Lahore massacre of Ahmadis: foretaste of theocracy

May 29, 2010 at 12:13 am (fascism, Islam, islamism, Jim D, Pakistan, religion)

Cross-posted from Dave’s Part:

IT IS particularly cowardly to enter a place of worship and gun down dozens of people peacefully practising their religion. But that is exactly what happened in two mosques in Lahore today, and such an unimaginably wicked crime underlines the toxicity that religious sectarianism alone can generate.

For the avoidance of doubt, this was not some distorted form of class struggle, refracted through a Muslim ideological prism. Nor was it a cynical Washington ploy to divide the ummah for the benefit of Tel Aviv.

There is no meaningful sense in which blame for the massacre can be laid at the door of the Pakistani bourgeoisie, which if anything would prefer internal stability as the most propitious framework for it increasingly precarious rule. Wage labour, after all, comes undifferentiated by sect.

The principle reason that at least 42 people have been slaughtered is that they adhered to a brand of Islam which adherents of another brand of Islam object to as heretical. They were, to paraphrase a standard British euphemism, the wrong type of Muslims. If I believed in Hell, my sincere hope would be that those responsible would rot there.

It was the misfortune of those that perished at prayer to subscribe to Ahmadiyya. The perpetrators were Sunni, and almost certainly Taliban operatives. That alone immediately points to the involvement of the Pakistani state, particularly the hardline Islamist faction dominant in the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence.

The only tenable attitude for the left is one of abhorrance towards reactionary proto-theocratic factions of all stripes. We have just been accorded a small-scale preview of what will happen if such currents are ever allowed to prevail.

5 Comments

  1. shug said,

    The first conscript,is god.Socialist mind i would not think so.

    If they want the revolution,let the ballot box to sort it,and our endevour,lets start talking to our kids,lets raise our being.

  2. saeed said,

    if you’re interested in whats happening in Pakistan and how the ruling secular elite in that country uses religious fundamentlasim for its own aims read this intervierw:

    http://www.isj.org.uk/index.php4?id=636&issue=126

  3. shahzaib said,

    “That alone immediately points to the involvement of the Pakistani state, particularly the hardline Islamist faction dominant in the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence.” It is very safe to make such a statement as it is equally difficult to refute it, as it is to substantiate it. The leap of logic that you take after mentioning that “It was the misfortune of those that perished at prayer to subscribe to Ahmadiyya. The perpetrators were Sunni, and almost certainly Taliban operatives.” is very ambitious to say the least.
    The number of Qadianis that are in Pakistan’s armed services is alarming if one is to consider their connections to the foriegn powers such as Britian. So the ISI being involved is unlikely because quite a few Qadianis are in the Pakistan army. One of the dead was a retired general of Pakistan army at one of the mosques.
    Now, all Muslims – shia, sunni, wahabi etc – agree that Ahmediyya community is heretical, but none of them has offered a “fatwa” that would allow for indiscriminate bloodshed of the said community.
    Laying the slur on Islam or faith is a “socialist’s” easy way out, but the mere fact that more deaths have happened at the hands of non-believers/athiests like hitler is testaments enough to such error.

  4. Muzaffar Mansoor said,

    Rubbish will remain rubbish even if you continue to repeat 20 times that it isnt. Intolerance and violence cannot be justified on any name you try to give and you cannot interpret others beliefs and thrust yours on them. Pakistani Ahmadis are not aliens in the beloved country Pakistan and must be treated with respect and equality as compared to those who were against the creation of Pakistan but have now become champions in the name of religion.

  5. Muzaffar Mansoor said,

    CREATION OF NEW DEFENCE “GILANI DEFENCE” IN THE PAKISTAN PENAL CODE

    After the award of criminal conviction, sentencing and punishment to the Prime Minister Gilani and his high moral decadence and arrogance by clear defiance to the apex court’s verdict has now given rise to a new defence “Gilani Defence” to all criminals and defendants not to accept orders of the court because their Prime Minister does not do so or obey hence any ordinary Pakistani can use this new Gilani Defence in civil and criminal cases in difiance.

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