Asia Bibi acquittal: State succumbs to might of Khadim Rizvi yet again

Naeem Ahmed Qazi 11:37 AM | 4 Nov, 2018
Asia Bibi acquittal: State succumbs to might of Khadim Rizvi yet again
Spectators, mere spectators were the institutions and Parliament while citizens had to face the rage of religious extremists throughout the country. Pakistan was taken over by an organized radical group within two hours of the announcement of the judgement acquitting Asia BiBi, who was sentenced to death by Session Court and then by High Court and was behind the bars since 2009 on blasphemy charges.

Motorways were blocked; markets and fuel stations were shut. Above all, almost all the educational institutions had to suspend the learning process across the country. Only fear prevailed among the masses: fear of death, anarchy, civil war, looters and riots. But the most devastating part of this horrific episode was fear of being labelled as a ‘KAFIR’.

The nation observed inhumane, brutal and shocking scenes during the lockdown. Some of the scenes were extremely disturbing which depicted the mob looting the poorest while in others, the rich had to witness their vehicles destroyed by a mob apparently chanting the slogans of Islam. In one of the acts of plundering, a kid was, mercilessly, deprived of bananas which he was selling on a donkey cart in Sheikhupura.

That’s not all. The role that a state must play proactively to safeguard its peaceful citizens was altogether missing. What kind of governance is this? While people suffered on the roads, the state was a mere spectator. Federal Ministers’ conduct depicted as if they have no direct relation with those who were engaged in dialogues with the extremists.

Those members of the religious class who didn’t participate in the protest and vandalism also kept silence except a few religious scholars who spoke on TV but the selection of words and manner of deliverance vividly depicted that either they were forced to do so or they weren’t able to overcome the fear of life and being labelled as a Kafir.

News channels’ role was commendable during the whole episode and some of the anchors showed tremendous sanity as compared to some of the seasoned political leaders like Khursheed Shah (PPPP) who condemned the speech of the Prime Minister of Pakistan by calling it an aggression. PML N, yet again, failed to measure the sensitivity and kept playing politics on the issue. Their stance on talk shows was only adding fuel to the fire. Unfortunately, even after consistent vain attempts of the hosts some of the insensitive, injudicious and ignorant people kept spreading their illogical and unfair thoughts.

Apart from damaging properties of innocent people on roads, a battle took place on social media. Facebook and Twitter, particularly, became the most powerful tools of inciting violence, defaming and abusing the state organs as well as each other. The government of Pakistan allowed the fanatics to spread the hate speech. Moulana Khadim Rizvi exploited these social platforms to extend the Fatwas of Kufr and instigated the cooks, drivers and security personals of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to slay the judges if they want to guarantee a place in paradise.

Every Pakistani is shocked after the hate speech spread by Tehrik e LabaikYaRasool Allah (SAW). Every Pakistani feels insecure in ‘NAYA PAKISTAN’. There are questions in their minds which must be answered by the state.

This isn’t the first time when Khadim Rizvi has used coarse language to successfully achieve his targets. Simultaneously, he fearlessly curses and threatens the higher judiciary but seems to be invulnerable, whereas political leaders are dealt with an iron hand on opinion against the judges in this country; TalalChoudry and Danyal Aziz were made accountable by Chief Justice Mr Saqib Nisar but Khadim Rizvi and his followers are too strong to be held accountable. This gives a clear message to the masses that the land of pure is governed by the Law of the Jungle where only weak is punished.

The pact between the Federal Government, Punjab Government and TLP is ample to endorse the idea that strong and powerful is above the law in Pakistan. Even the government is helpless. Not only it fears the outrage of Khadim Rizvi, it also surrenders all its powers by letting them harm the people at will.

What remains the value of the legislature if it discriminates the weak and strong? Pardoning and releasing all the terrorists clearly puts a question mark, why a huge amount of money is spent on elections if all the decisions are made through street power eventually?

When achieving the desired results is certain through agitation, lockdowns, hate speech and vandalism, is there any need of getting rotten before the courts of law which not only take a lifetime in making decisions but also fear the mobs.

There is no doubt about the sensitivity of the issue and love of the Prophet (SAW) is also essential for a Muslim. The writer himself is ready to sacrifice his life for the sake of Shaan e Mustafa (SAW) anytime but harming, plundering and looting the fellow countrymen is not a service to Islam.

Educating the children is mandatory to avoid the alike incidents but the state can’t leave the citizens vulnerable. It’s the state’s responsibility to provide security to the people notwithstanding the religion, sect, ethnicity or political viewpoint of the challenger.

Naeem Ahmed Qazi
Naeem Ahmed Qazi

Naeem Ahmed Qazi is committed to helping achieve SDGs through efficient practices for human development. As an educationist by training and social influencer by passion, he has a keen eye for current societal transformation. He ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 03, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 271.1 271.6
Euro EUR 298.27 298.87
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335.5 336.2
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 206,200 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,790.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420


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