The following is a summary of Javed Ahmad Ghamidi’s talk on target killing of Shia Muslims in Quetta and other parts of Pakistan.
No sensitive person can remain indifferent to the carnage in Quetta. The State seems to be unwilling to perform its duties. This is not a sudden development, an outcome of our negligence to real teachings of Islam. Shia and Sunn sects have always co-existed despite their differences. However, the current situation demands that the factors and drivers, whether ethnic or sectarian, behind the target killing of Shia Muslims must be considered and addressed. Such target killings have been taking place for the last many years. Political leaders, intellectuals and clerics must pay urgent attention and take all measures to safeguards lives of innocent human beings. Every one in Pakistan must realize that there is no room for faith or sect based hatred in our society. In particular, there must be no room for Takfeer (apostatizing of Shia Muslims and other Islamic sects) in our society.