Countrywide protests have erupted in Pakistan after the police ‘abducted’ Saad Rizvi, progeny of Khadim Hussain Rizvi and the novice chief of Tehreek-e-Labbaik, an erstwhile far right pressure group given political legitimacy by the ‘those’ in ‘power’. 3 people have since lost their lives within 24 hours. TLP is a registered political party and Saad Rizvi was arrested without registration of FIR that goes against the law. However, TLP’s absurd demand that French ambassador be expelled from the country and ties with France be cut once and for all are also in conflict with the diplomatic protocols and how things work. There is no iota of doubt that blasphemy is a sensitive and uncompromising issue throughout the Muslim world but the same Deen of Allah SWT and His Prophet Muhammad (May Peace and Blessings be upon him) demands that rational decision be taken in wake of any such issue. Mere aggression and antagonizing the public goes against the very nature of Islam. Moreover, throughout Pakistan’s history, far right religious groups have had complete sway over the state. Such radical elements more often than not become a scourge for the hands that feed them, as was the case with the Taliban. Pakistan must learn from past follies. The government must take stringent measures to curb the menace of extremism by making education more common and mainstreaming such elements. Let us all hope that sanity prevails. All in all, the show of power demonstrated by Tehreek-e-Laibbaik Pakistan(TLP) leaves a big question mark on the efficacy of Pakistani State.