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Frayed ends of sanity

Published May 29, 2010 11:14am


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Over and over again I have been using Dawn and to hit home the point about the vicious, soul destroying mindset the bulk of Pakistan’s urban middle-classes (especially in the Punjab) have fallen in to.

I have tried to give numerous examples to highlight this devastating observation and here again is another one: On May 28 when terrorists associated with what is called the ‘Punjabi Taliban’ attacked various places of worship of the Ahmadiyya community in Lahore, the TV channels were out in force covering the gruesome event. However, that did not stop them from running happy-go-lucky commercials of their corporate sponsors during breaks, giving the whole event a rather surreal feel.

But this can be expected from this unfortunate republic’s many TV channels. There is now not an iota of doubt left about the level of sheer cynicism, sensationalism and demagoguery that they operate on. Most of them have become a reckless reflection of some of the most obnoxious, conspiratorial and chauvinistic sections found within the country’s convulsing middle-classes.

That said, one however does expect some semblance of decency and reason in the polished corridors of the companies that advertise their brands on these channels. Couldn't any of these companies that always claim to be ‘good social citizens’ have the presence of mind and heart to ask TV channels to stop running their ads during the coverage of blood-splattered events?

Can’t they see how strange their ads look and sound when squeezed between images of blood, gore and tragedy? Don’t these ads with an unending series of plastic smiles and jingly material-worshipping actually end up mocking the tragedy that is unfolding live on the TV screens?

I don’t think such a thought even crosses their minds. And how can it when a number of the same companies so nonchalantly end up sponsoring TV shows run by utter hate-mongers. It’s quite a sight, really, watching macho, loud demagogues and so-called TV anchors spiting venom against the West and then asking for a break that are riddled with commercials of Western multinationals.

A religious TV show on a popular TV channel that in 2009 instigated violence against the Ahmadiyyas continues to be sponsored by various colas, facial creams, telecom brands and shampoos, and so is the show whose host is under scrutiny for allegedly having sympathies and links with terrorist organisations.

In my eyes the companies who claim to represent the decent, ‘family-oriented’ and peaceful ‘modern’ sections of the educated urbanites carry an equal amount of blame as do the channels that let hate-mongers run amok in the studios just to jack up their ratings.

It’s like shouting populist slogans mingled with idiotic juice, milk and telecom jingles over the dead bodies of all those unfortunate souls that these very channels so enthusiastically report and show.

Is there no one among us so-called educated urban classes with the sight, mind and conscience to at least question the kind of convoluted and surreal corporate-jihadi anarchy so clearly visible on TV channels?

Can’t we see that much of what is being preached and ‘debated’ on our channels in the name of religion, justice, reform and politics (and cynically being sponsored by multinationals), is one of the major reasons behind the confused and ravaged state our middle-classes (especially its youth) have come to suffer?

This is not an overstatement. Certain TV anchors and their shows have proven to have enough power to actually instigate violence. Examples are in abundance of idiots listening to idiots on TV, gathering hateful ideas about certain Muslim sects, ‘minorities,’ and personalities, with some actually going to the extent of committing murder in the name of religion.

And yet we can still see such TV anchors and their favourite side-kicks holding fort on prime-time television, and multinationals willingly sponsoring all the hatred and venom that is spewed on these shows.

So what is that narrative upon which a bulk of Pakistan’s ‘political’ and ‘religious’ TV programming is based on?

For years this narrative has gleefully been disseminated by the state, the clergy, schools and now the electronic media.  It’s quite simple: Pakistan was made in the name of Islam (read, a theocratic state). Thus, only Muslims (mainly orthodox Sunnis) have the right to rule, run and benefit from this country. ‘Minority’ religions and ‘heretical Islamic sects’ living as Pakistani citizens are not to be trusted. They need to be constitutionally, socially and culturally isolated. Parliamentary democracy too can’t be trusted. It unleashes ethnic forces, ‘corruption’ and undermines the role of the military and that of Islam in the state’s make-up. It threatens the ‘unity’ of the country; a unity based on a homogeneous understanding of Islam (mainly concocted by the state and its right-wing allies). Most of our political, economic and social ills are due to the diabolical conspiracies hatched by our many enemies (especially India, Israel and the West in general). They want to break up Pakistan because Pakistan is the ‘bastion of Islam’ in a volatile region dominated by Indian, American and Shia Iranian hegemony. The many terrorist organisations operating in Pakistan are foreign funded ...

This narrative can go on in its bizarre depiction of what we as a country are or should become. Not for a moment are we ready to stand back a bit and look at what we have made of ourselves and of what we call our home. We call ourselves ‘moderate Muslims,’ and yet applaud or quietly tolerate the hate-spewing claptrap that pours out from our mosques and TV screens. We cheer about the fact that Pakistan is one of the very few democratic Muslim countries with a constitution, and yet we will not speak a word about those clauses and sections in the same constitution that have triggered violence and repression against women and have sanctioned a religiously apartheid state that only allows the orthodox Muslim majority democratic rights to rule the country, or run in an election.

Isn’t it obvious that not only do these sections in the much celebrated constitution go against the modern-Muslim vision of men like Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Iqbal and Syed Ahmed Khan, but are also against the basic spirit of tolerance, mercy and justice so vividly present in the Quran?

We have clearly lost sight of what Pakistan was supposed to be: A democratic, modern Muslim country where religion had nothing to do with the matters of the state and where the so-called ‘minorities’ were free to practice their respective faiths.

These are not my words. And neither are they the words that Pakistani children are taught at school, in spite of the fact that these words and thoughts were spoken by the founder of the country, Jinnah, when he succeeded in carving out a country for the Muslims of the subcontinent, thinking that they would struggle under what he believed would become a ‘Hindu theocracy.’

So what happened to that Pakistan? The obvious culprits in this regard are the many years of repressive military regimes and their growing nexus with obscurantist forces that we have had to burden and face. But were the democrats any better?

The 1973 constitution that legitimised religious apartheid was inaugurated under a brilliant and popularly elected Prime Minister and approved by equally elected members of the parliament. And even though the same constitution was further riddled with myopic laws against religious minorities and women by a fanatical and hypocritical ‘Islamic’ dictatorship, how many democrats that came after the demise of this dictatorship ever bothered to at least debate or review these laws?

So much has become taboo in this country — so much so that the question now arises, can we ever become a truly free, enlightened and intellectually robust nation? Or will we keep hiding behind our fragile masks of religiosity and ‘patriotism,’ a mask that goes up in front of our faces every time we are confronted by a situation in which our views and actions (especially in the name of faith) are questioned.

We do not debate. We react and then huddle up behind our flimsy and lopsided historical and national narratives for reassurance, cursing the world for our ills, looking out for ‘infidels’ and ‘heretics’ among us, or for scapegoats in the shape of media-constructed punching bags.

The nightmare we are living today has a lot to do with all this. We remain in a slumber, carving out an isolated ideological comfort zone for ourselves, while obnoxious, sectarian and so-called puritanical keepers of the faith attack and kill in the name of God whenever and however they please. We claim to be treading a middle-path between liberalism and fanaticism, when the truth is, it is exactly the middle-path that has gone entirely missing in how we think, behave, act and react.

Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and

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.


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Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and He is also the author of two books on the social history of Pakistan, End of the Past and The Pakistan Anti-Hero.

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Mustafa May 29, 2010 09:58am
This is an excellent article. We should stop buying products that advertise during violent episodes. We should boycott products that sponsor hate shows on TV. ACTION: Boycot - products advertised on hate shows.
Haris May 29, 2010 09:56am
With each new murderous rampage of bigoted thugs, we keep going under as a nation - we keep demonstrating to non Muslims that we infact are an ideologically confused and intolerant society of people. May the soul of departed rest in peace. Good on you NFP. Pls keep marching on and keep writing. You are a brave soul.
Rev. Eldrick Lal May 29, 2010 07:49am
The recent attack on Ahmadiyas in Lahore, Pakistan is an act of horrifying bestiality. Without any prejudice, this is a work of bigots,and it is impossible to argue with them because their ideology is positively antediluvian. Apparently it looks they went into a paroxysm of rage. Subsequently, the security and welfare of minorities is in parlous condition. The attack was clearly premeditated.
shy May 29, 2010 06:35am
Are we living in Muslim state. Are majority and govt is spectator. Are minorities are not citizens of Pakistan?????????
POLITICIZED May 29, 2010 07:08am
Thank God you finally wrote about this! It has always disgusted me how these channels have no decency and no respect for the trauma the loved ones of those killed are going through. Especially these telecoms always claiming to be one of us and we care and we connect. All they and these channel care about is cashing the sorrows of people. This nation is truly the worst blotch on Islam and its teachings. And to those who think NFP spreads hate about Islam couldn't be more wrong in their heads because its not Islam he criticizes but those who "claim" to be its torch bearers. If Islam is facing ridicule in the world its Not because of non Muslims but those who claim to be Muslims and yet only make a terrible example of being one.
Mark May 29, 2010 07:11am
guru kranti May 29, 2010 07:12am
Is Islam really a religion of peace? look at the history and present day this gives the answer Why is there so much hatred in Islamic countries? who is responsible? This problem can only be solved when people wake up and start questioning mullahs and demand answers.
Not In My Name May 29, 2010 07:15am
Powerful stuff, NFP. Punchy as ever and absolutely on the spot. Only God himself can save us now from the very people who are claiming to fight and kill in his name.
Mudassar May 29, 2010 07:15am
TV channels want money, so dont just blame the corporates. Besides, even the nature of reporting is sub standard. Instead of viewing news many share their own views. And all that you need to do this over news channels is a lousy certificate in journalism.
Octavian May 29, 2010 07:22am
It's a sad thing being a Pakistani, watching the fanatics win day after day, week after week, year after year :(
Adeel May 29, 2010 07:25am
Couldn't agree more with the article. As a matter of fact just last night i was having a discussion with a colleague about the very fact that how the root cause of this religious extremism lies in our very own constitution. Religion has absolutely nothing to do with a state's affair but sadly nobody in our parliament has tried to raise this issue since the constitution was passed in '73. We are a confused nation about these fundamental issues.
sogul May 29, 2010 07:32am
Such a tragic, brutal heart goes out to our ahmadi brothers and sisters. may they receive justice in this world....
Micky Shetty May 29, 2010 07:37am
Perfectly said NFP.
Talat May 29, 2010 07:39am
Some of our local television anchors are a prime example of what the above article is all about.
Weeping Pakistani Muslim May 29, 2010 07:42am
Dear Paracha Sb: Today brought a sad realization for me. Yes, the mindless killing hurt me; yes, the usual inability of our government to protect its citizens hurt me; yes, the usual indifference of the Pakistanis hurt me. Where did we go wrong? How did we become so callous? What is wrong with the Islam that is preached in Pakistan? I learn about Islam and I see peace and love; I look at the life of Prophet (SAW) and I see compassion and mercy. And then I look at the so-called Muslims in Pakistan and I see not even a glimpse of the Islam. Why? I ask why? But of course no one has the answer ...
ashwin May 29, 2010 07:55am
We can see your pain for Pakistan..lets hope there are more like you.
S. Ashraf Quli May 29, 2010 08:00am
I entirely agree with Mr. Paracha's viewpoint. With reference to his statements in the last two paragraphs of his article I would like to say that the current scenario is not going to change, because those who have created it are incorrigible. There is a need to sieve all the lies from history that have misled? Who can do it? Only some latent power can fix this, but it is hard to tell when this is going to happen. Until it happens the bloodshed will go on.
g suresh babu May 29, 2010 08:09am
The remedies suggested by the author of the blog should be given a serious thought by the political establishment of Pakistan.
Ali Hasan May 29, 2010 08:09am
Where now are the scores of bearded and burqa'd "protestors" that we saw less than a week ago? Are events like these not blasphemous? Is this not a hateful act committed?
Muslim Khan May 29, 2010 08:10am
Brilliantly written. Very true. Even if this gruesome violence, which has taken the place of 8 'O clock soaps operas on our TV channels, cant change the mindset of this nation, nothing can and nothing will. Sad and depressing
nashpaty May 29, 2010 08:15am
People have seemed to have forgotten that this is not the first time a Masjid has been attacked and that also during friday prayers. A similar incident took place a few months back on the Masjid in GHQ Rawalpindi where several people also lost their lives. What we need to realize is that these attacks are not simply directed towards a particular group or minority, but upon every Pakistani who does not share the Terrorists' Extreme Ideology. They do not care who you are, if you are not with them, then you are against them.
Dam Mast May 29, 2010 08:19am
Every para of this piece is loaded with rightful anger and at the same time solid rational thinking. You must keep going on, NFP. Journos like you are the only hope against the vicious spreaders of hate we see on local news channels.
Raheel May 29, 2010 08:20am
How rightly understood,
saheb ali May 29, 2010 08:58am
Our future generations are getting preached hate by these so-called defense analysts through their conspiracy theories. Thank you NFP for some sanity in the country.
Laiq Ahmad May 29, 2010 10:12am
President Obama has taken the responsiblity for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He said" the buck stops with me". Where does the buck stop in Pakistan? Attacks on innocent Ahmadis, an act of bastardy. Unprovoked attacks, killing unarmed people going about their religious business is the most cowardly and despicable act one could imagine. Let Allah be the judge of right and wrong, not the deranged and divisive mullahs and their distorted version of religion.
Naheed May 29, 2010 09:00am
All these religious mullahs were against the creation of Pakistan- it was the Ahmadi community who supported the creation of Pakistan- and what an irony that that community is now ostracized by the same people who were against the creation of the country in the first place! That clause in the constitution deserves to be repealed asap! Pakistan has sadly become a land of injustices- it is far from the "land of pure" it was meant to be -
Hassnain May 29, 2010 09:11am
It was a powerful article. And I could not have agreed more with NFP. These people who kill in the name of Islam are the worst enemies of Islam. And the harsh reality is that we have silent supporters of these barbarians sitting amongst us, from taxi drivers to the ones holding power. The media already knows the impact that it can create. So, rather than cashing up on the differences, it needs to play a role to unite the masses against this brutality, and cut off from the journalists showing soft corners for these extremist tehreeks. It is about time that the media shows some maturity.
Prudent Injeeli May 29, 2010 09:19am
Thanks Mr. Paracha for once again hitting the nail right at the head. Keeping writing, Mr. Paracha, we are still alive.
Naheed May 29, 2010 10:07am
yes, we should do that! Definitely!
sajjad May 29, 2010 10:22am
Excellent. I totally agree with every word written.
majid maqsood May 29, 2010 09:23am
Its so amazing to see the role and reaction of so called media on the bloodshed happened in Lahore, media does not give such coverage to the Ahamadis like they cry on attack on any other place of worship. Federal Govt had also given the information about such attack on Ahamadis but Punjab Govt did not take any such measures for protecting people. For God sake be impartial on the bloodshed of innocent people who are being killed by militants.
ramesh May 29, 2010 09:30am
Ahmadis, attacked so brutally makes one wonder about the fate of other minorities in Pakistan.
Christin May 29, 2010 09:34am
History repeats and I am hopeful that Pak will come out good after this struggle - oppression and fanatic killing will definitely open many peoples eyes and they will start asking question instead of blindly following what was being told to them. Peace will come, sadly after a lot of sacrifice like this. Hope your writing and journalist like you will provide that incentives to change the state of mind of everyone.
Anwar Ahmad May 29, 2010 09:36am
Excellent NFP. Our Constitution is full of contradictions. Until contradictory clauses are removed we will remain confused. State should stop playing God and leave religion to individuals. Ordinance XX and Blasphemy Laws should be repealed. Federal agencies and PML(N) should stop sympathizing with terrorists, extremists without which peace cannot prevail in our homeland. BTW I fail to understand why word "Punjabi" is so sacred that it cannot be linked with "Taliban".
Wounded and hurt May 29, 2010 09:37am
Its heartening to see that there are still saner voices in this country who see the need for rationality and tolerance. Ironically, voices like NFP are often termed as anti-Pakistani,anti-Islam and that "new kid on the block term" liberal extremist by the mostly rightest media anchors.What to say about this media who kept on referring back and froth between terms "Ahmedis" and "Qadianis".
Asam May 29, 2010 10:32am
Yes , Ramesh i remember the Gujrat Killings in which your Police didnt even bothered to take part, because it was a society attacking minority. It was a terrorist attack in Pakistan (not societal uprising), while Police & Rangers did take part and killed all the miscreants. It was not an attack on Ahmedis or Minorities, it was an attack on Pakistani people - just like its been going on for the past 3 years. I hope Government does take notice and provide security to Minorities. They are as much as part of Pakistan as anyone else.
Umar Farooq May 29, 2010 10:38am
Pakistan has so many times failed to provide protection to it's minorities and it's people in general. It is now time to separate the religion from state. It is not the responsibility of the state to define religion. Our text books should be revised to reflect tolerance and human rights. All the madrassas need to be regulated and their financial resources should be documented. I wish that we had treated our minorities like equal citizens. One of my christian friend in college had a different name in the college than at home just to avoid discrimination!
Basharat May 29, 2010 10:45am
The real culprits are those who do politics in the name of Islam,for personal gains.Irony is that same elements were opposed to creation of Pakistan.
Zayed May 29, 2010 10:47am
Where are those who were violently protesting against the shutdown of Facebook and Youtube. This act of killing minorities is much more gruesome and monstrous in comparison to drawing cartoons....
love for all hatred for none May 29, 2010 10:50am
Well bro I agree with you 101%
fatiha May 29, 2010 10:53am
It was a sad day all in all for all of our community.
waqar May 31, 2010 06:36am
Well personally, to be very honest that I did not found anything guilty after this incident. Actually until I loss my parents or relatives in similar incident I may not find this thing as guilty. I have become a person who has heart, but this heart does not contain any personal feeling for others. I have seen many incidents like this in Pakistan since this Taliban stuff happened. I have answers of all why, but I know my own hen is behind this bad eggs scene. Can not do even pray! So just have hope to get my heart back!
Averoes May 29, 2010 11:07am
I am not buying any products that are sponsoring these shows on local new channel.
SQ Khan May 29, 2010 11:23am
The ongoing crisis in of self making . have been taught to hate whatever outside our system of beliefs and ideology. 80 people have been brutally killed by the mindless terrorists.
waqar May 31, 2010 06:31am
What minorities? There is nothing major and minor in ISLAM. ISLAM is equal for all Muslims. But make sure you are Muslim to gain equality.
Goga Nalaik May 31, 2010 06:32am
Dear Nadeem Sometimes, emotion is so strong that it cannot be expressed in words but can only be felt. Well this is the case with me right now after having read this act of extreme cruelty. I find no superlative strong enough to describe this absolute horror. I
Syied Nasir Mehdi May 29, 2010 11:25am
I agree with you. May such episode be the last and our Spiritual leaders try to extinguish the fire of hatred. It will be known on Roz-e-Qiamat that who was right and where these extremists find their place.
Abdullah Krishan Singh May 29, 2010 11:27am
Dont despair Nadeem, its all quite beyond our control now. I was speaking to an old journalist friend of mine and he has never seen it so bad in Pakistan before, even during the various Indo-Pak wars. Neither the Army or the government can quite do much now apart from some cosmetic measures. The fundamentals that hold Pakistan have been shaken by the Taliban and are swaying. What I do know is this is just the beginning. I cannot see this nightmare ending so quickly or without disastrous calamity.
Irfan Husain May 29, 2010 11:27am
The recent attacks on Ahmadis underlines the logic of creating a state in the name of religion: as the writer has noted, only the majority Sunnis feel they have any rights in the Land of the Pure.
Jagdeep Singh May 29, 2010 11:41am
Get rid of this separatism, intolerance and people who breed hatred and you will be better a Nation.
Goberdeen May 29, 2010 11:43am
Finally someone has brain to call spade a spade.. if NFP were president Pakistan would be what every Pakistani would ever hope it to be..
Zafar May 29, 2010 11:51am
After the GHQ siege, there was criticism on media for exposing tactical positions of the security forces during live coverage. On 28th May tragedy I saw a few channels making announcement that the images are not live for the sake of tactical secrecy of police force. This shows some sort of self correction mechanism in place. I believe similar criticism should be directed at media regarding the issue highlighted in this excellent article of NFP.
Ibrahim May 29, 2010 11:56am
Well done yet again NFP....i think as a society, we Pakistani have become senseless to others suffering !
auranzeb May 29, 2010 12:01pm
We have to come out of self denial syndrome by not accepting the problem of presence of extremists in our country and in Punjab. We always give a free escape to terrorists part of us and present within us by exonerating them with blame being passed on foreign countries. As in past after sometime this incident would be forgotten and terrorists would strike gain. This is an unending game and I hold our security agencies responsible. I recall a program of BBC recently titles Pakistan Dirt poor in which they have shown terrorist outfits and networks operating in whole Punjab. By the way our security agencies always boast that they had alerted the concerned in advance but nothing was done! I wonder why don't they take themselves action against them and why they are so passive! Why we are not acting to eliminate those terrorist outfits? What are we waiting for? I earnestly believe that our our main intelligence agencies are compromised and work for countries which do not like Pakistan existence! If we need to save our motherland we have to get up!
Ammaar Ahmed May 29, 2010 12:02pm
Well done Sir NFP Brilliant Article as always. All those families of the deceased should be sent elsewhere be it Saudi Arabia atleast they will protect them because frankly I see bad times ahead and we have failed miserably in our vow to protect all.
M. Salim May 29, 2010 12:07pm
Morale boosting write-up. Keep up the excellent thought provoking wake-up calls.
Rafi May 29, 2010 12:08pm
Thank you for well thought and inciteful article. It is time for people of Pakistan to think and wake up to monsters. Unless they act it will swallow up the entire nation. The media's coverage of the barbaric act on Friday was disappointing. Dehumanising and almost legitimising this vile act as if Ahmadis are a sub human race. Oh land of Pakistan wake up before it is too late.
Bilal May 29, 2010 12:08pm
I am an Ahmadi and was present in model town 'place of worship' when this happened. I don't expect many people in Pakistan to condemn this incident but thanks to you that you have felt the pain we are suffering with. I pray to God, may not a single human be killed or injured the way I saw people there.
imran May 29, 2010 12:09pm
Plz ramesh these terrorist so called jehadis have killed thousand of Muslims Pakistani as well not just minorities.
naseer May 31, 2010 06:51am
If Pakistan does not protect it's minorities, even the silent majority will not be spared by the fanatics (as we have witnessed increasingly).
harikumar May 29, 2010 12:15pm
The mistake of history needs to be corrected. There is no room for religion based nation states. Secularism is the need of the world and till such time we have no choices but to witness such horrors. Any way the pertinent point is who will save Pakistan from this unending tragedies and killings? Let us wait and watch. The Athiest from Mumbai India
Fazak Karim May 31, 2010 06:49am
Ahmadis question needs to be examined afresh by Ulmas, intellectuals and jurists from Muslim countries.Let them examine how far restrictions placed on Ahmadis in Pakistan are justified in Islam and do they not violate human rights and rights of a citizen of a country.
RASHID HUSSAIN[Indiana U.S.A] May 29, 2010 12:23pm
Are we living and alive to hear ONLY about murders, killing, bomb blasts, suicide bombers etc from Pakistan. I am devastated and wish , I was not alive to hear such tragic news almost every day from my country of birth. Being an educated and moderate Muslim and having lived and visited a lot of Muslim countries, I still can not understand the way Islam is interpreted in Pakistan. Islam is a religion of peace, and tolerance and creates facilities and not problems for its followers. It allows people to progress and live and let live happily. My feeling is our that our single track, uneducated, venom spitting and hate creating mullas/madressah are equally responsible for the misery of 170 million awam. May Allah [swt] protect us and guide all . ''Devastated Senior'' Indianapolis USA
kkc May 29, 2010 12:29pm
Nadeem.... I haven't lost my hope for peace and tolerance in the indian subcontinent.
Nadeem May 29, 2010 12:33pm
This is real you NFP. I liked your other articles too but this was the best. And as a common Pakistani I should ask Western Corporates as well - while extremism is taking our loved ones, it is just a matter of time when it knocks on their door - how can they sponsor the channels spewing hatred? Is US government powerless to monitor the companies funding extremism and these hate preachers? We have the power of 'BAN' it is not state which should do it, we the people can, send these channels E mials, call or even stop watching shows which provoke hatred. No government can fight it, we can defeat it...lets join hands and fight the monster which is product of ignorance and hatred.
sarfraz May 29, 2010 12:35pm
Please wake up Pakistan.. I cried last night not at the incident itself but the way our politicians responded to it. I cried when certain CM said he condemned the incident .. God Whats wrong with these people. Hundreds of families have been destroyed and havoc has released in the city and you only condemn .. . How these people sleep at night when people are dying on street at there watch. Unfortunately the more I think The more I realize that Pakistan is on its way further down a very very deep Pit.. Only when it reaches the bottom would it start coming up.. Sadly though millions more would have to die till then.. Great Work NFP.. Love Your work.. God Bless You
parvin May 29, 2010 12:43pm
So sad how the local television networks kept a tight lip on such a major news event. Their motto of reporting with responsibility and truth remains a mystery.
Shafiq Khan May 29, 2010 12:48pm
Nadeem F Paracha today speaks for all decent Pakistanis,head bowed in shame.
Johnny May 31, 2010 07:33am
Additionally the onus also lies on the channels,as well any regulatory agency, who carry these shows. Half the shows need to be shut down for their content. Under the banner of free media, hate preaching should not be tolerated.
Rahil May 29, 2010 01:02pm are really one of the only few voices of reason left in the country!!! This is great work....Jihad in its true form....Keep strong and continue writing. Your pen has the power to change!!
shahdat May 29, 2010 01:12pm
The root of the problem is this: Pakistanis have lost the ability to distinguish between Right and Wrong.
Nadeem Ahmed May 29, 2010 01:13pm
Religious fanatics and hate mongers are doing, what they ought to do, but what reaction other segments of the society are showing?
A.Bajwa May 29, 2010 01:18pm
I guess liberalism has long died, and the old primitive culture of Indus Valley and Afghanistan has taken over.
JH May 31, 2010 10:35am
The intensity of emotion expressed in this article resonates with my own. I believe that in order to galvanize change, individuals like the author himself, need to come forward and make the difference so direly needed in this confused society of ours.
Deva May 29, 2010 01:20pm
There is no end to the divisions if we start dividing by religion, race, color, region, social status and gender.
wellwisher May 29, 2010 01:27pm
Well written All that's required for the extremist view to prevail is for the moderates to do nothing. So scream as loud as you can when you disagree and the others will join you.
Bint-E-Mehmood May 29, 2010 01:30pm
excellent piece of writing Mr Paracha... beyond words. ...all done in the name of God...this is what we need to be ashamed of... for God sake get out of those fooolish conspiracy theories and loook at what we as a nation are me v shud better open our minds and eyes before it is too late and loook beyond our petty issues of religious, political , ethnic , cultural differences... and have a closer look at our hideous reflections....i wonder to what extent this crazy media can go to mint money...! very ashamed to say but this is not the Pakistan Jinnah wished for...! May Allah help us all...ameen.
C.A.Mathias May 29, 2010 01:34pm
Once again a very good article by Mr.Nadeem. Its really sad from time to time these terrorists are killing Innocent people.
ahmed May 29, 2010 01:44pm
I applaud Nadeem's writing. I feel very sad . but fear there is no hope in sight. my thoughts and prayers with the victims.
R S JOHAR May 29, 2010 01:57pm
NFP has yet again written an excellent article, pouring his heart out with sad emotions and pain. Specific reasons for this mindless violence in the name of faith have been brought out by the writer and its high time that the State should step in and regulatory norms be put in place for all private channels showing and spreading hatred and violence against minority communities.
Omar May 29, 2010 01:57pm
Where are those who were protesting the "Draw Muhammad Day" and wanted to boycott facebook. They claimed Islam was being maligned in the name of freedom of speech. Im utterly ashamed by this incident for being a part of a nation that allows such things and then stays silent about it.
Raj May 29, 2010 01:58pm
I am glad to read a very rational artical. I wish good sense prevail. What is the point of killing in the name of God? Serious brainwashing for a very long time caused this big damage. Nobody can win by hate.
Kaamraan May 29, 2010 01:59pm
Well...the media whichever country you look in, even in India, is driven by a need to make money. So, I am tempted to not give much importance to the points raised against the media, because true journalism of presenting the facts and leaving the opinion to people has almost disappeared in the visual media at least (NFP's articles are a rarity and need to be cherished). So, the crux of the question is, why is Pakistani society so impertinent? Are the people so self centered that they don't mind anything until it affects their household? Or are they so dumb to give into whatever the mullahs and the government or any authoritarian figure tells them what to think and how to feel? I would like make a plea here.... please don't think the world revolves around you...or that you are too important and someone's out there to get you. World will go on whether you live or die, so you have to decide how you want your society to be peaceful, prosperous and encouraging humanity, or you want it to be as it is now....precarious, stifling and on the path to self destruction.
arif May 29, 2010 01:59pm
let us identify who have facilitated these callous forces to unleash this type of tragedy on the innocent people. let us identify who have consolidated their power base? let us condemn those who encouraged them to come up to this level of capabilities let us raise our hands for those who suffered at the hands of preparators let us call the civil society to rise to occasion.
Sunny, Germany May 29, 2010 02:01pm
One needs courage to admit ones mistake. Pakistan needs many many NFP's to awaken the society in General and misguided youths in particular.
Naveed May 29, 2010 02:07pm
Mr. Kranti, There is a difference between religion and the mullahs. All religions are religions of peace. Those who abuse them should be checked. And please don't make sweeping generalizations.
S.M.B May 29, 2010 02:11pm
Excellent Article. Please keep it up... Hopefully One day enough souls will realize what you have said.
samsung May 29, 2010 02:14pm
This is simply barbaric, the case of the lahore Ahmadiyaa bombings. This is what Islamic values tell us? To sit and watch a people die in their prayers? A sad day for the Ahmadiyya community and an even sadder day to see the Islamic republic sit back and watch this destruction of mankind. When do YOU as Pakistanis realize that enough is enough?
Zaki May 29, 2010 02:21pm
Brilliantly written NFP.
matt connolly May 29, 2010 02:21pm
Wow. Pakistan television sounds so much like America. What do you think happens here when terrible tragedies happen like now in the Gulf of Mexico. Our TV anchors are concerned about the sexual affairs of athletes or Hollywood stars, our commercials go on and on oblivious of outside events, our president carries on as usual as the oil slick spreads until just a day or two ago, and life goes on and on and on in the pursuit of money. The obliviousness of the Middle Class should not be frowned upon because at least it is not involved in hating exercises.
Naveed May 29, 2010 02:24pm
I was in Pakistan briefly at the beginning of the year and was absolutely disgusted by the TV anchors and their obnoxious goings-on. I can't help but be nostalgic for gentler times. Gone are the days when everyone used to crowd around the TV for one of Haseena Moin's plays. The newspapers carried stories of people guessing how the play would end... Of course the TV reflects our changed, sad reality.
Amir May 29, 2010 02:25pm
Its good to know that we have someone living ,in a nation of the dead.The only way this nation will revive is if there is a revolution. As a Pakistani I do not see any rationality within the ranks of our leadership;that is if we have any. But when people like you write these wonderful articcles I see a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. However we will need more than this article to inspire a revolution.To bring this nation of Jinnah and Iqbal back to life from the dead. However to light a fire you only need a spark.. I pray to the almighty for your pen to be that spark.
Moeed May 29, 2010 02:30pm
What a pity. Alas. If a survey will be conducted around the world about the most confused and irresponsible nation, i am sure we will be at the TOP.
Abdul Mujeeb Khan May 29, 2010 02:32pm
Our country is suffering a spate of unrest for many years. Some times it comes day after day and some time it comes after few days break. It is happening again and again, because our national conscience seems unclean over on this issue as a result, our cities are being stained by human blood almost everyday. We are not belonging to a childish or new born country. We are belonging to a country which is above than its maturity level. Why don
Rana SAB May 29, 2010 02:33pm
Bravo, NFP, keep it up. You really presented the true face of certain TV channels who were really confused.
Bob May 29, 2010 02:35pm
I appreciate the moderate and tolerant views of the author and of commentators like you here.
Zack May 31, 2010 11:12am
The author is already coming out and doing his bit with his intellect and writings. How and in what capacity can we contribute should be the question we should ask ourselves. Thats another attitude that besets Pakistanis, we are always looking for "The One" to come and pull us up, but God forbid we should not move ourselves.
jee May 29, 2010 02:39pm
Dear NFP, No doubt a great article. I appreciate your pain and concern for Pakistan.
Munir Abid May 29, 2010 02:51pm
Well written. I do not have any hope for this country until every single citizen stands up against this kind of barbarism.
E Mohammed May 29, 2010 03:07pm
Shy, you most definitely are living in a MUSLIM state.
Pervez Khan May 29, 2010 03:13pm
I watched in horror the carnage in Lahore and was even more deeply disturbed and saddened by the language used by the commentators on various TV channels. They kept calling the Shias, the Qadianis and the Christians
DeepU May 29, 2010 03:20pm
GOD save pakistan..!!
Zargul Khan May 29, 2010 03:28pm
The Punjab govt should launch an operation against the head quarters of Jihades and sectarian terrorists. This is the only way to save Punjab ... Thanks
Lakshmanan May 29, 2010 03:35pm
I share the grief of Pakistani citizens and condemn as this is an act against humanity.
E Mohammed May 29, 2010 03:38pm
Moderate Muslims and even Nadeen Paracha is just beating around the bush. I am sure he knows where the problem lies.
Mark May 29, 2010 03:43pm
Pakistan has such a terrible record regarding its treatment of religious minorities (Hindus, Sikhs, Ahmedi Muslims, Christians, et al.).
Ch Allah Daad May 29, 2010 03:57pm
The supporters of terrorists in media argue that to end terrorism, solve the problem. Ahmedi Community was living peacefully, why this latest incident took place. The only answer is that, whatever you do to please these terrorists, they are not going to stop. The only way to deal is to challenge them and meet them head on.
Agnostic May 29, 2010 04:00pm
It's time we started dismissing religion as the basis of morality. Religion in Pakistan is little more than majority-identity politics in the garb of nationalism. Kids are never taught about amazing scientific leaps in particle physics, astronomy and evolutionary biology that have all but rendered religious dogma meaningless. Find the light, people.
Human May 29, 2010 04:01pm
Its time for serious reforms within Islam. No other religion kills in its name.I think Pakistan can make a good start and the other Islamic countries can follow.
Asad Ibrahim May 29, 2010 04:15pm
And yet Pakistan and Pakistanis talk always about treatment of muslims in India. Hindus, sikhs, muslims, christians, parsis have been living in much ore harmony than any of the Pakistani sections. Just look at the history of last 62 years.. as a fact, just look at the statistics of bombs exploded and people killed in the name of God in both countries in last few years only. Many Pakistanis I know in New York are ashamed to say that they are Pakistanis. When asked by americans, they say they are Indian- very ironic. After all these that has been happening for years now, it is really hard to believe for the non-muslims that muslims believe in peace, harmony and tolerance of other faiths. Can Pakistan be bold enough to accept the mistake and try a fresh start, or hand the nation to the Talibans on a plate??
Irfan May 29, 2010 04:20pm
Well written article. It is sad to say that so few journalists have the courage to say the truth. Pakistan is a failed state. I am not saying it. Just gather the facts and you will come to thesame conclusion. Though only a few of us admit it. 1) Pakistan is always in top ten countries for corruption year after year 2) The economy of Pakistan is in shambles. Every govt. pay check is paid with either IMF Loan or help from other countries (America being one of them) 3) People and politicians mix state and religion at their will, whenever they want, where ever they want. 4) The general sense of security is the worst in any developing nations. I bet even Afghanistan is safer than Pakistan these days. 5) Hatred is cultivated in people's mind at very young age in govt. sponsored schools and Madrassas. This list can go on and on. This horrendous act of terrorism against a peaceful community can
rk singh May 29, 2010 04:20pm
Dear Nadeem, excellant article. The picture of the lady crying for her loved ones (i pray they are alive) is heart breaking. Nobody should see the untimely death of their loved ones. I hope (guess nothing wrong in hoping) these lunatics burn in hell.
Nusrat May 29, 2010 04:23pm
I am tired of us sitting on our hands while the fanatics and their cheerleaders are playing havoc with the lives of everyone around them. Why is it that we, the people who can see the insanity for what it is, can not counter it. Why do not we go out on the streets and protest? People like NFP are doing their job admirably but what about us, Who read and shake our heads in despair but are helpless, it seems. What are our intelligence agencies doing, Where are the fanatics getting money to finance this brutality?
nadeem May 29, 2010 04:25pm
Keep waking up this nation which is still fast a sleep Mr Paracha... what you have written in the past is now being reflected in the Western news media as well - please continue to spread the message, as this jihad of the pen must go on. Here is an article published in NYTimes few days ago which also quote you.
Ahmed May 29, 2010 04:32pm
If Islam is what it is today in pakistan I am ashamed to be a muslim!
Sajid May 29, 2010 04:36pm
Mr Paracha has provided us with a good article. One agrees with the sentiments raised in relation to the TV, which i agree with and the innocent killings. Regards
aiesha May 29, 2010 04:41pm
Pakistan is just the Mullah's country and not Jinnah land.
Kamran May 29, 2010 04:48pm
Another barbaric act of murder of innocent humans in the name of hatred termed Religious minorities. It was a sad day to watch scores of Pakistanis dying in few moments just because extremist talibans have the courage to kill any one they want. Even disappointing was to watch the pathetic Pakistani media coverage of these innocent victims as TV channels constantly used the word of Ahmedis were killed, Ahmedis who died will be buried, none of the TV channels used the word of innocent Pakistanis being murdered or Pakistan lost its citizens.The answer to this discrimination towards different religious sects lies in our societies mind set that neither the media has the courage to defend a Pakistanis murder nor the Judiciary has interest to fight for the basic right to live for a Pakistani. Where are those veiled ladies and skull cap beards who can protest against face book and you tube but have no remorse to raise their voice to call murder a sin.
Fayyaz May 29, 2010 04:51pm
It is heartening to know that brave people like NFP exist in Pakistan otherwise the silent majority of couch potatoes will not stand up.
Nasrullah Khan May 29, 2010 05:04pm
No point in boycotting the products of the advertiser. Boycott the channels that show them during times as gruesome as these.
S.A.Khan May 29, 2010 05:06pm
Television Companies need money to provide information to the public as such they could not cease completely from commercial activities. However watching reporting on the massacre in Lahore, I feel they gave plenty time to reporting objectively the sad event.
Abu Aayan May 31, 2010 08:37am
Adnan You are right, but look at this tragedy. unlike other attacks, in which they have some other motive to achieve; in this case they knew this is not going to press the government a bit. The only thing at their mind was what they had been taught; i.e. the killing of Ahmadies will be rewarded with heavens. If you are in Pakistan and have not noticed such hate-preaching in your life then I will be surprised. Every other day, we see campaigns in which common man is provoked to go ahead and take the lives of Ahmadies for an eternal reward. Even TV shows stage the same idea and anchors take the opinions of "Ulema" on the matter suggesting that this is a noble act to kill Ahmadies. Last year after one such program, lives of at least three Ahmadies were taken within 48 hours of airing that show. This time, recently a popular tape released in the context of the associations of another anchor to Taliban, repeatedly mentions "Ahmadies" as worse then infidels etc. etc. Don't you think such actions are like giving guidelines to "hunters of shortcut-to-heavens". Not to mention the pamphlets which are distributed, banners/ posters which are posted, websites which are launched ... Aren't all these hate-preaching stuff. As the people of who really look at the rotten society of Pakistan with Pain, it is the duty of all those to identify and then accept the ills. Only then the same could be fixed and a hope could reborn.
Jawad May 29, 2010 05:14pm
Well written, but again i have come across quite a few articles which said the same thing but no "assar".
Anand May 29, 2010 05:20pm
Atleast DAWN has courage. I dont think anyother newspaper in this subcontinent has this. NFP you should be the role model for all journalists in sub continent. The next revolution would be through positive journalism.
JH May 29, 2010 05:21pm
It's about time we wake up.
Amjad May 29, 2010 05:29pm
Great article showing us how irresponsible our Pakistani media is. I sometimes wonder what level of integrity they adhere too when they don't realize they have a role to educate but not derail society. The criminals and Taliban are on the run and they are desperate to become relevant and matter. It's our job to make sure people realize them for the evil they are and make them irrelevant. By the way, when 99.9 % of the Punjab stand against the Taliban, it's not logical to link the word Punjab with Taliban. The Punjab was home to a tolerant form of Sufi Islam for well over 1000 years. When the Arabs came under Mohammed Bin Qasim , they introduced Islam to Al Sind through conquest initially but Southern Punjab was introduced to Islam through peaceful means.A tolerant brand of Islam has been practiced in Punjab for centuries. So yes the word Punjab in Pakistan is scared and should not be soiled by associating it with the Taleban!
Kdspirited May 29, 2010 05:33pm
This is yet another sad and mournful day in the history of Pakistan. The ruthless killings and targeted violence against Ahmadis.
Syed Rashid Hasan May 29, 2010 05:52pm
And NFP, Bravo! Keep up the good work. I detox reading you often after reading or listening to Pakistani print and electronic media. I respect your courage and intellectual honesty in calling out the malaise that is ruining us all. Tell me one thing - Have you ever written in Urdu?
Syed May 29, 2010 05:55pm
Kudos to the author !!! Brilliantly written, awesome article. These are the thoughts of every sane and rational Pakistani today (unfortunately there aren't many). May everyone who supports and sympathizes with extremists, extremism and killers of humanity burn in hell.
Goga Nalaik May 31, 2010 08:24am
We all here, share your grief and sorrow. May their souls rest in peace! We are all horrified on this massacre of innocent people.
SAA May 29, 2010 06:14pm
The truth is the private Pakistani media is still in it's infancy, and seems to be making it up as they go along. Instead of learning from the West about the evils of advertising and the dissatisfaction with advertising the public has expressed over the years we have jumped in with full gusto...and as for something as sophisticated as Mr. Paracha is describing...I just don't think the thought may have occurred to them. Perhaps with activists such as Mr. Paracha such things might eventually catch up.. As for the plight of minorities. Well, I'm afraid it doesn't seem like there's any going back. There may be none left by the time (if it occurs) anyone decides to make it a prime the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's in Karachi to now...the difference is brutally clear...To be a minority in Pakistan is a terrible, terrible thing, for sadly, the vast majority (not people like Mr. Paracha and those who are commenting on this blog) are intolerant, bigoted and racist beyond belief.
Karma Chameleon May 29, 2010 06:14pm
Mr. Paracha. This treatment of minorities is nothing new. No matter how much you gloss over it, there has been a systematic persecution and harassment of the minorities since the creation of Pakistan.
Rehan Masood May 31, 2010 10:17am
Well thoughtout and equally well elaborated article. The problem lies in us. It's not the constitution or the politicians. Its US. I, Yo, all of us are culprits to bringing Pakistan and our society to what it is today. NFP and ilks are few. They only cater to almost a negligible audience. There readers are few. Almost 1.5 % of the society. Rest are illetrate masses. The masses make the choices for the rest of us. We, the 1.5%, should not, and cannot change the system. 99% of our population is the one who votes. I do not vote. I know all of us who read people like NFP and who think our society needs change, do not vote. So, do we have the right to criticize what's going on while we were sitting in our bedrooms while the masses were choosing our rulers, our law-makers? No. Masses elect people like Jamshed Dasti. Masses elected those parliamentarians who declared Ahmadis non-Muslims. Whatever there beliefs are, I think, State should have protected them. Life, in Islam, is precious.
Shahid.Pervez Pervez May 29, 2010 06:22pm
I am so touched with the kind of brutality we are witnessing and your article highlighting our psyche, selfishness and extreme indifference to the kind of happenings in the name of Islam. I believe that 'Talibinizazion' is no longer a sect of so called Muslims rather it is a thinking and distorted philosophy which has infiltrated like cancer in our society. Even among the most learned sect of our society which include journalists, professors, doctors, army officers, bureaucrats, enterpreauners you name it there are so many who support directly or indirectly Taliban views. I regularly witness this at various informal discussions.
Shahzad Ashrafi May 29, 2010 06:24pm
"All these Religious Mulla's".. well u really need to get your facts straight whoever you are.. There were a number of Islamic Scholars from all school of thoughts who contributed in the creation of Pakistan though several opposed but again the number of scholars who supported was far greater than opposition and since this country was founded in the name of Islam how could you seriously think of such thing that Islamic Mullah's totally opposed it.. ???
irum May 29, 2010 06:55pm
The carnage is absolutely despicable. I am speechless,angry,heartbroken.As someone said here,why do we let these beasts win year after year,day after day. Where is the condemnation from major Islamic parties??????? Enough is enough.
G.A. May 29, 2010 06:56pm
Yes, word Islam itself means peace. Don't blame the religion for the acts of the few. Look at the history of the Christian world. Have you forgotten two world wars,colonialism, Hiroshima and Iraqi deaths? How about Mongol barbarity or massacre of 2000 muslims in India? Isreali brutality on Palestinians? Yet only Islam has to stand trial? Did you not read the Muslim rejection of these fanatics on this blog? Be fair.
Umair May 29, 2010 06:59pm
There are no rights to minorities in Pakistan.
Umair May 29, 2010 07:15pm
Brilliant article. Thank you. Its not just the Ahmadis, take the examples of Shiites, Christians, Hindus etc. Pakistan's whole society needs an attitude overhaul and need to be more tolerant of other faiths. Everybody should keep their ideologies to themselves and practice their faith at home. Please don't force yourself on others. Federal education ministry should enforce some guideline for school teacher as this intolerant attitude starts at the very school levels.
sgul May 31, 2010 08:01am
NFP- a brillaint piece... You have so aptly summed the ideological mess that was created. As for guilt, I think the massacre, the coverage and the ensuing discussions moved me beyond guilt... to ignominy!!!
Shahbaz May 29, 2010 07:26pm
Woah! You might want to read the article again pal.
Asfi May 29, 2010 07:28pm
Dear Nadeem, thanks for recording your concerns.
Beautiful Mind May 29, 2010 07:34pm
Inspiring and very true for both the issues: media coverage and hypocrisy from all including the military, politicians and above all people. We (majority of Sunnis) do not have the courage to say anything against all these extremists who kill in the name of religion. Although the seeds of all this hatred in the name of religion were sowed by military rulers, politicians did not have the courage to remove these as 'religion' is a no go area and a 'sensitive' issue, so leave it as it is. Anybody who dares to talk is labelled as 'Anti-Muslim', 'Liberal', Westerner', 'CIA Agent' and so on, by all other fellow people. Excellent and brave job Nadeem. Keep it up. All of us need to wake up and be brave as well and speak openly about all these who promote hatred in the name of religion.
H. Zuberi May 29, 2010 07:39pm
This is your best article by far. I wish somehow this article could be translated into Urdu and broadcast/circulated as widely as possible. Everyone needs to read this!
FMM May 29, 2010 07:49pm
INQALAB INQALAB INQALAB That's what Pakistan will need, and VERY SOON.
Asad Khan May 29, 2010 07:53pm
Great article. The hatred spread on TV channels and in mosques are to blame that we are destroying any hope of having a Muslim country called "Pakistan". This country once made by our beloved Quaid-e-Azam for everyone (not only for Muslims). This country has been made not only by Sunni and shia Muslims but also by other minorities like ahmadis and Hindus. We have to stand up against this - otherwise it will destroy our society. This cancer is already spreading through our teenagers who do such gruel things and we are looking away and accepting it. We should stop ignoring the fact. Damn it, this is our country, don't let it destroy. Stand up and fight this terrorism, which is killing not only our identity but also our country.
Tanzeel May 29, 2010 07:59pm
Musharraf rightly said "Pakistan ka Allah Hafiz". I don't see any hope of improvement in this country.
Cynic May 29, 2010 08:03pm
One wonders just how bad it has to get before Pakistan wakes up and puts its' house in order.
adil mansoor May 29, 2010 08:12pm
thankyou nadeem!
asingh May 29, 2010 08:37pm
Great article dear Sir, but I feel that lately I am reading more and more about "we are asleep, when will we wake up" "we have done this to ourselves" "we tend to blame outsiders" in the writing of Pakistani journos who care about their country. However, who pays heed and actually does something about these observations?
Ahmad May 29, 2010 08:39pm
Totally right NFP, the TV channels and mosques have become a source of bigotry and hatred, and there is no one in the so called "educated middle class", that would dare to stand up to these rats!
Humayun May 29, 2010 08:43pm
Great piece of writing. The people of Pakistan are the most confused nation in the world. We are confused on every issue not just religion. A nation that justifies the violation of constitution and also celebrates after a military coup does not have the intellectual capacity to deal with things. This is shown clearly by the fact majority of people in this country act on impulse including TV anchors. Most of their arguments are based on emotions,theories and speculations. The constitution does have many contradictions but the main problems of this country came to birth because of unconstitutional acts(military coups). This country never saw true stability and if the nation(including TV anchors) does not change it will never see stability which is essential for sustainable growth the sort of growth India and China are witnessing.
Jamil May 29, 2010 08:54pm
Yes. This is an excellent article and very timely too. TV anchors and analysts apart, there is no single political leader/activist who will have the guts of promulgating the thoughts, NFP has so eloquently put forward. There was, though a lonely voice of the representative of the A N P for the constitutional amendment committee, Haji Adil. who had bravely suggested that the name of the country should be changed from the Islamic Republic to Democratic Republic of Pakistan. And you remember, what venom was spewed against the well meaning gentleman. I fully agree with him. Out of more than fifty Muslim countries of the world, only three have the prefix of Islamic attached to them.
Janjua May 29, 2010 09:18pm
A Great write-up once again by NFP.
Rashid Yahya May 29, 2010 09:35pm
Excellent article Mr. Paracha. Whatever you said, does make sense. It is all good for the nation what you said. However, unfortunately majority of them are unmindful of their responsibilities. No matter how much one reminds them, they would not give any serious thought and would, rather, follow the path of destruction. The history shows that the nations that adopted discrimination, committed injustices and marginalized some sections of the society, got destroyed and annihilated from the face of the earth. But sadly as Dr. Iqbal Said: 'Marde nadaan peh klame narmo nazuk be ather', meaning that a good advice would not benefit an ignorant person. It is not likely that these people would give ear to your advice. May God show the right path to the people of Pakistan that would lead them to prosperity and shun the way to destruction. My heart pains seeing such a talented nation going down the drain.
Prof Ramesh C. Manghirmalani, Geneva May 29, 2010 10:22pm
I am totally shocked and perplexed, I think ( Taliban ) these are bunch of animals . I was shocked to hear about the tragedy at Lahore Mosque. I feel sad for the thousands of innocent people who lost their lives during this terrorist attack. I also feel sorry for their families.
Shan Rizvi May 31, 2010 09:34am
It really is a pity that the community that gave this country Dr. Abdus Salam is being treated like this in the name of God. Nevertheless, journalists like you are a ray of hope for this country where merely having a different opinion could make you fear for your life. We need to encourage debate.
Dilep May 29, 2010 10:23pm
It is tragic. Year after year.. these killings go in Pakistan..all for the sake of Islam . Pity the religious leaders in Pakistan.. if this is their idea of "Cleansing" the country towards making it "PAK" .. then I am afraid, even the Prophet must be regretting having to witness such killing of fellow citizens in that part of the world. All I can urge the youth there at least now stop being led by the trio of political-military- religious leadership of Pakistan and take an oath to work for Peace, today, tomorrow and for ever after.. Don't ever get swayed by any of the brain washing that the trio has been doing for so long-62 years.. So.. wake up.. make Peace your single goal.. despite your military/political or religious leadership..
rabia zia May 31, 2010 08:43am
absolutely true stuff about we being torn between two extremes. i have to admit that usually NFP's writings leave a bad taste in my mouth cuz they are just prejudised criticisms of the fanatical extreme (which is the last thing we need right now;taking sides). but this one is a welcome exception. what we muslims need is balance, and that can only b achieved if each one of us sincerely works for it. we need to read and understand the beautiful Quran in the real sence of the meaning(who's stopping us??) so that no one can impose their brand of religion on us. but if we dont do that, we dont want to play our part, just do critisism for the sake of it,....then i'm afraid we can forget about improvement.
Amjad Cheema May 29, 2010 11:28pm
Another excellent article Keep it up NFP We love you
Asif May 29, 2010 11:50pm
Though extremely shocking in its proportions, Lahore incident does not come as a total surprise. Those who have followed the domestic happenings in Pakistan over the years are well aware of the plight of the minorities in the country. However this gory incident should open our eyes to the reality.
A human being May 31, 2010 09:43am
Well organised Aisha, I hope your finally is doing ok. I personally think that all the non ahmadis who have supported us all the way, have a power to their speach. If they wake up and keep supporting us in this way, they are the ones who have a little, if any, chance to amend the hatred mindset of Pakistan. I, as an ahmadi, DO NOT expect anything from the government or the mullahs of Pakistan. But it is the voice of people of Pakistan that can bring some change to it. Otherwise, I assure all, that Allah will finally bring justice to this country. It is just a matter of time...
Asif Jatoi May 29, 2010 11:53pm
Love you, Nadeem! You have written a brilliant article. You should keep writing like this - less words, simple and lucid style and more of substance. Thank you.
Ataul wahab Butt May 30, 2010 12:29am
I am deeply sad and disturbed on the situation.
Mustafa May 30, 2010 01:03am
Good work, Mr Parache. I agree with most of this article and I would like special attention to be paid to Naheed's comment as that is very important. And where are the bearded mullahs and burkah clad women to protest this? They just sit by and don't give a damn
Sonny May 30, 2010 01:53am
NP argues rightly that the Pakistani media have stirred up latent religious bigotry which has resulted in hateful assaults on minorities in Pakistan.
CamelDriver May 30, 2010 02:21am
I thank God that there are still people in Pakistan who can think clearly and have voice of reason.
Pravin May 31, 2010 09:21am
Deep condolences, lots of love and huge respect. All of us can learn the meaning of 'peace' from Bilal.
ssm May 30, 2010 02:52am
These illiterate so called fundamentalist are all going to hell.
Ahmad Ali Shah May 30, 2010 03:01am
Excellent piece Paracha Sahib. Keep writing. Keep up the good work, because you seem to have somehow managed to get the world out, and many like you have been silenced.
is google next May 30, 2010 03:06am
Cant agree more. why the whole attention is on 80 Ahmadis killed. Why nobody is thinking that 80 people got killed? Their simple target is to kill normal people.
Uday Hassan May 30, 2010 03:55am
Thank God! Atleast this time Foreign Minister Rahman Malik is not accusing Foreign Hand in this tragedy.
Sam Ahsan May 30, 2010 04:03am
Superb article Paracha !!!!! I really don't understand why people cannot live a balanced life rather than falling for these talk shows which incite hatred amongst general population. Why as Pakistanis we always have to put religion in the front. Isn't Dubai a modern Islamic state ??? In all honesty I feel truly ashamed calling myself a Pakistani. Shame on me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Zahid A. May 30, 2010 06:46am
a well written article. zero tolerance against diversity and difference of opinion! This is what our society has become. but then there are certain groups that survive and thrive on hate politics.
krishna Jun 01, 2010 07:45am
One more masterpiece from Paracha, Although targeting of minorities happens all over the world,even in India. But they are extremely local or temporal.
Alam Jun 01, 2010 08:03am
SUH.... Yes we are one of them....Because they are as much Pakistanis as any other person in the country.
Fatima May 30, 2010 07:14am
Why do you say "place of worship" and not "mosque"?
taemoor khan May 30, 2010 07:19am
NFP, Respect and man!! salute. I wish we have 10 such brave and truthful men in this country. If some is really interested in knowing the right meanings of Jihaad. Its telling the truth in front of forces 0f brutality .. That is exactly what you do man!!.. All I can say is that I wish you the best I can.. Its ironic but unfortunately that middle class cant even understand this article..i wish some1 couldt translate it in urdu in its full spirit and could print it on a poster and paste it on every single wall in this country?
Wajahat May 30, 2010 07:27am
This is so true... every single word that you have contributed speaks our mind and hearts. I hope and pray that the voice of this article is heard by someone sane in the media authorities and some action is taken on this. I know you have not written this all to gain any benefit or applause from the readers, but you have done a fantastic job! Again, I just pray for an action to be taken by high-up officials of media.
Zayed Zaheer May 30, 2010 07:28am
As'salamualaykum Nadeem sahab, I am afraid not many are going to read this article; only a minority of Pakistanis whose agreement with you will not lead to the desired result. Not as soon as we may like it. Nadeem bhai, Sir. Paracha, please, kindly visit common Pakistanis, reach out to them, people like you can make a difference but writing in a newspaper, English newspaper, is not going to make that much difference that fast. You are certainly doing far more than any of us are, but please, God has gifted you with a great skill, please make your voice louder. Best wishes. Allah hafiz.
waheed May 30, 2010 08:07am
The insane mullahs together with equally insane Talibans are spewing hatred and cultivating divisions among Pakistanis. The use of loudspeakers in populated areas must be forcibly banned. Mindless stupid exploitation of religion to advance malice, hatred and false twisted represntation of Islam (than the REAL ISLAM) must come to an end.
Mehreen Ali Kasana May 30, 2010 08:19am
Agreeing with you, Nadeem. After a long, long time.
md May 30, 2010 08:41am
This is the "immature" media, currently we have in our country. For example, A person spitting poison about Indians and giving ideas to bombard them, on a private TV channel, and during the break the channel plays the song of "Aman Ki Asha". Hats off to such channels. Now, that is exactly what you have highlighted. Excellent work.
Latif Khan May 30, 2010 08:53am
Well done Mr. Paracha, that's kind of people needed in Pakistan.
Haider May 30, 2010 09:03am
Watching our talk shows and expert opinions of people, it appears that the whole world is trying to destabilize Pakistan and we are caught between the conspiracies of our long list of enemies. We can not come out of our quagmire unless we realize our mistakes committed in the last 30 years and sincerely try to eradicate extremism from our land.
Good Muslim May 31, 2010 09:06am
He actually said "Khuda hafiz," not "Allah hafiz." More power to NFP and all those unafraid to address the truth.
Manzoor Ahmed May 30, 2010 09:45am
Great work NFP. The situation in Pakistan is extremely grave. For decades Ahmadi have not been able to live in peace, in fact they live their lives in constant danger. Ever since, extremists have targeted Ahmadis. Despite this cruelty Ahmadis have remained loyal citizens of Pakistan and have never shown any form of civil disobedience. Saner element of the Pakistani society like NFP should show courage and throw away the shackles of mullahism
Mirani May 31, 2010 09:17am
Thanks NFP.
R. Albuquerque May 30, 2010 09:59am
Excellent analysis of the rogue state of affairs in Pakistan today. But then, Pakistanis need to remember the old saying "all that is required for evil to succeed, is for the good people to do nothing." Carry on doing your bit. You only fail when you give up!
Hamzah May 30, 2010 10:22am
This is a terrific article. I second the salient points which have been highlights. Its a shame that this has come down to the way it is in this country, which was supposed to be a manifestation of the genius work of the Quaid. The fact that Ahmadi genocide in Lahore lead to a rather impersonal response on part of the Punjab authorities, clearly shows that the ability to think, respond and come up with novel solutions for the situation at hand is something which we as citizens are oblivious to. Its a sad reality, but we are quick to play ' blame games', whereby the West, Zionists and Indians are the protagonists of our fate. But in reality, our inability to abide by basic moral standards such as refraining from commercial activity, when blood and gore has plagued our streets, is a main contributor to the current situation. Thinking logically is whats required and personal amendment is an integral part of it. The problem with common sense is that its not that common Very well written. A commendable article.
MuhammadOfRockville May 31, 2010 02:36pm
Amir, Thank you for your comment. While NFP's article is great commentary yours is a great narrative. I know this because many many years ago when I was in school I would feel bad after learning that a close friend was from a different sect or religion--I bet many of the commentators for this article were of the same mindset. Although I never "confronted" a friend with "do not jest like this" I feel ashamed that I even thought like that. Let me just say that I am sorry for all the humilitation and misfortune you and your community has to endure. I wish that some day this will change and Pakistan will become safe for all beliefs.
Laiq Ahmad May 30, 2010 11:28am
First Shias then Christians and now Ahmadis; all have been the victim of religious intolerence. People who commit such barbaric acts are a blight on Islam. It is the fundamental duty of the state to protect all its citizens regardless of their race, caste, colour, creed and religion. No further evidence is needed to prove the shameful and abysmal failure by the government to protect the lives of innocent Ahmadis.
Daniyal Akhtar May 30, 2010 11:46am
rightly said.....
Rajan May 30, 2010 11:49am
Bold! Bravo! man I enjoy your irrepressibility. Soon you must be given Z++ security for sounding so truthful historically and contemporary both. I enjoy your impeccable command over English and your Guts. You have a vision and extreme crizal like clarity about Pakistan. and soon you and people like you will prevail over these must-be-down Yahoos.
Natasha May 30, 2010 12:30pm
Not-so-dear Paracha, Please learn that 'PUNJABI TALIBAN' is an unfair term used to define ALL non-pashtoon taliban. They may be Sindhis, Balcohis , Kashmiris , Punjabis, Seraikis. One of the terrorists caught is has been raised in Karachi. You are not sure about the others in the network therefore avoid giving a 'Punjabi' touch to the terrorist activity. Avoid using the term Punjabi Taliban.
Muhammad S.Abdul Rahman May 30, 2010 12:33pm
Day in and day out we keep on reading such columns in newspapers where all the columnists preach remedies to prevent the country from falling into a never ending ditch. My question is that is anybody listening to such pleas. People sitting in the higher echelons do they care about what is happening in the real world. I would like to know who are these people, from where do they come, who brainwashes them and mostly who funds them. How can they kill innocent people with such ruthlessness be they Muslims, Christians , Hindus or Ahmadis so to say. I, being a Pakistani am really ashamed for their abhorring deeds. Somebody, somewhere will know the answer to my questions. We have to be one against the enemies who are out there to wipe us from the face of the earth. Respect others and learn to be courteous. Learn to say thank you and sorry. These are the basic things which make a good Muslim. But unfortunately all these have been adopted by those whom we call 'infidels'. Start from scratch and see the change. Such minor gestures play a major role in giving rise to a tolerant society of which we Pakistanis are very much in need of.
narendra May 30, 2010 12:43pm
any religion any individual who preaches hatred is not true religion or religious individual. I agree sane voices must question logically and not follow blindly. Any one who feels that they are right and others are wrong can never have balanced view and hence can be GOD loving but agent of satan. I love all religions and respect them.
Abid May 30, 2010 12:52pm
i fully agree.
usa_indian May 30, 2010 12:55pm
Best post ever !!!!!!!!!!!!
Sehar May 30, 2010 01:09pm
First of all what a WONDERFUL article...yet it outlined the most basic human principals...emphathy!!! The TV channels even stopped using words like "Masjid" (Mosque)and replaced it with "Ibaadad Gah" (place of worship) further adding salt to the wounds of Ahmadi's that they are still non-muslim!!!. They first used the names Ahmadi and later replaced it with "Qadiani"...who is telling the anchors to do this....who? I can tell you some people, the Mullah's would be very happy, but their talk will be very superficial. I think only dawn newspaper, covered from a neutral point the voice of the Ahmadi's and i can tell you that with God's will you will be great voice for Pakistan. With articles, like yours, it outlines to me that if religion has taught you not the most basic human elements...then calling yourself a muslim, chiritian, or anyother is BASELESS! When are the TV channels and other print media are going to present the viewpoint of Ahmadis?. They shed their blood in making this country, Ch. Sir Zafrullah Khan heightened the name of Pakistan, Prof. Abdus Salam is the first muslim nobel prize winner...and the government happily accepted them...but when it commes to these attacks, they turn their face away and say " groups which were outside of pakistan are responsible"...if that is the case, change the laws, and prove that everyone has the right to call themselves muslim, and practice in their own mosques, temples, churches....the point which this nation was built!!! Don't forget...the real judge is the one above...and when he one can Free!!!
human55 May 30, 2010 01:11pm
Questioning mullahs will hardly solve the problem. You have to ask why are mullahs the way they are. There is definitely something in certain teachings of scriptures themselves that makes them the way they are. The time has come to openly discuss thoese teachings and consciously disown them. Does anyone have the courage to do so?
Imran May 30, 2010 01:13pm
What a brilliant article! I strongly believe that the media is just a reflection of our society and the fact that we, as a society, have lost rational middle ground is evident on all our TV channels. If things continue as they are, it wouldn't be long before we'd be sitting on our couches watching these terrorist attacks unfold while enjoying the same pop corn and sodas whose commercials are aired during the breaks. The list of taboos in this country are endless. No one can question the reasoning of a so called 'aalim', no parliament(national or provincial) has the guts to debate anti blasphemy laws and no one can put forward the idea of Pakistan as a secular state (by secular i mean a country where the state has no interference in religious matters). Being an Ahmadi, I was also disgusted by the fact that many anchors, their guests and 'ulema' invited to their talk shows yesterday kept on using the word 'Qadyani', although it is well known that this term was coined as a derogatory insult.
Jamil May 31, 2010 02:39pm
Appreciating the Dawn's endeavours, however meagerly rationed; we should continue to encourage a fine show of courage on the part of NFP for calling a spade a spade.
mrs ahmad May 30, 2010 01:39pm
Hats off to the writer....are people of the Ahmadiyya community human....??not a single tyre burnt.....not a single traffic light call for country wide strikes......God has given them hearts of steel.....let us not test their patience any further....we should stand beside them......give them our shoulders to cry on...let us pray to God that this will bring the end of their suffering......
Mudassar Nazar May 30, 2010 01:39pm
I agree with Mustafa 100%. We should not buy products that demonstrate bad taste in marketing. Letting the advertisers know that their ad spending is working against them.
Ray Joseph Cormier May 30, 2010 01:47pm
As a Western Christian, I see the Universal Truth in your excellent report. What you describe it the same for Canada and the US, substituting Christian for Muslim. Thank you so much for being a voice of sanity in a world gone mad.
VIKRAM May 30, 2010 01:48pm
Don't kill the messenger that brought the bad news. TV channels are just doing there job. Boycot - products advertises on hate shows. Why not protest against hate shows? Why not demonstrate against terrorists organizations who openly show hate towards non-Muslims. Why not force Pakistan government to stop supporting ALL terrorist organizations.
Dr.Inam May 30, 2010 01:49pm
Fully agree what is written here. We are ashamed of what the Islamic fundamentalists are doing but again they are playing in the hands of some Islamic states.
syed May 31, 2010 02:50pm
"We have clearly lost sight of what Pakistan was supposed to be: A democratic, modern Muslim country where religion had nothing to do with the matters of the state and where the so-called
MuhammadOfRockville May 31, 2010 02:51pm
Well said but "all religions are religions of peace" IS a sweeping generalization!! And here is another, more appropriate, one: all religions are stories of struggle, conflict, and eventual peace when the "other side" either accepts the religion, agrees to its supremacy, or is eliminated. Sad but true.
Girish Sehgal May 30, 2010 02:23pm
NFP always 'Hits The Head On The Nail'. I am his fan. We, in India, also need to learn how not to govern the nation.
Amir May 30, 2010 02:34pm
We the Ahmadis are not even considered citizens. It
Anjum Hameed May 30, 2010 02:39pm
Thank you for the article..will Pakistan not wake up??..
adnan May 30, 2010 02:44pm
I totally disagree with Mr. Paracha who try to discuss irrationally with his so called rational approach.
Anil Dsouza May 30, 2010 02:47pm
Brilliant article sir, reading people as you makes me take a different view of Pakistan and reach out to saner people in your country. Islam might be a religion of peace but currently is governed by intolerant and insane jokers who refuse to accept anyone who do not follow their belief and ideology. The major problem with Pakistan and India is that the educated lot do not stand up to oppose the wrong and that includes me too. we prefer to be in our cocoon and be good in the eyes of all especially the high and the mighty so what if they are wrong. In Pakistan the fault lies with the Establishment who do not accept minorities as their own and turn a blind eye to the ills against them.
Ray Joseph Cormier May 30, 2010 02:57pm
As a Western Christian, I see the Universal Truth in your excellent report. What you describe is the same in Canada and the US, substituting Christian for Muslim. Thank you so much for being a voice of sanity in a world gone mad.
Usama May 30, 2010 04:13pm
another master piece NFP. keep up the good work.. we need it...
Zafar May 30, 2010 04:31pm
Awesome Eye Opener.....
Rao May 30, 2010 04:50pm
Ramesh: Once Pakistan had minorities that comprised about 20% I , of its population. Now today say about 1%. Have you wondered why?. It is because, Intolerance practiced under the name of Islam.
SUH May 30, 2010 04:50pm
Mr Hasan, I am not a supporter of any of the protestors, but there is a very fine line that you've just crossed..You should seek repentance before Allah for making a mock of the Beard and the Burqa...
SUH May 30, 2010 04:53pm
Sogul, true that this was a very tragic and brutal event, and it shouldn't have happened..But you just cannot be related to the Qadianees, unless you are on of them..
Goga Nalaik May 30, 2010 05:01pm
Dear Nadeem Sometimes, emotion is so strong that it cannot be expressed in words but can only be felt. Well this is the case with me right now after having read this act of extreme cruelty. I find no superlative strong enough to describe this absolute horror. I'm simply disgusted of these monsters spitting venom. I'm a human and have a certain limit to absorb this horror. Enough is enough and I can't stand it any longer. I'm in tears. I know you are doing your best at alert the public opinion as well those sitting comfortably in assemblies but the question is "is there any savior in this country". Please keep showing us the mirror with the hope that things will start moving in the right direction. Your fan Goga Nalaik
True Patriot Indian May 30, 2010 05:22pm
Hi all May the souls of the dead rest in Peace.
Ayasha May 30, 2010 05:34pm
I weep and agree with "Weeping Pakistani Muslim." I wait for the day when Pakistanis will come pouring out of their homes and confront the evil that militants bring to their country. I wait for the day that we will see geniune anger from the citizens of Pakistan. I wait to hear the word -"Enough!" roaring through crowds of Pakistanis. After all, the evil murderers can't kill a country. Why so much tolerance for evil in Pakistan? God obviously had no part in this slaughter of the Ahmedis or any others that are murdered in His Holy name.
one united May 30, 2010 05:54pm
Very true. V Good work NFP. Pakistan is a great country and have great future if it can eliminate extrimists.
one united May 30, 2010 06:03pm
I persionally think the problem is not with islam, problem is with muslim......where is the tolerance????? Ignore what your neighbour and world say bad about your nation or religion. I think usa and chrisianity are the most critsised nation and religion but they IGNORE that....
Muneer May 30, 2010 06:18pm
First, my deep appreciation for the commentary by NFP. I wish there would be someone brave enough to write a similar message in the Urdu press so it could reach where it matters. Also, I would like to see the PM Gilani or the Punjab PM Sharif to go to the Ahmadiya community and express his condolences publicly. At the same time offer them relief money for the families who lost their bread winners. I appeal to the political leadership to gather their courage and amend the constitution. We, the majority, have no right to make decisions on the faiths of minorities. If some one wants to profess his or her faith as a Muslim or Christian, or any other sect for that matter, so be it; it is their right to make that decision. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) suffered severe insults, physical and verbal, regarding his beliefs and prophet hood, but he did not order anyone's killing on these grounds; it was rather his mercy toward these individuals that he is known by. Finally, Quran clearly says in 2:256 "there is no coercion in matters of faith" and in 109:6, addressing non-Muslims "To you be your religion, and to me my religion". We all need to learn from this and teach others as well.
Aftab May 30, 2010 06:19pm
Tell me, someone, if this weeks massacre does not wrench your heart out as it does mine! I share the deep sense of grief that human beings died here! Was he not someone's beloved father? Was he not someone's beloved husband? Was he not someones beloved son? Tell me, someone, tell me again... the rationale of claiming superiority over another religion! Are we not all creatures of God? Tell me, pray, guide me, to the pages of the Qur'an where it is directed to kill innocent lives? Who gave you the right to take Life when that Life was given by God? Who gave you the right to call another a Kafir when you yourselves are unclean? Where has such arrongance come into Islam? I thought Islam I was taught was about peace, love, brotherhood? Then why such hate? Why such prejudice? Why not change people by behaviour that attracts? It has been a very low day of my life! May all those whose lives were so cruelly taken in Lahore on May 28 now rest in peace! I pray that when, in God's time, the heavenly court of Justice convenes that these merchents of death will be dragged before God and will be declared guilty as charged!
Sikandar May 30, 2010 06:28pm
Excellent and very much-needed article Mr. Paracha, thank you for writing it. I think it's of note that the necessary disclaimer, "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." is at the end of this article. I think Dawn Media Group should, and may very well be proud to completely endorse Mr. Paracha's views and take the first step toward a better future for Pakistani media and news delivery.
Osman May 30, 2010 06:39pm
Because earlier nobody linked the term "Pashtun" to Talibans.
Sameer May 30, 2010 06:54pm
The grusome act against Ahmadi was done by militant according to government. So what this TV personality or Islam has got to do with this act? On what ground do you claim that a nation in name of Islam is theocratic state
Huma Shah May 30, 2010 07:43pm
Mr Paracha I usually find your writings to be very cynical, and since you have formed a reputation of sorts for that kind, i dont read much of your work. Until today. Today its as if you took the words right out of my mouth. As rightly pointed out by somebody else you 'hit the nail right on its head'. We as a nation are reaping what we have sown. We are to blame for our problems, enough with looking for scapegoats. This weekend's massacre has left no doubt in my mind that we are not even in the right direction to being the 'best nation in the word' as envisioned by Jinnah. It all went horribly wrong somewhere down the lane. When will we realize that we cannot go on like this? If we cannot learn to co-exist in our own land, how can we be a part of this world? God help us all!
Ather May 30, 2010 07:52pm
My country was such a liberal and tolerant society till mid 70's. After Zia usurped power this turned into a hypocritic nation with hatred and religios intolerance. Please give me back my country as it existed in 1976.
Homer May 30, 2010 08:28pm
"the basic spirit of tolerance, mercy and justice so vividly present in the Quran" Who are you kidding, Mr. Paracha, your readers or yourself? I doubt you have actually read the Quran, for if you had, an intelligent person like you would know that it is replete with exactly the opposite of the virtues you attribute to it.
Sam May 30, 2010 08:32pm
Brilliant Stuff NFP...
Ash May 30, 2010 09:16pm
'Reiligion has nothing to do with the business of the state' - Mohammed Ali Jinnah. Pakistani leaders need to go back to basics very urgently, otherwise they will take the country and its long suffering population to a mideival hell !
Rafi May 30, 2010 10:32pm
This insanity is not going to end unless we start looking at the picture as a whole. I read the replies and feel people are still concerned only about their own problems, feelings and sects. The whole thing is being looked in a particular perspective. What about the attack in Rawalpindi mosque during the Friday prayers? What about the suicide attacks and bomb blasts in Peshawar? What about the attack on GHQ? What about the Killings of Shias in the mosques and grave yards? The fact is that terrorists have no religion and no affiliation to any ideology. The bloodshed and chaos is their strength. Their whole purpose is to spread uncertainty and weaken the will of the people. divide them in sects and destroy our country. This attack on the two mosques in Lahore is not the result of their hate against Ahmedis. Its their hate against the people of Pakistan. It will only stop when people of Pakistan, the government and political leaders, with one voice, declare total war against extremism and terrorists.
Umme Muhammed May 30, 2010 10:35pm
"In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful" Asalamo Alykum, Every sane person condemns and has condemned attack on anyone's worship place. Whoever, is doing it, it is wrong, it is anti humanity and anti Islam. Every event has a magnitude and magnanimity factor associated with it. Why are not the bearded and veiled on the roads in response to the attack on Ahmaddiyah worship place like they were against blasphemy event of Facebook? Because nobody can be on the roads everyday. Everyday, one massacre or the other is happening. Be it drones, mosque attacks, market attacks, roadside bomb blasts...Everyone is boggled and grappling as to how to grip the escalating Disaster which is escalating out of hands. Hearts are bleeding and convulsing at such sick cruelty. Yet, some events people respond by writing, some by condoling on media, some by demonstrations and some by contemplating what to do because none of the previous are working. Wsalam.
Latif Khan May 31, 2010 08:58am
This is where we have gone wrong. We did not follow the foot steps of our founder.
Yousuf May 30, 2010 10:39pm
I can't understand the role of so called independent judiciary over these kind of issues, are these issues not so important than NRO?, why courts don't take actions against those who spread hatred amongst society, like Zaid hamid noteworthy who is constantly spreading hatred by preaching his so called jihad on mass media. Though one can argue that first of all constituition should be repeated, but i think (I don't know exactly) there would be some law against those who spread hatred. But we see silence from the whole civil society, judiciary who have played an important role in the last days. this was the point which should be asked. As a whole (especially media and govt.), I can't agree more than what NFP has said.
SM May 30, 2010 10:53pm
Excellent article! That what I was thinking, when I was watching whole blood shed.
Imran May 31, 2010 12:29am
Anyone who thinks that Pakistan has free media - take a closer look at the coverage of this incident and you'll see how far off this misconception is - it is still run by bunch of selloffs who report up to familiar few. They constantly reported 'ahamdis place of worship' that just happens to look like a mosque.
Rehan Qayoom May 31, 2010 12:59am
It is now time to act in protest and end the extremists
Rama Ratnam May 31, 2010 01:18am
I can feel Mr. Paracha's anguish in this post. As someone who is not from Pakistan, but is a keen follower of Pakistani events, I think every day "surely it cannot get worse." But sadly, it does. I sense a disconnect, between the common people, the media, the elected government, and the military. Each of the four seems to be living in a world of its own, largely unconnected from the others. The four do not seem to be moving together, as would be the case in most democracies. As a supporter of Pakistan, I am sadly coming to the conclusion that Pakistan is fragmented. The pieces of the puzzle that when assembled would bring coherency and integrity to the nation, are scattered far apart. And it's going to take a lot of work, and a lot of time to bring it together again. I think the commentary of sane writers like Mr. Paracha give us hope. But what is really needed right now is a clear, unequivocal, and united voice recognizing that the violence is largely home-grown, and has persisted for too long. It has been given succor and sustenance by elected governments, the military, and the media. It must end before a new beginning can take place. Without that kind of honest admission, no change will happen.
ZAFAR MALIK May 31, 2010 01:19am
Bravo NFP. It takes a lot of courage just to utter these words in a brutal society like Pakistan, however I also think that instead of just complaining and lamenting it is time for the people to move on to some kind of practicle solution. If this country has to survive as a successful political entity some new political forces have to emerge very soon with a clear, modren and revolutionary outlook and agenda and the commitment and willingness for a decisive action to over throw the centuries old cruel and unjust socio-political structures and outdated modes of thinking. You cannot expet this form the current leaders who are themselves part of the problem. Lets hope one day very soon new forces will emerge to guide the nation out of this morass.
Faiza Ghulam Rasool Bhatt May 31, 2010 01:53am
very well said.
Atif Munawar Mir May 31, 2010 02:01am
Thanks Nadeem for your article. What I find hard to fathom, as always, is that how a religious organization can kill indiscriminately in the name of Allah who taught in the Holy Quran that "whosoever killed a person
Concerned Pakistani May 31, 2010 02:10am
Good work Nadeem - but how many of us would read this article in Pakistan. Not all moderate urbanised Pakistani will understand what you are saying. We as a nation are unable to distinguish between good and evil at this point in time. May be one day this will change and we will become responsible human beings.
manulegend May 31, 2010 03:09am
Bro, I think I have an explanation. The minute an unemployed person goes to a mulla for guidance rather than an employment office, that is the minute we have gone on wrong path. God has already given us everything what we need to survive in this world. A mind to think, heart to feel, hands and feet to do amazing things. We do not have to beg for more from god. We need to thank him for providing all these, thats all. God is not going to give you money, jobs, happiness. He gave us mind and heart to make the money and happiness for ourselves. The prayers are supposed to be 'Thank you' notes to the Almighty. But sadly, the mullahs are not doing their job. Firstly, they need to tell people about tolerance, and secondly, they need to condemn violence. Religion is not an answer to problems. Religion is an explanation. Very subtle but prominent difference. As long as Islam is hijacked by the terrorists, the peaceful muslims have to give up their life because they did not speak up. Survival of the fittest. Darwin may or may not be right about evolution, but he is right about current affairs. If the rightful dont debate and condemn violence, the wrongdoers are emboldened that what they do is infact accepted. We have a reached a tipping point and it is your decision now.
Aisha Choudhry May 31, 2010 03:29am
NFP, every Sunday, i would read your article first and then Aunti Agni's. I love your articles. They truely let me realize that there is someone out there who has the same views as me. I am an Ahmadi. And my hubby is in Lahore. I found out about this in the morning (6 CST, 4 PST). My hands were shaking as I couldn't get a ring tone on the other end. I was relieved when i heard his voice finally. He didn't go to the prayers that day, because he was late in getting there. My cousin was in the mosque first, but his company called him back before the khutba started. We, Ahmadis, are a peaceful community. We are asked to go along with the laws of the current country we are living in. We never answered the hate filled jalsas against us. Jalsas take place in Rabwah, but no one does anything to stop them. I was in Pakistan few months back, and one such jalsa took place infront of me. There was so much security that even we are not given that much protection. Our community is internally connected. Everybody is connected to someone else in our community. After this incident, every house has been affected. I haven't stopped speaking to my hubby since friday. My cousin is badly shaken. And my family and I are all so lost that we don't even feel like going out into the sunny weather and do gardening after a week full of thunderstorms. Our community has been badly shaken. We don't want anything from these political people. We don't even want justice from them, because, Justice will be given to us by Our Allah from His Court (InshAllah). JazakAllah.
HijackedDemocracy May 31, 2010 03:41am
This is a fantastic that proves that folks with common sense are alive and well in Pakistan. Pakistanis don't deserve this in fact no one deserves this dastardly act! Exactly what the politicians are doing in Pakistan is beyond me. Jinnah must be rolling in his grave now...thinking.."did I fight for this?" He never would have fore seen the democracy being hijacked in Pakistan....It is a shame..
ahmed May 31, 2010 03:55am
Why are Muslim societies in so many countries lacking in tolerance. If I worship God in one way, and you worship Him in a different way,what is there to be angry and annoyed about? Leave the right or wrong of an alternate way of theological thinking to God. He is the JUDGE of a true worshiper. Who is man to decide on behalf of God, what form of religion is acceptable on this earth ? Many may have no religion, but still they can be excellent human beings. When will we stop being inflexible about alternate and differing ideas?
N Kumar May 31, 2010 04:02am
You said it right dear. NFP and print media like Dawn are the ray of hope for Pakistan.
sakina May 31, 2010 04:07am
quoting Goru kranti "Is Islam really a religion of peace? look at the history and present day this gives the answer Why is there so much hatred in Islamic countries? who is responsible? This problem can only be solved when people wake up and start questioning mullahs and demand answers." Should'nt the Quran and the very teachings ( original and appended ) be open for discussion? Why does Islam presume everyone is born a 'Muslim' and not a human being who may or may not chose to be a muslim. Why should 'nt muslims be taught to respect every belief system, and respect the freedom to chose ones religion .
american pakistani May 31, 2010 04:11am
Why is it so easy for people to hate and so difficult for people to manage and respect differences? Is it in our education system? Is it because in 1947 Pakistan lost it's diversity? We as Pakistanis, in general, have a difficult time relating to, and respecting, people who are not like us.
Mustafa May 31, 2010 04:31am
Support the army, they are the only ones who can bring an end to our malaise of various sorts.
Goga Nalaik May 31, 2010 08:15am
Yes, I vote for a secular Pakistan. Goga Nalaik
Sunnyboy May 31, 2010 04:39am
Excellent blog and unfortunately most of the readers have missed the point. Pakistan's constitution is based on religious and racial apartheid and media has failed to point this out.
Goga Nalaik May 31, 2010 08:09am
Yeah, I agree with your suggestion.
Bilal Qureshi May 31, 2010 04:57am
Nadeem, Unfortunately, nothing is going to either change, or improve. The religious mantra (we are right and rest of the world is wrong) is deeply embedded in Pakistan's national psyche. Now, to expect people of Pakistan to reflect, accept mistake and attempt to correct their ways is well, asking for disappointment. Bilal Qureshi Washington, DC
Nasir Khan May 31, 2010 08:10am
Excellent piece Mr. Nadeem. To get out of slumber any nation has to set its priorities right. If only empty stomach & need for social justice can dominate our minds then alone there may be some hope.
Munawer May 31, 2010 05:19am
Much saner article this time NFP. Good.
Mak May 31, 2010 05:37am
I really doubt the honesty of those who always criticized NFP for his impartial writing. Didn't they read this article or they just don't have willingness to support him this time. Just 32 comments on this article show either Dawn is under pressure and they are not publishing more comments or Pakistan is sleeping.
Abu Aayan May 31, 2010 05:49am
Some of the comments are right that whenever anyone is attacked it is an attack on a Pakistani and even more than that .. attack on humanity. But every attack has some background. Each and every place that these militants had been targeting had some background. But in this case when they attacked the worship places of Ahmadiyya Community, which is truly a peace-loving community, then the link is missing. The only link that one can work out, roots back to the same old hate-preaching-philosophy of this unfortunate society. This is what was stated in the press conference by the representative of Ahmadiyya Community. For decades hate-preaching has been practiced against Ahmadis, which has resulted in killing of Ahmadis every other day. Even at the time of these attacks, the same two areas of Lahore i.e. Model Town, and Garhi Shahu had anti-ahmadiyya posters and banners installed, which suggested to destroy Ahmadis. This is all what has been taught to the generations of this society. So when it comes to attacking Ahmadis there is no such political or strategic or personal-hate-related stuff (as some examples were quoted above); the only background is
Sher Zaman May 31, 2010 07:20am
Once again an excellent read; it is true that we have lost our way and are stranded between two extremes. We have to change this, in order to survive successfully in this world.
FreePakistan May 31, 2010 05:49am
How many more innocent lives will it take? How much more blood will be spilt? How many more mothers hearts will be broken? People need to wake up and realize that they are being fooled. The ones that spew hate and deliver death work not for God but for the devil. Are people really free to go to their mosques, temples and places of worship? Hate and bigotry needs to be removed from the constitution, from television screens, from our schools and public spaces, but most of all from our hearts. Only then will Pakistan be truly free.
Adnan Siddiqi May 31, 2010 05:51am
@Shy: In Pakistanis Majorities are killed more than Minorities so saying only Minorities are being mistreated is nothing but ignorance
GKrishnan May 31, 2010 05:54am
Boycott ? This is not a scenario like Gandhi calling for a boycott of British products, to win freedom. What is required today is a regulatory framework where the Government lays down strict rules, and guidelines, where such advertisement and commercials are restricted to airtime which has only entertainment and sport features. Self-regulation will not work.
vijay dixit May 31, 2010 06:52am
A lovely article truly reflecting the current status of Pakistan.
Abu Aayan May 31, 2010 06:53am
Today every Ahmadi so proudly can stand and say that we have proved what we say. We are the most peace-loving community and most law-abiding citizens of Pakistan. This is what we say and this is what we have proved from our actions. We see many unfortunate incidents in our Society every other day. And then we see the reactions which are at time out of proportions also. At times only on the arrest of single person of some Political or religious party, highways are blocked, stone-throwing takes place, scores of cars, buses banks are burnt, people stage strikes and give calls and then ensure "Wheel-Jam Strikes" .... and all this, at times, for the release of one or few persons. Then at times tragedies do take place in which a person or few people loose their lives and then extent of these reactions goes higher and higher. But look at the incident of Lahore, in which almost 100 people lost their lives. They had no crime listed on their credit. The only crime was they had some differences in their faith. But was there any "reaction". Were there any highways blocked? tyres burnt? demonstrations took place on streets, or acts of damaging public or private property ever occurred? or anything of that sort. NOTHING. and this is a slap on the faces of all those who spend all their energies proving that Ahmadis are non-Muslims. Isn't this the sunnah of our religion and Dearest Prophet. The same was mentioned in the press conference of Ahmadiyya Community Representative. When he was asked about the reaction of the Jama'at, he quoted the verse of Holy Qura'an which says that whenever there is a loss, or painful time, or tragedy, simply say "Inna Lillah-e-wa Inna Ilehay Rajeoon".
Naeem Malik May 31, 2010 11:14am
Dear NFP! Other great article God bless u for raising a voice for minorities in an ocean of non-sense
Junaid May 31, 2010 11:17am
so indirectly are you ashmed of your religion..?? Nowhere does the ISLAM justifies all this. Religion should be the priority, its the way of life, gives you the wisdom, only if you understand it in its real essence. wama taufeeka illabilla.
Bilal Choudry May 31, 2010 11:26am
@Sameer If you read the article there was an incident a couple of years back where a religious programme host incited people against the sect in question which eventually turned to violence. Secondly all citizen's should have the same rights as soon as the goverment or law starts differentiating between people from different faiths thats where the problem starts. The country should not have a religion it should protect and provide every oppertunity for her citizens to excel. I think Jinnah's qoute has already been mentioned on this blog that religion and state are separate things.
Goga Nalaik May 31, 2010 11:26am
Co-existance will only be possible in a Secular Pakistan. Nothing else will do... Goga Nalaik
Iftikhar Husain May 31, 2010 11:36am
I read your articles with interest at least you have highlighted the commercial interests of the media but we must not forget that Islam too has been fragmented because of commercial interests and real sense of Islam has been lost. This happened to christianity and other religion.
JH May 31, 2010 01:36pm
Remember change starts with the individual. In the case of the Pakistani society, the individual must endeavor to defy the status quo, in whatever situation he/she may be in; of course subtly at first, but with profound momentum when joined by like-minded individuals.
Khan-Ghalzai May 31, 2010 01:23pm
Once again an excellent article, Thanks for raising the awareness about corporate insensitivity.
thinker May 31, 2010 01:25pm
Good One, I hope our television media grasps some sense of responsibility from This good piece of writing.
GKrishnan Jun 01, 2010 08:45am
"Assar?" Change starts with oneself. We certainly can't go about changing the world
FreePakistan May 31, 2010 03:11pm
In my workplace I was surprised that not a single word was uttered about the mayhem perpetuated upon the Ahmedis on Friday. No one wanted to talk about it and seemed to want the whole issue to somehow just disappear. Even when I brought up the topic of the massacre, my colleagues avoided me or just changed the subject. What has happened to us? Where have our sensitivities gone?
Azhar Hussain May 31, 2010 03:13pm
I think time has come, when the silent , majority needs to become a vocal majority. We need to stand shoulder to shoulder with our borthers and sisters of other faiths and sect and say "Enough i s Enough".
Nasir Sami May 31, 2010 03:16pm
First it is a well thought out article and Nadeem Paracha mostly write things that is acceptable to sane mind. While I'm responding to his article another Ahmadi Muslim lost his life in Narowal the culprit is in police custody. The killer was inspired by the local Mullah who called Friday's Lahore incident as a brave jihad against infidels. I do not understand why authorities do not arrest such Mullahs who not only incite hatred and terrorism but also protect and provide launching pads for such terrorists. They are committing blasphemy against Islam and the teachings of Holy Prohphet (PBUH) and someone should try these Mullahas under section 195 A, B, C.
MuhammadOfRockville May 31, 2010 03:21pm
More power to you brother! Now that we Pakistani's can change governments with popular votes, we should organize to accomplish just 5 goals: 1) Instituting education (using broad-based internationally accepted curricula), 2) Outlawing hate speech (that will even satisfy the pro-blasphemy-laws crowd), 3) Punishing hate crimes, 4) Making Pakistan secular, and 5) Reaching out to the "other side". And this is how: 1) Research and be prepared to talk about these goals, 2) Discuss them with your friends, family, and colleagues, 3) Ask them for help in moving your elected representatives to support these goals, 4) Approach candidates (write to them) in the next election to make these goals a part of their platform, 5) Write about these goals in your commentaries, articles and letters to the editors. This is all we need to get out of the hole we have dug for ourselves.
hhaarroonn May 31, 2010 03:29pm
I have a dear friend who is an ahmadi... He is an educated, contributing citizen of this country. I recall how few months back he seemed so low one evening. On my probing he said: they are killing us. They don't want us here. My. Mother worries about me when I step out of the house to go to work. She wants me and my brother to leave Pakistan." I must admit I became selfish. He teaches in a university. Is a dear friend. We have travelled all over the country together. Launched campaigns for civic sense, collected funds for idps, looked at the city of Lahore together and dream t of greater cultural and social prosperity for it together. I became selfish at that moment. I did not want him to leave. His presence was reassuring. It reassured me of humanity. His love for this country and his fellow Pakistanis gave me hope of a better tomorrow. Of a more tolerant, peaceful and inclusive society. He died while his worship place came under attack.
Temur May 31, 2010 03:36pm
I fully endorsed Naeem Malik's view, we are all Pakistanis in Pakistan regardless of whether they are Sunnis, or Shias or Ahmadis or Christians or Parsis. We forgot our culture and traditions.. even people in Lahore once proud cultured citizens in Pakistan gone mad.
Atif May 31, 2010 04:05pm
Dear NFP, Thank you for pushing the cause of religious freedom. A most basic human right. Lets hope that in Pakistan there is love for all, and hatred for none.
Existentialist May 31, 2010 04:28pm
There should be no such thing as the 'Ahmadi question.' Ahmadis, like everyone else, should be allowed to live in peace and practice as they wish. It's not up to Ulemas or the government of Pakistan to decide who belongs to which faith. If Ahmadis consider themselves Muslims, no scholar or jurist has the right to tell them otherwise.
Existentialist May 31, 2010 04:33pm
Please refrain from asking other people to repent based on your narrow vision of the world. If someone wants to criticize beards and burqas, that person has every right to do so.
Existentialist May 31, 2010 04:34pm
Amen to that.
Junaid Hashmi Jun 01, 2010 08:50am
Mr. Paracha, hats off to you for writing again and again and again but do you seriously think Pakistan can ever turn into Jinnah's "Pakistan". My opinion: No. Lest we see a revolution and bloodshed like Pakistan has never seen before...sadly...
ibiubu 111 May 31, 2010 05:59pm
Aisha C. May you always have a smile on your face. Ameen. I am not a Ahmadi, but totally, fully and thoroughly apprecate your apprehensions. All I can do is pray that sanity prevails in that country, it does not seem like it would, but then again the choices are extremely limited. May Allah protect us all
hhaarroonn May 31, 2010 06:07pm
Dearest aisha I know my words or anything said by anyone will not help much in either easing the pain that u and so many other fellow citizens of pakistan have gone through due to this hineous atrocity that we all witnessed few days back neither will it go very far in restoring ur faith in pakistan and the civility of pakistani society. But I must condole on my behalf to you and all other brothers and sisters of ahmadi community. I have myself experienced how decent, peace loving, warm and compassionate ahmadi community of pakistan is. Please accept my apologies for having failed you all. Unfortunately we as a nation have become dysfunctional. I am a sunni muslim, married to a practicing shia girl with two children. People often ask me which belief will I bring my children up on? I always tell them I will try and make them good muslims. I wish they can grow up in a society liberal and tolerant enough where they can decide for which course of spiritual journey do they want to take. But I mustv tell u each time my 3 year old daughter goes to a moharram jaloos I feel scared. Just the way I am sure so many ahmadi parents feel for their children in pakistan. Please forgive us.... We have unfortunately become an insolent barbaric mob majority. We did not only loss the hundred dear lives in that incident, we also lost our humanity.
Hamid May 31, 2010 06:18pm
Nadeem Paracha, I appreciate courage and wisdom of your blogs, may Allah bless you. Keep on good work, we have to go along way. Thanks, Hamid
arjun sharma india May 31, 2010 06:26pm
I salute sakina for the ideas and opinion you have expressed. your views are completely similar to mine that i had expressed on 29th in this blog but it could not get place in this blog because my expression of my heart might be considered more harsh.I understand ..
Rashid Arshed May 31, 2010 06:33pm
Today it is Ahmadis, Shias, Christians and Hindus; tomorrow it would be TV anchormen, journalists, generals, civil servants, politicians and even the religious clerk who support, protect and sympathize with terrorist. All those men who shave their beards, their female members who do not cover from head to toe, all those who send their children to school to learn anything but simple recitation of Quran, all those whose description of Islam does not fit the mould of Taliban. Yes all of us will bath in the blood. Wake up Pakistan!
amiy May 31, 2010 07:18pm
I am Amit. Even though I am an Indian I really love to read ur articles. they are really very good one. u are one of the two pakistani writers who I really admire for their knowledge and dictation of subject. I really liked ur article as much as many others u put before this.
Bilal May 31, 2010 08:19pm
Thats a good point that there should be no advertisement when sad news such as this one are being telecasted. But i would still like to comment on one thing that the attack on minority in Lahore is one of the example of one of several terrorist acts in the recent years.Pakistan has lost a lot of Pakistanis due to these acts.So making an issue that it was an act on minority is hypocracy.We all Pakistanis Sunni,Shia etc stand against terrorism. Keeping state iaway from Religion its also not very thoughtful.West today is powerful because of its development in science and technology,which no doubt every one should respect.Dont forget there social issues exist because they have lost their faith.Rather than just mocking West we should learn to develop ourselves scientifically and religiously.
Bilal May 31, 2010 08:25pm
It is and dont forget Pakistan has lost thousands of citizens including people with Beard and Burqa.Pakistan does not support these acts of violence.Just because this time Ahmadiyya Community is struck(which is sad) people are trying to make an issue that Pakistanis dont tolerate minorities. Mr.Hassan with or without Beard supporting act of such violence is not allowed in our Religion.Dont make an issue yourself and then say Pakistanis are confused.
Bilal May 31, 2010 08:31pm
@Abu Aayan. I think you should understand one thing people who support Taliban or are Taliban, for them killing Ahmadi or a Pakistan is almost the same. What Mr.Adnan here said is right.Every day Pakistanis are dying beacuse of these acts of terrorism.Its sad but be united rather than being confused
Bilal May 31, 2010 08:35pm
Please you cant blame the whole community because some one is violent.In every Religion there are people who are violent. Even you will find Atheist who are such.Dont blame the car blame the driver.
Habib ur Rehman May 31, 2010 09:42pm
killing innocent people will not land you in heavens. If it does, I refuse to go to the heaven full of "terrorists".
Introspection Required May 31, 2010 10:16pm
According to a survey only 1 in 3 Pakistani has access to TV channels. And also not everybody is Madrassah educated. Then how did this become so prevalent in our national psyche? Intolerance, hate mongering and justifying all ills and blaming others have been subtly and explicity gotten introduced since the 1970s in our mainstream text books! We seem to have systematically poisoned the minds of our future for the last 3-4 decades. This needs to be reversed immediately to have any hopes of raising saner next generation that would truly lead our country out of its current depths.
TASLEEM JAWAHER May 31, 2010 10:38pm
Your words are read by a minority of middle class urbanites and they applaud your vision. Then they have lunch, go home and sit before the tv watch the same programes and off course ads with it, go to sleep and wake up fresh to read another precious article by you. After all these reader cannot do more then that. But your writtings NEVER crosses the path of THOSE who may have the resources and powers to shape the SOCIETY. Almost all of them have no inclination for that. MAJORITY of them cannot even read leave alone understand your (saqeel) english words. I donot know why you bother pointing to these things. Perhaps you got addicted to this kind of writings and cannot get rid of the habbit.
Ehsan May 31, 2010 10:43pm
These Media champions in my opinion don't even have feelings or an sympathy for Ahmadies, it is just their to show themselves liberal or put an innocent face on themselves exactly the same way the politicians do. A question to politicians... whenever something happen in any other place, in all such terrorist attacks in Pakistan they always go to them with their financial help offering 500s of thousand rupees to each who was killed and 100s of thousands to those injured. Although I hope Ahmadies are not looking forward for this government as they state they are looking only towards God. Still aren't the ones killed in this incident citizens of Pakistan? or don't they deserve any equal treatment? I guess these politicians don't care.
Mubashir May 31, 2010 11:19pm
Latest news: Terrorists launch a brazen attach at Jinnah Hospital to try and free their injured comrade. 12 people dead including policemen. Question: How smart was it to admit a terrorist in Jinnah Hospital? If any thing, a dummy should have been put in the bed and the police should have waited for the rescuers of the injured man with full preperation!! Whay are once bitten not twice shy? When are they going to learn? To add insult to inury, all the 6 attackers escaped. Now, go figure!
Vikas Arora Jun 01, 2010 01:51am
Pakistani majority in general is responsibile for this mess. Minorities were torrorised and Pakistani government and law did nothing. This act boldened up anti social elements in socienty to an extend that they are ruling now. These antisocial elements found that more lucrative target is majority and not minority so they started targeting majority now. Do anyone see a bright future for pakistan as a country? Not as long as these fundamentalist elements are there. I was reading a US based newspaper where it said " Not all muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are muslims". I think it is time for a reform within society..
notrevealed Jun 01, 2010 01:54am
The incidents like this will recur several more times. It is better if a law is made that every non-Muslim including Ahamadyyas should be converted to Islam that is agreeable to most of the Pakistanis including Talibans; otherwise execute them en masse so that once for all, all those non-Muslim souls will rest in peace, and don't have to live amidst fear everyday. They have to suffer in finding a job or admission into colleges. Death is the only way out. Nobody is going to protect them. They are worse than slaves. Only death can protect them. I am a Hindu living in a western country where I am reasonably free to do whatever I want. If qualified I can get admission into any college, and get decent job or run my own business. It is better not to be a minority in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Iappreciate Paracha for the courage shown in writing this piece.
guru singh Jun 01, 2010 02:18am
When i was a young boy i used to feel bad about the partition of India, as i was not allowed to cross the border and see those wonderful cities that become parts Pakistan. Now after many years i feel very lucky and fortunate that i am an Indian and live in a peaceful country and pursue any profession and have any faith without fear. After reading about Muslim countries and observing their day to day events, i feel hate is the most significant part of the psyche of majority of their population. As hate is a negative emotion, it brings downfall of the society rather than the progress. This is the reason why all the Muslim countries are not progressing in the social educational and economic fields.
SJ Jun 01, 2010 02:28am
I am extremely sorry for your loss.
Nadeem Jun 01, 2010 02:55am
Mr may want to check again on that 'ignorance' thing. It's a slight technicality but the fact is that majority in Pakistan are victims of collateral damage or suffer because they get caught in cross-fire....thats because they are a majority. That goes for both sectarian or ethnic majorities. BUT...the minorities are the targets of simply being part of that minority. Let me know where ignorance lies?
Nadeem Jun 01, 2010 02:59am
"But make sure you are Muslim to gain equality."........ who decides who's a Muslim? YOU?
Abid Jun 01, 2010 03:17am
See India which has so many religious, ethnic, cultural and ideological diversity but it is progressing and strong while Pakistan truncated only after 24 years of its independence.
Akil Akhtar Jun 01, 2010 03:18am
Islam preaches exactly the same, freedom of religion for all and protection of minorities. Prophet Muhammad PBUH proved it with his examples. But if a group of terrorists refuse to follow the teachings of Islam then we should blame the people who produced them not Islam. The Americans and the Pakistan Govt are responsible in the first place.
ahmed Jun 01, 2010 03:21am
A MESSAGE TO ALL THE WELL-MEANING BLOGGERS OF THIS ARTICLE: Most of you are educated folk from English+Urdu+a regional-language background. The ELITE have correct ideas;they are liberal. The big challenge is to convince the hardliners and the bigoted ones to be flexible,to be tolerant,to be humane. How do we "BELL THE CAT" ?
clutch Jun 01, 2010 03:33am
Bla, Bla bla... No body cares about negative self-defeating reports anymore. "The sky is falling, the sky is falling!" What we need is introspection & reflection so our society can reach a reconciliation. Everybody's a critic in Pakistan... its becoming a worn-out drumbeat... no body is tuning in anymore. grow up...
PEACE LOVER Jun 01, 2010 03:58am
Hello everyone I am from India and I want to put my views on this kind of extremisim and barabarisim which is leading to destruction of not only Pakistan but also India. First we need to know why hardliners of both the communities hate each other. I think Religion shud be personal and not professional. If u respect a faith and believe in almighty, one should never ever think of hurting someone and profess peace by citing examples from Holy books irrespective of their religion. One should also not compare each other's religion which might instigate communalism. I am myself Hindu but I have lot of freinds who are Muslims and trust me they have become my best of friends and they are so humble people which proves ISLAM always teaches Non-Violence and Love amongst each others. Lets stand up together and love people irrespective of their faiths
Irshad Jun 01, 2010 04:07am
I am ashamed of being citizen of a country where more than 90 innocent people lost their lives just for nothing. We are helpless and can't stop this kiling but at least as a nation we should mourn.
ahmed quereshi Jun 01, 2010 06:12am
I say divide Pakistan into two countries -- one with sensible crowd who understand the real meaning of Islam (minorities are welcome there) and other who terrorize in the name of Islam. They are giving our religion bad name by killing innocent citizens.
ahmed quereshi Jun 01, 2010 06:24am
Good point... what a rubbish statement passed by Waqar. Think outside the box. Solution is not about segragating Muslim vs. Non-Muslim. Solution is to leverage powerful teachings from our Quaran and teach humanity and compassion rather than torture innocent people in the name of Islam.
Tamil Jun 01, 2010 06:25am
Iam an Indian and Hindu.But my Country Men present here are not in better position to speak about this issue.
notrevealed Jun 01, 2010 06:30am
In your pictue a middle aged is crying as she feels that future for her is dim It is heart touching. Probably she lost the bread winner. so should be the case with several families. The govt compensation of Rupees a lakh or two may not last long. In addition to govt help several others would also voluntarily agree to contribute. Let some one pen an escrow bank account for this purpose wherein any one can put in some money, and after some time the money should be distributed to the victims or their family in addition to govt help. This will work. Several foreign living people from overseas will liberally contribute. The proposed scheme is in addition to govt help. Please open a bank account with a foreign bank which has branches in Pakistan, and in important European, and middle eastern countries, and Canada, and USA. and announce it in the DAWN. It is a good service.
Sohail Jun 01, 2010 07:21am
I am ashamed as a Muslim and as a Pakistani. No words are enough to express sorrow and grief. No apologies are enough for the victims' families and community. Dear Ahmedi brothers n sisters!!! We common Pakistani Muslims are also victims of these so-called Muslim terrorists. We cannot save even ourselves how could we save you people. Only the divine forces can save all of us.
Alam Jun 01, 2010 07:52am
Mr. Jawaher, At least give the man props for having guts to write this and other articles. He may not be read by the majority but at least there is some one who points to the faults within our society rather than finding the scape goats. What are you doing with your saqeel English? criticizing an article which makes one feel the very obvious religious bigotry in our society.
KARTHIK Jun 01, 2010 09:06am
My heart is burdened seeing the photo of a woman crying in this blog. I feel her pain. Please God, help her.
Insaan Jun 01, 2010 09:18am
Great Suggestion. And how would you react to the rest of the world adopting the same principle where muslims are minority?
Wounded and hurt Jun 01, 2010 09:31am
You can Sir. Every one of us can.Please raise your voice against the Laws and amendments in our constitution which have institutionalized this apartheid against innocent minorities of this country.If we all do a little we can do a lot. As Gandhi said "Be the change that you want to see"..If you want to see the change don't care about others just do your part and the rest will be taken care automatically. Let there be no more blood, tears, wound and sufferings. Lets start the change right here right now...
Faruque Malik Jun 01, 2010 10:26am
Can we all commentators above, including Nadeem Piracha join in, pool our resources, and start a TV channel which could tell the truth ? Are we all courageous enough to endure all that will come up ? I am afraid that only an echo of our voices shall resonate soon; "I did not speak against falsehood" . I think that NO ONE of us is willing to give up one's comfort zone, NO ONE is even willing to sacrifice a goat in the struggle that shall be long drawn and tiring and bloody.
Neighbour Jun 01, 2010 10:38am
i dont agree with you. everyone has an opinion and almost all of the comments are positive and constructive. dont use general statements.
TD Jun 01, 2010 10:44am
How ironic.....all this coming from a man who sits and works all day long at an advertising agency in Karachi helping create campaigns for "senseless juice, milk and telecoms" so that the various TV channels can then "squeeze them between images of blood, gore and tragedy."
Iqbal Kureshi Jun 01, 2010 11:06am
Nice article?! It is the same old story, all over again. What's new? Keep blaming the Pakistani nation and give the world a joy ride. A handful of funded terrorists are out on a killing spree. Blame the nation!And then we write articles to invite comments, from the world over. A nice picture of Pakistan we paint for them. Where is our patriotism? That is what is missing my dear country men. Be patriotic and love your country. Why are you ashamed of being a Pakistani? You should be proud of your country and defend it, not malign it. Atrocities are committed the world over, but their citizens are still proud of their countries. What has gone wrong with us. Every terrorist act is abhorred by us as a nation, whosoever the victims may be. By criticizing our own country we are putting words in the mouths of the world at large. Love your country, not denounce it. Pakistan Zindabad
Surayah Jun 01, 2010 11:48am
Powerful. Maybe NFP's finest. That's saying a lot since almost of his articles are upfront, informative and forceful.
yawar Jun 01, 2010 11:53am
zabardast, paracha. my heart goes out for our ahmadi brothers and sisters. in a passionate little piece you have put your finger on the damaged pulse and nerve of this unfortunate country. god bless.
Respect Humanity Jun 01, 2010 12:52pm
True Indeed. All the religions of the world emphasize on giving respect to everyone irrespective of any beliefs and values. Very rightly said Islam does not at all support extremism and believe in valuing everyone
Fareed Jun 02, 2010 06:30am
Krishna the attack on the Golden Temple during the 70's. 1992 Bombay riots, the 2002 Gujarat riots, the massive violation of Human Rights in Kashmir and the treatment of untouchables can hardly be described as events which are "local and temporal". I am not by any means trying to start a "Pakistan vs. India" debate nor am trying to justify the acts of violence committed in Pakistan, all I am saying is that both Pakistan and India have a long...long way to go.
Sara Jun 01, 2010 01:14pm
This is really sad. As a "minority'', Ahmedis should be given full protection, 93 were killed.
yawar Jun 01, 2010 12:22pm
Err ... he's not at an agency anymore. Kindly do your homework while presenting your critique. You'll look like a fool if you get to know where Paracha works.
Musthaq Ahmed Jun 01, 2010 01:26pm
Only the one who is better organised will prevail.
Mansoor Jun 01, 2010 02:23pm
My heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of your dear friend. I am a Canadian Ahmadi-Muslim by birth. I was raised in the belief that one both as a Muslim and an Ahmadi mush continuously work for the betterment of their country and society. Even the job I hold today in employment equity and diversity works to achieve a better and more inclusive workplace. In a multicultural society like Canada's we must work everyday to improve and protect the freedoms we cherish, otherwise the sacrifices of thousands gone before us will have been in vain. Please don't give up hope. The best way to honour your friend will be to continue the good works you were doing together. So long as there is one Pakistani who believes in a better Pakistan, there is always hope. May Allah grant you and those like you the strength to carry out this difficult journey. Ameen.
Salma Ahmad Jun 01, 2010 03:04pm
I agree with you. Our media has become commercial and lacks morality. It's not only about showing commercials between critical news reports but also the lack of decency with regards to reporting objectively about incidents. The carnage in Lahore was not another episode of state terrorism as reported by some channels in their talk shows and some guest scholars on their shows. It was in fact, a result of hate mongering that many Pakistani religious parties propagate. Anti-Ahmadi sections have openly propagated their venom against Ahmadis and distributed pamphlets and posted banners in different areas. What a facade! Unfortunately, your blog can only be read by a certain educated section of our society and not the masses, who are less educated and are heavily influenced by Mullahs. Another irony is that no main stream religious party leader condemned Ahmadi carnage and were very quick in condemning Israel's attack on freedom flotilla. I request you to take this issue up and urge the government to repeal the anti-ahmadi laws. Also you should shed some light on the double standards of electronic media, in not giving air time to Ahmadi spokespersons and the press conferences given by the Ahmadiyya Jamaat and inviting Ulemas who themselves propagate hate for Ahmadis! These press conferences have been uploaded on you tube but no TV channel had the decency to cut back on its commercials for some time and show these press conferences so that the masses know what the government and religious parties have been doing for so long to persecute Ahmadis.
Aisha Jun 01, 2010 03:22pm
I believe all news and info channels are created on the basis on showing the TRUTH. but as soon as they get their first pay cheque of a million bucks or so, they turn towards showing EVERYTHING, even if it's wrong. Think again! this won't change anything in our country. Even a 4 yr old knows what's going on in our country. So, just sit back and watch the show.
Aisha Jun 01, 2010 03:25pm
And there's a difference between Khuda and Allah ??
Usman Jun 01, 2010 03:25pm
They are not handful of people, if they were few people we could catch them easily, they are living in your neighbourhood, they are working with you and you just not know that. No one is ashamed of being a Pakistani, but what i am ashamed for is that you are not looking at the real picture. We blame the west that they are racist when any Pakistani goes and lives there, yet you are not even giving ahmadies the same right they deserve although they are of same race, color and i will say religion. Can you tell me who were ahmadies before 1974? Were they not Muslims? were they not called Muslims? how can a government and the ulemas call someone non Muslim yet they are killing thousands of people around Pakistan. I am not ashamed that I am Pakistani, I am ashmed of the people living in Pakistan and how they are representing Pakistan.. and you should wake up and thinking about it before its too late, if its not already too late.
Bala Jun 01, 2010 04:02pm
various places of worship!! Aren't they Mosques, Paracha sahib?
Introspection Required Jun 01, 2010 04:03pm
Self-criticism is a sign of confidence and maturity as a nation. How do you think Germany built itself back to being at the forefront of all the Euro nations after two World Wars. There too, it was not the common man who was extreme.
Saadiq Jun 01, 2010 04:53pm
Your comment really touched me. I am an Indian but I will say that if Pakistan has more people like you, your country will be out of this mess. God Bless you.
Kaka Jun 01, 2010 05:22pm
Mr TD has already made a fool of himself. Firstly he totally misread NFP
GKrishnan Jun 01, 2010 06:16pm
The photo of the woman crying is from the last major fallout in Lahore, in the Moon Market area, a couple of months back. The pain is repeated now, in the houses of Prayer, and God knows, may be repeated in future too, in a masjid, mandir or girja, or just a plain crowded market of innocents. " Where the Mothers of sons never cease their weeping " was a song sung about Jerusalem at one time. Now it's for the Mothers in the subcontinent to weep for their sons.
HM Jun 02, 2010 08:27am
The picture shown in the blog pretty much gives the real picture of Pakistan. What are your running away from Mr. Yawar?
Aneela Khan Jun 02, 2010 02:59am
I salute you Nadeem, I Salute Sana, Youth of Pakistan please stand up...please make us proud. Please open your eyes, please protest against such atrocities. We are with you on this..the Pakistanis who have not even lived there are in weeping to see our country fall to pieces. Look into you own backyard first...Pakistan Don't be a policeman and guardian of Islam. Islam is a beautiful religion, it doesn't tell us to kill religious minorities. Don't take the shoulder of Islam to practice hate and religious bigotry! For heaven's sake...educate the ignorant...come out together...march in peace...invite youth to such blogs and educate them. Be civilized its the best a Muslim can be! Aneela Khan- Canada
Saleem B Jun 02, 2010 03:49am
NFP you have articulated well the condemnation these barbaric acts deserve. Keep writing.
kaka Jun 02, 2010 09:08am
TD, in all of this powerful article against extremist thought, this is the only point you could comprehend? NFP is right. There are even reactionaries in the so-called liberal ad world, and you seem to be one of them. Come out of your bubble already.
TD Jun 02, 2010 08:03am
Well atleast he used to for a many many number of years, I used to work there in his department Mr. Yawar so I have done my homework. Also he used to be writing these columns all along his tenure there.
HM Jun 02, 2010 08:45am
A Pakistani quoting Gandhi. Seen it first time.
Dhruv Jun 03, 2010 02:09pm
Hi NFP, Brilliant piece of writing. Could sense your anger and helplesness in the article.. Hope your countrymen get the message in its true form and spirit... God Bless !
Not needed Jun 03, 2010 02:25am
I have written this 2 days but the comment is still under here I will try again.. My condolences to the families who lost their loved one and to all Pakistanis who have to go through a horror again. I will come to the point and ask - protest for face book & some ridiculous 5 min serial or a cartoon by Pakistanis, protest for Muslims suffering in far off countries, but no protests for own country men? The world is seeing this and thinking heck why should I help such people and why worry when terrorist strike! If you wont care nobody will care! Why has govt not banned the hate speech by mullah but was quick to ban face book in 2 days. Majority of the comments says thats what preached by mullahs..why are they not in jail..leave alone govt..why not common Pakistani is standing up against them. Believing and following Islam is very different than believing and following mullahs! The day when aam awam will be on street protesting each and every attack then only something good will come. Don't wait for Allah to give them punishment after death..give them punishment now! boycott mullahs..Follow the main tenants of Quran and the loads of common sense in it..For god sake, get rid of madrassas and burn your books which teach hatred..repeal the discriminatory laws! Sorry for the harsh words..but its very frustrating to see..though not a Pakistani but a well wisher from India! Oh! I have similar and stronger words for my country men for all the ills we have so I am not venting against just Pakistani!
HM Jun 03, 2010 03:50am
sorry the reply was for Mr. Iqbal Kureshi's post. Extremely sorry. Dont know how i got confused.
shame ful pakistani Jun 03, 2010 05:29am
Hats of to you and Sana for writting such articles
ramu Jun 03, 2010 08:40am
Dear Fareed Saheb, India is far from an ideal place for minorities. But it is doing reasonably well in treating its minorities by adopting public policies and laws that are aimed at ameliorating their disadvantages. More than that, the common Indian's tolerance of differences and accommodating migrants whether they are Parsi Zoroastrians or Tibetan Buddhists is a continuing story that is unique in human history. While you can enumerate any number of individual examples of localized hatred and violence, you can not deny that the Muslim's percentage in independent India has increased from their original 12% while, next door in Pakistan, the Hindus were decimated to less than 1% from 23% in 1947. Is there a way for you to contradict these facts ? Pakistan needs to do numerous things from constitutional provisions, laws and public policy even to make a beginning to reassure their tiny minorities of Christians and Ahmedis. If you want to derive comparative consolation, please compare Pakistan with Saudi Arabia or Iran to feel a bit relieved.
GKrishnan Jun 03, 2010 08:30am
Writers and scribes have a distinct role to play in shaping thought, even policy, for societies and countries. Else, there is no necessity for any newspaper or journal anywhere. It is said that they metaphorically have a role similar to that of a parakeet taken by coal-miners ahead of their digging into the mines, to check if there are any lethal gases that prove fatal to the miners, and in the process saving the miners' lives.
Hassan Farooqi Jun 03, 2010 03:39pm
... and just where were you when these guys were slaughtering Shias and Sunnies? Where were you when Quran-reciting people were blown in Bari Imam Shrine? Where were you when the Nishter Park Eid Milad congregation blew? Were they not the same guys who murdered Ahmedies? Why were you silent then you hypocrite?
shajarahmad Jun 03, 2010 07:07pm
I appreciate your effort and people like you are defenitely a ray of hope in the dark atmosphere of our beloved country. I hope you will continue your effort to unveil the bitter realities of our society.
Foreign Guest Jun 04, 2010 05:48am
Patriotism lies in defending the culprits by not criticizing them. This way you will pose a patriotic and sane pictures of inhabitants of Pak-istan.
Saleem B Jun 05, 2010 12:30am
this matters to you?
Saleem B Jun 05, 2010 12:34am
rightly said
m ahmad Jun 07, 2010 03:32pm
Thank you for writing such a genuine article and also the message left by Salma Ahmad...absolutely right.
Abu Aayan Jun 08, 2010 09:54am
Bilal, Pls dont take it wrong. We are equally saddened by every loss of life. I only tried to explain the backdrop of these killings. The center idea is about "hate-preaching". Unlike other attacks in which also "precious lives" are lost, this one is purely about killing someone about whom "by faith" they had the assurance of "heavens". And a step farther, it had the backing from the law also. Can a law giving covers to killers be considered lawful itself?
Shub Jun 08, 2010 10:17pm
There is always a beginning... !!
Muhammad Umer Naeem Jun 09, 2010 06:03pm
Thanks !
arsalan naqvi Jun 09, 2010 07:29pm
what is your agenda? who slaughtered the ahmedis? who slaughtered the sunnos and the shias? weak people with weak mind and with weak agendas. all incidents were are horrific as each other. no more and no less. There is no hypocrisy. I am however surprised at your categorizations. Categorizing human beings into religions, sects, ethnicity, cast, creed or color is the consequence of possessing a weak mind.
arsalan naqvi Jun 09, 2010 07:31pm
what does this even mean?
arsalan naqvi Jun 09, 2010 07:35pm
No one needs to be given more protection than the other. For Pakistan to give Ahmedi's more protection than others would be unfair. Over the past few months, terrorists have targeted places of worship of other school of thoughts as well. The fact is that you cant provide security to every single mosque in Pakistan. Providing security is unsustainable and will result in dead weight loss to society. What you need to do is address these horrific acts of utter disregard for human life, and let it be known that they are wrong and that they will not be tolerated. Also educate your masses so they start seeing everyone as a human being rather than seeing religion, ethnicity, class, color etc. In this long run, this is sustainable.
atul Jun 10, 2010 08:38am
Change in society will only come through education, you will have to teach students from std 1 about greatness of Islam and also tolerance for non Muslims side by side in every std in school Before granting admission in school, a written pledge of not hating non Muslims as a symbol of the greatness of Islam , to be signed by every student of every class. This hopefully will start bringing a change say 30 to 40 years from now, not immediately.
AN Jun 12, 2010 01:19pm
TD, Please be a bit more educated than that. What NFP does for a living is irrelevant. Or are you saying a glass of Tang, or tea with Olpers or a chat on Zong/mobilink/Telenor are as lethal as fanatical psychopaths? If that is the case then surely NFP would be a hypocrite.
MAK Jun 14, 2010 11:58am
We have commercialized all the things even the news and all that serious stuff is also dependent upon the commercials. As a result, most of the channels go a little away from the truth due to their sponsors. I think our media must draw a line between news and entertainment programs and the news and such sensitive issues must be discussed without any alignments. However, if somebody is aligned to some view point, he/she should pronounce his/her affiliation instead of passing imposing verdicts. Anyhow, I think Dawn Group has once again stood tall in this episode as it has always been neutral ever since it was founded by Quaid - e - Azam (RA), who himself was truly a great leader. The only way left for our country to hit back and get out of this deep hole of crisis is to revert back to the ideas and strategies of Quaid - e - Azam (RA). May Allah guide our leaders to take some pages out of Quaid's Wisdom and start implementing the same. Because sooner we are going to act according to the sayings of the great Quaid - e - Azam (RA), the sooner we are going to emerge victorious.
Mobeen Jun 16, 2010 06:39pm
Shias, Sunnis, Hindus, Ahmadis are all humans. There are elements in this country who try to find excuses for such extremists who have been killing innocent people. Sometimes they call it a reaction of drone attack and at other times muslim sentiments against the abduction of dr. Aafia. Unfortunately, we lack people who have the courage to ask them why they are supporting those killers. Yes, you are right. Why to condemn the killing of those who have been declared minority whereas we do not even have the courage to raise our voice against those extremists who have been killing those which are Muslims as per law of Pakistan.
Kabeer Jun 18, 2010 09:25am
There must be a thorough study in this menace of terrorism a real intellectual investigation without any biases so that the persons behind this barbarism should be exposed once and for all and this study must include all historical facts from Islamic history so that we can understand how such brutality grew roots in Islam because all the terrorists and their supporters / apologists give justification for their henious acts from Islam and sharia
sobia Jun 21, 2010 01:50am
Well the content of most of the comments reflects well what most of the people really care about. What should we reconcile with....brutal killings of innocent civilians in the name of religion. And here in this case its not the personal introspection we need, rather its the attitude of law enforcement agencies which needs to be changed.
Naeem Khan Jun 28, 2010 05:37am
Everyone is afraid of the religous moulvis and there are many hidden amongst us!! Or have they lost their dignity and value? or perhaps they are confused about the Mullah Islam? What ever the reason, it is digraceful and utterly disgusting behaviour.
Naeem Khan Jun 28, 2010 05:28am
arsalan navi sahib, when you see hate banners, hate pamphlets. issued by religious rights and do nothing for a year and when u allow hate conferences under the guise of religion and do not arrest these hate mongers then such a nation is going towards disaster!! Are there any hate laws in our country? In a western civilized and democatic state all these people whose addresses are well know who conducted these conferences, distributed hate literature and placed banners even in the High court would be behind bars for several years. In Pakistan it seems to be ok? You are right , you cannot provide security to each and every Pakistani but you can provide the same law to each and every Pakistani. Such is not the case right now.
Naeem Khan Jun 28, 2010 05:32am
minorities are not treated as equals. Have you seen the blashphemy law in Pakistan? When a state can declare who is a Muslim and who is not, God help such a state.