Salman Taseer, Mumtaz Qadri and Veena Malik : in retrospect

Over the past few months, the whole of Pakistan has been in uproar over the assassination of Salman Taseer and the shenanigans of Veena Malik.

Now one may wonder how the two are interrelated and as to why am I discussing them in the same post. Well the reason being that in both the cases, one person is being glorified and the other is being downcasted.

Within a few days of Salman Taseer’s death and the news that a certain Mumtaz Qadri killed him due to his views on the blasphemy law, the entire Pakistan divided into two main groups. One started calling Salman Taseer a ‘shaheed’ and started praising him as an upholder of ‘equality’ and ‘freedom of speech’ or as someone who stood up against Zia’s black laws. The other started praising Mumtaz Qadri as a hero who was righteous in killing a ‘Non-believer’ and that Slaman Taseer was a kafir and deserved what he got. So there was a ‘Team Salman’ and a ‘Team Qadri’  and the later one consisted mostly of religious bigots. But sadly most of our supposedly ‘educated’ youngsters were also part of this divide. During this whole debate i didn’t come across a single individual who spoke and ounce of logic. Each was glorifying and defiantly proving one’s ‘hero’ right and defaming the other. What we failed to realize was that in debates like this no one is absolutely right or wrong. Despite his way of living, the death of Salman Taseer was completely wrong and Mumtaz Qadri should be punished for this because it shows our tolerance level as a society that we cannot even bear the opinion of others to this extent that we start killing those who don’t agree with us.  But on the other hand to praise and honor Salman Taseer is again wrong because frankly speaking he never had any idea what he was talking about. If we take a look at his past statements that he gave, majority of them were just ridiculous and made no sense at all. So in a nutshell his death is condemnable but not to be commended. As far as the blasphemy law or the righteous killing of Non-Muslims is concerned, we are no one to judge any persons faith. Islam does not advocates the killing of any human being. If such was the case then the whole of Makkah would have been wiped out after its conquest by  Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W). But no such thing occurred because Islam teaches to spread the faith not through sword but through actions. But none of the maulvis teach this because this then undermines their power over the people as a person driven by passion than mind is easily controlled.

Now in the case of Veena Malik there is a lot of controversy and the recent interview of her with Kamran Shahid has added more fuel to fire. But once again some people are siding with her and calling her accusators as hypocrites and the rest are condemning her and are making allegations against her that she defamed the country through her shameful acts. Again there is a certain grey area that no one sees because in our society we love pointing fingers at others rather than accepting our mistakes as well. Keeping the interview in mind both Veena Malik and the supposed ‘mufti’ who was called are correct. What Veena did in India was absolutely wrong. I am familiar with the programme and the rules and what she did there was her choice and she cannot avert that blame, but she is also right that all this isn’t new to us. These things occur around us all the time and we know it all but like a pigeon we are afraid of accepting this so we shut our eyes and act as if there is no cat. But one day the reality is going to hit us and by then there wouldn’t be anything that we can do to undo it. So its best that we learn from our mistake now until its too late to !

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    • Maaz Ahmed
    • April 5th, 2011

    gud one… i have never found such an unbiased articles on both of these matters

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