Pragmatic | The safety factor (in Pakistan)

Breakdown of the safety net provided by sporting a beard and a turban.

Speaking at an Ulema convention in Peshawar, the central chief of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Maulana Fazlur Rehman is reported to have said that Pakistan “was passing through the most difficult phase in its history where even bearded and turbaned people were no longer safe.”

Err…and you thought it was only in Afghanistan during the Taliban rule, that beards and turbans were a guarantor of your safety.

Of course, the good Maulana can’t be referring to the violation of safety of Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan because Laden did sport a beard but he got the headgear wrong. Going by the evidence so far, he was wearing only a woolen cap, and not sporting a turban during his stay in Abbottabad.

If Maulana’s theory does hold true, how safe would be the LeT-JuD chief, Hafiz Saeed inside Pakistan then? A quick Google search tells us that despite sporting a beard, Hafiz Saeed isn’t fully safe because he alternates between a turban and a skull cap.

Alas there can be questions about the objectivity of the theory itself —- for a quick glance at Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s picture somehow does raise suspicions about selfish motives of personal safety coming into play here.

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