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Kudos to television journalist, Talat Hussain, for surviving the audacious Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla, and returning home to tell the tale.

Now, if only our brave media personalities could exhibit exactly the same kind of commitment and guts in condemning all the gore and tragedies that take place in the name of faith in our own country …

That would be asking for a bit too much, wouldn’t it? After all, they know that if they were to do so, not only would they suffer labels of being ‘liberal extremists,’ or ‘western/Indian/Zionist agents,’ but no prominent government functionary would dare or bother receive them as heroes either.

The way certain frontline members of the present government received Talat (as if he had just returned after liberating Palestine from the clutches of the aggressive Zionist state), the question arose (at least in some cynical minds), where exactly were the same ministers and elected politicians (from both the PPP and PML-N), when the Ahmadi community was picking up the bodies and limbs of their dead ones slaughtered by extremists on the May 28?

Not a single leading member of the ruling cabinet and the opposition (except Interior Minister Rehman Malik) bothered to visit some of the injured Ahmadi men, women and children at a hospital in Lahore.

But interestingly, prominent ruling functionaries and their counterparts in the opposition were ready with rose garlands and flying accolades for the returning three Pakistanis (yes, that many) from the tribulations on the Turkish ship.

Late Benazir Bhutto in her book ‘Islam and Reconciliation’ insists that democracy and democrats are the nation’s best defence against extremist thought and organizations. This makes sense – but in theory only.

Because never mind the obnoxious reactionary claptrap that is gleefully spouted by the lunatic fringe present in shape of religious parties, certain TV personalities and ‘security analysts,’ have our (more sober) elected representatives sounded any better?

Subdued lip service and worn out statements of condemnation were all that the country’s prime minister and the chief minister of Punjab had to offer to the loved ones of those mutilated by the extremists. But what else could they have said?

They are all products of a constitution penned by elected parliamentarians (in 1973); a constitution a part of which actually gives vent to the views and demands of Sunni Islamic parties known for their unabashed hatred for ‘heretics’ and minorities.

So what can one expect even from elected parliamentarians whenever the country is faced by a situation in which groups of self-righteous majority Muslim sects pounce upon every opportunity to practice their hateful fantasies of religious cleansing and the genocide of ‘heretics.’  Does not certain section of the glorious 1973 constitution give them this divine right?

No wonder the prime minister seemed more concerned about a single TV journalist, and as usual the leaders of the main opposition party, the PML-N, are still struggling to condemn the terrorists by name.

Punjab CM, Shahbaz Sharif, called them ‘criminals.’ In Sindh and Karachi, dear sir, we call gangsters in the slums of Lyari and dacoits in the forests of Dadu and Moro, criminals. But those who explode themselves in market places and worship grounds and hurl grenades at unarmed civilians in the name of Allah and Islam; we call them Islamic extremists – or more clearly, the Taliban and their sectarian foot soldiers in the shape of the supposedly defunct Sipah Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, etc.

Shahbaz remained numb and mum even when the Punjab’s chapter of the Thereek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – also called the ‘Punjabi Taliban’ – proudly owned the gruesome attack on the Ahmadi’s places of worship.

What’s more, when Rehman Malik suggested that there should be an armed operation against the ‘Punjabi Taliban,’ the Punjab CM erupted with anger, accusing Malik of ‘creating division between provinces and ethnicities.’

Ah, if only Mian Shahbaz Sharif is willing to show similar anger and concern about armed religious extremists running wild. Easy to bad mouth the Ppresident and his interior minister, but not so much the monsters that spill innocent blood?

Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision and wish of a tolerant, modern and democratic Muslim Pakistan today is not only being held hostage by the extremists and the legacy of a long reactionary dictatorship of General Ziaul Haq, many democrats too are being held captive by their own religious biases and a clearly flawed and lopsided constitution.

Recently, only a handful of PPP, ANP and MQM’s women legislators in the national assembly were willing to openly condemn the killing of the Ahmadis. It was after the initiative taken by these brave women that some of their male colleagues decided to join in.

But Pakistan’s military dictators, religious parties and parliamentarians aren’t an exception. More than ever they are becoming a stark reflection and echo of many Pakistani Muslims, most of whom too were left scratching their heads when confronted by the tragic sight of scores of Ahmadi men, women and children being slaughtered by the extremists.

Of course the ‘liberal extremists’ were first to register their outrage (on the net), but the majority of Pakistani Muslims remained awkwardly quiet. And why not! Their understanding of Islam and Pakistan is riddled with glaring theological misconceptions and historical half-truths. Though they may never sound as obviously rabid as, say, the Nazis of Germany did (in their hatred against anything non-Aryan’), but by their silence and denials in the context of the rising incidents of intolerance, sectarian chauvinism and audacious acts of holy terror, haven’t we become silent but willing agents of the fascist Islamist agenda?

Many Pakistani Muslims, even of the ‘moderate’ stock, do not realize that they too would become instant victims of the extremists if these monsters succeed in imposing their wicked fantasy of a supposed ‘Islamic state.’

This ‘Islamic state’ that the  reactionaries – ranging from conventional religious parties such as Jamat-i-Islami and Jamat Ahle Hadith, to terror and extremist outfits like the Taliban and its many sectarian lashkars are advocating – has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any of the Quran’s central themes like justice, equality and mercy.

Keeping in mind the hatred spouted by some religious parties and the violence imposed by the terror groups is enough to understand that the vision of this so-called holy state that each one of these men and groups want to enforce is about violently eliminating not only non-Muslms and those belonging to non-Sunni Muslim sects in Pakistan, but also those Sunni Muslims considered as ‘moderate.’

Now imagine a state such as this that is also blessed with nuclear weapons.

History teaches that the charisma, appeal and dynamism of any version of fascism are squarely depended on a continuous need for violence, aggression and war. The fascists would first eliminate their obvious opponents, and then turn their guns against perceived enemies of the state and their ideology. These may be minority communities who do not fit into the puritanical worldview of the fascists. Fascists would use them as scapegoats to whip up ‘unity’ among the majority and to explain the state’s economic and political failings. Finally, the guns and bombs would be aimed at the world at large, because according to the fascists, the outside world could not tolerate the ‘progress,’ ‘might’ and ‘piety’ of the fascist republic.

Simply put, any kind of fascism is a recipe for a bloody disaster. Once a fascist ‘Islamic state’ has gotten rid of all non-Muslims, ‘heretics’ and people from minority Islamic sects, it is then bound to lead its people to a kind of war that might mean their complete and final obliteration.

That’s why when extremists and their supporters in Islamic parties and among the many half-literate middle-class sections talk about the ‘supremacy of Islam’ and the need to implement the shariah law, they are actually talking about reaching and implementing a parasitical state of nihilism.

In conclusion I would like to share a queer observation: The Shias constitute the largest ‘minority Muslim sect’ in Pakistan (about 20 to 25 per cent of the population). This community has for many years been at the receiving end of violence and hatred unleashed by a number of militant Sunni sectarian organizations. Hardly has one seen certain frontline Shia organizations such as the Imamia Students Organization (ISO) vehemently protest against such violence. But ironically, ISO is always out in force whenever Arab Muslim organizations such as the Hezbollah and Hamas come under stack from Israeli state aggressors.

Same is the case with a majority of Sunni religious parties and a number of urban middle-class Pakistanis. They are likely to protest and make a loud noise if Muslims come under sigh in Guatemala or Sisley, but would remain tight-lipped and inauspicious when Muslims, non-Muslims and so-called heretics are attacked and murdered by those who claim to be the only true and good Muslims.

NFP80 Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and

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154 Responses to “Blackened”

  1. Zahid, Mohamed says:

    Being a Pakistani muslim I have numerous things to be embarassed of and this attack on Ahmadis is one of those that is beyond shame and embarassment. My misery does not end here; then come these irrational “ulema” who leave no space for any kind of sanity. Hopless.

  2. Cuckoo says:

    Quixotism will not work for Pakistan. The author has an agenda…….

  3. Jay says:

    “When ‘Arrogance’ and ‘Ignorance’ mate, they breed Evil”… i read this sentence in a magazine a many years ago. Not a single day goes by that i am not reminded of it. Shame on those that condone murder. Shame on those who keep silent. Shame on those who turn a blind eye.

    NFP, keep that mirror pointed in our direction and show this medusa its true reflection!!!

    • Meer Notuk says:

      Eagle eyes, arrogant drones and different sorts of avionic machines are ever alert and on call to correct the wrong doings of these miscreants, one is astonished, even then they somehow escape. Natural allies should remain patient! but who will be left behind to see the ends of this war against terror?

  4. Taimur says:

    In the current scenario when we are surrounded by extremists and even our great political leaders and those who claim to be mujahids do not have the courage to condemn terrorism openly, Mr. Nadeem F. Paracha we appreciate your courage to say the truth. Terrorism has reached our homes. Our children are not safe. I don’t think that before partition Hindus ( whom we consider and also teach in our text books as one of our worst enemies ) deprived as much Muslims of education as these Taliban and extremist organizations have deprived. Hundreds of schools have been set on fire. And still we are looking for the excuses for these acts of terrorism and fascism.

  5. Goga Nalaik says:

    Dear Nadeem,

    Bravo for this marvelous piece of writing.

    What makes me sick are the comments by some who are still persuaded that you are pro Indian, pro Israel… bla bla bla. To me, their faculty of understanding has gone sick and as usual, they’ve missed the “essential” of what you wrote. Why do they fail to understand that NFP lives IN Pakistan and writes FOR the betterment of its people. If he was really against this country, he would have left it decades ago. Having a superb social status in Pakistan with excellent financial situation is certainly not the goal that NFP has fixed for himself. Instead, he has chosen to be courageous and to keep his intellectual freedom and honesty intact. Going against the wind has never been easy but this is what NFP chose!

    To exercise his job with such high level of intellectual approach and professional honesty in a country like Pakistan, it is indeed an act of Bravery. Dear Nadeem, I salute you for your courage. Please keep writing and keep hammering …all social evils and taboos! We are all with you. I do hope that Pakistan will one day be a peaceful, truly democratic and secular state.

    Ciao Ciao

    Goga Nalaik

  6. raza says:

    Just to address your queer observation, ISOs protest in support of middle easterns doesn’t bother mullahs, whereas if they come out protesting against mullah atrocities in Pak, there will be one more blast in that protest. hope u understand now.

  7. Khizzer says:

    All he does is bash people. Is’nt he being intolerant of the Sunni’s in this article, aye?
    We are all slaves of our own ideology – to the extremist, hes intolerant. To him, they are.

    Biased, and a huge load of made up stuff. He’s the sort of person who causes more hate and difference by putting labels and drawing bold boudnaries between two rather similar sects.

    Abysmal Journalism.

  8. perplexed says:

    Would the writer please explain his version of Islam?/? and how should things be implemented in our “war torn country”… i would love to read a blog about it sometime, it will really give a clearer picture about where u stand…..frankly i didn’t even read the whole blog cause I knew it would be about the same old whining and crying about how bad things are in our country and your anti-islamic views. We already know the problem, try to come up with a proper concrete solution. We sit in the comfort of our homes and keep complaining, what we really need to do is act rather than talk. The youth of Pakistan is its greatest strength, what we need is a point in the right direction by an influential figure who knows how to balance the two extremes( religion and country).
    I respect everybody’s opinion, everyone has the right to think and share their opinions. but the blame game which the author displays in his blogs has to end, its not gonna get us nowhere.

    • Goga Nalaik says:

      Now I understand why you are perplexed!

    • Goga Nalaik says:

      You said “Would the writer please explain his version of Islam?”. But why should he explain it to you?
      For your information, NFP defends the idea of a secular Pakistan where all Pakistanis will be free to practise their cult/faith by remaining within the limits imposed by the state. Secular state means the separation of religion and the state. In a secular state, religion becomes something personal. Hope it is clear to you now. This is the best solution for us.

      NFP is a journalist and combating against all social evils and taboos of our society. He is fighting with his pen!

      Goga Nalaik

  9. abdullah says:

    I agree! The thousands and thousands of innocent women and children who have been brutally murdered by drone attacks garner no sympathy from the secular liberal elite. I want to see Mr.NFP and all his supporters holding protests against drone attacks too.

    • Taimur says:

      Are drone attacks a justification to kill the innocent people in the rest of the country. Are these people who were killed in the Garhi Shahu mosque or those killed in the moon market were behind drone attacks. For God sake stop giving the justifications for the massacre going on. To justify such terrorist attacks is the same as to support the terrorists and the killers.

    • Salman says:

      and then what would you do?

  10. Mohammad Ali says:

    Well written! I thank very much to the writer for highliting the real and main issue of Pakistan. I hope that he will further expose the real face and deeds of so-called real-Muslims and endevour for harmony and unity of all sects living in Pakistan. Resultantly, peace and tranquality and prosperity would shortly prevail and ther in Pakstan. All Pakistanis would soon get rid of terrorism and secretarianism.

  11. Anum says:

    Considering the ‘queer’ observation that you shared of yours in the concluding part, i think there needs to have an improvement in it as ISO and other shia communities have ALWAYS been at fore in condemning and protesting against the inhuman violence received by the Muslims- be shia/sunni.

  12. Zaheer says:

    Brave NFP,
    You are doing great job, What you write is 100% true. Our society is highly intolerant. with this kind of mind set we cant afford Islamic state,
    Previously Mr. Zia ul Haq tries his version of Sharia Laws, and as result what we are suffering through last 30 years with sectarian violence and all these terrorist activities.

  13. Mortisitis says:

    This is not to incite any kind of sectarianism, but our Quaid was an Ismaili himself, as written in the book written by G. Alana, who confirmed it with Fatima Jinnah; but he always believed in the secular principles of Islam, not the misinterpretations by the Mullahs. This Mullah folk called him Kafir-e-Azam at that time and are purposely leading the whole country to chaos and anarchy. Lets pass a resolution against religious parties participating in the elections, because Quaid hated theocracy. He is our founder and leader and all his words are the real constitution for this country, not the interpretations by Mullahs. Equality and Humanity are the biggest principles to live with. Consider those people who changed the National Anthem right after his death, because it was written by a Pakistani Hindu, and asking him to write the anthem Quaid was actually promoting equality in the country, so that the minorities don’t feel marginalized.

    • Goga Nalaik says:

      Good point!

    • M.Jehangir says:

      Jinnah, earlier a votary of of Hindu-Muslic unity, gradually threw his weight behind a separate Muslim State (i.e Pakistan) because, with passage of time, he saw more and more of a “Hindu” agenda in all that the troika of Gandhi, Nehru and Patel said and did. Jinnah thus became increasingly skeptical of Muslims being treated fairly in independent India with a Hindu majority. Jinnah expected India to become a Hindu State and therefore saw no other alternative but to have s separate country where Muslims would not be second class citizens but stood equal with all other communities. In this regard, he erred in judgement on two counts. Firstly, he misread Nehru altogether. Nehru did more to uphold India’s secular credentials than any one else. Secondly, given his intellect, it was easy for Jinnah to make a distinction between a secular country with a Muslim majority (which he wanted) and an Islamic State for Indian Muslims (which he clearly did not want), but this distinction was lost to the large multitude of illiterate and semi-literate Muslims who opted for Pakistan at the time of independence. This is both the the irony and tragedy of Partition. With Jinnah’s death, the Mullahs moved in and occupied political space, leading the Pakistanis to believe that Pakistan was always intended to be a theocracy. Its been downhill for Pakistan ever since.

      Pakistan has a huge dilemma on hand. If it continues to be a theocratic State, it risks falling into the hands of the Taliban, the Al Qaidas et al, turning into an enemy of the west and ultimately going the Afghan way. If it reverts to Jinnah’s vision of a secular Pakistan, the very raison de etre for its formation’ and the very substratum of its existence would cease to exist. After all, where was the need for Partition and its aftermath of bloodshed, violence, military wars and proxy wars, if both India and Pakistan were to exist as secular independent nations.

      Please join the debate.

      • Tanveer says:

        Lot of countries claim to be secular but their government, media and courts etc definitely favour the majority. In India’s case, the bias is towards Hindus. Secular Pakistan would be safer and more equitable for the Muslims. This was the case for secular Pakistan.

  14. Hasan says:

    Well, everyone will be glad to know that only a few days after Lahore massacre, today major Urdu papers have published fatwas by Molvis that Ahmadis are blasphemers. No doubt this will put more Ahmadi lives in danger but those dailies don’t care nether do the law enforcement authorities.

  15. Nouman Zahoor says:

    I like NFP articles because they make an interesting reading. The writer surely has a good grip over language and needs to be praised for that.

    As far as comparing Israeli attack with that on Ahmadis, first let me point out some differences. One is a crime commited by the state where as the second one is the crime committed by a sick minded group of people. In terms of international scenario, the first one demands more attention. In terms of close proximity for us (Pakistanis) and no. of casualties, the second one is more eye catching.

    Both needs to be condemned strongly and i think thats what majority of people in Pakistan have done.

    Now the question that who has condemned which event more vehemently is a bit unnecessary. It is a matter of personal choice and sympathies associated with a group/nation/religious minority. Everyone has got biases and preferences to some extent while expressing his/her views and even the writer himself has shown his predisposition by undermining the Israeli attack. Thats normal human behaviour but i do hope that he extends the same courtesy to the other people as well.

    • Goga Nalaik says:

      Sir jee,

      Excuse me, you have not understood this article. NFP does not compare Israel and Ahmedis.
      He has drawn two parallels!

      Goga Nalaik

  16. Ali says:

    My all the sympathies are with Palestinians but let us not forget that their leaders take us for granted.

  17. Islam Khan says:

    Where these guys come from? What they showing to the what we are? Have not they read history of Islam. Islam never allow this kind of terrorism, why the do this, for who? for Islam or for the enemies of Islam and Pakistan. Islam is peaceful religion and never allow this kind of terrorism.

    • South by South West says:

      Hmmmm – not exactly ‘that peaceful’ as you think it is.

      • Islam Khan says:

        Why not peaceful? Islam is peaceful religion. What we can do we got snake in our sleeves.

        • South by South West says:

          Because the violence within the muslims started almost immediately after the Prophet’s death. Can you think of any other religion (in today’s time) who hold so much hatred against different sects within their own religion.

  18. Mansura B Minhas says:

    I always blamed the Mullah for the plight of the Ahmadis in Pakistan. But as this article rightfully points out, the sheer complacency of the majority populace of Pakistan has allowed it to become what it is – a lawless land, one that has no parallels in the world in terms of bigotry, hatred and intolerance. The leaders and majority in Pakistan are busy dismissing the May 28 massacre of Ahmadis as a conspiracy by ’foreign hands’, and this proves the extent of apathy towards Ahmadis that is prevalent in Pakistan.

    The recent massacre of Ahmadis seems to be a precursor of worsening times. Seeds of intolerance that were sowed decades ago by Bhutto and Zia are just beginning to flourish. Ahmadis have been targeted in the past, but the massive scale of this tragedy is completely unfathomable.

    Pakistanis need to wake up from their deep slumber before they become victims of this religious bigotry themselves! The second Amendment to the Constitution attempted to marginalize the Ahmadis, but it will have far-reaching and devastating consequences for everyone. Only those who conform to the ‘brand’ of Islam that is endorsed by the State will have a right to live in Pakistan!

  19. Shah says:

    Very good analysis.

  20. Muhammad Zia says:

    I just wish all these people felt the same when the innocent civilians were being martyred in Drone attacks.

    Yes the attack was brutal and unislamic to say the least, but does that give any benefit to Muslims against the mirzai minority?. NO, infact this has paved way for talks of operation against so-called Punjabi Taliban aka Muslims Madaris/Practical Muslims in Central Punjab and furthermore People think that the ordinance XX be changed. What an Achievement !! NFP

    If Muslims wanted to eliminate these Qaidyanis like this they had much better chances in the pasts. So stop flushing your Anti Islam sentiments.

    • Lal K. says:

      Muhammad Zia, are you by any chance a regenerated replica of Zia-ul Haq?

      • Muhammad Zia says:

        Common sense did not had copy right

        • Adeel Kunwar says:

          Excellent replies Zia!

          I totally agree, why the terrorist attacks on Ahmedi community are linked with blasphemous ordinance!

        • Ammar says:

          sense is all missing in the comment above :)

        • Moin Khan says:

          Yes Zia, you have proved you have none!

          Your write-up shows two aspects, firstly, that you do not know the reality of current happenings, as you live in a state of denial and fear of a “foreign Bogeyman”; and/or you inherently hate everyone who does not belong to your version of Islam, so mask every horrendous crime by Mullahs and ever drugged Pakistani Awam by further bigotry and senseless Illogic!

        • Raki says:

          By the same common sense, would it be right if Muslim minorities in other countries are treated as minorities are treated in Pakistan?

        • Mother of Three says:

          Unfortunately for you Muhammad Zia, the killing of Ahmadis has been made legalized by the past government in 1974 making in LEGAL to prosecute/kill/ discriminate etc.. This hatred towards a grouped of PAKISTANIS is festered in our Laws!

          Pakistan should stand as one nation, one people, or we will never win this battle…ever heard of ‘Divide and concur’? that is exactly what is happening in PAKISTAN. we are being divided by our own people and concurred for their own gains! wake up and smell the deceit of our OWN people!

  21. Mohsin Khan says:

    The point that certain organizations do not condemn killing of minorities in Pakistan could be considered had the writer condemned the blatant aggression of Israel against killing innocent ambassadors of peace.

    They don’t condemn the attacks on minorities, you don’t condemn the attacks on peace ambassadors, so what’s the difference?

    • Zafar says:

      Two wrongs do not add up to make a right. They just multiply the wrong.

    • Moin Khan says:

      Mohsin, this write-up clearly mentions that any type of bigotry is a Farce! Which part you could not comprehend?

  22. Khan says:

    I wonder why they did not arrest the financier of this attack when they already arrested two terrorist. Why they cant make them speak up or they don’t want them to speak about the real culprits.

    • Raki says:

      If they speak up the members of their families will be killed. If they don’t speak up the families will be supported financially…. Also, I fail to understand how come most of those who are arrested for terrorism are subsequently released by the courts!

  23. sahar ahmed says:

    You are absolutely right, but after the Ahmadi incident that day I didn’t come across a single person who didn’t condemn it the sad part is that, that even now when I am writing this , I know ill be busy in my own things tomorrow, just commenting on an issue wouldn’t help, some one should come up with a better solution!

  24. Q.Zahid says:

    Mr. Paracha thanks for writing an execellent article again as usual. There is someone who is speaking his own mind and thanks to DAWN for letting it published.

    Although i see no hope at present as we as nation and as individual are morally bankrupt and corrupt to the core. Looks like we are well and truly on path to fascism and that too in the name of Islam.

    I pray that Allah the Exalted Save this country, Amen!!

  25. johnhoma124 says:

    Your work has always been a great source of inspiration for me. I refer you blog to many of my friends as well.

  26. Rahul says:

    The ideology of the arabs has brought nothing but violence and hatred to the sub-continent which was once known for its spirituality and high morals.

    • imran says:

      @Rahul: get your history right……..

    • Ahmed Hassan says:

      Thank you Rahul. No offense but Vedic gods were basically legendary warriors who fought wars and killed one another. So do not get carried away with your biases.

      • Raki says:

        None of the books written thousands of years ago contains answers to the problems today’s world faces. These books are only good for one’s faith and for that they all teach peace.

      • Anish says:

        Ahmed…this shows you nothing about the vedas…there are no gods in the vedas..they deals with pursuit of knowledge of the divine and not stories…you probably mean ramayana and mahabharta…the wars captured should be interpreted symbolically as the struggle between all that is fair and just against evil. It does not put one community against other. Infact the word Hindu (people who lived by River Indus) were given first by Alexander and then re-inforced by Arabs…the religions is sanathan dharma…net net it gives you enough freedom to question everything around you and seek answers for your selves not seek permission from any religious clergy…it is a direct connect between God and the individual without any dalals in the middle.

        • Fahad Jabbar says:

          Awesome Anish, loved your comment.

        • Pradeep says:

          C’mon Anish… Your defense of the Vedas is the same defense that Muslims that Jihad is a struggle of spirit and not a physical one. Let us not get carried away by this metaphorical stuff. The point remains that all of the major religions of the world (save Buddhism) have a violent past. The Hindu epics are violent, but so is the Old Testament or the Hadiths. No wishy-washing is going to change that. The point remains is whether we learnt from our own history and can we make wise choices in the future?

          • Balwanjee says:

            Would rich05 give a single example from the history, did Buddha or his early followers kill the people? Please be responsible for accusing such personalities as Buddha. He was one among a handful of individuals in the history of mankind in whom humanity reaches its highest fulfillment.

            Bravo, NFP keep up the good work. You one one of the less than handful of courageous journalists who is writing against religious bigotry.

          • rich05 says:

            dear Pradeep,

            You are wrong, even bhuddism has a violent past, get your facts right, the founder himself killed thousands in senseless wars, and the followers did the same over the ages.

  27. Salma Ahmad says:

    Well done NFP and continue to write such good and logical articles! However, it would be so nice if all the columnists and contributors who are courageous enough to write in favor of Ahmadis collectively launched a campaign to put pressure on the government to take immediate action against hate mongers and repeal anti-Ahmadi laws. Each one of us can make a difference in our own way. All the newspapers can collaborate and reserve one page for this cause daily, or TV channels could give some air time to Ahmadi spokespersons who could tell the truth instead of the lies being told by Mullahs…But all these are tall orders…I doubt that anyone has such dedication or honesty to jointly fight for Ahmadi rights….because it will be a fight for all Pakistanis regardless of their faith, ethnicity, background and class.

  28. Faizan says:

    Its strange how a journalist comes from a death-hole and only gets the first couple of lines in a NFP article, and in the next para he gets almost disgusted by saying he was received as if he had conquered the land, please read the article in dawn a couple of days back where it says people weren’t killed they were executed at close range with head shots and more than 4 bullets in some cases, would we only praise Talat if he was dead isn’t what has happened, as equal to him being dead, it was just his day and he is still living, I wonder how much of NFP’s article he would have had dedicated if even he was executed!!

    And the questioned you asked in your article today about why don’t the burqa women get out on streets after the attack on minority muslim groups, I completely condemn that act and wish there was more mobility then it is, I have a question of my own to ask you NFP I wonder why don’t you write an article when the Israelis killed 9 people carrying medicines, wheelchairs, cement and food in their ship to the needy, I guess everyone chooses a subject don’t we.. hope confusion prevails in everyone of us and we do think whether we chose the write one..

    Take Care

    • Raki says:

      Any group that attempts to enter any foreign territory without proper authorization will meet the same fate. Will the outcome be different if boats attempt to land on the Pakistani coast?

      • imran says:

        @Raki: mind you they were not going to meet Netanyahu in Telaviv, they were going to Gaza which is not a Israeli territory so please don’t confuse yourself and others…….

        • Taha says:


          nobody says that what happened in Flotilla is in anyway justifiable…. All the above blog meant was to sweep before ur own door… understand?
          that’s an old english quotation which means that before pointing out at the dirt at your neighbour’s door you should sweep yours own….

          We can only condemn flotilla incident only if the world heard us loud and clear against the violence on our own home ground, the lack of which is pin pointed be NFP… simple….

    • ashok says:

      The Israeli position is simply that the Palestinians renounce terrorism and accept Israel’s right to exist and peace will follow; The Palestinian’s position is that Israelis must be pushed into the sea and exterminated for ever. Which one is more reasonable?

      All bets were off when those “peace activists” attacked and captured two Israel commandos and snatched their pistols from their sides. Commandos were seriously wounded, captured and were in an imminent danger of life. Also, “peace activists” tried to tie the rope from the helicopter to the upper deck railings aimed to crash the Israeli helicopter on the deck which would have killed many more “peace activists” if those “peace activists” were not stopped instantly.

      I am a fan of Nadeem because he tries to reveal the reality and truth.

  29. Sajid says:

    We Pakistanis are too concenred for our arab brothers , but did does not matter if thousands are killed by jihadis in Pak. Good article

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