The murderous attack on our fellow citizens today is sickening. The attack has already claimed the lives of at least 70 people in Lahore.
The gunmen opened fire shortly after Friday prayers and threw what could have been grenades at two Ahmadi worship places in residential neighbourhoods in Pakistan’s cultural capital.
Sajjad Bhutta, deputy commissioner of Lahore, said at least 70 people had been killed in the twin attacks on worship places in Garhi Shahu and Model Town. A total of 78 were injured.
The death toll at Garhi Shahu was higher, Bhutta said, because three attackers blew themselves up with suicide vests packed with explosives when police tried to enter the building.
Police are still searching the area as two attackers were still at large.
It has been less than one year since the Gojra massacre when extremists murdered Christians. Today they murder Ahmadis.
I have been shocked at the response by some media that refer to the mosques as ‘worship places’. Who says that? Why do they not say ‘mosque’? The only explanation is that they refuse to recognize Ahmadis as Muslim. But who are these Media Mullahs to judge someone’s faith? Do not usurp the authority of Allah. Leave that judgment to Allah and worry only about your own faith. Do your own namaz and do not peek to the side and cluck your tongue at others. You will be judged on your own actions, not the beliefs of someone else.
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court is having hearings on Facebook. It is making judgments on AQ Khan. It is releasing dangerous jihadi elements into our community. It is taking up challenges to Presidential pardons. Even the Lahore High Court has time for hearings on a ‘sex change’ operation.
Meanwhile, outside the gates of Lahore High Court, people are being murdered in their own mosques. On this, the esteemed justices are silent.
The following poem was written by a German Christian Pastor named Martin Niemöller about the lack of action by Germans as the Nazis came to power and began attacking different minority groups.
THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.
Could something similar be written about Pakistan also?