As the national institutions again collectively hoist in their droves the national flag and sings praises of the national anthem, many who mechanically join them on the streets of Pakistan for the sixty-fourth time in this annual milestone, know very well that these token gestures of independence and pride are as hollow and shallow as their supply of electricity & gas, their security situation and the economic and political outlook of their very country. For whilst the ruling elite plunder away the resources of the country in total and utter disregard of the population of which fifty million eat just one meal a day, whilst a new generation of political personalities the like of Hina Rabanni Khar present themselves on the world stage accompanied by tens of thousands of dollars worth of fashion accessories and whilst their pampered and oblivious offspring use this ‘Indepen-dance’ day for yet another excuse to party away into the late hours of the night – the country around them burns with politically motivated sectarian violence, crushing poverty and inflation, disintegrating state services and utilities, and last but not least, from an onslaught of a specialist foreign US network of agents there to create havoc in the country by all forms of overt and covert means. Indeed the treachery from the rulers that occupy the thrones of today could not be greater.
In this backdrop, and with the Muslim world around them ignite with uprisings after decades of submissiveness to western backed despots and puppets, the Muslim Ummah in Pakistan yearn for and sense impending change; one that will finally be in accordance with the very foundation vision for the country and more importantly one that will be in line with their very beliefs of Islam.
For whilst the pseudo-intellectual liberal ‘elite’ of the nation would like to think that the destiny of the nation lies in secularism – where specifically Islam has no role to play whatsoever in the functioning of the state – they conveniently forget that for the entire duration of Pakistan’s existence, whether by democracy or dictatorship, the country has been led by a system which has placed legislative powers into the hands of man, i.e. secularism.
Furthermore, by blaming Islam for the ills in the country, the secularists ignore the fact that in the face of such a dysfunctional, oppressive and exploitative secular ruling system, what has held the society together is squarely down to what aspects of Islam remain amongst the people. The recent UK riots have laid bare exactly what secular values lead to in a society where the authorities start losing a grip on the law and order situation. In Pakistan however, where the authorities have long since been incompetent and unreliable in maintaining such law and order, it is a testament to the great Islamic values of brotherhood, charity and fear of a greater accountability before Allah (swt) that has stopped the society from descending into a free for all loot and plunder.
In the complete implementation of Islam therefore, specifically in the form of its ruling system or Khilafat, lies the far reaching political vision to lead Pakistan out of this problematic time.
It will be the Khilafat that will move to end the killings in Karachi. It would not tolerate the existence of criminal gangsters under the guise of politicians who fan the flames of sectarianism, abusing and killing the people for the sake of power and wealth. It would not seek to make political deals with these people, as the current regime does to secure its own government.
The Khilafat will remove the American military presence from Pakistan; it will not allow a single CIA agent, Blackwater-Xe mercenary or a solitary drone to remain on any part of its territory. In 1947, the Muslims of the sub-continent did not give their lives and wealth to throw off British rule and secure them from oppression in India only to accept the oppression of America today. They sacrificed so that they and the future generations to come could live in safety and tranquility under the shade of Islam.
The Khilafat will move to end the artificially induced energy crisis that has been created by the sheer incompetence, greed and inability of our secular rulers in managing Pakistan’s vast resources. The Khilafat would not allow foreign multi-nationals to come and lay claim to resources that belong to the people, only to sell it back to them at a huge mark up.
The Khilafat will solve the crushing poverty faced by tens of millions of Pakistanis on a daily basis. It is intolerable that our people live in such squalor and poverty due to the failed policies of the corrupt and selfish rulers – and not because Allah (swt) did not bless this land with ample resources. The Khilafat will replace the fiat currency model – failing in the United States and Europe in front of all to see – with the gold standard and bring an end to rampant inflation, bringing much needed currency stability for the individual and businesses alike. The Khilafat will move to invest heavily in areas of agriculture and industry to create jobs and wealth en masse, as opposed to the current failed solution of simply turning on the printing machine at the State bank.
Indeed when Islam is finally implemented as an ideology via none other than the Khilafat system in Pakistan, will we at long last see true progression and prosperity transcend all levels and ethnicities of society, benefiting young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and non-Muslim alike – insha’Allah.
By: Asif Salahuddin