We are a funny nation. First we vote for politicians and after getting them elected we realize that we don’t like them actually. No, sorry we voted by mistake. Now what? Any solution? Oh come on! Why even bother to think for one. It’s obvious, isn’t it? MAKE THEM ALL STAND IN A LINE AND SHOOT THEM TO DEATH!
You see violence- the magical solution to every problem on planet earth. We don’t need to rattle our brains to think of any means of fixing our country. It’s simple: Kill the president, hang the prime minister, thrash all the politicians to death and even murder the invisible conspiracists. All our problems can be solved in just one sweep of violence. Violence, violence, we love violence. And when someone tells us that this violence obsessed behavior is cockroach-ish, we tell that person to get another passport. We indeed are a funny nation.
Salman Taseer’s death is enough to prove the immature approach we have as a nation. The governor dared speaking against blasphemy laws and his guard brutally butchered him to death thinking he was proving his loyalty to religion. Such ignorance but the nation, it has found a reason to jubilate. I for one wasn’t a great fan of Salman Taseer either but disliking a politician does not imply that we start celebrating his ruthless murder, especially when it signifies grave issues like religious intolerance and fierce fanaticism. It just goes on to show that we accept violence as something morally justified. Rather it is preferable in case of politicians because you know we don’t like them and all the people we don’t like should simply die.
If the politicians are stupid, so are we. Hours after Salman Taseer’s assassination, face book was pestered with fan pages of ‘Ghazi’ Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri. So anyone who slaughters a person out of religious extremism becomes our national hero now. What ideology are we promoting here? Also those people who are trying to justify their insensitive stance here by circulating pictures of Salman Taseer showing his lavish and ‘unIslamic’ lifestyle along with twisting Holy verses to conclude that bad people meet bad end are showing their own sick mentality. We are no one to issue certificates of good or bad Muslim to anyone. Neither it is for us to pass verdicts whether some person is going to heaven or hell. God does not need our judgmental services here. And if you think that religion asks you to plant 27 bullets in anyone’s head who does not share your views then I don’t know what the treatment for such demented minds is. We call ourselves Muslims, I wish we could be humans too.
Like quoted somewhere:-
“What we fail to understand is that it wasn’t just Salman Taseer’s assassination; it was the death of freedom of expression. Salman Taseer was killed because of the intolerance, hatred, vigilantism and the barbarity which now defines our society. He was killed by the unchecked air of false sanctimony where self-proclaimed custodians of morality have been breathing fire and instigating venomous violence in our country. One day or the other anyone of us can also be made to pay the price of his/her words. By cheering on this tragedy, we are ensuring the tradition of silence. Today Pakistan is defined by Mumtaz Hussain Qadris. They exist all around us. It is all of us who tolerate them and their intolerance. And it is this tolerance of intolerance that kills.
Now, it has claimed yet one more victim…”