metaphor in Urdu sums it pretty nicely: "Kumzor Pay Zor" roughly translated as Forceful on the meek.
Ahsan Raza
March 13, 2013 5:22 pm
it was a shocking incident. will damage image of Pak even more.
kulukku baba
March 13, 2013 8:37 pm
What condemnation! These guys will be given a civilian award, just wait and watch!
n.qureshi
March 13, 2013 1:13 pm
people involved with this horrible act should be hanged.
AHA
March 13, 2013 1:48 pm
So you thinks Muslims are superior to Humans?
Azmat Khan
March 13, 2013 2:01 pm
peace you are great
AHA
March 13, 2013 1:47 pm
Your comparison with the shooting in the USA is so out of context.
Azmat Khan
March 13, 2013 1:53 pm
THIS CASE IS ONE OF TORCHING A SPECIFIC COMMUNITY COLONY AND MUCH DIFFERENT FROM A SCHOOL SHOOT OUT
Azmat Khan
March 13, 2013 1:58 pm
only a few mullahs have condemned the incident but only in a muffled voice.just a formality
Md Imran
March 13, 2013 2:04 pm
Sir, mob has many hands but no eyes is what they say. Who instigated this vigilante mob ? If there were threats for months, who was propping them up ? There are 2 things that authorities need to investigate : 1. Was there really a blasphemy ? If yes, then the person who committed the crime deserves the punishment but not the entire neighbourhood. 2. Lets step aside and think for a minute. Who benefits from the constant infighting within Pakistan ? There are unnamed forces beyond the boundaries of Pakistan that are trying to malign Pakistan, or make it unstable like Ruwanda or Somalia so there can be a puppet government, or a future theater of war. So one should not dismiss each question as conspiracies. ISI is considered as the best and greatest spy agency in the world. They should get to the bottom of this and do a thorough investigation into the Lahore and Karachi tragedies.
pathanoo
March 13, 2013 3:50 pm
Farooq Mian, People like you are the reason why Pakistan is in such a mess. I hope you stay in Pakistan and do not migrate.
Thought
March 13, 2013 3:27 pm
Why Allah wants his own creation to be dead ?? when his creation criticizes him ?? can't god tolerate criticism ?? I strongly feel these Blashphemy quotes are manually incorporated in the "Holy Quran" by politically motivated individuals..it's high time to amend quran as how really a GOD feels, than a politically motivated Mullah's wants it to be !!. ***PEACE ****
Bobs
March 13, 2013 3:23 pm
First of all their was no blasphemy..it was just word of one drunk against another...if blasphemy is applied all the people in mob should be punished because they burnt the church and bibles....Second when police warned them to leave the area..why they did not come to stop the mob from torchring and looting their house..They looted the entire houses was it for Allah? ..If you take somebody's all life belonging/saving that person has no desire to live if nothing left for him or her to feed their family..they would have better off killed...Please stop blamming foreign hands in all of this...dont fool yourselves or others...The day is not far the you will be killed too?
Astro
March 13, 2013 2:17 pm
So once again, it's OUTSIDERS, not Pakistanis and certainly not muslims, who are responsible. All Pakistanis are pure and blameless. Get real and take a good look at what's happening around you. The only way we will ever be able to improve conditions in our country is to stop blaming others for the mess we are in and start taking real steps to solve our problems.
Azmat Khan
March 13, 2013 1:47 pm
I AM SURE THEY WILL ESCAPE SCOT FREE OR ONLY MILDLY PUNISHED
xyz
March 13, 2013 3:11 pm
lol thanks god these views can be expressed because the author is in Toronto :)
Adil
March 13, 2013 2:35 pm
until people like malik isha* gets punishment, no one could stop this madness.
Khalid
March 13, 2013 2:36 pm
Dear Mr. Imran, You have actually named the unnamed forces behind all this and that is also one of the problems we have. After incidents like this, our first priority almost always is to look for "someone else", knowing full well that we as a nation are more than capable of doing all these things and more without anyone instigating them. ONLY WHEN WE ADMIT THAT WE ARE ONES DOING IT, WE WILL BE ABLE TO FIND A SOLUTION. Let us stop blaming others for our wrongdoings and admit that we have enough culprits among ourselves who are responsible. Let us find them and eradicate them.
Khalid
March 13, 2013 2:38 pm
Please stop comparing Pakistan to USA because there is no comparison. We have become a nation of lapors sadly.
Pramod
March 13, 2013 2:39 pm
Farooq Ali Sahab how can you compare a religiously charged mob of 3000 people with a mentally ill person.
khatun
March 13, 2013 2:52 pm
You see violent people everywhere, but it seems to me muslims have a major share in that tribe.
Ahsan
March 13, 2013 5:54 pm
as DAWN newspaper reported yesterday that this is matter of blasphemy, this was actually mattar of property mafia of PML N MPA and MNA.
dr aisha
March 13, 2013 6:03 pm
Kabhi khushi kabhi ghum?
BRR
March 13, 2013 6:03 pm
So blind
Peace
March 13, 2013 9:36 am
Murtaza Haider ... you are one of your kind sir... This is Journalism at its best... sometimes truth takes us to the darkest places that we do not know exist and we do not want to believe their existance, you bring it out with amazing integrity and fearless honesty... Hats off to you my friend... I follow your posts closely at Dawn, As haunting as this piece is, its truely a reflection of the truth, It scares me to see such environment which reminds me of the stone ages, yet i see hope when i see truth seekers like you, Mobarak Haider and certainly a lot more at DAWN.... May God bless you all and protect you all....
kulukku baba
March 13, 2013 8:34 pm
Dont be surprised if they are given awards for protecting the 'religion of peace!!!!'
Iqbal khan
March 13, 2013 11:02 am
I can't even call these people human beings let alone Muslim.Not a single mullah has come forward to denounce this heinous crime.
AHA
March 13, 2013 11:05 am
All this so that Allah is pleased.
pathanoo
March 13, 2013 3:52 pm
Pakistan is a country, if you can still call it a country, without soul, brain or values. Nothing surprises me any more what happens there. Only saddens me. Kudos to the author, Murtaza Haider, for an excellent, honest article.
Farooq Ali
March 13, 2013 11:32 am
Our superior courts are taking care of matter and enquiry may find something other than anti christian violence , things like this happens in other countries also like gunman killing 26 innocent school children in USAin DEC 2012 but reputation of country and nation are kept safe .
Saleem
March 13, 2013 8:23 pm
There is no punishment for blasphemy in neither the Holy Quran, nor the Holy Prophet (Pbuh) punished for blasphemy. There are many surahs in Holy Quran that Allah says leave this matter for HIM, because HE is all knowing. This terminology is created by Mullahs to achieve their own mischievous agenda, otherwise Allah says in Holy Quran "If they accept Islam, then turn back, then accept again, then turn back, leave up to ME, as I will decide their fate on the day of judgment. Also the person who insulted Holy prophet, his son came to ask permission to kill his father, but holy prophet told him no. He actually asked Allah to forgive that person. Now you know why our beloved prophet was called Rehmat-ul-Alameen. I pray today Muslim ummah study the beautiful teaching of Islam rather then blindly following ignorant and hateful Mullahs.
Fawad
March 13, 2013 8:19 pm
I'll gladly accept the premise that there might be foreign entities that are taking advantage of the chaos but who is the real culprit behind it? This chaos is not created by foreign entities. Its created by people who consider themselves "Muslims" above "Pakistani". They're not thinking about the welfare of Pakistan, these people are busy using kids to deliver bombs and refusing polio medicines. You honestly think TTP is thinking about the best interests of Pakistan? What kind of "Muslims" are these? They are high school dropouts who should be sweeping floors but since they have an easy supply of AK-47s and bomb making materials, they have become the masters of our destiny. They are not Muslims! They are thugs, criminals, and they belong in a jail.
Adnan
March 13, 2013 6:24 pm
Few words say it all. thanks for sharing your views.
anicma
March 13, 2013 6:44 pm
It is not easy to come out and condemn an act that one might have instigated.
Peace
March 13, 2013 7:34 pm
Your views are reflections of a predominant view of so many comments i see at Dawn... A country or a person finds comfort in Conspiracy Theories only when he is desperate to find some direction to throw the blame… Blaming West or India or any other outsider for the condition inside your home never solves the problem… Needless to say it doesn’t help anyone… A country in deep denial about its evils cannot run away its fate… As any Psychologist will tell you DENIAL is the first problem an addict has to overcome… Accepting the problem is a sign of a responsible individual/Nation… you have to take responsibility for your action… similarly a country has to take responsibility for the actions of its citizens because the citizens are nothing but the reflection of the soul of a Nation…. Only then the Long and Painful process of Healing would start… and believe me at the end of this long and dark tunnel there is Light if you are willing to open your eyes and have the courage to follow that light without blindly fighting with your fellow countrymen and without blaming an outsiders for that fight or the darkness….
Ram Krishan Sharma
March 13, 2013 7:59 pm
This incident in Lahore has proved beyond doubt that out of All of the world religions , followers of Islam are the most intolerant.
Seetharam
March 13, 2013 8:51 pm
Thanks to Murtaza for writing this story of the Christians in Pakistan. One can only wonder what is the response of the Federal and State Governments of Pakistan. Are there not any laws prohibiting these kind of barbarious acts on religious minorities? Hoe does Allah punish these criminals? The silence of these Govts. is very ominous to the future of Pakistan as a nation.
Tahira, USA
March 13, 2013 9:09 pm
He can do so only because he is outside Pakistan. It is not like any of the persons with integrity within Pakistan could not have written this article, many could have but then they will be targetted and must continually watch over their shoulder.
malik
March 13, 2013 9:44 pm
Something terribly wrong with the religion of peace. Can someone show me one example where we showed peace instead of plundering and killing?
hassan bashir
March 13, 2013 11:24 pm
Iqbal your comment assumes that Mullah as a minute of intelligence, remourse, and rationality to condemn these attacks. I am sure you have heard of a joke where father had 4 sons: (1) a lawyer; (2) physician; (3) an engineer. When father was so worried about his fourth one being a failure he asked him to become a Mullah.
hassan bashir
March 13, 2013 11:32 pm
MD Imran. If you are really an MD then I am shocked. The people who were burning Cross was that a blasphemy? Is killing someone for the name of Islam, corrupting the name of Islam, denouncing the followers of Islam, interpreting Quran wrongfully, having Islam as a hostage to act this way, isn't that blasphamy. Who gave authority to a mob to kill anyone even if he committed blasphamy? Who seeks that justice will be done to the blasphemous, a mob, with twisted thoughts? If Islam remains in the private sphere of individual lifes, all of our lives will be spared.
Ram Krishan Sharma
March 14, 2013 12:14 am
You are Day Dreaming Mr. Imran. Wake up . Your Own people are killing your countrymen.
Pak Patriot
March 14, 2013 12:42 am
Murtaza Haider, I am sure our Christian brothers and sisters appreciate this article of yours. May be for the illiterate Muslim population of our country, you should write about the contribution of Pakistan’s minorities. The Christians of Pakistan are very Patriotic. They have built schools, colleges, clinics and hospitals. The majority of student’s in a class room were muslims. The muslims benefitted with top grade education. The sad part is that, these educated muslims, NEVER come forward to defend the very Christians who taught them and their children. Christians, served in the Police Service and the Armed Forces of Pakistan with great distinction, honesty and integrity. The defender of Karachi Flt Lt Mervyn Middlecoat was flying F-86 aircraft. In the dogfight that followed, Mervyn shot down two enemy aircrafts, a feat for which he came to be known as the ‘Defender of Karachi’ 1965 war. In 1965 Flt Lt Cecil Chaudhry levelled Halwara. These deserving Christian Pilots were never given high promotions due to that IDIOT Gen Zia Please inform these illiterate muslims that it was Lt Gen Niazi who surrendered E Pak not a minority. The Christian Community of Pakistan, has served their BELOVED country with Great Distinction and honour. No one can ever deny this fact ............. No one. SHAME on the Muslims who studied at Christian Institutions but do not come to their defence.
Ravi
March 14, 2013 12:43 am
In case of USA one guy has lost his mind, but in Pakistan whole mob lost their balance of mind, you can not see the difference, strange.
Asim
March 14, 2013 2:32 am

This is a poor example. However, in a civilized society even if an individual (there are no mobs) commits a act of hate, e.g. Gurdawara shooting in Wisconsis, law enforcement acts rapidly and with full force and all sectons of society condem such actions. People across the world are not sitting by their TVs waiting to malign Pakistan's "reputation". We do a fine job of it our self.

Practical
March 14, 2013 2:46 am

Does this mob involved believe in Allah?

Amjad Wyne
March 14, 2013 3:24 am

Why blame Mullahs when the state fails to take a stand - shame on the state

Kamran H.
March 14, 2013 4:13 am

Whether external forces are involved or not, there is no justification for these illiterate and intolerant Pakistanis to attack our own minorities. A first step would be to accept our weakness and understand that we cannot impose our will on others (especially minorities) instead of trying to justify these acts and blaming it on external forces. Islam does not permit burning innocent peoples houses or targeting an entire community no matter what the reason.

Naseem
March 14, 2013 11:12 am

No one is safe in Pakistan. Who is to blame for this. All of us. It is easy for me,M.Haider and other foreign based "experts" of Pakistani origin to pontificate from a safe and comfortable distance. Anybody in Pakistan will tell you what is wrong with the country but nobody has a clue how to rectify it.

My humble plea to all is to STOP Pakistan bashing,be grateful for your country,vote according to your conscience and wisdom. Once you have elected someone in, do not let him forget his/her promises. You the voters have to decide your priorities.

Honest Man
March 14, 2013 4:38 am
I am sure Pakistanis would be very proud of themselves.
ZR
March 14, 2013 4:45 am
These are just the symptoms of the problems and not the problem itself... why is it that each and everyone of us is ready to kill? why is is that we want to take justice in our own hands? Give the people whose lives was destroyed justice and no one will dare do this again...but we know what is going to happen :)
Devil
March 14, 2013 5:04 am

And they wonder where all the Ostriches have gone !

Devil
March 14, 2013 5:14 am

@Farooq,

If you read calmly and carefully, the article talks about lunch mob! Do you still think the act of one Psycho in USA can be compared with these horrific acts by mobs in your nation (or any other nation for that matter)?

ranganath
March 14, 2013 5:22 am

Did you see an foreign looking people the crowd? Instead of such theories, please do some soul searching, you may realize the truth. There is nothing to gain to anyone in the world. Best wishes

concerned Human
March 14, 2013 6:13 am

Very well written article but let me tell you nothing will change due to below reasons

  1. The religious fanaticism will never cease to exist in pakistan.
  2. people have developed a habit to close their eyes to everything in pakistan and simply blame it on foriegn countries and carry on with their lives.
  3. When muslims themselves are dying in pakistan who will care about other religions.
  4. political parties depend on Mobs for their Jobs so why would they change anything.
  5. liberals will shout and condem for few days then they will continue thier comfortable lives.
ZAFARI SYED
March 14, 2013 6:14 am

If one must compare, SHOOTING INNOCENT CHILDERN AT SCHOOL WAS WORSE. If they had a media like ours they would have found a motive by counting the religions and sects of the deceased, and that of the killer.

However, in case of reporting a blasphemy, the accusers and their witnesses who come for registering the FIR should also be kept in custody and, as the law provides, should be charged and punished if they fail to proved it.

jen
March 14, 2013 6:44 am

As long as man assumes the role of protector of Almighty, there is no hope. This specifically applies to pakistani muslims. Dont fool yourself by conspiracy theories.

Ali Kamal
March 14, 2013 7:45 am

The argument that foreign hands are involved needs careful analysis. It must be kept in mind that the mob was all Pakistanis, the people who lit fire were Pakistanis, and those who looted the houses were Pakistanis. Now foreign hands argument does not stand on its ground when all the perpetrators of the crime were Pakistanis, therefore, we must not find excuses for our own shortcomings and openly admit that religious radicalism has taken roots in the society to the extent that tolerance and humanity is hard to find.

MKB
March 14, 2013 8:02 am

What blasphemy ? Islam must accept that nothing above questing. Human quest must get answer to every and each question he has in mind. If Islam can not reply them , than it is its short comming, not the person's. Again if any body do not believe what Islam preaches, than he has the right to disbelieve.

sane
March 14, 2013 8:07 am

If a society keeps finding excuses for its wrong,it will never improve.Only way to get Pakistan out of this downward spiral is to change its education to reflect secular teachings and love for all instead of hateful and unrealistic propaganda.Than there may be hope to get back to the Glorious past.

Raj Hukkoo
March 14, 2013 8:34 am

It is not good enuf to say it was not Islam. It was Islam in action. It is like saying, when there is excrement all around and it smells, "oh, it is not the excrement but the fault lies with noses of the people that are complaining about the smell". The first step is to rescue non-Muslims from the evil effects of Islam by relocating all Muslims from India to Pakistan and Bangladesh and by relocating all non-Muslims from Pakistan and Bangladesh to India. This will complete Pakistan. Once Partition is completed South Asian Muslims should look squarely at Islam and its teachings and reform it or remove it completely from politics and social governance.

Akbar
March 14, 2013 9:39 am

There was estimated to be a mob consisted of 3000 people who attacked christian community. For God's sake, let's stop pointing the source of all our problems to foreign elements.

Parveen
March 14, 2013 9:46 am

Is that sarcasm or a sense of satisfaction?

Gautam
March 14, 2013 11:57 am

Whatever is left of it! A big IF??????

Gautam
March 14, 2013 12:00 pm

HaHa You must be an Indian, ridiculing typical Pakistani mindset. OR NOT?

vjaiswal35
March 14, 2013 12:50 pm

"Violence perpetrated by mobs against minority communities is often predicated on accusations of blasphemy. More often than not, such accusations end up proving false." Islam means peace, Islam stands for peace, the followers of Islam are very peaceful and peace loving people. The why this ...... then why this

hyderphd74
March 14, 2013 1:56 pm

Very "clever" ! You would need to think for a very long "minute" Sir. A typical Pakistani mind. Blame all the ills of our doing to the "unnamed forces beyond the boundaries of Pakistan". No one in the world needs to destroy Pakistan. We are doing it from within. Or do you think ISI is a foreign entity? The police, the Judiciary, the army, the government and finally the very population of Pakistan is foreign? If so, then you can surely blame the forces beyond the border to be causing this havoc. Please open your eyes and accept your own faults. Playing the blame game is never going to solve the problem, it will indeed increase it. An illness can never be treated as long as the diagnosis is not correct. We have been playing the blame game for the last sixty plus years. What have we gained? What we need is a ruler of the likes of Attaturk of Turkey. One who has the guts to say 'to hell with religion' we are going to live like humans and behave like humans. One who has the guts to crush all these elements of our society like the Talibans, the TeJ, SeS and the likes. Only then we can live in peace.

AHA
March 14, 2013 2:20 pm
Abdul Sattar Edhi. But please do not me for one more example.
AHA
March 14, 2013 2:23 pm
"Kabhi khushi." What was the last time we actually said that.
AHA
March 14, 2013 2:29 pm
Changing "some" of the blasphemy laws will not get us anywhere. The blasphemy laws need to be repudiated entirely.
Azmat Khan
March 14, 2013 2:46 pm
Right, it may be.
Tony
March 14, 2013 3:01 pm
It is very clear that the attack was a deep conspiracy to intimidate and kill minorities. How come the victims took this threat so seriously that they evacuated their houses in advance and the cops did not know about it. Seems like it was a public knowledge that this attack is going to happen and all the "Peace" loving people were sitting and waiting for the body counts..
Peace
March 14, 2013 3:35 pm
With all due respect, I disagree with you Tahira... There are plenty of people within Pakistan who attempt to do this, Mobarak Haider is one such example... The numbers of these gentlemen/women is very less and yes definietely there might be a security threat... But there are people who are ready to shout out the truth no matter the consequences ... that is what i think, wish and hope will save Pakistan one day...
Bobs
March 14, 2013 4:03 pm
I recently started reading dawn out curiousity to learn what is happening in neighboring country. I heard a lot in news in indian news media that it involved in this bombing that bombing etc...I wanted to know its just politics or common population of this country also against India..SO far what I get from dawn and youtube videos that even common population is brewing hatered towards other religions and India...why?...I see muslims as somebody who wants to eat all the fruits grown by Jewish,christian,hindus and others but same time wants to kill who planted and waters those fruits. This mentality wont take you anywhere....
Jay
March 14, 2013 4:37 pm
Pakistan has become a country with no Conscience , Kill, Hate, Burn, Bomb are the only dividends offered
Riaz
March 14, 2013 4:41 pm
It is about time, the Pakistani society begins to realize, whether it is the rich or the poor; whether it is the educated or the illiterate; whether it is the religious or the secular; whether it is the government or bureaucracy; whether it is the culture or society; ethics and morals and respect for law died long time ago in Pakistan.
LaRhum
March 14, 2013 5:25 pm
I am really shocked and saddened the artrocity against our christian brothers. I am sure nawaz league would have prevented this incident all together but nawaz league who has strong ties with extremist groups and did not want to upset them I am surprised when nawaz league says they were unaware of the development in Badami bagh. How come it is possible? either nawaz league are most incompetent or they were fully aware of this incidence. I believe, police has done whatever they could do but they could not go beyond what was the responsibility of nawaz leagus government in punjab. if politicians are sincere including PPP and PML (N) etc. they would have passed a law to punish by death those who announce hatred announcement on mosque loud speakers against minorities. Why they do not introduce law for severe punishments for those who incite people against minorities. Why there were no strike or agitation by general people of pakistan against these atrocities against minorities?
peace
March 14, 2013 6:54 pm
no one is immune regardless of one’s wealth or status. The assassinations of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Salman Taseer, former governor of Punjab, prove this point. I respectfully disagree with you. All three cases are different. All of them wrong.. but cannot be labelled as a result of Mob mantality. Bhutto as political assasination, Salman Taseer was killing by a lunitic...and this event is mob... I like your writing... I would suggest you write about something other then doom and gloom in Pakistan, ... Someone sitting in the US and suggesting Pakistan is no place to live does not help anyone... we need solutions not someone stating the obvious.....
Truth
March 14, 2013 7:08 pm
If this happened to Muslims anywhere in the world the hell would have broken losen. It is clear muslims have no conscious, the whole religion is enemy centered and preaches hate, I don't see any followers of peace loving religion out in the streets protesting.
AHA
March 14, 2013 7:42 pm
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the ..... Avoiding the reality does not make us a patriot either.
Khushbakht
March 14, 2013 9:35 pm
The well-being and safety of citizens are at stake here and all we can think of is "image" of Pak? Even more shocking!
freak
March 14, 2013 11:29 pm
Dear Farooq, Your comment "things like this happens in other countries also" is showing your casual attitude towards precious life and property taken away by someone, you will feel the heat and realize the seriousness when "things like this" happen to you and your family...
ak47
March 14, 2013 11:36 pm
it is a living HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.
Azmat Khan
March 15, 2013 12:59 am
Tahira, you maybe right.
Azmat Khan
March 15, 2013 1:01 am
Peace, i do not disagree with you too.
Akil Akhtar
March 15, 2013 2:31 am
The views are being printed in pakistani newspapers. try printing something critical of hindus for burning 100 churches in indian newspapers...
Karim Lala
March 15, 2013 4:53 am
If only once the guardians of law behave in a responsible manner and kill these marauding mobs (who have no legitimacy except to kill and destroy other peoples property), then only these hooliganisiam will stop, but for this to happen you need an impartial police force who will not be afraid to take action. However, I sympathise with the police force because if they decides to take action the Politicians will blame them or if they do not take any action, the politicians will blame them, so it is no win game. God Save Pakistan.
Mustafa Rajper
March 15, 2013 5:06 am
I agree completely with your views, i am really astonished that a barber doesnt know properly about blasphemy and he was able to gather 3000 people who plundered the belongings of all christian residents. These kinds of incidents show how much religious tolerant we are, that christian is arrested but that muslim is moving freely as he has done a Holy thing. The government will do nothing except giving statements of compensation, i am very much hurt by this incident.
ObserverOne
March 15, 2013 5:58 am
Dawn using this and other authors has decided to fuel the fire of hate as much as it can.
Ghulam Ishaq
March 15, 2013 7:44 am
No one is safe in Pakistan. Religious intolerance makes it difficult to breathe freely let alone live
Ghulam Ishaq
March 15, 2013 7:49 am
Kabhi khushi, kabhi bhi ghum
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