"You are free; you are free to go to your temples, You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the state"
These were the words of the man who carved Pakistan on the map with his blood and sweat. Pakistan was meant to be a state with no religious and racial discrimination. The ideology was to create a state where every individual was supposed to be given equal chances to live and advance.
But regrettably, we have failed here too as a nation. Several incidents reported in the past have proved that religious bigotry has rooted deep in our society.
In 2019 A Hindu girl Nimrita was found dead in her hostel room. It was found after investigations that the girl was raped and murdered. The body was hanged in her room so to mimic suicide.
Another incident was reported two months back when two Christian men, Haroon Ayub and Salamat Mansha were registered for the case of blasphemy only because of reading Bible in the public park.
Another victim named Nena was dragged forcefully from her home back in 2018. The girl was forcibly converted to Islam and was made to marry a man named Chang. According to Nena’s counsel, the 12-year-old girl was forced into prostitution. Luckily after numerous hearings and struggles of 3 years, Nena’s mother Devi got her daughter back.
Even the Shia community does not feel safe here. Just a few months back Shia genocide of the Hazara Community was the headline on the front page. Hundreds of Shia were subjected to massive killing and violence.
We all feel aggrieved when innocent Muslim minorities suffer or are labeled as terrorists in the world. But the question is Why we don’t feel the pain when the minor populations in Pakistan are subjected to such violence and hatred? And what is the basis of this hate? only that they are non-Muslims?! Among the many virtues Islam taught us, Tolerance and Equality are one of them. But do we, the so-called Muslims have these traits within ourselves?
Our people are so much brainwashed by these self-claimed Mullahs and Ulemmahs that we get triggered when Saba Qamar twirl in the mosque but remain silent when Molvi raped a girl while teaching Quran.
Forced conversions, murders over blasphemy, Destruction of places of worship have become accustomed here.
Everyone, be it a Hindu, Christian, Ahmadi, Shia, or devotee of any other religion should be given equal right to live, to worship, and to BREATHE!
We, the current generation, are the future of our country. We have seen much injustice. Now it’s time to speak for the sake of Humanity. Speak for your Non-Muslim friends. Humanity is not reserved to any religion, it belongs to the whole of Mankind.
We must have to incorporate tolerance in ourselves. Differences of religion or opinion should never result in Hate. If you want to criticize something wrong, criticize it respectfully. Practice dialogues instead of a massacre.
Only then it will be fair to speak for the Muslim minorities suffering in other parts of the world.
Our country needs a revolution, let’s vow to bring that revolution!