Cheer the assassin!

Published: January 5, 2011

The writer is editor of business and economic policy for Express News and 24/7 [email protected]

Cheer on my friends! Cheer on the assassin! Smile and clap your hands, chant odes to the ghazi’s bravery! Go ahead, applaud the darkness that is coming your way, because once it has taken you into its embrace, there’ll be no cheer left in your life.

Hail the assassin as your hero! Lift him up on your shoulders and show his brave deed to your children! Tell them to emulate his example and follow his footsteps! Kiss the ground he walked on! Congregate outside the prison that holds him and shout slogans so he hears your support through the walls. Because soon, the only heroes left in your life will be those with blood on their hands and death in their hearts.

Denounce the fallen governor! Denounce his licentious ways! Mock his speeches and drag his grieving wife and children through the dirt that is in your mind, your eyes! Question his faith: Was he a secret atheist? Fling all manner of filth and dirt on his name and his ways, for soon there’ll be nothing left in your minds, other than the filth of a faithless piety and the dirt of prejudice.

Sanctify the assassin’s bullet! Distill all your hatreds and frustrations into it! Place it on a pedestal and recite psalms of solemn servitude to it! Let it be the one fixed point in your life, your north star by which you navigate yourself towards your destiny! Let its line of travel, from muzzle to victim, be the straight and narrow path you seek to your salvation. May you find your victim one day too, just like the bullet found its. Yes, sanctify the bullet because soon it’ll light the way for you towards that destiny where you hold the knife in your hands and your hapless victim struggles vainly in your clutches.

While you’re at it, make a game out of it all. Clap, laugh and sing songs while the darkness falls all around you. Tell yourself silly little tales of how it’s all for the best because, after all, politicians are corrupt and deserve it all. Let the madness ooze into your puny minds without a struggle, since struggle in the path of what is right can get you killed.

Kiss the pages of the document where the ‘holy’ laws are written. Don’t read them, don’t think about what they say. Don’t ask questions about them, such as what the rules of evidence are under these laws or how the court is supposed to tell the difference between a true and false allegation. No, don’t do any of that, because soon these will be the only laws left in your life.

Do it, my friends! Because there is no ‘silent majority’ any more, only a frightened and confused flock hemmed in by the darkness, trembling at the howling of the hyenas around, huddled together under a vanishing light, barely enduring the great dark absence beyond.

No words will soothe their fears, no courage will call them to action. No strength exists any longer to lift this cowering multitude into the ranks of humanity, no mind’s eye to light the way for them.

So do it! Celebrate all manner of bloodlust because soon there will be nobody left in your life who can call murder by its name.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (232)

  • Nariman Ansari
    Jan 6, 2011 - 12:31AM

    standing ovationRecommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 12:35AM

    Standing Applause, Sir. Thank you for being one of the sane voices, for there are very few these days.Recommend

  • Ammar Rashid
    Jan 6, 2011 - 12:40AM

    Powerfully put, Sir. The mad men rule the roost in this fallen nation of ours. Reason is dead. Empathy is a weakness. Logic is a foreign plot. Mercy is naked and unwanted.

    We are laughing madly in the putrid filth of our own defecations. Here we will continue to rot and howl and cry and call it purity and salvation and faith and goodness. Recommend

  • Saliha
    Jan 6, 2011 - 1:06AM

    I hang my head in shame today and I see no hope,Recommend

  • Imran siddiqui
    Jan 6, 2011 - 1:09AM

    Yesterday, I was in my office busy with usual chores when my mobile vibrated and there was a new message flashed on screen. The sender is my good friend but the matter of the text was not so good it was the news about the Governor’s assassination. I quickly jumped on the internet and read that bitter truth myself before trusting the message I received few minutes ago. The reason for not trusting the text message was its matter with some merrily comments about the assassination of Mr Taseer. I was amazed with the fact that how one can be that happy in the murder of another person?

    Yes, Mr Writer you are right people are happy and calling Mr Qadri a great Islamic hero who is not reluctant to give his life for the honour of Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H. What a tragedy?
    The saddest part of the story beside Mr Taseer’s death is that people are from well educated backgrounds are supporting Mr Qadri for his gallantry. I am speechless.Recommend

  • Syeda Bibi
    Jan 6, 2011 - 2:37AM

    My he go to Hell for damaging the name of Islam.
    It is interesting to note that from 1928 till 1980 — the time when Zia incorporated the Blasphemy law — there was not a single FIR lodged against any such blasphemy offence (neither before partition nor after it took place).

    People started misuing the law once sections 295(B) and 295(C) in the PPC were introduced by Zia. Then, there were around 118 cases reported out of which 90 suspected offenders, the non-Muslims, were actually innocents and who had wasted 9 years of their lives behind the bars for no darn reason!

    Mullah lobby and emotional awaam with discriminatory behavior against the minorities have always misused the blasphemy law — the law that is actually deduced by the theekedaaran-e-Islam in Pakistan.

    Today I see that the same theekedaaran-e-Islam have made Malik Mumtaz, the murderer, a hero.
    Ask those emotional fools about “any” Jihaad they are doing honestly except Jihad-e-Bera Gharq-e-Islam!!Recommend

  • Aly Khan
    Jan 6, 2011 - 2:43AM


    But is there anybody out there listening, All that is left in my homeland is a majority of mindless baboonsRecommend

  • Humanity
    Jan 6, 2011 - 2:59AM

    Each man’s death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind.
    Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee.

    Johne DonneRecommend

  • Muhammad Nazim
    Jan 6, 2011 - 3:34AM

    Sir this reading has engraved into my mind, emboldened my belief, encouraged me to stand up, enlightened my mind when prevailing darkness penetrated into the minds of people at large… This is the message of humanity, indeed.Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 3:43AM

    Salman Taseer stood for secular and humanitarian values.He represents a living & throbbing life. He laid his life upholding these values. Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri represents obscurantist, fascist & fundamentalist forces, who are out of tune with the present. Like our RSS & Hindu fanatics, they know only to kill their opponents, because they do not have a rational mind. They are out to silence their critics through terror. But they will not succeed.Even the God, if it ever existed, will not provide them the JANNAT, that they are looking for. Humankind will march ahead despite of them.Recommend

  • Shariq Ata
    Jan 6, 2011 - 3:56AM

    Very well written. Our moral brigade has hijacked our religion and fellow Muslims one more time.Recommend

  • Humanity
    Jan 6, 2011 - 4:31AM

    – John Donne
    Each man’s death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind.
    Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee.Recommend

  • Fauzia Haider
    Jan 6, 2011 - 5:08AM

    Thanks for pointing out the insanity of this whole situation where a guy who broke his oath of protecting the Governor, committed a crime/ murder, is being hailed as a hero! He is a criminal and a hypocrite! The sad part is that no one is talking about the involvement of the other guards who sat in the car while he put 26 bullets into the unsuspecting Governor and then captured him alive because he had asked them to not to kill him while he was shooting the governor. This shows that it wasn’t an individual’s act but involved other members of the Elite force. There has to be an investigation into the role of other Elite force members in the Governor’s assassination.
    We have to ask just one question….who benefits from his death and you will know who is involved in his murder plot….. “Mera muhafiz mera katil bana”…….
    The country has become hostage to the Mullahs thuggery. A minority of people that can never win in General elections hold the country hostage by claiming to be the Protectors of our faith, and the flag carriers of Islam, and our ignorant people are afraid of challenging them because they think that challenging these Mullahs is like challenging God and Islam… Which it is not the case.
    People can’t stand up to these right wing nut jobs because these people are armed and dangerous and have also infiltrated different institutions of Govt, as is obvious form the Murder of the Governor.
    Our shameless media is hailing the Murderer as a hero….shame on them when even our media can’t differentiate between right and wrong!
    Right is right! Wrong is wrong! And a murder is a murder no matter what ones excuse is for the murder.
    If we condone this murder then we are condoning vigilantism and law of the jungle.
    We should not be needing any judiciary or God’s laws because we don’t follow any laws and give out our own kind of Justice at our own whims. For example in the Quran Suicide is Haram but because of their (mullahs) own support of the extremist groups who use the name of Islam to justify murder they (mullahs) condone the suicide bombing and the people who train these guys to kill innocent people and break one of God’s law about committing suicide also tell the suicide bombers and murderers that they are doing this in God’s way and for God’s approval and to go to Jannah. So who is changing and twisting the Islamic laws to suit themselves????

    What was Salman Taseer’s crime? He didn’t commit any blasphemy or a crime all he did was to challenge a law and challenge the Mullahs…..Recommend

  • Hussam Chaudhry
    Jan 6, 2011 - 5:48AM

    Powerful piece but I am sorry to say, totally ineffective and useless for the masses. All you (including me i suppose) ENGLISH medium activist/wanna-be activist crowd lives in our own utopia. All our ‘Angraizi’ medium causes and intellectualism is good to get cheers from like minded english reading crowd we usually operate in. The real shots in Pakistan are being called by the s*heads like hamid mir, ansar abbasi, orya maqbool etc. Anyone who has followed even a little bit of coverage of urdu media regarding this issue and the characterization of Salman Taseer by these hate-mongers shouldn’t be surprised at the clearly predictable climax scene of this whole media circus.

    Writing is an art and unfortunately I am challenged artistically and so are so many like me. But I am amazed at the people who are good at it and only chose to write for their “bubbled” LUMS/LAS/LGS etc crowd. Either urdu media doesn’t allow them OR probably they think that they are too good or too intellectual for the common urdu reading masses. Recommend

  • Ramesh
    Jan 6, 2011 - 6:09AM

    Can we atleast now lay the bogus concept of “Enlightened moderate silent majority in Pakistan” to restRecommend

  • samar
    Jan 6, 2011 - 7:06AM

    sometimes i feel that pakistanis have become so intolerant because there are not enough hindus around. Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 9:06AM

    Excellent work of expression. I agree with every word that you have said. Today after BB’s and Taseer’s murder I feel that we have no place to go. Whoever says something sane is slained. Anyone who is a bit expressive or open to discuss some issue is killed. Who said that we have finished this phenomenon called Taliban… they are every where. Thanks to our two senseless dictators Zia and Musharaf, we Pakistanis have lost everything; our homeland, our prestige and now our lives.

    May be some revlotion would come and finish all these fanatics. But who would risk his and his family’s life. No one. Utter disappointment is the rule of the game. Lets wait and wait and wait.. Till another qadri comes and kills all and then is hailed high by all Moulvis.Recommend

  • Afshan Javaid
    Jan 6, 2011 - 9:45AM

    Sad but true….Recommend

  • Rehan Khan
    Jan 6, 2011 - 10:38AM

    Beautifully written. Powerful and moving words. I am happy to see someone writing and expressing himself so well. Having said that, the murder and open media trials and slander, confused and ill directed moral compass of the society only points to the letal levels of polarity that our society now stands on.Recommend

  • Dr Muhammad
    Jan 6, 2011 - 10:46AM

    If according to these religious zealots, bullets and bombs are needed to keep the honour and sanctity of Allah and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) secure, then this is not the religion I know, of the Holy Prophet who went to inquire of the health of the woman who threw heaps of garbage on him every time he passed her home, when she failed to do so one day. Did the Holy Prophet (PBUH) strangle her in her bed, or did he (PBUH) suffocate her with a pillow?Recommend

  • gurriya
    Jan 6, 2011 - 11:10AM

    tragically poetic. heartbreaking. Recommend

  • Haris Masood Zuberi
    Jan 6, 2011 - 11:39AM

    Excellent write up! Our utter disgust expressed so eloquently! Thanks for penning this.Recommend

  • Syed
    Jan 6, 2011 - 11:41AM

    Situation has turned now scary from alarming ! And its not only for religious reasons but also otherwise as brutal public murders and gang rapes have become common incidents. Now we dont need foreign enemies. We will die from with in. Recommend

  • hamas
    Jan 6, 2011 - 11:49AM

    i’m very distraught…this nation is inhumane!Recommend

  • Burhan
    Jan 6, 2011 - 11:51AM

    very well writtenRecommend

  • sajjad
    Jan 6, 2011 - 11:58AM

    A lot of people are following your advice and are dancing, cheering, and canting Qadri…this is a forte of Islam where Islam is no where to be found ,we call our selves a nation but we are wrong we are not a nation we are just a bunch of stone age animals, we don’t have feelings for other human lives….here every thing can be done in the name of Islam, Mullahs have become billionaires by using the name of Islam, but there is no one to ask them where all this money came from? we arrest many terrorists ad those terrorists who have their video tapes in which they accept the responsibility for every crime they commit and yet the courts set them free by saying that there is no proof against them….we are no thing but just a bunch of ANIMALS..Recommend

  • Moazzam+Salim
    Jan 6, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Bravo. Though I would like to add that the darkness is not around us. It is within us. The recent events have shown me new faces of the people I thought I knew so well. People who are educated and are supposed to think before they talk. The darkness has been made to grow by us, by our elders and their elders. It has been instilled in our minds to not to question faith; faith not in Quran or Hadees but in what the maulvis have been pouring down our ears. Ours is a nation of brain washed sheep who follow wherever the local maulvi takes them. This darkness is not going to go away in a minute or a month or a year. Each one of us will have to suffer his or her own darkness before we could identify our true faith. Most of the people are taking this whole issue as a tussle between supporters of Taseer and lovers of Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W) and thus shut their minds without thinking or asking the basic question; Cant we even question a man made law which has defects fatally affecting rights of human beings which have been directed to be enforced and recognized by Allah Himself? Recommend

  • Sandy
    Jan 6, 2011 - 12:41PM

    Wow what a great article Standing ovation with very heavy heart
    It’s you people who should rule PakRecommend

  • raheem
    Jan 6, 2011 - 12:59PM

    beautifully writtten…. that silent majority may not be a majority & either will stay silent or made silentRecommend

  • Sumbal
    Jan 6, 2011 - 1:11PM

    Nice piece of writing. I do agree with the fact that the guard had no rights by the gov to shoot Taseer. He committed a crime by doing so. Asia bibi’s case is not looked into very properly. it is said that some women aggravated her by forcing her to accept Islam. this can be a propaganda against her. we should not do the same things to the minority, that the Hindu majority was doing to us. Are we turning into he oppressive Majority?Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 1:25PM

    outstanding. dont have the words to explain the feelings. I wish we being a nation standout and condemn this minority in loud voice and give punishment to this killer in a way that it become example for rest of the people and no one will dare to take law in hands again.Recommend

  • Analyser
    Jan 6, 2011 - 1:44PM

    Standing ovation sir!Recommend

  • Ben
    Jan 6, 2011 - 1:44PM

    The best piece ever read on this site. Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 1:48PM

    well knitted article.. reasoning must not die.. yes we r beholding them all.. they r cheering.. they r cheering on their ignorance.. Recommend

  • Noreen Shams
    Jan 6, 2011 - 1:53PM


  • Jan 6, 2011 - 2:08PM

    Khurram. Thank you for these words. How can we close our eyes to what your crystal ball is showing?Recommend

  • Shairose Ukanji
    Jan 6, 2011 - 2:17PM

    The sarcasm is quite wonderfully put. Great piece, Mr Husain! Recommend

  • Meera Ghani
    Jan 6, 2011 - 2:30PM

    Can this be translated into Urdu and be sent to Jang? Its very well written but the masses need to read it. So far we’re preaching to the converted. Thanks for your amazing penmanship Mr. Husain. You have so eloquently put forth what many of us are feeling.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Jan 6, 2011 - 2:31PM

    excuse me islamic laws are not made to be amended, neglected or denied! I’m not hailing mr. Qadri but denouncing the fact that Salman Taseer challenged the Islamic law and called it a ‘Kaala Qaanoon’ !Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 2:37PM

    Heart felt post.

    Kudos to you for such a brave post.Recommend

  • Wondering
    Jan 6, 2011 - 2:58PM

    I’ve read the article and the comments but why is this killing so much greater a loss than the innocent pakistanis that were killed due to police brutality , corruption and for being poor. Those who dies of no clean water after the flood, but all of these politians had dinenr partied eid partes.. where where thier humanity efforts at????So what if one hot shot politian is killed. No, im not preeching that it is okay to kill anyone, but that is what happends all the time in pakistan.. but mostely to innocent pakistanis who have no rights, no money and absolutely nothing left for the mourning families. We are crying justice for Mugees n Munees and Dr. Afiah too… who is listning to them!!! yes I do not cry for the killing of the governour!!!
    Sorry to hurt your feelings.. but my feelings as being human have been hurt for long!!!!Recommend

  • RJ
    Jan 6, 2011 - 2:59PM

    proof the moral compass of humanity has finally been broken for good! :(Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jan 6, 2011 - 3:13PM

    @ Faraz: thank you for proving that mindlessness and stupidity are alive and thriving in Pakistan. ST challenged the procedure through which this law is enacted in our ‘land of the pure’. The enaction of the law is man-made and is prone to flaws as all man-made things are. ST challenged the ‘Blasphemy Law’, which is the name given to this transgression in the penal code. that doesnt mean he challenged an Islamic injunction. take your head out of your favourite mullah’s a** and use the brain God gave you to understand and reason on your own. a sad day for the country. a coward pumps 2 magazines in an unarmed man’s back and is hailed as a hero! continuing in the tradition of sarcasm in this article, what a brave ‘momin’ he is indeed!Recommend

  • muneer danish
    Jan 6, 2011 - 3:33PM

    WHere is hope……..???Recommend

  • HM
    Jan 6, 2011 - 3:53PM

    “Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block.” Recommend

  • atts
    Jan 6, 2011 - 3:55PM

    very well written.
    we somehow seem to forget the female who threw garbage on the prophet whenever he walked past & the prophet had gone to enquire about her health. yet they claim that islam is a religion of peace n tolerance. someone commented that religion is a very personal issue & mr taseer should not have made such remarks about it…. he never made any remarks on the religion, just made remarks on the law being blind, also i wonder why just muslims have short tempers which flare up whenever someone makes a comment on religion…. i mean we hear so many ppl in pakistan making comments on hindus n christians, ahmadis (but they r just supposed to bear it quietly) ….. but of course islam is the best religion which gives us the right to circulate emails about how masjids r protected even during earthquakes & how statue of jesus was struck by lighteningRecommend

  • Mudassar Salim
    Jan 6, 2011 - 4:02PM

    Incredible piece really. It describes our society succinctly. We should all hang our heads in shame. Lets declare General Zia ul Haq as the founder of this country and all the mullah-ism as the ideology of Pakistan. Lets delete the name of Jinnah from our books and become a nation of fanatics and junglees for that’s what we are now…Recommend

  • Gaurav
    Jan 6, 2011 - 4:06PM

    Sarcasm is the best way to open mind of peoples! Very well said sir!! RIP Mr TaseerRecommend

  • waqas khan
    Jan 6, 2011 - 4:06PM

    well said khurram and i was also encouraged to read some of the responses to your article some one asked where are the leaders who can drag us out of the morass it seems pretty obvious now that those are the ones that will be murdered and humiliated as for this society it seems we are all just bunch of criminals led by criminals. as we all know we deserve the leaders we get! funny thing is now zardari and gillani and the rest of the pack will have to watch their back. words fail me coz there is a lot to say so i will stay silent and not speak against injustice they say who ever keeps silent is saved!Recommend

  • Opinion counts!!!
    Jan 6, 2011 - 4:19PM

    Pakistani’s should not forget the basis and the cause for creating this nation that was of Islam and if our own governor’s and other politicians are going to make fun of its laws so they should also be ready to be killed in this way. The governor got what he deserved for his unacceptable and impermissible words. Recommend

  • Muhammad Fawaz
    Jan 6, 2011 - 4:28PM

    Please you suggest what to do with the person who disrespect our holy prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.S), it was the duty of government to take action against Salman Taseer on his speeches why they didnt take any action another way was that to file petition in court against him and wait for ten years to get the decision please write that there is no rule of law in Pakistan when government will not take actions people will decide on streets and there is no two opinion in shariah law once who disrespect Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.S) and other who support him deserve death penalty, Government was given enough time to decide when they dont a true Muslim will do. It is a humble request to all muslim brothers and sisters please study Shariah, Quran, Hadith and Sunnah before making an opinion. Making opinion on Shariah without research is Haram. You have plenty of time to watch talk shows, reading articles and books, but nobody have time to read Quran and Hadith, When you fell ill you go to a best doctor, but when your belief got rotten any body goes for a Mufti, Ask your self please then comment on our religion.Recommend

  • Kamran A.
    Jan 6, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Every once in a while you read a piece written from the heart, with heart and for the heart. This is one such piece. In a multitude of opinion writers trying to impress with their linguistic wizardry, pointless and without substance,exposing their vanity, favoring style over substance all the while flaunting a vocabulary that neither paints a picture nor stirs the imagination, you have done just the opposite. A poignant,substantial and timely effort. Thank you.Recommend

  • angels
    Jan 6, 2011 - 4:58PM

    They have coined a phrase ‘liberal fascists’. Cool.. They are now on the TV screens to spew more blood and hatred. The TV anchors, a few exceptions aside, behave in a way that is much dangerous for this nation, if it is a nation at all! They invite the mullahs in the media and try to make the people fool. These people, the media Mujahideen, term those who have sane voices as liberal fascists but I wonder how this comparisons go in the line. I never learned that a liberal fascist has ever tried a gun.

    After all these media Mujahideen, these Ansar Abasees, Harooun raheeds, hamid guls and their leaders the muftis must be shut up. Recommend

  • Irum
    Jan 6, 2011 - 5:08PM

    I think many of us still searching for real islam… we have to extreme parts in Pakistan… one in the form of Qadri and other as Mr. Taseer. Islam is a realigion of peace, love and sympathy but at the same time it also tought us some basic and strict rules. here we are free to speech and free to express and even in islam we are free to speak and free to express BUT with some limitations and that limitation we need to clearily understand.
    by the way how many of us commenting on this or even publising stuff like this are regularly offering prayers, 5 times a day. THINK…Recommend

  • Anjum Ashraf
    Jan 6, 2011 - 5:09PM

    Sad is the fact is yours is amongst the very few voices condemning this act. I am so profoundly sad at the loss of such a fearless, unafraid, open-hearted life. But what disturbs me even deeply is the reason behind his murder and the general reaction to it. I knew that religious extremism has been for many years gaining strength in this country but is it so prevalent? We are so few voices. Out of hundreds of my facebook friends, only five? News anchors are more or less saying it was justified. Maulvis are freely giving fatwas not to offer prayers for him. The khateeb of Badshahi Mosque refused to lead his funeral prayers .why has he not been fired by the Govt? So disappointing is the Governments reaction or lack of it. Taking back the decision to review the black law. Refusing sherry rehman’s bill?
    I feel so hopeless, so helpless. Salman Taseer, you were a very brave man. So proud of you.Recommend

  • Jamil Akhtar
    Jan 6, 2011 - 5:31PM

    A very well-written piece. And one can tell it comes from your heart. It is high time that Pakistan chose between radical conservatism or liberalism. Either choice would result in a bloodbath, but it can’t be put off any longer. The battle between light and darkness, good or evil, reason or mindless dogma must be fought. But we must decide now if we are men or mice.Recommend

  • Abhinav
    Jan 6, 2011 - 5:32PM

    ” it is said that some women aggravated her by forcing her to accept Islam. this can be a propaganda against her. we should not do the same things to the minority, that the Hindu majority was doing to us. Are we turning into he oppressive Majority?”
    Very innocent question. Looks like you just woke up from a sweet dream.Recommend

  • Kamran Khan
    Jan 6, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Well written. But can you say it or get it printed in URDU without being killed?Recommend

  • concerned
    Jan 6, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Beautifully written. Is there no way to fund and popularise a newspaper in Urdu with voices of sanity speaking out? To ensure its mass distribution? The English language press is largely preaching to the converted…..Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 6:09PM

    Mr. Mumtaz has caused harm to Islam and Pakistan. Now if you tell a non-muslim that our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is mercy for mankind, they won’t believe you.Recommend

  • Nida
    Jan 6, 2011 - 6:17PM

    Great piece. Recommend

  • Muhammad Ali Madani
    Jan 6, 2011 - 6:41PM

    Taseer was ruled by emotions, not reason.

    The constitutional head of a province refused to accept one of the laws of the state. He also rejected a judgment of a court, which is not even a Shariat court. Was this sanity? Was this reason? What can an ordinary individual do when the people who govern his life refuse to follow the legal way? Taseer should have resigned from his position and then he should have sought justice for Asia Bibi as an ordinary individual. You have to follow a law whether you like it or not. You cannot pick and choose. I like this law. I don’t like that one. I accept this judgment. I don’t accept that one. Is this sanity?

    There may have been flaws in the judgment, but redress should have been sought from higher courts. The way he tried to get the accused free was unacceptable to any sane human being.

    The law which he wanted to get repealed is designed to prevent such deaths as he had. He tried to cut the very branch on which the people he was trying to save were sitting.

    There have been six general elections since Zia died. No assembly during the last twenty two years tried to repeal this law. Why? Because this law is supported by the people.

    Now about the silent majority. The silent majority is that which is deeply religious and doesn’t take part in politics. That is why secular elements reach assemblies and control the destiny of our people. Don’t live in delusion, please. Recommend

    Jan 6, 2011 - 6:42PM

    An assassin goes thousand of feets in the air and kills families in there homes, burn them to death, few times a week. Some unknown assasins take to the streets of a large metropolitan city of South Asia and few poor souls go down forever daily.
    But people do not care about them. Because as long as there is no beard on assasin’s face, It does not sell in this world!!! Recommend

  • MuslimBoy
    Jan 6, 2011 - 6:42PM

    @ MOhd Fawaz

    God doesnt need its creations help to protect him or his phrophet.
    And if god is almight, goodness gracious and all those names you call him in arabic you dont no the meanings too, do you really think it affects him?
    do you reallly think abusing the prophet affects the prophet. I dont think so. So shut up now Recommend

  • Abbas Khan
    Jan 6, 2011 - 6:47PM

    What’s the difference between this cheering crowd comprising lawyers and policemen and those who cheer taliban on killing our army officers and jawans and attacking GHQ. I hope they also cheer the same way in their hideouts. Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jan 6, 2011 - 6:57PM

    @opinion counts
    Religion is your personal dialogue with your god. It has got nothing to do with state. Any state which has a mix of religion and politics is bound to go to dark ages. Nazi Germany, Facist Japan and now Mullah dominated Pakistan.
    There can be no greater religion than Humanity. And cold blooded murder for a difference of opinion is not a religious act by any stretch of imagination. And if it is, then that religion is not worth following.Recommend

  • M. Salim
    Jan 6, 2011 - 7:04PM

    Outrageous happenings! The West is not wrong when they say “Pakistan has the highest number of terrorists per square mile”. The silent majority is shrinking and will ultimatley become part of insecure minority population Recommend

  • Peter
    Jan 6, 2011 - 7:24PM

    very well written article sir !! it shows that at least not all people in pakistan are brainwashed by the mullahs who uses the koran to manipulate the people. I feel very sorry for all the liberal thinking people who have to fear for their lifes when they speak out what they think. Karl Marx once said that Religion is Opium for the masses and sometimes if i see these pictures and read the news about coutries like pakistan it seems to me that lots of people act like they were under the influence of drugs. In my my mind there exists no bad religion aslong it stays in privacy. Everybody has the right to find his way own way to god and nobody else has to judge about that if that is a good or bad way. This is just my personal opinion and i respect the believe of everybody aslong nobody tells me what i have to believe. I hope for pakistan that people like you won´t give up to tell and speak out what they think. If there exists a god i hope he will protect you.Recommend

  • Bill Brand
    Jan 6, 2011 - 7:36PM

    I join the chorus of despair and sadness at this latest sad chapter of Pakistan’s descent into the hell of an entire nation being held hostage by a small minority of thuggish mullahs and their minions of hate. I lived seven happy years in Pakistan in the sixties and early seventies. We left when there was still cause for optimism, but the warning signs of darkness ahead could already be discerned.

    Since then successive Pakistani governments have proved unwilling or uninterested in dealing with the terrible poverty that afflicts the masses. They have spent billions on arms, and yet have been unable to address the most basic educational and health needs of the many millions living lives of unspeakable privation. Among the few groups who have shown any interest in their fate have been radical islamist organizations; is it any wonder that poor and ignorant people, grateful for any help they can find, now provide a rich recruiting ground for the forces of intolerance and extremism?

    I believe the only hope for the future of Pakistan is to build peace one school at a time, one child at a time. One of the ways to do this would be to support the work of the Central Asia Institute, a non-profit organization with the mission to promote and support community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Please get involved, don’t succumb to cynicism or resignation – that just hands victory to those who, however wrongly, are taking action every day in the cause of violence and hatred. Our only reply to them can be love and tolerance, and diligent peaceful action, day in and day out.

    May god bless us all.


  • Nasir
    Jan 6, 2011 - 7:41PM

    Superb piece of writing , i had given up all my hopes to see a well tolerated pakistani society in my life time till i read your marvellous writing mr. Khurram. Hats off to you. Thanks for revitilizing my hope
    @ muneer shahid, poeple like Mr. Khuram are our hope…. lets raise their voice……Recommend

  • Conspiracy Tehreek
    Jan 6, 2011 - 7:46PM

    Did ‘Salaar Qadri’ offer his Asr prayers before of after the execution…..Recommend

  • Ali shah
    Jan 6, 2011 - 7:48PM

    Very well expressed Sir . Qadri is a criminal and v ignorant person all those people who are supporting him in the name of Islam are really mindless people . They dont have heart they are saying the act is word of God from Quran it is just a man made rule whom Mr salman taseer talked about . V V sad about this killing hope so we will listen more from you in future Good work keep it up .Recommend

  • Omair Zeeshan
    Jan 6, 2011 - 7:49PM



  • Mariam
    Jan 6, 2011 - 7:56PM

    the most beautiful yet heartbreaking text i’ve ever come across …no wordsRecommend

  • Majid Maqsood
    Jan 6, 2011 - 8:00PM

    Who says Zia is died ? how many people are with zia and his ideology today? where we want take this country? are we part of this world are not? what world thinks for us? we must ponder to think, we are in absolute dark age where we are ready todo anything on the name of Islam. I fear whole world may not stand up against us? we cant fight with World, if any things happens in USA or any part of the world, dont think the muslim world be with you, just see the reaction of the world how they curse us today, Our society has been intolerant now, after the assassination its not difficult to understand how many people of this country support these suicide attacks in country? I am ashamed to be citizen of this country and pray may Allah bless us. Recommend

  • Arijit+Sharma
    Jan 6, 2011 - 8:01PM

    I worry about Sherry Rehman.Recommend

  • Manish
    Jan 6, 2011 - 8:19PM

    0 tolerance society what pakistan is. what do u say now, “Pakistan Zindabad” or “Pakistan se Zinda Bhag”?.Recommend

  • Rida
    Jan 6, 2011 - 8:25PM

    Thank you for putting it so eloquently !! Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 8:35PM

    APL (Association of Pakistani Lawyers), a team of Pakistani origin lawyers, Solicitors, Barristers, and Judges in UK has expressed deep sorrow over the demise of the Governor Punjab, Mr. Salman Taseer in a blatant assassination in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.
    APL commented that People may differ with his politics, statements and ideas, in particular his pro active comments on blasphemy laws of Pakistan, but the way he has been eliminated is unlawful, unnecessary, and uncalled for and it is a fatal blow to the smooth running of the political business in Pakistan. This is a wrong message to public and tolerance must be preached at this juncture as arguments are best won through dialogue, and not through bullets. We need to bridge the gap between Islam and West not to widen it further. It’s a sad moment for Pakistan and all at sundry must play their role to calm the law and order situation in Pakistan.
    APL demanded that those involved must be brought to books forthwith and it prayed to Almighty Allah to shower his mercy upon the departed soul and grant courage and fortitude to the members of the bereaved family to bear this loss.
    APL has conveyed their condolences to PPP leadership too over the loss of one of their key member in the current administration.
    Barrister Amjad Malik –
    Signed By Chair & Secretary
    Of Association of Pakistani Lawyers (UK)
    Tuesday, 04 January 2011,

    Dushman maray tay khushi na kariye, sajnaa wi mar janaa
    deengar tay din ayaa Muhammada, tay Orak nu dub janaa
    English Translation:
    Rejoice not if your enemy dies because friends also die
    O Muhammad Baksh, the evening has come, the end is near, ……Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 8:37PM

    what makes the author so sure that this was an individual act and not part of a larger conspiracy? the investigation has not yet been concluded.Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 8:37PM

    disregard that comment, meant to post on another articleRecommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 8:41PM

    Standing ovation.Recommend

  • Butool
    Jan 6, 2011 - 8:42PM


  • aqeel
    Jan 6, 2011 - 8:45PM

    no wonder the article has been written after a lot of thought… but historically… since adam, heroes have been the kind who had brought good news to their nation and bad to the other. .. plainly , its side A vs side B,
    Paris revolution… parisions still chant about it and are still happy that they lined up their corrupt and self obsessed rulers and shot them, as they had no bread to eat while the kings were having cakes…
    anger my friends is a very strange thing and has ways to innovative diplays where you least expect..
    question here also lies in….since we are not having a sharia law… and hence no sharia government., if you hear a person saying something about prophet, what would you do…

    dont bother to answer… Recommend

  • Zeeshan Arshad
    Jan 6, 2011 - 8:51PM

    Very rightly said sir.Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Jan 6, 2011 - 8:55PM

    When Ahmadis and Christians were murdered, our response was half-hearted. Its taking a Salman Taseer to understand the gravity of the situation created by ignorant clerics.Recommend

  • Mubarak
    Jan 6, 2011 - 9:03PM

    Long live Ameer-ul-Munafaqeen General Jail-ul-Haq for making Pakistan such a ‘filthy Islamic State’. Hats off to the writer, I have first time seen such a beautiful and heart warming piece of writing. Recommend

  • Mansoor Ahmed
    Jan 6, 2011 - 9:12PM

    We will not let Pakistan slip away so easily. We will fight back and root these mullahs out. I have an advice for the nation. When our close family member diagnose with cancer, we been told by the doctor to pray to God, he is only one who can give life. Pakistan got cancer, a disease which can’t be cure with any medicine. So all we have to do is to go back to God and seek forgiveness. Don’t lift your head until a new life is given to Pakistan. He is merciful. Our prayers will be heard, he will forgive us. Things will be changed miraculously and we will come out with joy running towards prosperity faster than any other nation in the world.Recommend

  • S
    Jan 6, 2011 - 9:13PM

    Frankly, I am quite bored with self-styled activists writing blogs in English and congratulating each other on their superb analyses. Can we take a step back for just a sec and cast a critical glance upon ourselves?

    First, despite their being so many well-meaning Pakistanis, why is real change so slow to come? Could it be because a lot of us well-meaning people have created a tiny little highly bourgeoisie public sphere for ourselves in which we champion liberal values but have almost totally abandoned even any pretensions to addressing the gross economic inequalities that prevail in our own very homes constituted by multitudes of probably unoccupied rooms and then those one, maybe two, tiny little over-crowded ones at the back? It is too trite to condemn the assassin at this forum, but let us remember not his humanity but his class’s. What makes us so sure that what we witnessed was not only a bigot but an expression of fear of an economic class that has no prospects of ever sharing in the wealth so prominently displayed by Taseer? How can we not see that under this attack on liberalism and secularism lies a fear that in the absence of economic prospects, ordinary people will lose their sense of cultural belonging too if the former isms come to dominate?

    This murder represents a politics of fear, both at the side of the perpetrator(s) but also at our side. Our enraged responses bespeak a fear for ourselves. We see ourselves getting gunned down. But you know what? We never will. Because we hide behind the English media, American universities, Canadian newspapers. Because we are scared to cross over to Urdu because if we do, our atheisms may come under scrutiny, our wives and daughters may be subjected to inquiries about modesty and piety, our lifestyles exposed and yes, the fear of death itself. We are cowardly. Nothing but ourselves stop us from trying to set up forums in Urdu and regional languages, from employing Urdu in a truly national space. Taseer was brave. Us next generation is a bunch of yuppies.

    You want to polemecize about the assassin? I want to rant about us as a cowardly economic class. Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jan 6, 2011 - 9:36PM

    The so called religious leaders are saying that Mr. Taseer hurt the feeling of 170 million people. But this article very truly defines the “170 million” people. These 170 million are a collective lost cause. In the coming times we all would see that this 170 million would be increasingly start to be defined as the genetic garbage of the world which is a drag on the comity of nations rather than contributing anything positive to world development. Those thinking individuals still left in this land Save Your Souls.Recommend

  • unknown
    Jan 6, 2011 - 9:52PM

    great article ! thank u sir for writing at a time when it seems reason is dead and lawlessness rules !! Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jan 6, 2011 - 9:53PM

    Is it a problem if someone has a differing opinion about a religion and its founder than you have? If there is, then that society and indeed the followers of that religion are sinking in abyss, Remember the religion is for self enlightenment, not for killing others.Recommend

  • Bilal Bajwa
    Jan 6, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Nice piece of work!Recommend

  • aqeel
    Jan 6, 2011 - 10:53PM

    S…. i couldnt agree with you moreRecommend

  • Zuhair Mir
    Jan 6, 2011 - 11:17PM

    “Barsoun kertay hain halat perwarish, had-saath ek dum hoya nahi kertay”.
    so who taught the 18 crore animals to cheer on senseless things at first place?
    … let me c…. hmmmmmm…. i think the answer is the people who exploit emotions for there own good who are those… let me check again, for that i think so i have to check who rules on them on the basis of cast, language, beliefs and land and who is that….hmmmm may be the person who exploits for his own good is the laborer in the factory who gets 5 thousand bucks for working 16 hours daily or may b the poor villager who if even wants to provide good lifestyle for his family by proper means but cnt even do that or may be an urban dad who works as a clerk in a company and walks his way home just to save 10 rupees bus ticket so he can buy medicine for his mom, i think he came up with the diabolical plan of ruling masses by exploiting them in every possible way since 63 years and feeling proud when poor call them “maalik”, “Sain” or “mahaatma” may be a common man is responsible for that mr Khurram sorry for my sarcasm but above all our so called “politicians” think they will enjoy this without any repercussions. what happened that day was sad and dark for the victims family and for humanity as well but for more than that it was a reality check, welcome to our life, when our children go out for work everyday we live in a fear that they will come back alive or dead, when our daughters go out we are not sure they will come back raped or pure, our youngster give there lives for your fed ideologies in universities and on streets every day, we are shot for just “mobiles’ and ‘cash’ and after that we just become a ‘ticker’ on daily news, you make us only a number ” aaj 10 maar gaye” “aaj 12 maar gaye”, who gets killed on streets when a politician makes a foolish comment on parliament the common man may be after a long time Politician faced the repercussion himself. And we donkeys are cheering cause we only know to make heroes out of evil souls like we make you heroes. what are we for politicians mere numbers, Mr. Khurram you still think by keeping there bank accounts in Europe and sending there sons n daughters to foreign universities will keep them safe, i think the 59 million Brits when decided to through eggs and stones on the royal family they were very clear that wake up you ignorant elite and stop ruling us on the basis of cast, color, beliefs, language and land please decide once and for all that we are a progressive nation or 18 carore donkeys on which you will keep on ruling till they decide to take matters in there own hands and who knows about there furry better than politicians themselves… until than there will be cheers and roses on both sides, simply meaningless cheers, claps and roses.
    “Live and let live”. Recommend

  • aqeel
    Jan 6, 2011 - 11:18PM

    on second thought… disregard last comment :PRecommend

  • parvez
    Jan 6, 2011 - 11:31PM

    Very forceful, very moving.Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 11:39PM


  • maya
    Jan 6, 2011 - 11:41PM

    very true sir , may Allah bless us all to see the truth.Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 6, 2011 - 11:58PM

    Salman Taseer is our Martin Luther King. He not only talked the talk but also walked the walk. Let his shahadat be an aspiration for all of us to eliminate all kinds of apartheid religious or otherwise.Recommend

  • Maha
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:13AM

    God what we did to deserve this?

    This Qadri guy killed Taseer because he thought that Taseer committed blasphemy. Thanks to this new found “hero of Islam”, our religion and country is cursed everywhere. Hope Taseer’s killer will be happy now.Recommend

  • NIsh
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:19AM


    Seems, you are one of those fanatic too, if you look at what you have just written.

    “we should not do the same things to the minority, that the Hindu majority was doing to us. Are we turning into he oppressive Majority?”

    As you can see that without any knowledge about the across-border, you have so much information about it. No wonder Pakistan’s moderates are sliding! as it is also pointed out by the article that – the society in pakistan is projecting wrong people as hero. Hail the assassin as your hero! Hail the Gazis!
    Dont mean to say that you are a very bad person or something, but perhaps this will make u introspect. :)Recommend

  • Sara
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:19AM

    Thanks Khurram for writing this thought provoking article. Though i am sure that some of my stone hearted countrymen who were celebrating this murder will not get the point.Recommend

  • NIsh
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:25AM


    Mate, What are you suggesting is that people should come out of universities and class rooms and flag a banner of protest? Pakistan perhaps do not need any more heros! Your English bashing is understandable but perhaps is least important!
    The idea of these articles is to let the educated fanatic understand and introspect. The young minds of pakistanis can be bend now or never!Recommend

  • Jan 7, 2011 - 12:25AM

    Dear writer,,,
    u wrote very well and shaped my voice ,innerfeelings and mindfulness,,,if our prophet would love this act ,,He then should have ordered ‘Sahaba’ tht kill the Munafaq at His Time Abdullah bin abi…but He never did So,,why its a question to think on those parameters of islam and humanity ,for those, think themselves as Muslim Hero after killing the community man.ohhh God give this mad mindless society a light of Noor.Recommend

  • Tariq
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:28AM

    Beautiful article, I wish some one can translate it into urdu, and even more if it can be read on air to the people either via radio or TV.Recommend

  • Afsheen Q.
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:42AM

    If you think Salman Taseer’s murder was justified, congratulations! You are a step closer to becoming a suicide bomber

    I can surely see my beloved country people being divided into two beliefs, and yet one of the belief , a much much strong one , stands head up high, with REAL MUSLIMS written boldly on their faces. They beleive no matter what they may say or do in the name of Almighty Allah n Islam is 101% correct.

    My 3 cheers to this article, that has been written so well n tactfully! but who will read this article to the illiterate ones and the so called Mujhahids!Recommend

  • Syeda Bibi
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:52AM

    This is a must for every Muslim and non muslim to read the article above.

    Malik Mumtaz Qadri has committed gunah-e-azeem (great sin) by killing an innocent soul. By taking law into his own hand, by killing an innocent man, and by bringing disgrace to the name of Islam, Malik Mumtaz Qadri has created fasad fil arz (mischief on earth) and committed tauheen-e-risalat (blasphemy to the Prophet). Same applies to those who are creating further mischief (fasad) by praising or justifying this heinous crime in the name of Islam. The killer of Salman Taseer is a real blasphemer to Islam and the holy Prophet (peace be upon him

    Shaykh-ul-Islam Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Idris Usmani of Jamia Islamia has issued the following fatwa about the killer of Governor Punjab (Pakistan) Salman Taseer and about those who are praising and justifying his murder.


  • Noreen Zehra
    Jan 7, 2011 - 1:26AM

    Eloquent, Moving and Persuasive !! Just the right measure of Logos and Pathos conforming to the classical standards of Rhetoric that let the orator triumph over the discourse and the hearts of his audiences alike.Recommend

  • Abdul Majid Qureshi
    Jan 7, 2011 - 1:38AM

    couldnt have put it better myself!Recommend

  • Nabeeha
    Jan 7, 2011 - 2:00AM

    Very powerfully written Sir. But yes, it needs to reach the masses.
    Your Ex-student from LUMS, b99

  • Arif Kitchlew
    Jan 7, 2011 - 2:48AM

    He was a great man, a visionary. It is a sad day for Pakistan to have lost a true patriot. He remained here and did his business here because he wanted to contribute to Pakistan. What he was personally is really none’s business. I have not heard of a single person who was ever hurt by him. I have however heard of a quite few who swindled him or took advantage of him. He was not a perfect person but he was not a hypocrite. Those who say that he should have kept quite because of his office are …… strange. He was a brave man, who lived as he liked and died for what he believed him. Can you name another person who has contributed so much or created more jobs in Pakistan, or brought so many innovative ideas to Pakistan business world,, who had the capability to stand in front of the world and be respected afterward?? He was a man of action not just words. May Allah rest his soul in peace and grant him Jannat.Recommend

  • nadir hasan
    Jan 7, 2011 - 2:54AM

    I mourn for Salman Taseer and the passing of the nation-state of Pakistan. Even a nuclear weapons cannot save this country from itself!

    “Kaab nazar mein aaey-gi bedaghh sabzay kee bahar………
    Khoon kay dhabay dhulain-gay kitni barsaaton kay baad……….? ”

    “Phir wohi aag lagaee hai mayri galeeon main
    Phir meray sheher main baarood kee bu phailee hai……”

  • Qalandar Khan Mastana
    Jan 7, 2011 - 3:11AM

    I was just forwarded this article in an email. Frankly, I find it revolting an utterly pathetic attempt at sarcasm. If there ever was any doubt surrounding the nilpotence of liberals in Pakistan, this surely has put it to rest.Recommend

  • cOmic lOgiv
    Jan 7, 2011 - 3:15AM

    You – Sir – may think that you’re the voice of Reason, But the Tone does not indicate so, for it was as emotionally charged as the cry of the mullah-fested rant of the rest of the nation. You may well be right, but you rant and provide no solution, no hope, no course of action.

    It is the onus of the essence of all that is humane to CREATE Hope – where there is NONE.

    if you’re unable to do so then DO NOT CLAIM that YOU ARE ANY MORE HUMAN or REASONABLE or HUMANE than those that are LACKING in HUMANITY & EMPATHY.

    ALBEIT may SEEM that you belong to DIFFERENT CAMPS: that of REASON & RELIGIOSITY but you BOTH are EQUALLY HOPE-LESS.

    “Give me HOPE, Give Back my Humanity”

    Someone, Somewhere along the way has ROBBED it

    And EACH ONE of US has to HAUL BACK our HUMANITY!Recommend

  • Siddiqui
    Jan 7, 2011 - 4:00AM

    Nice piece… but Mr Hussam Chaudhry has made a very valid comment up there. The small english speaking elite ‘burger’ classes can write all that they want and get cheered by fellow burgers… but that won’t change anything. Real change will come when somebody stands up within the masses and talks the language of masses to drive a change… e.g. somebody like Abdulsattar Eidhi.
    How many of the readers here can write or even read a decent article in Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Pashto, Balochi?? How many have sat in study circles in Mohalla masjid and dared to question the moulvi? How many have even seen the inside of a madressa? How many have experienced the grim, harsh life the masses experience every day in this country that drives the bigoted attitudes? The whole problem of the Pakistani society is the complete detachment of the enlightened upper middle class with the reality of life in the rest of Pakistan.
    People like Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Iqbal were able to drive a change because they could connect to the common Muslim on the street. We don’t have such people anymore….Recommend

  • Aezid Khan
    Jan 7, 2011 - 7:52AM


  • Ayesha Ali
    Jan 7, 2011 - 8:35AM

    Bravo!! You’ve captured the surreal, chilling aspects of this situation in a way that can hardly be imagined. Recommend

  • sahar syed
    Jan 7, 2011 - 9:03AM

    so true…we have become so indifferent to everything….Recommend

  • Jan 7, 2011 - 9:35AM

    wow.. excellent article!!
    I am surprised that there are that many people out there with Grey Matter in the upper chamber..
    we need to unite once and for all .. these Mullahs are getting out of handRecommend

  • Aqeel Aamir
    Jan 7, 2011 - 10:04AM

    Very well artistically expressed. Have gone through the comments too.
    After the incident took place my Muslim friends and neighbors began giving me strange looks.
    I have been feeling very unsafe and concluded that how grave is the situation for masses in Pakistan. This morning i thought of Muslims like who checked in but can’t check out no matter how hard they try. Salman Taseer was checking out but was not allowed.

    After reading this article and the comments i believe there is hope. But please don’t let yourselves confined to the computer. Go! share, inspire, motivate and bring the change this nation. Recommend

  • samar
    Jan 7, 2011 - 10:13AM

    balvindar, i m an indian muslim from bhopal. i feel india is a secular democratic country because it has so many religions, ethnicities, languages etc. it has been demonstrated many times in the past that no one group could be powerful enough to dominate others.Recommend

  • Majid
    Jan 7, 2011 - 10:25AM

    This piece and reaction to this piece is a clear indicator that a small minority who is inspired by atheists westerners and non practical Christians wanna impose their laws, their version of interpretation of Quran and their personalized version of Islam on the majority of Pakistan, who don’t read, write and think in English and is not impressed by atheists westerners or non practical Christians. Is it democracy? Should the (so called) educated elite not respect the feelings of majority? They are penalizing Pakistan for being an Islamic Republic and blackmailing the majority.

    Try to do blasphemy in India and see if blasphemer would see the next sunrise.Recommend

  • Jehangir
    Jan 7, 2011 - 10:42AM

    Simply outstanding! What a talented writer.Recommend

  • Omar
    Jan 7, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Dear writer,you have voiced in nice manner but now its too late,for last seven year people of parachanar are sieged by these criminals slaughtering,looting burning the homes.for more than two decades they are portraying the ugly picture of islam and pakistan.Pakistan has been occupied by those people who were aginst its creation.This wild cat we nourished for more than three decades ,now this wild cat is grown up now,it has made its own family ,tribe and now they want authority.Murder of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the day of birth of the this wild cat.Very shocking death of true brave self made pakistani.Shame on qadri and his followers who even had never read the Blasphemy laws in Pakistan.Oh my dear fellows of pakistan please read and certify the things before burnning the tires and homes,killing a human being.Be alert before its too lateRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Jan 7, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Please translate and print in Urdu newspapers. Recommend

  • Hamdani Riaz
    Jan 7, 2011 - 11:45AM

    Brave, in present atmosphere of militancy, fundamentalism and pervailing Jihadi culture, it is encouraging attempt, beacon of hope in pitch darkness. Ashamed off the behavier of so called literate elite, lawyers, doctors, engineers, office babos, celebrating the death and hailing the assassiant “QADRI” Even our interior minister Mr. Mallick saying on electronic media, No Muslim can tolerate blasphemy, and any body doing it, in my presence, I will shoot him down” Regretable, how a custodian of law, can take law in his own hands? But we are forgetting from where all these funding is coming for fanning the flames of militany and jihadi culture, we put most the blames on west and USA, totally ignoring Saudi Arabia, spreading her own brand of militant and intolerant Wahabism.Recommend

  • Dibya Prakash
    Jan 7, 2011 - 11:47AM

    I am delighted to see the reaction on the assasiantion of Taseer, a couragious son of Pakistan, from the new breed of middleclass demostrating their anger. I am delighted because its better late than never.
    The mullahs have never been challanged in Pakistan since the death of Mr Jinnah who refused to accept the demands of the mullahs to introduce Sharia Law in Pakistan. As soon as he was left to die uncared, his dreams were burried with him in the same grave and the Mullah raj surfaced with full might. They were let loose by the power that be to supress any democratic peoples movement in Pakistan specially in the then East Pakistan. Result:Killing of students in the State language Movement in 1952, putting al communist leaders behind the bar, Killing them in the in cold blood in the Khapra ward, in Rajshahi jail, forcing the educated hindus to leave Pakistan via grae riot in 1950 as a result of which all educated hindus, Professors, Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers Journalists, teachers left Pakistan totalling about 3.5 million. It was done with a sinister motive to deprive the opposition parties of their votes and thus ensuring the victory of the Mullahs and the the then Muslim League in any election. All these culminated into the genocide on the people of East pakistan in 1971.

    Our parents did not raise their voice against the attocities meted out by the powers of karachi and Islamabad. So the Mullahs and their employers grew in strength everyday turning into an unctrollable monster now that controls all estblishements, political or otherwise since the days of Gen Ziaul Hoque and turned Pakistan into a breeding ground of those forces of darkness which can kill anyone,Thanks to their mentors ISI. Bangladesh and even India are also countries of their operation and they are active there as well

    Therefore this nexus between the Traders of relogion and their mentors has to be fought unitedly by the saner elements and democratic forces of Pakistan, Banngladesh and India and we must aim at that as well in this hour of our combined grief and anger. Democratic forces of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh unite to defeatthese forces of reaction and darkness.Recommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Jan 7, 2011 - 11:49AM

    “You are free; you are free to go to your temples,
    you are free to go to your mosques
    or to any other place or worship
    in this State of Pakistan.
    You may belong to any religion or caste or creed
    that has nothing to do
    with the business of the State.”

    - M.A.Jinnah, Aug 11 1947Recommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Jan 7, 2011 - 11:53AM

    What a great and poignant piece of writing !! There is so much talent in Pakistan – all wasted in a state where only guns and bombs are heard. Where judges and lawyers shower flowers on killers.Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Jan 7, 2011 - 11:57AM

    Well Written Khurram … Sad watching my Nation on foot steps of Barbarians …. Hail the murderer and don’t get ashamed about it …. Tommorow another Nut would commit a suicide bombings amongst us for us to not have beared …. Then we’ll celebrate his brave act ”For Islaam” in heavens. Chali hai rasm kae koi na sar utha kae chalae … Well Done Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Aisha Bilquis
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:06PM

    Unless this stinking group of self professed piety(pity) is paid in the same coin, the targeting of the sane and silent majority will continue and they will continue to suffer. A lot will depend on PPP, how it responds to the threat. I now believe that the leadership of these gangsters should be ruthlessly eliminated. Courts have failed (for fear and self preservation)to move against the criminal lot.Recommend

  • Reasoner
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:14PM

    Superb simply superb Sir !

    May you have more courage to keep writing on such matters !Recommend

  • Jan 7, 2011 - 12:27PM

    The silent, no! not silent rather confused majority are the actual supporters of assassin! Recommend

  • khadija riaz
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:46PM

    it seems its not the pak Quiad e azam gave us looks v r living in the old arab b4 the the arrival of prophet Muhmmad.every one has b come God to punish anyone he wants the most dangerous n shamless part is that the most educated ppl r supporting this unhuman act of terrior.mayGod guide us to the right path aminRecommend

  • observer
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:53PM

    A long emotional writing seeming coming right from the heart of the dead.
    However, this one goes right against the basis of equality and justice. While the writer himself does the mudslinging part on all the people who support the killer, he dearly wants one person to have survived who himself was the cause of poor, jobless, dirty water, inflation. I happened to watch Salman Taseer’s last interview in which he mentioned a conservative expenditure of his governor house for a month which was 10 millions. 75% of all population of Pakistan do not earn more than a few hundred rupees a month. Who is the bigger killer? The guy who kills one or the guy who does not even put one glimpse on dying people even though he is in authority and has the means to fix so much?Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 7, 2011 - 1:28PM

    It appears that person who gave the killer the garland was a senior N League lawyer. What a pity that N League is openly fluting the constitution, and without shame supporting the murderer of Salman Taseer. One wonders how much N League is involved in this fiasco as N League did support the religious fanatics in their demonstration calling for Salman Taseer’s head.Recommend

  • Mena
    Jan 7, 2011 - 1:41PM

    amazing! truly amazing. Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Jan 7, 2011 - 1:42PM

    Very eloquent and moving. You said what I feel. Thank you.Recommend

  • Nzaar
    Jan 7, 2011 - 2:04PM

    Dear All,

    I’m against killing. But a debate with a friend recently bought this to light:

    Apparently, had Jinnah or Iqbal been alive may have been on Qadri’s side.

    I’m very upset.Recommend

  • *Let there be light*
    Jan 7, 2011 - 2:42PM

    Kiss the pages of the document where the ‘holy’ laws are written. Don’t read them, don’t think about what they say. Don’t ask questions about them, such as what the rules of evidence are under these laws or how the court is supposed to tell the difference between a true and false allegation. No, don’t do any of that, because soon these will be the only laws left in your life.

    Amazingly well written article.I wish Prophet(PBUH) was alive and this women was presented in front of him and he was to decide on her fate.I am sure she would have walked out forgiven, with a smiling face and embraced Islam as her religion.As it has been the beauty of forgiveness and equality in Islam that even today makes it the fastest growing faith on earth.
    Shame on this misguided ill informed Muslim who murdered another human being just because he resisted his why of thinkingRecommend

  • Mazhar
    Jan 7, 2011 - 2:48PM

    Har saal fail hota hai bacha gharib ka………..
    Why it is Peoples party? Always. This battle has been between the rattos and the thinkers, the khwarij and the pious………
    It will go on.
    One sane voice down, millions more to go. Recommend

    Jan 7, 2011 - 2:53PM

    I am left speechless…. this is the best piece written by any columnist in any newspaper so far. its too honest, too sadistic, too dark, everything that Today’s Pakistan is.I see a time coming, when this little world of ours, which we call Pakistan, will be the rampaging ground for millions of people all killing another million, whether by bullet or by knife, (throw in some axes, hammers and every other unimaginably brutal instrument of death) in the name of the Most Peace-loving and Peaceful Prophet of God.Recommend

  • mehmood
    Jan 7, 2011 - 3:57PM

    Well, pakistan right now is facing a crisis, mainstream society in pakistan has been attacked using two extreme prongs with ultimate objective of weakening pakistan. One talibanisation n second western liberalisation, bothe a minute fraction of the society…. Whereas talibanisation has been, somewhat contained, western liberalisation also needs to be contained. Muslims in Pakistan are wary of both. Love for the person of Prophet is most sacred part of our faith. Althoug no one can suport taking law in anyone’s hand and in the same context, this murder cannot be supported, but have u ever seen that a government functionary supporting a convicted criminal, anywhere in the world. When the government starts supporting convicted ones, wat would b reaction of common men, especially in the backdrop of salman rushdi, tasleema nasreen n caricature episodes. If west would not let us live in our country according to our own values, such reactions cannot be ruled out. Publice sentiment is amply celar, when no authentic scholar was prepared to lead funeral prayer, people throwing petals on Mr. Qadri….Therefore, whereas we are fighting extremism in form of taliban, the other extreme cannot be permitted to change our values.Hence, all patriatic pakistanis need to give a shut up calll to these pseudo liberal who do not have knowledge of religion n want to confuse ongoin war on terror…… Lets route out militancy n talibanisation but in the same garb no one in pakistan can be permitted to change our values. Psuedo liberals should go in west and talk of holocast…Recommend

  • Umair Mallick
    Jan 7, 2011 - 4:00PM

    Bravo Bravo … Excellent… Please make copies of this… write more if you can… and translate them in urdu, punjabi, sindhi, pashto, balochi etc and distribute them in every province, each district, each town, village and city and each street…
    Feed this in the minds of these ignorants, fitna fassad spreading maulvees…Recommend

  • Hamza
    Jan 7, 2011 - 4:30PM

    very well written sir!!! hit the nail on the head viz a viz the degradation of thought in society.Recommend

  • AnonEntity
    Jan 7, 2011 - 4:40PM

    My life has not changed since Taseer died.
    I did not shed a tear for him.
    I will not shed a tear for Qadri.

    My tears were shed seeing all my fellow countrymen drowning, starving, being robbed of their dignity and their possessions and being murdered in the name of democracy and falsely in the name of religion. While those who could have done something about it were involved in one or all of the following: Lust, Extravagance, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride.

    So no I do not cheer the assassin. Neither do I cheer the slain. I stand shoulder to shoulder with and mourn my common countryman, who subscribed neither to Taseer nor to Qadri, who will live and die in the hope of a better tomorrow for him and his children and his country.

    I will work for him and I will pray for him to my God and his. And no one who does not approve should stop me from believing and from praying.Recommend

  • Muhammad Fawaz
    Jan 7, 2011 - 5:20PM

    @ Muslim Boy
    You dont have any right to shut me up this shows that you are Liberal Facsist just I want to advice please study islam before commentingRecommend

  • Jan 7, 2011 - 5:28PM

    The worship of Mullahs and Mullahism is the state religion of Pakistan, not Islam and the Way of The Last Prophet pbuhRecommend

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