This phrase has gotten a Pakistani man into a heap of trouble. Sajid Shah, a 20-year-old match factory worker, wrote the phrase on a wall and was immediately arrested by Pakistani police from the city of Haripur. Sajid has now been transferred to prison under judicial custody.
The police interrogated him. Sajid told them that he liked Bollywood music and films and wanted to be an actor. Investigating officer, Abdul Rehan, said,“He is the eldest of four brothers and, since the death of his father, is the only breadwinner of the family.”
Even though according to the laws in Pakistan this slogan itself isn’t banned, yet Sajid could face up to 7 years in jail as the phrase could be interpreted under section 505 of the law as incitement to mutiny, endangering the lives of military personnel or incitement to violence against the state.
How does this endanger the lives of military personnel!? Logic takes a back seat in Pakistan and the only aspect kept in mind is hatred towards India.
A similar incident happened last year when a Pakistani fan and look-alike of Virat Kohli was arrested for hoisting the Indian flag at his home as a tribute to him.
This is definitely a very drastic reaction, but compare this to what happens in India. You had slogans calling for the breakup of India at JNU, slogans that glorified terrorists, posters that called for revenge for the hanging of terrorists, and regular abuses directed at the soldiers…and the people who were behind these slogans are today heroes in the eyes of the media and certain political parties.
The media goes to interview them and political parties invite them to campaign for them. They get all the perks like travelling business class from certain elements of our political and media class who thrive on such propaganda. They appear regularly on platforms set for discussions by top media houses. This is how India treats traitors!
At least on this aspect we can learn from Pakistan, can’t we? Arresting someone for writing ‘Hindustan Zindabad’ is a serious exaggeration and it only goes to highlight the hatred Pakistan has for India, but here in India people who abuse India and our soldiers are made heroes. This only goes to show that for the majority of the media and the political spectrum vested interests are more important than national pride, and even for a majority of Indians abuse of the country and soldiers isn’t a matter of shame. We just look past. This is surely not a nice attitude.