Don't blame the youth for Sulaiman Lashari's murder

In an intolerant society, the younger generations are bound to be brainless, filled with hatred and aggression.

Omer Memon May 22, 2014
A walk along this city's empty streets is not an easy one. It has become customary to bathe the city streets in blood every day. The time is not far when graveyards will no longer be accommodating. Once known as the city of lights, it is only death, nowadays, that has the last laugh here.

In this city, the recent cold-blooded murder of Sulaiman Lashari, a young boy, at the hands of another young boy, Salman Abro, is a horrific shocker. Unfortunately, this incident is not the first of its kind. In the recent past, murders at the hands of youngsters have attracted a lot of media attention in Pakistan. It would be fair to predict that, as time passes by, these kinds of incidents will become a common practice. And we will become used to it, for we have already become used to suicide bombings, gunny bags stuffed with dead bodies, shutter-down strikes and more recently the Vigo-guard culture in this society.

Though these murders were committed by individuals, collectively, these incidents aren’t the result of an individual’s behaviour.  This madness can partially be called a parenting failure but also reflects on the failure of our social structure at large. It is impossible for a civilised society to flourish in the absence of morals and human values, which is exactly what is happening around us right now.

In any intolerant society, such as ours, a bullet is seen as the most feasible way of settling any difference of opinion. Human rights activist and advocate of the Supreme Court, Rashid Rehman, was told in court that he would be killed for accepting the brief of an accused blasphemer. And, as promised, he was killed.

Professor Shabbir Shah, of the University of Gujrat (UoG), had to depart early from this world for holding liberal views. Dr Manzoor Memon was brutally murdered for reasons yet unknown to public. Governor Salman Taseer was gunned down in broad day-light for talking sense, while his killer went on to become a national hero. The judge, who decreed his killer capital punishment, had to run for his life and has been in exile ever since.

We, however, now have a mosque in the capital named after his killer, Mumtaz Qadri, and a library named after the slain founder of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden. Not to forget, we have our national ballistic missiles named after Afghan beasts, Mahmud of Ghazni and Shahabuddin Muhammad Ghauri. What values would the youth learn in a society where men such as these are hero-worshipped?

Analysing history, we see that every third world country has a hero like Jinnah. However, seeing the conditions of this country, even Boko Haram would feel shy committing the atrocities that are committed here on everyday basis: the mass graves in Baluchistan, the burning alive of Sindhi politicians, the issue of missing persons. If elections ever made any difference in this country, the real rulers wouldn’t ever let us have them. Circumstances change; different actors come to stage and perform a script written by the real rulers.

Power greedy rulers have done little towards nation building. Those who did were labelled traitors. Fatima Jinnah, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ahmad Faraz, Habib Jalib, if these people were traitors then which sane, wise man wouldn’t want to be amongst this hall of fame? What these power greedy rulers fail to understand is that, it is in the nature of power that it is does not belong to anyone. It is fictional and befriends none, nor is loyal to one.

We need to realise that our school books are full of lies, our clerics preach hatred, most of our heroes were demons and women till date are killed for giving birth to girls (56 killed in 2013). We have become boiling volcanoes of extremism and intolerance. Our religious, ethnic and other divisions keep increasing by the day and soon the day will come when it will be a fight of every man against every other man.

Our mosques, temples and churches are no longer safe. Killing of good men no longer causes alarm in our society. It is that which resides in the chest and that which knows or thinks – the rational soul – that seems to have gone missing. We now frighten the world with our polio spreading capabilities, as if having a green passport wasn’t fun enough.

Do we even realise how scary a place we appear to the world?

Naturally, the upbringing of youth in such a society is bound to produce generations that would lack wisdom, vision and morals. These generations will be brainless and filled with hatred, aggression, and intolerance. They will be violent and will denounce humanity and peace. However, insanity is a valid legal defence to any crime. Therefore, these generations, while young, must best be labelled a master-mad youth.
Omer Memon
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R AJ | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend Good stuff. It's.true we are.cursed.with.such politicians and this game of.thrones have HISTORY has.proven time.and again that it was Always coup.which has.saved Pakistan time and again from.these corrupt businessmen. It's only the army or government , like that of.Musharraf who could crush these extremists and set an example.for.the.mischievous Ppl.and.youth
raj | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend They may be heroes of Muslims according to a lot of people here (which I respect) but these were the people who did not really care about the future of their society and community. These and other muslim ruler, despite of having so much money, did not even spend a single penny on education or up-bringing of out community and society. On the other hand, Ashoka himself did a lot of scary stuffs (100,000 killings included), but at the end, he realised how important the future is and therefore, he became a Buddhist and started preaching it having a simple way of life. We got to understand one thing, the rulers (including old kings or politicians now) who own the community like their family and think about their future should be the real rulers who changed the society. On one hand, these muslim rulers were killing people and trying to get hold of money, and on the other hand, countries like UK started making universities like Oxford and Cambridge just to secure their future, which they have done and look where are we now. Time to think about it instead of making these people our heroes.
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