It’s the seventh century and it’s here to stay – for good

As someone rather intelligently said, today, there was nothing wrong with what Fauzia Wahab said.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Central Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab ‘revealed’ that there was no constitution in the era ruled by Hazrat Omar (R.A), as there was only Holy Quran.

Talking to a private TV channel in a program convened on the immunity enjoyed by President Asif Ali Zardari, she added that the then court subpoenaed Hazrat Omar for having no constitution; but, today’s judiciary could not call President Asif Ali Zardari thanks to the presence of the Constitution now.

I mean DUH. We also have a Supreme Court now, a penal code largely based on codified English Common law and a criminal law and court procedure based on the same. We have judges, not Qazis, Qazis are not appointed by the Khalifa – actually we don’t even have a Khalifa. We have an elected parliament which, although nominally called Majlis-e-Shura thanks to Zia ul Haq is elected via universal adult franchise and so bears little similarity to the Majlis-e-Shura started by Hazrat Umar.

All this should be obvious to a first-grader provided he or she is relatively intelligent and free from the severe indoctrination of the kind exhibited by warriors of Islam Ahsan Iqbal and Ansar Abbasi, but let’s get real, this is Pakistan.

It’s actually a really interesting controversy created by Ms. Wahab’s statement because it gets right down to the heart of article 227(1) of the constitution as well as the basic contradiction in the Objectives Resolution (is sovereignty vested in Allah or in the people? It can’t be both). Anyway, in Pakistan watching the progress of this conflict is about as interesting as watching a legless man race against an Olympic sprinter. Any ideological opposition to the idea that the Quran and Sunnah are supreme and in a case of conflict override our existing laws is muffled by the high social cost of expressing any opinions that can be even slightly construed as ‘unislamic’. Mufti Munib has swiftly declared that Fauzia Wahib is guilty of “Gunah-e-Kabira” and Ansar Abbasi (who famously defended the right of the Swat Taliban to flog Chand Bibi on live TV) has written a 1000 word essay on Fauzia Wahab’s transgression.

Now I’m sure it would have been better for Fauzia Wahab to be more diplomatic with her words. But sometimes it’s important to see situations like this unfold before our eyes to understand just how bad things are in this country. No matter how much optimistic progressives may decorate things, the fact remains. You can’t say that we’ve progressed past the 7th century without being tarred and feathered. A government has two choices, in view of this crippling dominant discourse. It can either actively join in in taking back Pakistan to the 7th century or it can resist (passively, since it can’t actually openly say it’s resisting) at which point bloodhounds like Ansar Abbasi will continue to tear it down.

If you don’t believe me, here’s a little test. Who’s going to be the first person or party to come forward and ask for the facebook / websites ban to be lifted after May 31?

6 responses to “It’s the seventh century and it’s here to stay – for good

  1. ahmad

    ” a penal code largely based on codified English Common law and a criminal law and court procedure based on the same”
    Here is the crux – why should a muslim country have a code on this basis?
    should’nt it be based on the Shariah ? After all we are muslims.

  2. Well written! Please also see the post on the matter on http://criticalppp.org/lubp/archives/11412 titled Mullah’s crusade against Fauzia Wahab: Jihadi media at its worst – by Ali Munsif

  3. stuka

    This is exactly the question I had when you had mentioned the court’s dependence on Islam as a guiding factor for judgements. The court is, unwittingly, laying the foundation of it’s own irrelevance. If Islam is the guiding factor for law, then English Common Law is not relevant which means it is the Ulema who should sit in judgement and not those with an Angraizi Taleem.

    Also, I read in the News that the Army Commanders have developed a “consensus” that Kiyani should continue. So far it was heads of the various institutions who have been saying that they enjoy immunity to appoint / extend appointments under their domains. However, can Kayani force Zardari to extend his own tenure? How will he do that?

  4. Rabia

    I guess he’ll just tell Zardari to give him an extension and Zardari will :p

    however I’m worried that Zardari won’t be around in November! but he’s a fighter, so he might surprise us.

  5. stuka

    I think Zardari is one of the better leaders of Pakistan at least in terms of enhancing the cohesion of the system. If he could pattao BB, there has to be something to him.

  6. stuka

    Khair, I am looking forward to reading about Awan’s appearence in the SC. Seems like he is the only one with some balls to go against Droopy.

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