Sir: Whoever thinks that weaving a web of venom to entrap others will save them from getting poisoned needs to read the writing on the wall. Pakistanis are now entangled in a web of blasphemy wherein this poison is thundering day and night. This venomous disease is now entrapping its makers; no one can forget the unfortunate scenes of the governor of Punjab being shot dead by no one else than his own security guard, and later the same guard being garlanded by the so-called protectors of the law, the lawyers of Rawalpindi. Just recently, a human rights activist and lawyer, Rashid Rehman, who was representing a blasphemy victim in a court of law, was openly threatened by his fellow lawyers in the presence of a presiding judge. Later, Rehman was gunned down in his office. The lawyer who threatened Rehman and the judge who turned a blind eye are very much there in their chambers, doing roaring business.
The blasphemy law may be a ‘blessing’ for many in Pakistan; if you cannot professionally outdo your rival, use the blasphemy law to destroy his business, reputation, encroach on his property or simply eliminate him forever. A case is being registered against dozens of lawyers who abused a police officer in public. Now this incident is being turned into a blasphemy case. A news channel is being blamed for being blasphemous for telecasting a few people reciting a religious qawwali (folk song) on a morning show, which offended some people. Pakistan is fast becoming a laughing stock for the world. The snakes let loose for minorities and rivals have now started biting the very hands that freed them.
MASOOD KHAN, Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Source: Daily Times