M Bilal Qureshi
May 28th, 1998 was the day when Pakistan announced that it had successfully conducted five nuclear tests. “No more shall the West humiliate Muslims” thundered the Imam of Al-Aqsa mosque who saw in the explosion of the Pakistani bomb “the beginning of the resurgence of Islamic power”. The Egyptian mufti called upon the Muslims to rally support for the nuclear blast by Pakistan. The whole Muslim world was proud on this achievement and celebrated this act of sheer bravery with great joy.
Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, who was Prime Minister at that time, after these tests recited a verse from Holy Quran in which Allah SWT says: “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, (steed of war will mean the latest war technologies in the present context) to strike terror into (the heart of) the enemies of Allah and your enemies and others beside whom you do not known but Allah doeth know, whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah shall be repaid unto you and ye shall not be treated unjustly” (VIII: 60)
And Pakistan joined the Nuclear Club along with six other countries. The world labelled these nukes of Pakistan as the Islamic Bomb. According to Christian Science Monitor these detonations “transformed the global balance of power setting the pace for remaking the world order”. The West feared that an Islamic State is on a horizon and its appearance on the world map would end the era of a current dominant ideology of the world.
The danger of Political Islam was sensed and it was feared that Secular Capitalism would face an intense ideological battle on the re-emergence of Islam. The fear was not merely because of the rising power of Pakistan, but generally the Muslims were getting more and more vocal against the taghooti system. And it was this moment the scaremongers vigorously started to attack Political Islam. All major Western politicians made ignoble mention of Caliphate in media interviews and various speeches. Tony Blair remarked this concept of Caliphate as an ‘evil Ideology’ and stated ” They demand the elimination of Israel, the withdrawal of all Westerners from Muslim countries, irrespective of the wishes of people and government; the establishment of effectively Taliban states and Sharia law in the Arab world en route to one caliphate of all Muslim nations”. Henry Kissinger and General Richard Myres both stated that the real and greatest threat of the age is the re-establishment of Caliphate.
On the other hand Pakistan had been subject to crisis after crisis. A country which was tipped to lead the Islamic world in bringing back the true glory, is struggling to meet the basic needs of its citizens. The inflation rate in the month of April 2008 touched the 17.2% mark. There is a shortage of wheat and electricity. People are so frustrated because of poverty that some have even committed suicides together with their children. And while Pakistan descends into turmoil due to the failure of horrific economic policies, the government reassured the World Bank that “We will continue the previous government’s economic policies”.
Today Pakistan is at a crossroads. The numbers of suicide attacks from July 2007 to January 2008 in Pakistan were higher than those in Afghanistan or Iraq. In early January 2008, Pakistan was declared as the most dangerous place in the world. Though the failure of the ‘war on terror’ is evident, still John Negroponte, Master of the Chaos, and the notorious Richard Boucher have been rounding Pakistan to make sure the continuation of the Republican policies in this regard. Pakistan on the other hand seems to be stuck in between the Anglo- American struggle.
David Milliband, British foreign secretary, supported the reconciliation process and stated that there is “no military solution”. Whereas America has been striving hard to sabotage any peace negotiations with the militants. That is why the negotiations with Mehsud Tribe resulted in a drone attack in Damadola by the spy-plane. And US senate rushed to express its grave concerns on the recent agreement in Malakand and demanded the talks to be abandoned and Baitullah to be arrested. Pentagon has stated that senior Al-Qaeda leaders are present in tribal areas of Pakistan, and Bush has been on record in saying that any attack on the West would originate from Pakistan. Increasing the likelihood of such an attack already in making and Pakistan would be held responsible for its incapability to eliminate militants.
Though Pakistan is member of Nuclear Club, but its role is no more than any other subordinate country which revolves around the policies and interests of the foreign powers. It has officially being acknowledged that 38 times foreign forces have violated Pakistan’s territory and bombarded its citizens. And not a single statement of aggression from Pakistan.
The Muslim world, which hailed Pakistan as a saviour from colonialists brutal oppression, were left mourning when the only Muslim nuclear power turned cold-hearted towards fellow Muslims while Taghoti forces were conquering the land of believers and hammering the walls of Masjid Al-Aqsa. America senses this danger that Muslims feel for each other, they have a strong bond among themselves and can unite at any time. That is why in Pakistan, America has been focused in establishing strong relationships with Pakistan Army by the means of military aid and training programs for army personnel. Paul Wolfowitz on 10 August, 2004 told the House Armed Services Committee that failure to train Pakistani officers could mean “pushing them to into one alternative, which is the Islamic extremists…”
And Muslim intellectuals should respond to the propaganda of the West against Islam which is coming out of the White House and Downing Street. President Bush in his speech has labelled Caliphate as an ‘Evil Ideology’ which on reappearance would spread Chaos, hate and would give rise to mass murder. The aim of such propaganda is to distort the true message of Islam and create false image in the minds of the people. We should portray the true picture of Islam, and expose the hypocrisy of the Western Governments.
Consider this scenario, a Caliphate is established that has unified the Islamic World and it is armed with nuclear weapons. No doubt it would be competing with the US in the international arena. But who is more like to use such weapons? Foreign policy of the Caliphate is to spread the message of Islam. And using nukes to annihilate entire section of population, would defeat that central objective of spreading the message of Islam. Nukes and Jihad does not go hand in hand unless it is entirely for defensive purpose. Whereas the US as a Capitalist nation is a far better candidate for using such means, as it has a track record for using such weapons. It seeks to maximize its interests at any cost, so annihilating other races fits with its philosophy and morals, and it has a strong record for committing genocide on a massive scale in order to exploit natural resources and enforce hegemony.
Allah SWT says in the glorious Quran: “And when it is said unto them: Make not mischief in the earth, they say: We are peacemakers only. Are not they indeed the mischief-makers? But they perceive not.” (2:11-12) Now to heal the political turmoil in Pakistan, it should abandon taking dictation from the foreign powers. Ex-generals of army, who are about to protest in front of GHQ to force Musharraf to vacate the Army House, should pursue their current counterparts to replace the corrupt ruling system with the Islamic ruling system. Islam after coming into power would secure the basic needs of the people as it is an obligation on an Islamic State.
It would focus on distribution of wealth rather than just increasing production. Caliphate would not pocket Rs. 80bn in foreign rich farmers’ hand rather it would encourage the local farmer to cultivate and would root out feudalism in order to utilize all of the available land. The introduction of Islamic Economic system will tie down the gold and silver with the supply of money which would result in a stable currency and elimination of soaring-inflation.
As far as the security matters are concerned, there is a saying of Rasool Allah SAW: “The Imam (Caliph) is a shield, we fight behind him and are protected by him” And from a realistic perspective too, no positive change is possible in the Muslim world until it removes itself from the shackles of Western colonialism. This is not possible without a political change and a new, fresh and sincere leadership for the Muslims. So we must return to the book of our Lord and the Law of our Prophet SAW.
Source: Pakistan Observer, 28/5/2008