Violence in Gojra: It’s A Shame

A burnt house of a Christian family in Azafi Abadi at Chak 95-JB on Gojra-Faisalabad Road.

Words are not enough to condemn the horrific incident that has taken place in Gojra. As the reports are still sketchy, the communal violence has until now cost 8 lives while the Rangers are out there to control the violence. In this barbaric episode, the dead included 4 women and a child, all belonging to Christian community.

Living in Pakistan, this is one thing that you witness rarely. As a matter of fact it is more to the foundation on which we stand, that guarantees that minorities must be protected and given equal opportunity. Having been moved by this incident, I did a little research and came out with astonishing result.

It was alleged that by a Christian desecration of Holy Quran had taken place, not in Gojra but a small town outside it. There was no clear evidence in this regard. The news spread like a wild fire and the mob clashed, with the result quite evident. In this regard, the response of the police was pathetic, as the first clash had taken place few days back, but no immediate action was taken and the second deadly episode was a clear result of this negligence. The situation is now under control (at least that’s what you hear from the authorities) but the sad part is that politics is still being played over this issue. An inquiry report has been submitted by the minority minister of the state to The President while Shahbaz Sharif and his team are going there own way, and he has also ordered a judicial inquiry. Even now while the smoke is still rising, one can hear sources saying that the center and the provincial administration are a world apart on this issue.

As the events unfold, there are reports that incident was in no way a remote act, but it seems that it was a pre planned action, and the miscreants have seceded in bringing a whole city on the verge of a civil war. It seems that a simple “misunderstanding” has lead to the death of 8 innocent people, and it’s important that this issue must be probed in a proper manner, so that no one can exploit the element of religion to spread hatred for others. To all the minorities living in Pakistan, you are like our brothers and we are equally saddened by your loss, and we pray that together we can live side by side, as we have done in the past.

25 thoughts on “Violence in Gojra: It’s A Shame”

  1. Kashif H

    You know very well who I am.
    I told you before and will tell again.

    Spend less time on net and more on reading some proper books to improve your knowledge. Most of what you write prove that you are not able to comprehend what is going on in this world.
    Read the books…rocking back and forth.
    I am watching you.

  2. Some excellent points made here, and I have to hand it to you, you all got there a little faster than I did (well, there’s a bunch of you and one of me, so I don’t feel TOO dumb.:-))

    This kind of situation is where politics strains its limits in democracies, because politicians have to please their majorities, and justice is hard to justify to people more prone to emotion than reason. I doubt that eight Muslims will hang because the politicians, who are of you and have to live among you, won’t be able to pull it off without inviting internal retaliation.

    Sadly, some alleged Christian able to count to eight, somewhere, with an attitude and a score-sheet, may decide he needs to balance the numbers, and here we go again with more miserable crap, possibly against perfectly innocent Muslims somewhere. Then some angry Muslim will retaliate, and on and on and on. My sympathies for your politicians, assuming they really care about justice, but they brought it on themselves, collectively, by spending too much on limousines and not enough on education for the knot-head perpetrators. Ours are just as bad.

    Religion is not to blame here–all religions teach forgiveness. The exact opposite–criminals, montebanks and opportunists, playing off our apparent differences, which, in the final analysis, aren’t very significant, are the culprits. We are all cut from the same cloth and basically function in the exact same manner, far more similar than different. Greed, egocentrism and ethnocentrism, xenophobia, impatience, laziness, fear, jealousy, faithlessness and the rest of the human weaknesses are to blame. Let’s add in the language barrier–a really BIG problem and the main contributor to all the rest of the problems–, which you smart cookies have whipped (I think we owe you a lot of appreciation, indeed, admiration, for that!)

    Percussions and repercussions, thousands of years of it. Who started it? Cain and Able, maybe? More importantly, who will stop it? The iron hand of secular authority? All of us together.

    I consider it the duty of us who know to enlighten the ones among us who do not. I tell many of my American friends about our conversations and they invariably sit up and pay attention, glad for some positive news. I’m thankful to you all for this nice bridge we’ve built. I consider you my friends.

  3. Shame shame shame on those BASTARDS attacking their fellow Pakistani citizens

    for too long in Pakistan, “blashphemy” charges have been used to target minorities groups –especially our Christian Pakistani brothers and sisters.

    Such incidents have declined…which is why i am deeply hurt and SHOCKED by what happened.

    The government had better not DARE allow this incident to go unpunished.

    The killers should be brought to trial and face the families of their victims. Harshest penalty should be imposed (life sentence)

  4. All corruption and carnage is emanating from Punjab. This is probably 4th of 5th such episode in which the government of Punjab is targeted. The incident is deplorable. Its the worst kind of violence in which innocent people are sacrificed. But I see is as a chain-link event as well.

  5. @Razi Abbas
    Buddy, one cant find a better example of playing politics over the coffin than what you wrote,, I was taken aback that may be its PPP media section that is responding to the carnage,,
    Well visionary,, there is nothing as PPP or PML manifeto debate for this article,, here we are simply discussing humanity and human suffering,,


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