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Bhutto Zia and Islam

Pakistan came into existence with a two-fold legacy: a homeland for the Muslims of South Asia who were convinced that their economic and cultural development would not be possible under Hindu domination and a religious philosophy which had united them under the banner of the All India Muslim League. We cannot deny the fact that […]

  • Sayed Majawer Hussain Shah
Bhutto Zia and Islam
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    Pakistan came into existence with a two-fold legacy: a homeland for the Muslims of South Asia who were convinced that their economic and cultural development would not be possible under Hindu domination and a religious philosophy which had united them under the banner of the All India Muslim League. We cannot deny the fact that religion played a key role in its creation but neither the advocates of the freedom movement nor its opponents were clear about the role that Islam was going to play after independence.It was assumed that the constitutional and political set up that had evolved during the colonial period was, if not in accordance with the ideals of an Islamic polity, was certainly not opposed to it. Therefore, Islam appears as a purifying and supplementary element in the various statements and resolutions issued by the official institutions. The ulama, especially those who had opposed the creation of Pakistan, were not satisfied with a limited or merely intellectual use of religion.They were more interested in rehabilitating their social status in a country that was founded in their estimation in the name of Islam.The topic under review has received much attention from the western scholars in their works on Islam and politics in Pakistan. Some have displayed Islam as an inward expression of the Muslims of Pakistan; some have overemphasized the outward manifestation of Islam by ulama in Pakistan while a few have written on the basis of their interviews, which do not present true picture of the situation.

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