Pakistan Independence Day: Celebrating extremism and bigotry

Article by Qantra A Ahmed

The founder of Pakistan, which today celebrates Independence Day, believed in the separation of mosque and state. He would not recognize his country now. Blasphemy laws silence religious expression. On a visit, I was often reminded to lower my voice ‘lest the servants hear you.’

Growing up in England, my Pakistani émigré parents taught me to revere the founder of Pakistan, which marks its 65th anniversary of independence today. Mohammed Ali Jinnah was a secular, westernized moderate – a sort of Muslim Thomas Jefferson, who cherished the separation of mosque and state. Our family trips to Pakistan always included a trip to Jinnah’s mausoleum in the center of Karachi.

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Celebrating Religious Festivals

Followers of all religions celebrate festivals in the name of their religion such as Christmas, Eid, Diwali etc. Although the name of the religion is invoked but the celebration itself is actually devoid of much of the spirit of religion and merely a commercial venture. If followers of all religions displayed the true spirit of religion in their celebration of these festivals human beings will become much better at living together harmoniously.