Pakistani streets and social media is jammed with people condemning Israel’s recent attack on Gaza. Don’t take me wrong; I am totally against the brazen aggression against helpless civilians but my question is when our countrymen block roads and crash websites with condemnation messages don’t they forget the ruthless killings in their own backyard? When mosques, churches, temples and other places of worship are bombed and burned, we see no effort to catch the culprits hiding among ourselves.

We see no protest, when innocent people are killed under blasphemy law and family honor customs; when rape victims are asked to bring witnesses as proof. We see no religious party openly rejecting the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, ISIS, Al-Shabab, it is overloaded with ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. First lets have our priorities right and come clean about what’s happening within few kilometers of our own houses, rather than shouting hollow slogans for killings in Gaza. Remember charity begins at home, otherwise it’s just show-off.


Saudi Arab, July 14.