IS PAKISTAN HEADING TOWARDS NOWHERE?

KANWAL SALEEM
Mar 24 - 30, 2008

LAHORE: Pakistanis have a strong inventive and innovative potential and need to explore their latent faculty since every individual is valuable and can change his own world and while Islam has given us a principle of liberation as far as human are concerned we have given them a status of age of ignorance, said former judge of the Supreme Court Justice Javed Iqbal.

Delivering a lecture to GCU students on topic "Ideological Foundations of Pakistan", Javed Iqbal said sectarianism, monarchy, ''Mullaism and Peeri'' are the major causes of deterioration of the Muslim civilization. As anarchy shifts the citizens into subjects, ''mullaism'' closes the doors of 'Ijtihad' and innovative ideas while ''Peeri'' compels the people to worship graves and takes them away from practical life. History is the detailed account of human actions of the past, it should not be made part of religion as religion is a set beliefs, he added.

Javed Iqbal further said that the creation of Pakistan was not meant for a specific Muslim section but for the every Muslim of the sub-continent and the prime objectives of the creation of this state were to make it a model for other countries and to unite the Muslim world. ''Muslim leaders were of the firm belief that the Muslim majority provinces enriched with natural resources and after their independence would be sufficient for the socio-economic development and prosperity of the Muslims," he said. He added that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal had the strong belief that the federal parliamentary system of government ensures human rights, upholds the rule of law and treats all the citizens on equal basis.

Dr. Javed Iqbal further said that soon after the partition, the demise of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan created a leadership gap in the country and the bureaucrats like Muhammad Ali and Sikander Mirza, who had nothing to do with Islamic Ideology, came into power.

He said all the political characters who played any role in the fall of Dhaka, met their nemesis ultimately. Sheikh Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Indra Ghandi were shot down by their own people, he added.

He also stressed that the Muslims should neither accept the western ideas completely nor reject them starkly; they should try to reconcile innovative western ideas which are not in clash with their ideology and could lead to their socio-economic uplift and national development.

He said Pakistan remained under the military rule in the major part of its life since its inception and the democracy in the country has to face number of setbacks. He strongly criticized Zial-ul-Haq's process of Islamization in the country. He said our present youth need to be given proper and modern education so that they could be helpful in the nation building process. He further said that there are three mediums of study in Pakistan i.e., English Medium, Urdu Medium and Madrassah extending education. The asymmetry in the educational standards have been the result of differences and the less standards in higher education have halted the innovative capacity building activities in the students, he added.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab said the largest deficit the country was facing today was the educational deficit. "Our educational planners would have to make proper planning especially at the primary and the secondary level," he said.

"We will have to bring about radical change in our system of education if we want to materialise the dreams of the poet of the east Allama Iqbal and father of the nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah."

He also said it was necessary to promote democratic values and democratic thought in order to make Pakistan a modern state. Dr. Khalid Aftab thanked the guest speaker for delivering knowledge packed and thought provoking lecture and hoped that he would continue enlightening the students with his thoughts in the future.

Dr Khalid Aftab then presented a souvenir shield and Prof Muhammad Azhar Chaudhry gave a floral bouquet to the guest speaker.