Pakistan is a country where the state religion is enshrined as Islam in its constitution, where 97% of the population is Muslim, and where no law repugnant to Islam has or can be passed. Thus, in a state with such absolute Islamic supremacy in every institution, it is puzzling to think why a faction is always under the impression that the religion is under attack, or how a mere clerical error, which has been corrected, could threaten their entire Islamic way of life.

The Faizabad protesters should take a long insight on what will defame Islam more; a change of words from ‘solemnly swear’ to ‘I believe’, which mean the same thing; or erupting public lives and ways of innocent people. While peaceful protest is a constitutional right, making a state within a state, restricting movement and harassing and threatening passersbys, is neither Islamic nor lawful. The Islamabad High Court will take up a petition today seeking court’s directives for the capital administration to take action against the prolonged sit-in at the Faizabad intersection of the twin cities. To show a symbolic victory of Islam, these protesters are committing the worst of Islamic crimes, that of fitna, or disruption of society.

Nor is it Islamic to disobey the orders of the Court. The IHC advised religious parties protesting to end their sit-in. The government has been accommodating with these protests but its and the nation’s patience is waning thin. What reflects the protesters’ absolute arrogance is their refusal to negotiate. The protesters and government are on the same page on the emotions of the Bill; but going above and beyond to demand resignation of the Minister for a clerical error will absolutely not be given, considering the technicalities with the precedent that could be set for this.

While most people were against the amendment of the Bill, even the supporters are withdrawing support as protesters disrupt lives and cause danger and death of people in gross negligence, all for a mere symbolic show of power, which does absolutely nothing for the goodwill of anyone. This has gone on for too long; the destabilization of the twin cities and rejection of the state’s writ must end. It is advisable for protesters to themselves withdraw from this, and not provoke state to actionable means; it is not worth to sacrifice themselves to a mere clerical error which has been corrected. Surely they will find something else soon to be outraged by.