Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Being un-Islamic in an Islamic Republic

There is a picture doing the rounds on social media websites among Pakistanis. It concerns one of the leading Urdu language newspapers Jang. Apparently the newspaper reported the occurrence of a press conference, held by the Qadiani community. Nothing significant, as far as news goes, with the topic of discussion in the said conference vague. 

The comments on the right of the picture have been added on by some dim-witted conspiracy theorist with access to internet and an image editing software. For those of you that do not read Urdu, this is what it says:
"News and a picture about Qadiani's press conference was published by The Daily Jang, 27th March, 2012, Page Number 12. It can be inferred that GEO and Jang are following the agenda of Jewish Lobby(ist)s. Please share"

How on earth did a picture of a news conference, whose subject is not discussed, suddenly become Jewish agenda? What else is the role of a newspaper, than to report news?? What is the Jewish agenda??? And when did anything that does not conform to the religious beliefs of the majority become a conspiracy???

I understand the general sentiment that Qadiani's do not believe in the true form of Islam. But just because I understand how people might see them differently does not mean that I agree with them. Who are we to judge, right? But the thing that irks me the most is the fact that just because someone has different beliefs than you, he/she becomes a foreign agent, or a spy, or at the very least, unpatriotic. I have friends who are devout Hindus, and die-hard Pakistanis. Decades of brainwashing, starting from the time of Dictator Zia-ul-Haq, has resulted in Pakistanis thinking that Muslim and Pakistani is the same thing, and that you cannot be a Pakistani without being a Muslim first. 

Oh how un-Islamic this Islamic Republic of ours has become!!!

1 comment:

  1. Pakistani psyche is the natural habitat for conspiracy theories.