Friday, January 7, 2011
F*ck You Pakistan
As 26-year-old Mumtaz Qadri, the suspected assassin of a liberal Pakistani governor, entered court in Islamabad on Wednesday a rowdy crowd patted him on the back and kissed his cheeks while lawyers showered him with rose petals. On the way out a group of some 200 sympathizers chanted slogans in his favor, then the suspect stood at the back door of an armored police van and repeatedly yelled “God is great.”
Less than 200 miles away, the prime minister joined thousands to mourn the loss of Salman Taseer, the Punjab province Governor who dared to challenge the demands of Islamic extremists. In recent weeks Taseer had spoken forcefully in favor of clemency for a Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly insulting Islam's Prophet, Muhammad. In response conservative religious parties staged a massive one-day strike at the end of December to protest any attempt by the government to amend the blasphemy laws (which order death for those who insult Islam). In the face of such protest, the ruling Pakistan People's Party (a largely secular minded party) said it had no plans to amend the laws. But 66-year-old Taseer, who was a senior member of the ruling party and a close ally of U.S.-backed Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, refused to back down, triggering death threats and ultimately his assassination.
On Tuesday in an Islamabad market Qadri allegedly pumped more than 20 rounds from his assault rifle into Taseer's back while he was supposed to be protecting him as a bodyguard. Questions immediately arose over how Qadri managed to be assigned to Taseer's security detail. Faisal Raza Abdi, political adviser to President Zardari, said Punjab police told him that the department had months ago deemed Qadri a security risk and warned that he should not be assigned to protect high-profile figures. Abdi said the fact that he was allowed to guard Taseer suggested others may have played a role in the killing. "I do not think this is an individual act. It is a well-planned murder," he told The Associated Press by phone. When questioned by authorities, Qadri said he acted because of Taseer's vocal opposition to blasphemy laws, but he did not indicate whether he had acted alone.
The contrast of cheers and mourning across Pakistan provide a fitting backdrop for a country caught in a nearly sixty year tailspin from a nation defined by moderate Islam to one increasingly influenced by fundamentalists prone to use violence to impose their views. Taseer’s assassination only underscores the tumultuous environment in this nuclear-armed wasteland, where the economy is a total cluster fuck and suicide attacks by Taliban-linked groups continue to be a threat. The government is also struggling with the collapse of its ruling coalition.
Analysts say a majority of Pakistan's Muslims still follow a moderate form of Sufi-influenced Islam, but evidence points to the contrary. An influential group of some 500 clerics and scholars from the Barelvi sect, which opposes the Taliban, praised Taseer's assassination. The Jamat Ahle Sunnat group said no one should pray or express regret for the killing of the governor. The group also issued a veiled threat to other opponents of the blasphemy laws: "The supporter is as equally guilty as the one who committed blasphemy," the group warned in a statement, adding politicians, the media and others should learn "a lesson from the exemplary death."
Memo to crazy Islamic extremists: You suck and your blasphemy laws are complete bullshit. Who the fuck cares if someone wants to insult your precious Muhammad? Here, I’ll do it right now: Muhammad is a false prophet and you’re all going straight to hell for your lack of respect for human life and your egregious assaults on humanity. You would assume kill a man for disagreeing with your religious beliefs? What does that say about you as people? It shows that you are a decrepit bunch of insecure weaklings who lack faith, integrity, and the basic intelligence necessary to differentiate right from wrong. You say “the supporter is as equally guilty as the one who committed blasphemy”? Then I say the supporter of a murdering lunatic is as equally guilty as the murdering lunatic himself. Mumtaz Qadri is a pathetic coward who shot a defenseless man 20 times in the back (a man he was paid to protect no less). For his sins he will surely burn for all eternity. By praising and celebrating Qadri as a hero you can burn alongside him, you evil half-wits. Regardless of how you interpret the words of the Qur’an, I’m pretty sure Allah’s intentions were not for you to murder innocent people. Are you so blinded by your own insecurities that you can’t see this?
Salman Taseer was a righteous and decent man with a family and friends who loved him. He stood up for what he believed in and consistently governed in the best interests of his people. He deserved more than to be shot in the back and to die alone on the floor of a dirty Pakistani market. Shame on the “People’s” Party for allowing this assassination to occur and shame on anyone who had a hand in planning it. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” There’s blood on the hands of those who perpetrated this heinous crime and there’s blood on the hands of those who did nothing to stop it. You say we should all learn "a lesson from the exemplary death." All we have learned is that Pakistan is a festering pit full of soulless recreants who place no value on human life. I’ll see you in hell you depraved mother fuckers.