Sunday, June 05, 2005

Savagery

Published in Daily Times, Lahore on June 5, 2005

Sir: All violence is tragic, but words alone cannot describe the savagery that took place in Karachi on Monday when an inspired mob set a KFC outlet on fire and did not allow six of its trapped employees to escape or be rescued. They all perished. The irony is that the mob was protesting an equally ‘senseless’ murder of several innocent people earlier at a mosque. No religion, no creed or code of morality sanctions this kind of savagery under any circumstances.

Yet, all this madness is being perpetrated in the name of Islam. And what do our clerics have to say? The same tired and meaningless statement that they issue after every such incident, that “no Muslim can think of killing another Muslim”. This statement is factually incorrect. Muslims are killing other innocent and unsuspecting Muslims all the time (over 150 people have perished in such attacks in Pakistan since May 2004). Secondly, the statement sends a subliminal message that it is okay for a Muslim to kill innocent non-Muslims.

I wonder if the government realises that sectarian violence is not necessarily directed, it is mostly inspired.

New York

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