Reining the trouble makers
The federal govt has decided to compensate those who suffered losses during riots in the wake of apex court verdict acquitting Asia Bibi. PM has directed that an assessment should be carried out of the property damages and the Punjab government should prepare a compensation package.
Aftermath of the countrywide riots it seems PTI led government has not act wisely to prevent such indents in future. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has insisted that action would be taken against those who destroyed public property during the protests even though the agreement - opposition call it surrender - signed between the government and the Tehreek Labaik called for all those arrested to be released.
If the government was serious about catching violent protesters, it would have immediately taken action rather than just talking about regulating social media sites. The PTA has complained that Twitter does not take action on most government requests to block offensive material and accounts. Twitter has indeed become a hotbed of hatred and crime worldwide, with neo- Nazis, racists and extremists using the site to spread hatred. As bad as that it is, it would be even worse if steps were taken to ban or block social media sites. The history of the state in silencing legitimate dissenting voices means that it cannot be trusted to exercise sound judgment. Should free expression be curbed on social media too, that would mean a shrinking of the public square. It would be best for the government to look inward rather than blaming the internet for the troubles of the last week. Yes, it was unfortunate that Khadim Rizvi was allowed to post incendiary tweets but if his presence on Twitter is unacceptable, why are he and his party allowed to demonstrate publicly, issue threats to state institutions and even stand for elections? That the TLP has been able to build a following is because the state has allowed it to. Pakistan has affectively dealt with many armed movements especially TTP, Lashkar- i- Jahngvi, MQM led by Altaf and so for Tehreek Labaik is concerned it emerged when court ordered hanging of Mumtaz Qadri in 2016 when he killed then Punjab Governor Salman Tasser. It is encouraging that all Opposition parties have supported the apex court ruling in Asia Bibi case and now it is high time fort the government to take stern action against Tehreek Labaik so that next no one can dare to damage public property or speak ill against judiciary, army or other state institutions. If we missed this opportunity then perhaps we should get ready for such situation in near future.