For the world, or most of it at least, Adolf Hitler was a ruthless, barbaric individual who rose from being nobody from an insignificant party to one of the worst tyrants history has ever seen. Hitler demonstrated perfectly how human beings are capable of abandoning humanity for their own selfish interests. He demonstrated how the thought of being in power can corrupt human minds. His party took fascism to a whole new level.

Hitler was a murderer, a war criminal who was responsible for the murder of no less than six million people. For these very obvious reasons, Adolf Hitler is a man hated almost all over the globe. However, as shocking as it may sound, the recent events taking place in Palestine revealed that not everyone sees Adolf Hitler as a war criminal.

From Facebook posts glorifying Hitler to his pictures photoshopped with bold text saying how right he was in killing six million Jews, all sorts of absurdities could be seen during the time the Pakistanis realized what was going on in Gaza was a violation of human rights . Ironically, while condemning the violation of human rights , a number of Pakistanis started glorifying the man who probably violated the most human rights since the creation of civilization. Atrocious posts saying, “Yeah man you were right,” to “Sorry we couldn’t understand you, Hitler” could be seen posted by individuals everywhere on social media.

The hatred the Muslim community, particularly the Muslim community of Pakistan, has for the Jewish community is the sole reason behind such beliefs. One cannot argue that it is the lack of education that compels people to hold such ignorant beliefs since a lot of those glorifying Hitler come from well-educated backgrounds.

It isn’t surprising to see young lawyers or young economists promoting their beliefs about how Hitler was right in doing what he did and if he had succeeded in ‘cleansing’ the world of the entire Jewish community, none of the problems of the modern world would exist.

The truth is, had Hitler succeeded in destroying the entire Jewish population, he would have found a new community to massacre. We clearly do not fit Hitler’s definition of the ‘pure race’ considering the fact that we don’t have blond hair or blue eyes. Had Hitler succeeded in attaining his first goal, we’d have been his next target.

It isn’t surprising, however, to see this admiration for the Nazi party amongst Pakistanis. The Pakistani Ahmaddiya community was excommunicated from Islam in 1974, although unofficial problems for the community had started for the community a long time before that. From being stoned to death to having their homes torched and their children shot, the members of the Ahmaddiya community have been persecuted in every way possible. Even in death, members of this community do not find peace. Many cases of graves being dug up because an Ahmadi was buried in a ‘Muslim’ graveyard have been heard of. The people that were once a part of the Pakistani Muslim community suddenly found themselves alienated; their mosques separated, their graveyards labeled and their businesses destroyed. Ahmadis, all of a sudden, became ‘wajibul qatal’.

The country where these people had spent their entire lives was now far from being their own country. For all anyone cared, they could be murdered and the murderer would be praised. These events don’t seem to be too different from those of the Holocaust, do they?

The truth is, it wouldn’t be surprising to see something similar to the Nazi party being created in Pakistan. In a country where people are so intolerant not only towards people from other religions but also towards people who follow a different version of Islam, it isn’t surprising to see atrocities being committed against one group or another. What the Ahmaddiya community went through at one point in time, the Shia community is being subjected to now. Who knows which community these self-proclaimed saviors of religion will wage war against next?

Sad as it is, Hitler – the war criminal- will continue being hailed as a hero by such people that can be found in abundance in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Wishal Raheel is a finance student who enjoys travelling and spends a lot of her time writing about social issues. Follow her on Twitter