Explaining the ‘why’ behind the existence of Pakistan
Why nationalism and Pakistan didn’t go well together…
From its inception, Pakistan was created for one purpose and one purpose only: to provide Muslims with a homeland where they’d be free to practice their Islamic faith and retain the values that their forefathers had given them.
Along with these values, nationalism wasn’t given to them for a very specific reason.
Nationalism is the cancer of the modern world.
The borders that exist, the concept of nation-states is foreign to Islamic ideology.
In fact, it’s very destructive according to what has been outlined by the Prophet (PBUH) and what is mentioned in the Koran.
Having said that, it is also the duty of every citizen of a Muslim country to protect the country’s borders against foreign invaders, and to defend its ideology to the death is the paramount duty of every Muslim male and female.
Singing praises or writing/saying beautiful words is not enough.
What gets enforced becomes the law.
Koran’s message is that of active action, not idle praise or lip service.
What nationalistic fervor did to Kashmir mission for Pakistan
Kashmir is a well-known bone of contention between Pakistan and India.
It’s a Muslim majority area being forcefully occupied by a tyrant force that refuses to let go of the region in earnest.
They don’t care about an already promised referendum, and they certainly don’t care about the lives of Muslims they so readily occupy.
Stone pelting from the Kashmiris against Indian aggressors is the norm of the day.
While gunning down resistance, raping women, killing children, and secretly creating mass-graves is the religion of the occupation force (Indians).
The Great Leader (Quaid e Azam) had started this mission and had campaigned for Kashmir’s legitimate struggle for freedom in 1948.
But, the Indian aggression has only accelerated there due to the weakness of Pakistani governments that came after him…
Not to mention rampant assassinations of our founding fathers and those people in power who wanted to do good for Pakistan.
The Kashmiri cause was then relegated to simple narratives and beautiful stories that told how the oppressed Kashmiris fight for their freedoms every day.
This “important” work was primarily brought to light by Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto…a political hitman whose mission was to weaken or disintegrate Pakistan using nationalistic fervor and indifference among the public after the fall of Dhaka.
The traitors, wearing the garb of patriotism, actively dissuaded the Pakistani citizens from solving their core issues.
Not only did the Marxist and socialist cancers were purposefully spread into the psyche of Pakistanis in the 1970s, it was done through the Shia Muslim community.
It’s truly an unfortunate event to have unfolded for Pakistan.
A country which was founded on the basis of principles that taught us humanity and goodness.
Was now being forced to swallow the poison of nationalism and communism because of idiotic policies of its leaders.
The curbing of Kashmiri voice was paramount to Indian regime; in which they found their own hegemonic agendas strengthening and overcoming some extremely difficult obstacles with relative ease.
Nationalism gave Pakistan fancy flag-waving ceremonies and patriotic songs but failed to provide Pakistan with a concrete strategy that would deter any militant adventurism from its next door neighbors.
The cure for nationalism is a sound and highly sought after strategy
Pakistan today is the result of what happened in 1971, and then in 1973.
In 1971, it had lost its eastern wing to Bengali nationalists who had relegated their region to the most backward of eras as possible.
While in 1973, the Bhutto regime had caused utter chaos by changing the constitution of Pakistan without a due referendum or any sort of democratic process involving the citizens of Pakistan.
In the result of which, millions of Pakistanis were either exiled by the government, or themselves went into exilement.
Karachi, which used to be the economic hub of Pakistan, slowly declined into extreme cases of terrorism, insurgencies, and separatist movements.
Though with the efforts of the Pakistan Army and its respective wings, the said corruptions were kept under checks and balances.
After the recent war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 incident, forced the security apparatus to focus only on domestic cases of terrorism in other regions of the country.
Karachi as a city was relegated on the back-burner, and nationalism and patriotic songs took the place of solid domestic strategy and government’s presence.
Only recently (in 2016) was Karachi brought back in the important operations area for the Army and militancy was simply pushed back.
There needs to be an immense amount of work to be done here, but nationalism is the one thing that needs to be dismantled along with foreign forces.
As according to the Koran, nationalism does not serve the purpose of an Islamic country, nor does it help in establishing justice and peace in the region.
(Just look at what the CCP did to China in recent memory)
We can defend and re-constitute Pakistan as a legitimate entity without the flag waving ceremonies and elaborate poetry just fine.
All we need to do is take concrete steps that would allow us to use the constitution to combat destructive policies that have flung Pakistan into a chaotic and uncertain present that threatens to destroy its very existence.
Curing nationalism and what Pakistan really stands for…
Pakistan as an ideology stands for equality, justice, egalitarianism, and fraternity for all of the humanity.
Thus, Pakistan cannot afford to be a patriotic nation.
Yes, we need to propagate a positive image of Pakistan in the world, but that doesn’t mean we partake in flag waving ceremonies, or elaborate songs saying how much we love Pakistan but not really showing it through actions nor deeds of greatness.
Pakistan’s mission statement that binds all of its communities together is: “Unity, Faith, and Discipline”
There’s nothing more important for a Pakistani other than to realize that there already exists a strong mission statement that binds us all together.
No matter what community one belongs to, unity, faith, and discipline is your moto due to the simple fact that Pakistan is NOT a nationalist country.
We eschew the word “patriot” when it comes to mind and ground all of our holistic thinking in progress and development of humanity.
That’s exactly the mission statement of the Koran and it has to be enforced within the borders of Pakistan so the true image of Pakistan’s ‘WHY’ can stand out and show the world what it means to be a free and ‘democratic’ Islamic Republic.