Hindu boy in Pakistan forced to chant Allahu Akbar, but it’s the President who made a boo-boo

Pakistani Twitter asked why the government should not be sentenced to death for blasphemy — for equating the country with Riasat-e-Madina.

File photo of Pakistan President Arif Alvi | Commons
File photo of Pakistan President Arif Alvi | Commons

New Delhi: A Hindu boy in Pakistan was forced to abuse his gods and chant Allahu Akbar by a mob. But it’s Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi who is in real trouble.

Reacting to the horrific hate attack, Alvi made two glaring boo-boos, if you go by the Pakistani social media reaction. He told people not to malign Pakistan and worse, he described the country as Riasat-e-Madina, the land of the pure.


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Caught on the wrong foot

Alvi’s official Twitter handle warned against such instances Tuesday evening, but did not condemn the attack itself. Instead, he said that these were ugly isolated incidents giving Pakistan a bad name.

“Our society should remain alert. Such isolated ugly incidents are used to give a bad name to the country. I condemn it and I assure all citizens that we in Riasat-e-Madina cannot and will not allow this to happen”, tweeted the President’s official handle.

Videos of the incident went viral last week where a man in Sindh’s Tharparkar region abused and slapped a young boy, forcing him to abuse Hindu gods and goddesses and yell ‘Allahu Akbar’. In the video, the boy can be seen begging the man to let go of.

The accused was arrested Tuesday. But the real damage began after the President’s Twitter post.

Twitteratis in Pakistan called out Alvi, a close aide of Imran Khan and one of the founding members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

“Isolated incident?! WTAF is wrong with you?!”, said one handle.

In the same vein, many others said this was the worst possible statement a leader could have made, and that it would have been better had the President refrained.

 

Many handles, while condemning Alvi, disqualified his abilities as a leader and said he was a dentist.

Before getting into the world of politics, Alvi was a dentist, a profession he took after his father Dr Elahi Alvi, who was a dentist to Jawaharlal Nehru before his migration to Pakistan.

 


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‘Riasat-e-Hypocracy’

The Pakistani Twitterati also had a lot to say about Riasat-e-Madina, an Islamic version of a welfare State.

While some said there was no need to resort to the phrase Riaasat-e-Madina to compare Pakistan, many questioned what welfare Alvi was speaking about, and highlighted recurring violence against women and minority communities.

One account got innovative with the Riasat-e-Madina wordplay and instead termed the President’s statement as part of “Riasat-e-Hypocracy”.

Twitteratis further asked how “tongues did not cut themselves off taking the name of “Riasat e Madina” in this hellish place” and that the government should be sentenced to death for blasphemy — for equating itself to a welfare State.