Lahore’s growing Talibanisation

KARACHI: Why should we be surprised? This police official has, in all likelihood, been brought up to believe that all working women are agents of the devil. We should be thankful he did not kill the poor curator. As for art, Pakistanis have heard all their lives that painting and music are haram, and anyone who indulges in such activities will be consigned to hell. So the policeman probably thought it was his duty to prevent such activities to save his faith. And you can bet that he, like Salmaan Taseer’s killer, will not be punished.
In fact, he will either be promoted or transferred to some place where he can further enrich himself.

Shakir Lakhani
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2011.