The President and Prime Minister of Pakistan received messages of congratulations for the spectacular success achieved by Pakistani scientists. For a while there were jubilations in Pakistan as well. But the celebrations were shortlived. In a small town, barely miles from Karachi, the mullah of a mosque denounced the achievement as satanic. May Allah destroy him!
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Ghulam Abbas envisioned a scenario of the end of 20th century — while writing it in First time he read this story in a sitting of Halqa-e-Arbab-e-Zauq in Lahore, in Darkness was wrapped in serenity. The city, mostly sleeping or at best oozing. But there was an unusual activity at the 71st floor of hotel Mohenjodaro located in the capital of Pakistan. Government of Pakistan was hosting a lavish dinner for the scientists, journalists, intellectuals, ambassadors, who came there from across the globe to view a great human attempt of that day.
And absolutely, it was a great moment for Pakistan, as on that auspicious day she was trying to launch the first ever human being on moon. Despite the repeated attempts by the rest of the world, no country was successful in doing so.
But Pakistan, thanks to the great efforts of its scientists and miraculous achievements in the field of astronomy and space sciences, was actually about to be able to explore that glory. There was a history in making! After dinner, all the guests were witnessing huge TV screens with a pin drop silence in the huge auditorium.
All of them were anxious to listen and witness any words from the Pakistani spaceship crew. Suddenly static noises from the installed speakers broke the eager silence of the auditorium of the hotel. The last sentence of Captain Adam Khan got lost in the thunderous applause and jubilant greetings from the audience in the hall. Soon, the telephone lines of the Pakistani space center got clogged-up with the huge number of calls that were made by the foreign head of states, educationalists, scientists and ordinary people.
After a few minutes, Adam Khan hoisted the Pakistani flag on the surface of moon and across the country national anthem was played on radio waves. It was still very early in the morning when in a small mosque of a small town that was located hundreds of miles away from main urban centers, where an imam prayer leader was addressing a group of people after offering Fajar morning prayer.
By the end of that week, in the Friday prayer sermons the religious speakers and imams were planting the decrees that all the Pakistani public should seek forgiveness from the Lord as it seemed that the day of judgment would was now so nearby. They further directed the public to spread across the entire country, disseminate this message and protest.
This resolution caused some stir in the upper echelons of powers. In the meantime, Captain Adam Khan, the chief of space mission, returned from the moon with his spacecraft. The government awarded him with the National Hero award. His pictures of return got published in the local and international newspapers and science journals.
The clergy and religious leaders who already had issued a decree of death penalty for Adam Khan, attributed that picture with superficial and sexual meanings and for their own objectives blamed at his licentious behavior. Meanwhile, the opposition in National Assembly also thought it as an opportunity to throw-away the government also sided with the clergy led movement by registering an adjournment motion. This move by the opposition lifted the morale of the movement a step further and they called a countrywide convention, where it was demanded that as the members of the government are heretical and agnostics, so they no longer remained worthy of leadership of a country whose sovereignty belongs to Allah.
Thus they should resign immediately. On anticipating the widening scale of this movement, the government reacted swiftly and arrested the leadership of this movement and also those who would publicly speak on the issue and incite general public against the law of the land. At the same time, the government also imposed Section throughout the country under which the assembly of more than four people was prohibited and the violators could be prosecuted and arrested.
This step of the government backfired and it was considered as an act of subversion in the religion. The arrested clergy leadership was considered commanders and the crowd who followed them were declared as soldiers of Allah.
Public despised these acts of government and the momentum of the movement grew manifold. Anti-government protests became a routine matter and all the mosques became centers and cornerstone of the movement. General public was openly incited by the new clergy-led leadership to start civil disobedience. When the religious leadership became satisfied that the public is on the same page with them, they announced a date of voluntary mass arrest, as a mean to pressurize government.
On the same day a general strike call was also announced. It was further appealed to the public that every morning after prayer the groups of more than five should declare agitation against Section Section states that the assembly of four or more people stands prohibited. On the day of the massive protest, the government started deploying police and law enforcement agencies outside all the major mosques to foil the attempt of breaking the law.
But as per the clergy related appeal, after morning prayers thousands of groups of people emerged out of the various mosques in the entire country. Police started to arrest them. In a matter of just one hour more than hundred thousand people got arrested. The news of these arrests further agitated general public and they started attacking the government installations and foreign diplomatic missions in Pakistan.
There were reports of arson also circulated on some of the government properties. The chaos got deepened as the day progressed and government fearing total breakdown of the system called Army in and imposed curfew to quell the protests and bring calm in the state that was increasingly drifting towards the civil war.
During these protests, hundreds of people also lost their lives while battling with the law enforcing agencies. The situation got so much worse that all tools of government failed to control the situation, but it turned so nasty that eventually the government had to resign. There was a country wide jubilation over that success.
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Theatre, particularly serious theatre, plays a vital role in keeping society abreast with contemporary issues in a creative way. Hotel Mohenjodaro presented by the Ajoka group is one such example of intelligent comment on the rise in extremism that has been seen in recent years. Shahid Nadeem who has adapted and directed the drama has cleverly narrated the serious theme in a comic way which adds to the impact of the story. It is remarkable how swiftly Shahid Nadeem gets audiences involved with his dramatis personae despite their outlandish appearances.
Ghulam Abbas envisioned a scenario of the end of 20th century — while writing it in First time he read this story in a sitting of Halqa-e-Arbab-e-Zauq in Lahore, in Darkness was wrapped in serenity. The city, mostly sleeping or at best oozing. But there was an unusual activity at the 71st floor of hotel Mohenjodaro located in the capital of Pakistan. Government of Pakistan was hosting a lavish dinner for the scientists, journalists, intellectuals, ambassadors, who came there from across the globe to view a great human attempt of that day. And absolutely, it was a great moment for Pakistan, as on that auspicious day she was trying to launch the first ever human being on moon.