Since past few decades it has
been noticed that religious intolerance has been increasing in Pakistan.
Especially the recent situation arises after the attempt to amend the blasphemy
law has created many controversies and had widened difference between
representatives of different sects. Now the point comes what has raised this
difference between sects and has caused religious intolerance to be increased to
This religious war started somewhere in early 1970's when for the first time the
Ahmedi (the qadyani group ) were declared non Muslims in 1972 constitution.
Here, the fact cannot be denied that before 1972 Ahmedi's were not only
identified as Muslims but few ahmedi's considered themselves to be most
promising and practicing Muslims. But the constitution of 1972 left many
reservations unanswered. Ahmedi's were not only declared non Muslims or kafir
but were also allowed to be killed by few controversial ulema's.
Continuing the journey, we do not hesitate in declaring others as kaafir or non
Muslims in this holy land. It will not be wrong if we said that Pakistan was
continuously producing kaafir's in different shapes and turned out to be a 'kaafir
Once again, now the similar wave started for shia community and they were
declared 'kaafir' and 'murtid' by few religious clerics. Shia's were also
allowed to be killed in the country by similar group of aalims. The wave
spreaded all over the country and is still continued, as number of Shia doctors
and engineers were martyred brutally in different parts of Pakistan. The story
of Kaafiristan does not stops here and several persons were murdered and killed
after they were declared as non Muslims or blasphemous including the high
profile murder case of Governor Punjab Mr Salman Taseer.
Now, here comes the point that who is the utmost authority to declare you as a
Muslim, the answer is quite interesting that " no one but yet every one" , as
since past few decades declaration of kaafir's, non Muslims and blasphemous has
risen to much extent and instead of government of Pakistan , each and every
mullah of different sects are busy on passing these type of idiotic fatwa's
without even understanding the true essence of Islam. Several non muslims have
been declared as non muslims that have resulted in their death. Not only this ,
but representatives of opposite sects continuously fight over small issues on
television screens and on social media.
What can be done to hinder this rising intolerance in our religious followers,
who consider themselves as a true Muslim? Should the influence of these so
called mullah's be minimized, and religious scholars must take the lead to
promote peace and harmony among Muslims sects as well as with other religion as
this war of religion must stop now. Or, we should seriously think over changing
the name of Pakistan from "Islamic republic of Pakistan” to" Peoples republic of
Pakistan". As, this move will also boost the confidence of other religious
communities residing in the country.