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The Terrible Mindset

By General Mirza Aslam Beg

Pakistan appears to be at war with itself, as a result of the “ terrible mindset ” causing deep divisions
of the social order.
As early as 1958, when the Khans of Kalat protested for their political rights, it was taken as revolt
and the Army was let loose on them. Such actions have been repeated five times against other tribes
in Balochistan.
Since 2005, Army has been used to settle political issues in Swat, Dir, Bajaur, Waziristan and FATA
region. We do not realize that, unlike our people in Punjab and Sindh, who protest by blocking roads,
sit-ins, dharnas and lock-ins, our tribals protests by moving into the hills with their weapons, which is
construed as revolt and army is called to crush them, thus blocking all chances of dialogue and
That is the impasse we are now facing. As if this was not enough, we also have developed the habit
of putting ban on dissident elements, which now number over a dozen, thus denying ourselves all
chances of dialogue and negotiations with them. The banned elements now are roaming all over the
country, tormenting our souls. The chaotic situation thus offers an ideal ground to our enemies to
create myriad security problems.
The Turkish President visiting Pakistan last month warned that, there is “Fatehullah Gullen like threat
to Pakistan’s security”, which is highly dangerous and must be addressed on priority. Turkey itself
“faces a growing terror threat, the country is also largely at war with itself with deep divisions along
religion class and ethnicity.
The greatest source of division is between supporters of Mr. Erdogan and his opponents” –
Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Our politico-ideological divide is equally complex and
menacing, demanding immediate action to rectify the fault. Our present system of governance minus
the ideology would collapse under pressure.
Allah has given us the option to choose a system of governance, so long as its foundation was based
on the principles of Quran and Sunnah. Following this dictate, the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan
defined the National Purpose:
“Pakistan will be governed by a democratic order, based on the principles of Quran and Sunnah.” But
unfortunately democracy has been preferred over the principles of Quran and Sunnah. No
government in the past or the present one, nor the conglomeration of over two dozen religious
parties, ever made any serious attempt to fortify our ideological identity.
We have failed to give our children their Muslim identity, because our education system is devoid of
teachings of the principles of Quran and Sunnah. The National Action Plan gives the impression as if
religion is the root cause of terror in Pakistan.
On the contrary, the social disorder – the ideological split of the society into liberals/seculars and the
moderates, has been caused by those, who hold power and are calling the shots. The religious groups
are the marginalized lot, having no political space, or policy decision-making related to governance.
They themselves are the terrorized people. Our people do not vote for them, yet they have been
identified as the prime source of terror.
The liberals and the Secularist want to separate religion from the matters of the State, on the ground
that “our human existence is not to be God-centered human order, but the modernity preferred
order, that favours individual autonomy and marginalized God. Not God first but We First.”

Bangladesh is a living example, but Pakistan is different. God forbid, if that situation is reached,
Pakistan may turn into a “regional cock-pit.”
Such was the situation in Indonesia in 1965-66, when Socialism/Communism was being preached,
which caused violent reaction, resulting into a civil war, with more than a million and a half dead, till
Suharto took control.
God forbid if we fail to check the drift, the result would be disastrous, because Pakistan is not an
island. In our neighborhood, are the revolutionary Iran and Afghanistan, who would join the foray
and the marginalized religious parties would find a job, to create hell out of the chaotic situation.
We, ourselves have been a party to the conspiracy, imposed by Washington in 2010, that a sum of
US$ 1.4 billion was allocated for “perception management of the Pakistani nation”. This conspiracy
took its toll by splitting the nation into liberals / secularists, the moderates and what not, whereas,
the Pakistani nation for the last seven decades has been able to assimilate all such elements, into a
perfect moderate Muslim Society, living peacefully with the liberals, secularists and all schools of
religious thought such as, Kharji, Takfiri, Salfi, Wahabi, Qadri, Naqshbandi, Dêobandi, Barelvi, Shia
and Sunni.
But unfortunately the “political-ideological crusade” by this Terrible Mindset has debased the very
face of the moderate Muslim society of Pakistan. We have to correct this dangerous drift by
enforcing a simple decision to fortify the National Purpose as defined in the Constitution of Pakistan.
The parliament has to pass the law that the teachings of the principles of Quran and Sunnah, be
made compulsory for all Muslim students from Class III to VIII in all English and Urdu Medium
Schools. This is the only way to create balance between the two elements of our National Purpose
Democracy as the system of governance and the principles of Quran and Sunnah as the ideological
bedrock of the system.
But unfortunately the high and the mighty, such as the Presidents, Prime Ministers, Chief Justices,
Governors and Ministers who take oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the
Islamic Republic of Pakistan” have failed to safeguard the sanctity of the National Purpose, as defined
in the Constitution. They all have the responsibility and so have the people of Pakistan to correct the
dangerous drift and the disconnect.
Next door in Iran, they follow the system of governance, called Wilayat-e-Faqih, based on the
principles of Quran and Sunnah, which gave them the strength to fight the machinations of
sanctions, embargos and invasion by Iraq, Iran emerged triumphant, riding the high tide of the
Islamic Revolution.
Similarly the Afghans, upholding the system of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, have defeated the
mightiest of the mighty during the last three decades and stand firm in their resolve to reject the
agenda of the occupation forces, because it contrasts with their value system, traditions and
ideology. It was the ideology that prevailed. That also is the verdict of history for Pakistan



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