A lot of people outrage at the thought that there is so much discrimination and intolerance in the Paksitani society.
After all, Pakistani society is made up of such brilliant individuals and forward looking political and social groups. There are intellectuals in this country with ideas and works that are as brilliant as they would have anywhere.
So why is Pakistan stuck with elementary issues, such as religious and social discrimination and intolerance?
Well, Pakistan is not just like any other country in the world. Its creation involved one of the most unique events ever. Arguably, the biggest mass migration in modern, if not recorded, human history.
When you are artificially creating a homogeneous demographic and forcefully rejecting any variation, at least discouraging them to flourish, if not just expelling them out of communities, then you can expect resistance to accept what is different.
This is why Pakistan was always bound to be intolerant as a society, the demographics not being the only factor for the aggravation of the intolerance.
Arguably the only other country that rivals it in this unique characteristic is Israel.
This is only a subjective opinion, but I have a feeling that it is a scientific fact. The resistance to strange ideas must be stronger in a more homogenous society.
Because over time, the Muslim population has increased exponentially in Pakistan and the non-Muslim population has declined. And as this trend continues, we have only seen lesser tolerance to communities with ideas alien to Pakistani and Islamic nationalism, and more tolerance toward religious rioting.
So why are people complaining? This is what we have always wanted.
Pakistan was made for intolerance.
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