When violent acts are committed by extremists in Pakistan who claim the mantle of Islam, people in the west sometimes ask, “Where are the moderates? Who is condemning these outrages?” Sometimes, whether because of conviction, political calculation or fear, those voices stay silent.
But in Pakistan today they are being heard loud and clear, and are condemning the savage attacks on polio vaccine workers that have brought the campaign against polio in Pakistan to a shuddering halt.
Reuters reports: ”Neither Pakistani customs nor Islam would allow or endorse this. Far from doing something wrong, these girls are martyrs for Islam because they were doing a service to humanity and Islam,” said Tahir Ashrafi, the head of the moderate Pakistan Ulema Council.
“The killers of these girls are not worthy of being called Muslims or human beings,” said Maulana Asadullah Farooq, who runs one of the biggest madrassas in Lahore.
It’s good to see these Pakistanis defending those who are putting their lives on the line to make a better Pakistan for all its citizens—just as it was good to see much of the country rally around Malala Yousafzai when she was shot on a bus home from school by insane militants.