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PM turns to faith-healers

Published Sep 19, 2012 12:17am


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Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf waves upon his arrival at the Supreme Court in Islamabad on September 18, 2012. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD, Sept 18: If all things material and real fail you, tap instead into the powers of the unseen and unheard.

It’s a formula that Pakistani politicians have stuck by for decades, and a ‘chirping bird’ in the Prime Minister’s House confessed that the incumbent prime minister rows the same boat.

Like his predecessors, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has a spiritual guide, Pir Abdul Majeed Khan.

And like the chief of his political party, President Asif Ali Zardari, who keeps Pir Mohammad Ejaz at the Presidency, ‘Pir Khan Sahib’ has been given unhindered access to the PM’s Office.

A source revealed that soon after taking over as the prime minister of Pakistan and before going to the Supreme Court for his first hearing, the PM had in person visited Bari Imam and Golra Sharif shrines.

The source said: “Premier Ashraf meets different spiritual leaders but has a special affiliation with Pir Khan Sahib who hails from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.”

The source added: “Mr Ashraf often consults him on a number of issues which remain strictly confidential between the two of them.”

“The last time the two met, Prime Minister Ashraf was happy with the advice Pir Sahib gave him and told us that all issues had been addressed well,” the source continued.

Rumour has it that PM Ashraf’s family is equally in awe of Pir Khan Sahib, and on the eve of the first hearing at the Supreme Court on Aug 27, prime minister’s two sons travelled all the way to the residence of Pir Khan Sahib.

They stayed there till the premier returned home without any strict penalty imposed by the Supreme Court.

When Dawn approached the official spokesman for the office of the Prime Minister, Mr Shafqat Jalil, he quoted the PM to have said: “I have a spiritual affiliation with Pir Sahib and it’s an old relationship.”

The official spokesman could not offer any more quotes by the prime minister on this matter.  He insisted: “It’s a personal matter of the premier and I can’t comment on that.”

When asked whether Pir Abdul Majeed Khan had called on the prime minister in the last few weeks, the spokesman responded: “The prime minister usually meets a number of people from different sects and backgrounds and no doubt he is meeting people with whom he has special affiliation or inclination.

I think having an affiliation with some religious personality is his personal affair.”


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Cyrus Howell Sep 19, 2012 12:55pm
Good One. Laughter is the best medicine.
Truth Hurts Sep 19, 2012 09:30am
Umm al Quran (The opening chapter of the Noble Quran) Surat al Fathia (interpretation of the Meanings of the Chapter) 1. In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. 2. All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists). 3. The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. 4. The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) 5. YOU (Alone) WE WORSHIP AND YOU (Alone) WE ASK FOR HELP (for each and everything). 6. Guide us to the Straight Way 7. The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray. Allah Knows the Best
Neer Nayan Sep 20, 2012 06:24pm
The freedom to have faith in/guidance from an elder of one's choice are sacred rights of a human being, in her/his endeavor to remain on the path of TRUTH!
bewkoof Sep 20, 2012 12:18am
Implement the blasphemy law and shoot all believers. That will allow the 1% sane people to rebuild the country.
Syed Sep 19, 2012 09:22pm
200% agree with you.
Syed Sep 19, 2012 09:21pm
Very well said but the problem is majority of pakistanis believe in all these things.
Syed Sep 19, 2012 09:22pm
Bilal Sep 19, 2012 01:22pm
So I guess it is fair to assume a national day of mouring and public holiday for anti-Islam video was also Pir Sahib's idea?
Reddy sahib Sep 19, 2012 01:12pm
nothing surprises us anymore
Bilal Sep 19, 2012 11:40am
What is wrong in having affiliation with a Sufi Buzurg, It has been the practice of the great Muslim rulers in the past, Allama Iqbal said, Kisi Yakjaai se ab Ahd-e Ghulami karlo Millat-e-Ahmad-e Mursal ko Muqaami karlo
Amir Saeed Sep 19, 2012 10:34am
Ali Sep 19, 2012 08:14am
haha woh
Kashif Chohan Sep 19, 2012 08:06am
Based of all Pakistan shambles.
Humayun Sep 19, 2012 08:05am
It is a matter of great shame and worry that the prime minister of an Islamic country indulges in non-Islamic practices. There is no room for Pirs and Graves in Islam. This is the doings of 'Mushriqs' and deviants. If such people lead the nation, then all the blessing from Allah are certain to be denied. President and all the leaders are into this evil practice of pir devotion rather than seeking help from Allah alone. May Allah curse those who mislead the nation away from the way of Allah & his prophet pbuh.
Ye Z Sep 19, 2012 07:51am
Dr Satpal Jabbal Sep 19, 2012 07:49am
Politics and religion go togeather along with corruption.
Iqbal khan Sep 19, 2012 07:26am
Just wondering if he is the same pir sahib who advised him on rental power plants?
True Pakistani Sep 19, 2012 07:24am
- if the 'pir' knows so much i wonder why he is NOT a PM or President himself where looting and plundering runs into billions?
AHK Sep 19, 2012 06:47am
Shirk is predominant in our society. Until we establish tawheed 100%, we will never improve. No one needs intermediaries, specially those who are dead. They cannot even help themselves.
Akhter Husain Sep 19, 2012 06:39am
The soothsayers have always been the last resort one turns to when his all out efforts fail to wriggle him out from troubles..Hope ,with his advice and spiritual powers,the Prime Minister will be absolved of the contempt case .Divine right is something that every office bearer love to enjoy and have on his side.
Ash Mirza Sep 19, 2012 06:05am
In my opinion PM should keep Politics and religion seperate. Nothing wrong with believing in true Pir Saheb...but this matter should be kept between Pir Saheb and PM... Sincerely, Ash Mirza (USA)
Syed Sep 19, 2012 05:29am
No wonder Pakistan is in such shambles.
Euroman Sep 19, 2012 01:50pm
good grief....a tradition started by late BB?