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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Taliban's hypocrisy is in fact Pakistan’s national trait

Muslim Khan, the spokesman of Pakistani Taliban, has won unprecedented notoriety for justifying beheading, flogging, and digging up and hanging the dead. He has a personal stake in propagating the kind of education Muslims of the world must have. Or must not have. He has justified the bombing of schools on many pretexts, but one stands out: Muslims must not get “English” education. By which Muslim Khan means that any school which has anything to do with the English language must be demolished. The Taliban have so far demolished hundreds of schools in the name of cleansing education of the Western-infidel influence. Pakistan’s Islamo-fascist Urdu media has always given him a lot of coverage making him a national folk hero who has stood up to the United States and her Pakistani lackeys.

At long last, someone found out that Muslim Khan’s own son is a graduate student at the University of Peshawar and the medium of his education is English. When the question about his son was tossed to him, the great Muslim Khan was philosophical: “My son is disobedient!” The filed closed. No more questions please.

Judging by Muslim Khan’s own Islamist criteria, his prodigal son is a double whammy: getting English education and being a disobedient son. Can there be a greater sin than filial disobedience which implies filial ingratitude? Plus the infidel English education. And yet Muslim Khan will not slaughter his son nor let any of his fellow Taliban do it. But he will flog and behead anyone else’s boys and girls for countless petty acts like a girl’s leaving home without being chaperoned by an adult male.

This is not just Taliban hypocrisy; this is typical Pakistani hypocrisy.

I have studied, visited, and lived in a number of countries. I have always tried to understand how Pakistani expatriate communities live. I can report a lot of incidents, but I will narrate only of which I have had the very first hand experience.

In a Muslim country there was a Pakistani who in the mid 1990s who terrorized not just the Pakistanis, but anyone he could get hold of. All in the name of Islam. Mullah F was his name, and he was a zealous member of the Tablighi Jamaat, and saw to it that he conveyed the message of Islam to as many non-Muslims and non-Wahabis as he could. One evening, as my wife and I were being treated to a diner by a Sri Lankan friend and his wife, Mullah F came over with the two religious police officers. Without greeting any one of us, Mullah F told my friend’s wife that she had been living in sin because she was a Muslim and her husband a Buddhist. The husband and wife were too scared and my wife and I were too dumbfounded to say anything. After Mullah F and the religious officers left, my friend who had taught mathematics in a Karachi school for a few years exhausted his repertoire of four-letters words for the unwelcome guests. Soon fearing the mighty hand of the possible Islamist inquisition, the couple left the country for good and settled in Auckland where they live a happy life with their three children.

Mullah F had many rabbits up his. His favorite pastime, apart from proselytizing, was to embarrass and insult Pakistanis who had acquired permanent residence in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. In Pakistani gatherings he would tell in a loud voice that those who had obtained permanent residence in “those infidel countries” would have their daughters turned into prostitutes and sons into pimps who would end up marrying the infidels. He would also say that in an infidel country like Australia or Canada, people lived haram lives.

To his credit, Mullah F’s made his wife and three daughters live in complete purdah, and you could not even see his wife’s hands which had gloves on all the time. And life went on till my friend Mr. Shah came over one evening and asked me to accompany him. He wanted to see Mullah F. I protested. I had never even spoken to him and vice versa. Besides, I wanted to stay away from the filthy mouth of the man. But Mr. Shah had breaking news: Mullah F had not only obtained Australian permanent residence, he had just returned from Darwin in Australia after settling his family there. Now, Mr. Shah had been one of the victims of Mullah F at a Pakistani function. The report from some Pakistan families in Darwin was that Mullah F’s wife and daughters had got rid of purdah and were living more liberally than any other Pakistani family.

Contrary to my fears, Mullah F was very kind and graceful as he opened the door. Before Mr. Shah could get even with Mullah F (he had predicted something ominous about Mr. Shah’s daughters in Toronto), this is what happened: “I am sure you have come to congratulate me over my permanent residence in Australia. It is Allah’s act. Allah must have wanted to use me and my family to something noble in Australia. Who can question when He gives you something. I only hope I succeed in the task that Allah will assign me and my family in Australia and I request you two brothers to pray for my success.”

Mr. Shah could not say a word and left like a gambler who had lost all he had.

There was another Allah-fearing Pakistani in another Pakistani community. He was mostly referred to as Sarkar Jee instead of his real name. One of the tasks he had taken upon himself was advising people that Muslims must marry Muslims. He had a theory of genetic transfer of sin: “If anyone in the history of your family has tasted pork, it will take seven generations to rid of the sin of eating pork!” Which means that seven generations would be infected only because someone in the past tasted pork.

The eldest son of Sarkar Jee married a Chinese woman who was a Christian. Her father ran a non-halal restaurant where pork was served too. Just like Mullah F, Sarkar Jee had a well-thought-out answer: “Allah chose my son to convert a woman to Islam. What else could one have asked for? Who can fault my son?” No one upon the pain of death.

Typically Pakistanis are hypocritical, intellectually dishonest, and morally bankrupt. I challenge anyone to visit Pakistanis living abroad. Day in and day out, they denounce their host countries—Australia, Britain, Canada, etc—for being immoral and anti-Islamic, but will never leave and settle down in Pakistan. They are in the forefront in demanding their rights, but are absent when it comes to fulfilling their civic duties. In Pakistan, an American drone attack will outrage the entire nation for killing a dozen people, but the beheading and burning alive of hundreds of Muslims and non-Muslims by the fundamentalists is condemned by only a handful of brave people. I can quote dozens of examples where little girls were raped in the mosques, but no one raised a voice against the rapes, and no one was ever punished for those rapes (All of the rapists were imams or pesh-imams of those mosques). Look at the hypocrisy of Pakistan’s Urdu journalists and politicians: every time innocent people are killed via suicide bombing the standard response is: “Muslims cannot do it.” Matter closed. The fact is that those who carry out these crimes are hundred per cent Muslim and have impeccable Islamic credentials: They pray five times a day, read the Koran regularly, and most of them are hafiz. Muslims believe that on the Day of Judgment one hafiz will lead a dozen of people to Paradise.

Internationally, the Unite States is the wickedest country, but American education for one’s son is a dream come true and an American green card is Allah’s greatest boon. Jews are the enemies of humanity, but Jewish inventions and discoveries are fully exploited for our benefit.

Our national hypocrisy is one reason that Pakistan will always remain a heart of darkness.

Abbas Zaidi


Razi said...

I propose a minor modification.

Instead of:

"Typically Pakistanis are hypocritical, intellectually dishonest, and morally bankrupt"

It should be:

"A typical Pakistani more often than not hypocritical, intellectually dishonest, and morally bankrupt"

baat to such he magar baat he ruswai ki

Kumar said...

I commend Mr. Zaidi for his courage in writing this article. The world is full of people like Mullah F and Sarkar jee. They are the ones who help Taliban and talibanisation of Pakistan. And none but the Pakistani civil society must target these lumpen elements if they want to cleanse Pakistan of these rabid fundamentalist elements.

Mustafa said...

These Hypocrite Mullahs are a shame on Islam. It will be a service to Islam and humanity to bring these animals to a court of law.

Fawwad Qureshi said...

The overall tone of the your artical i acerbic, but i do give you the credit to speak out the truth in a brute and blatant manner. But Mr. Zaidi as long as we have people like you who seeks the truth i believe that there is still hope and that's the place to make a new start.

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