In mid 70s Pakistan’s so called secular Prime Minister Mr. Zulfiqar ali Bhutto had sown a malicious seed of religious extremism due to which a religious group called “Ahemdis” were branded as Non Muslims. Their Pre- Bhutto Muslim status was constitutionally snatched by restricting their freedom to worship, its propagation and their basic rights as a common citizen of Pakistan.
Since then Ahmedis have been the victim of target killings and suicide bombings in the name of Islam and the culprits are freely roaming in the country as majority of Pakistanis support violent ideology of Islam especially when it comes to Ahemdi issue.
Although yesterday’s attacks on Ahmediya mosques by Pakistani wing of Taliban were the series of on going indiscriminate violence in the country that has claimed thousands of innocent lives which qualifies Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan the most detestable group in the country. Giving the reprehensible nature of this violence that claimed almost 80 lives yesterday – its surprising that majority of secular Pakistanis (let alone Mullah Brigade) expressing a muted sympathy for the Taliban.
“First time Taliban have done a marvelous job, I am very much happy on what happened in Lahore yesterday, kill thos Ba****ds”—says a supporter of a secular political party in Karachi.
“Don’t say it was an attack on mosque, call it a worship place. Mosques are for Muslims [us] only” – says my colleague working for an MNC.
While discussing this news at my work place I forgot that even though I work for an American company, people around me are after all Pakistanis.
As the discussions widened I have realized that majority of Pakistanis silently support Taliban for this violence and are comfortable with “whatever” happened lately, though they are the same people who generally condemn Taliban terrorism.
On the other hand Punjab Government is quick assured that they will take necessary measures to curb Taleban violence but are equally quick to own Taliban as their natural allies. Law minister (Rana Sana ulllah) of violence affected province also maintains relationships with banned outfits that support killings of Non Sunni religious groups.
In such circumstances one can’t think of getting rid of violence in coming days, it’s high time we realize that Taliban want blood to achieve their vicious objectives and reason for killing Ahmedis was not because they hate Ahmedis and love Sunnis. They did it to gain losing support of a common Pakistani who generally hates Ahmedis.
Post attack reaction ended up in favor of Taliban — as majority of Pakistanis mutely praising them for this barbarianism which proves that Taliban’s PR campaign worked.
But the question now is whether the nation will come out of selective condemnation or will they keep sympathizing with Taleban on empathic concerns.
If we go by the latter, one day we will also end up on being “massacred” by a Taliban suicide bomber in some unknown mosque.
I hope Pakistanis will opt to bury in single piece…