Ansar Abbasi, targeting children is the lowest one can stoop

Ansar Abbasi recently took to Twitter to oh-so-nonchalantly write:

Harmless enough, right? Everyone is entitled to giving their opinion and nudge people a certain way?


In a country like Pakistan, where even the slightest doubt that one is blasphemous can lead to murder, this was an incredibly irresponsible and dangerous act of his. This is not “freedom of speech” this is incitement to violence. All it would have taken was one nut out to prove himself.

Nobody looked for proof when Mashal Khan’s fellow students said he was a blasphemer. The investigation began after he had been lynched and brutally murdered by hundreds.  A rumor was all that was needed.

Hundreds took part in his killing in some way or the other. Hundreds!

In our part of the world, people go deaf and dumb, stupid and violent in such situations. They think that if they stop to even think or rationalize, they will have somehow failed their religion.

Ansar Abbasi was rightfully called out by many, including Nadeem F. Paracha who said, “Those who attack schools probably use similar reasons. Self-designated moral policing.”

A clearly offended Ansar Abbasi protested, “Am I entitled to express my opinion??” Like I mentioned above, No. Not publicly if it incites violence or aggression in any form or way.

Then there were those who had probably never even heard the song congratulating Ansar Abbasi on saving their country from immorality and “those darned liberals.”

“These liberals and extremists are the same, they destroying the country.” Not really, no liberal ever killed anyone using religion as an excuse.  It wasn’t a liberal who killed the kids in the APS attack. It wasn’t liberals who lynched Mashal. It wasn’t the liberals who attacked Christians in Jacobabad. It wasn’t the liberals who killed 70 on Easter in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park. It is never the liberal who says Shias should be killed. Well, this is another debate entirely for another day.

Going back to the song itself, which he considered blasphemous and controversial.

John Lennon’s Imagine has been described as a “radical message of hope.”

Hope? How dare he!

Imagine has been covered by numerous artists all over the world as a song of peace and unity – The Olympics, Concerts for Peace, Concerts for hunger, etc. Every time people talk about unity and coming together as one, this is the anthem to it! This song is accepted as one of positivity, hope and to find peace and acceptance. No wars in the name of religion.

Ansar Abbasi ignored the entire context of the song and picked out specific words to highlight, making it look like a song against religion itself. The fact that this song came out after the Vietnam War was completely ignored as well.

He is a senior journalist, why was he bothered with what kids were singing in a school any way? Doesn’t he have other more important things and issues to concentrate on which are actually destroying the country? Here are a few of them incase they have skipped his mind:

  • child marriages
  • poverty
  • karo kari
  • bacha baazi
  • rape/abuse of minors
  • sectarian violence
  • extremism
  • corruption
  • terrorism
  • so many, etc

A person in his position, who can influence people, should go after actual terrorists and extremists. Abdul Aziz who approved of the APS attack. ASWJ who ask for Shias to be killed. Those who treat minorities poorly. The lying media itself. How about take those head on instead?

Targeting children is the lowest one can stoop.

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  1. Waqar Cheema says

    I am a John Lennon Fan since a Teenager and possess all his Albums His song “Imagine” is definitely controversial for with the line “Imagine no religion ” Let me say a few things .

    Lennon is one the most influential personalities of the centuries .He changed the face of pop music and his Anti War campaign in seventies won him supporters around the world and hate from Right Wing parties . He was of course not perfect and had his flaws which many critics have pointed out Some even went as far as branding him a complete fraud ! But I ll confine my comment to his song Imagine which the blog is concerned with.
    Lennon was never anti Religion per se . He was a secular but respected all religions and loved people indiscriminately It is little publicized fact that he had a funded a Mosque in London and maintained a close proximity with the Trotsky activist Tariq Ali based in London from whom he sought inspiration to compose his solo track “Power to the People ”
    I heard on a BBC Radio program that Lennon before his death was reviving his relation with Jesus whom he had dismissed in his songs and speeches in sixties.
    There is an element of sense in not allowing Lennon’s song Imagine from being performed in a Local Karachi School. It risks provoking religious people and encourage children to explore secular avenues threatening further polarisation and subsequent trouble . I suggest a better song would have been “The Impossible Dream ” and dedicated to founding father M A Jinnah.

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