“I think Ajit Doval did it to divert the attention from yesterday`s Gang rape of 72 year old nun in India.” The remark left me speechless. It hurt me even more than the disturbing images of Christian men and women running from one hospital to another looking for dead or their angry youth charging sticks at fancy metro counters in Lahore, today.
I could not pity the gentleman more since he was also a victim of denial that had enveloped almost the entire nation.
I could listen to the tons of optimism that flowed down my wishful auditory canal that this attack was just not on Christians, it was rather a war against the unification of the country, may I ask by Whom?
Why is that a problem for large portion of the country to see extremism as an issue threatening its existence?
I appreciate the fact that for stern believers, it could be everything but a reality that religious fundamentalism can be used for violence but no matter how bad it feels, somehow it does. Though this self-righteousness alone, is not the cause.
Just imagine a whole generation, dismayed by Bhutto`s political failure, put their faith in the puritanical version of religion as a solution to all social, moral, domestic and international crises. Then came Zia, riding the popular wave and Youhana Abad, today, is the latest manifestation of the mindset that brewed.
The strains of destructive self-religiosity could be traced back to 1952, the year when Basic Principles Committee on constitution first submitted her report. Back then, someone declared it as state `s first surrender to clergy.
Over the period of time, religion, in the land of pure, proved to be the attic, where mischievous politicians could hide after doing the trick and would let go subsequently.
Un-satiated by the blood of Qadianis and willing to establish Pakistan as the fortress of Islam, the devotees then found Christian persecution, under the name of blasphemy, as most just cause.
The disillusion about religious tolerance is said to be very persistent, one only gets out of it after being hit in the face. So even after Shanti Nagar incident in 1997, Christians of Pakistan continued to speak about interfaith harmony in the loudest tone. They were scared, though, by the treatment meted out to Hindus whenever Pakistan –India relations went sore.
Few years later, to their dismay, US launched an attack on Afghanistan. They had to put on the silent guilt for something they had absolutely no say in and kept their calm.
Before paying for the posters in Denmark with their blood, incidents like Taxila Christian hospital (2002) and Karachi shoot out at Institute of Peace and Justice (2002) continued to dot their calendar of persecution. The clergies of the land of pure issued fatwa against these white men of flag and demanded that their book be banned for immoral stories, followed by attacks on their churches, but they still kept their calm.
In 2005, 3000 faithful stormed in the churches in Sangla Hill and set ablaze anything they could lay their hands on.
The year of 2009 saw Gojra attack where houses were rampaged at large and police took its time to discover the course of action, despite having concrete information to act.
Two years later, in 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti was murdered, an incident that listed religion as the main source of motivation.
For anyone with a little knowledge of Persecution history, 2011 in Gujranwala, 2012 in Mardan, 2013 in Joseph Colony, Lahore and 2014 in Clarkabad are not just years with prepositions linking the geography, not to mention the names accused by the faithful for blasphemy. Despite this all, they kept their calm for they were told about it.
“Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mathews 5:10)
Despite the fact that 62nd verse of the 2nd Chapter says something altogether different and might have a context pretext denominations . . .. ,
“Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] – those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve”. . ..
the extremists continue their holy war.
Unfortunately, they are given a weak fight by a nation who is yet not able to rescue their mosque from someone who profusely declares that he believes in violence. A nation, which still takes Qadri, a hero, deserving to get away after a cold blooded murder with the compensation paid by rich faithful. A nation, which is, at large, confused to celebrate the cricket victory, denounce the violence by angry mob at Metro or clearly condemn the extremist mindset for 14 lives lost today.
I thought to list down the finest men and women this community produced for our homeland.. be it soldiers like Cecil, Middlecoat and Julian peter, artists like Salem Raza and A Nayyer, judges like Cornelius and many more including Samson Simon Sharaf, the soldier turned politician who has managed to raise the sane voice even through the worst of the crises. But that makes it a clichéd piece for the silent majority acknowledges them and the minority that matters is not interested in knowing them for they were Christians and were meant to be killed… sounds familiar.. probably I have lost it ..
If I could lose it when someone blamed on Ajit Doval, so what if Christian youth lost it today…