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Monday 31 October 2011, by siawi3

Letters to the editor, The News

Culture of intolerance

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The district and sessions judge, Pervez Ali Shah, who had handed down the death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri for killing former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, has left for Saudi Arabia along with his family after receiving death threats from extremists. The verdict angered many religious extremist groups, which started threatening the judge and fixed a bounty on his head. Sensing the gravity of the situation, the government arranged sending Shah and members of his family abroad. This shows a lack of tolerance and reasoning in our society. How many judges will leave the country? How many people will remain quiet out of fear? The government has a lot to do.

The society, on its part, should show courage and confront such acts of extremism. The extremist elements need to be defeated in debates through argument and reasoning. This has happened in Swat. What the people of Swat demonstrated during and after the military operation there should be taken as an example, though not fully ideal.

F Z Khan