Hypocrisy Galore: Pakistani Reaction to Israel

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Amaar Ahmad has sent his crisp analysis of the ongoing crisis.

On Monday, Pakistanis from religious and political parties tried to
outdo themselves in condemning Israeli assault on the flotilla
carrying humanitarian aid for Palestinians. All decent and civilized
people denounce acts of violence against unharmed civilians. There is
indeed a long history of the Palestinian suffering which hurts us all.

But this swift and spontaneous denouncement also demonstrated the
utter hypocrisy and inhumanity of the Pakistani mullah and the
conservative political class. While Pakistan is burning and its
citizens are being murdered in cold blood by fellow citizens, these
people react with indignation to events in a far away land. Do they
lack the eyes to observe the blood bath in their backyard? Are they
deaf to hear the screams of dying and wounded worshipers ? Have they
lost the sanity to check crimes against humanity within their midst?

This is not to say that we should shy away from condemning the
unjustified Israeli actions against the Palestinians. However, we must
begin at home.

No sooner have the 95 Ahmadis of the Lahore mosque attacks been buried
that the Mullahs (like Allama Ibtesam Ilahi Zaheer) are out in force
declaring the Ahmadi ‘wajib-ul-qatal’ (worthy of death). These
‘patent-holders’ of Islam (as Hafiz Salman Butt of Jamaat-i-Islami
once suggested about themselves) are seeing conspiracies against
Muslims in distant lands but become debilitated when their own
countrymen are felled. How can one consider their full-throated
denouncement of Israelis to be morally and ethically justified when
they would rather forget about the hell unleashed three days earlier
and mumble only a quickly delivered commiseration.

The attacks in Lahore are not a result of mere police incompetence.
This is of course is true as well. That the Pakistani security
apparatus is hopelessly incapable of preventing crimes against its
citizens is a fact of life.

Nay! It is a result of tolerating, teaching and propagating an utterly
false and corrupt vision of Islam – one that has absolutely nothing to
do with the noble and pious examples of Prophet Muhammad (sw) – in
whose very name these religious demagogues operate. The founder of
Islam prayed for those who threw stones at him, forgave those who
tried to kill him, showed forbearance for those who abused him. The
Prophet (sw) never reacted in the violent and senseless manner which
the Mullah of today is behaving.
No one claiming to be a Muslim – even munafiqeen – were ever denied
the right of life, liberty and property by the Prophet (sw).
Despite knowing the Sunnah, it is baffling how Muslims of today have
handed over their wits in matters of faith to the likes of Maudoodi,
Ibtesam Zaheer, Amir Liaqat or Mufti Mahmood.

The spiritual survival of Muslims only lies in following the truly
tolerant and uplifting teachings of their Prophet (sw) and by
reclaiming faith from these bigots and by rejecting their call for
compulsion in religion.

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22 responses to “Hypocrisy Galore: Pakistani Reaction to Israel

  1. agha

    This is so true and timely.

  2. Tariq

    The only way to save Pakistan now is to actively discourage public display of religion, declare Pakistan a secular state, rewrite the educational text and (slowly but methodically) neutralize the poisonous teachings of the fundamentalist Islam. It is time to ask the harsh question whether the interpretation of Islam, as practiced by majority of Muslims in Pakistan, can co-exist with civilization.

  3. Junaid

    @Tariq

    Declaring the state secular on paper would not make the people secular.

    The change that is requires is socio-economic in nature. Not constitutional or legislative.

  4. Raza

    I fully agree with this. In fact my own article “Terrorism, Shameless Religious Bigotry and Pakistani Mindset” laments the same mindset

  5. karun1

    Criticism(Critical enquiry) is the harbinger for Liberal Ethos.

    Muslims all over the world should now agree to reform their religion by putting “all their holy cows” under the lens.

  6. Had Punjab Government used little brains and kept that high profile terrorist in Military Hospital instead of General, those 12 innocent lives would not have lost.

  7. Jamal

    “The change that is requires is socio-economic in nature. Not constitutional or legislative.”

    How come other poor countries not blowing people as much as we do? Change is mended in constitution to make everyone equal to send the correct message to public but also to prosecute anyone who does not abide by rule of equality.

  8. Bin Ismail

    @Amaar Ahmad

    “…..No sooner have the 95 Ahmadis of the Lahore mosque attacks been buried that the Mullahs (like Allama Ibtesam Ilahi Zaheer) are out in force declaring the Ahmadi ‘wajib-ul-qatal’ (worthy of death)…..”

    From day 1 this has been the stand of these Mullahs. Reminds me of Haali’s words, “deen-e mullah fee sabeelillah fasaad”.

    @Junaid

    “…..The change that is requires is socio-economic in nature. Not constitutional or legislative……”

    It appears you have reservations with reference to changing the constitution. The irony is that the present “socio-economic” situation, which apparently you do not find very pleasing, owes its existence to the Constitution, which you deem worthy of preserving.

    @karun1

    “….. Muslims all over the world should now agree to reform their religion by putting “all their holy cows” under the lens…..”

    There is only one “holy cow” in question, and that is the “mullah mafia”. This “holy cow” – or shall we say “unholy cow” – has only brought infamy to Islam.

  9. Zainab Ali

    The hypocrisy/bigotry of the religious leaders in Pakistan keeps on going and they have never been banned them from the mainstream. This is the only reason for our failure, because our Quaid disliked it himself.

  10. Tilsim

    Good article by Amaar. I felt the same way. Last night I heard endless discussion from an ARY panel of anchors about how the Ministry of Interior and the Foreign Ministry should have been devoting all their time to find the whereabouts of Talat Hasan. As if this should be the Government’s priority when the extremists have declared war on us.

    Asma Shirazi lamented that only Zardari, Rehman Malik and the foreign ministry were engaged in trying to find Talat Hasan but not the Prime Minister. PTV was playing songs by Munni Begum. Meanwhile, the Tehreek e Taliban et al were attacking Jinnah Hospital to finish off the survivors of the Ahmedi massacre. For goodness sake, can’t these guys see how ugly and hypocritical they have become. Perhaps we are in denial about these anchors’ real agenda.

  11. Tilsim

    Sorry I meant to say Talat Hussein.

  12. Mustafa Shaban

    @Tilism: The govt should not only focus on Talat Hussein neither should it focus only on the Ahmadi issue. Each issue deserves attention. they should tackle both issues at the same time. Following up on the important things for both issues. Its caled multi tasking , people do it everyday. Also the goverment was really slow in reacting and they didnt even know about the diplomatic channels available to them! Journalists had to remind them to look for Talat Hussain and they had to point out what options the government had! Nobody has an ”agenda” other than the terrorists, right now people are trying to figure out how to solve both problems.

  13. Tilsim

    @ Mustafa Shaban

    I don’t believe that our top most leadership should be distracted by one missing news anchor or that it’s reasonable to ask them to be so distracted when the ordinary people face such a multitude of crises on the domestic front. Kashif Abbasi was really pleased that Rehman Malik was giving him regular updates on what was happening re: Talat Hussein. That’s not a reasonable expectation from or behaviour of a Minister of Interior at a time of regular terrorist strikes. That is not to say that people lower down the chain of government should not be helping to find missing Pakistanis. My concern is that our leadership is being distracted from the urgent tasks at hand and the media have their own parochial agenda. These particular anchors’ biases and sympathies are not a secret. They promote the same on their panels.

  14. Mustafa Shaban

    @Tilism: My friend every life is important, whether 1 or 100 , abroad or local, the government must act quickly to ensure the safetly of all its citizens , ther is no question of distraction. They can handle the current sitaution and also the gaza flotilla incident. Israel committed a serious crime and its not only a pakistan issue but a muslims issue and human issue. Also let me tell you its the Army and intellegence who are getting rid of terrorism , not our government. If they wanted to they could have invested more in local law enforcement and intellegence, replace politicized police chiefs with independant ones, made som changes and atleast things would be significantly better in terms of security if not a lot better. Changing law enforcement to make security better is a matter of will as we have the resources and strenght to do so. I am not a blame Zardari/ppp person, but it would be naive to think that the top leadership is doing its best.

    The case with Talat Hussain does merit time from the top leadership as do all other issues, and let me tell you, they are not spending all theier time in Talat, they are looking to other things as well. They are dividing thier time equally between issues, its just that they reacted too late.

  15. Tilsim

    @ Mustafa Shaban

    “The case with Talat Hussain does merit time from the top leadership as do all other issues, and let me tell you, they are not spending all theier time in Talat, they are looking to other things as well. They are dividing thier time equally between issues, its just that they reacted too late.”

    You give the top leadership’s ability to multi-task more credit then I do. At a time of a domestic terrorist insurgency, I know where I want their attention and focus to be. We should not distract them so that they have excuses. It is their responsibility as much as the Army and Intelligence agencies to rid us of this menace.

  16. Mustafa Shaban

    @Tilism: Unfortunately you are right, the leadership should be capable enough to handle multiple issues but unfortunately, they are not that competent. What I am trying to say is that they should have dealt with this earlier, and the most frustrating thing is that its not a distraction, it takes only 5 mins to get in touch diplomatically with Turkey or US and ssome more to find information about Talat Hussein and some important details. Then they can focus on bigger things. Ofcourse everything deserves atleast a little time. But I know what you mean when you talk about excuses and I hope they dont do that.

    In order to counter the insurgency they need to strengthen law enforcement and work on domestic security measures. They dunt need to get into details, the main work can be done by law enforcement, intellegence and Army.

  17. nasir jan

    SO SAD BUT SO TRUE!

  18. Tilsim

    @ Mustapha Shaban

    Thanks for understanding the point that I was making. The terrorists are organised and single minded. As a nation, we also need to become so if we are to defeat them.

  19. Yasir Qadeer

    What bigger hypocrisy there could be. I mean they come on streets to protest about what Israel did in Palestine some 14000 miles away but they cannot see what happened in their own city just 3 km away. Over 90 people killed and 200 injured in a ruthless assault and these Mullah’s are ranting about Israel. Will they ever learn?

  20. Bin Ismail

    Gentlemen, you’re missing the point. There are 195 countries in the world. This is how our list of priority proceeds: priority# 1:USA, priority# 2: Saudi Arabia, priority# 3: Guatemala, priority# 4: Venezuela, priority# 5: Iceland, priority# 6: Swaziland ……………… …………………………………………… priority# 195: Pakistan.

    Let’s begin with getting our list of priorities right.

  21. Tariq

    @BinIsmael: This is exactly the kind of non-sensical, illogical emotionalism that distracts muslims from paying attention to the rot within.

    #1 priority is convincing the rest of the world around us that we can co-exist with civilized world.

  22. Bin Ismail

    @Tariq (June 2, 2010 at 9:26 am)

    1. You’re absolutely right about the rot within. We, I mean Pakistanis, have 194 distractions around us. The most trivial event taking place say in Maldives becomes infinitely more important than the greatest national calamity. 194 countries besides ourselves – 194 distractions. Religious extremism is devouring the country, but the Shoaib – Sania honeymoon makes the headlines. The nation-wide surge in crime rate by 60% could conveniently be traded for the exciting news that a certain Panda in a certain zoo is an expecting mother and that the risk of the extinction of this species has been fortunately lessened by 0.003%.

    2. As for our own mess, we will have to undertake the job of the janitor. No one is going to clean our mess.

    3. If we succeed in doing that, I’m sure convincing the rest of the world will no longer remain a challenge.