Pakistani Journalist’s #AntiHate Campaign Condemns The Pulwama Attacks
In 2010, when the movie My Name is Khan released, there was an unprecedented outpouring of goodwill. While everyone may not have loved the movie, most loved what it stood for and the message it promoted. That of peace. And of understanding. That hate need not be all-pervasive.Of course that was a movie. But nine years later, in the light of the Pulwama attacks that shook us all, the message still stands. There’s been a spate of things that have happened since.
Pakistani journalist Sehyr Mirza took to Facebook to put out her message, that of compassion and promotion of #AntiHate. She put up a picture, showing her support to humanity and that she condemns the attacks at Pulwama.
And she encouraged other people to do the same using the hashtag #AntiHateChallenge. A bunch of other people have put up posts holding up the same poster. At this point, when patriotic fervour is running high and most posts like these will fall on deaf ears, we certainly appreciate this gesture. Yes, it may appear token and perhaps, phony to some but we are glad that we can all rise above the politics and the mindless bloodshed and spread a positive message.
The journalist, in another post expressed her stand with Indians by stating, “We’re deeply disturbed over the tragic terror attack that claimed innocent lives in Kashmir. In such testing times, we need more sane voices to speak out against war and terrorism. We have initiated this #AntiHateChallenge to not only condemn the attack but also express solidarity with our Indian friends. Requesting Pakistani fellows, who share our feelings to please, join in.”