March 29, 2014

Saudis Push Pakistan Deeper into Fanaticism

P. Ravichandran, Pragati

The Associated Press

The idea of Pakistan being a secular republic with citizenship rights accorded to all minorities was a brief one that never stood a chance against the more orthodox followers of Jinnah, who at the declaration of the Lahore resolution on March 23rd 1940, "dreamt of a state representing the purity of a pristine Islam". The country today, torn apart by sectarian strife and minority persecution, stands as a dark shadow of what was once envisioned and created by Jinnah. It took Pakistan only 9 years to convert from Jinnah's idea of a model republic, where the Muslim majority and other minorities live in peace, into the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with Islam as the official religion and a declaration that no laws offensive to Islam would be passed and a provision to Islamise laws within...

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