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PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan says he wants a welfare state like that of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in the seventh century. Many Pakistanis want to believe him and in a Riyasat-i-Madina. At a preparatory meeting ahead of the Prophet’s birthday, Khan announced the creation of the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority (RAA) and appointed himself its patron-in-chief. This organisation, he said, would bring the goal closer.

How RAA will achieve its mission is unclear. What actions can ensure that the Prophet’s message of equality lives in every Muslim’s heart? End Islamophobia in the West? Everyone understands why gas and electricity authorities, or the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), exist. But what can an ‘authority’ named after the Prophet do?

Khan’s answer: once he appoints a religious scholar as head (the search has already begun) the RAA will monitor school curricula, check social media content, ferret out blasphemers, and organise research in universities for spreading the true message of Islam. President Alvi has now signed the required ordinance.

What a damp squib! No school textbook in Pakistan — even science ones — is exempt from rigorous religious censorship. For the news media, multiple monitoring organisations already exist. As for researching the Prophet’s life: let’s have more. But didn’t we learn about Musawaat-i-Muhammadi in our school days and of the Prophet’s sense of justice? RAA’s purpose is plainly political, not religious.
Making a mishmash of religion and politics won’t turn Pakistan into a welfare state. Here’s what can.
Khan’s RAA speech suggested exactly this. At first he spoke passionately like all religious preachers do (his laudations of Winston Churchill and British courts were hard to fathom) but quickly switched to politics. After pillorying his predecessor and decrying electoral fraud, he made a pitch for electronic voting machines. Smuggled in between was a reference to Caliph Hazrat Umar as having (twice) sacked his valiant general, Khalid bin Waleed, although the general never lost a war.

The ongoing Khan-Bajwa tiff on the ISI DG’s successor suggests some implicit messaging here: I’m the boss and generals better obey me. Even if Khan is right here, using a religious occasion for a political purpose is wrong. Two worlds that rightfully should be kept apart are conflated here. Countless power-hungry politicians in history have exploited religion, promising people the moon but delivering exactly nothing.

Promises of Riyasat-i-Madina have also brought nothing — except promises followed by still more promises. To paraphrase Marx: when you can’t feed the masses, try opium. The 2021 UNDP report details how Pakistan has gone oppositely. Wealth disparities have massively multiplied. Elite groups, says the report, have captured the state and become richer. A staggering $17.4bn was given in the form of subsidies to the military, corporate sector, feudal landlords, and the political class. Among others, the Fauji Foundation and Army Welfare Trust are now tax exempt.

The report concludes: “The poorest and richest Pakistanis effectively live in completely different countries, with literacy levels, health outcomes, and living standards that are poles apart.” It wryly notes that those doling out privileges receive the same. This could be a veiled reference to the rich men who surround PM Khan today. When UNDP presented its report to him in April, he and his cabinet promised to look at it. End of matter!

Khan wants a welfare state, right? Well, here’s how to make it:
Experts estimate the market value of Pakistan’s real estate around $300-400 billion. Yet the declared value is around $16-20bn, 20 times lower! Let the reader research Wikipedia for the declared value of properties owned by Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif, Pervez Musharraf or Asif Ali Zardari and compare these to their true market worth. All are honest men.

The first step: set up an authority (not RAA) to properly estimate the current market value of urban and rural properties owned by every citizen. Add to this his/her income plus other items of worth held both inside and outside the country. Once a fair picture emerges, tax the rich hard but the middle class sparingly. Does this happen in other countries? In some, yes, in others, no. Can it happen in Pakistan? Probably, but the system could go into a tailspin. If this cannot be done, say so. But if you don’t plan to even try then please stop promising.

Khan has pledged again and again to break the back of Pakistan’s thieving elite. But his universe of bad guys stops at political opponents or only slightly beyond. Excluded are generals, PTI stalwarts, feudal lords, property developers, bankers, and the super-rich provided they pledge fealty to him. Perhaps he realises that the only way to stay on top is to work with the forces he once pledged to eliminate.

You want to stop Islamophobia? Here, sir, is how to do that:
Don’t squeeze non-Muslims in Pakistan further. Most have escaped the country while others wait in line. Instead of endless ‘research’ from the RAA, simply enforce the Quranic injunction: la ikraha fi-din (there is no compulsion in religion). Today even a 13-year-old (or younger) Hindu or Christian girl can be kidnapped and legally converted to Islam. A parliamentary committee has rejected the anti-forced conversion bill. Europe’s Islamophobia will be better handled by getting this bill passed instead of threatening to expel the French ambassador — and then shying away.

Editorial: Rejection of anti-forced conversion bill highlights institutionalised prejudice towards non-Muslims
PM Khan has emphasised the youth’s “moral degeneration” in every other speech he gives. But are Pakistanis divorcing more often, marrying less, or dressing more liberally? Far from it, contends Lums professor and sociologist, Umair Javed. Compared to earlier decades, statistical data suggests more lifestyle conservatism today and more overt religiosity. Whether this has made Pakistanis more honest in personal dealings or kinder and more law-abiding is for the reader to judge.

Instead of crying that the skies are falling and demanding more moral policing, a Pakistani leader should concentrate upon the country’s economic distress, poor quality of education, massive youth unemployment, chronic inability to create technology and, now, political isolation after the Taliban victory (which the world sees as Pakistan assisted). Creating the bogey of moral decay and giving fake solutions to a non-existent problem won’t ever make Pakistan a welfare state.

The writer is an Islamabad-based physicist and writer.
Published in Dawn, October 23rd, 2021


 

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PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan says he wants a welfare state like that of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in the seventh century. Many Pakistanis want to believe him and in a Riyasat-i-Madina. At a preparatory meeting ahead of the Prophet’s birthday, Khan announced the creation of the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority (RAA) and appointed himself its patron-in-chief. This organisation, he said, would bring the goal closer.

How RAA will achieve its mission is unclear. What actions can ensure that the Prophet’s message of equality lives in every Muslim’s heart? End Islamophobia in the West? Everyone understands why gas and electricity authorities, or the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), exist. But what can an ‘authority’ named after the Prophet do?

Khan’s answer: once he appoints a religious scholar as head (the search has already begun) the RAA will monitor school curricula, check social media content, ferret out blasphemers, and organise research in universities for spreading the true message of Islam. President Alvi has now signed the required ordinance.

What a damp squib! No school textbook in Pakistan — even science ones — is exempt from rigorous religious censorship. For the news media, multiple monitoring organisations already exist. As for researching the Prophet’s life: let’s have more. But didn’t we learn about Musawaat-i-Muhammadi in our school days and of the Prophet’s sense of justice? RAA’s purpose is plainly political, not religious.

Khan’s RAA speech suggested exactly this. At first he spoke passionately like all religious preachers do (his laudations of Winston Churchill and British courts were hard to fathom) but quickly switched to politics. After pillorying his predecessor and decrying electoral fraud, he made a pitch for electronic voting machines. Smuggled in between was a reference to Caliph Hazrat Umar as having (twice) sacked his valiant general, Khalid bin Waleed, although the general never lost a war.

The ongoing Khan-Bajwa tiff on the ISI DG’s successor suggests some implicit messaging here: I’m the boss and generals better obey me. Even if Khan is right here, using a religious occasion for a political purpose is wrong. Two worlds that rightfully should be kept apart are conflated here. Countless power-hungry politicians in history have exploited religion, promising people the moon but delivering exactly nothing.

Promises of Riyasat-i-Madina have also brought nothing — except promises followed by still more promises. To paraphrase Marx: when you can’t feed the masses, try opium. The 2021 UNDP report details how Pakistan has gone oppositely. Wealth disparities have massively multiplied. Elite groups, says the report, have captured the state and become richer. A staggering $17.4bn was given in the form of subsidies to the military, corporate sector, feudal landlords, and the political class. Among others, the Fauji Foundation and Army Welfare Trust are now tax exempt.

The report concludes: “The poorest and richest Pakistanis effectively live in completely different countries, with literacy levels, health outcomes, and living standards that are poles apart.” It wryly notes that those doling out privileges receive the same. This could be a veiled reference to the rich men who surround PM Khan today. When UNDP presented its report to him in April, he and his cabinet promised to look at it. End of matter!

Khan wants a welfare state, right? Well, here’s how to make it:
Experts estimate the market value of Pakistan’s real estate around $300-400 billion. Yet the declared value is around $16-20bn, 20 times lower! Let the reader research Wikipedia for the declared value of properties owned by Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif, Pervez Musharraf or Asif Ali Zardari and compare these to their true market worth. All are honest men.

The first step: set up an authority (not RAA) to properly estimate the current market value of urban and rural properties owned by every citizen. Add to this his/her income plus other items of worth held both inside and outside the country. Once a fair picture emerges, tax the rich hard but the middle class sparingly. Does this happen in other countries? In some, yes, in others, no. Can it happen in Pakistan? Probably, but the system could go into a tailspin. If this cannot be done, say so. But if you don’t plan to even try then please stop promising.

Khan has pledged again and again to break the back of Pakistan’s thieving elite. But his universe of bad guys stops at political opponents or only slightly beyond. Excluded are generals, PTI stalwarts, feudal lords, property developers, bankers, and the super-rich provided they pledge fealty to him. Perhaps he realises that the only way to stay on top is to work with the forces he once pledged to eliminate.

You want to stop Islamophobia? Here, sir, is how to do that:
Don’t squeeze non-Muslims in Pakistan further. Most have escaped the country while others wait in line. Instead of endless ‘research’ from the RAA, simply enforce the Quranic injunction: la ikraha fi-din (there is no compulsion in religion). Today even a 13-year-old (or younger) Hindu or Christian girl can be kidnapped and legally converted to Islam. A parliamentary committee has rejected the anti-forced conversion bill. Europe’s Islamophobia will be better handled by getting this bill passed instead of threatening to expel the French ambassador — and then shying away.

Editorial: Rejection of anti-forced conversion bill highlights institutionalised prejudice towards non-Muslims
PM Khan has emphasised the youth’s “moral degeneration” in every other speech he gives. But are Pakistanis divorcing more often, marrying less, or dressing more liberally? Far from it, contends Lums professor and sociologist, Umair Javed. Compared to earlier decades, statistical data suggests more lifestyle conservatism today and more overt religiosity. Whether this has made Pakistanis more honest in personal dealings or kinder and more law-abiding is for the reader to judge.

Instead of crying that the skies are falling and demanding more moral policing, a Pakistani leader should concentrate upon the country’s economic distress, poor quality of education, massive youth unemployment, chronic inability to create technology and, now, political isolation after the Taliban victory (which the world sees as Pakistan assisted). Creating the bogey of moral decay and giving fake solutions to a non-existent problem won’t ever make Pakistan a welfare state.

The writer is an Islamabad-based physicist and writer.
Published in Dawn, October 23rd, 2021


Well... For starters.... Imran Khan should ...
  1. Definitely not listen to an article writing by a Indian (Hindutva) apologetic neoliberal Pakistani aka libTurd....
  2. Not listen to an article written by someone who hates Islam and it's Prophet.
  3. Never Listen to a new age post modern nihilism for satanic one world UN government that promotes "multiculturalism", destruction of family values, and promotes Extremist Liberal ideology
 
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I don't usually agree with Hoodbhoy but he is word for word correct in this piece.
Sadly, yes. I dont like this guy he is too too critically mental, but his figures seem correct.

The best way to shut him and people like him is that Khan becomes ruthless on privitization, documentation of economy, smuggling, and hoarding. Things will become better. But is there political will.
 

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Well... For starters.... Imran Khan should ...
  1. Definitely not listen to an article writing by a Indian (Hindutva) apologetic neoliberal Pakistani aka libTurd....
  2. Not listen to an article written by someone who hates Islam and it's Prophet.
  3. Listen to a new age post modern nihilism for satanic one world UN government that promotes "multiculturalism", destruction of family values, and promotes Extremist Liberal ideology
I agree 100% with your characterization of this clever and evil man.

However, if we divorce the message from man, some of the points are valid. Let's focus on the points. Everything is about substance. IK needs to go for root causes, not symptoms. Thus far, he hasn't introduced transformative reform anywhere. You cannot morally police through speeches and coercion -- globalization and social media is just too strong. And the definition is so fluid --- of course, a mix of overt and internal values would be ideal, but would we rather have a society that on the surface looks very pious and conservative but is the worst in its personal, business and intellectual dealings? Would you rather deal with a backstabbing rishwat-khor maulvi or a drinking, partying but honest and upright person? Of course, I am purposefully reducing it to this unrealistic binary --- I don't think we have to choose. Ideally, we can have the best of both worlds --- but that world is a hard one to build.

I'm not saying we have to choose --- but emphasizing the superficial without tackling the substance will never work. IK needs to take some radical steps --- some of his predecessors directly fired hundreds, if not thousands, of corrupt civil servants. If he doesn't want to be extreme, at least he should be more forceful with the required reform.

How does one inculcate values in a society? This is a very interesting question and can be called 'soulcraft' --- a compliment to statecraft.
 

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The only thing left at this point is making a 60 foot shrine and claim some Prophet was buried there. I mean our gullible awam still believes in worshipping graves, amils and babas, the hidden powers of sufi mumbo jumbo, muaqils, humzaad. Oh did I forget the Ism e azam. What a bunch of gullible fools.

All of this can be dispelled if you read tafseer and hadith even a little bit. Or listen to some non Pakistani/Indian scholars for a little bit.
 

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Appreciate the honesty by Pirouz. I guess it's a testimony to the truth


The report concludes: “The poorest and richest Pakistanis effectively live in completely different countries, with literacy levels, health outcomes, and living standards that are poles apart.
Not poles but civilisation apart. The slogan not 2 but 1 Pakistan proved popular 70 years onwards since the inception of the country.

the country runs on multiple judicial systems so application of law won't solve the issue either.

Creating the bogey of moral decay and giving fake solutions to a non-existent problem won’t ever make Pakistan a welfare state.

One can argue social engineering trumps administrative engineering but Hoodbouy just doesn't seem to understand the science of morality and how gravely endangered we are as a society.
 

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Not Hoodboy again 🤦‍♂️. This guy writes articles without factual data and based on his own preset thought process. He keeps repeating it like a broken recorder even when people refute and debunk his claim on his face. He apparently is an expert about everything other than Physics. Not once i have seen him talking about physics which is his area of expertise.
 

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he should stop doing politics with taking name of Prophet, Madina and stuff, Allah aur Rasool ka naam lay kar agar aap koi ghalat kaam kar dain gai tu uss kai repercussions sai bandaa daray. You want to do politics go ahead, you want to diss your opponets go ahead but for GOD sake stop giving examples of religion and important historical figures with half baked facts
 

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He should resign and get lost because he has been a true munafiq by taking uturn on all the issue which he promised when he took over . Even i was pro imran but his party is full of anti islam elements when you look at ppl around him.. it was his one chance but he ruined it.
 

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You really are pro-Islam by living in the nest of blasphemers - Netherlands.
your action and words tell where you stand in this anti or pro islam debate , living anywhere has no effect on that ! Which crazyy person would call asma jahangir or hoodboy pro islam becaue of living in pakistan?

Imran may have been good intentioned in the beginning but he like all the provious rulers,has been serrounded with anti religious forces like fawad chaudary, shereen mazari etc and that while it was big chunk of religious voters who helped him in the election .
 

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