Malala, Aafia and our Mindset

Daily Times: Farhad Taimoor

This is our dilemma as a society. Over the years, we have corrupted our intuitive sense of right and wrong under the influence of this intolerant culture of militancy.  And now when we look at the world through this lens of a ‘biased mindset’ it only allows us to see the world, as Stephen Covey puts it, not as it is but as we are, or as we are conditioned to see it.

“The eyes see only what the
mind is prepared to comprehend” — Robertson Davies.

The recent shooting of the 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai has sparked an angry reaction across the country, resulting in widespread public outrage against the Taliban militants. Many of us hoped that this incident could lead our society to a consensus against the extremist ideology of these militants, but, unfortunately, all such hopes faded away when a section of our society downplayed this incident. They tried to confuse it with other issues like drone attacks and some even went to the extent of inventing baseless conspiracy theories against the poor girl. But on the other hand, the same people were out in the streets protesting with anger when the sad story of Dr Aafia Siddiqui became public. Why so much anger against the atrocities on Dr Siddiqui and so much confusion and so many conspiracies on the shooting of Malala?

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