Azhar Aslam & Shaista Kazmi Alex Von Tunzelmann’s book, Indian Summer has been described as ‘…. the best book I have ever read on the independence and partition of…’ by no less than William Dalrympole. On page 92 she writes ‘ Some historians go so far as to describe him (Jinnah)as a ‘bad’ Muslim, revealing more about their own ideas of what a Muslim should be than about Jinnah’s faith.’ Describing Jinnah as one of the key figures in the rise of 2oth century Islam she sates ‘… Jinnah was no fundamentalist. His Islam was liberal, moderate and tolerant……. In fact he never pretended to be anything other than a progressive Muslim….here was a Muslim who understood the British sufficiently enough to parley on equal terms, but asserted his Islamic identity strongly enough that he could never been seen to grovel. His refusal of Knighthood was significant; so was his demurral in the face of Muslim attempts to call him ‘Maulana’…..’ Alex generously credits Jinnah with ‘… almost single-handedly reviving Islam as a modern political …
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.
Afreen Baig [The writer is a Research Consultant at Vision21] Budget 2010-11 has come with many promises to reform the economy. The government has set forth few objectives for it to achieve. The 7th objective is a resolve to make the country ‘fertile for investment’, with whatever limited resources available.
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?