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Anti-Islamic sentiments are on the rise in the West, says an official US report while urging Western governments to foster tolerance and stop anti-Muslim violence.

Based on a survey of almost 200 countries and territories, the State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom also warns that “religious freedom is on the decline in many parts of the world” and calls the trend “worrying.”

US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook told a briefing in Washington this week that “anti-Muslim sentiment and discrimination are evident in places as diverse as Europe and Asia.” Reminding officials in those countries to act now to curb this trend, she said: "We call on societies and governments to foster tolerance and hold perpetrators of violence accountable."

She was commenting on the State Department report which warned that “anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions were clearly on the rise--particularly in Europe and Asia” and so far Western governments had not been able to arrest this trend.

“Government restrictions, which often coincided with societal animosity, resulted in anti-Muslim actions that affected everyday life for numerous believers. The impact ranged from education, to employment, to personal safety within communities,” the report adds.

“Government restrictions on religious attire also remained an issue, as Muslim women faced increasing restrictions on head coverings in schools, in public sector employment, and in public spaces.”

In Belgium, the Constitutional Court ruled that the nation’s 2011 ban on face-covering attire, with no exception for religious garments, did not violate religious freedom.

In India, several educational institutions in Mangalore, Karnataka, reportedly banned Muslim girls from wearing headscarves. Since 2009, schools and colleges run by both Hindu and Christian administrations have prevented Muslim female students and teachers from covering their heads, citing a uniform dress code.

In contrast, in November, Turkey lifted a ban on female students wearing headscarves in schools that provided religious education.

The chapter on Pakistan notes that blasphemy laws in this country are sometimes abused to settle personal disputes and silence legitimate political discourse. Rimsha Masih, a mentally disabled Christian girl was jailed for over a month on blasphemy charges until domestic and international condemnation prompted her release. In another case, two Muslims were burned alive. Sporadic incidents of mob violence against members of the country’s Christian and Hindu minorities were also reported.

The report notes that in Pakistan, at least 17 people are awaiting execution for blasphemy and 20 others are serving life sentences. But the State Department also points that “to date the Pakistani government has never carried out an execution for blasphemy.”

In Pakistan, violent extremists also target Muslims who advocate tolerance and pluralism. In addition, there were scores of attacks on Sufi, Hindu, Ahmadiyya, Shia, and Christian gatherings and religious sites, resulting in numerous deaths and extensive damage. Some religious groups protested against public debate about potential amendments to the blasphemy laws or against alleged acts of blasphemy.

There were reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice. During the year, societal intolerance continued while there were increasing attacks against members of the Shia Muslim community. Human rights and religious freedom advocates and members of minorities reported self-censorship due to a climate of intolerance and fear.

Acts of violence and intimidation against religious minorities by violent extremists exacerbated existing sectarian tensions. Violent extremists in some parts of the country demanded that all citizens follow their authoritarian interpretation of Islam and threatened brutal consequences if they did not abide by it.

According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, as of Dec. 31, 2010, 19,421 madrassahs had been registered in Pakistan. However, many civil society organizations and education experts disputed the number of madrassahs operating across the country. According to the Ittehad Tanzeem ul Madaris Pakistan (ITMP), a council consisting of the heads of the five major wafaqs, there are approximately 25,000-30,000 registered madrassahs.

There were reports of abuses of religious freedom, including religious prisoners and detainees. The government generally enforced existing legal and policy restrictions on religious freedom, particularly on the Ahmadiyya community. Government policies did not afford equal protection to members of majority and minority religious groups, and due to discriminatory legislation, minorities often were afraid to profess freely their religious beliefs.

During the year, media and nongovernmental organizations reported on allegations of killings by authorities. For example, media reported that on March 30, Ahmadi schoolteacher Abdul Quddoos was tortured in police custody in Chenab Nagar, Punjab and later died in a local hospital due to injuries. Police reportedly detained him as the suspect in a murder but released him after allegedly torturing him. Ahmadiyya community leaders said that the real reason for the teacher’s arrest was to undermine the reputation of the local Ahmadiyya administration of Chenab Nagar.

Police reportedly tortured and abused persons in custody on religious charges. According to the local NGO Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement in October, guards at the Central Jail in Mianwali allegedly tortured Younis Masih, who has been imprisoned since his 2005 death sentence for blasphemy. Masih claimed that prison authorities beat him, deprived him of proper food and medical attention, and subsequently charged him with inciting a riot in the prison. Masih’s appeal of his death sentence remained pending at year’s end.

Abuses under the blasphemy and other discriminatory laws, such as those pertaining to the Ahmadiyya community, continued. The government did not take adequate measures to prevent these incidents or undertake reform measures to prevent the widespread abuse of the laws.

Comments (77) Closed

Skeptic May 23, 2013 02:41pm

It is surely the fault of the non-Muslims of the world. Non-Muslims should learn tolerance from the Islamic countries in general and from Muslims in particular.

bauke May 23, 2013 03:27pm

The US Ambassador called on societies and governments to foster tolerance.............. You lke a nice example of US religious tolerance? Immediately after 9/11 not a single chemical/oil tanker nor any containership is allowed to have a muslim worker in charge, on whatever level. No muslim is aboard on any ship on account of American 'tolerance'. The Ambassador is the right person to cal upon us, indeed!

Usmani May 23, 2013 03:30pm

well, In Pakistan there is no ban or any thing like this for minorities to continue to their beliefs, but whenever any one abuse the other, this conflict arises. so far i ve seen muslims are so united that if anyone does that kind of thing, they will punish them.

Satyameva Jayate May 23, 2013 03:47pm

Not unexpected, when and where people don't have loyalty to the countries where they live, earn their living, and fully use extensive social services.

VGP May 23, 2013 05:26pm

What does about a religion built on hate for others and particularly in Paksitan

Ali S May 23, 2013 05:40pm

What a shock, isn't it?

xulfjan May 23, 2013 05:55pm

Thats what Samuel Hutttingtons 'Clash of Civilisation' set out to do. After the Soviet disintegration, US War machine 'found' a new enemy, muslims. It suits them just fine to support any muslim terrorists as that just validates their agenda. Support of Syrian resistance, most of which is run be AlQaida, fascist Muslim rulers like Saudis, Bahraini and Qatari Sheikhs are all part of the agenda. Since late eighties and nineties neocons in the US administration have been working on that and successfully creating destruction in the muslim lands and squeezing the liberal and educated Muslim out of the equation. We have to realise this and need to tackle West not by force, which is counterproductive, but by bringing education, science and technology to the fore.

A Pakistani May 23, 2013 06:05pm

@Skeptic: Heavy sarcasm there

Capricorn May 23, 2013 06:18pm

@Skeptic: Can you give a few examples of your so called tolerance.

bubba May 23, 2013 06:40pm

Most of the examples of religious intolerance in the West deal with "how to dress" - unfortunately in Pakistan religious intolerance usually involve death or imprisonment.

Issa Wilson May 23, 2013 06:50pm

Very good comment. Every one knows the tolerance of Muslims in Muslim countries. It's a joke. If non Muslims attitude is like Muslims no Muslim would be in other parts of the world.

ipcressfiles May 23, 2013 07:00pm

Don't blame us in the West for the intolerance!!! If a belief is to be judged based on the action(s) of the believer, then surely Islam deserves the rotten reputation it has. Muslims are the pariahs of the world! The West may have it's actions based on political motives, but Muslims are basing their actions on what they believe to be justification!

Barry May 23, 2013 07:08pm

Muslims are solely responsible for this image. Muslims want secular democracy when they are in a minority, they want sharia when they are majority.

In general, Muslims are intolerant, and violent. They have no respect towards other religious people and they cannot take criticisms. No wonder, Muslims are not very creative people, be it in science, literature, film or music.

In every Muslim country, non-Muslims number decrease, and in every non-Muslim country Muslims increase their numbers by geometric proportions.

GaramHawa May 23, 2013 07:22pm

@Skeptic: I got your sarcasm but not sure about others.. :)

AJ May 23, 2013 07:22pm

@Usmani: Wonder if your post is sarcastioc or a serious one?

AHA May 23, 2013 07:29pm

@Usmani: No ban in Pakistan. Seems you live on some other planet.

ravi May 23, 2013 07:35pm

Ban on head scarves, as it is not their uniform, is a religious freedom issue? There is a place for dress code. School is not place for religious dressing. There are other schools where that kind of dressing is allowed(government schools for example). You want to go to a private school, knowing uniform is mandatory, and dont want to wear that uniform?

Sounds like typical hypocrite.

Harbhajan May 23, 2013 07:47pm

Hindus of Pakistan are trying to migrate to India! WHY?

Jeremy K May 23, 2013 08:00pm

@A Pakistani : The very fact that Muslims are allowed to stay permanently is a sign of tolerance. They can build their mosques, they can pray as they wish. Can you imagine Christians or Hindus or Buddhists doing that in Saudi Arabia? Think about it.

Satyameva Jayate May 23, 2013 08:05pm

@Skeptic: You should have put a 'smiley' to end your comment. Few readers are missing the sarcasm

SK May 23, 2013 08:06pm

Its education, awareness and mental strength that make one a distinguish gentleman and Muslims in general are lacking that. It convenient to blame west, and yes they deserve it but they do for their own benefits which is not bad :) because we all do that regardless of religion, culture etc. If us Muslims are educated, morally strong and follow the path of Islam then no one can exploit. I live in US and have complete freedom to practice my beliefs, common people in US are just awesome. Ever since I moved to this country (1999), I scarcely came across a deceiving individual (except telemarketers, realtors, car salesman). Life is good hear, Muslims can make their life better if they "change" and move out of false illusion of being the best creation. Actions speak louder and perception is reality and both are not in our favor.

One can't fix the problem if he doesn't have the courage to acknowledge the existance of problem.

maharaja May 23, 2013 08:35pm

@Skeptic: love your comment and agree

Abdus Salam May 23, 2013 09:13pm

Where is the report on Burma(Myanmer) where muslims are being slaughtered in thousands. Also in Bangladesh where thousand of religious muslims were killed and the dead bodies were hidden and taken away by the law enforcement personel.

Nad May 23, 2013 09:22pm

@VGP: it is about the action other people (countries) do to muslims... not because they are not muslims. correct your mind.

Nad May 23, 2013 09:23pm

@Harbhajan: A majority of muslims in india don't want to live there... why? I have met some... whoever muslims from india goes to Western country, 95% never go back to india. Why?

El Cid May 23, 2013 09:44pm

@Skeptic: Some times sarcasm can be myopic and back fire. Specially for the bigoted and prejudiced who are unable to see the whole equation. As it did in your case. Non-Muslims should indeed learn tolerance from Muslims. After all their armies and armadas are being hosted, stationed, and are training and killing Muslims in Muslim lands. And Muslims are tolerating the invasion, intrusion, occupation of their lands and the murder of their children by non-Muslims on a daily basis.

While at the same time Muslims are providing non-Muslims economic and business opportunities and jobs and carriers by the millions and non-Muslims are building their fortunes on Muslim coin. Muslims are even fighting wars for them at the expense of killing their own people and destruction of their own infrastructure, towns and cities.

Muslims are even allowing non-Muslims journalistic space for uncalled for misplaced myopic sarcasm on their own publication. Yes indeed non-Muslims should learn tolerance, hospitality, accommodation, and civility from Muslims. Yes indeed.

mali May 23, 2013 10:25pm

@Barry: Your out-of-context comments about population simply reveal your biassed/intolerant personality. And it is the examples like yourself causing those worrying trends in West.

I like most other moderate muslims acknowledge prevailing intolerence amongst muslim world a problem. It is mostly an internal problem to do with the lack of knowledge of Islam, where education can help. But whats making the matter worst is the exploitation of the condition to not let the condition improve by certain giants in the non-muslim world

HM May 23, 2013 10:40pm

@Jeremy K: Saudi Arabia is a isolated case like Vatican. what about all other Muslim countries Christians have all the freedom to build churches, pray, date , drink etc etc...

Agha Ata May 23, 2013 10:43pm

These anti-Muslim sentiments can disappear in a moment, IF, we just keep our religion between us and God instead of advertising it to the whole world. And remember we are going to do it. Maybe not today, not tomorrow, or next month or the next year, but we will, after we have suffered as much as we have suffered from Taliban.

John May 23, 2013 11:19pm

Isn't it difficult for a non-Muslim to help a Muslim knowing that the helped Muslim fellow will be responsible someday for losing of freedom and for facing harassment as being non-Muslim ???

Lalit May 24, 2013 12:53am

@Barry: word by word true ! If Muslims are in this situations, its because of their own actions.

Sara May 24, 2013 12:58am

@Barry: You are wrong, sir. Muslims have played a strong role in Mathematics, Science, Literature, Film and Music. Mathematics? Al-Jabr. Science? Plenty of Pakistani scientists that are Muslims. Literature? I can't even write the endless of literature works by Muslim writers around the world, which are centuries old. Yes they are barely known, but they exist. Have you ever heard of Hindu or Buddhist literature? No. Films? Well many of Indian directors and actors are Muslims, well as Iranians and Turks, and Pakistanis, and music, well I have a lot to say to that. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan? Vital Signs? Nazia Hassan? Junoon? Ali Zafar? Last time I checked they were Muslims.

Also, Muslims, intolerant? I'm not saying Muslims are the most tolerant, but if you travelled around the world, ordinary Muslims are. Probably 99% are. But that 1% are portrayed in the media. Many Muslims I know are in the police force, army force, are doctors and lawyers, but of course you'll never mention that. I'm a Muslim, my whole family are the most religious, but educated people you'll meet, doctors, lawyers, journalists, dentists, you name it. And violent Muslims? You all seem to forget violence exists in all forms. Majority of crime committed on this earth is by non-Muslims, isn't that astounding? and you seem to be forgetting about the most violenct people on earth, the Nazis? Mao and Stalin? Vietnam war? KKK? Hiroshima? Soldiers killing innocent families in Iraq and Pakistan? They've caused more deaths than so called ''Terrorists''. I'm not saying Muslims don't commit violence, yes they do, but so do people from other faiths and religions and cultures and ethnicities.

Muslims are on the rise in non-Muslim countries. But majority, and a great majority, are converts. Why are they converting to this intolerant and ''barbaric'' religion? Because they search in to it, find it peaceful, and are not ignorant and open their eyes. I hope one day you'll do the same.

Indian Trolls May 24, 2013 01:29am

I just wanted to welcome the Indian trolls. Welcome to dawn. :)

Zain May 24, 2013 02:11am

As Muslim, I believe Muslims of Today ARE at fault at a lot of thing, intolerance, hatred, illiteracy, etc. ONLY because they are not following Islam properly. More than 90% of us don't know the Pure Islam, which itself is based on Tolerance of others, Specially Non-Muslims, Love of Education, Love for all creations of Allah (SWT), equality, respect, etc. When Muslims begin to understand true Islam, it will show in their character, by being a Humble, Gentle, Tolerant, Muslim, just like the Early Muslims, who excelled in Science, Mathematics, Abiding Civil Laws, Clean Cities, Respect for Women and Children. Till then Yes, We all Muslims are to blame for the situation we are in, and World is Correct to Hate us for that. True, few terrorists around the world are giving bad name to Islam, but that is Few Too Many. If these so called Jihadists were Right and Good Muslims, there would have been no hatred for them around the world, instead they would have been source of inspiration by Muslims and Non-Muslims, if these Jihadis followed True Pure Islam, that which teachesTolerance toward Non-Muslims, education for all, including women. We Muslims need a lot of introspection to do. I realized all this after Moving out of Pakistan, and Living in US for most of my life, 20+ years. According to my experience, Islam is practiced in its pure form by mainly New Converted Muslims of the West, just like in the beginning days of Islam, when all Muslims were Converted New Muslims in the days of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), who understood, humanity, Love, Respect, Tolerance better than the Muslims of Today. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is the best example, where Prophet (SAW), forgave so many Non-Muslim people even after they insulting, hurt him so many times.

Koushik May 24, 2013 02:39am

The barbaric blasphemy law is practiced only in Islamic countries no other nation on earth does that do your research and correct if it is wrong.muslims must not expect special treatment in other countries where they are a minority and generally treated well like a reader from USA pointed out.the new radicalism does not fit well with western common law.all other minorities accept western laws of land what is special of Muslims

Akil Akhtar May 24, 2013 04:17am

@Harbhajan: Better economic conditions, just liek million hindus of india are living in Middle east.

Akil Akhtar May 24, 2013 04:17am

@Jeremy K: So not throwing them ouit is tolerance, the bar is set very low for the west.

Akil Akhtar May 24, 2013 04:19am

@ipcressfiles: nothing new west has demonised their victims since history remember the native americans were svages thus they ahd to be wiped out, etc.

Akil Akhtar May 24, 2013 04:20am

@Barry: where was your creativity during the dark ages. You have killed millions of muslims in the last century but you are still considered tolerant. LOl.

Akil Akhtar May 24, 2013 04:26am

@xulfjan: Western agenda needs enemies to survive and grow like other humans need oxygen. Their population is fully aware of crimes committed by their nations against humanity but they choose to be silent and happy to demonise their victims. News of death of thousands of innocent muslim children is ignored while they shout from the roof tops for the death of a single white soldier.

Goldy May 24, 2013 07:03am

@xulfjan: So who is more naive here Sir? Who is taking whom for a ride?

Goldy May 24, 2013 07:04am

It's not the religion, but they way it is being misinterpreted to influence the next generation.

Ben May 24, 2013 07:17am

Why the people are talking against Muslims and Islam. This has to be re-examined by the Muslims. Their act of violence, intolerance, refraining people to practice their religion (Saudi Arabia in particular and most of the Islamic Countries), persecution of Christians and Hindus etc.etc. How can you expect flowers when you sow spines ???

makuj May 24, 2013 08:10am

@Skeptic: you serious?

AB May 24, 2013 08:35am

I am Pakistani catholic and blessed to be live in USA. I wish prosperity in Pakistan and I wish and hope Muslims in America get same treatment in America just like Christian get in Pakistan

a Muslim living in USA May 24, 2013 09:00am

Instead of so much violence that we see on TV internet everywhere in Entertainment industry if we rather see morality and stories which spread a moral lesson and teach people how to become human being and love each other it will go a long way. How many innocent people will lose their life? What kind of world we are preparing for our children and future generations, certainly not a peaceful one. We don

sudhir May 24, 2013 09:53am

@Nad: That is because of better facilities abroad... not because of communal disharmony..unlike pakistan.

Taimur May 24, 2013 10:03am

@Usmai, there is a ban in Pakistan. Do you know the law Ahmadis cannot call their places of worship as mosques, can practice their religion - so deprived of even performing their basic religious duties. So if you call it freedom then why to object to minor issues like not allowing girls to wear scarves. At least they can call their mosques mosques, they can call themselves Muslims ( not forced to write Lahori, sargodhian, faisalabadi, amratsari like Ahmaids are forced to write Qadiani in NADRA forms although they don't call themselves Qadianis ). In Pakistan, the majority is even defining the names of the religions for the minorities. Those Muslims in USA should say Thanks to Allah - at least they are free to offer prayes and state has allowed them to call themselves Muslims. They can preach their religion and Americans do not stone to death anybody who convert to Islam

Dinesh May 24, 2013 10:13am

@Nad: If given a choice to live in a western country, most Indians will choose irrespective of their religion. The real response to Harbhajan should have been statistics quoting how many muslims are leaving India for Pakistan or Bangladesh. The truths is none (in fact many muslims are illegally crossing the border to live in India, and many pakistanis want to marry Indians for passport). Even muslims who go to Islamic counties in the middle east don't settle there. The failure of Pakistan and Bangladesh to build a good society that muslims want to live in means that we have to carry this burden for long.

talha May 24, 2013 10:23am

I don't know why . . . every writer feels so proud after they exploit Pakistan and its ideology which is based on Islam, if they come to any western country they will come to know what the ppl do over here and what are the circumstances that we as a Pakistani faces after all this been read by other people....I wish they would understand the power of writing, the power of words, things they should be delivering on the international platform . . .wish they would come up with pro Islamic giving islam a better picture, change that islam has bring to our lives.........

Citizen May 24, 2013 10:47am

Why muslims are going to non-muslim countries and complaining? Non-muslims are supposed to be kafir right? why there is more anti-muslim sentiment than any other religion?

deskchair May 24, 2013 10:48am

@Nad: Well sir, a majority of Muslims in Pakistan don't want to live here. How many try to go abroad from Pakistan and don't return? Why?

Irtaza May 24, 2013 11:28am

another thing i would like to mention here; we are also considered niche in architecture - you can check the constructing made during Mughal emperors in sub-continent (Asia). Islamic architecture in Middle east and Europe like Spain, Italy and others.....

sandy May 24, 2013 12:00pm

Can you think non-muslim ppls are safe in pakistan specially in SINDH.

rathorians May 24, 2013 12:57pm

@AB: Proud to be paki........AB Boy

Jimmy Khan May 24, 2013 01:55pm

Well the Muslims should bend over and give up all oil and gold/copper resources. They should also stop attributing their misfortunes to other countries and attribute them to their God. The Saudis like to THINK (yeah really) that oil was "born" for them and the Pakistanis think Pakistan was "mysteriously" born for Islam. The Egyptians like their beaches full of bikinis and Syria is thinking hard of whether to let Bashar rule Damascus only. The Emiratis think gold plated I-pads are the next big thing in New York and that the world should arrive at peace playing musical chairs. India is the next big exporter of slum based economic models to the world. China wants what nobody really wants nowadays: world domination and America is really worried that what will we really achieve if we make the this century the American Century. The Brits AH, they don't really care.

Amit Jain May 24, 2013 02:12pm

@Nad: But if you give them the choice of living in Pakistan, they would prefer to live in India. This percent is more than what you mentioned

kaustubh May 24, 2013 02:29pm

@Skeptic: ha ha ha wonderful , less words and more message.....

Yatan May 24, 2013 02:50pm

@Nad: They don't want to go back to India because they are earning in Pound.

Javaid Bashir May 24, 2013 03:52pm

i am perturbed over this report issued by the Us state department. It has resented that anti- Muslims The communities across the world are becoming violent against Muslims. Due to this anti Islamic sentiment ,Muslims are facing problems in employment, education, and garment wearing. The girls are not allowed to wear head scarves and other head gears on filmsy grounds, and ban the wearing of religious attire in the schols and public places. This is pure and simple example of discrimination based on religious differenThis cultural discord must end . We must become tolerant societies.

The case of Pakistan is worse for its religious intolerance. The laws and restriction imposed under the constitution hampers the promotion of tolerance. The groups like Taliban and religious Madrassahs preach hatred among the religious sects and minorities. Even the Human Rights Commission and other agencies are afraid of bringing these atrocities to the light.

Europe and Asia have selective discrimination and anti Islamic sentiment spreading fastly across the countries and societies as diverse as enlightened societies of Europe and Asia as well as America. The acts of violence are on the rise too due to these hate mongering.

Moet European countries have banned covering of face and head by any garment whether scarf or veil to cover the face. This is ridiculous and against fundamental and basic rights. Such laws must be struck down on the basis of apparent discrimination and bias.


Ahmed May 24, 2013 04:00pm

@Jeremy K: Can you imagine Hindus or Buddhists building temples in the Vatican? YOU think about it

Bakhtawer Bilal May 24, 2013 04:40pm

@AB: I am a Muslim originally from Pakistan, living in USA. I fully understand the pain in the message of AB. I understand the thumbs up to show support to him. I do not understand the thumbs down. Does it mean that we the Muslims can treat other religions as we feel, while others should just respect us and treat us equal in other countries. We need to grow up. The educational policies of Zia are paying off. The youth is so misled.

expaki May 24, 2013 04:43pm

@Harbhajan: Hindus of Pakistan are trying to migrate to India! WHY? does it need any EXPLANATION? good Mullahs has turned Pakistan into POND and people into DUDDOS - FROGS.

Bakhtawer Bilal May 24, 2013 04:45pm

@Usmani: you must be kidding, right.

Raj May 24, 2013 04:48pm

@Abdus Salam: Where is the outrage from Islamic countries about unfortunate tragedy that has befallen Burmese Muslims.? OIC countries should open immigration to these poor souls so that they can live in peace.

Raj May 24, 2013 04:54pm

@ravi: Salaam Ravi: insistence on the right to wear the head-scarves comes from life long rigidity that one should submit to religion at all times. It starts at a young age from cradle. It then conflicts with common sense. Hence all this problem

p r sharma May 24, 2013 06:08pm

it is due to the image created by the actions of Believers of Islam. And image is that of intolerant to criticism, violent, insist to be self righteous, play victim card without logic. Yes, all Muslims are not same but their numbers appear to be on lower side and majority subscribe to violent activities (carried out in the name of religion,) by keeping mum.

anony May 24, 2013 06:46pm

Wasn't this article suppose to be about 'Anti-muslim sentiments on the rise"????? The article mostly covered anti-'everyone else but muslims'. A pretty bad article indeed.

nasir siddique May 24, 2013 07:16pm

The West hates us for a simple reason because we continue to hate them.

We muslims must be the only kind of people who are ready to give an arm and a leg to move to the West and then live in their society and tell them that they do not know how to live their lives and that they should follow our teachings.

We forget how stupid that makes us look.

DrBashir May 24, 2013 07:22pm


I feel ashamed at how Christians are treated in Pakistan. We here in the US are treated much better. I hope and wish, Christians in Pakistan are treated better if not the same.

RK May 24, 2013 07:46pm

@sandy: Even Muslims are not safe in Sind or for that matter in Pakistan as a whole.

indian May 24, 2013 08:07pm

@Nad: Muslim people are happy in Indian,i have so many Muslim friend,we never heat each other we are like brothers,do you know indian supreme court judge is Muslim,indias vice president in muslim,abdul kalam recently president of India,irfhan pathan,yusuf pathan and other muslim player playing for india,can you guys tell do you have Hindu president,Hindu judge,there are more otere big names in Indian politics and in other sector...we all are Indians brothers,,,there are some people who different thinking because of personal political ishhus,but like to say indian muslim are safe in india compare to pakisatni muslimes

Tanveer May 24, 2013 08:26pm

@Abdus Salam: Who started first.Was Bamiyan not destroyed a decade ago?

Ramm May 24, 2013 10:02pm

for the act of Many all of Islam is going to pay !! Change the way you look at others .

hari May 24, 2013 10:26pm

@Nad: 95% hindus dont come back also.

El Cid May 25, 2013 03:47am

@Skeptic: It is more likely the fault of Muslims who are too accepting, tolerant and hospitable because of their religion and culture. And give of themselves and their resources and geography freely without strings. Muslims should learn the art and science of negotiations and attaching strings that others do as a matter of course.

El Cid May 25, 2013 03:59am

@Bakhtawer Bilal: Actions always speak louder than words. If what you say was true than AB's post would not have been published in a Pakistani publication. And instead of just the unexplained 'Thumbs Down' you would see them represented and backed by explanatory comments that did not get to see the light of day.