Azhar Aslam & Shaista Kazmi On all the national holidays of Pakistan, different events and programs are held for reflection about these special days. The issue of the nature of the state in Pakistan and the vision of Jinnah about its nature, remains contentious. People on different sides of the ideology divide in Pakistan, have different views about what Jinnah wanted Pakistan to be. The main field for battle is whether he wanted an ‘Islamic’ state (mostly meant in Ziaist terms) or a Secular one.
Azhar Aslam Feb 2010 The current situation in Pakistan is chaotic rapidly descending into anarchy. Despite a democratic set up in place, the state institutions are absent. Rule of law is non-existent. Terrorism and unchecked and unabated criminal activity has become the order of the day. Sate is failing to provide even the basics: peace, security of life, food, justice and environment for economic opportunity to earn a dignified living.
Azhar Aslam & Shaista Kazmi In the part I of this series we have argued that while the identity of Pakistan is inextricably linked to renaissance and revival of Islam (A beginning from the Original). We also believe and in the course of these articles we intend to demonstrate that Jinnah’s Pakistan was neither Secular nor theocratic, but simply Islamic. Jinnah talked of Islam along with the modern notion of the state, constitutionalism, civil and political rights and equal citizenship irrespective of religion or any other consideration. He truly believed these ideals to represent Islam. Jinnah viewed Pakistan as a modern, democratic state underpinned by universal ethical principles of Islam.
Vision21 63 years after the creation of Pakistan where do we stand. Crisis upon crisis engulfs us, to the extent that people are questioning the very viability of the state. The core of the problem is failure to achieve and define the Identity of Pakistan. Like it or not ‘Islam’is the crux of the matter. The word in context of Pakistan ignites fiery passions and debates. There are two main groups. People who claim that Islam makes the basis of the creation of the Pakistan and therefore they want to impose their version of Islam/Sharia upon us. The opposing group is led by progressive Muslims who claim that Pakistan was never meant to be a theocracy. Both groups can quote enough examples of speeches by Quaid to support their stance. So what is the truth?