The blanket of silence and everything to do with Islam is good which was thrown on Pakistan during military dictator Gen. Zia’s time. And we feel and find the same following us till today. Yes! Pakistan is an Islamic state, but how Islamic are its people?
We’ve allowed the US to bombard us so tell me what are we guarding? After the interviews of our nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan (who had confessed proliferation to Iran, Libya, and North Korea) what else can be our national secret? So, for God’s sake, what are we hiding? People should be allowed to publish and print whatever they want.
In today’s militarized and Talibanized Pakistan, would we tolerate open-minded personalities like Mr. Jinnah (founding father of Pakistan) and Dr. Iqbal (national poet of the country)? Probably these personalities will feel so suffocated if they saw the current situation of freedom of thought and freedom of expression in our country.
(The writer lives in London, United Kingdom. Photo by The Terrorland Team)