The recent sensational events within Pakistan have totally overshadowed international news. First, the mass targeted killings in Karachi, then the kidnapping of an American followed by the kidnapping of Shahbaz Taseer and, above all, the blame game of the PPP stalwarts, which all spoilt Eid’s happiness and festivities. Most sensational of all was the shocking disclosures made during Dr Zulfiqar Mirza’s press conference.
He put his hand on the Quran, and often placed the Quran on his head, to emphasise that he was telling the truth and nothing but the truth. It seemed like the whole nation was glued to the TV for more than two hours. I listened attentively throughout. He seemed to be sincere and to be telling the truth – there is not an iota of doubt about that.
He blasted Rehman Malik, hinting that he was solely responsible for murders, abductions and targeted killings. He also branded him as a compulsive liar. The MQM he called a party of murderers, blackmailers and “bhatta khor” (extortionists). He did not even spare Altaf Hussain, accusing him of being in league with the Americans in their attempt to break up Pakistan. He described both Rehman Malik and Altaf Hussain as being serious threats to the safety of Pakistan.
I have lived in Karachi for many years and lived with the Sindhis. I obtained my BSc in Karachi and worked there as inspector of weights and measures for three years. In that position I travelled to each and every part of the city and came in close contact with Sindhis. On numerous occasions I experienced an inherent characteristic of a Sindhi: like anyone else, he could indulge in any vice, but he would not violate the sanctity of the Holy Quran. This makes me believe that whatever Dr Zulfiqar Mirza said under oath was indeed true.
There is a divine edict which says that when one person swears by the Quran, the person who is accused is bound to swear by the Quran to accept or reject the allegations and charges made against him under oath. Then why are Rehman Malik and the MQM shying away from doing what Dr Mirza did? A word of warning here: if any of them swears by the Quran, make sure to take off the cloth cover first to check whether it really is the Holy Book inside. We have master crooks amongst us!
Some time ago I had mentioned that it is clearly written in the Quran that Christians and Jews could never be true friends or sympathisers of Muslims and that our rulers should not fraternise with them, or they would face the same disgraceful end as their predecessors.
Look around and see what happened to most of the Muslim rulers who fraternised with the West, who considered Western rulers to be their masters and protectors. In our own country we saw what the end was of Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan (who in October 1958 conducted a coup and imposed the first military rule in Pakistan, which lasted more than ten years; its serious consequences in the form of repeated martial laws Pakistan and its people are still suffering), Gen Agha Mohammad Yahya Khan (during whose rule, although it was thankfully brief-March 1969 to December 1971 – we faced the utter humiliation of the dismemberment of Pakistan, with East Pakistan breaking away to become Bangladesh), Gen Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq (who, although he supposedly came for 90 days in July 1977 only to oversee elections, which he did not hold until 1985), ruled for 11 long years until he finally met his pathetic fate) and, recently, Pervez Musharraf (whose misrule lasted more than eight years).
Outside of Pakistan we saw what the fates were of the Shah of Iran, King Faisal of Iraq, King Abdullah I of Jordan, King Farouk of Egypt, Indonesian dictator Gen Suharto, Tunisian dictator Zein El Abedin Ben Ali, Yemen’s Abdullah al-Saleh, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and, most recently, Muammar Qaddafi of Libya.
Some other rulers are still hand-in-glove with Western powers, considering Western government’s to be their guardians and protectors. They should open their eyes and use their brains. Look at Qaddafi, until recently the blue-eyed boy of the West who had sold his soul to curry favours with Western governments and who is now being treated and hunted down like a rabid dog. Sooner or later he will meet the same fate as that of Saddam Hussein. Nobody will help him and he will not find shelter anywhere. We have seen how Musharraf was under the illusion that he was safe and permanently in the seat with Western protection. Now he is a proclaimed criminal and unable to return to his own country and he will, sooner or later, have to pay for his misdeeds.
I would like to emphasise here that I am not saying we should be enemies of Jews and Christians. We can have excellent commercial, cultural and other mutually beneficial relations with them, but it should be on an equal, sovereign footing. We should not look to them as protectors and join one bloc or another and become party to their conflicts, wars, etc.
Allah has seriously warned us of the consequences of rejecting or disobeying His commands. Here are a few for information and consideration.
And those who disobey Allah and His apostle and transgress His limits will be admitted to a fire (hell) to abide therein and they shall have a humiliating punishment. (f:14)
If they turn back, Allah will punish them with a grievous penalty in this life and in the Hereafter. They shall have none on earth to protect or help them. (9:72)
But…never will His wrath be turned back. (6:147)
And how many (countless) generations before them have We destroyed who were better equipped. (19:74)
Think not that Allah does not heed the deeds of those who do wrong (sin). He but gives them respite against a Day when their eyes will fixedly stare in horror. (14:42)
But, indeed, people before them rejected (My warnings). Then how terrible was My retribution. (67:18)
How many populations that insolently opposed the Command of their Lord and of His apostles did We not then call to account to sever punishment? And we imposed on them an exemplary punishment. Then did they taste the evil result of their conduct and the end of their conduct was perdition. Allah has prepared for them a severe punishment (in the Hereafter). Therefore, fear Allah, O you people of understanding and who have believed. (65:8-10)
My advice to our own rulers and other Muslims leaders is to ponder the horrible end of the past rulers who ignored Allah’s edicts, and to mend their ways before it is too late and they face the same fate.