Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Head of Qari Hussain Ahmed

So Qari Hussain is still alive. Our government doesn't try hard enough to kill or stop the bugger. It's US drones which are trying to kill him. From the Taliban on the Chengiz Khan right, to the Jamaat-e-Islami extreme right, to the Pakistani media`s right, the public space becomes more and more murderous for anybody who doesn`t think or act their way. This conservative wave degenerates and destroys all that is calm and decent and replaces it with all that is mad and hysterical.

So we wait for the grand master of suicide bombers to make his media appearance, and we contemplate how the most secular city of Pakistan itself has trouble setting a countering non-anarchic example to the fascism of Islamist "thought", sitting in the back of people`s minds across Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.

How to make people stop trying to use religion to build a public space? Further sectarian conflict of the Barelvi Vs Deobandi sort? It appears we may be heading that way.

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