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Do Pakistani leaders care about Islam?

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Abhinandan Kaul
An actor, speaker, blogger, youth media personality, entrepreneur, and student leader. Founder/CEO of Exam Plus Noida and Member Students' Council at St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi. Currently, an undergraduate student pursuing bachelors in History and Political Science

Recent statements by Pakistani leaders reflects how the so-called “Islamic” nation of Pakistan just backs on the façade of religion to justify its existence and misrule of leaders over its citizens, and in reality doesn’t truly care for the religion. It appears the failed experiment of Pakistan, ever since its establishment, has been trying to keep itself afloat using Medieval power tactics, a major part of which is religion.

Its founder, Mr. Jinnah exclaimed that Pakistan had been incepted to provide a separate country to the Muslims, who he felt wouldn’t have a voice in a country where the majority populace follows another religious tradition. However, it is difficult to believe that the Pork-eating and Brandy-drinking Jinnah actually cared about his people. Rather it seems that he just used religion as a tool to achieve his selfish political ambitions and seek benefits from the British. After Jinnah, this tradition sadly continued, and many groups exploited the religious plight of Pakistani citizens to gain political power and then justify misrule.

Zia-Ul Haq’s era also referred to as the period of a “Military Mullah” alliance, stands as a prime example. There was a massive proliferation of religion throughout the country at this time which was further fueled to motivate the youth to fight against the Soviet- communist forces in Afghanistan. Following Jamat-i-Islami version of Islam and combining religion with politics greatly helped Zia to escape the immediate implications of his misrule, however the society became even more radicalized, and thus it wasn’t Islam or the society the rulers of Pakistan cared about, but it was political power.

It is distressing to see that even in today’s modern age when Pakistan has a Prime Minister who projects himself as a modern leader, this trend continues. His recent statements bashing the French President Macron’s calling out of Radical Islamic terrorism and his mum on China’s brutal holocaust type massacre of the Turkic-speaking Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang is a point in the case.

It must be perplexing at first, to understand how just a comment against Radical Islam by the French President antagonized the Pakistani Prime Minister to such an extent that he went on a full on rant, and the massacre and murder of Islamic culture and people in China doesn’t affect him a bit, however now, it is quite clear with the past political experience in Pakistan that political power and obligations feature much higher than faith for its leaders. His popularly perceived image as a critic of global mistreatment of Muslims and his silence on the inhumane persecution of the Uyghurs by China is so contradictory that a reporter at the World Economic Forum even questioned him on this and he very sloppily tried to dodge the question by claiming to not “know much about” the scale of abuse faced by those in Xinjiang.

Chinese Imams Forced To Dance

China is not only eradicating the Islamic culture in Xinjiang, but also has insulted the faith on many instances. It has built a toilet on a mosque site, forcefully fed Muslims during Ramazan preventing them to fast as well has forced Muslim Imams to dance on the streets taking a pledge they will not the religion. Sadly, many still fail to acknowledge this and continue to perceived the Pakistani leader to be different from his predecessors. Hopefully, those living in this political utopia are brought down to reality and realize that Imran is nothing more than just a refined version of those who ruled before him.

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Abhinandan Kaul
An actor, speaker, blogger, youth media personality, entrepreneur, and student leader. Founder/CEO of Exam Plus Noida and Member Students' Council at St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi. Currently, an undergraduate student pursuing bachelors in History and Political Science

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