Lunatics on the loose... By Masood
24 September, 2012
S H Maulana was very right advising for sanity to be maintained on September 21, while protesting against the production of a blasphemous film and publication of cartoons, otherwise all focus would be on violent reaction providing further material for more provocative actions. It is sad that political and religious leadership in Pakistan has miserably failed to put up a joint strategy to avoid violence in the name of protest against the film. September 21, which was planned as the 'Ishaq-e-Rasool' (love for the Prophet (PBUH)) day will now be remembered as hatred-for-humanity day. That day more than 20 people were killed, hundreds injured, countless properties and businesses were burned to ashes, banks and their strong rooms plundered, ATMs smashed to loot the cash and police check posts and vehicles torched all in the name of the protestors' love for the Prophet (PBUH). Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad bore the brunt of Friday' lawlessness wherein in Karachi alone several landmark historical cinemas were put on fire.
We need to pause for a moment and ask ourselves; by doing all these mischievous acts, have we done any justice to the memory of the Prophet (PBUH) whose honour we had claimed to guard. No civilised country can allow this lawlessness regardless of any noble cause. Law shall take its own course; all those involved in looting, ransacking, putting properties on fire, killing and firing on law-enforcing agencies shall face the music in courts and their leaders shall be forced to pay for the damages their followers have done.
Alas, our courts have no time for these criminals; they are quite busy disqualifying dual nationality legislators as finding them not 'Ameen' and 'Sadiq' (honest and truthful). They need to know that a number of Ameens and Sadiqs were out on streets on Friday, not afraid of any consequences as they always find courts on their side.
It is a pity to see such a disgusting course to achieve a noble cause.
Jubail, Saudi Arabia