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The murder (and not death) in Islamabad is not shocking, it is rather sad and gloomy. It is depressing too. The incidents pose a seemingly hopeless situation. The cancer is deep and all around. An entire society has got infected. The followers of Islam who believe in coexistence with rest of the world WITHOUT converting all to Islam need to be very cautious and active, the race looks to be against time.
Each socio-religious system has its own weak points, but in case of Islam the voice of difference looks to be choked and the figures look to be trembling. But it is sure that the solution is within and the leaders for change have to be invented within Islam, soon.
The key message is coexistence with other religions. Islam must give up, at the basic masses' level of understanding, the idea of making entire humanity following Islam. That is the key.
Omar Ali draws a parallel between MAJinnah-AllamaIqbal-InfluentialBlasphemer-Assasin and SalmanTaseer-ModernTerrorist-PoorAasiyaBibi-BlasphemyLaw.......as long as dubious liberals like Ali lose their sense of perspectives and draw parallels between well known leaders and modern-day terror-mongers, there is not much hope that the average pakistani would be led down the sane path.
Im sorry but folks like Ali are not helping.
Rajesh, The point is tht the blasphemy law is not about blasphemy as any reasonable person might define it. It does not aim at due process in courts at all. The whole point of having this law in place is to give the message that anything and everything can become blasphemy and once the accusation is made, the accused is done for. It doesnt matter what happens in court. First of all, any court that lets off a blasphemer can itself be accused of blasphemy. Anyone who suggests the law is open to misuse is guilty of blasphemy (that was, after all, Salman Taseer's only crime...he never attacked Islam or the prophet or said anything else remotely blasphemous, but he did say that the law was open to misuse and was being misused, hence it needed to be changed...for saying that, he was killed in public by his own guard). With this weapon in place, anyone opposing the mullahs and their version of islam can be accused of blasphemy. The law is there to intimidate and to take away the public space from liberal forces (and not just secular liberal forces, even a mildly liberal interpreter of very orthodox Islam like Javed Ghamdi has had to leave the country). Due process has nothing to do with it.
I can understand (though not sympathise) that hard line islamists take blasphemy very seriously. But what is disgusting is the public support of a murder. If there is a blasphemy, then take that person to your courts and let your courts decide the culprits fate - after all you have a law to do that. But publicly supporting a person who has murdered another person in broad daylight is going back to the dark ages. Why have any police or courts in Pakistan then if anyone can take the law in their hands? If all this is in the name of religion, then not sure why god made human beings at all and gave them all the faculties - to see and judge for themselves. He should have made brainless robots who are programmed to follow a script.
Has anyone in Pakistan thought what would happen if christian countries started taking blasphemy seriously ?
Shocking and Stunning. to read in this article by Omar that
Founders of Pakistan, Jinnah and Iqbal, got together to defend the brutal, public murderer of a Hindu publisher in 1929 in Lahore . accused of blasphemy by a crowd !
I never knew Jinnah and Iqbal were that rotten. Thank You Omar Ali for opening my eyes.
".... in the long term, change is bound to come. Pakistan does not exist on an island apart from the world. And the world is moving on from blasphemy laws and apostasy laws into the domain of capitalist individualism, if not yet into the realm of democracy or socialism.....hard-line Islamic supremacism of the type being protected by blasphemy and apostasy laws is not likely to dominate in any country that aspires to also become modern."
I agree with Omar Ali, but I am afraid it is going to take a long long time.