Fundamentalists belonging to “Religion of Peace” are at it again. Killing for protecting their mythical god from music !
One of Pakistan’s most famous and respected musicians, celebrated for devotional songs from a centuries-old mystic tradition, has been shot dead by Taliban gunmen in Karachi.
Amjad Sabri, 45, was shot by two men on a motorbike as he drove through a congested area of the port city on Wednesday, Allah Dino Khawaja, the regional police chief, told Reuters. A relative travelling with the musician was injured but survived.
A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Qari Saifullah Mehsud, claimed responsibility for the killing and said Sabri was targeted because the group considered his music blasphemous, local media reported.
Is it just a fringe element indulging in mindless terrorist act ? Actually no.
In 2014 May, the Islamabad High Court had issued a blasphemy notice under a notorious provision in Pakistani law against Sabri for mentioning the Prophet Mohammed’s family in a song and dance routine that was broadcast on local television channels. Mainstream Islamist organisations were behind that court case. When you have a court case for blasphemy, the chance of you getting killed by Islamist terrorists before the court verdict is out is very high. Around 60 people have been killed like that. Even senior politicians who spoke against inhuman blasphemy laws were killed. So the celebrated singer was already a target of Islamists.
When you make 7th century religious diktats a part of your legal system, there can never be democracy and free exchange of ideas. There can never be free expression of art, music and culture. Sadly one can’t see a ray of hope, a way of escape from religious misery, for Pakistani citizens.