THERE is a debate going on about ‘secular or Islamic Pakistan’. We have a democratic state today.
Pakistan is not a newly-born state with a newly-born democracy. In democracies the political leadership has the right to shape the face of the state. Interpretations are not made upon the words of the founding fathers’ speeches.
We have the examples of Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh which show the fact that he political leadership has the key to make the country more religious or more secular and inversely.
The majority of the people neither take part in the political activities nor do they discharge their national duty of casting vote. How can such unstable, uncertain and unpredictable state own any ideology?
These discussions of ‘Islamic or secular Pakistan’ are limited merely to editorials of newspapers, social media, TV talk shows, etc. A common man doesn’t have any concern with it.
Democratic nations don’t find their road maps through speeches of their founding fathers, though they remain inspiringly respectful.
My request to both sides is to raise political awareness among the people.
SYED FAIZAN ABBAS Lahore