Wednesday 3 October 2018

Pakistan - Growing religious Intolerance & fascism

So I came across this picture which had gone viral on Social Media. It showed somewhere in Pakistan Doctor had labelled two same type of medicines for people based on their religions.

If you were a non-Muslim in Pakistan you couldn't get the medicine from bottle marked/labelled as Muslim and I started thinking, evaluating what us Muslims have been doing over past century or so.

Are we really Muhammadan? 

Are we really following the true essence of Islam?

Islam which brought the message that A light skinned person is no better than a dark person, but it's his actions which make him better.

Well, Sadly that isn't the case.

Muslim, Islamic states are biggest fascist and racist states in the world.

One may ask how, let me explain. Anyone who has ever worked/lived in Middle Eastern / Arab countries will know how they treat immigrants.

1) No Middle Eastern / Arab country will EVER give you nationality or passport of their country, be it Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman or Qatar.

2) You cannot get passport of any  countries mentioned above even if you're born there.

3) In a nutshell there's no process of Naturalization or obtaining Nationality of these countries.

We, so happily so casually criticise the West and make sweeping statements that West is racist. 

Yet it's the West that allows Muslims to come to their countries,work, settle, bring families , practice their own religion even allow naturalization / Citizenship.

Mayor of the London (Sadiq Khan) -  is son of a Pakistan Muslim immigrant.

Now ask yourself a question, What are the chances of a Hindu being a Minister in Pakistan. Forget a Hindu being a Minister, you will get so much abuse as well as criticism for even remotely floating such idea.

We have gone so blind in our hate and religious beliefs that we even take away humane aspect out of ourselves.

Today, there is a group that even criticizes Muhammad Ali Jinnah for appointing a Hindu Jogendra Nath Mandal as Minister of Law & Labour who eventually was forced to emigrate back to India.

Jinnah's decision was to bring minorities and empower them to bring about a peaceful progressive Pakistan but Alas, that dream was in tartars from the very beginning when bureaucracy of country started to usurp power and the first step towards doing so was to question the patriotism of minorities.

Today same fascism has become a very rooted and stays at the heart of foundation of PTI . 

I will try and list only few of many incidents which took place recently exposing fascist behavior of PTI

PTI activist attacked ex-PM of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif's house in Avenfield London.

PTI activist  openly harassed Reham Khan ex wife of Imran Khan and her son trying to provoke him.

PTI has been part of a conspiracy to overthrow an elected Govt by causing lock-down in Islamabad Capital 

As a party it was narrative of PTI that it's their legal right to protest and overthrow an elected  Government.

It seems that now that PTI has formed the Govt such religious intolerance has only grown and fascist tactics have gone worse,

Firstly PTI failed miserably to show a spine against religious extremist and reversed the decision of appointment of Atif Mian as economic advisor simply due to his religious beliefs.

Lastly, PTI's Current Provincial Minister Fayyaz ul Hasan Chohan on his twitter profile stated "Adolf Hitler" as his favorite personality 

I genuinely hope that now that PTI is in power it will re-analyse it's strategy and try to work together with it's allies as well as rivals for the future of Pakistan

If strategy of PTI leaders and supporters does not sun the policy of fascism  will only create further alienation and extreme polarization in society resulting in further intolerance , blind hate which is not something we can afford at any cost.

The concept of ridiculing your opponents,name calling them, making accusations without any proofs and eventually convenient use of religion card is sending the country further deep into abyss of hate and intolerance.