A Pakistani Appeal for Calm
Writing in The News International, EWI Board Member Ikram Sehgal argues that Pakistan’s leadership must rise above partisan considerations and respond in a measured manner to the recent violent demonstrations triggered by the film Innocence of Muslims. This amateurish film posted on the Internet under several titles sparked outrage among Muslims across the globe for mocking the Prophet Mohammed.
Sehgal writes, “Those who govern over us must take corrective and remedial steps to correct the fault lines in our national psyche before those with vested interest use what could be essentially genuine protest as a pretext to permanently scar the future of the country. For those in power at every level of governance, dereliction of that responsibility is catastrophic for the nation they have the responsibility to govern.”