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Part 2 (Aaj Kal) proves that Mr. Jinnah stood unambiguously and clearly for a secular state-YLH
By M. Yakut
Turkey is, unfortunately, economically bankrupt country. The governing party AKP knows this fact very well and only way to continue with the government is to draw people’s attention to different directions to keep people occupied with the “other world’s” issues.
The mechanism for this for rural part of the country and rural areas is to polish and propagate the regressive Mohammedanism.
In the cities and urban areas is to contimue with the propaganda for regressive Mohammedanism and create imaginary terrorist organizations, military coup plans, paranoid suspicions such as latest “document” case, crying victim, and etc. Continue reading
Pak Tea House is supportive of Pakistan’s military operation. It has revived hope among many that perhaps the Pakistani state is trying hard to overcome the mistakes of the past. PatExpat has sent this exclusive piece for PTH that traces the trajectory of some unwise decisions, sins of commission that we as a country are paying, in the words of the author. It also points to the dangers that we face if the IDP crisis is not handled properly. (editor RR)
It is a fact that does not need reminding that Taliban are our own creation. In their search for ‘strategic depth’, the army has created a monster, a Frankenstein that has gone out of their control. This is not the first time we have done something like this. The short history of Pakistan is replete with such examples where we have taken steps without actually thinking through the consequences.
Unlike Congress which already had committees in place for constitution making, foreign policy etc., Muslim League did not expect to get Pakistan till 1946. As such, when Pakistan was carved out, we had not devised or even thought about a system to govern it. Had Muslim League drafted or even worked towards a document similar to Bill of Rights in US, we could all refer back to when we make laws or constitution or system of government. In the absence of such a document, every one quotes his favorite part of Quaid’s speeches to justify the kind of system he or she believes was meant for this country i.e., secular, Islamic democracy, shariah etc. That nearsightedness of the time (not intentional but forced upon us by circumstances), focusing on getting the country without thinking through the system of governance etc, has become part of our DNA, our national trait. Continue reading
AH has been kind enough to share a document MunirReport_1953 of great historical value with us. The REPORT OF THE COURT OF INQUIRY CONSTITUTED UNDER PUNJAB ACT II OF 1954 TO ENQUIRE INTO THE PUNJAB DISTURBANCES OF 1953 authored by Justice Munir is a classic study in the core dilemmas of Pakistani state and society. Notwithstanding the controversial role of J. Munir, his secular moorings are all too clear and so is his firm stance against Mullahism, bigotry and courage not to be cowed down by those who use faith to advance their personal and political agendas. We are uploading the full report.
FOUNDATIONS OF ISLAMIC STATE
What is then the Islamic State of which everybody talks but nobody thinks ?
Before we seek to discover an answer to this question, we must have a clear conception
of the scope and function of the State. Continue reading
Asif Salahuddin has sent this exclusive contribution for the Pak Tea House. The views expressed here are those of the author’s and we welcome debate on this argument. RR
‘Khilafah is the only solution for Pakistan’
Pakistan today finds itself very much at the centre of the world’s headlines, unfortunately though for almost entirely the wrong reasons. Just in the last few weeks alone we have witnessed an unprecedented level of turmoil in the country – the outrageous attacks on the police academy outside Lahore and on the Sri Lankan cricket team inside the city, the political theatrics of rule in Punjab, the Long March episode followed by the subsequent reappointment of the Chief Justice and the continued violation of sovereignty and killings via US drone attacks – indeed Pakistan as a nation is in grave turmoil.
Militarily the country is at war in the tribal areas. This is firstly due to the direct assaults by the US/NATO forces based in Afghanistan, which have manifested themselves in the form of missile strikes / drone attacks, cross border raids etc. Secondly, the US is utilising the Pakistan armed forces themselves to further this assault. Here the full brunt of the Pakistan military has been hurled at the tribal people in order to quell them but without decisive results. Over a thousand Pakistani soldiers have died fighting this American war against their own brethren. Further, after sustained assaults by Pakistani troops and heavy shelling by Pakistani tanks and artillery, many thousands of tribal civilians have perished and over 700,000 have been displaced. Probably topping the roll of shame is the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) actions against its own people. Whilst the Gazan Muslims were being haplessly bombed by the Israeli air force in front of a horrified world stage earlier this year, the PAF have been busy doing the same against their own people, killing hundreds. The only difference being the complete media blackout in Pakistan, designed to hide from the public the rampant bloodshed being inflicted on the tribal people. Continue reading
Our Blue Law: The Unconstitutional and UnIslamic Ehteram-e-Ramzan Ordinance
By Yasser Latif Hamdani
The United States of America had till a few decades ago a curious legal creature called the “Sunday Closing Law” also known as the “Blue law” on statute books of many of its constituent states. On Sunday, that day being the “Christian Sabbath”, it was forbidden to carry out any business or for grocers to sell anything except necessities. The law applied across the board and was thus an instance of a religious law. Ultimately most states were forced to repeal this law for being ultra-vires to the US constitution which promises freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. Enshrined in the US constitution is the first amendment which forbids the state to either establish religion or forbid the practice of it. Thus freedom of religion was a fundamental constitutional right and the basis of the repeal of the Blue Law in most states.
One of the promises expressly made by the founding fathers of Pakistan was religious freedom for all. Jinnah promised in about two dozen speeches before and after partition that there would be no discrimination based on faith in Pakistan. His was a vision of a secular democratic state informed by Muslim cultural life the same way US is influenced by Christian values and secular India embodies the ethos of its Hindu majority on a civic level. The constitution of 1973 however sought to establish Islam as the state religion within the framework of a federal democratic republic. Nonetheless this constitution gives Pakistanis “the right to the right to profess, practise and propagate his religion” (Article 20) and further ensures that “all citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of law” (Article 25) and “in respect of access to places of public entertainment or resort not intended for religious purposes only, there shall be no discrimination against any citizen on the ground only of race, religion, caste, sex, residence or place of birth” (Article 26).
Pakistan, despite being officially christened as the “Islamic Republic”, did not have any such blue or green law for the first 30 odd years of its existence. Continue reading