Monday, January 22, 2018

Takfiri Calamity: Sialvi, Rizvi, Jalali, Ashrafi & Mashhadi

Let me be very clear , forget China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) or anything else if Pakistan is retaining and accommodating its Strategic Assets to use them as a Foreign Policy tool (resulted in disaster after 12 October 1999 and caused the deaths of at least 70, 000 Pakistanis that include Army/Police Officers/Soldiers) or use it domestically to fix or engineer the future politics of Pakistan. If any genius is thinking that by using them domestically you would solve the problem of Religious Extremism and Terrorism by using this new Jargon "Mainstreaming" then you are not only sadly mistaken but taking aim at your own feet because Mullahs would encroach a yard if you surrender an inch. A culturally diverse country like Pakistan cannot afford a State Narrative overloaded with Religion and Ideology because if you use religion then always remember that it would not be a Bureaucrat, a General or a Non Mullah politician who would be  interpreting the Religious Narrative (read Objectives Resolution & Ideology of Pakistan) but the Mullahs and Jihadis and Mullahs are Sectarian in nature , do I have to explain here that what would be the result in the streets across Pakistan if the State surrenders its writ or prerogative to Mullahs! It has become a norm for every Tom, Dick and Harry in Pakistan to stage a sit-in and held its Capital hostage for days or any other major city whenever anyone feels like it and create misery for the common citizens of Pakistan, nobody is denying the right of assembly, protest and freedom of expression but here too the State has a very selective attitude that it accommodates all those Sectarian Hate Mongers who brazenly, blatantly, shamelessly preach hate and apostatize anyone who differ with them and media give them 24/7 Non-stop coverage thereby causing Anarchy, Chaos, Polarization across the country, and then we ask innocently why Pakistan is hated across the world? What signal we as a Nuclear State, are sending across the globe by accommodating these Sectarian, Jihadi, Terrorist War Mongers? What signal we are sending to those who we think will invest in Pakistan? Wake-up or be prepared for a Yugoslavia like situation Pakistan. 

 LAHORE: Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi on Saturday set yet another deadline for the government, this time for enforcing “Shariah” within seven days or risk protests in every nook and corner of the country. Addressing a Khatm-i-Nabuwat Conference in the city, the third protest rally of its kind in the last two months, the octogenarian Pir from Sial Sharif warned if the government failed to meet the deadline, Aashqan-i-Rasool [those in love with the Holy Prophet (PBUH)] would protest in every street in the country, and it won’t stop. Earlier two protests were held at Faisalabad and Gujranwala. The Pir also supported the “jail bharo (fill the jails)” movement announced by the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allaha, starting from Jan 27, during which the TLYR claimed 100 workers of the party would court arrests daily till all jails in the province were filled. The conference was attended by the workers the TLYR, the Sunni Ittehad Council, the Sunni Tehreek and other ulema and Mushaikh. The protest had originally started with a single demand of resignation by Law Minister Rana Sanaullah for his controversial remarks in a TV programme. But, on Saturday, Pir Sialvi just demanded implementation of Shariah laws in the country in seven days. For Rana Sanaullah, the Pir advised him to recite “kalima” again and renew his faith – otherwise, he said the law minister could not be considered a Muslim. Reference: Sialvi demands Shariah in seven days (Dawn January 21, 2018) The US gave money to a Pakistani Muslim group that organised anti-Taliban rallies, but which later demonstrated in support of an extremist who killed a leading liberal politician, the US Embassy in Pakistan said Wednesday. US government website shows that the group, the Sunni Ittehad Council, received $36,607 from Washington in 2009. A US diplomat said that the embassy had given money to the group to organise the rallies, but that it had since changed direction and leadership. He said it was a one-off grant, and wouldn't be repeated. He didn't give his name because he wasn't authorised to speak about the issue on the record. The grant was first reported by the Council of Foreign Relations on its website. The Ittehad council was formed in 2009 to counter extremism. It groups politicians and clerics from Pakistan's traditionalist Barelvi Muslim movement, often referred to as theological moderates in the Pakistani context. Reference: US aided Pakistan group which supported extremists (Dawn/AP January 11, 2012) ST (Sunni Tehrik - Sunni Movement) 9. (S) ST is a small religious/political group with a presence in small pockets of Karachi. The group has only managed to win a handful of council seats in local elections but militarily it is disproportionably powerful because of the influx of MQM-H gunmen after the government crack-down on MQM-H (see above). ST has organized the party and its gunmen along the lines of MQM by dividing its areas of influence into sectors and units, with sector and unit commanders. ST and MQM have allegedly been killing each other's leadership since the April 2006 Nishtar Park bombing that killed most of ST's leadership. ST blames MQM for the attack. There appears to have been a reduction in these targeted killings since 2008. Reference: SINDH - THE GANGS OF KARACHI 2009 April 22, 11:52 (Wednesday)

Lt General (R) Amjad Shoaib on Mainstreaming the Terrorists and other short stories

4. (C) Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad, the imam of Lahore's prominent Badshahi Mosque, told Acting Principal Officer August 7 that he spent four days and nights in Gojra to reconcile the Christian and Muslim communities. During his conversations with Islamic scholars, bishops and "the masses," Maulana Azad related, he stressed that Islam respects other faiths and views the state as the exclusive arbitrator of disputes. He encouraged the local community to donate blood for the injured and food and water to the Christian community, he recounted. 5. (C) Maulana Azad detailed that Sunni Tehreek, an extremist Brelvi organization, triggered the first arson incident that burned about 40 houses in nearby Khorian town. He cautioned that he has refrained from accusing Sunni Tehreek publicly because his Deobandi affiliation might trigger tension between the two sects. He clarified that the August 1 mob emerged from an Ahl-e-Hadith mosque, but the masked, armed arsonists seem to have appeared separately. "We presume they came out of local houses," he surmised. Reference: PROSECUTIONS AND PEACE PROMISED IN STRIFE-TORN VILLAGE 2009 August 10, 10:59 (Monday)

It has become a regular practice in Pakistan that people looked upon for narrative building are the ones responsible for anarchy in the society. The common belief is that the ideology of takfir is limited only to Deobandi and Salafi groups, the Barelvi text is full of fatwas like any other sect. When it comes to the power and domination of their sect, every group has grown the tendencies to apostatize others, which has affected the common masses

Syed Irfan Shah Mashhadi and Calamity of Excommunication

Jinnah said, "I shall watch with keenness the work of your Research Organization in evolving banking practices compatible with Islamic ideals of social and economic life. The economic system of the West has created almost insoluble problems for humanity and to many of us it appears that only a miracle can save it from disaster that is not facing the world. It has failed to do justice between man and man and to eradicate friction from the international field. On the contrary, it was largely responsible for the two world wars in the last half century. The Western world, in spite of its advantages, of mechanization and industrial efficiency is today in a worse mess than ever before in history. The adoption of Western economic theory and practice will not help us in achieving our goal of creating a happy and contended people. We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice. We will thereby be fulfilling our mission as Muslims and giving to humanity the message of peace which alone can save it and secure the welfare, happiness and prosperity of mankind." Reference: Speech on the occasion of the inauguration of the State Bank of Pakistan at Karachi, 1 July 1948 The Civil & Military Gazette, 2 July 1948 , Jinnah: Speeches and Statements 1947-1948, Introduction by S.M. Burke, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2000, pp. 230-231 Qureshi, Saleem (ed.), Jinnah, The Founder of Pakistan, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2011, p. 151

Curious Case of Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Orya Maqbool Jan and Excommunication (Part 1)

Jinnah said, "What more can one really expect than to see that this mighty land has now been brought under a rule, which is Islamic, Muslim rule, as a sovereign independent State." Speech in reply to the Welcome Address by the Principal, Staff and Students of Edwardes College, Peshawar, 18 April 1948. Reference:  Jinnah: Speeches and Statements 1947-1948, Introduction by S.M. Burke, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2000, p. 201 ----- "You are only voicing my sentiments and the sentiments of millions of Musalmans when you say that Pakistan should be based on sure foundations of social justice and Islamic socialism which emphasizes equality and brotherhood of man." Jinnah: Speeches and Statements 1947-1948, Introduction by S.M. Burke, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2000, p. 166 

Curious Case of Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Orya Maqbool Jan and Excommunication (Part 2)

Jinnah said, "Whatever I have done, I did as a servant of Islam, and only tried to perform my duty and made every possible contribution within my power to help our Nation. . . We Musalmans believe in one God, one Book - the Holy Qur'an - and one Prophet. So we must stand united as one Nation. You know the old saying that in unity lies strength; united we stand, divided we fall." "I am glad that there is full realization on your part that now the position is basically different. It is no longer a foreign Government as it was, but it is now a Muslim Government and Muslim rule that holds the reigns of this great independent sovereign State of Pakistan. It is now the duty of every Musalman, yours and mine, and every Pakistani to see that the State, which we have established, is strengthened . . ." "In the end, I warmly thank you for the wholehearted and unstinted declaration of your pledge and your assurances to support Pakistan, so that it may reach the pinnacle of glories of Islam and become a great and mighty nation among other nations of the world." Reference: Address to the Tribal Jirga at Government House, Peshawar, 17 April 1948 17/4/1948 Jinnah: Speeches and Statements 1947-1948, Introduction by S.M. Burke, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2000, p. 198

Curious Case of Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Orya Maqbool Jan and Excommunication (Part 3)

Jinnah said, "There can . . . be only one lingua franca, that is, the language for inter-communication between the various provinces of the State, and that language should be Urdu and cannot be any other. The State language, therefore, must obviously be Urdu, a language that has been nurtured by a hundred million Muslims of this sub-continent, a language understood throughout the length and breadth of Pakistan and above all, a language which, more than any other provincial language, embodies the best that is in Islamic culture and Muslim tradition and nearest to the language used in other Islamic countries." Reference: Speech at the Convocation of Dacca University, 24 March 1948 Jinnah: Speeches and Statements 1947-1948, Introduction by S.M. Burke, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2000, pp. 157-158

Hamid Mir explains Liberal Fascism and Ahle Hadith and Deobandi Scholars

Jinnah said, "Islam has taught us this, and I think you will agree with me that whatever else you may be and whatever you are, you are a Muslim. You belong to a Nation now; you have now carved out a territory, vast territory, it is all yours . . ." Speech at a public gathering at Dacca, 21 March 1948 Jinnah: Speeches and Statements 1947-1948, Introduction by S.M. Burke, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2000, p. 148 --- “ . . . I have one underlying principle in mind, the principle of Muslim democracy. It is my belief that our salvation lies in following the golden rules of conduct set for us by our great law giver, the Prophet of Islam. Let us lay the foundation of our democracy on the basis of truly Islamic ideals and principles. Our Almighty has taught us that 'our decisions in the affairs of the State shall be guided by discussions and consultations'." Reference: Speech delivered at the Darbar in Sibi, Balochistan, 14 February 1948 Jinnah: Speeches and Statements 1947-1948, Introduction by S.M. Burke, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2000, p. 111

Hamid Mir explains Liberal Fascism and Barelvi Scholars

Jinnah said, "You have fought many a battle on the farflung battlefields of the globe to rid the world of the Fascist menace and make it safe for democracy. Now you have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice, and the equality of manhood, in your own native soil." Address to the Pakistan Army's Anti-Aircraft Regiment at Malir, Karachi, 2 February 1948 Qureshi, Saleem (ed.), Jinnah, The Founder of Pakistan, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2011, p. 145 --- "Pakistan is the premier Islamic State and the fifth largest in the world. . . The constitution of Pakistan has yet to be framed by the Pakistan Constituent Assembly. I do not know what the ultimate shape of this constitution is going to be, but I am sure that it will be of a democratic type, embodying the essential principles of Islam. Today, they are as applicable in actual life as they were 1,300 years ago. Islam and idealism have taught us democracy. It has taught equality of men, justice and fairplay to everybody. We are the inheritors of these glorious traditions and are fully alive to our responsibilities and obligations as framers of the future constitution of Pakistan. In any case, Pakistan is not going to be a theocratic State - to be ruled by priests with a divine mission." Reference: Radio Broadcast to the People of the United States of America, February 1948 Jinnah: Speeches and Statements 1947-1948, Introduction by S.M. Burke, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2000, p. 125

How Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan, and Pakistan came into being explains Syed Zamir Akhtar Naqvi

Jinnah said, "Islam and its idealism have taught democracy. Islam has taught equality, justice and fairplay to everybody." "The Prophet (PBUH) was a great teacher. He was a great law-giver. He was a great statesman and he was a great Sovereign who ruled. No doubt, there are people who do not quite appreciate when we talk of Islam. . . Islam is not only a set of rituals, traditions and spiritual doctrines. Islam is a code for every Muslim which regulates his life and his conduct in even politics and economics and the like." "Why this feeling of nervousness that the future constitution of Pakistan is going to be in conflict with Shariat Laws? . . . Islamic principles today are as applicable to life as they were 1,300 years ago. " Reference: Address to the Karachi Bar Association, 25 January 1948 Jinnah: Speeches and Statements 1947-1948, Introduction by S.M. Burke, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2000, pp. 97-98

Last week, I spent hours in my law school’s library going through the debates of the first Constituent Assembly that passed the Objectives Resolution — an event described by the late Liaquat Ali Khan as one second in significance only to achieving independence. The Objectives Resolution was arguably the first official pronouncement in the then newly independent Pakistan that sounded alarm bells for the non-Muslim minorities of Pakistan. Members of non-Muslim minorities, quite poignantly, voiced concerns that members of the later generation might use religion as a basis of discrimination against those belonging to a different faith. If you ever get the chance to read these debates, you should expect yourself to be lost to anyone around you for the next few hours. Words from those pages will keep leaping at your conscience and will raise the question: how and why did we allow this to happen? Pakistan’s history has all the makings of a great tragedy. Sir Zafarullah Khan, a member of the Ahmadi community, supported the Objectives Resolution. Ahmadis till then had not been declared non-Muslims. Ironically enough, during the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, Pakistan had adopted a liberal position on free exercise of religion and had openly countered Saudi Arabia’s rigid views at the United Nations. By 1949, the same country was adopting a resolution carrying the aims and objectives of its future constitution that clearly laid the roadmap for discrimination on the basis of religion. The ones most vulnerable were told to trust Islam the religion; this was in deliberate ignorance of the fact that interpretation of a religion is always a human exercise and injustices perpetrated in the name of religions often have little to do with teachings of those religions. References : A drink with a religion BY WAQQAS MIR FEBRUARY 12, 2012 --- PRESENTATION OF CREDENTIALS AND SIGNING OF THE REGISTER Mr. President: Members who have not already presented their credentials and signed the Roll of Members may do so now. The Honourable Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan (West Punjab: Muslim) then presented his credentials and signed the Register of Members. OATH OR AFFIRMATION BY MEMBERS The following Members then took the prescribed oath or made the prescribed affirmation of allegiance to the Federation of Pakistan: - The Honourable Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan (West Punjab: Muslim). Sheikh Karamat Ali (West Punjab: Muslim). THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY OF PAKISTAN DEBATES Official Report VOLUME V, 1949 (7th to 12th March. 1949) FIFTH SESSION of the CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY OF PAKISTAN 1949