When it comes to blasphemy in Pakistan, it shouldn’t be taken as a joke. The past of this country is filled with examples where the accused has been tortured, abducted and even killed in the name of blasphemy. The recent scenario of Mashal Khan exposed how one needs to be absolutely sure of what they are blaming another person for. However, seems like many in this country still haven’t learned from the brutal incidences that occurred in the past.
Maryam Nawaz is preyed by social media users yet again. The active member of social media is seen using her Twitter space to advocate on behalf of her father, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif.
In this past few week, there were numerous Twitter trends which trended actively to condemn Maryam Nawaz. Yesterday, the trend #MaryamAndBehnsa ignited and it revolved around accusing Maryam Nawaz of supporting the page that promotes blasphemous content.
Holy shit. The “evidence” for #MaryamAndBhensa is that she RTed the political tweets of someone accused of blasphemy.
— Ahmer Naqvi (@karachikhatmal) May 3, 2017
This is how it allegedly started:
— Umer Ali (@IamUmer1) May 3, 2017
It has been said that she has liked and retweeted tweets of the Behnsa account, the account which previously shared blasphemous content.
This Is One Way To Put Things In Perspective
Hate to see #MaryamAndBhensa trending. She is a liar, hypocrite, and a member of mafia family but maligning someone’s faith is unacceptable.
— Ashu (@Assad_saying) May 4, 2017
If you do not like someone, it does not mean you accuse them of something which is not tolerated.
This trend is the level the civil-military divide of Pakistan has stooped to. Accusing the PM’s daughter of blasphemy. #MaryamAndBhensa
— Gul Bukhari (@gulbukhari) May 3, 2017
Here’s where the matters become sensitive enough for Maryam Nawaz to be cautious on her social media:
— Mohammad Taqi (@mazdaki) May 3, 2017
Indeed It Is
We all dislike their family but trying to accuse them of blasphemy to get them killed is a whole new low for Pakistanis
— Prince (@PrinceePathan) May 3, 2017
— Saud (@SaudSami) May 3, 2017
This certainly isn’t the proper way of framing someone you have differences with. This can lead to life-death consequences. It is horrifying to see that people talk about such a sensitive matter in such a casual way which might have terrible consequences later. One may have their differences with Maryam Nawaz, but associating someone with such a horrendous allegation is absolutely immoral.