27 Nov 17/Monday.
Siege of Islamabad ends post Resignation
Backed by infamous Lal Masjid, protesters end siege of Islamabad, on 25 Nov 17 due to voluntary resignation of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid. The Pakistan Army was called in to restore peace as protesters turned violent in certain areas. Leaders of the religious parties are expected to make the official announcement shortly.
The Pakistan Army trying to end this siege was clear demonstration that it was indeed arm twisting the liberal law minister into resigning. In a way he has been forced out of office for amending the Finality of Prophethood declaration for electoral candidates in the Elections Act 2017. The protesters have been given assurance that an inquiry board will be set up within 30 days to fix responsibility on those responsible for the amendment to the Finality of Prophethood declaration for electoral candidates in the Elections Act 2017. It was also assured that once identified these individuals will be punished as per blasphemy law.
The law minister tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, which is expected to be accepted on Monday. The nation wise protest and sit-in by religious leaders was cracked down by police and paramilitary personnel around Islamabad. The government initially tried to negotiate with the protesters while refusing the demand for the resignation of the law minister. However, the talks of negotiations were unsuccessful until Hamid tendered his resignation as the protesters had strong backing of Pakistan Army. In his statement Federal Law Minister said, “In order to restore peace in the country, I have decided to step down from my position” said.
Nawaz Sharief had formed a committee earlier headed by senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq. Federal Minister for Interior Affairs Ahsan Iqbal and Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan are also part of this committee. The committee will be probing against those who conspired to get the amendment passed from the Parliament. The report is likely be presented to a court directly.
This incident when seen along with release of Hafiz Saeed from the perspective of global Islamisation we can say that Pakistan as a country has moved towards total Islamisation by leaps and bounds.
Release of Hafiz Saeed also stirred and contaminated opinion against Pakistan. US and India in particular have condemned the release of Hafiz a self-proclaimed terrorist, who is also labelled as a terrorist by UN.
Islamic State Next
Hafiz has already started his journey towards Islamisation by declaring a political party and started the Milli Muslim League (MML) on 7th August this year. However, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry refused to recognize his party under tremendous international pressure. This political party was a ploy to give a political cover to all those Jihadi groups preaching terror against US and India. This clearly has the backing of Pakistan Army and thus it’s a matter of time when the Interior Ministry will give its approval. The party already has claimed that they wish to turn Pakistan into so called “A real Islamic State”.
Both US and India had raised serious concerns about this development. A former US administrator called the development “ludicrous”. Meanwhile, commenting on the issue, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said: “The person who traded in bullets to take lives, is he trying to hide behind the ballot”?
Inner Story: Actuality
Some think tanks however, also point out that JuD of late is facing serious issues with fundraising due to a large scrutiny. As a political party remittance will be easier as it will be subjected to lesser scrutiny. However, these are all speculations to find a justification for the acts done by an infamous septuagenarian. Hafiz knows his time is limited due to his age and he is slowly losing time. Pakistan Army wants to use his legacy and wants to continue and use it as a leverage in future to keep the “Kashmir Pot boiling”. This is the issue which gets it access to the coffers of Pakistan. In essence this is all ploy of ISPR and ISI with full backing of COAS of Pakistan, General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
It can be easily seen that terror is in minds of these religious leaders and they are not fully controllable. US had in the past raised and nurtured many Jihadis including Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Eventually they themselves went to bite their nurturer i.e. US. Thus, it can be seen where Pakistan Army and Pakistan as a state are headed towards. Hope some sense of semblance prevails and before its too late Pakistan Army wakes up and closes these terror and Jihadi forces and concentrates in protecting our borders against Indians in the east, Afghans in the North and Iranians in the West. They may also look at slow and steady land grab of Chinese in our own disputed territories.
It is also rumored of late and practically proven that the Pakistan Army has financial stakes in 50 Pakistani Business houses and Real Estate houses. It is estimated that these business investments costs billions. It is time that Pakistan Army comes clean and gives its statements and leads the way as it had always. Hopefully immediately after this all the political parties and politicians who have stashed away illegal funds abroad also come clean.
Writer is a student of finance and Audit in Lahore University.