Pakistan being ruled by five governments?

‘Pakistan being ruled by five governments’
Daily Times, April 30, 2007

LAHORE: Five governments governed Pakistan today; one was a squad of 76 ministers, the second was of the occupants of the Lal Masjid, the third the Sufi of Malakand, the fourth in FATA was directly controlled by the Taliban and the fifth was of the Pakistan Army, said Dr Mehdi Hassan on Sunday.

He said that Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, the secretary general, censored Quaid-e-Azam’s speech of August 11, 1947, on the grounds that it negated the Two Nation Theory.

Addressing a seminar organised by the Commission for Peace and Human Development, in collaboration with Liberal Forum Pakistan and Christian Study Centre, he said according to Quaid-e-Azam, religion had nothing to do with the business of state.

Dr Hassan said Pakistan came into being through a democratic process while the mullahs had objected to its establishment.

He said that Bengalis, who were the first to pass a resolution in support of Pakistan in their legislative assembly, were labelled traitors. The same was now being done to Sindhis who were the second to pass the resolution.

He said that British history had Kings Edward I, II and III. In Pakistan we have had martial law administrators I, II, and III. He said that Pakistan had a CEO just like a multinational company.

PML-N MNA Pervaiz Malik said that the civil institutions were deliberately weakened under military rule. He said that in a truly democratic country, there were no minorities. Every one had equal rights. He said that the military had not learnt a lesson even after the separation of the East Pakistan. He said that the government policies had led to the political, economic and judicial crises. He criticised those who had helped the government pass the 17th amendment.

Former LHCBA president Hamid Ali khan said that the enlightened vision of Quaid-e-Azam should be implemented the state policy to end exploitation in the name of religion.

He said that pluralism and liberalism, which were pre-requisite to a democratic society, could not be implemented till the restoration of a real democracy. He said that mullacracy and dictatorship were the enemies of democracy. Had we followed the Quaid’s principles, 93 suicides a month would not have occurred, he said. staff report


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