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THE FUTURE OF THE LYNCH MOB - GADHE HEE GADHE HAIN
In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart
- PT Foreign Desk
In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart



THE INDIAN LYNCH mob can now see what it will look like a few years from now: A donkey was beaten to pulp, its nostrils were ripped apart, its face bled profusely, it writhed in pain, and its nose was broken.

Scores of political activist adamant on bringing democracy to their country punched the donkey in the face and abdomen repeatedly, kicked the hapless animal all over its body, dragged it with a rope and then someone rammed a car into the four-legged non-political creature.

All because someone had the bright idea to write "Nawaz Sharif" on the donkey's body and the opponents of PML-N are these days baying for blood, or power. July 25 is a long distance away, so they took it out on the donkey.

As the poor, hapless, bleeding, injured animal collapsed in the middle of the road, and the mob left it behind to look for democracy elsewhere, a car came and hit it. Passersby simply found the animal an obstacle and went around it.
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"If the general public can abuse an innocent animal for fun and ridiculous, irrational reasons, because he’s a ‘Gadha,’ then nothing else matters anyway.”
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It took hours before a kind-hearted Abdullah Mahmood wrote a post on social media: "Its 2:30 am... Have been trying to help this poor donkey for more than 2 hours alone now." A team of Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation (ACF) Animal Rescue eventually responded and took care of the equine.

Welcome to the ugly, brutal face of Pakistan's election campaign where Imran Khan's PTI is wrestling a jailed Nawaz Sharif's PML-N.

"If our general public can abuse an innocent animal for fun and ridiculous, irrational reasons, because he’s a ‘Gadha,’ then nothing else matters anyway,” the ACF said.

Some voices on the social media were horrified: "Is this what our country has come to? Or is this what it’s always been? And social media and a little bit of animal welfare has now highlighted what we always were and are. Monsters."

Political parties in Pakistan have been earlier known to use dogs to denigrate animals. Party A worker often catch hold of a street mongrel and paste stickers of party B on its body to shame party B. 

The ACF team has now shared images of the injuries and bruises the poor animal was inflicted with.

The ACF did not say which party's workers committed the atrocity but many television channels, including the much respected Dawn television, showed images in which the word "Nawaz" was scrawled on the donkey's body.

"We have blurred out the names on the donkey’s body as we will not involve ourselves in this mess. The rest is up to you all to decide," the ACF's twitter handle said.

"The donkey has multiple wounds; all fresh from the beatings, punches and kicks he endured. The wound near his rear was an old abscess which burst probably when he collapsed. His nostrils have been ripped apart and his face was bleeding from all the wounds," it added.

The fact is that in Pakistan, not just donkeys but dogs, tigers, lions and even wild boars have been the targets of often extreme abuse in rallies and protests.

Last year, Pakistan's The Nation reported how a wild boar was beaten to death by protesters in Islamabad after the words "Go Nawaz Go” were scrawled on the boar and its limbs were tied with cables before it was thrashed to death with sticks.

Helpless creatures are often dragged to large public gatherings. The PML-N activists once brought a white tiger to their rally who died reportedly due to very high temperature.
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The fact is that in Pakistan, not just donkeys but dogs, tigers, lions and even wild boars have been the targets of often extreme abuse in rallies and protests.
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Since 'Gadha' in urdu is a word for abuse, it prompts many protestors to feature donkeys as a reference to rival political figures. The creatures are often beaten, spray painted and led through crowds for long hours.

Pakistani cricket fans have been known to pose with a donkey when they protested against players involved in match fixing.
 
In the past, protestors made donkeys pull vehicles during a rally against hike in oil prices. 

In Ferozewalla in Pakistan, the donkey was on duty on the other side of the fence. Activists of PML-N tied up flags of Imran Khan’s PTI party to the donkey’s ears and dragged it along, whipping it along the way.

In Sindh, the provincial assembly Speaker and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmaker Agha Siraj Durrani said he cares little about who votes for him and he "urinates” on votes.

"Maan vote jo wasto na rakhando ahyan. Maan muttaan vote khe. Maan muttando ahyan vote khe (I don’t maintain relations with people for the sake of votes. I urinate on votes. I urinate on the vote),” Durrani said in Sindhi in a video that went viral on social media.

As if abuse and vitriol against political opponents and misogynistic comments and jokes against women opponents were not enough, the election campaign in Pakistan has become all the more repulsive because of such crude behaviour. 
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Donkeys have been made particularly more vulnerable by Imran Khan who recently said those going to receive Nawaz Sharif at the airport were ‘donkeys’.
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Pakistan has a Pakistan Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1890, Section 3 of which deals with cruelty against animals and makes it a punishable act. Also, section 429 of the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 also makes it a serious crime to kill or injure an animal, and provides for a imprisonment term of five years.

In no instance in recent times has anyone been punished for such cruelty. 

The donkeys have been made particularly more vulnerable by Imran Khan who recently said those going to receive Nawaz Sharif at the airport as he returned from London, are ‘donkeys’.

"The fact is that deterioration in political discourse in India and the rise of the lynch mob only underlines the fears expressed by saner elements of Indian society that apprehend that the country may be on its path to become a Hindu Pakistan,” said a senior journalist closely tracking Pakistani election campaign. 

At Punjab Today, we find it an opportune moment to share with you this beautiful and poignant poem by Fahmida Riaz who could guess pretty early the path we were taking. If you love India, read this. We believe Riaz wrote it because she loved Pakistan, and envied us.

तुम बिल्कुल हम जैसे निकले
अब तक कहाँ छुपे थे भाई
वो मूर्खता वो घामड़पन
जिसमे हमने सदी गंवाई
आखिर पहुंची  द्धार तुम्हारे
अरे बधाई बहुत बधाई
प्रेत धरम का नाच रहा है
कायम हिन्दू राज करोगे?
सारे उलटे काज करोगे
अपना चमन दराज़ करोगे
तुम भी बैठे करोगे सोंचा
पूरी है वैसी तैयारी
कौन है हिन्दू कौन नहीं है
तुम भी  करोगे फतवे जारी
होगा कठिन यहाँ भी जीना
रातों आ जायेगा पसीना
जैसी तैसी कटा करेगी
यहां भी सबकी साँस घुटेगी
कल दुःख से सोंचा करती थी
सोंच के बहुत हँसी आज आई
तुम बिल्कुल हम जैसे निकले
हम दो क़ौम नहीं थे भाई !
भाड़ में जाए शिक्षा-विक्षा
अब जाहिलपन के गुण गाना
आगे गड्ढा है ये मत देखो
वापस लाओ गया ज़माना
बश्ट (practice) करो तुम आ जायेगा
उलटे पाँव चलते जाना
ध्यान न मन में दूजा आये
बस पीछे ही नज़र जमाना
एक जाप सा करते जाओ
बारम-बार यही दोहराओ
कितना वीर महान था भारत
कैसा आलिशान था भारत
फिर तुमलोग पहुँच जाओगे
बस परलोक पहुँच जाओगे
हम तो हैं पहले से वहाँ पर
तुम भी समय निकालते रहना
अब जिस नरक में जाओ वहाँ से
चिट्ठी-विट्ठी डालते रहना
– फ़हमीदा रियाज़

(English translation, courtesy Shabana Mir) 

Turned out you were just like us.
So it turned out you were just like us!
Where were you hiding all this time, buddy?
That stupidity, that ignorance
we wallowed in for a century –
look, it arrived at your shores too!
Many congratulations to you!
Raising the flag of religion,
I guess now you’ll be setting up Hindu Raj?
You too will commence to muddle everything up
You, too, will ravage your beautiful garden.

You, too, will sit and ponder –
I can tell preparations are afoot –
who is [truly] Hindu, who is not.
I guess you’ll be passing fatwas soon!
Here, too, it will become hard to survive.
Here, too, you will sweat and bleed.
You’ll barely make do joylessly.
You will gasp for air like us.
I used to wonder with such deep sorrow.
And now, I laugh at the idea:
it turned out you were just like us!
We weren’t two nations after all!
To hell with education and learning.
Let’s sing the praises of ignorance.
Don’t look at the potholes in your path:
bring back instead the times of yore!

Practice harder till you master
the skill of always walking backwards.
Let not a single thought of the present
break your focus upon the past!

Repeat the same thing over and over –
over and over, say only this:
How glorious was India in the past!
How sublime was India in days gone by!

Then, dear friends, you will arrive
and get to heaven after all.
Yep. We’ve been there for a while now.
Once you are there,
once you’re in the same hell-hole,
keep in touch and tell us how it goes!

Here’s a video of Riaz reciting her memorable poem, our way of apologising to the hapless animals who are becoming the target of the lynch mob.
 

Punjab Today expresses its inability to find out about the eventual fate of the dog who was sentenced to a one-week imprisonment and then awarded a death sentence by Assistant Commissioner Raja Saleem in Bhakkar’s Kalor vicinity in Pakistani Punjab province.

Pakistan's Geo TV had reported the Assistant Commissioner Saleem as saying that since "the dog injured a child, hence it should be killed."

The owner of the dog, Jamil, had filed an appeal with the Additional Deputy Commissioner against the weird punishment to the canine, pleading that his pet has already completed a one-week prison sentence as ordered by the authorities. 

All efforts to reach across to Jamil failed. Meanwhile, the lynch mobs on both sides of the border remain active. The last one to fall victim was Swami Agnivesh. Pakistani counterparts are soon expected to catch up score.

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