It is official, Pakistan has wholly sided with terrorism. Let us pause for a moment of silence as we mourn the death of what was once a promising democracy. After the May 28th crime against humanity in which the Pakistani Government sanctioned the murder of nearly 100 Members of the peaceful Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, they have now taken steps to further strengthen terrorists, thereby ensuring future attacks.
How is this possible? In our autopsy of a dead country, let us analyze Pakistan and determine, from the beginning , what went wrong.
1) 1947: Pakistan is founded on the principles of justice and democracy. The Founding Father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, makes clear that “Pakistan is a state for Muslims, not a Muslim state,” one that promotes freedom of religion. He states explicitly that the government has no business meddling in the religious affairs of the people.
2) 1953: Extremists wish to legally sanction the persecution of religious minorities but Pakistani leadership resists. The nation strengthens and begins to show flashes of brilliance, posting the first Pakistani (an Ahmadi Muslim) as President of the UN General Assembly.
3) 1974: Pakistan passes the 2nd Amendment, the first of it’s laws persecuting religious minorities. It is the beginning of the end. The economy slowly and continually declines and violence soon begins to see a steady increase.
4) 1984: Pakistan passes anti-blasphemy laws, vehemently discriminating against religious minorities, prescribing up to capital punishment. What results is the systematic state sanctioned persecution of religious minorities (Christians, Jews, Hindus, Ahmadi Muslims). Violence further increases.
5) 1984-2009: Extremist groups, the likes of whom trained Faisal Shahzad, killed Benazir Bhutto, were responsible for 7/7, 9/11, and among many others, begin to sprout up and gain power. Pakistan does nothing to curb them, but continues its oppression of religious and peaceful minorities. Violence is now commonplace, and continues to increase.
6) By May 27th, 2010: Over 100 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community had been murdered in cold blood as a result of Pakistan’s state sanctioned persecution. The CIA ranks Pakistan as one of the top 5 most dangerous countries of the world. The economy is in the tank.
7) May 28th, 2010: In a well coordinated attack that many sources indicate Police were aware of beforehand, several terrorists use AK-47 assault rifles, grenades, and suicide bombs to kill nearly 100 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as the peacefully worshiped in their mosques. The police wait nearly an hour to act.
While any civilized nation would take immediate action to stop such horrific attacks, the Pakistani government has other plans. Despite PERMA’s (Pakistan’s version of the FCC) stated purpose to, “Ensure accountability, transparency and good governance by optimization of the free flow of information,” the very same extremists persecuting and killing religious minorities are called upon to headline network television and declare once again that Ahmadi Muslims are infidels who are “worthy of death.” The Pakistani government again turns a blind eye to this perpetual incitement to violence.
Why should we care in America? Well, if the value of human life doesn’t perk your interest, then perhaps the fact that Pakistan has nuclear weapons, will. How much longer will we stand idle while a nuclear nation, our ally, is overrun with extremists? After all, in the eyes of those extremists, we Americans too are “infidels worthy of death.” This is not a fear tactic, but a reality that our foreign policy must hold allied nations accountable to stop human rights violations.
The people of Pakistan are good people—I think I believe that, but it is becoming more and more difficult every single day. Their ignorance is no longer an excuse. Sooner, rather than later, they will need to make a choice. Speak up and stop the destruction of their nation, or face the consequences of their actions…or should I say, inaction.
Pakistan is dead, perhaps not in sovereignty (yet), but certainly in spirit. We bid farewell to the departed.
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