THIS refers to Salman Munir’s letter ‘Imran Khan on Islamic welfare state’ (July 4) in which he has questioned Imran Khan’s vision of an Islamic welfare state and has sought meaningful elucidation from the PTI.

However, he has himself failed to elaborate how he thinks the Taliban’s reign was ‘the closest model of an Islamic welfare state’.

Anyone, even remotely familiar with Islamic history will testify that the reforms undertaken by the pious caliphs were indeed groundbreaking and way ahead of their times, and that the governance of the pious caliphs stands as a reference point in Islam.

The writer also questions if such an Islamic welfare state exists anywhere in the world. Is the writer presuming Pakistan to be a ‘follower’ and not a leader? Is he not aware that Pakistan holds many ‘firsts’ like the first Islamic nuclear power, the first Muslim country to have a female prime minister, etc? Does he doubt Pakistan’s potential to become the world’s first Islamic welfare state?

Perhaps, Pakistan’s foremost weakness is the worryingly low confidence her own citizens have in her. If it boosts our bruised morale, then it should be noted that none of Europe’s welfare states were so from the beginning and the fact that many critical analysts of history like Philip K. Hiti give currency to the theory that the Renaissance was induced by the Muslim rule of Spain.

Here is how Imran’s eccentric vision finds ground in Bertrand Russell’s words, “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”


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July 11, 2012 5:09 pm
Ok , but what is the point ? Other than that Pakistan was the first in many things amongst muslim nations , no thoughts of why you think it will work .
July 12, 2012 2:40 am
Agreed. Why is it so difficult for people to envision a concept of Islamic welfare state? It is simply a state that is not secular but follows social welfare policies based on aggressive taxation and high social sector spending on human resource development. Even if people disagree with the contours of it, at the least it will be much better than our prevailing model of national security state.
July 12, 2012 3:02 am
Imran Khan's vision. This is a funny oxymoron.
July 11, 2012 5:56 pm
Owais, I generally do not use such strong words but I wish you were a little more aware of what you are saying.
July 11, 2012 8:11 am
Please provide some argument. This is just a sentimental response without much weight. When you read history, keep your emotions aside.
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