and when lahore turned violent

Another show of madness ended today claiming two lives and we don’t know what’s next. This was supposed to be an organized protest, peaceful and to show our solidarity against those cartoons. How all those protestors, mostly religious school students and members of right wing parties, turned into a violent mob? Nobody knows how it started but let me tell you that people who were setting cars, motorcycles and buildings on fire later on, were young kids and people in their early 20’s. Our own people. There might be criminals who started this but what we saw later on, is sadly, the ugly side of Pakistani society in general. If we see someone freely throwing stones at a bus or setting a car on fire – instead of stopping them – we join them – laughing and cheering.

Who is responsible for all this? The government of Punjab, who didn’t bother to deploy police (and that’s really amazing) on mall and surrounding areas? I tell you there was no security presence even though everyone knew there is going to be a protest at mall and that to me, gave them license to do whatever. And why did they allow them to protest at mall anyways? Or the organizers are responsible? The so called religious leaders, ‘naik log or Islam ke theekedaar’, who I saw only yesterday on TV, making a commitment with CM that everything will be peaceful. I was watching clips of protests in Islamabad and the amazing thing was that most of the participants were school children. What kind of sick mind would use children, who don’t even know what it is all about, for their own political/religious agenda? And this has been the case for years. Some bloody foreign leader comes from abroad and children have to wait in lines to greet them. Somebody has to protest, children are taken from classes and to streets. And these are the ordinary, lower middle class or poor children who need education the most.

No matter how much we blame west and their blah blah against Muslims. The problem is somewhere within our societies. What happened to our own self-correction process, the real Jihad?

So what’s next, more protests, more violence, govt. putting brain-washed jaahils in jails? As Muslims, we are offended by those cartoons. There is a fine line between freedom of speech and responsibility and sensitivity towards other people beliefs and that cartoonist certainly crossed that line. So go on, hit them economically, politically, socially, if you can. Yes, that’s one way of showing your anger in a positive manner. But getting 2 people killed, burning our own 70+ motorcycles, 14 cars and setting 12 buildings on fire (including the historical Diyal Singh Mansion) is going to help us achieve what? You tell me.

8 Comments so far

  1. Asouza (unregistered) on February 15th, 2006 @ 12:02 am


    I’ve had enough of these ** jahil Jamiya people who are preaching hate and causing violence. People of Pakistan let us come together and kick these jahil animals back to arabia where they belong.

    How dare they attack offices and schools in Lahore! These are investors which have come to Pakistan; they have given us jobs and helped the Pakistani economy!

    These people are against Pakistan…Jamiya is against Pakistan! We must get rid of Jamiya now!



  2. Jim (unregistered) on February 15th, 2006 @ 12:26 am

    The media reports are very sketchy here in the US. Two people shot by a bank guard? 200 cars vandalized? Did the McDonald’s in Lahore get set on fire? The Pizza Hut and the KFC? The Parliament building? I saw a photo of the KFC on fire but some reports only said windows were smashed at both establishments.

    I was in Lahore this past November and met someone at the McDonald’s. I must admit I was uncomfortable to be at such a symbol (and target) of US capitalism.

    My heart goes out to all of you in Lahore. It is a beautiful city and the most vibrant I visited while in Pakistan. May peace be with you.

  3. faisal (unregistered) on February 15th, 2006 @ 2:01 am

    absolute insanity!

    what purpose does it serve to destroy our own property, our country and most important, our image on the world stage?

    Disheartening…Hope this does not spread all over, especially with the call for protests on March 3rd.

  4. Anon (unregistered) on February 15th, 2006 @ 3:44 am

    Sadly, I am not at all surprised, I thought this would happen, I said so in my comments a while back. Of course, the hatred I saw here, is repeated 100-fold on the streets.
    It is a sad day for all of us.

  5. Naila (unregistered) on February 15th, 2006 @ 3:52 am

    This kind of thing always boil my blood. Don’t they know how to write. Write to the newspaper or protest peacefully dummies. Don’t their religion teach tehm this. Well whom I am blaming these illiterate guys not even know the meaning of Islam or Koran. As noone is teaching them. This is the byproduct created by Zia to fight blindly against the infidels. They were kicked out of afghanistan and now polluting our society. They are people from us who need a hobby.

    The problem with these protests are they give a very violent view of Pakistan to others as such events always make news headlines. On the other hand our neighbor continue to potray her as progressive Secular democracy and continue to take such projects

    It is time for us to show the world that we are not comprised of illiterate religious fanatics only. There are lot of moderate minds too who want to spread peace and tranquility all over the world and with its neighbors too.

  6. Zaman (unregistered) on February 15th, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

    it’s about time ppl who use children should be thrown in jails! they are not protesting because they love prophet pbuh. violence is what keeps them alive.

  7. Rooster (unregistered) on February 15th, 2006 @ 10:12 pm

    from what i understand this was supposedly going to be a peacuful protest and a permit was acquired beforehand. if thats the case , why dont they put all of those a*holes in jail who organised this so called protest .
    most of us agree that this is done by jahil ghunda elements and etc , but still ….what kind of jahalat !!!, what kind of insane hatred!!? could they not realise that burning somoone’s motorcyle who has nothing whatsoever with any of this …how deos that help their cause ??? and what cause ???
    image of pakistan and the image of people of pakistan is in the toilet all over the world…again.

    sighhhhhhhhhh….its hard to even find the words to show your disgust over this .

  8. Asouza (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 1:43 am

    Jamiya should become declared a terrorist group in Pakistan. There funds should be cut and they should be kicke out of Pakistan for good. No good backwarded animals care not about Pakistan but there own politics!

    They destoryed Pakistan…there home…what kind of people do that? Jahil animals that’s who…

    We don’t need Jamiya in Pakistan…GET OUT JAMIYA…and STAY OUT!

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