Celebrations to a backdrop of blasphemy law politics


LAHORE – At a time when Muslims are celebrating the Eid Miladun Nabi, some old trends are giving way for new traditions of celebrating the occasion. The success of religious parties in forcing the federal government not to amend the blasphemy law would reflect the mood of events to be held throughout the day.
Religious parties have emboldened their heads having forced the government to bow before them. Chief amongst these is the Sunni Ittehad Council, an alliance of eight Barelvi parties, would start its political career on March 23 and has announced to hold more than 1,000 processions nationwide to celebrate the event.
A large number of people are participating in Eid Miladun Nabi processions despite security threats while law enforcement agencies are doing their best to avoid any untoward incident. Posters have now become an old-fashioned way of attracting people, as the electronic media is now used for marketing and the trend is now being followed in other cities after its introduction in Karachi.
Driving motorcycles without silencers is also gaining popularity among the youth, which does not conform with the religious sentiment of the day and poses a safety threat. Using loud music to attract people is also being witnessed.