Help! I saw Maula Jutt, and now I’m a bloodthirsty monster, waiting for a member of a minority religion in Pakistan so I can kill them, Sialkot mob-style.
Or at least, that’s what George Fulton thinks all Pakistanis do.
George Fulton: Don’t act surprised
“Oh, the shock! Oh, the disgust! Oh, the outrage over the barbaric killings in Sialkot! The media, the blogosphere, facebookers have been going into hyperactive overdrive to out condemn one another over the senseless killings of the two teenage boys.”
Yes, sarcasm really does help in this case. How DARE the Pakistani media and public express their anger. And on Facebook too?! Seriously, I’ve left Facebook, so someone tell me, when did it change from its customary role to being a place to cyberstalk your ex-es and their new partners to a place to express an opinion? Mr. Fulton is not happy, please Facebookers, go back to changing your status twenty times a day so that we know what you’re doing, NOT what you’re feeling.
Some have frothed with self-righteous anger, some have put the blame on poverty and illiteracy (a self-serving defence that ignores the violent solutions advocated in many a swanky drawing room discussion), some on the breakdown of the social contract between the state and the individual.
Self-righteous anger. Again, Mr. Fulton does not like anger. Please Pakistanis, go back to your false sense of calm.
Poverty and illiteracy. Oh, so those can’t be some of the reasons? Wait, it was Darth Vader that brainwashed the culprits of the Sialkot murders right? RIGHT?
What violent solutions? I’m confused, the writer doesn’t mention them. Also, Mr. Fulton, as Baba Bulleh Shah rightly suggested on Twitter, “Jay thainu “drawing room” nahin pasand, tu baar baar kyoon varda rainda hai?”
But all seem shocked by the barbarity on display. But why are we surprised? Why the denial? Hasn’t it always been thus?
This is precisely where Mr. Fulton made his Serious Mistake#1. Dear op-ed columnist, Just because you are surprised, please don’t lump the 170 million people that live in this country in that same lot of “surprised” people. And no, it wasn’t always this way, or at least I am grossly unaware of daily lynchings amongst crowds of people that have taken place in Pakistan since 1947.
We are, and have always been, a barbaric, degenerate nation revelling in bloodlust.
This is where my brain exploded. Yes, there are massive problems in this country, which include horrific crimes, even barbaric. But to again lump the entire country in your “we” – I say, let’s book us all under murder charges, and give us the death penalty, including you Mr. Fulton. And pray tell, when has the ENTIRE nation revelled in bloodlust? I want all 170 million Pakistanis accounted for, raising their hands in a “hell ya” when revelling in bloodlust. Video evidence will suffice.
Our nation was forged during a bloody partition — in which up to one million people were massacred. One just has to read eyewitness accounts of the riots, the train butchery, the brutal rapes and slaughter of that period to get a feel of the heady, almost orgasmic, delight that the perpetrators of these crimes revelled in as the nation was born.
Yes, Partition was bloody. But that one million figure includes people from both sides of the border. Also, were the perpetrators all Pakistani? Good grief, why have numerous books I’ve read on Partition failed to mention this fact!? Mr. Fulton, thank you for letting me know. Now I’ll never look at my grandmother the same way again.
The lynching itself is nothing new. Read any report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and you will see that this is a fairly regular occurrence. Christians, Hindus, homosexuals, suspected paedophiles and robbers have been killed at the hands of mob justice.
Yes, these incidents have taken place. And the police has also stood by and let it happen in some cases. Nice how you would rather blame Pakistanis for it than mention the state’s failure in protecting the citizens. But wait, according to Mr. Fulton, ALL Pakistanis have been killing people since Partition. Chalein jee, back to the start.
And what about Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his daughter Benazir? Were they not just killed by a more sophisticated form of mob justice?
These two questions are so absurd I think I’m going to pass on trying to attempt to answer this.
Our culture celebrates barbarity and vengeance.
Mr. Fulton, I don’t know what your understanding of culture is. To me, its Sufism, qawwalis, the resilience of Pakistanis, Basant and a plate of nihari. I do get pretty vengeful when someone eats the leftover nihari though, so maybe that’s what you were referring to.
But wait, Mr. Fulton has an explanation! The day has been saved. Behold!
Is the Sialkot killing that shocking when you consider the macho culture of the Punjab? Maula Jatt, Punjab cinema’s most famous film, is a three-hour advertorial for vigilante justice. The film celebrates revenge, honour killing and violence. It is entertainment for severely warped minds. One scene has our hero, Maula Jatt, axing off a leg and an arm and then catching the severed limb as it flew through the air in his bare hands! Another has Maula’s axe ripping open a man’s guts to have the intestines fly out spectacularly. This is what passes for entertainment in our land. So don’t act surprised when the red mist from a teenage boy’s head appears on your TV screens.
So Maula Jutt is responsible for the Sialkot murders. Why stop there Mr. Fulton – why can’t Maula Jutt be responsible for everything evil and sinister in this country? In fact, I’m convinced that in Taliban training camps, they show the film on a 24/7 loop to brainwash prospective suicide bombers. Similarly, I’m sure Silsila is responsible for the high rate of divorces in India, and all Hollywood films with scenes of violence are responsible for all criminal activities that take place in the US. Wait, did you hear this explanation in a swanky drawing room? Good lord, have the elites seen Maula Jutt?! What is the world coming to?!
Barbarity and sadism are ever present in our society. We are a nation where politicians like Senator Sardar Israrullah Zehri can openly condone the burying of women alive by declaring it part of his culture.
Sardar Israrullah Zehri’s statement has been torn apart to pieces by people from all over the country. Its the PPP’s fault for not having kicked him out of the party, not “the nation’s”. I think the nation did enough to protest against Zehri’s barbarism in their limited capacity.
Our religious discourse often celebrates the brutality and violence of medieval Arabia. We are a nation that laps up the bile of ‘Dr’ Aamir Liaquat as he describes Ahmadis as wajab-ul-qatal (punishable by death). And we are a nation which collectively stands watching — like the mob in Sialkot — as those very same Ahmadis are massacred by gunmen.
Yes, many members of the nation are anti-Ahmadi. This has a fair amount to do with how politicians and the religious parties have spewed anti-Ahmadi venom over the years, changed educational curriculum to reflect their hatred and have implemented legislation that has made anti-Ahmadi steps a permanent part of the law. You cannot reverse years of brainwashing in a day. But I’ll give you this: our failing is not that we stood by and watched it happen, our failing is that we haven’t campaigned strongly enough against it, or that those of us who do vote, have voted in the same leaders who haven’t changed anti-ahmadi laws. But Mr. Fulton, many of us are trying, and “we” are not amused at you grouping us amongst people who are committed to a life of persecuting members of other sects of religions. By this definition, we should also label all of the United States as anti-Muslim because a few are against the Ground Zero mosque.
A friend of a friend recently announced that he would be off to Sialkot with a bunch of tough friends to avenge the murder of the boys, unaware of the irony of what he was suggesting. He was planning to commit murder and administer vigilante justice to the very same people who had committed murder and administered their form of vigilante justice. And so the cycle goes on.
May I suggest you get some new friends of friends?
So don’t act surprised. The Sialkot murders are as Pakistani as truck art, biryani and loadshedding.
I say, when did Mr. Fulton become an expert on all things Pakistani? Oh wait, eight years or so of living here and being in a reality TV show, working as a talk show host and writing columns like the one cited here are good enough I suppose, one can become a self-proclaimed expert on culture, Maula Jutt and Pakistanis revelling in bloodletting. And loadshedding is not a “Pakistani” phenomenon, other developing countries do have electricity breakdowns.
This has always been an ugly reality of Pakistan and always will be.
Well, since you’ve by now labelled all Pakistanis as Maula Jutt-inspired murderers, there’s really nothing left to say.
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a misnomer.
Y’know, that’s possibly the only true thing you’ve said. Just that.
Pakistan has never been a pure, peaceful Islamic state. And it never will be. Rather than drawing inspiration from the Holy Quran, our nation models itself on another book — a book in which children become savages. Pakistan is not the land of the pure — we are Lord of the Flies.
And Mr. Fulton saves the best of his racism for the end. Pakistan is a country of savages. For example, Dr. Abdul Sattar Edhi, Dr. Adeeb Rizvi, etc – their philanthropic work is clearly a front for their “savage” activities. It was wonderful, really, to discover that you think that all Pakistanis are savages.
And here’s your moment of Zen. Please watch from 1:50