Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims

Pakistan: A Blinkered Nation

It is a bad and a sad time to be in Pakistan. The ever lengthening power cuts and the winter chills with overcast skies are only adding to the depression. Just a thinking of the power situation in summer, which is just round the corner, makes one break into a cold sweat. In newspapers, one finds at some forlorn corner of the third page that 80% of the sewage is being discharged into the sea untreated, prompting an environmental catastrophe. Factories, the ones which are running, are flouting all environmental rules in connivance with corrupt local ruling bodies. Both people and the industry are using rivers as toilets and refuse bins. Swat is quietly being handed over to the lovers of Muhammad, so that they may acquire and barter as many unschooled child-girls as bride as possible; and to top it up, the entire nation is as usual in complete denial, in no mood for self-inspection. Some liberal papers seem to agree. Here is what Daily News, a popular English paper, had to say in its Editorial on Saturday, January 03, 2009:

The remarks by a Foreign Office spokesman on Jan 1 that Pakistan has no terrorist infrastructure on its soil is going to be taken with a very big pinch of salt – by even many Pakistanis..

When Zardari, hiding behind the NRO, managed to blatantly cheat Nawaz sharif and become President without reinstalling the judges he had promised to, I had the foreboding urge to shout from my rooftops that, rather than accepting or ignoring this, we should fear the day when this behavior would be accepted as norm in a country already blighted with lawlessness and hypocrisy. Most of my letters and articles went unanswered and unprinted in local newspapers. I am under no illusion that my lone voice would have made a difference. There are people in Pakistan who are much more qualified and eloquent than me to comment on this, but winds of hypocrisy and ‘doublethink’ and the fear for their life and limb keep them at bay.

After the Mumbai massacre, the Pakistani media and ruling elite, the real one, went into a zealous overdrive. They were bombarding the people with the message that denial and lies, which has a distinguished place in Pakistan’s arsenal (stored right next to those “nuclear assets”), needs to be massively deployed. They were literally training people into new ways of denial, lying and cheating. The likes of Zaid Hamid, a remarkably dimwitted orator, whose fascistic and inflammatory monologues distorting the history are well and truly appreciated by a blinkered nation, and his mentor ex-ISI chief Hameed Gul, a certifiable terrorist, are in such big demand on the network channels that they are hard-pressed to visit wardrobe in-between shows. After keeping the building of Islam aloft by hook or crook, they are now spreading the cancerous lies even more by applying the same tools. Here are some basic lies, which you must learn, in order to be able to converse in any decent Pakistani gathering:

  1. Islam is a peaceful religion and against killing: quote 5:32 from Quran, which you heard some moron repeating on FM radio that morning, without knowing what 5:32 means (it mentions a nonsensical verse about Israelites, which was stolen and rehashed by Muhammad from Talmud) or what the very next verse 5:33 says. This one exhorts a most macabre punishment for non-compliers to Islam and genuinely belongs to that crazed duo, Muhammad and Allah.

  2. We must talk to and protect the Taliban as they are our Muslim brethren completing skirting the ground reality that Pak army is fighting a life-and-death war in northern areas, which has now spread to Peshawar.

  3. Ajmal Kasab is not from Faridkot in Pakistan, although a Pakistani organization tried to prove that he was kidnapped by India from Nepal in 2006 to be used in the murder of hundreds of multinationals in Mumbai; Nawaz Sharif and Geo TV network are traitors and liars for admitting the truth.

  4. India started and lost all previous wars; and if India attacked again, it would receive a “befitting” reply.

  5. RAW, Mossad, MI6, CIA and Barack Obama are all in cahoots with the Israeli lobby in the US; they are all plotting against the nuclear weapons of Pakistan (don’t ask who plotted and destroyed Pakistan before 1998 nuclear weapons issue. If you do, you will receive a “befitting reply”). Thinking commentator Dr Farrukh, a rare breed in Pakistan, recently wrote in a column titled ‘Conspiracies against us’:

“It's a Jewish conspiracy. Medinat Yisra'el or the State of Israel has appointed Yuli Tamir, a PhD from the Oxford University, as their minister of education. This has happened when Pakistan didn't even have a minister of education and then the Islamic Republic appointed Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, this gentleman was ordered arrested by Supreme Court for presiding over a Jirga order for handing over 5 minor girls in compensation. Consider this: Zubaida Jalal Khan, our one-time minister of education, is being investigated by a Senate committee for her role in the Rs. 3.6 billion Tawana Pakistan Project scam. Just look at this other fact: exactly when Zubaida Jalal was running Tawana Pakistan, Yuli Tamir was a research fellow first at Princeton and then at Harvard. How cunning, indeed, the ministry of education in Israel gets to spend $1,500 every year on each Israeli citizen while the ministry of education in Pakistan has a mere $20 per year for every Pakistani man, woman and child”.

What can anybody do with such ‘in your face’ bellicosity? Here is a lesson from Zardari.

In the first year of their rule, Zardari and his clan settled in for a nice lucrative ride to replenish their coffers, which were beginning to sound a bit tinny after PPP being out of power for 12 long years. They intimated that they would love to settle things with India, get rid of maybe not Islam yet but the Islamists at least, and convinced the agitated and highly volatile populace that it is in Pakistan’s interest to do so. They made all the right noises like calling Islamic terror a cancer, calling Kashmir insurgency a terrorist operation and even assured India of NO FIRST USE of their dreaded ‘assets’. They even placed all the wrong people in the right places to channel the loot when it begins to roll in. The only problem was that none of this facade was matched by real intent or commitment. The world is quite weary of the duplicity of Pakistani leaders. Musharraf played a "double bluff" quite successfully with the incompetent Bush Administration; the ISI is still at it.

Just ponder over these two excerpts from a recent interview conducted by Der Spiegel with ISI head, General Pasha. First he soothes the West: "We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds. We know full well that terror is our enemy, not India." Then later in the interview he plays his "double bluff", equating terrorists and murdering jihadis with democrats: "Shouldn't they be allowed to think and say what they please? They believe that jihad is their obligation. Isn't that freedom of opinion?"

Facing this blatant double-game and with Zardari carrying his reputation for hypocrisy and sleaze up his sleeves, the world should be demanding more real commitment and action.

In his quest for power and hard cash, Zardari may have even delivered the goods; but then the Islamists and their ISI backers played the Mumbai card. Now all bets are off. The media, which was already right of the centre, using the crutches of Islam and patriotism, has begun to mobilize the mob mentality in the Ummah. They have even been handed the prize of Israel’s admittedly disproportionate response in Gaza to work the volatile crowds of Pakistan into frenzy, especially after the dangerous Friday prayers. The Islamists in the North have begun to regroup. Using violence and Islamic piety, they might soon bring large parts of the blinkered Ummah under the sword of Islam. Whispers of Zardari being pulled down from his high perch are gaining strength. What could replace him in this nuclear-powered uranium keg of Islamic Jamhooria of Pakistan will cause many sleepless nights around the globe.

Batten down your hatches and just hope.

Welcome to 2009, Pakistani style.

Postscript: I want to thank everyone for their support after my last article. For once my email box was packed with considerably more good wishes than curses and threats.

The good news which I would like to share with you is that my wife has seen the truth. Even better is the news that, where I had failed to convince her completely as she perhaps understandably doubted my impartiality, a couple of true Muslim mullahs, explaining on Peace TV that according to the Quran, nonbelievers are Najis (unclean) and must be put to the sword if they don’t convert, succeeded. My wife who lived and worked in England for a long time, was devastated that the people she worked withculturally rich Hindus and Sikhs and affable, loveable Englishwere all unclean and under death penalty according to Allah! She has renounced Islam and joined the rest of humanity. Thank you Peace TV.

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Name: Ibrahim
Date: Wednesday January 07, 2009
Time: 22:49:03 -0500


Dr. Zia, your analysis of Pakistan is as precise as one can get. To this day I keep on wondering what is holding the Pakistanis from realising that, it is not the foreign nations which are its enemies, rather Pakistanis themselves are their own biggest enemies. Thank you very much for the timely and beautiful article.

Name: Snake Oil Baron
Date: Wednesday January 07, 2009
Time: 22:51:26 -0500


The postscript is illustrative of exactly why no one's views should be censored or suppressed short of actually direct incitements to immediate violence or direct threats. Keeping people from speaking their hateful words does not keep them from believing these things or even from spreading them. It just means that they express their hate is smaller, friendlier venues where critical counterpoints will not be raised. Mullahs need to be given more exposure for their disturbing views, not less.

Name: wagamama
Date: Wednesday January 07, 2009
Time: 23:22:34 -0500


Pakistanis are in dilemma when it comes to leading life. When they read Islamic literature, they associate with Saudi Arabia and Islam. However, outwardly they lead the life of Hindus. They cannot survive without watching bollywood movies. Music and singing is haram in Islam, yet you will see so many musical concerts in Pak. Even Indian Muslims follow kaffir lifestyle. Shah Rukh Khan has to dance, sing, pray, apply kumkum to forehead etc. Javed Akhtar, despite his nonsensical talks in the media, has to write lyrics in favor of Hindu Gods and Godesses, to earn a living. His wife Shabana Azmi played the role of a homosexual, which if done in an Arab world, would be considered equivalent to apostacy. Finally, notice the surnames of Muslims: Patel, Desai, Rao, Butt (Bhatt), Chaudhary etc which are purely Hindu. Look at the spices they eat. It is nowhere similar to what Arabs eat. Muslims cannot live without Hindu culture and Hindu lifestyle. Externally they are Hindus but internally they are slaves of Arabia.

Name: Apostate
Date: Wednesday January 07, 2009
Time: 23:48:22 -0500


The Mullah's can be the cure for most good hearted Muslims. The problem is, these so-called good-hearted, often well-educated, Muslims don't want to give any credence to the Mullahs. They, while being ignorant themselves, label accusations of ignorance on the Mullahs---otherwise well-educated in Islamic theology. This is a riddle that Islam seeds in the Muslim mind: however ignorant they themselves are, they would have no hesitation to accuse others of ignorance. Most of all, they are very happy to stand behind the same Mullahs to say prayers or rush to call them for any Islamic rituals at their home. Anyway, it's great to know that your wife has realized the truth. Having a harmonious relationship at home is central for a happy life.

Name: Omar zia like people are hopefor pakistan
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 00:03:05 -0500


Omar zia like people are hopefor pakistan.THey should try to rationalise their co citizens.if not no one can?

Name: abc
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 00:50:31 -0500


In regards to your closeing remarks - I disagree - Do not batten down your hatches and just hope. Do what you can to prevent the destructive spred of Islam.

Name: An advice to Pakistan
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 01:21:23 -0500


Pakistan has to reinvent Pakistan., Start an impartial education system forget about madrassas start secular education, introspect with criticsms and self respect and join the modern nations or else perish like somalia infecting the neighbours with terrorist viruses.

Name: jai
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 01:26:34 -0500


As far as polluting river, seas and atmosphere is concerned, indian are not far behind than pakistanis. Same nonsense of polluting rivers, land sea etc is done in India( a hindu mojority country), even more than any other country in the world.

Name: vbv
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 03:17:55 -0500


What is Asif Zardari - a crook, corrupt politician,unprincipled and unscrupulous. With such persons at the helm of affairs you cannot expect anything but more obscurantism,corruption, islamic terrorism and the like. Pakistan is a failed state and the tow nation theory based on islam and non-islam is an utter failure. This is clearly reflected when Bangladesh broke away in 1971. Sindh,Baluch and pakhtoonistan are held together by the military, not a natural binding. It is bound to break one day as punjabi arrogance grows with its stranglehold of power in Pakistan. The sooner Pakistan breaks up the better it is for the region as a whole!

Name: religion is a disease truth is the cure
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 04:21:10 -0500


religion is a disease truth is the cure.truth,love,humanity,has no connection with religion=judeo-christianity/islam.

Name: Pakistan more than 400 Years behind (with Evidence!)
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 04:32:14 -0500


Compulsory education was introduced worldwide first in the German district Pfalz-Zweibrücken in 1592 followed by many others throughout Europe under the influence of the great protestant reformer Dr. Martin Luther. In Pakistan, there is still no compulsory education except Punjab province. In many regions education relies on the Quran Schools which teach nothing than memorizing without understanding and how to sh*t in other directions than Mecca.

Name: verily the wine and houries in imaginary jannat r more appealing !!!
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 04:50:33 -0500


verily the wine and houries in imaginary jannat r more appealing !!! who need to study and work hard here when u r going to leave the human body ultimately.just imagine if u waste time studing u dont achieve anything in this life,but if u do koran recitation till yr f*cking brain melts down, or do jihad and die.....u get so much in imaginary jannat from imaginary allah : unlimited red wine better than french wine !!! 72 virgins for 24x7 f*ck.who wants eductaion when u get so many stuffs in imaginary afterlif due to imaghinary allah ??? the only way is to destroy islam,and expose truth.

Name: Shafee al-Zindig
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 05:14:01 -0500


Ibrahim: "To this day I keep on wondering what is holding the Pakistanis from realising that, it is not the foreign nations which are its enemies, rather Pakistanis themselves are their own biggest enemies." .......What is holding them back from any self-introspection is Islam itself not the Pakistanis. Pakistan is just another poor victim of Islam and is the real reason why they are backward.Islam prefers to blame all of its ills on imaginary external enemies, rather than face the fact that IT is the disease and not the cure. The more of the poison of Islam that is fed to its unfortunate victims, the sicker it gets. Look at every Muslim majority country today from Egypt, Gaza, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. The more Islamic poison they force down their throats, the more backward they become. The moolas prefer to blame infidels for this and not themselves. If the Pakistanis and others were to dump Islam, the brakes on their development would be released and their people would prosper. We apostates and non-Muslims can see this clearly. Let's hope that all the Muslim nations can see this too eventually before it is too late.Peace to all.

Name: RS
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 06:53:57 -0500


A compelling analysis but question remains how do rein in pakistan a runway wagon. South asian muslims are no arabs but arabs have managed to arabnised pakistan. Guess who is the main culprit SOUTHY ARABIA. It poured hellish Islam in 7th century followed by wahabism and now islamic hell funded by petrodollar by the dollops. In my view it is southy the source of problems pakistan has become merely a trojan horse. Alas world will not do any thing to SA because world so desparately need the oil. I can envisage numerous bloody battles before Islam evolves. Think of all young unemployed graduate in Islam in Southy Arab where are they heading to. the mere thought breaks me in cold sweat.

Name: ab
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 07:05:50 -0500


I have always thought that Indian politicians are the worst in this world but the Pakistani ones make them look like novices. At least, in India there is some development taking place on the side while all you hear from Pakistan is bad news. If the educated Pakistanis don't wake up they will one day be taken by the bearded Talibans. Wagamama is absolutely right in his comments. The Muslims should shed their double speak. They cannot act like a kafir while supporting the radical in words. What a mind boggling cult.

Name: muslims r most learned --- in jihad not truth
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 07:38:18 -0500


muslims r most learned --- in jihad not truth thus they r expert in using ak-47 etc only on innocents.

Name: what is zardari doing??
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 07:44:46 -0500


not interested to catch his wife's killers??? lets not compare pakis to usa or any other coutry for now.let us fpcus on zardari's actions.his wife was killed by jihadis,but never i have seen 1 statement from his mouth that he wants to go after his wife's benazir's killers.what is he doing ? f*cking hatching eggs as prez of pakiland ? if he becoem prez atleast he can take revenge on the people like beitulla mehsood etc who killed his wife but simply no interest from him,i wonder...maybe zardari got benazir killed and now is prez and friends with beitulla mehsud.

Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 11:37:38 -0500


I fully aprciate most of the time your fire balls but here you are repeating the oft-repeated misconception about punjab of pakistan you see that even the due share of electricity generated by the share of water of punjab has been diverted to karachi and punjab is plunged in 16 to 18 hour power shutdown and there had been many such and all other need to know that it is only islam which knit togater all provinces and there is no question that islam could be jettisoned in pakistan, those who can be made to see the evil side of islam would be hardly 0.1 percent. The terrible overwhelming majority,that is , rest 0f 99.9 percent would kill you in seconds if you bring muhammad under any scrutiny.i bet that there would be a dredfull islamic resurgence even in the relitively moderates areas of pakistanin in not too distant a future thanks to the bungling and blundering of genetically lame loony americans, when it come to dealing with pakistan, be it democrats or republicans, to foist most corrupt and diabolical man asif zardari on the pakistan in the name of moderating pakistan.This betting horse will loot plunder and sign off as is being done right now, and american will see the unerring doom unless they negotiate with genuion repository of pakistani disposition that is nawaz sharif and fast becomming future political icone imran khan to make pakistan stakeholder in international comity of nation and body politics and reinvent prophit of islam Muhammad in peacefull and promising hues. This is the only panacea

Name: All the best for your life!
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 12:01:11 -0500


Dear Zia! its really great to hear that your life partner has finally sought the truth and accepted it. I am in a same situation, although I am not a Muslim but my love is Muslim, she is an extremist, she never listens to me when I say you should listen to the world community for once, but she denies, she also believes that people like Jews, Christians are evil (no offense), and that is really heartbreaking for me, but once she told me "before meeting you I believed that people from your religion are dirty and filthy and they deserve punishment, but now I think I was wrong", although she never listens to my explanations about what I believe about Islam, I too believe that religion is a disease, we don't need any religion to save our spirits, and I desperately wish that someday she will also change her mind and stop hating people of other religion. Any way, thank you for providing such precious information in your article, I wish you all the best for your life.

Name: lw1
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 16:58:25 -0500


Good article Dr. Zia.Just one point I don't agree on is Hamas terminated the truce and its vow to destroy Israel is still in force.How many countries would put up with continuous attacks? Israel's response is restrained, as it can try to take out Hamas hiding between civilians with even more concentrated bombing. Hamas is not blamed as vehemently by the world as it deserves. This gives out the wrong message to the world in general. Another thing about Pakistan being blinkered is National Security Adviser Maj. Gen (ret'd) Mahmud Ali Durrani was sacked for telling the truth.

Name: Philip Saenz
Date: Thursday January 08, 2009
Time: 18:06:54 -0500


Dr. Omar Zia, thank you for your letter. You always write so well and sensibly. You remind me of Ali Sina. He, too, is highly intelligent and possesses a good heart. Some Muslims hate him and probably you too. But that's because you have abandoned the violent and cruel Islamic philosophy, a "religion" of many contradictions. I'm glad that your wife has converted to your way of thinking. I feel sorry for the typical Muslim who is so sincere, and sometimes very good. Somehow, they think that Islam is the answer. How can Islam be the answer with its many contradictions, some very violent contradictions? There are 72 contradictory sects in Islam. No doubt the typical Muslims would want me to become an Islamic. To these Muslims, Islam is some kind of a magic word that will lead one to a paradise of milk and honey, and those 72 virgins. Which contradiction or contradictions would these poor Islamic minds want me to embrace? Would they want me to become a Sunni Muslim who are murdering Shiite Muslims on a daily basis because the Shiites are "infidels," or would they want me to become a Shiite Muslim who are murdering Sunni Muslims on a daily basis because the Sunnis are "infidels"? Would they want me to become a Taliban? Perhaps, a Kurd? Like I said, I feel sorry because these poor souls cannot reason with sound logic. But I'm glad that you, Dr. Zia, and Ali Sina have been endowed with a good brain and seemingly with humility. I believe it is humility that directs a person on to better course. Well, anyway, I am proud of both of you. Keep up the good work. How can you go wrong if you do that? Dr. Zia, I'm also proud of your wife who has chosen a better path. Now that you both agree on a peaceful philosophy, there will be no more clashes. I don't see how anyone could convert and become a Taliban that you mentioned in your letter. Of all the contradictory Islamic sects, I believe the Taliban are the most ferocious, the most cruel. I especially feel sorry for the little Taliban girls who are not allowed to seek an eduction. How horrible when these little girls are murdered. Perhaps little by little, we can convert them, too. If only we could convince the Taliban to abandon The Muslim War Manual, sometimes called the Qur'an. If we could get them to do that, we and they would make great progress. Not only that, but we would be friends. May God bless you and your family. P.S. A good person is never my enemy.

Name: divide the pakistan to avoid terrorism
Date: Friday January 09, 2009
Time: 06:58:21 -0500


divide the pakistan to avoid terrorism. it is the first step to take to minimise islamic terrorism.

Name: continuum
Date: Saturday January 10, 2009
Time: 21:58:22 -0500


"divide the pakistan to avoid is the first step to take to minimise islamic terrorism." Nothing is going to happen by dividing pakistan. It was already divided into two as bangladesh and Pakistan. Now India has problems in two sides. There is NO easy solution to this problem, nothing short of getting rid of Islam itself.

Date: Saturday January 10, 2009
Time: 22:52:16 -0500


Dear Dr.Zia, I am a Jain from Mumbai. So my creed is total non violence. I enjoy exploring the principle of Anekantvad, i.e. truth is relative and of "Saptabhangi" that matches with quantum physics. This principle says, the reality depends on the observer. In your wife's case, she uncovered the "other" reality while her "previous "reality" was different. I hope our Muslim brothers will see that violence begets violence and eye for an eye will make the whole world blind. Thanks and God bless you!

Name: bobby
Date: Sunday January 11, 2009
Time: 22:54:48 -0500


though I do not like this forum discussing anything then the eradication of islam, that was a befitting response to philip. western media focus on a few isolated incidents and project it as mainstream. the fact is india is a large country and you can expect all kinds of things to happen in small doses. just as there are bad neighborhoods in cities everywhere, if you just show that as the picture of the country, it would seem like a horrible country.

Name: Humanist
Date: Monday January 12, 2009
Time: 06:22:07 -0500


If Pakistan has to come out of the rut many more Amar Khans are required.

Name: Crazed Duo
Date: Tuesday January 13, 2009
Time: 20:18:48 -0500


Omar Muhammad and Allah are not crazed duo but a rather a split personality like jackl and hyde. Wasalam

Name: anamsh
Date: Thursday January 15, 2009
Time: 09:59:10 -0500


I truly believe to what statements you have given above. I was wondering if you could help me out asap because I have to write an essay on how Pakistan has become a nation without any direction. I would be grateful to you if you could help out. Reply on my address

Name: jon
Date: Sunday January 18, 2009
Time: 03:26:34 -0500


when one is incapable of solving his problems he blames it in others and looks at the sentimental past (if it was beautiful). This is the hallmark of non progressive countries.

Name: Non-progressive countries.
Date: Tuesday January 20, 2009
Time: 13:25:52 -0500


Sounds like India. Glorifying their ancient past and blaming others for their present miserable state.

Name: Arkady
Date: Wednesday January 21, 2009
Time: 01:33:09 -0500


Congrats on the news about the wife! Absolutely wonderful to hear, but if someone of your knowledge and intelligence had such a hard time convincing even your wife - what chance do we stand? Sure I can send links over email, but this cyberwar on Islam is very difficult and your wife is a great example.

Name: it is not that difficult
Date: Saturday January 24, 2009
Time: 20:59:33 -0500


if you have read mathematics, you would know Geometric progression. if we can convince 2 people in 3 years, then imagine what happens when exponential gain kicks in.. x, 2x, 4x... besides here some some non internet things that we can do although at a bit of cost.. get a printer at home and print some messages raising peoples curiosity on the front page and anwers in fine print at the bottom in reverse direction.. drop these leaflets whenever and wherever you can.. if there is risk to your life, be discreet

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