Pakistan was formed as the country of Muslims after getting independence in 1947. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Founder of Pakistan, was once the member of Indian National Congress and fought against the British rule. His family was once Hindu, but they were ostracized by Hindus that led them to adopt Islam. Jinnah was not a very religious person, but he was a very ambitious politician. He tried to adopt some ideals of secularism in Pakistan but as the country was based on the theory of supremacy of Islam, this secular outlook proved to be a mask to cover the true face of ‘Islamic republic of Pakistan’.
Pakistan’s constitutions guarantees rights of non-Muslims but everything ends with the blasphemy law of Pakistan. During his reign, Pakistan’s military dictator Zia-Ul Haq imposed this draconian law in Pakistan. It changed a lot of things there. This law prohibits blasphemy and accused can be given a life sentence to death penalty. But in reality this law is used for the persecution of minorities and atheists. Many accused are killed by the angry mob before their trials in the court. A cunning Muslim can settle his score against a non-Muslim easily by accusing him/her of insulting Islam. Even the governor of Punjab state of Pakistan was killed by his own bodyguard some years ago when he proposed to amend the law slightly.
It is very difficult for the atheist to survive in Pakistan in such a harsh situation. Islam is the cruelest religion in dealing with atheism. Despite of such suffocating and difficult environment atheism has some supporters in Pakistan. Young generation is fed up with religious dogmas, superstitions and fundamentalists. They want to be happy. Many Pakistani bloggers express their view on atheism and agnosticism. These progressive youngsters have to hide their identity. Pakistan has formed a law in which anything that may deem a blasphemous content can be subject to prosecution under the blasphemy law. Many bloggers are facing charges of insulting Islam and its prophet Muhammad. So, the government of Pakistan is persecuting this minority group which is not more than 0.5% of the total population of Pakistan. It is not an easy thing to be an atheist in Pakistan. Death is the salvation because their life can be made a hell on this earth itself. Bangladesh has different situation but gradually this country is running towards Islamic fundamentalism. Many bloggers were killed there too for expressing rational thoughts. Present government of Bangladesh is helplessly watching this. Really, religion is most toxic then heroine.
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