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Dear Colonial Master, thanks for the blasphemy law

Dear Colonial Master, thanks for the blasphemy law


Background: On 4 January 2011, Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, was killed by one of his security guards, Mumtaz Qadri. He said he committed the murder because, “this is the punishment for a blasphemer. This incident immediately set a precedent for violence in the name of religion. Pakistan has been a fervent advocate of religious fundamentalism. With passage of time this form of hatred is consolidating into full fledged movement. Mob lynching and target killing is just a regular phenomenon in our country today. We are more interested in killing a person accused of blasphemy than catching an actual rapist. 

Sure Mumtaz Qadri was hanged under the order of Supreme Court but what happened after that made him a hero just like Hafiz Saaed as national asset 

What happened: On Wednesday, in Quaidabad, Imran a  security guard killed his branch manager Malik Hanif because according to reports Imran his branch manager disrespected Holy Prophet PBUH during a heated debate. Afterwards he was applauded by a massive crowd which chanted slogans in his favor. In Kohat university a mob attacked a student for blasphemous comments. The best solution university administration had to offer was to expel the student for his own safety.  

Imran is just another Mumtaz Qadri in our society. The same keyboard mujahideen who defended Mumtaz Qadri are defending Imran on social media. But how exactly Mumtaz Qadri was a killer became a phenomena. If we list out reasons for it we might end up in a whirlpool of incompetence and weaponization. 

Where it began: Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan have a long history but as usual not by the indigenous people rather the colonial masters. Pakistan inherited its blasphemy laws from its former British colonial rulers, who in 1860 introduced a set of laws related to religion in order to quell Hindu-Muslim violence in the Indian subcontinent.

The laws were strengthened in 1927 with the addition of a vague clause to criminalize “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious believers”, 

Our colonial master left this gift in our rule book when they left the continent, we adopted this law and nourished it to such an extent that now it is haunting our democratic institutions. Our courts are scared to talk against this law, our educational institutions will let a mob kill a student but won’t engage in the conversation and as for our leaders/officials, well that’s a hopeless case. 

Higher authorities are too busy raising awareness in Europe about religious tolerance that they almost forgot that their institutions are full of bigot and hypocrites which use laymen’s mentality to profit their agenda. And yeah they have no remorse whatsoever. 

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