the land of institutional hatred and Islamic zealots.
Lee Jay Walker Dip BA
the land of Pakistan hatred continues to grow. This hatred, inspired
and ignited by Islamic extremists, is directed against all moderates and
all faiths. To make matters worse the institutions inside Pakistan,
notably the government, judiciary and police, are also part of the problem
in this land of hate.
last year in 2002 a brave Muslim cleric spoke out against discrimination
and he condemned religious Islamic extremism. This brave cleric
called Mohammed Yousaf Ali was therefore a threat to Islamic militants,
for he happened to care for people from all faiths and in the eyes of
Islamic extremists he was no longer a Muslim. Therefore, Mohammed
Yousaf Ali made many enemies and last year he was murdered.
make matters worse, this brave Muslim cleric was not only killed by an
Islamic zealot, but he was also condemned by the judiciary of Pakistan and
the government which allows people to be put in prison on the grounds of
blasphemy. This means that Mohammed Yousaf Ali was murdered
collectively by the judiciary who put him in prison, by the Islamic zealot
who killed him and by the government of Pakistan which allows blasphemy to
be a criminal offence.
gunman who murdered Mohammed Yousaf Ali showed no remorse, on the
contrary, he believed that this was is Islamic duty. For the alleged
killer, Tariq Mota, stated that 'I now feel spiritually satisfied.
It is the responsibility of every Muslim to kill these infidels.' More
alarming, is that according to the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed all
Muslim apostates must be killed; and this implies that from an Islamic
perspective that Tariq Mota is vindicated by his actions. For
according to this Muslim he believed that Mohammed Yousaf Ali had become
an apostate, therefore, it was is duty to kill this person in accordance
with the teachings of Islam.
this fact alone does not alarm you, then think about other crimes which go
unpunished in Pakistan. For example a 14-year-old Christian girl was
taken prisoner by Islamic zealots, however, her gang-rape ordeal at the
hands of these Islamic zealots was merely the beginning of her torment.
Her crime prior to her kidnap was sharing her Christian faith with
Muslims, and once more this is against the teachings of Islam. Yet
not only did this young Christian girl after overcome her terrible ordeal,
but after being gang-raped she was forced to convert to Islam and they
forbade her to see her parents.
this occasion the judiciary nullified this forced conversion, however, the
police have so far refused to take action against her tormentors and have
done nothing to help this girl or her parents. Therefore, it clearly
shows that rape in Pakistan is not deemed to be important. Indeed,
according to the judiciary of Pakistan this Christian girl could have been
put in prison, like hundreds of Muslim women and Christian women have been
in the past, for in Pakistan four male witnesses must prove that rape took
place. If four men did not witness this crime, then women face not only
prison for so-called adultery, but they even face the death penalty.
problem is endemic in Pakistan and hundreds of women are currently in
prison for being raped, the majority of these women are Muslim, yet
non-Muslims are further discriminated against because their testimonies
are not valued and they can be forced to convert to Islam by their rapist.
This situation would normally shame a nation, but not in Pakistan, and not
for that matter does it appear to concern Western nations who ignore these
crimes in this land.
this, young Christian girls like nine-year-old Razia Masih and
ten-year-old Natasha Emmanuel, will continue to be victims in Pakistan.
For Razia Masih was sexually assaulted and Natasha Emmanuel was raped.
Yet these disgusting crimes in Pakistan go unpunished and their
testimonies, being non-Muslim women (or girls in their case), are
worthless. Despite this the world remains overwhelmingly silent and
female victims of hate crimes in Pakistan will continue to suffer at the
hands of Islamic zealots, the judiciary and the government of Pakistan
which allows this to continue.
this nation should be shamed by the global community and these crimes
should not be hidden from readers in the West. Instead people like
Mohammed Yousaf Ali should be remembered for speaking out against hatred,
if not, the only winners in modern day Pakistan will be Islamic zealots
and criminals who are abusing women. Are you not alarmed by this, if
not, why not?