Partitioning of India: A Tragedy in Our History

2012-09-09 12:45

Having read the many articles about Rimsha Masih, I was stirred to write a piece on this latest occurrence which is swiftly becoming an embarrassment for Muslims globally. “Girl freed in Pakistan blasphemy case” (News24, September?8).

Although Pakistan is not the only country that uses open ended blasphemy laws to control free speech in the name of protecting religion, this latest blasphemy case has correctly received international attention.

Laws protecting religious and divine scriptures, places of worship and noble personalities such as the Prophets of Almighty God are much needed in this day and age of religious intolerance and detestation. But the arrest of Rimsha Masih, a young Pakistani Christian girl, on dubious evidence, and who is allegedly suffering from Down’s syndrome, for supposedly desecrating the Qur’an is inhuman, insensitive and un-Islamic.

The case against Masih should be withdrawn immediately, as witnesses say that Mullah Mohammed Khalid Chishti, a cleric at the Musjid, placed pages of the Qur’an in Rimsha Masih’s bag in order to frame her. If Khalid is found guilty of tampering with evidence in order to ensure the girl’s conviction, he should be appropriately and severely punished.

In the Islamic judicial structure, an individual can only be sentenced for a crime through crystal-clear evidence and honest and reliable witnesses. No doubtful or inferred evidence or testimony can be used in court as Islam does not allow any room for unfairness or discrimination.

The partition of India is one of the many tragedies in our history. The 1947 partition saw over 10 million people relocate to settle in lands across newly defined borders.

Whatever was the intention and causes of the partition, many people including Muslims and learned scholars were opposed to the idea as the partition would create a host of problems.

Over sixty years down the line, what has been achieved in Pakistan? Has Pakistan progressed or retrogressed? Does the high level of corruption, poverty, unemployment, honour and revenge killings, sectarian violence, and hatred towards minority faiths, abuse of women, illiteracy and years of military rule make it a true model of an Islamic state as envisaged by its founders? Definitely not! The citizens of Pakistan need to do some deep pondering and introspection over the sad state of affairs in Pakistan.

Pakistan is both a Persian and an Urdu word meaning a place of noble people. The architects of Pakistan could never have imagined that the Pakistan they dreamed of would ever face such a pathetic situation. It is time the people of Pakistan put an end to this negative image.

The people of Pakistan should stand up against the self-centred individuals and politicians who incite violence and kill innocent people in the name of Islam. Non corrupt, independent and visionary leaders or politicians who are free from manipulation and outside interferences should be supported and voted into power.

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