I was going to write about something other than Mumtaz Qadri’s execution this week. Unfortunately, the response of our illiberal liberals (it’s better to dub them liberal fascists) who have been eagerly celebrating Mumtaz Qadri’s death, changed my mind.

In this blog, however, my focus will be on four points. First, my own position on death penalty in general and on Mumtaz Qadri’s in particular. Second, there is no denying of the fact that two wrongs never make a right, but one must ask if selective morality and justice can play effective role in the stability of a society. Third, why is Qadri’s death being celebrated by the two dozen Pakistani liberals? Fourth, can people, in a democracy, protest against the government or against the decision of apex court?

The first point: A few months ago I posted a status on my Facebook timeline after receiving texts by my friends and critiques questioning whether I supported the death penalty or not.

Also, I wrote a blog for this publication titled, The politics of civil society and NGOs in Pakistan, where I categorically argue that I was never against his death penalty.

I can now safely proclaim that my position on death penalty in general and in particular with reference to Mumtaz Qadri’s execution has been clarified.

Second, our liberals’ and justice systems’ dilemma is that they were and they still are silent spectators on the killing of Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s supporters, and those who are butchered in drone attacks, or those who are torn into pieces by the powerful and the rich. I am pretty sure that Thomas Edward Brown wrote these words only for the ‘powerful’ of our age:

“Money is honey, my little sonny, and a rich man's joke is always funny.”

In our times, a rich man’s brutality or the pain inflicted by the powerful is funny. Have we ever hanged any of them? Does our justice system challenge the rich? Is everyone equal before the law? The answer to all these questions is only one word, No. A big No. 

Now, my liberal friends argue that if those rich and powerful were not punished it never implies that Qadri should not have been punished either, because two wrongs never make a right. This is an interesting argument. But this argument, when analyzed in a broader socio-psycho perspective, seems not so convincing. It comes to us as flawed and simplistic. If the rich are not punished but the poor are, what can the poor do if the powerful humiliates him/her or ridicules his/her religious beliefs except run a parallel justice system? Would our selective justice and morality not create social and political chaos? And will it not end in complete anarchy?

Third point: why did our liberals celebrate Mumtaz Qadri’s execution? Interestingly, some innocent young boys and girls are now thinking that the country’s ideology is changing or Pakistan is going to be a modern secular democracy. This does not make any sense. Being a student of politics, I do understand the complexities and dirtiness of this business.

The state of Pakistan had to justify her stance over the capital punishment and it was almost mandatory to please western world by executing an Islamist, which ultimately helped Pakistan in justifying death penalty. Unfortunately, our innocent, confused and western-indoctrinated pseudo intellectuals and so-called liberals don’t understand this. Our liberals, who at one side oppose death penalty but passionately suggest it when it comes to an Islamist. Is this not the negation of the theory of liberalism? And a demonstration of both innocence and hypocrisy?

In a nutshell, our liberals are celebrating Qadri’s death for only one reason: that he was an Islamist; but they lack ability to understand the political dimensions of the execution.

Fourth point: people who are protesting against Mumtaz Qadri’s execution are being branded as foolish, who do not understand anything, or as unruly individuals who do not obey the law. Interestingly, those who used to say that Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s hanging was a judicial murder are now ferociously cursing those who are protesting against the same institution. Again innocence or hypocrisy? Being a Pakistani, I have the right to peacefully protest if I think what the court or the government did was unjust. This is simple and clear.

To conclude: Mumtaz Qadri committed a crime and the state punished him for violating the law. It’s quite fair. But my question to all so-called liberals and particularly to the state of Pakistan is simple: why do people break such laws?