ATTOCK/LUCKNOW – The covid-19 pandemic has largely stopped religious extremist action on the field. As a result many former and current radicals are showing their completely different sides. In the free time, many of them are heading towards social media and engaging in various activities.
Some radicals are involved in a Q/A session on micro-blogging website Twitter, while some have participated in a live chat session on Instagram with other extremists. Many are interacting with fans via their YouTube channels.
What we’ve also witnessed is collaborations between various big names of their respective fields, with combined video chats, and conference calls, being shared on social media.
Even so, given the turbulent relations between the two countries, such activities have been rarely witnessed between Pakistan and India even during the lockdowns. However, two prominent names from the religious radicalism business chose to break the taboo, as they released a joint video call.
The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India, Yogi Adityanath joined the chief of Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), the third most popular party in Pakistan as per 2018 vote count, Khadim Rizvi.
Together Rizvi and Adityanath combined two trends – social media calls between influencers and selection of a joint Pakistan-India XI. The two selected a combined XI of religious extremists from both countries, which according to them would make the most formidable team.
Here’s the final list:
1. Masood Azhar
2. Lokesh Sharma
3. Hafiz Saeed (c)
4. Prasad Shrikant Purohit
5. Syed Salahuddin
6. Swami Aseemanand (vc)
7. Dawood Ibrahim
8. Pragya Singh Thakur
9. Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi
10. Dara Singh
11. Ajmal Kasab