An exclusive mindset has been deliberately created by a fear mongering state narrative in the last three decades, dictated by specific security interests. The state’s policy of creating homogeneity through religion seems to have proven counterproductive. The journey has clearly been from religion to sectarianism.
Incidents like Mashal Khan’s lynching, killings of Ahmedis, forced conversions of Hindus in Interior Sindh and now blasphemy allegations in Hub – a region that has been the most secular part of Pakistan show that intolerance is rampant in the country. It is hard to sense any sense in this policy of the state except the vague idea of national interest. It has been an enigma all through the history of Pakistan to comprehend the concept of national interest. Who determines national interest? And how do its imperatives impact the public policy in Pakistan? It is somewhat understandable that in theodemocracy the components of public policy are rooted in advocacy rather analysis however this framework has done more bad than good for the country. The radicalisation of the Pakistani society seems horribly well done. Will this continue like this or the Pakistani state would ever take the right path?
Malik Atif Mahmood Majoka