Tied Tongues

Slogan - - LETTERS - Naushaba Salam Pe­shawar

Your writer Sam­ina Wahid has very pre­cisely put into words the ironic in­ter­pre­ta­tion and dou­ble stan­dards of the ex­pres­sion ‘free­dom of speech.’ It is com­mon prac­tice to pro­mote and adopt ex­treme ends of a per­spec­tive – ei­ther we agree with the point of view or dis­agree with it with in­ten­sity that there is no room for flex­i­bil­ity or sec­ond thought.

Lib­erty to voice one’s con­cerns is in­deed vi­tal and the peo­ple’s right. How­ever, the rea­sons and con­se­quences be­hind the mat­ter are of equal im­por­tance. Had the blas­phe­mous car­toons been rel­e­vant to any other reli­gion apart from Is­lam, the protests would have been all the more ‘nec­es­sary’ and ‘up­right.’ Is­lam around the globe has an im­age that goes hand in hand with ter­ror­ism. It is in­deed sad­den­ing and in­fu­ri­at­ing to see how ma­nip­u­la­tion is preva­lent in the global com­mu­nity.

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