The current law and order situation in Pakistan, as protests broke out after SC acquits Asia Bibi, has made me ponder over a few important points. I want to share them.
1. Religion is business in Pakistan. No one really cares about country, it’s image, citizens and even themselves as nationals of this land. Extremism is our favorite thing, especially religious extremism.
2. A religiously rhetoric speech by a bunch of individuals can ignite masses. The honor of our beloved Prophet SAW is supreme to us than anything. Alas! the ignorance and repressed minds have myopic visions to see behind the bars.
3. Our administration always needs orders to manage outburst; they can’t be proactive. As the situation worsened after office hours yesterday, many institutions were naïve and officials didn’t have any clue about what’s going on? Only concerned common people suffered because they weren’t informed till in the morning today while news channels are a no more authentic resource of information.
4. Things will become more complex and tough for Pakistan in the international arena. Aftermaths of these protests are far more dangerous and long-lasting than we can imagine. At the macro level, the physical loss to private and public properties or people may be compensated but its subjective loss can’t be recovered. We are not good Muslims and we have successfully proved it.
5. I am extremely downhearted to realize that we, as a nation, have become selfish with dead souls and stone hearts. Many people are enjoying that they got a day off from work, updating funny social updates and refreshing at homes. They are not worried or even bothered.
This concludes that we can never bring change. Some lyrics from Michael Jackson’s song were dancing in my head since morning, strongly needed to reform ourselves;
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror,
I’m asking him to change his ways.
And no message could be any clearer.
If you want to make the world a better place,
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change”.