By Sajjad Shaukat
Recently, the sacrilegious caricatures competition of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) inspired by an American cartoonist on Facebook triggered protests across the Muslim world in general and Pakistan in particular.
On the orders of Lahore High Court, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) banned access to Facebook including YouTube and restricted access to Wikipedia in view of what it called “growing sacrilegious content”.
Apparently, people from the Western and Islamic worlds take the blasphemous drawings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) as an individual act of an American cartoonist and internet users, but in fact, it is a secret conspiracy of the Jewish lobbies to manipulate the world phenomena of terrorism against the Muslims. Indian lobbies are also working with those of the Jews in inciting the sentiments of Muslims, particularly Pakistanis. In this regard, Indian secret agency, RAW and Israeli Mossad are in collusion in this conspiracy against the Islamic world, launched through the Facebook.
In fact, plotters wanted to fulfill a number of sinister designs by using the controversial Facebook competition. Notably, any representation of the Prophet Muhammad in such a way is deemed un-Islamic and blasphemous by the Muslims. The conspirators used the Facebook because they knew that entire website would annoy the Muslim users, especially young adults—because the social networking website is so popular among them and they spend most of their time on it. They intended to discourage the internet users of the Islamic World as the Facebook is also used for communication and education purposes.
In Pakistan, countrywide protests were launched against the Facebook caricatures. Pakistani protesters shouted “Death to Facebook”, “Death to America”, and burnt US flags on May 21, venting growing anger over “sacrilegious” caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on the Internet. Protests in various cities of Pakistan continued for a number of days and the protesters branded the US the “root cause of all mischief.” This is what the conspirators wanted. As a matter of fact, by inciting the feelings of the people of the Islamic countries, they intended to create a greater resentment against the Western World in general and the United States in particular—and to create a rift between the Western and Islamic states. This was especially observed in Pakistan where leaders of the religious parties, journalists, students and other organizations delivered emotional speeches on this emotional matter.
In this connection, a leader of a journalist union said that the Americans and European powers were responsible for these blasphemous acts, and there was no need to have diplomatic relations with these countries. Most of the leaders, addressing the demonstrations demanded the rulers to sever diplomatic relations with the countries, involved in sacrilege of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). They asked the government to put pressure on Washington for taking stern action against the person who announced the profane cartoons contest otherwise; they would consider that the accused was enjoying backing of the American government. It also shows that this blasphemous act was done in order to deteriorate Pak-US ties, and Indo-Israeli lobbies were behind this conspiracy as Pakistan is the only nuclear country in the Islamic World. And India and Israel are trying to denuclearize Pakistan with the help of America. They are also working together in destabilizing Pakistan by supporting insurgency in the country and separatism in Balochistan.
Indian and Israeli lobbies with the help of fundamentalist Hindus and Jews were also behind the publications of similar caricatures in Danish newspapers in 2005 which sparked deadly protests in Muslim countries. Around 50 people were killed during demonstrations in the Islamic countries in 2006 over the caricatures, five of them in Pakistan. In that respect, Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Denmark’s embassy in Islamabad in 2008, killing six people, saying it was in revenge for publication of caricatures.
Majority of the Muslims is of the opinion that disunity of Muslims has been tactfully exploited by the infidels, urging Muslims to unite so as to thwart such nefarious designs against their religion. In these terms, on the other hand, same plotters are urging the Western nationals against the Muslims in wake of war against terrorism.
It is of particular attention that taking cognizance of the growing threat of global terrorism which has been dividing the Western and Islamic nations on cultural and religious lines since 9/11, American and European governments have already started inter-faith dialogue especially between the Christian and the Muslim nations.
In this regard, many conferences were held in various countries in which scholars from Islamic states also participated with a view to creating cultural understanding among major religious communities. In the recent past, a four day conference of Muslim and Christian intellectuals held at the Yale University Divinity School of America for promoting interfaith dialogue, but ended without discussing any issue of religious fundamentalism in respect of state terrorism. Another conference of Muslims, Christians and Jews was held at Madrid, arranged by the efforts of Saudi King Abdullah.
However, all these measures are proving fruitless due to a deliberate anti-Muslim campaign, launched by the Indo-Israeli lobbies, creating obstacles in global cultural cooperation which is essential for global peace. America and its allies continue to kill many innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Palestine through heavy aerial bombardment and ground shelling in the name of war on terror. US-led Indo-Israeli forces have been using every possible technique of state terrorism in these territories which have become the breeding grounds of a prolonged interaction between freedom fighters and state terrorists.
The fact of the matter is that by availing the ongoing international phenomena of terrorism, Jewish-Hindu lobbies are collectively working in America and other European countries to exploit the double standards of the west in relation to terrorism and human rights vis-à-vis Pakistan and other Arab countries. Israel and India are equating the ‘war of independence’ in Kashmir and Palestine with terrorism. If India considers Pakistan as her enemy number one, Israel takes Iran in the same sense particularly due to its nuclear programme which is also negated by the US. Tel Aviv is also against Pakistan because of its nuclear weapons. However, all these similarities of interest have brought the two countries to follow a common secret diplomacy with the tactical support of Washington, targeting Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Syria etc.
Another regrettable point is that irresponsible attitude of some Indian, Israeli and Western politicians has introduced dangerous socio-religious dimension in their societies by equating the “war on terror” with “war on Islam” and acts of Al Qaeda with all the Muslims. Their media have also been contributing to heighten the currents of world politics on cultural and religious lines with the negative projection of Islam. In this context, release of a Dutch film against the Holy Quran in the recent past is another instance to play with the religious sentiments of the Muslims.
It also seems that the US President Obama who has repeatedly remarked that his policies are different from the ex-president Bush as he was determined to compensate the injustices done with the Islamic world—but has become helpless owing to the strong Jewish pressure groups.
Nevertheless, at this critical juncture, the sacrilegious caricatures competition of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has provided the terrorists with new ammunition. The blasphemous drawings will result in the recruitment of more militants by the terrorist organizations. Instead of curbing terrorism, it will cause more terrorism in the concerned countries like Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen etc. So conspirators who want to continue the vicious circle of terrorism in connection with the Muslim and the Western Worlds have succeeded in their nefarious designs.
We can conclude without any doubt that there are Indo-Israeli lobbies working behind all these hatred against Islam and they are continuously doing so with the aim that the Muslims get incited and take that kind of stuff like suicide bombing.
Sajjad Shaukat is a regular writer for Opinion Maker. He writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations