Posts Tagged ‘vision’

Working towards a progressive Islamic Pakistan


Posted @ PakTea

Religion has never been a part of state in Pakistan, in fact only been abused to serve political motives since her inception. Despairingly, dilemma of Pakistani intellectuals is that in a peripheral discourse of Jinnah as a secular or Islamist, even the meaning of a sovereign dominion has been lost, let alone Islamic Pakistan.

Sadly, both the seculars and the Islamists use the same obsolete version of Islam to justify their claims. A liberated, democratic, just, economically effectual Pakistan is consistent with what Jinnah envisioned as well as Islamic principals.

The expeditiously changing global socio-political environment after a failed WOT resulting in altering socio-religious dynamics globally, now makes the narrative of Zia and textbook indoctrination as sole radicalization agent irrelevant. It does not explain post-WOT sudden surge in Islam globally, rapid Islamization even radicalization of the west and rising racism. Thus making the secular doctrine, inconsistent with the “timeline”, getting groundless and unconvincing every passing day. Opportunist mullah, still to-date is getting leverage and excuses, cashing on the developments around, living on a vacuum created by failed state policies and lack of interest from intellectuals to feed the on growing demand vis-à-vis religious interpretations. It follows that; religion neither should be abandoned using clergy as an excuse, nor be left exclusively in cult domain.

Pragmatically, viability of an Islamic state consistent with the 21st century should now be the objective. Say, it is not rocket science to interpret that future belongs to interest-free banking (not the pseudo Shariah banking being offered). Recessions, debts, global financial crisis paves the way for a revised system. However, imperative is this serious discourse must not be left for inept mullahs, instead skilled banking professionals should carve a way forming a roadmap, gradually altering the system. Certainly, somewhere in the Europe steps will be taken now for similar reforms (e.g. debates over ethical banking, full reserve banking perhaps a precursor).

Likewise, primary objective of a fair judicial mechanism in any civilized society is to ensure justice provision for the weak and minority (might being always right manages). Apart from the Medina treaty, there are innumerable examples throughout the Islamic history of minorities particularly Jews being well protected and flourishing in an Islamic set-up. Moreover, I am unable to grasp, in a state where majority is not getting justice, and the law of the jungle prevails, how could minorities ever be protected?

Ostensibly, merely discarding Iqbal as an Indian poet is a disservice to his enlightening prose pieces. Taking him as a philosopher would reveal his religious reconstruction as a powerful tool, which portrays a picture of Islam that is neither left nor right, but perfectly coherent with 21st century. Like for Caliphate, Iqbal’s panislamic concept is not precisely what mullahs have portrayed. In his own words (prose):

“Equipped with penetrative thought and fresh experience the world of Islam should courageously proceed to the work of reconstruction before them”

 “For the present every Muslim nation must sink into her own deeper self; temporarily focus her vision on herself alone, until all are strong and powerful to form a living family of republics. A true and living unity, according to the nationalists thinkers, is not so easy as to be achieved by a merely symbolical overlordship”

“It seems to me that God is slowly bringing home to us the truth that Islam is neither Nationalism or Imperialism but a League of Nations which recognizes artificial boundaries and racial distinctions for facility of reference only, and not for restricting the social horizons of its members”

I perceive this impression of caliphate somewhat similar to a UN body or say EU or a proactive OIC.

Unlike mullahs “Ameer-ul-momineen” monarchic dogma, he advocates caliphate to be a Republican type of government with power shared by one assembly, and not overruled by one person. Albeit, supremacy lies with God.

“Should the caliphate be vested in a single person? Turkey’s Ijtehad is that according to the spirit of Islam the caliphate or imamate cane be vested in a body of persons, or an elected assembly. The religious doctors of Islam in Egypt and India, so far as I know, have not yet expressed themselves on this point. Personally, I believe the Turkish view is perfectly sound. It is hardly necessary to argue this point. The republican form of government is not only thoroughly consistent with the spirit of Islam, but has also become a necessity in view of the new forces that are set free in the world of Islam.”

Devising the concept of “Spiritual Democracy” as the ultimate aim of Islam, he advocates vision and spiritual enterprise as fundamental leadership credential-“Two hundred thickheads altogether cannot yield what a single visionary can”. And as Paulo Coelho rightly tweets, “Spirituality is not all about meditation and prayer, you have to act it!” Following this, if vision, integrity, and honesty be made the criterion to choose leadership instead of lingo-provincial based sectarianism, ultimately a spirited, progressive democratic state consistent with Islam will be instituted.

The future belongs to invigorated or reconstructed Islam, nor is secular, neither theocracy an option. Kamal’s constitutionally secular Turkey is propitiously and serenely transforming into Erdogan’s modern Islamic Turkey, having civil supremacy, and leading Europe in economic growth. Why can’t we do this?

ISI – The New Sita White


As the public turns immune to the old and deceased Sita White, hunt for a new one was religiously and fervently going on. The campaign proved to be a triumphant one. The timing; perfect. Making the emergence of ISI as the new Ms White. The association, regardless of being true or false, has been fallaciously established now. With local, and particularly media abroad, conscientiously co-relating Imran Khan and ISI together now.

seemingly, due to stasis in Pakistan’s political thought process, lack of insight and out-of-the-box thinking, hardly anyone is looking at two fundamental, emerging “intelligent” agencies that is, the youth of Pakistan and the overseas Pakistanis.

First “Intelligent” agency the youth, with their number, bubbling energy, equipped with modern thought, rejecting the old political customs is as influential and a winning source as ISI. Whosoever manages to break in warrants a win.

Second, fundamental “Intelligent” agency – the Pakistanis abroad. They are an eminent funding source, with their budget in total, many folds relative to the military. A force so powerful, that it is maintaining a hefty pool in this economic shutdown by their remittances and possesses immense capability. Whosoever they choose to fund, need not have any other funding source.

Nawaz Sharif’s un-timely tirade looks very timely for his own personal gains, but undeniably not national interests. Killing two birds with one stone, clever! One; any one having a glimpse of foreign media in the last few months can contemplate the campaign for maligning and discrediting armed forces, despite their tireless contribution in WOT (the security lapses by frustrated and fatigued  ISI of course added fuel to the fire) but, who is NS trying to please actually? Two; his fear, and apprehensions that, though, power corridors today go through US, yet an enraged ISI can still turn tables by bringing forward agency supported leadership, allegedly Imran Khan.

Morally speaking, the perfect timing for Kargil inquiry, and NS maltreatment by military top brass, just like BB murder inquiry, was immediately after post-mush 2008 elections, with NS in coalition govt. The next ideal timing was later after their grand chief justice restoration world cup win. Moreover, while NS had a reputation of playing with, sacking, forced resigning military top brass, why Musharaf was not forced to resign post-Kargil?

Probability is, Sharifs’ and the rest might get ISI under pressure and mull them for support, like old times, but they lack the insight and aptitude to get the attention of two fundamental emerging “Intelligent” agencies i.e., the youth and the professionals overseas – Pakistan’s gold-diggers.

Governance today in Pakistan is not simply about sewage reforms, overhead bridges, and extra-judicial dictatorial terminations. The country needs factual serious fixing, not merely in foreign policy, but health, education, and social reforms as well. That formulates vision and will, credibility and higher moral ground, as the only savior.

Politicians exploiting intel agencies is as harmful as agencies using politicians. The sole immediate resolution of the current military debacle is that the fine line between the surgeons and the physicians be rationally drawn. To begin with, the Over-stretched, PTSD afflicted, and bushed military should be sent back to barracks without more ado, after a 10-year long nonsensical and unwinnable war.

Hitherto, the classic example of civil-military equilibrium is the Ankara model, where the most skeptic of the military (having a constitutional role) becomes the most successful, sweeping a third term, this week. With a GDP growth of 8.9%, leading Europe in economic growth, a contemporary education policy, reforms, vision and will, Erdogan and his justice party maintains the moral high ground.

Only a democratic reform with an Ankara epitome and not what Washington orders can save Islamabad now. Meanwhile, relish the new Ms White, instead of giving the allegations any more significance and applaud the contenders’ efforts and limited foresight!

Posted @ DailyLahorePost

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