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Orakzai bomb blast and mocking Zameer Akhtar

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26-November-2018

Just a few months ago, social media was awash with some selected clips of a Zakir (Majlis reciter), Zameer Akhtar. Apparently, his 4 selected clips (totalling 15-20 minutes out of a total of 100+ hours) regarding miracles and the Sufi mystical background of Pakistan’s founding father, Jinnah, had greatly upset some people. Those upset included […]

Just a few months ago, social media was awash with some selected clips of a Zakir (Majlis reciter), Zameer Akhtar. Apparently, his 4 selected clips (totalling 15-20 minutes out of a total of 100+ hours) regarding miracles and the Sufi mystical background of Pakistan’s founding father, Jinnah, had greatly upset some people.

Those upset included Sipah Sahaba (Rationalist Takfiri hate mongers), commercial liberals, Deobandi atheists, Uncle Tom Shias and some “Rahbari” Shias.

The same group (a bizarre combination on the surface) was also outraged by Shias flagellating themselves and including children in their devotional and empathetic faith rituals.

The rest of Pakistan was least bothered by the harmless musings and eccentric recitation style of Zameer Akhtar. They went about commemorating Muharram in their own culturally empathetic way.

Meanwhile, the group described above continued bashing the tens of millions of Pakistanis of different sects and faiths that unite to partake in Muharram commemorations.

Today, 50 Pashtun Pakistanis (mostly Shia Muslims) were killed in a bomb blast in Orakzai agency. A similar number have been grievously injured. This massacre was caused by a massive bomb apparatus that was used to target a Friday bazaar.

Unlike self flagellation, the fatal injuries were obviously not self inflicted. The bomb blast was also far worse and lead to the lives of 50 innocents.

Like similar past incidents, the outrage by those who cannot bear others self flagellating was the typical muted and dishonest, if any at all.

When close to 100 Shia Pashtuns were killed in a suicide attack last year during, it took Pakistan’s leading human rights activist nearly a week after the incident to issue one muted tweet! This tragedy also took place in Orakzai Agency during Eid celebrations.

During the same time frame, the same HR champion tweeted and wrote continuously to protest the innocence of then PM Nawaz Sharif. Nawaz Sharif was too busy vacationing in London and was least bothered to even condemn this massacre in Parachinar. After all, the perps were being sponsored by the same Saudis who sponsored Nawaz Sharif.

The next time any twit tries to talk rubbish about your faith rituals, please do remind them of their moral duplicity and their intellectual dishonesty. They are too obtuse to understand or accept the difference between one’s agency to apply pain to oneself for gaining empathy versus loosing one’s very existence due to the cowardly act of a Takfiri terrorist.

You cannot reason with these hypocrites and immoral twits for whom self flagellation as a devotional practice is intolerable but the mass murder of scores of innocents is just a news item!

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