Comments on: Pakistan’s Islamist parties challenge weakening government Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Sumaira Wed, 11 May 2011 14:52:16 +0000 The use of religion to steer or control public sentiment is not a new tool. In fact, it’s one that is in the top drawer of almost every political leader who has ventured into the public domain or likewise, any military leader who has made such a foray. Mind you, we as a people, have never been adept at defining (or rather defiling) the fine line between religion and state. Just a quick glance at the Objectives Resolution and the Islamic Provisions of the 1973 Constitution would send any rational mind into a tailspin.
Indeed, religious political parties have a long history of blackmailing people for support. For example, the MMA in the 2002 elections asked for people’s votes in the name of the Quran. Now, people are being blackmailed into supporting the killers of the late Mr. Taseer and Mr. Bhatti using the same half-baked ideas that are sold as divine truth. The religious right and its apologists – both in uniform and in the media – work on the lines of the Italian Mafia: “You hit me, we hit you”. Unfortunately, not many politicians and average Pakistanis have the moral courage to stand up to them. They would rather cower behind closed doors.