Once Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah said that the minorities in Pakistan would enjoy equal rights, privileges and obligations. He added that they would also have religious freedom. He stated, “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in the state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State”.

Unfortunately, we have totally opposed Jinnah’s theory and his vision of Pakistan. In the wake of Lahore’s Badami Bagh Joseph town tragedy wherein approximately 160 houses and 40 shops belonging to Christians were set ablaze by angry mobs, the entire nation was put to shame.

Pakistan, unfortunately, has not been converted into an egalitarian state. Sadly, the Punjab government failed to protect the people from the mobs that bring such devastation. What a shame that the police did not help in preventing such large scale arson of property. The Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif visited the burnt site and made some sugar-coated promises to the bitter and sad residents. These kinds of barbaric incidents portray a biased and intolerant mindset.

MUHAMMAD SUHAIL,

Karachi, March 11.