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Pakistan will remain in the dark ages

Posted: August 8, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 8, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Recently a mob in Pakistan burned down eight Ahmadi Muslim homes, which resulted in the deaths of three children and a 55-year old grandmother.

A barbaric and twisted way to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan? Certainly.

What struck me was seeing people seemingly as young as 12 who were so ecstatic and celebrated the burning of these homes, as though they had made a major achievement.

It made me realize: just like my parents taught me to respect everyone, similarly, their parents likely taught them that killing Ahmadis is a source of blessings.

Only such brainwashing could make someone celebrate such a horrific act. Indeed, this is what many preachers in Pakistan teach.

I believe Pakistan will remain in the dark ages until its educated population becomes strong enough to oppose religious fundamentalists.

For now, one can pray for the religious minorities of Pakistan — indeed, as Ahmadi Muslims, in our 125-year history, that always has been, and always will be, our biggest “weapon” to counter these misguided individuals.



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