This image, which Tarek Fatah shared on his Facebook page, is from the time Pakistan was a secular country.
It was during General Zia’s rule that Pakistan adopted all of its current political Islamic form. The Ordinance XX was introduced which outlawed Ahmadiyya Muslims out of the purview of Islam in Pakistan.
Even Pakistanis hate him for his Islamization of the country and blame him for planting the seeds of terror.
But in the present times, there is a wave of communal harmony flowing in Pakistan. Thanks to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s own initiatives, such as greeting Hindus on Holi and Diwali, things are changing. Sharif’s promise to stand with minorities against injustice even if the perpetrator is a Muslim can be seen as a sign that Islamabad is exorcising the ghost of Zia.