The gruesome mob killing of Mashal Khan is sending shock waves across the liberal minority in Pakistan. It will be good if they realise that religion & religion based politics is the root of the problem. This article in the Dawn it seems shows such realisation.
Because while the videos will have caused many to recoil, the visuals and the audio will have made others rejoice.
Turn up the volume and hear the howls and screams. This wasn’t ignorance or the lack of knowledge; it was total belief and piety.
They weren’t screaming for blood; they were chanting the name of God.
The videos are an advertisement and an admonition: this is what we will do, this is what you need to do and this is what must be done.
Like snuff films for the masses, it took minutes and hours for the videos to spread; it’s taken days for the state to respond — a gap that may as well have been an eternity because of the effectiveness of the former and the flaccidness of the latter.
And in the state’s claim that no crime was committed by the victim lies a denial of reality — it doesn’t matter to the murderous that an innocent life was taken.
An innocent life is a price worth paying to defend the higher cause — that no one in no way and at no time may ever even think of doing what the dead man was accused of doing.