Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Drift to Fundamentalism in Pakistan
Pakistan was carved out of the erstwhile British India as a separate state for the Moslems of the subcontinent. The genesis of the creation of Pakistan was the two nation theory propounded by Jinnah. Though Jinnah was himself a secularist, but for expediency of politics he propounded the theory of a separate homeland for the Moslems. Jinnah had started his career as a member of the Congress party. Creation of Pakistan The creation of Pakistan was thus on the basis of Islam which became the state religion. The protagonists of Islam forgot the liberal aspect of Islam as is evidenced in Egypt and Turkey and passed harsh laws to make Pakistan a hard line Islamic state. Thus the blasphemy laws were enacted, that made punishment mandatory for anyone who even vaguely went against Islam. These laws are the strictest compared to other Moslem nations. The hard liners of Islam soon went step further and joined hands with militant Islamic fighters who dreamt of setting up an Islamic state with the Shariat as the main law. They also wished for society to accept their interpretation of Islam. This has resulted in a volatile mixture of violence, intolerance and Jihad being amalgamated in one stream.