Posted on September 11, 2007
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27 responses to “Pakistan of 2007: What Would Have Mr. Jinnah Wanted?”

  1. YLH says:

    Mantra…

    Well said. What you say is especially true for a country that was founded on the principle that a permanent majority should by sheer numerical strength dictate to a permanent minority.

    That is the long and short of the matter. Fundamental rights must be supreme and minorities must be given ample opportunity to be empowered and politically mainstreamed without any cultural compulsions.

  2. Mantra says:

    Athar,

    I think I understand what you’re trying to do (work around the “toxic” islam vs. secularism debate) but I highly doubt people will abandon their principles in order to to come to a middle ground.

    Furthermore, I disagree with your contention that Islam’s role in democracy should be decided by the people. Democracy is not the tyranny of a majority. People have fundamental rights. The role of the religion should be constrained so as not to be able to easily infringe Pakistanis’ fundamental rights (which would be doing something different from what has happened in the past 60 years).