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The two faces of religious persecution in Pakistan

Published Aug 07, 2012 07:34am


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It’s a horrible time to be a Christian, Hindu, an Ahmadi or any other minority group in Pakistan.

For starters, let’s recount a few reported incidents of persecution carried out to “safeguard Islam” these past few days: minarets destroyed at Ahmadi places of worship, mentally unstable man burnt alive for blasphemy, Ahmadi leader gunned down.

Not only is such persecution in contravention of many of Pakistan’s international human rights law obligations but it could not exist without the socially sanctioned public hypocrisy that breathes life into it.

That is, major blame for religious oppression in Pakistan, contrary to the conventional account, lies not with the weak and ineffective state that is unable or unwilling to protect minorities, but with much of Pakistani society that refuses to extend religious freedom to others even as they themselves seek its benefits abroad.

Pakistani and other Muslims living in the United States and Europe fully enjoy the religious rights granted to minorities in those states – without fearing for their life or property - whilst refusing to reciprocate when religious minorities back home are deprived of those same rights.

We allege blasphemy when others worship according to their beliefs yet we freely peddle doctrine that could very well be deemed blasphemous and certainly very offensive to orthodox Christian beliefs, for example, the view that Hazrat Isa/Jesus Christ was simply a prophet and not divine. We build grand mosques, open faith-based schools, and disseminate religious literature and convert others to Islam – yet no one – neither the state nor its people -  threatens to injure or kill us for doing so.

Yet, when the question of religious freedom in Muslim countries is raised, say, the treatment of Ahmaddiyas in Pakistan or the fact that churches aren’t allowed in Saudi Arabia or why people should be killed when they wish to leave the Muslim faith, the perspective suddenly changes. It is not unusual to find a barrage of people ready to jump over each other to justify the Janus faced oppression.

They remain ready and armed with fatwas to provide the usual religiously grounded, circular and self-centered defenses for the persecution of others: he or she committed “blasphemy” or is deceptively claiming to be a Muslim but they aren’t really because they don’t believe in this or that doctrine or that the mufti has decreed that all Christian churches must be destroyed.  Take this for example: a survey conducted in 2009 indicates that three quarters of Pakistanis surveyed favor the use of the death penalty for anyone who leaves Islam.

Further, we jealously guard our religious freedom from encroachment. When disagreeable restrictions such as the Burqa ban or the right to build a religious center near the site of the World Trade Center are proposed, many appropriately highlight victimisation and witch hunts. We protest and complain that Muslims are being singled out because of religion. Yet, we refuse to see the wrong in similarly oppressive behavior back in Pakistan when others are singled out precisely because they belong to a different denomination or faith.

Why such blind hypocrisy? Why has a state that was founded to provide sanctuary for a vulnerable religious minority become home to a majority that allows religious persecution?

Those who seek equity must do equity themselves. Such myopic self-righteousness only strengthens the position of those who advocate for the curtailment of religious liberty for Muslims abroad.

Also, if one is so confident that his or her creed or sect is the only authentic one, then why fear competition from other sects or religions. Why impose artificial barriers to the free exercise of religion such as the blasphemy law in the hope of monopolising the market for religion?

In fact, research by economists who study religion demonstrates that belief in religion tends to be stronger in states that do not hinder the free exercise of religion.

That is, imposition and monopolies in religion don’t usually work. Religious ideas proliferate and become preeminent by being just and appealing, not by killing off the competition. When Prophet Muhammad preached monotheism, egalitarianism, tolerance, women’s rights and other good virtues centuries back, there was a reason why masses were willing to quickly forego the ancient beliefs of their ancestors to flock to this novel faith.

Is there hope for change? Perhaps but the focal point of change should not be the Pakistani state. Tweaking laws and pressuring the government will only take you so far until mass appeal, whether through religion, law, morality or reason, can be made to arrest these prevalent social norms that power such hypocritical behavior.


Dawood I. Ahmed has previously practiced as a solicitor in England and is currently pursuing a doctorate in international law at UChicago.


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Dr Dawood Ahmed is a Research Fellow at the Comparative Constitutions Project and has developed (with his co-author) the Islamic Constitutions Index.

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adnan Aug 12, 2012 10:08am
and to my friends who say islam doesny give freedom.. sir, there are bad ppl everwhere in every religion.. wats happening in burma doesnt mean all budhist are extremist.. good and bad people are everywhere u just cant blame a religion or even an area for that, its something very personal to some1 to be an extremist, it has got nothing to do with religion please..
Henry Rodrigues Aug 07, 2012 08:54am
Thankyou Dawood for expressing so eloquently and cogently, the real problem of Pakistani society, the utterly shameful hypocrisy that permeates every level of the socalled land of believers. I am a minority from pakistan and consider myself blessed and fortunate to have been able to migrate to probably the most free and democratic nation in the world Australia. there are many Pakistanis Muslims living here now, in complete freedom to practice there culture, dress in their own way, like the complete burqa, practice their religion and customs without any hindrance or harrrasment whatsoever They shield their women from others by strict family control etc In other words they are living exactly as they used to do in Pakistan. They claim that fundamentalism and a phenomenon in only a very small section of the population but the real problem is that these extremist livid amongst the rest, protected and condoned and supported by the rest. I propose the name Islamic Republic of Pakistan be changed to the Republic of Pakistan.
Praveen Aug 07, 2012 09:18am
Fantastic message. Hope the people will open their eyes and realize the necessity of treating each other equally. Particulary stop complaining and persecuting others.
vbi Aug 07, 2012 08:05am
Spot On. This is one of the most sensible articles I have read in Dawn. Appreciate Dawn's courage in publishing such an article. But not sure how many pakistanis read such articles and how many really follow Dawn news paper in the country. Hope this does not remain only as a English news paper article. it has to be shared even with local urdu dailies where there is more coverage.
Naveed Aug 08, 2012 08:00am
brilliant piece of writing and thought!
Saeed alam Aug 07, 2012 01:01pm
this peice of writting is simple refelection of common sense,basic human rights and islamic teachings. we should behave like human beings with heart and soul and respect the rihts of minorities who are not in any way threat to Islam in particular or to society in general.
Indian Aug 07, 2012 07:59am
Of course thanks for the article. You have hit the nail on its head.
Naeem Malik Aug 07, 2012 08:00am
Excellent article, no doubt extreme hypocrisy exists in Pakistani societies living aboard and home when it comes to religious tolerance.
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 07, 2012 07:58am
I am glad that a muslim writer has opened the eyes of the so called champions of Islam. Muslims talk of 'peace' love' 'tolerance' in Islam - the writer has explained very precisly about Islam towards other faith and religion. I can vouch for Christianity, the religion of 'love' 'tolerance' and forgiviness'
Rome Aug 07, 2012 12:59pm
It really has to do with low self-esteem. It has nothing to do with religion or nationality. If conditions were reversed and the Muslim world was making all the scientific contributions, you can bet that the western countries would be full of fanatics and blasphemy laws. Humans are the same everywhere. So let's destroy the root cause -low self-esteem - through education.
Indian Hindu! Aug 07, 2012 12:45pm
Absolutely agreed...Almost all religions in South-east-asia are misunderstood...including Hinduism....Relligions were created so a man has a way and whereabouts of leading his life....but now it is making people fight!
dr zahoor Aug 07, 2012 08:50am
The facts are misappropriated. What is written is not totally correct. There is intolerance in a small section of people but overall the people do believe in ntolerance to other faiths. There are fundamental principles in Islam which have to be followed. The writer criticizes blasphemy or converting from Islam to any other religion. Islam has set principles and punishments fro such acts and need to be acted upon. Pakistan is an Islamic country and laws are based upon Sharia. It allows all freedom to minorities and other non muslims. Nobody shall cry foul if these fundamentals are followed. The writer is distorting the image of the country and probably with some purpose and goals as he is living in USA or Britain and has a set agenda.
Kcer Aug 07, 2012 08:48am
Adeel Aug 07, 2012 10:51am
Yes Gerry we are seeing Christianity playing its role in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yes to remind you what they have been doing in Past. especially church on its own people.
Adeel Aug 07, 2012 10:48am
I am shocked to read such an article. All i read is blame on Islam, seriously we hate so much and read so less and we dont even know the ABC of Islam to start with. we will go to England and USA to study professionalism and will not take a minute to research on the issues we are facing. Even the author is a half Pakistani and is writing on Pakistan, you are also most welcome to write on Sikhs killed in USA or England and mosque burn in DC.
Shahzad Salam Kasi Aug 07, 2012 10:47am
Fully agreed. Will the Chief Justice take suo moto action or he waits for any other pitty case where he Supreme Court takes action !!
arun Aug 07, 2012 10:44am
I am afraid all religions teach intolerance of the others some less some more. We need to review if the institution of religion is doing more harm than good to the society of man
Shrirang, Mumbai Aug 07, 2012 10:41am
Arre mere bhai, Kya likha hai hai aapane, Good article after so many days.
Syed Qaseem Ali Aug 07, 2012 08:39am
So true. We usually play the recorded "Islam mean peace" whenever asked about it, but fail to really show what it means. Also couldn't agree more with you on the point that things wont change unless there is a mass appeal to change it, you can't just form a commission to bring in the change, but at the same time, the state can facilitate it at least.
Syed Qaseem Ali Aug 07, 2012 08:40am
Dawn has recently launched its Urdu version as well.
Shakeeb Aug 07, 2012 08:41am
MashaALLAH.....thank you for publishing such a good article.
Salim Aug 07, 2012 11:54am
Adeel, the article is more about Islam as practiced in Pakistan. If you claim that it is practiced correctly, then you are right in assuming that the article is about Islam. Going along with your chain of thought .... if you are satisfied with the current state of affairs then you are living a blissful life, if not then either we need to do more, or change the premise. The above article gives solid examples of how unfair/unjust the situation is. I hope you live up to your name and access the situation fairly. Two wrongs does not make the situation balanced. I will join you in condemning each wrong.
Eddied Aug 07, 2012 12:44pm
Excellent article..
Tee Vee Aug 07, 2012 08:36am
It is a beautifully written article. The writer reaches the very core of the issue. Keep it up, Bravo!
Vineeth Aug 07, 2012 11:16am
Arguing that one religion is superior to another is like saying 'My dad can beat your dad'.
Kaushik Aug 07, 2012 12:41pm
Dr Zahoor, What happens when the same thing is reversed? When muslims are outside a islamic country? Will you agree to abide by the local laws there? What happened when France said no to Hijbas? You want freedom for everything and do very little by saying our religion says so and so.
BRR Aug 07, 2012 09:28am
Less said the better about the state of minorities in Pakistan - it is neither safe nor promising for minorities - the only way out is the sate's noose, the militant's bullets, or immigrating out at horrible costs.
Parvez Aug 07, 2012 09:29am
I was so glad to read your Article and i was wondering how could you write on such a topic in Pakistan and then I noticed you are also in my city Chicago. I am of a Shia faith and as you know like other minorities are persecuted. If we as a nation do not protect our minorities we will be doomed(GOD FORBID) .
Atif Aug 07, 2012 02:00pm
Great Debate my fellow countrymen! amazing article by Dawood! Keep writing the truth! Dr Zahoor: no dis-respect to your opinions! Do you live in Pakistan? if so what province and city? Cause a lot of what is said by Dawood is true... you may be oblivious of what is really happening not only in the cities but hugely in the villages... Unfortunately in the last two decades fundamentalism has increased drastically in our country affecting how Islam is potraited in our country... I remember my country living in harmony with other religions without any conflicts.. We all celebrated EID, Christmas, Diwali as proud people of Pakistan…. I only wished that those days never ended……..
rafi Aug 07, 2012 09:45am
Great work.We need brave people like yopu to write such articles and I hope that this will force a section of the society to think about the issues raised in the article.
Mr.T Aug 07, 2012 09:56am
It's not about the religion in any way, adolf hitler was a christian at what he did will it blame on religion ? it's always personality of an individual which makes their so called religion bad name. It's bad time for Muslims around the world some from their own hand some from others. Nevertheless it will be over history will be made what is going now will be clear in future, no religion will be finish they remain till the world ends...
sonia Aug 07, 2012 12:30pm
Thank you for writing on the plight of Non Muslims in Pakistan. I stand witness to these prejudices and discrimination faced by Christians every now and then.
Khalid Aug 07, 2012 12:08pm
Gerry, unless we get rid of parties that are based on religious sects such as sunni tehrik, any other religious tehrik or lashkar and any party that has islam in its name, we won't progress as a nation...can you imagine a christian tehrik in pakistan???. We demand that Britain should have sharia law and dont allow any minority religion in Pakistan to live in peace (let alone pray without fear).....We as a nation are hypocrites and until we get rid of that there is no hope of us progressing....NONE WHATSOEVER
Agha Ata Aug 07, 2012 02:09pm
Here is the answer you asked. We are what we are for one reason only. We were never a nation, we were just a crowd, and so still we are. It was the biggest political mistake made in history to regard a crowd as a nation conspired by the big land lords.
n.qureshi Aug 07, 2012 01:07pm
no religion has tolerance.lets not go there and claim otherwise.
deepak Aug 07, 2012 01:48pm
"The writer criticizes blasphemy or converting from Islam to any other religion. Islam has set principles and punishments fro such acts and need to be acted upon." dr. zahoor if other religions starts behaving same way then is that fine with u?
Sergio Aug 08, 2012 10:26am
Excellent article.
Rev Eldrick Lal Aug 07, 2012 04:06pm
Marvelous piece of writing! Thank you for sharing and expressing your heart in such a vigorous manner. Perhaps these kind of articles need to be published in the local Urdu newspapers!
ssuboor Aug 07, 2012 04:27pm
very good article.
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 08, 2012 08:02am
You must be joking or defendig your religion in saying 'it allow all freedom to minorities and other non-muslims' or your eyes and eyes are closed deliberity. The recent poisoning of 11 christian nurses in Karachi in the holy month of ramdan, was this all freedom to the minorities and forceful conversion to Islam. Shame on you for misleading your people. Remember the people and the minorities are not dumb.
John Wertz Aug 08, 2012 11:03am
The Vatican like the kaaba is a very small area. No one is demanding that churches be placed inside the kaabaa. All we are asking is that churches be allowed outside the Kaabaa but in Meccca. There are many mosques in Rome. Vatican is inside Rome. Islamic apartheid must end in Saudi Arabia.
Karachi Wala Aug 07, 2012 04:59pm
Wonderfull article. However, Pakistan has come to a point where nothing will work unless the State and religion are separated in the constitution for good. Given the power of religious parties and certain individuals hold, it seems impossible. The only way I see is through militarily action. I hope Pakistan finds another way but if it does come down to it, I am afraid it will not be a pretty picture and general public will loose much more than religious freedom.
pankajdehlavi Aug 07, 2012 05:07pm
Why there is not a single word of protest in Pakistan when all weather friend China imposed ban on Roza in Sikyang ?
Raj Aug 07, 2012 05:23pm
Dawood, I am sure you must have found yourself stuck many times in US Airports due to your name similar to Dawood Ibrahim (terrorist and gangster), mistakenly picked up by airport computers. I have seen similar with my muslim friend of India. Still you don't pour your frustration on US security groups, who follow their process and work through their computer database for extended investigation. I appreciate your spirit, it matches with my friend.
shahid Aug 07, 2012 05:27pm
although my comments never appear on dawn news but still: 1) Why has a state that was founded in the name of Islam has and been forced to deviate from Islam? 2) why is it too dangerous to be a Muslim in all non Muslim countries?
MKB Aug 08, 2012 11:44am
Dear Dawood, it is simply great. You have nicely analyzed the hypocrisy in Islam. I think it is not the people to blame. All religions have been transformed by the reformer time to time. What was preached in 5th century, most are irrelevant today. But what is the main hurdle, is Islam is not allowed to be reformed by the some quarters, who have their extreme self interest. But what is the harm to try. Pls. keep on trying.
Cyrus Howell Aug 07, 2012 05:38pm
Cyrus Howell Aug 07, 2012 05:40pm
"The most important achievement of Western civilization is the humanization of political authority, dividing it into separate powers, and establishing and keeping a balance between the separate powers. Western civilization has given priority to the individual and subordinated its institutions, laws, and procedures to this principle..." Ibrahim al-Buleihi
Cyrus Howell Aug 07, 2012 05:44pm
" The horrible backwardness in which some nations live is the inevitable result of their refusal to accept the abundance of Western ideas and visions while taking refuge in denial and arrogance." Ibrahim al-Buleihi
MA -usa Aug 07, 2012 06:07pm
What use is such an article written for one news channel, when the majority of the population is so uneducated as to still use their thumb mark to signoff their agreement. Education is needed badly for this nation of extreme corrupt high officials and politicians. Who is brave enough to take that on??
H.Butt Aug 07, 2012 06:23pm
Religious injustice has created havoc and plunged has Pakistan to dysfunctional level. If Parliamentarians are not allowed to make laws contradictory to other parts of constitution why CJ and SC as a whole (which is so united on other issues) are posing so ignorant on this grass route flaw where life is taken without remorse on the name of religion? janey koun kisey mar they kafar keh kar Sher ka sher musliman huwa phirta hai
@link2shah Aug 07, 2012 07:06pm
I don't agree with the generalization that it is a horrible time to be a Christian, Hindu, an Ahmadi or any other minority group in Pakistan. Fanatics are found even USA as seen by recent killings of Sikhs. While Pakistan has its share of fanatics and bigots, most of terrorism is by mercenaries and criminals hired by enemies of Pakistan who pretend to be our friends. Interior Minister has pointed a finger at RAW as was done by many other long time ago.
illawarrior Aug 07, 2012 07:08pm
Islam is practiced differently all over the world ... eg Malaysia is very different to Saudi, Indonesia is very different to Pakistan. Too often, cultural & tribal customs have become blurred with religion, and followers have been unable to distinguish the difference. eg Islam forbids unrelated men & women to be alone in seclusion ... however Saudi added their own interpretation to that, to suggest that there should be complete segregation of the genders ... even in public, even though men and women mixed freely in the time of Mohammed.(PBUH).
P. Joseph Raju Aug 07, 2012 08:28pm
Great article. May your tribe increase.
Ali Aug 07, 2012 08:34pm
Ignorance is a bliss....Google "The Emperor's New Clothes" and you will not be "shocked" anymore....
Syed Aug 07, 2012 08:48pm
Sikhs and mosque incident is one off occurance. you cannot compare or analyse it with the mess that has been created in Pakistan
@AfzalKhawaja Aug 07, 2012 09:18pm
Pakistani Govt. is involved in all hate crimes. Which Sharia you are taking about. What is happening in Karachi & Quetta is as per sharia? What happened in Lahore on May 28, 2010 is freedom. Is every Ahmadi is allowed to preach his religion ? Is every Ahmadi is protected as a minority. What other freedom they have?
A. Nabi baloch Aug 07, 2012 10:41pm
According to Jinnah, Pakistan was made to protect Muslim minority in undivided India, however Jinnah never said that it will be a Islamic country. No, the writer is not part of any consipiracy , but truth hurts in this case. It is not dirty mirror rather we have ugly face.
ali Aug 08, 2012 01:22am
Pakistani state of mind I call it ' Brainwashing at its best'.
TheseusIam Aug 08, 2012 02:55am
"It allows all freedom to minorities and other non muslims" My foot! Which world are you living in?
syed husain Aug 08, 2012 02:57am
lets face the fact and now we have proof. jinnah stated it, we are different from others. see the result
Kevin Miranda Aug 08, 2012 03:11am
AWESOME!! What an article Dawood... it takes a lot of guts to write one like this and kudos to DAWN for publishing the same. Strongly suggest to publish this in the URDU version as well.... and will be interesting to see the reaction!. I am a Pakistani Christian living for the past 15 years in Dubai, there was a time when I was growing up in the late 60's & 70's nobody knew or cared who was Christian/Muslim or Hindu, minorities were treated with respect & dignity. Christians have sacrificied and contributed a lot to Pakistan, example in the field of education. There are still long waiting lists (mostly muslim) waiting to get admission in Catholic Schools in Karachi. Despite all this there is unfortunately no future for the minorities in Pakistan. I personally don't plan to go back with my family. it will be like going to hell!. The reality (whether we want to accept it or not) is that unfortunately the majority of Pakistani Muslims have become hyprocrits & fanatics, even some of the educated ones!.
chakraborty Aug 08, 2012 03:11am
Hitler was not inspired by Bible to kill Jews. He killed millions of Russians, Poles and Other Christians. He was a race supremascist. He wanted Aryans to rule. So dont equate hitler with muslim fundamentalists
Imran Aug 08, 2012 03:13am
I am sick of this idea that USA and west got agenda to destroy Muslims.We don't need enemies if we continue this very path of extremism and total ignorance.
Ahmad Mustansar Aug 08, 2012 03:36am
Good one. I believe Ahmadis suffer most in Pakistan. And, they were the people who forced Qaide Azam to come back and fight for Pakistan when he had gone to England after he was badly disappointed by the Muslim leaders of India.
Aamir, San Diego USA Aug 08, 2012 03:41am
You are talking about Pakistani citizens killed by other Pakistani citizens just because they are not muslims. What goes on in the west does not justify what goes on in Pakistan.
Aamir, San Diego USA Aug 08, 2012 03:46am
HE is not talking about Islam, but about the hypocrisy practiced by people who call them selves muslims.
Waqar Saleem Aug 08, 2012 03:52am
I agree with the message of the article, but not with the "churches in Saudi Arabia" argument. How many mosques are there in the Vatican?
Abdul Aug 08, 2012 04:25am
Yes, spot on
Bobby Srinivas Aug 08, 2012 04:33am
It is sad that religiious fundamentalists are trying to brow beat and have their way in all spheres. Quite contrary to what the founder of Pakistan had envisaged!
@ImranAslamCh Aug 08, 2012 05:50am
most of the indians are supporting this article...........
Fika77 Aug 08, 2012 05:56am
What about normal muslims in Pakistan. They are also killed daily by their own muslim brothers. If they are not safe how can minorities be safe? Root cause is not islam, it is the mentality of killing each other.
Fika77 Aug 08, 2012 06:04am
Hi, If muslim living in a non-muslim country, the teaching of islam says 'follow that country's law'. If one is not comfortable following it, he/she should leave that place. Now if for example, law says do not wear hijab in France, it should be followed. If you don't like it, don't live.
Cryptic Aug 08, 2012 06:21am
There is a larger sect of uneducated people where minorities mostly exists in Pakistan, and they are among st those who are hypocrites, people living in posh parts of the country are no different than living live abroad. for example defense area in Karachi. live is so different over there because people are educated if not than at least they believe to live within them self rather then pen iterating others forcefully or harass on religious issues.
EQ8Rhomes Aug 08, 2012 06:39am
Great picture of the man using prayer beads! Does he know that prayer beads (Rosary) are of Hindu origin?
masood Aug 08, 2012 07:57am
sorry these comments were to confirm agreement with Dr. Zhoor and not Kaushik
Ata Aug 08, 2012 08:12am
Very small part of the society (sensible human beings) will appreciate your writing but I firmly believe it won’t change anything. The man (Ahmedi leader) who was gun down was very much respected and dear to me. I saw him dead on dirty road with full of blood around him. He was living there for years very gentle person but on the day of his killing no one from the neighborhood even bothered to utter some sympathetic words for him because he was Ahmedi.
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 08, 2012 10:12am
Deepak: Dr Zahoor will have no reply for your question. Islam forbids converting to any other religion to death sentence but welcome conversions to their religion with open arms.
Ahmed Saleem Aug 08, 2012 09:36am
Dr Zahoor, one would have thought that your education would have given you some sense to think logically. How would you feel if Christian countries decide to punish those who convert to Islam? Why should Muslims be allowed to preach Islam in non-muslim countries and non-muslims not allowed to teach other religions in countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan? Blasphemy is not only when a person says something against Islam, it is also applies to other religions. The problem with Pakistan is that even educated people's minds have been polluted by fundamentalist mullas and the fashion is to blame the US or UK. Now Dr Zahoor will wonder if I am in Britain or US and saying these things. Well yes, I live in Norway and very disappointed to read comments like yours and see Pakistanis here living a strange and twisted version of Islam.
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 08, 2012 09:50am
Thanks for your true comments - a faithful muslim like you can make a great contribution to your faith. Keep up the spirit. God bless you.
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 08, 2012 09:58am
Adeel let bygone be bygone! Open your eyes and see what christianity's role in your own muslim countries in the field of education & health and helping your muslims settlers in christian countries with their benefit systems.
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 08, 2012 10:02am
Atif: Excellent reply to Dr Zahoor. My opinion as a reply to his comments is the same. Unless muslims do not act hyprorocate and defend the wrong, they will never progress in the world.
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 08, 2012 10:07am
Kaushik: an excellent reply to open Dr Zahoor's mind-set on Islam
Bharat Aug 08, 2012 10:42am
Shahid dear your impression about it being dangerous for Muslims in non Muslim countries is not true. In fact it is more dangerous for anyone, Muslims and non Muslims alike to live in many of the Muslim countries of the world today. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Egypt, Syria, Libya and most of north Africa where dominant population is Muslim. Comparatively there is far more peace in most non Muslim countries. Just glance the world news on any given day and you will find the truth. BC
rehan1975 Aug 08, 2012 10:46am
So , what you are basically saying is that , in case there is a conflict between Islamic laws and laws of country , one should abide by the laws of the country the person is in ?
rehan1975 Aug 08, 2012 10:48am
Spot on sir ! No wonder your comment got a substantial amount of dislikes . I completely agree that as the writer isn't living in Pakistan, so he is clueless as to what he is talking about
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 08, 2012 11:10am
Henry - I agree to most of your comments, specially on the propose change of name from 'Islamic' to 'Republic' of Pakistan. well done, keep up your spirit.
Panky Aug 08, 2012 11:14am
1)Because in 21st century the world wants to live in Democracy. And you cant have Islam as state Religion and Democracy together 2)I thought its too dangerous to be non Muslim in Muslim Countries...
Pradeep Kalra Aug 08, 2012 11:22am
It is surprising to read such a true description of the people who live in the land of pure.You do have a lot of guts to write all what is really happening in your country.I am impressed by your article Dawood. and pray that young Pakistanis see the truth and the wrongs being done to non muslims in pakistan.Hope they start realising that in this wide world Islam is not the only religion and people who are not muslims also lead a good life and sleep well.As a muslim you expect others to respect Islam and believe it is a religion of peace but actionwise you do nothing except singing songs of praise for your religion.So wake up and realise what century you are living in and where the world is going and let your deeds speak for themselves if you want to change the way the world thinks about you.Keep up the good work youngman and try your utmost to always be brave to state the facts in your articles.Good luck.
Ahsan Nabi Khan Aug 08, 2012 12:00pm
The Muslim countries embraced this ideology by force, and its only an alternative FORCE that can pull them out of this mess. Wait for the Sign of God from Heaven Above.
Muhammad Baig Aug 08, 2012 04:02pm
The main article and all comments in favor are absolutely baseless, absurd and assumed. I am 72, a Pakistani Muslim, never seen throughout my life a minority-person even slapped on the basis of his / her faith. Twisting of actual causes always adopted to create disharmony in the society!!!
Laeeq Aug 08, 2012 04:37pm
Hello Dr. Zahoor, What more image of Pakistan you want to distort. It is already tarnished to a point that any terrorist activity happens in the word, there is the name of Pakistan in the media. Wake up. It is not the Islam we are practicing. We are going back to pre Muhammdan(PBUH) era. Where in the Muslims history, corruption is allowed, drugs are funneled under the government nose, pilgrims are robed. What country you are living in.
Abid Aug 10, 2012 03:25am
The Kaaba is to Islam as Holy Sepulcher is to Christianity. The Vatican is like the Hizjaz. In any case pagan based cults like Christianity and Hinduism cannot be accommodated there. Monotheist Judaism probably could, but somewhere else in Arabia.
Ravindra Kamareddy Aug 10, 2012 01:14pm
Some people make there own religion weak by pleading for it's greatness. Humanity is the only religion. It may come in any religious form and name. Human religion has no borders. This is the original form of any religion. If the followers indulge in rituals only, the essence of any religion will be vanished and then religions will become breeding centres of terrorists, communalists and fundamentalists.
Shashi Aug 10, 2012 03:08pm like two kids fighting who is better 'Batman' or 'Superman'.
@fsshiv Aug 10, 2012 08:16pm
The article is not nice...but very TRUE... It is matter of shame and disgust for the Pakistanis...... !!!!!!!
Abdool Cader Aug 13, 2012 12:02am
The religion an individual believes in and practices should be a personal matter. No one has any right to impose his religious beliefs and perceptions on how it is to be practiced on others. My Dad who was a widely traveled man used to say 50 years ago that true Islam is practiced in what is now Bangladesh. Yet Pakistanis did consider the majority of their people living in the then East Pakistan as true Muslims just because they did not spread Urdu. So religion has always been exploited by Pakistanis for political gains and to grab properties of non-Muslims even of so called ones like the Ahmadiya sects. Now, Pakistani suicide bombers and their Afgan brethren are wantonly killing innocent people in the streets, markets and even Mosques all in the name of Islam!
abdul Aug 23, 2012 08:51am
Let all Pakistanis leave west and go back to Pakistan