First they came... Rise of sectarian violence against Shia community

Pakistan a country brutally dangerous for all its citizen alike due to growing terrorism and high crime rate due to emerging unemployed youth, but lately perhaps minorities have become an easy prey for extremist organizations working under umbrella of extreme right wing religo-political organizations.

In the recent wave of terror attacks the heat has shifted from a more natural prey of Ahmadies to Shia living in Pakistan. Here, I prefer using 'natural' for Ahmadies as the state already endorses limited constitutional discrimination and wouldn't mind if someone like to take it one step further. However, Shia Muslims belive to be part of main stream Islam in interpretation of majority of Muslims as well as the Pakistani constitution but still they have become the target of recent  assassinations and bombings which are the part of over 3 decade sectarian violence rooted under Zia regime. While, looking over it in a historical perspective the systematic attacks started during the end of 80's when anti-Shia organizations like Sipah-e-Sahaba emerged over voilent political scene.

In a post-sectarian violent Pakistan, all collaborated enmity was focused towards Ahmadies whose religious views have an interpretative difference from the believes of mainstream Sunni and Shia Muslims. This partnership of main stream Muslims lead to the most darkest time for human rights of one fraction of society, when state indulged in people personal matter by defining 'Muslim' which paved the way for future discriminating laws in the name of religion. Here, this main stream Muslim brotherhood between Shia and Sunni Muslims proved far from sustainable.  As in statement of famous German theologian Martin-Niemöller 'First they came...', here Shia Muslims remained a part of the ant-Ahmadi constitutional amendments including Ordinance XX, until there were no religious freedom was left for minority Ahmadies living in Pakistan. After these constitutional amendments Ahmadies were became the target of legal hunting in courts as well and they became more distant from mixing in main stream Muslim social circles. The fact that Shia community never anticipated was, next in line were they themselves. Once Zia initiated Islamization of the country, we saw the emergence of political movement of Tehrik-e-Nafaz-e-Fiqah-e-Jafari against the application of Sunni interpretation of Islam in Pakistan constitution. For centuries Shia-Sunni Muslim enjoyed a relative peace in sub-continental community due to presence of a major counter force of Hinduism. The society saw the worst ever sectarian-polarization with the Zia Islamization of the country. However it would be irrational to ignore the geopolitical scenario of the region where at one side religions fanaticism was much needed to keep up with the emotional support to the men at wars in Afghanistan, while on the other side, after Iranian revolution, country has emerged as conservative republic representing the Shia Muslims.

Pakistan a historical anti-sectarian society became a favorable place to start proxy wars of global powers. The foundation of anti-sectarianism was already laid with the definition of Muslims, all it needed was some resources, man power and exploitations of emotions. Pakistani law makers while restricting the life of minorities and dreaming to become a global player, taught us, how to hate ourselves.

Imran Khan views on Ahmadis | Insafians who approve hatred and discrimination

Imran Khan is one man who enjoys a wide spread support from both progressive and traditional forces of the society. This support naturally comes from the celebrity status he enjoys as a cricketer and philanthropist for his contributions towards humanity. However, the challenge is to keep up that balance between two rival opinions till the day of election, which is why PTI also present itself as a centrist political party and often find itself defending the ever fluctuating political views of the party leader.

Viral Video:
Recently in the annual Peace Symposium of 2013 organized by Ahmadiyya Community in London, Nadia Ramzan Chaudrhy representing PTI requested support of 2-5 million members of Ahmadiyya community residing in Pakistan. Although Ahmadi spiritual leader denied in assuring any support but it generated much agitations in Pakistani politics and particularity among PTI right wing followers.

Ahmadiyya community voters: Ahmadiyya community votes is composed of urban voters, that is highly concentrated in Lahore, Faisalabad, Jhang and Karachi. In Karachi currently MQM enjoys Ahmadi support as MQM leaders has repeatedly expressed on many occasions their policy to revive rights of minorities of Pakistan [1], [2], [3]. However, in Punjab historically Ahmadies have not voted to any political party since Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto government decided to 'play God' and label them as non-Muslims.

The PTI Responce: In response of this viral video clip on social networks, PTI Information Secretary Shireen Mazari initially responded by saying that "Imran Khan has categorically denied having passed on any such instructions to anyone on the party's behalf," further "Nadia Ramzan is the daughter of Imran Khan's friend."  Even though Nadia Ramzan name is written as Information Secretary for PTI London. Finally Imran Khan's cleared his point of views on fate of Ahmadis after Naya-Pakistan in a latest video. In this video he assured his right wing 'Insafians' that he would abide by the Pakistan`s constitutional policy to deny basic human rights to Pakistani Ahmadis. He did not showed the decency to address Ahamdis with proper term, but instead used the term "Qadiani" which is considered pejorative by the Ahmadiyya. While summing up his video he did not shied away from declaring Ahamdis non-Muslim in light of his personal beliefs. Here one would argue if Imran Khan denies others (Maulana Fazul ur Rehman) the right to label him and his kids zionist or jew [4], and label other communities non-Muslim does it not makes him a hypocrite! 

This was not the first time he had to response over his policy on repealing the constitutional amendment declaring Ahmadi Muslim as non-Muslim. In 2010 he was particularly asked over this issue where he tried to escape this matter by giving a general response. However, being repeatedly asked the same question over and over again Imran told "Any law that discriminates between human beings is unjust". He was further asked if he plans on repealing this law and Imran responce was 
"Inshallah Tahrek-e-Insaf will bring justice and protect everyone." 
Now, he has not only backed away from his own words but showed lack of moral courage as leader to bring "justice" in the society. The most gloomy part of this whole episode is that Imran Khan has diminished the only hope among the minority communities of Pakistan by coming clean on his stance on Ahmadis.

He might have successfully countered the growing anger among among his majority of voters which are conservative. At the same time distant himself from the mainstream liberal voters who were already dwindling after his Pro-taliban stance. Imran Khan's video response comes just days before his address in Swabi, Charseda and Nowshera where conservative emotions runs high and JI  has a strong influence over regional politics. It shows how Imran's politics is based on getting support from major fractions of the society even if he has to support unjust and discriminatory laws targeting the weak. The hypocrisy when PTI members call themself 'Insafians', and endorse the unjust and discretionary laws in Pakistan.

Dr. Abdus Salam Quote: News Archive


Read in New York to the governing council of the U.N. Development program:
"I know we the scientists - and in particular the physicist - are often blamed for bringing the nuclear psychosis to mankind."

"But there is less appreciation for our atonement in having created in science and technology an instrument which can completely eradicate hunger and want for all mankind."

Dr. Abdus Salam
Bangor Daily News - June 25, 1981, Page 16 of 76

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