Let go of the past

The debate about redefining Pakistan’s ideology is a phenomenon that has only surfaced quite recently and almost every other author is reaping benefits of fame by bashing the existence of Pakistan. Sixty eight years later a state should now have moved away from its historical narrative and does not need certain individuals, Pakistani by origin, to critique the current turmoil of the state and attribute it to Jinnah’s failure to define the state’s principles clearly.

Pakistan, defined by Jinnah was a state created to safeguard the rights of Muslims who were previously being alienated in British India. Knowing that once the British had left, Muslims will be singled out and prone to being settled as second class citizens with Hindu dominance looming; Jinnah had to take the step for a separate homeland to avoid hostility against the Muslim minority.

Revisiting the ideology of Pakistan will not get Pakistan where it needs to be as the state, no matter who opposes it, already exists. Challenging the establishment’s existence and how it should never have broken away from India when a ‘political stalemate’ had been reached bears no fruit whatsoever. Pakistan raising regional security concerns to the top most of its priority list is now in a position to rally support in ridding the country off terrorism and any groups that support the militancy. The certain individual promoting anti-state material is not only out to tarnish Pakistan’s image but to destabilize the establishment that already faces much opposition from India. And of course, the ‘Pakistani’ has next door’s backing; which needs an excuse to jump down Pakistan’s throat whenever it can get a chance.

Surely the more pressing issue at current is governments collaborating in order to secure the region; with the TTP gaining momentum despite the military operation and ISIS now revealing its agenda of naming their leaders in Pakistan and North India. So, in a situation that requires utmost attention in both Pakistan and now India; is the ideology of Pakistan’s existence still a matter to be discussed? Maybe that’s where the problem has always been—scholars and authors alike, have not been able to let go of the past to look towards shaping a future that is appreciative of Pakistan’s existence as it is home to a 190 million people. By questioning the existence of Pakistan; are they denying in turn the existence of a race that resides within the land?

At times like these, the nation must come together and stop picking out the made-up historical flaws of the state’s existence theory but look ahead at what must be done to take Pakistan to a level where it should be 68 years after its independence.

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  • Brad Hartford

    Very much agreed, if this is about Husain Haqqani he should not be promoting anti-Pakistan sentiment. He is a self-loathing Pakistani and will obviously take shelter and the backing of India.

  • Zafar Ahmed

    God help the state of Pakistan from its enemy who won’t back down. Anti-state activity is a form of terrorism and such people should not be spared either!

  • Muzaffar Sheikh

    Spot on! Husain Haqqani is firstly given refuge by the west and now India. There is definitely a foreign agenda here which is adamant to destabilize Pakistan

  • Khaled Hossain

    This is not on. A country that raised you, clothed you, fed you and you turn your daggers on that. What an ambassadorial farce, going for the US and feeding into their agenda instead of looking out for your own country. Shame on you.

  • Omar Farooque

    If this is referring to Haqqani’s article on Pakistan’s existence then he should know that we have way more pressing issues like security concerns and this traitor is still not sure what kind of a country Pakistan is! Agreed very much that we need to come out of our past to look towards the future.