Thursday, September 2, 2010
"The anchors of moral behaviour appear to have dragged to such depths that they no longer hold firm the ship of life: what was once wrong is now simply unconventional, and for the sake of individual freedom must be tolerated. What is tolerated soon becomes accepted. Contrarily, what was once right is now viewed as outdated, old fashioned and is often the target of ridicule."
These are words from speech of His Highness Aga Khan (IV) in 1976 at First seerat conference in Karachi, Pakistan.
At that time, Pakistan was riding high and the success of the first Muslim Summit Conference was still in the air and people were still open to some sensible debate. The arab leader praying together in Pakistan during the Islamic summit were still flashing on TV screens declaring Muslims as one united wall.
Today after mere 33 years we are not only struggling to steer our daily lives from the chaos and terror rather we have become insensitive, wooden and living savages for our fellow human beings.
This didn't happen in one or two years, not even five. The over indulgence in the Afghan war, the mullaism, the moral brigade, fluctuating tolereance for sectoral faith and vested interest protector of America washed off our abilities to see the dark thick line of falling and failing society and individual standards.
Yesterday we cursed taliban for brutality in swat, today we dig our hand in blood of neighbouring kids and watch the brutality with ease. We protect the savages to let them loose to inflict pain on other but never imagine the same inflicting pain to our loved ones.
No words for the people watching the brutal murder and for the law enforcement agencies. Another flank for hall of shame for government after this: http://tribune.com.pk/story/45537/%E2%80%98mughees-and-muneeb-were-not-robbers%E2%80%99/
The incident of Sialkot was still fresh in mind when Lahore trembles with ruthless multiple attack on Shia Mourning processions http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-religious-procession-attacked-in-lahore-triple-terror-blasts-leave-27-dead-290-rs-02
What we hold for future is something philosophical to discuss but what shocks at present is already ragged fabric of society, humanity and justice torn into pieces every passing day to the extent that Pakistanis may be the first nation to face the dangers of extinction by killing each others. Let alone following the Muslim tradition of honesty, integrity or tolerance we have surpassed the limits of sanity and indulged in savagely drenching our teeth in blood of our own brothers.
Sadly the time for 'chiheye', 'we should' or 'lets unite' kind of slogans has even passed and I have no conclusion for this horrible nightmares, seen in open day light getting scarier at each passing day. However I do wish that we on individual level can atleast hold on to the sane common laws of humanity, tolerance and wisdom if not for the country at least for the community that surrounds us.