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Ansar Abbasi
Sunday, April 21, 2013
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ISLAMABAD: At a time when a bunch of frustrated seculars is trying to detach Pakistan from its Islamic ideology, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has issued a timely warning against any effort to alter the very foundations of this country.

 

“Pakistan was created in the name of Islam and Islam can never be taken out of Pakistan,” Kayani said, adding that we would succeed only if we remain committed to the basis for creation of Pakistan.

 

In his address to the future leaders of Pakistan army at Kakul Academy, General Kayani subtly responded to all those who have of lately launched a campaign to create confusion about the very basis for the creation of Pakistan—the Islamic Ideology—by conveying unambiguously and unequivocally that Islam can “never ever” be detached from Pakistan.

 

General Kayani has also been briefly discussing this vital connection between Islam and Pakistan in his past addresses to troops and officers, his Saturday’s statement is vital as he made a comprehensive statement. Firstly, he reminded everyone of the very basis for the creation of Pakistan; secondly, the COAS made it clear that the Pakistan army is committed to the Islamic foundation of this country even today; and thirdly, he talked of the future by stating that we as a nation would only succeed if we remain committed to the Islamic Ideology of Pakistan.

 

Not only this, General Kayani also recognized that Islam always remains a unifying force and assured “that regardless of odds, the Pakistan Army will keep on doing its best towards our common dream for a truly Islamic Republic of Pakistan envisioned by the Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal.

 

In the post-9/11 scenario, General Kayani’s predecessor and now jailed former dictator General Pervez Musharraf had tried to seriously dent the Islamic-foundation of this country by imposing on this nation his so-called policy of “enlightened moderation” and by pushing the Pakistan Army into US’s so-called war against terror.

 

Like ordinary Pakistanis, such policies of Musharraf confused the hearts and minds of soldiers for whom “Islam”, “Jehad” and “Shahadat” remain the motivating factors to join the military. Following Musharraf’s departure, the greater challenge for the incumbent army chief was to get the Pak Army out of US’s so-called war on terror and to revert to Pakistan Army original motto of “Emaan, Taqwa, Jehad Fesabeelillah”.

 

Musharaf’s policies did not get any appreciation from the vast majority of the people of this country, including that army, which instead because of these policies faced innumerable terrorist attacks from its own people. However, his contentious policies had really emboldened a tiny minority of such liberals and seculars, who have always been against the Islamic Ideology of Pakistan but could never get any support to detach Pakistan from Islam and make it a secular state.

 

During Musharraf’s rule some rambling voices were raised against the Islamic Ideology of Pakistan but of late a concerted effort was made to negate the very basis for the creation of Pakistan despite its complete endorsement by the unanimously adopted Constitution of Pakistan and the judgements of the superior judiciary.

 

The 2008-2013 Parliament was also unanimous to protect the Objective Resolution—which according to the superior judiciary reflects the ideology of Pakistan—and all other Islamic provisions of the Constitution, but still a select group of liberals and seculars sought change in the very foundation of this country.

 

While the politicians are now busy with their electioneering for the upcoming May 11 polls and don’t get time to respond to those trying to hit the very foundations of the Pakistan, Army Chief did well to counter the ongoing propaganda campaign against the Islamic Ideology of Pakistan.