Posted on November 24, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Culture & Heritage, History, Religion, Society
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92 responses to “Shameful, Criminal, Disgraceful: Swat Militants Attack Buddha Carvings and Relics”

  1. Tasleem says:

    Mr. Watan Aziz, I am sure you have been told before just how irritating you are, even for those who might otherwise be inclined to agree with what you are saying!

  2. Watan Aziz says:

    There are times when it is not enough to feel outraged. One has to speak out. To express the outrage. To speak out, and to be heard, against that which is wrong. Indeed, there are times in life when it is difficult to determine exactly what is right. Reality, after all, is complex and nuanced. However, there are also times – more often than we think – when there is no ambiguity about what is wrong. Just plain wrong. Silence, at such moments – especially in the face of violence – cannot be justified. The least one can do is to call the wrong, wrong.

    For a moment I thought this was about statement of Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Minister of Finance, Government of Pakistan: “Personally speaking, I am in favour of taxing the rich, but the Constitution does not allow the federal government to do so because it is a provincial subject”.

    Yes, I too am outraged for desecration of relics, of disrespecting other faiths and other peoples. This is not who Pakistanis are. This is not how we get defined.

    And yes, I am outraged just the same at the people who are doing disservice to the nation.

    When will ATP speak up against the later?