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Watch this trailer video which is an introduction to a full documentary we are making and should be ready in about a week. The documentary will show our work to save the Slaves in the Kilns as well as the challenges including a close call, where one of our rescue teams was captured by the Kiln guards. They were tortured and their id’s and cell phone sim cards confiscated.
We were able to get cameras into one large Kiln by using some friendly police who told the kiln owners that our people were sent by government to make the film. This allowed us to interview Kiln victims. Also you will see interviews with a couple of our people who actually do the rescuing. Their faces are blocked for their protection.
Also please note that the Pakistan currency exchange rate is approximately 100 rupees to one dollar. The average working wage in Pakistan is about 20,000 Pakistani rupees about $200.00 per month. The slaves earn around 7000 rupees which is total of $70 which is not enough to pay for food for a whole family for a month in Pakistan.
By Walid Shoebat (Exclusive)
This unnamed Iraqi man buys Yezidi, Muslim or Christian women.
A crime, you think?
He buys them then unites them with their husbands and fathers and family. Here is one example that will touch any human heart. In this story a Yezidi girl who was taken as a sex slave by ISIS. The man acts as a dealer, infiltrates ISIS and purchases the girl and then unites the girl to her father as you see in this scene:
It’s the story of you, all the gracious loving partners with Rescue Christians. You would read the story of Moses and the Hebrews enslaved by Pharaoh and at times wonder where you stand in the big picture in God’s magnificent plan. How will you rescue all these Hebrews out of slavery?
Well, you already are. You are Moses. You are Aaron. You are Joshua. Just think about it for a moment.
You have supported the release and security of thousands of Christians, especially in Pakistan where Christians are enslaved in brick kilns. Kilns are the very operations the Egyptians forced the Hebrew slaves to labor in ancient Egypt and today the very operations that enslaved the Hebrews in ancient Egypt are happening as we speak to your very Christian family in Pakistan. These are your brothers and sisters in the faith. They are part of the kingdom and bride of Christ. They are whom Christ, the final Moses speaks about in Matthew 25 “for I was hungry and you gave me food, in prison and you visited me …” Imagine the day you meet Christ, the master and Lord of the Church. What a wonderful day will it be.
A Kiln worker is paid 450 Pakistani Rupees, the equivalent of $7 U.S. dollars per 1,000 bricks. Just imagine. And in some areas of Punjab the rate is even lower, at 230 rupees per 1,000 bricks which is about $3 U.S. dollars regardless of how long and how many members of the family it takes to complete the task. The tasks include fetching mud, soaking it in water, molding it into bricks, transporting the finished product to the kiln and finally baking and grading each brick. This is not much but there is another issue – “credit line acts as a noose”.
In case of severe weather or illness, workers earn nothing and are forced deeper into debt, begging for loans from their employers who are happy to extend the line of credit, which tie the laborer more tightly.
Our directors for Rescue Christians you partner with in Pakistan, purchases these slaves and unties families from other kilns and releases them form slavery.
Indeed, just think about it, the irony that you are in the slave trade business, yet at the same time, you are Moses.
According to our partners in Pakistan, the kiln owners usually extends loans for occasions such as marriage, births and deaths, in an effort to tie the laborers more tightly into servitude. This action is totally illegal and under the law, a kiln owner can only release an advance equal to or less than two weeks’ wages. But then there are slave owners and then there are slave owners; you.
Our director also informed us that women workers are usually trapped and sexually harassed. Rescue Christians have shared several testimonies showing the type of horror Christians endure.
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You – our donors – have provided the money for safe houses and the ability for the families to regain their freedom and dignity. Thank you Rescue Christian Donors and partners; we could not have helped without your support.
God bless you all. We, the Middle Eastern and Pakistani Christians love you.
Muslims in Pakistan took a young Christian girl and smashed her against some rocks, and she died right in front of her father, Akram Masih. Her and her father and mother, Parveen Bibi, were slaves to a Muslim brick kiln, and they were constantly beaten and cruelly abused by their slaver owners. The Christian girl was terribly ill and her parents begged their slave owners to loan them some money to pay for her treatment, but instead they murdered her before the father’s eyes. The daughter was very ill, and her brutal murder was recounted by her father who said:
They pushed her as well and she fell down on the nearby stones and she died on the spot. My daughter died in front of my eyes, they pushed my sick daughter, which led her to her death and I was helpless and was unable to do anything.
Her parents came to our organization, Rescue Christians, and told us of all their sufferings and how their daughter was killed, and our team in Pakistan rescued them by taking them to a safe house. As the father said:
About 10 days ago we met with team members of Rescue Christians. They came to us and we shared our entire situation with them. They promised us that they will surely help us. The RC team gave us the plan and during the night they managed our escape, and brought us to a safe place.
Rescue Christians conducted an interview with the mother and the father, and we encourage you to hear their horrifying story of slavery, persecution, and heartless murder:
Muslims Take Young Christian Girl And Smash Her Against Rocks, Right In Front Of Her Father
Persecuted Church: The Islamization of Kosovo
The NATO occupation was seen by Arab/Muslim countries as an opportunity to transform Kosovo-Metohija into a Muslim state. Terry Boyd in the Stars and Stripes article “In Kosovo, Islamic groups work to rebuild country, attract followers,” September 21, 2001, examined how Muslim countries were seeking the Islamization of Kosovo. The US State Department listed Kosovo as having active cells of al-Qaeda, Ossama bin Laden’s terrorist network. Al-Qaeda and Ossama bin Laden were aiding the UCK jihad in Kosovo. Iran was also active in Kosovo and Bosnia. Boyd reported that an Iranian Islamic group offered 120-300 German marks a month for Albanian Muslim women to wear headscarves and other Islamic religious attire. He noted that Arab/Muslim countries had set up aid and relief agencies in Kosovo. Saudi Arabia had established the Saudi Joint Committee for Kosovo and al-Haramain, a Arabic language center. Saudi Arabian Abdullah Al Turki, the Secretary General of the Muslim World League, was providing aid to “Kosovo refugees”, which was announced on March 25, 2002 by the Saudi government. Bahrain had funded the El-Asla Society, Islamic youth centers and instruction in Islam and in the Arabic language of the Koran. Sudanese nationals had set up youth centers, the World Association of Muslim Youth.
What was the motive for Arab/Muslim “humanitarian” aid to Kosovo? Was Muslim aid to Kosovo based on humanitarian concerns or to transform Kosovo into a radical new Muslim state? Boyd, however, noted another goal: “But nations hostile to the United States may be using begin efforts to camouflage more sinister plans, including creating an Islamic republic—similar to Iran—on Europe’s southern flank, according to sources.” On July 19 and 22, 2001, four Iranians “gun runners” were arrested by KFOR. But as early as 1999, US Rep. Helen Chenoweth, R-Idaho, in the Congressional debate on Kosovo, stated that the KLA is “a collection of Maoist drug-peddlers and terrorists who have been armed by Iran and provided with training and support by Saudi terrorist financier Osama bin Laden.” Boyd revealed the goal of the Islamic relief/aid groups to be to achieve the independence/secession of Kosovo from Serbia as an ethnically pure Islamic nation/republic. He noted that if the US/NATO could not achieve this, the Islamic countries would be willing sponsors: “That plan is to present fundamentalist Islam as an alternative to Western reluctance to grant independence to Kosovo.”
Concomitantly with the destruction of Orthodox churches, Islamic countries are being encouraged by the US and NATO to build mosques and Islamic centers in Kosovo, further erasing the Christian history of Kosovo. On August 20, 2000, the United Arab Emirates announced that they would finance the construction of 50 new mosques in Kosovo. In “Mohammed Orders Building 50 Mosques in Kosovo”, in the UAE Interact, it was reported that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Crown Prince and Defense Minister, would fund this project.
Ahmadiyya is an extremist Islamic movement from Pakistan that came to Kosovo to educate Muslims. Ahmadiyya offered help only if Albanian Muslims would accept the radical Islamic doctrines of the group and if they would train Muslim preachers. Naim Berisha said: “The Ahmadiyya came with copies of the Islamic holy texts in Albanian, plus pamphlets promoting their leaders, and especially their hatred of the West.” Two other Muslim groups were in the Balkans seeking to recruit Albanian Muslims: Ahl as-Sunna and Wa’al Jama’at.
Source: Carl Savich, Historian: http://serbianna.com/blogs/savich/
Muslims in Pakistan have taken 20,000 Christian families, and have forced all of them into a major, and quite underground, life of Islamic slavery. The Muslims have put them to work making bricks in brick kiln, under horrid conditions completely void of the comforts of modern convenience.
Christian slaves “sometimes have to go for days without food”, they cannot attend church services, and they cannot live in freedom. They are forever living in bondage, perpetually yoked under the Muslim slave master, continuously tormented, tortured, and forced under the fetters of sadistic devils.
One Christian family, Anwar Bashir, his wife, and their four children, were amongst those forced into slavery in Pakistan. They tried to escape, but were caught by their slaveowner, Haji Nawaz, who punished them by cruelly beating them and then sold them to a Muslim man named Tanveer, who forced them to labor in a brick kiln in the most grueling of toils. Anwar Bashir recounted the experience:
We tried to escape from our working place twice, but were unluckily caught. The in charge of the kiln beat and punished us. He didn’t allow us to attend the church. Haji Nawaz sold his kiln to Tanveer along with his laborers including me and my wife in 2011. Tanveer took us to Kasur. During our work, my sister died. Tanveer didn’t allow us to attend her funeral and abused us very much. We worked there like slaves.
Rescue Christians managed to take photographs of kiln where slavery of Christians is taking place:
Christians have been made into slaves by Muslims, just as the children of Israel were made slaves by the pagan Egyptians:
Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. (Exodus 1:11-14)
Who then is the Moses of the enslaved Christians, commissioned by God bring them into liberty? Rescue Christians is now working on Operation Freedom From Slavery, and we have already rescued two families from slavery.
Just a number of weeks ago, Rescue Christians was very successful in bringing Anwar Bashir, his wife, Rehana Bibi, and their four children out of this horrific bondage. The mission was dangerous and clandestine. Our team told Anwar and his family to meet them on a certain road near the kiln where one of our contacts would pick them up in a car and drive to freedom. Anwar recounted the risky moment in which he and his wife were finally rescued:
Two weeks before the Rescue Christians team met us, we told them our woeful story and requested them to help us and bring us out from slavery. They promised us positively, and contacted us on June 29th and promised to solve our problem and told us to come on the main Kasur road, and we will pick us up from there. We left the kiln early in the morning to reach the main Kasur road, where some boys were playing cricket (as Muslim Ramadan started). We became scared of them and returned. We telephoned Shazad, a member of Rescue Christians, that some boys were playing cricket on the main road and that it could compromise our plan, and to please don’t come. Shahzad again contacted us on the telephone to leave the kiln at the time of the fasting break of the Muslims. At the time of the fasting break I, along with my family, came to the main road from where Shahzad rescued us and took us to a safe place.
Here is a video interview our team conducted of Anwar and his family recounting their experience in slavery, and how they were rescued by Rescue Christians:
Our Pakistani contact wrote an entire report describing the mission and the current situation of the enslavement of Christians in Pakistan:
Recent Rescue Christians has started its new campaign “Freedom from Slavery”. Christians in the Islamic world are mostly poor and vulnerable. And these vulnerable Christians are usually trapped by kilns, farms and factory owners who give loans to the needy communities for occasions such as sickness, births and deaths. And when they are unable to pay the interest or loan they are forced or bound to work at their work places.
Pakistan is where 20,000 families are living in slavery, and major numbers of families are forced to work at the Kilns in Punjab Pakistan. Rescue Christians has started helping and rescuing such families. And recent we have rescued two families from the kilns.
One of them is Anwar Bashir and his family , here is there story.
Anwar Bashir Masih and his wife Rehana Bibi along with four children SAVED by RESCUE CHRISTIANS.
Anwar Bashir was working in the Kiln as slave at Kasur-Punjab Pakistan from last several years, He was the resident of Mana wala Sailkot.
Anwar Bashir, started working in the Kiln, In 2004. His father was caught up with tuberculosis and he was in desperate need of money for the treatment of his father. His friend took him to Haji Nawaz, a landlord and owner of Kiln, who gave him 75,000 rupees (Rs) on interests plus offered him a job at his Kiln.
Anwar started work at the Kiln on 200 Rs a day, after a month when he went to the Incharge of the Kiln for salary the incharge asked him for the interest money for the Loan which is 7500, however his salary 6,000!
Anwar went to Haji Nawaz and told him the whole story; Anwar was expecting that Haji will listen to his prayer. But Haji said the same in an abusive language, and threw him out of the house. He again went to the incharge and requested him some money for the bread and butter of his family, they give him 2000 more which they added in his previous loan.
This was the trick of incharge and Kiln owner to make him as their slave and they become successful. This is a painted formula of Kiln and farm owners to make poor vulnerable people as their slaves.
People like Anwar were forced to work without pay, under threat of violence and they are unable to walk away and live a life without the permission of their masters.
This is the real face of slavery, Sometimes the master pays a few grains of wheat and rice to keep the slaves alive, or uses a bogus payment that the slave holder reclaims at the end of the month. But the end result is what slavery is today and has always been —- one person controlling another and then forcing them to work.
This is real slavery. People held against their will, forced to work and paid nothing!!! There are 20,000 Pakistani Christian families living as slaves in Kilns in different parts of Pakistan.
When Anwar was unable to pay the loan his wife was forced to work on the kiln. However their loan was increasing every month as they were unable to pay the interest of the money. Till 2011 until Haji Nawaz sold his Kiln both Husband and wife worked there and the loan reached up to 250,000. Twice they managed to escaped but were caught and tortured and even his wife was tortured in public. Haji Nawaz sold his kiln and labor to another Kiln owner who shifted the Anwar family to Kasur city .
Anwar and his family were never allowed to attend church. Even he was not allowed to attend the funeral of his real sister.
Two week ago the Rescue Christians team met with Anwar and he request us to help him to get out of the Hell and slavery.
Our team promised him that we will come back for them with a plan. On the 29th of June our team informed them to get ready and we will pick you from the main Kasur Road walking distance to the Kiln where he work and live.
Before sunrise Anwar called our team and told them that due to there being dozens of boys playing cricket that there is no chance of our escape. Our team gave him new instruction that right at the time of Muslim fast break we will pick you up. That was the time when everyone leaves the kiln and goes to mosque. Right at Fast break time Anwar and his family reached the road and within no time our team picked them and moves the Vehicle to the Highway to transfer them to distance city in Pakistan.
We have already rescued two Christian families out of slavery. We have thousands more to rescue. Will you help us.
The life of the saint is one of the watchman, looking down from the edges of the cliffs of the world’s banishment, never ceasing to concentrate the eyes on the movements of the roaring lion, who incessantly lurks about looking for anyone he may devour. Constantly echoing in the ears of these abandoned children of anguish, are the words of their master:
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Matthew 10:22)
Thus is the life of Tariq Yousef, whose life stood on the thread that suspends amidst the thin and dismal air, between the realms of life and death. For seven months he stood on this not so sturdy thread, and for those seven long and painful months, we labored tirelessly to save his life from the violent hands of Muslims. The AP described his story and how Rescue Christians was clandestinely work to save him and other persecuted Christians:
Tariq, a Christian, is currently in hiding after authorities charged him with blasphemy. He said the charges came over a quarrel he had with two customers who bought faulty firecrackers from him. When he refused to apologize, he said the customers went to the police in Lahore and told them a lie that he had stuffed the firecrackers with pages torn from the Quran. Fearing capture by Pakistani authorities while he seeks asylum outside of the country, he spoke on condition that he be identified by his first name only.
The Pakistani representative of RescueChristians, speaking on condition of anonymity for his personal safety, said several Christians are waiting for travel documents to secretly leave Pakistan, while others are in jail awaiting trial and targeted for death by militant groups.
Here is an interview we took of him, with footage of his arrival in Thailand with one of our contacts picking him up:
We rescued Tariq because you, the reader, was willing and loving enough to donate money which funded the rescue mission. There are many more Christians in need of rescuing, and we ask you to please click here make a donation that will save MORE Christian lives in Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, and Somalia.
He was a simple man, running a small shop selling firecrackers in Wazirabad, in the Christian village of Thatha Faqir Ullah in Pakistan. One day, in October of 2013, some Muslims came to purchase firecrackers from Tariq for a local wedding.
Later on in the day, the Muslims made some complaints that the firecrackers were not working. When Tariq came, and used some of the firecrackers to show that they were clearly functioning, the Muslims connivingly snuck in some pages of the Koran into a number of the firecrackers, and then accused him of blasphemy.
From this moment, the terror of the Islamic heresy haunted Tariq, and for seven straight months he lived with the prospect of martyrdom.
As soon as they accused him, a mob of about 15 or 20 Muslim savages seized him, “they caught him, and beat him” (Mark 12:3) with the utmost of viciousness. But some good samaritans intervened and brought an end to the beatings. His accuser, Khurram Shahzad, in a later interview with Morning Star News, expressed his tyrannical desire to have Tariq punished when he said:
I registered the case against Tariq Masih and his brother on the directions of Mullah Sherazi and prayer leaders of three other mosques of the area… We would have thrashed him more had our elders not stopped us. Tariq Masih admitted before us that he had used the holy pages and sought forgiveness. He even promised us that he would not make the fireworks again. …The police have also told us that they have put his name on the exit control list at all airports, and he will not be able to leave Pakistan… His punishment will be an example to all those who dare insult Islam and our holy book.
Tariq received phone calls from the Muslims, pushing him to turn himself over, but he refused. As Tariq says in his own words:
I received a few calls to hand over myself. But I did not present myself, because I had not done anything wrong which could make me appear before them. They would have killed me, or put me in other blasphemy cases or life imprisonment to die, die in a black chamber in jail.
A red cloud of the purest evil hazes throughout the land of Pakistan, hovering above the mortals of the land, and as parasites await for the fruit to ripen on the nurturing vine, the demons of the air patiently await for moments to stricken the souls of the people, so that they may enter into them, and use them as vehicles to kill and destroy the children of God.
A gang of imams went to the local mosques, and before savage congregations of Muslims, ravenous for the blood of the saints, told them to go about and quench their savage thirsts. A whole mob of Muslims went into a demonic frenzy, and threatened to burn down the entire Christian area of Thatta Faqir Ullah. But just as the town clerk abated the mob of Diana worshippers in Ephesus to save Paul, our team entered the village calmed down the situation.
As Tariq recalls the intense event:
It was announced in the mosques of the village of Thatta Faqir Ullah to set the house of Christians on fire. For this fear I did not go there. I knew that they would have arrested me, killed me, or get me hanged. Hear about this event, the Rescue Christians team from Lahore went there. They resolved the issue with the police and made the village people calm down, otherwise the houses of Christians could have been set on fire
It surely was a fierce moment of uncertainty when our team entered the scene. As one of our team members recounted:
It was a tense situation in that Friday when muslims had planned to burn the entire Christian colony. However again our team made every effort to control the situation. During all these 7 months our team made every effort to save the life of Tariq Yousaf. If he was caught he might also have be given the death sentence, or life time imprisonment like other victims of blasphemy law.
As Rescue Christians worked tirelessly to get Tariq out of Pakistan, our team hid him in a place of refuge, constantly moving him from hiding place to hiding place. The police was continuously pursuing him, raiding various homes of his relatives, seeking his life like wolves tracking the life of maimed deer. As Tariq recalls:
The team was hiding me by shifting me from one place to another for seven months. The police was looking for me at my uncle’s and in-law’s houses and also at houses of my brother’s in laws.
Our team began to work very hard in dealing with all of the legal requirements in getting Tariq out of the hellish country of Pakistan. In an interview our team had with Tariq, he said:
During this period the team helped make my passport and began to work for me to leave Pakistan.
It was quite difficult to get Tariq a passport, since he was on a wanted list and was being searched out by the police, for he had broken the lawlessness of the land in order to follow the law of God. As our Pakistani contact reported:
It was a difficult task to move him out of Pakistan, as he didn’t have a passport, he was also in the police list and on a wanted list, and hence it was a difficult situation to move him legally from Pakistan. But thank God we were able to move him out of Pakistan, and now he is in a safe place, where he can start his new life with his family .
After much work, we eventually managed to have sent off to Thailand. When he set foot in this new country, the stress of war that so exhausted his soul was released, and with the knowledge of knowing that he can now worship God in peace without the threat of Pharaoh’s sword, he now found peace within himself. Tariq expressed his gratitude to Rescue Christians in these words:
I do no not know how this all was done and how much this team had spent to rescue my life. They took too much trouble for me and kept on struggling due to which I am alive in a secured country. I’m thankful to Rescue Christians for saving my life.
The trouble in saving this man’s life was not a labor, but a blessing, knowing full well how much God desires for us to save His persecuted Church, and to fight against that dragon who makes “war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12:17)
To rescue just one Christian is to receive the fullest blessings of God, and that is to have that eternal memory within your own mind, that a servant of God was delivered from the hordes of wolves who desire his blood. To save just one Christian is to please Christ, for in His own words, “Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)
I urge you with the great exhortation, to become a worthy servant of the Lord, and to give whatever you can to save the least of Christ’s brethren. Please click here to make a donation that will save Christian lives in Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, and Somalia.
By Zahid Hussain
The fate of 65-year-old Khalil Ahmed was sealed on the day he was accused of blasphemy. It was his death warrant. He was killed while in police detention hours after he was arrested.
A schoolboy, who has not been identified by name, reportedly walked into the police station and shot Ahmed dead in full view of the officers. What motivated the teenager to commit this cold-blooded murder?
Perhaps he was inspired by the glorification of other murders commtted for alleged blasphemy. Or perhaps he was incited by some zealot. The young boy had been growing up watching Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of governor Salmaan Taseer, being garlanded. Qadri also had a mosque outside the capital named after him, and his larger-than-life portraits adorn certain public places. The young killer might have been told that the same glory awaited him.
He is the product of a society that condones vigilantism and exalts murder committed in the name of religion; the guardians of the law are too afraid to act against the ‘holy killers.’ It is a country where a judge had to flee abroad after convincting Qadri. No wonder the Islamabad High Court is reluctant to validate the conviction.
It was the second murder involving the blasphemy issue in a span of a few days. The murderers of rights activist Rashid Rehman have not yet been apprehended despite his having named those who threatened him. Even if arrested, they may never be convicted, thus encouraging other potential ‘holy murderers.’
In Ahmed’s case, it was shocking that the murderer could walk into a police station, and not be stopped from killing a detainee. The incident in a central Punjab village not far from Lahore was not a breaking story and was underplayed by most of the print media, maybe because the victim was Ahmadi.
Ahmed along with three others was reportedly arrested on blasphemy charges after an altercation with a local shopkeeper. Being members of a persecuted religious minority makes Ahmadis more vulnerable to concoted charges, which gives bogts a license to kill. In this environment the young murderer is not an aberration.
All this started when the state took upon itself the responsibility of deciding who is Muslim and who is not and legalising religious persecution. A corollary of this is that individuals too have now taken up the right to give verdicts on the religious beliefs of others. The mullahs have become custodians of the law as the state’s authority is fast eroding.
In fact, the blasphemy law has become a weapon of persecution and even those defending the accussed are deemed liable. Some time ago, a blasphemy case was filed against former information minister Sherry Rehman for suggesting some procedural changes in the law in the National Assembly.
A glaring example of the gross misuse of the law was witnessed last week when 68 lawyers were booked on blasphemy charges for chanting slogans against a police officer whose name happened to be Omar. The sword of Damocles hangs over every Pakistani citizen, much more so over religious minorities. It is a death warrant once you are accused of blasphemy.
It is despicable the way the blasphemy law is being used in the ongoing media war between rival channels who have filed cases of blasphemy against each other. There is no dearth of instances where clerics are ‘rented’ to get a fatwa to declare the other channel un-Islamic.
Mullahs are having a field day dominating the television screen. What the TV channels do not realise is that no one will come out unscathed in this dirty war. It is the hard-won media freedom that is now under threat. The fear now is that radical clerics will decide what should appear on TV programmes.
This war of fatwas presents a serious threat to the lives of soem TV hosts and employees, forcing them to go into hiding or even to flee the country. This fragmented, dysfunctional state cannot protect the lives of those coming in the crossfire.
The role of some security and intelligence agencies in fuelling the hate campaign for settling scores with critics is despicable. Use of religion for proxy wars by state institutions is an extremely dangerous game giving more space to the extremists.
Resultantly, the radical clerics are once again taking centre stage in the ongoing political circus. One can see them leading pro-military rallies hodling larger-than-life portrains of the ISI and army chiefs and spewing their tox narratives on television screens.
Surely they rae trying to seize this opportunity to raise the stakes and sell their services to the highest bidders. The tension between civillians and the military, and their proxy war through the media, has further empowered the extremist religious groups and clerics. This situation will breen more violence in society.
This atmosphere not only produces more child suicide combers but also teenaged killers like the one who shot Khalil Ahmed. Religious extremism and growing intolerance has polarised and fragmented the country making it increasingly difficult to have rational discourse on relgion and other important issues.
Worse still is the failure of the state to deal with this highly dangerous situation. What we are witnessing today is the unreavelling of the state. The use of religion and extremist mullahs as a proxy in the power game is a destructive trend that is threatening the unity of the country.
The writer is an author and journalist.