A spectator – ten thousand miles away
Why did this massacre of Ahmedis take place on May 28, 2010? The media and Pakistani officials allege it was a random Al-Qaeda or Pakistani Taliban attack, having no connection to the Ahmadiyya faith.
In fact, after all the attack at one mosque was completed, the perpetrators raised the slogan ‘Khatme Nubuwat Zindabad’. Had it been a Sunni mosque or Shiite Imam Barra, this gesture would not naturally ensue from their mouths. Raising a specific controversial slogan as the sign of jubilation on the job well done reflect on the motives of the attackers.
Secondly, terrorists sent text messages to the media informing them that some mishap is about to happen with location demarcated. It is no surprise, then, that the media arrived before the incidence and saw the entire episode while the police joined them nearly one hour after the attack had begun.
Fourthly, the very next day a mullah gave a sermon declaring ahmedis “ wajibul qatal (worthy of being killed). The following morning, those words motivated a person to murder an elderly ahmedi in his bed and attacked his son as well.
Fifthly, following the May 28th massacre 13 religious leaders presided over a conference and collectively declared Ahmedis to be “Wajibul Qatal”. They further declared the massacre an Ahmadiyya conspiracy in hopes of repealing Pakistan’s anti-Ahmadiyya laws.
Sixthly, the mullahs issued an ultimatum to Nawaz Sharif with all the possible threats because he referred to Ahmadis as “brothers and sisters”.
To its credit, The Pakistan Assembly demonstrated a concern over the incidence. True concern, however requires a study of the root cause of these hate crimes – in particular the legislation of 1974 and 1984.
These are just my humble observations from 10,000 miles away as a spectator through the electronic and print media and may be taken as food for thought.