As the Taliban are repeating their ‘death kiss’ to music in the Swat Valley, once again the cultural conflict within Pakistan is bursting out.
In an article published by Washington Post in USA, Freemuse ambassador Salman Ahmad and filmmaker Karam Pasha criticise the Taliban of hijacking Islam and compare them to Christian crusaders who ransacked Europe and the Middle East.
“Both the Taliban and their Christian counterparts represent a political movement meant to dominate and destroy rather than strengthen faith and build human society,” says Salman Ahmad who for years has been a very outspoken critic of religious censorship in Pakistan. He even confronted militant mullahs in Peshawar directly, as it was documented in the film ‘The Rock Star and the Mullahs’.
Ahmad and Pasha criticise Pakistani politicians for lack of leadership and claim that “the brand the Taliban wish to sell is not one the people of Pakistan have any interest in buying.”
Ahmad has always confronted fundamentalists on their own religious ground, whether it is Taliban attacks on music or the role of religion in society. In the article the two artists write:
About the writers
Kamran Pasha is a filmmaker and the author of ‘Mother of the Believers,’ — a novel on the birth of Islam.
The authors can be contacted on this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Washington Post, On Faith – 27 April 2009:
‘Taliban are Enemies of Pakistan and Islam’