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Who has stolen our humanity? – by Niaz Betab

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“Sometimes mortals can be more horrible than monsters.”
― Rick Riordan

These words depict very truly and accurately our society of today, where we are indulged in playing such intensely wicked and dangerous games that even monsters avoid. We are so cheerfully and mercilessly engaged in eliminating innocent creatures on the name of religion that so strictly, time and again, prohibits bloodshed and emphasize us to promote peace and harmony.

One can say we belong to a world fuller of weeping than we can even imagine. A Shia or Shia-Hazara mother mourns the death of her one child and weeps for the safety of the other fearing he/she might be killed indiscriminately any time on religious basis. Ahmadi parents see even the buried sons and daughters in the dangerous zone. Christian fear every word coming out of their mouth might be sacrilegious. This all prompts one to say: we like to watch a little destruction and bloodshed everyday as we don’t come near to stop it for once and all. Where for Gandhi “a lamb is no less precious than of a human being”, but for us, worth of a human’s life is considered so little or not at all.

“There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256).

This Quranic verse clearly acknowledges individual choice when it comes to choosing a religion but ignoring the very verse; we let not people to choose what they aspire to as a result of centuries-old ego and conditioned minds. Allah commands the Muslims to show compassion and tolerance toward non-Muslims who don’t take up arms fighting against Muslims but we can’t remain just even against the Muslims who are unarmed. We desecrate graveyards with full redemption because inside them sleep the Ahmadis. We burn the pages of the sacred books and put blame on a little Christian girl to stand her a blasphemer who is mentally unfit We easily eliminate one who questions our ways, our faith, or simply exercises his own ideas, his own religion without creating any sort of disturbance. For now we are grown so intolerant that we question what one wears, what one eats, what one drinks, and unashamedly demand people to trim and mould themselves according to our very wishes.

The recent attack carried out by Siphah-e-Sahaba, an organization that carries out attacks on Shia-Muslims to eliminate them on this planet earth, in which Mehzar Zehra, 12, a grade 7 student got critically injured and her father killed is a true picture of this newly developed world. I long not to mention who she was, where was from, where she was attacked, for that matters not, but I write with flooding eyes that: she, the sweet flower of her colleagues, the cause of a beautiful smile on her mother’s face, the most innocent creature who, at this age was meant to be laughed with but was mercilessly and viciously attacked for reasons she could imagine not a little about. A girl of her age is supposed to be showered with flowers and toys but she was showered with bullets by those who claim to be fighting for purposes that further the glory of Islam.

Sufficiently aware people are, to write more details would be futile. Known are those who have forcefully stealth the humanity from us. Now what remains to be done is to come out and stop this ruthlessness or remain silent spectators and be condemned forever. Time calls for immediate and more exact attention, more practical steps, and more cultivated and sound thinking. For sometimes delay is deadliest; an error.

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  • Shia women’s rally against Shia genocide including killing of Shia women. Finally, Pakistani media too is using this word ‘shia genocide’.

    Rally staged against Shia killings

    By Shamim Bano
    Sunday, December 09, 2012
    From Print Edition

    Shia women and children staged a protest on Saturday against the attacks on the female members of their community and the killing of male members.

    The protesters were carrying placards and banners inscribed with various slogans including “Stop Shia genocide”, “Punish Takfiri Nasbi terrorists” and “No to criminal silence against anti-Shia terrorism”.

    They also raised slogans against the perpetrators of violence against the Shia community. On November 30, a 13-year-old Shia girl, Mehzar Zahra, was shot and injured and her father murdered in front of her in an attack on Shaheed-e-Millat Road.

    Khanam Zahra Najafi, the secretary general of the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen’s Karachi chapter, told the protesters that in another incident, a Shia woman, Kaniz Fatima alias Dilshad Fatima, was murdered along with her spouse on Abul Hassan Ispahani Road.

    “Some years ago, a female teacher was martyred near Safoora Chowrangi and a woman lecturer was martyred in Quetta. Terrorists also threw acid on the face of the Shia women who were on way to Parachinar from Peshawar in a van.”

    She said noted Shia intellectual Saeed Haider Zaidi was killed in Karimabad in front of his wife.

    “All these incidents prove that Takfiri Nasbi terrorists belonging to outlawed terror groups, which have renamed themselves to continue their terrorist activities, have targeted Shia women all over Pakistan.”

    Najafi expressed grave concern over the silence and callousness of the society against the terrorists involved in Shia killings.

    “The whole world condemned the attempt to kill Malala Yousufzai, but the attack on Mehzar Zahra has gone unnoticed. The terrorists responsible for it must not go unpunished.”


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