Editor’s note: Islam is a religion, not a political ideology. As a religion in this age, it should be a private matter for any believing Muslim, not a political package or venal commodity for rich shoppers or crafty manipulation by the power elites and clerics. Mr Jinnah did not strive for a theocratic state in Pakistan; his aim was to have a democratic state where all people were free to practise their religions (Pakistan has many religions). That meant no state religion in Pakistan. Maudoodi and Zia’s pontifications have little to do with that objective – the objective of a democratic egalitarian state.
The General should be prosecuted for betraying his oath as a member of the Armed Forces
Just twenty days before the general elections the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, has come out with a policy statement which gives the political views of the Army. The statement was delivered with the express intention of getting elections results in favour of the fundamentalists, Jihadis and their supporting parties. While addressing the assembled troops at the passing out parade of 127th PMA Long Course, 46th Integrated Course and the first Mujahid Course at the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul, he said that since Islam was the basis of Pakistan’s creation, it can never be separated from the body politic. He categorically emphasised this point when he said, “Let me remind you that Pakistan was created in the name of Islam and Islam can never be taken out of Pakistan. However, Islam should always remain a unifying force. I assure you that regardless of the odds, the Pakistan Army will keep on doing its best towards our common dream for a truly Islamic Republic of Pakistan”.