In the aftermath of the tragic Toulouse shootings, one thing was on my mind: what if it had happened in Pakistan? I mean, how would we have reacted to, say, a Hindu killing Pakistani soldiers at an ATM machine and then speeding away? Or gunning down innocent 4-year-olds outside a madrasah, for no apparent reason?
And this is precisely what Muhammad Merah, a 23 year old Muslim did in France, killing 3 French soldiers and then 3 children and a Rabbi at a Jewish school before shooting at officers who stormed his apartment and jumping out of the window. But back to the question; how would we have acted if all this had been done in Pakistan by a Hindu or A Christian? Would our President have warned the nation against discriminating against Hindus or would Muslim mobs have burned down entire Hindu neighborhoods in revenge? I’m much more inclined to believe the latter, not only because there have been many instance of such violence against religious minorities in the past, but also because, I’m sad to say, Pakistanis are a bitter, revengeful nation, packed with hypocrisy and bigotry.
In Gojra for example, after a rumor spread that pages from the Quran had been desecrated, six Christians were burned alive and their homes looted in 2009. And we are supposed to be Muslims? The point I’m trying to make here is that no matter how much we criticize the “infidels”, the fact remains that the Europeans and the Americans are by far more tolerant then us.
I want my readers to appreciate this huge difference between Pakistan and France, where even after an act of such blatant violence; Muslims can still sleep easy in their beds. This tolerance is, I believe, what really sets them apart from us, for as long as hypocrisy thrives in Pakistan, how can we ever prosper? And to all the people who consider themselves staunch Muslims, my question to them is: Would Allah SWT favor a nation so filled with hatred as Pakistan? And as can be seen from the state of our country, the answer is a very clear no!