Pakistan’s transition from one extreme ideology to another
Before 80s’ Pakistan was a liberal and religiously moderate state. However everything changed after the calamity of “1st Aghan war” hit upon us. In order to recruit “Mujaheedin” today known as “terrorists” (Taliban and various other sectarian outlets), and gain public support for the war. Pakistan has to be “radicalized” i.e we were introduced to Saudi version of Islam.
The major drawback of Saudi version of Islam is, that it has little to no room for other “sects” or “versions” of Islam that exist today within mainstream Muslim populous worldwide. So this led to major conflicts and violence within communities of various faiths and sects in Pakistan , as it had polarised the society. Pakistan by no definition is Saudi Arabia nor our founding fathers, Jinnah and Iqbal had predicted it.
After 9/11 the “2nd Afghan war” hit upon us. But this time no one was recruiting “Mujaheedin” instead the war was against the Mujaheedin itself. And to gain public support for this war. We had to be “de-radicalised” – So we were introduced to ” Enlightened and Moderate “ version of Islam by Pervez Musharraf. And Since then our soceity gradually has been on the path, to become the next “Turkey” —- Which as compared to Saudi Arabia, follows totally opposite and extremely liberal version of Islam. Turkey is where, Pervez Musharraf had spent early years of his youth and was totally “impressed” by their culture and version of Islam.
Lately Shariff Brothers, have newly found love for the brother Islamic country Turkey. Currently all of the major projects at Lahore, are under Turkish companies or being built with their collaboration. And on top of that, Turkish Drama serials are being broadcasted on the local TV channels, which almost gave “cultural shock” to me. So you can get the point I am trying to make. What is sad for me. That we are intellectually so crippled that we can not have our own “ideology” to follow, instead we are always looking upon others.