Rise of Hate in Pakistan – Cure lies only in ‘Satyameva Jayate’

On the very day Dr. Qamar was killed, a former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, who also served as the country’s information minister, was caught on video making derogatory remarks about Indian politicians. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s predominantly Hindu cabinet, she said, “Look at their cabinet ministers … wall-to-wall ugliness.” Right here in Toronto I know of Pakistanis who will not eat food prepared by a Hindu chef — but will deny it in public. But as my ancestors affirmed in Sanskrit, “Satyameva Jayate”: “Truth alone triumphs”​

 

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The truth must triumph over hatred

June 11, 2014

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

Yoko Ono said in 1973, “I don’t believe people are capable of real hate.”

Apparently she had missed the George Harrison-Ringo Starr concert in solidarity with the victims of a hate-inspired genocide in Bangladesh by Pakistan.

Forty years later, Pakistan is still on its downward spiral of hate and religious bigotry.

On Sunday night, while much of the media focused on the Taliban attack on Karachi airport, a horrendous act of religious hatred was unfolding elsewhere in Pakistan but went almost unreported.

The sleepy town of Taftan lies on the Pakistan side of the Iran-Pakistan border. It serves as a transportation hub for pilgrims headed in both directions.

On Sunday night, 300 Shia Muslim pilgrims had crossed the border, returning from a pilgrimage to holy sites in Iran.

They had settled down for the night in a modest hotel when a suicide bomber belonging to the Sunni Muslim terrorist group, Jaish-ul-Islam (Army of Islam), blew himself up, killing 23 pilgrims and injuring scores of others.

This slaughter was an act of hatred by a young man brainwashed by Islamic clerics in search of so-called purity, the perfection of Islam embedded in the very name “Pakistan” — The Land of the Pure.

Last week this hatred towards the “other” was felt in Canada.

Mehdi-Ali-Qamar-e1401422161918I am not talking about the Calgary Pakistan-Canadian who blew himself up in Syria.

Rather, it was the funeral in Vaughan, just north of Toronto, of a Canadian cardiologist, Mehdi Ali Qamar, who was killed in Pakistan for the crime of being an Ahmadiya Muslim.

Pakistan was born in 1947 in a climate of hatred towards Hindu and Sikh Indians.

Over a million Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs died in the ensuing partition of British India, making sworn enemies out of neighbours who had lived side-by-side for centuries.

Today, it’s not just the Hindus. The list of people many in Pakistan hate is long.

Here is a hierarchy of it. By producing this list, I am guilty of washing a lot of dirty linen in public. But the stench of hate is so unbearable; it forces me to bare my soul.

1. Hindus and India

2. Jews

3. Christians and America

4. Ahmadiya Muslims

5. Shia Muslims and Iran

6. Baloch and the Bengali

7. Blacks and Africans

8. Gays and Lesbians

9. Poor and Disabled

10. Joy and Happiness

Growing up, I was told Hindus were dirty, ugly and had a slavish mentality, while we Muslims were the people chosen to rule over Hindus because we were better looking, ate beef and had the genes of Arabs and Central Asians that made us “fair and lovely.”

Conventional wisdom dictated that education and exposure to the West would tame the hatred many in Pakistan have for others, but that was not to be.

On the very day Dr. Qamar was killed, a former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, who also served as the country’s information minister, was caught on video making derogatory remarks about Indian politicians.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s predominantly Hindu cabinet, she said, “Look at their cabinet ministers … wall-to-wall ugliness.”

Right here in Toronto I know of Pakistanis who will not eat food prepared by a Hindu chef — but will deny it in public.

But as my ancestors affirmed in Sanskrit, “Satyameva Jayate”: “Truth alone triumphs”​

9 comments for “Rise of Hate in Pakistan – Cure lies only in ‘Satyameva Jayate’

  1. chetan
    June 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    arab gene….. lol…… that’s why south asian muslims clean arab toilets for 150 USDs a month

  2. Ashutosh Raina
    June 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Wonder how an ex ambassador and educated people from the community still support such mentality.

    Good for world that there are people like you who atleast stand up and counter such idiots.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jitendra Bhagat
    June 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    I also believe in “Satyamev Jayate”. Thank you for opening the eyes of lot of people. Please read a book called “Satyarth Prakash” by Swami Dayanand Saraswati. In English it is called “The Light of Truth” It was written around 1875 and is available online free. One can use Google to search it. Thanking you and carry on doing the wonderful and couragious work.

  4. Ryan Subbu
    October 12, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Heard of one hating other, like Arabs hating isreaii, white hating black, east hating west and vice versa, Hindu hating muslim etc, but pakistanis hate India, America, Britain, France and almost all countries which has given asylum or citizenship or work permit, hate Shias ahmadiyas x-ians, baluchs, hazaras, hate Arabs ( of course for not giving aid) Iranians, afghans, hate other culture,( they don’t have any of their own).

    Net result they end up hating themselves.

  5. Kunnath
    January 10, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    I was refused a handshake by a native German converted to Islam who was in a course of 6 weeks. She was half age of my daughter citing she is prohibited to shake hands with another religionist, and was instructed by her Muslim husband! And this was repeated recently by a Syrian women who refuse to shake hands with wife while doing social service for the refugee family!

    • maninder
      October 3, 2016 at 10:50 AM

      these refugee make life hell in after got settlement in europe. They only cry till they not got settled.

  6. devindersingh
    September 4, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    This is a mind blowing article.

  7. Bela Butalia
    September 4, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Just imagine the absurdity of it all, a bunch of converted Hindus decide, after centuries of living in India, that they cannot live with Hindus anymore and want a separate state in 1947!

    And these converted Hindus decide with the help of foreigners living in India where they want to establish their state in future, i.e. north-west India.

    This state is called Pakistan and the people who are going to live there from 1947 onwards have no territorial ties with that region, a fact which is against international law. In addition, notice the similarity with Israel…both states have been creation at the behest of an international power yet Pakistan thinks it has the right to exist but maintains that Israel does not have that right!

  8. maninder
    October 3, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    sir , in your many videos you says that the votes of UP,Cp,madraass, bihar to muslim leauge in pre independence election in 1946 caused the win of of muslim leauge which cause the creation of pakistan. You denies the involvement of punjabi muslims in partition of india. I think u denies involvement of punjabi muslims in dividation of india to hide your guilty feeling as your are punjabi muslim. I have read the election result of 1946 on wikipedia that shows muslim leauge got majority only in punjab,Sindh and bangale .
    what will say on these result ?

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