Peshawar Attack : A very sad day for Pakistan – Ali J. Zaidi



A very sad day for Pakistan. A very sad day for the peace loving people of the world. How can somebody take revenge through the massacre of children?
Violence and discrimination against the religious minorities, Shias, Bralvees, Sunnys who follow the message of peace and love, enjoy the cool Mystic way of life have intensified to a level where majority live in fear of violence or harassment. Their lives are not safe; their places of worship are not safe. The school are not safe. The funerals are not safe. Marriage ceremonies are not safe. Shrines and mosques are not safe. Public places are not safe.
Government’s failure to protect the 99.98% of 180 millions has encouraged the 0.02% perpetrators to act with impunity. It is said that they enjoy the protection of Ruling party because of their common interests in businesses and ideological relationship with Saudis. This is also believed that these killers have support from some sections of political and religious parties and from some ranks in the establishment.
Violent attacks against religious minorities occur against a backdrop of legal and social discrimination in almost every aspect of their lives, including political participation, marriage and freedom of belief.
Hundreds of Hindus are believed to have fled Pakistan during the past year as a result of religious persecution. While doctors, lawyers and human rights activists have been murdered for supporting the cause of minority rights.
In November, a mob beat a Christian married couple to death and burned their bodies in a brick kiln. Days later, a policeman in Punjab Province hacked a man to death for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the companions of the Prophet Mohammad PBUH.
The previous month a Pakistani court upheld the death penalty against a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy, in a case that drew global headlines after two prominent politicians who tried to help her were assassinated.
Blasphemy charges are hard to fight because the law does not define clearly what is blasphemous. Even presenting evidence in court can sometimes itself be considered a fresh infringement, say activists.
This oppressive environment has made it increasingly difficult for the people of Pakistan to live securely and free from danger in places where they were born and brought up and spent the majority of their lives.

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