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Will Imran Khan need Jinnah on extremists?

By Amaar Ahmad

Imran Khan’s stock has arisen in the past few months with his surging tsunami. But before this tsunami translates into any electoral success, it is imperative to try to put sense into Khan’s political philosophy. His philanthropy – establishing a cancer hospital and a university – is a great contribution on its own. However, his charitable effort may eventually be of no avail to Pakistan if Khan’s appeasement of fanatics remains unchecked.

Khan sahib could recall that in 1921, Muslims of India were in the grip of frenzy under the Khilafat Movement to restore the Turkish Caliph. Under the leadership of Gandhi and Ali brothers, thousands of Muslims abandoned their properties and vocations for Afghanistan because of the senseless mixing of politics and religion. The few Muslim leaders who opposed this madness included Jinnah who derided this as a “false religious frenzy”.

Today, another false religious frenzy is being sponsored across Pakistan. At Defa-i-Pakistan rallies, led by politico-religious groups and including Imran Khan’s PTI party, thousands are demanding jingoism, boycott and reactionary steps in the name of what is mistakenly called honour. The nature of the proclamations at the rallies is similar; retreat into isolationism and perpetuate hostility against India.

On his Defa rallies, Mr. Khan needs to learn from Jinnah and avoid the same error as Khilafat Movement. Only by distancing himself from the false religious frenzy spread by our Mullahs is he going to become the leader Pakistan needs. But in Khan’s own words, it is the liberal ‘scum’ who are responsible for Pakistan’s troubles. Moreover, he believes that engaging extremist and ‘marginalized’ parties is necessary to make them a part of Pakistan’s mainstream.

Both claims are utterly false. Firstly, the founder of Pakistan was a liberal by any estimate. The pious hypocrites of his era also derided Jinnah. To recall, the Congress-backed Ahrari Ulema and Maulana Maudoudi had been harsh on Jinnah and harsher on the idea of Pakistan. Mr. Khan would not dare call Jinnah ‘scum’ but surely he would do well to stop rubbing shoulders with the ideological descendants of these opponents of Quaid-i-Azam.

Moreover, it is also ridiculous to say that banned outfits need to be brought into the political mainstream through the electoral process. The fact is that these ‘marginalized’ groups marginalize any dissent by the threat of violence. The views ofsuch religious groups are completely fascist and no amount of appeasing is going to moderate them.  Their habits are spoiled and a political co-habitation with them might also irrevocably damage Imran Khan.

However, Khan’s argument may hold under one condition only: that is if JI, JUI, SSP, LeJ, TTP, JuD and other extremist outfits declare that they will accept Shias, Christians, Hindus and Ahmadis as equal citizens of Pakistan who deserve to live in peace. Unless JuD openly reconsiders Hindus as equal Pakistanis, Imran Khan argument in JuD’s favour will not be sincere. Likewise, unless SSP openly declare Shias or Ahmadis as deserving of life and liberty in Pakistan, there is no point in Khan asking to have them accepted into the mainstream. Without an open and unambiguous declaration of peaceful intent, these groups indeed need to kept marginalized.

Imran Khan should learn from Jinnah’s refusal to accept Ahrari Ulema’s demand that it is they who should decide about the membership of Muslim League. Repudiating populist demands did not hinder Jinnah from securing Pakistan. Imran Khan would do well to recognize that repudiating Mullahs today will not ultimately stall his political ambitions either.

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19 Responses to "Will Imran Khan need Jinnah on extremists?"

  1. leader Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    thus far Khan has not allied with anybody, only merged other parties into his, shows that he has strong conviction in his party’s ideology. 

  2. HAMAYUN KHAN United Arab Emirates Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    greatest leader in pakistan was jinnah. Imran khan is following Jinnah

  3. Khalid Khan Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    The article does not depict the factual position and is full of
    contradictions. IK, as we know is not a die hard fan of religious fanatics. The
    only aspect as the writer has pointed out is that IK believes that extremist and ‘marginalized’ parties should be
    engaged to make them a part of Pakistan’s mainstream. I fail to
    understand that on the one hand we so called educated class know that all the
    other political parties except PTI have been tested and have failed miserably.On
    the other hand instead of whole heartedly supporting IK as he is our only hope
    we are bent upon fault finding and point scoring mission.  

     

  4. sandeman Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    jinnah was by luck the president of muslim league when British decided to create pakistan which mr jinah has back tracked in 1946 by accepting cabinet plan .he was not a nabi or some ideal person an ordinary politician but being president of muslim league at 14th aug made him qauid e azam .a man of low I Q how cant measure the feelings of baloch/bangla muslims 

  5. Rex Minor Germany Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Mr Khan is a populist politician and is ready to pick up on issues which are going to advance his ambition for leadership versus others. To be honest, no muslim country deserve to be ruled by the current incumbents. From Musharaf to Zardari/Gillani to Khan and co is a change and could give fresh air of freedom. And Freedom alone is the hope of all liberals of the world. The rest are just cliches.

    Rex Minor 

  6. Pakistanfirst Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Jinnah was just a stooge playing in hands of the British. He was made to win Pakistan by idiots of India.
    Indian idiots are still after it and following Jinnah’s vision will only help Indian designs and nothing else.
    Without Islamic element the real basis for the creation of Pakistan would  be meaningless. It’s only a matter of good administration and good governance which can tie a leash around fanatics’ neck and n that of so-called liberals and the frivolities of anti-Islamic elements

  7. A Pakistani United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan can be achieved only after Pakistan gets a
    constitution that meets the ideals set by Jinnah in his August 11, 1947
    address.

  8. Saherdubai United Arab Emirates Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Well said.

  9. Voice of reason United Arab Emirates Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Jinnah didn’t become leader of the nation “by luck”. It took grit, strategic thinking, cold ambition and a very high degree of intelligence. He was not a perfect person. No one is. But he was sensible enough to keep religion and politics separate. He was the first person to declare to the masses that he was not their religious leader and not to think of him as such when they tried to put him on a religious pedestal. He was never a hypocrite. We need someone who is strong enough to resist being a hypocritical fundamentalist and to focus on being a brilliant statesman. We need someone who can lead us in the 21st century. Someone who can make Pakistan’s name synonymous with brilliant professionals, smart graduates, a strong economy, healthy children and a safe social order rather than corruption and blowing things up. For the sake of our nation, we hope that Khan is. Zardari most certainly isn’t.

  10. sandeman Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    jinnah was not a nabi nor sole represent of muslims nor sovereign so his words have no importance but the assembly which pass objective resolution was sovereign if liberals will continue jinnah jinnah they will simply led to de gradation of  his personality .pakistan is not only lahore/karachi liberal .the people will and can leave federation as bangala did .so stop imran jinnah   

  11. Disillusioned Jordan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    If for reasons of catching votes Imran Khan ‘has to’ join hands with religious fanatics (who were anti-Pakistan in the first place) then the only conclusion I can draw is that Pakistan would be better off without democracy. (Not that Pakistan under Zia-ul-Haq fared any better…). Poor Pakistan…

  12. aneela_shahzad Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

     Amaar Ahmad i couldn’t digest some of your article, you said  ’ 
     …one condition only: that is if JI, JUI, SSP, LeJ, TTP, JuD and other extremist outfits declare that declare that they will accept Shias, Christians, Hindus and Ahmadis as equal citizens….”
    .
    the problems are
    a)Imran Khan’s junction with the Maullanas has nothing to do with the Ahmadees, its a matter of Shariah or no Shariah and a matter of anti-americanism, in case you haven’t noticed.
    b)Shias are already and always have been equal citizens, in case you haven’t noticed.
    c) Christians, Hindus and Ahmadis can not become equal citizens, under an ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan’ with a democratic mode of government; you have to change it into a ‘ Secular Federation of Pakistan’ that would forcibly impose equality on a still non-compliant people.

    you seems like a doctor who insists that his patient nation has an Ahmadi problem, when there really isn’t any.  

  13. aneela_shahzad Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Disillusionedyou are in an illusion that in democracy people vote against their religion.

  14. Amaar United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Aneela ji,

    According to TTP, LeJ and SSP etc. it is not that Ahmadis or Shias are not just not equal citizens but don’t deserve to live in Pakistan peacefully either – recall Wajib ul qatal fatwas. Are you supporting the demands of terrorists to expel Shias, Ahmadis or Christians from Pakistan or to kill them? 

  15. aneela_shahzad Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Amaar
    this demand does not have any constitutional value, if small unidentifiable groups (i mean there are no hard and fast proof of who made which terror attack and who funds such groups, its just my speculation against yours) , have such demands and they have no weight, but you are equaling old tried out parties, like JI with them for no reason.

  16. Arisha Canada Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

     Perhaps studying other democracies will give you context.

  17. KaalChakra United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

     Islamic democracies, Arisha?

  18. Amaar United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    @ Aneela Shahzad
    //..Imran
    Khan’s junction with the Maullanas has nothing to do with the Ahmadees,
    its a matter of Shariah or no Shariah and a matter of
    anti-americanism..//
    And
    who interprets the Shariah? Who says there’s any anti-Americanism?
    Imran Khan simply wants access to the pulpit. That’s why he needs the
    Maulvis.
    //..you have to change it into a ‘ Secular Federation of Pakistan’..//
    Amen to that.
    //..you seems like a doctor who insists that his patient nation has an Ahmadi problem, when there really isn’t any..//
    I am a realist who knows that his nation suffers because Religion and Politics are mixed.

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