Latest Gem from the Ministry of Tourism: “Taliban are the true followers of Islamic ideology”

 By Raza Habib Raja

Dear readers please see the following excerpt from Dawn

“MANSEHRA: Federal Minister for Tourism Maulana Attaur Rehman has said that Taliban are the true followers of Islamic ideology and the US has been creating hatred against them.

“Ulema and Taliban are the true followers of Islamic ideology and America is the biggest terrorist of the world, which is creating hatred against them,” said the minister while speaking at a public gathering in Allai here on Tuesday.

Mr Rehman said that the ongoing spate of terrorism could not be eliminated until the US and the world gave equal rights and respect to the Muslims.

“It is a misconception that Ulema and Taliban are against coexistence of people with different religions, in fact it is America which is against the interfaith harmony to maintain its hegemony on the world,” said Mr Rehman, who belongs to the JUI-F”.

Now this is a guy who has been appointed as Federal Minister for Tourism by PPP led government. I seriously think that although politics is the art of compromise, but this non sense should not be tolerated.

PPP since it belongs to the liberal side of the political spectrum should take serious notice of such statements as these undermine its liberal credentials. Although Maulana sahib is not from the PPP but his party is a key ally.  Moreover, I vividly remember when Rana Sanaullah, the Law Minister of Punjab, met Sapah Sahaba for an electoral adjustment in Jhang, Salman Taseer actually wrote to Shahbaz Sharif blaming him of supporting Islamic fundamentalists. Likewise his stupid statement requesting Taliban, to stop attacks in Punjab were also construed as some kind of “alliance” of PML N with the hardliners. Some prominent journalists even wrote lengthy articles on that. Whereas I fully agree that criticism on Shabaz Sharif was justified, but fairness demands that PPP should condemn their allies also. Lets for a change show some REAL self introspection!

I think the major problem with both the major parties, PML (N) as well as PPP, is that they stand ready to go for occasional “practical” compromise with the hardliners. They forget that such so called pragmatic compromises have a deteriorating effect on the society’s ideological fabric as more and more ground is ceded to forces of extremism.

And PPP, due to its liberal orientation should be even more careful and therefore merits criticism. However here I have constantly seen that whenever you are critical of PPP, even with sincere intentions, you are branded as pseudo liberal or reminded that other parties have also conducted similar excesses. I think it is for the party supporters to realize that there are areas where criticism is justified and instead of justifying their party leadership, they should pressurize them.

And by the way, what is this guy doing as a Minister of Tourism? I mean what kind of tourism are we trying to promote here? Are we out of our senses? Is this the image of Pakistan we are trying to sell abroad?

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14 responses to “Latest Gem from the Ministry of Tourism: “Taliban are the true followers of Islamic ideology”

  1. YLH

    Raza how could you criticise the democratically elected government… you ISI stooge you!

  2. Farid

    “PPP since it belongs to the liberal side of the political spectrum should take serious notice of such statements as these undermine its liberal credentials.”

    PPP belongs to the liberal side, and it has liberal credentials….That must be news to the PPP itself.

    Isn’t it funny that the primary supporter of Pakistan, the US is pressing the army and the civilian government hard to fight the Taliban and the army supported civilian government responds by adding more Taliban supporters to its cabinet.

    And some folks still assume that the PPP is on the liberal side.

  3. Mnoor

    Well said!

    Lets see how the PPP responds to this one. I doubt they will do something substantial, keeping in view how they just recently handed over Islamic Ideology Council chairmanship to JUI-F.

  4. Raza Raja

    @ YLH

    hahahaa

    That may again happen!!!

  5. libertarian

    what is this guy doing as a Minister of Tourism?

    They meant to appoint the Minister if Terror-ourism …

  6. Mustafa

    I disagree, PPP was liberal with ZAB. But now its just a power hungry party, without ideology. Its not liberal or conservative. It just does what it needs to stay in power. And in the last couple years has done very little. All they tell other people is three words, ”Shaheed”, ”Bhutto”, ”It takes time”. Thats about it. So I am not surprised. There is no conservative or liberal. All opposition and govt coalition parties are in the same boat and are dividing the country and corruption amongst themselves, whatever their ”oreintation” seems to be. We need an accountable leadership that is result orientated and not rhetoric orientated.

  7. Israr

    “PPP since it belongs to the liberal side of the political spectrum ”

    JOKA!!

  8. Israr

    “PPP was liberal with ZAB”

    Please go and read amendement 2 in our ‘sacred’ constitution.

  9. Talha

    I think you have a made a serious error in the heading and body of this article.

    It should be ‘Maulana of Terrorism’ not ‘Minister of Tourism’ and secondly we do not even have tourism so why have a minister for this role anyway.

    Also whats the fuss, this is expected of all JI members and their leaders.

  10. Talha

    Btw, this is the Pakistan we created and wanted.

    But extremists and Mullahs destroyed it.

  11. Former PTH fan

    This article is shameful at two levels.
    First what the mullah says about the Taliban.
    Second what the author says about PPP.
    The defensive at repeated reference to PPP being ‘liberal’ is obviously coming from being scared on the new PPP goons at LUBP and elsewhere and out of fear of being blackmailed and blackballed by them the author had succumbed to this musahibee. Really sad to see PTH going down the gutter of fear of these new PPP Stormtroopers.

  12. Caroline

    @Talha: Thank you so much for posting the wonderful film about how Pakistan used to be. I for one enjoyed it very much!

  13. Sultan

    Why isn’t the minister fighting alongside his Taliban brothers instead of taking a paycheck from the government that they are attacking?

  14. Bilal

    How disappointing it is to see that a believer of Rehmat ul lil Alameen (P.B.U.H.) is calling Taliban as true followers of Islam.