100 killed in a bomb blast, 43 sacrificed in a bus Massacre, 2 shot dead and sadly the list continues. How many more lives will it take to fix this country?
Around 60 years ago, an idealist said, “You will be free; you will be free to go to your temples, you will be free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed — that will have nothing to do with the business of the State.”
So much has changed over the course of 60 years, except for religious bigotry. Throughout the history of Pakistan our leaders, power hungry politicians, so-called religion guardians – from time to time – have used religion to manipulate the foolhardy masses and to attain their ulterior motives. The scars of Zia’s Islamization are still bleeding and have left marks so deep that they have seeped into the very roots of our society.
Historically speaking, many events have contributed to the chaotic, non-secular and frenzied state of today’s Pakistan. Starting from its father’s death, to the never ending military interference, notwithstanding the declaration of Ahmadi’s as non-Muslims. An intellectual once said it right, “Little drops of water make the mighty ocean”. Similarly so many people, knowingly or unknowingly, have chipped in their bit in making Pakistan and its people intolerant, narrow-minded, aggressive and religiously intolerant.
However, I must add over the last two decades the lines have blurred; in this long drawn battle of war on terror we have lost the sense to identify who’s who and what’s what? The victims and the perpetrators all seem alike. But the fact remains that no religious minority, be it interreligious or intra-religious, is safe within Pakistan.
Your fate hangs upon the community to which you belong. Are you Hazara? Are you Shia? Are you an Ahmadi? Any of the above question might even get you killed.
I hate to admit that this country has given these people so less and has robbed them of their happiness, peace and loved ones.
There is violence everywhere here — in threats and in action. Everywhere.
The point to ponder is that who are these people, who are destroying the peace of our society? Who are these monsters who are using Islam for their ulterior motives? What can we do about them? Before it is too late we as young Pakistanis should reflect on such issues. While both the divine and civilizational truth is peace then why are we hell bent cutting each other’s throat? After all, no religion in the world promotes hatred and chaos. Perhaps an ongoing debate about making this country a secular land is the solution to this chaotic and frenzied war of religion and ideas and other petty issues.