Live your life – let others live too
Shamim Masih

ISLAMABAD: With all respect to Muslims…….. Multiculturalism is failure. And that was reason for Pakistan. There is no point when Muslims migrating to Western Nations and imposing them to accept them or otherwise call them as racists. Does Christians migrate to Muslims nations? Do they accept Christians as all? Simply, no….. But the fact is that Muslims do not let other religious minorities to live in their countries and to practice their religion freely. I am by birth Pakistani, not immigrant; even before the partition my forefathers used to live in the same area called Punjab province. Somehow, in early 2000 we shifted to the Twin city (Islamabad/Rawalpindi) and settled living in rented houses, very obviously owned by Muslims.

Pakistan has become Sunni Muslims dominated country and sick mind set have changed the concept of the creation of the country. Founder of the country, Mohammad Ali Jinnah struggled for a country where all people can live peacefully. He clearly announced that every person is free to live his life. On 12 March, 1949, the second constituent assembly of Pakistan passed the Objective Resolution which was proposed by the first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan, proclaimed that the future constitution of Pakistan would not be modeled entirely on a European pattern, but on ideology and democratic faith of Islam. The legislative election in 1954 saw the Awami League coming to power and its leader Huseyn Suhrawardy becoming country’s first Bangali Prime Minister. Promulgation of constitution in 1956 leads Pakistan declaring itself Islamic Republic (official name) with the adoption of parliamentary democratic system of government.

Since then Islam phobia prevailed in the country and Mullahs are busy in spreading hate against other religions. Thousands of people have been either killed or sent to prisons saving Islam. Muslims believed that Islam is the only scared religion and they are busy in saving it by killing others. Clerics are busy in giving fatwas and thus creating Mumtaz Qadris.

Good Friday is Christians’ ritual and its common practice that Christians gather for mass and worship God. Honestly speaking I am not too religious and do not attend church on regular bases and on these types of occasions I usually worship at my home as I feel every man has his personal affiliation with his creator. There is more than one reason to it, as I am sick of so called pastors (religious businessmen) (will write on it later). So we, family members gathered for Good Friday service and started worshiping in our house. While the service was on someone knocked at the door, I went out to see and found the landlord there. He said that it’s not church and you are not allowed to say our prayer at home, if you want to keep it continue, better to leave the house. I explained him that we did not invite other but family members and praying on our religious event. But he did not satisfy and ordered to leave the house. It’s not the first time, in June last year, when we gathered for my mother’s death anniversary, he disturbed our gathering.

Does this country made for Muslims only? Do we have no right to live our lives? Will justice be done? Is this a safe place for our children? I know that government issuing statements that minorities have given equal rights and some minority parliamentarians are doing the same. Some so called patriotic claim try to show their loyalty by criticizing others. But my question is; where does a common Christian person stands? Major portion of Pakistani Christians are living below poverty line and the same segment faces problems in everyday life.

Pakistan is Muslim dominated country and Muslims have changed the society culture by building mosques and midressas on every corner but Christians are not allowed to do so. In the capital, Islamabad only, there are hundreds mosques and midressas constructed illegally. Founder of the nation Mohammad Ali Jinnah created this country and given the rights. But his successors have changed its ideology. These hardline clerics are defaming the face of Pakistan not we Christians…..