By Foaad Hassan
Being victims of worst terrorism since more than a decade, we still need to learn how an attack on innocent people including men, women and children can be condemned, most of us are not ready to denounce terrorism and acts of extremism whether it is in Pakistan, France, United States, India or anywhere in the world because we always carry a logic “The illogical radical logic” founded by Mr. Hamza Ali Abbasi a famous TV star and social activist.
Last night Facebook and global news and twitter trends divided us again and questions were “Why should we pray for Paris”
“Why should we use Facebook filter (French flag) to condemn attacks in Paris as Facebook did not created cause during attacks in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan”
Some said there 14/7 is our 24/7 or Palestine’s 24/7.
I cannot speak on behalf of Facebook but first time I saw this profile picture filter was during LGBT Rights declaration from US Supreme Court and recently Facebook has introduced safety check feature.
Everything aside first of all let me ask you how someone who is showing solidarity with France does not feel pain for Palestine, Beirut or Syria? When APS was attacked everything was black and whole world stood with us. I know I was out on roads with many friends, there were families, Government officials, activists in-fact a large amount of people, we arranged vigils and denounced terrorism with such great voice for the first time. Jibran Nasir’s movement was an eye opener for many but people who criticized those who were showing solidarity with France defamed us in Pakistan when we raised voice against terrorism and let me say that I loved that there were many out on roads against terrorism but it was just a small minority who were labeled as “liberal fascists” “secular minded” (I take it as compliment). Even we were called “infidels” by some religious groups and by the way what happened when self-confessed murderer of Governor Salman Taseer was welcomed with roses and lot of love in Court and our cities were decorated with banners praising his act of terrorism?
Yes we are always ready to criticize those who criticize terrorists, who criticize those who are involved in murder of our minorities, who always stood up with Shias, Ahmadis, Bohris, Christians, Hazaras when they were being murdered brutally and persecution was at peak and it’s on rise again but we can never condemn acts terror anywhere, when we cannot say good for Dr. Abdus Salam, Malala or Human Rights activists in our own country then how can we condemn acts of terror and violence across the globe? There was a time when we created Taliban and extremist organizations and now it backfired, still you cannot criticize a fanatic in Pakistan, Our council of Islamic Ideology is trying to find whether Ahamdis should be killed or they have to pay “Jizya” as they are staying in Pakistan.
So brothers and sisters Does it happen in Paris? , London or Washington? When you go there, can you practice your religion freely or not? No one has right there to question your religious beliefs and these cities have never seen such attacks in decades. Yes there are political decisions and wars going on all over the world but every single human being living in those countries is not part of it like I am not part of creating Taliban. It was Germany and France who opened borders for Syrian refugees when Saudi Arab and UAE refused to help their people.
As far as Kashmir, Iraq, Syria and Palestine are being compared, it is just lack of knowledge or state of denial, these cities and countries are occupied territories or either indulged in wars unlike Paris and we always condemn acts of violence there too without discriminating.
Still it is being believed that attacks were carried out by Daesh militants, so why Al Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS all are from Muslims? My friends will say they are created by US, Israel and other European countries but why Muslims are always easy to manipulate, why they accept money and create such organizations? Whose failure is this; I guess it is of Muslim countries that were unable to feed their people and manage proper resources and introduced culture of militancy like we did in Pakistan. Islam teaches us peace, compassion, love for everyone but we issue shocking statements like this one I am sharing.
Let’s try to kill this extremist mindset and love humanity, as Quran and Sunnah both emphasis on compassion, love and peace.
Writer is a Lahore based Journalist and Consultant Publicist, working as Bureau Head of Education Informer.