Jirga – Mehmood Khan Achakzai Exclusive
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Our logic is simple to make Pakistan a Prosperous Islamic Democratic country.
It is ruled by eligible people, not families who for their favor make and edit constitutions.
We lead or we are lead to a respectable position amongst the Islamic Nations & throughout the world.
We treat all ethnicities equally in all respects that is they are independent to chose whom they elect or which law to lead life under.
No majority suppress our rights that is the resources of the soil are first the right of their residents and then onward according to International laws and the constitute of the country.
No 3rd degree living concepts.
In Balochistan Pashtoons are living on their own historical land and they are demanding the restoration of Chief Commissioner Province (British Balochistan) which was established in 1887 by English rulers. The founder of the nation also in his famous 14 point demanded the up gradation of Chief Commissioner Province as a Governor Province. The Pashtoon majority province existed till 1954 and during one unit it maintained itself as a separate administrative unit under Quetta division. In 1970 when the other provinces were restored , the historical Pashtoon majority province was merged with Baloch land and wrongly named as Balochistan. Since then the Pashtoons of Balochistan are struggling for parity in the province but all in vain. Now its time for all the democratic forces of the country to accept the rightful demand of Pashtoon and restore the Chief Commissioner Province. Pashtoon and Baloch never lived and cant live in one administrative unit any more.
Pakistan is in a need of more provinces and why not put this option of pushtoon province also along with saraiki, pothohari and hazara provinces . under each province should also be made administrative divisions.
For those who can drop their 21st century cultural baggage and read this sermon in its own historical context, one can't help but admire it as one of the earliest declarations of human rights in written history. Almost everything he says in this prophetic sermon was almost unheard of and inconceivable prior to the arrival of Islam. The prophet of Islam addresses some of the core universal values in a society where those values are long forgotten and violated in a systemic basis. The prophet didn't only say but transformed his society, in a very short period of time, remarkably in all the values and lessons that he talks about.
All human beings are equal, racial supremacy is unacceptable, women have rights, socio-economic inequality is despicable and should be fought against and so on. In twenty three years he united a deeply divided and polarized Arabian peninsula, stopped the ongoing bloodshed, restored the dignity of women, minimized the gap between the poor and the rich and more. In his lifetime former slaves become governors of provinces and generals. Centuries old, deeply rooted primitive patriarchal and oppressive cultural practices were wiped out, racism and tribalism were defeated. There is hardly any other religious figure who has been as successful both in religious terms as well as in secular terms as Muhammad.
In this sermon of Muhammad, Muslims find their deep commitment to the universal human values such as sacredness of life and property, equality, justice, peace and more. Upon these high universal values, the religion of Islam was built.
We still have so much to learn from this 1,400-plus-year-old cry and we are so much in need of this message of Muhammad in our broken time where we continue to struggle with almost identical issues in our global human community. We need to go back to these core teachings and examples of Islam and similarly strive for achieving an ethical and moral society, wherever we live, where no one inflicts nor suffers inequity, unfairness and in justice.
Peace and blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad and upon all prophets came before him. Here is his sermon:
"O People, listen well to my words, for I do not know whether, after this year, I shall ever be among you again. Therefore, listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Treat others justly so that no one would be unjust to you. Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds. God has forbidden you to take usury (riba), therefore all riba obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer inequity. God has judged that there shall be no riba and that all the riba due to `Abbas ibn `Abd al Muttalib shall henceforth be waived.
Every right arising out of homicide and blood-killing in pre-Islamic days is henceforth waived and the first such right that I waive is that arising from the murder of Rabi`ah ibn al Harith ibn `Abd al Muttalib.
O people, the Unbelievers indulge in tampering with the calendar in order to make permissible that which God forbade, and to forbid that which God has made permissible. With God the months are 12 in number. Four of them are sacred, three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumada and Sha`ban. Beware of the devil, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights over your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under God's trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Treat your women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers. It is your right and they do not make friends with anyone of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste…
O People, listen to me in earnest, worship God (The One Creator of the Universe), perform your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your financial obligation (zakah) of your wealth. Perform Hajj if you can afford to.
All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.
Remember, one day you will appear before God (The Creator) and you will answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, no prophet or messenger will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand words, which I convey to you. I am leaving you with the Book of God (the Quran) and my Sunnah (the life style and the behavioral mode of the Prophet). If you follow them you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness O God, that I have conveyed your message to your people."
First I must appreciate your THICK ENGLISH and then I must wake you up of your fantastic DREAMY SLEEP. My brother (quite difficult to even say you a brother) I doubt about you being a real Pashtun and doubt even more about you being the real son of a true Pashtun father. Mr Waqas! the time has gone. Forget about even thinking of STRATEGIC DEPTH AND EXPANSIONISM anymore. The irrational IDEA OF STRATEGIC DEPTH has taken and lead our beloved country to the brink of destruction-we as a nation are just facing. RESPONSIBLES ARE YOU LIKE MINDED ONES. Leaders like Mr Achakzai are rarely born. He has very rightly discussed the ISSUES of Balochistan particularly in PERSPECTIVE of PASHTOONS living in Balochistan. Let suppose we agree with your idea of expansionism and making a greater nation along with Afghanistan and Central Asia; we need to first make our own home strong by satisfying all the brothers living in this single small home i.e. OUR BELOVED PAKISTAN. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD AND PAKISTANI NATIONS PAINDABAD!!!!!!
I'm not talking about strategic depth. I never saw Afghanistan and Central Asia with those lenses. I'm talking about unification. Equality for all the ethnicities (not nations!). Intermarriage amongst them. And the flowering of a new identity over a period of time. A new culture.
No country can ever satisfy ALL people living within their boundaries. The alleged interests of less than 5% of the people cannot take precedence over the entire country. If what you mean by such satisfaction is provincial autonomy, than let me tell you that is not possible. It will lead the country to disintegrate. It will lead to greater loss of coherence in our domestic policy-making abilities. And that is not in the interest of the Pakthoon or any of the other ETHNICITIES (not nations!) that comprise this land.
And please, if you must attack my vision or policies go ahead, but try not to get personal. I might not speak Pashto but that doesn't mean I'm not a descendent of Pakthoons. My Urdu is weak, but I'm also a Pakistani. And as far as I can tell, the outlook of ALL the political parties in Pakistan are very weak and narrowminded and backward looking. The provincialists will do great harm to the people whose interests they claim to espouse. I hope they bring Mr. Achakzai back. He seems well intentioned. But he has to change his outlook. That is our request.
I'm really amazed an individual who seems much learned can't differentiate between ETHNICITIES and NATIONS as per universal/ international definitions and criteria.
The REASON for this difference of opinion is because the definitions for these "imagined communities" (read the book by this title) are not god given but manmade, inherently subjective and constantly evolving. They are not set in stone. The REASON I want to define the Pakhtoons, or for that matter the Balochi's, Sindhi's, Punjabi's (etc…) as ethnicities rather than nationalities is because the latter definition poses a danger to the territorial integrity of the country, which again would be bad for ALL parties concerned.
Take for example the most common definition of the word "nation". It states (check the dictionary), "a large body of people, ASSOCIATED WITH A PARTICULAR TERRITORY, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity TO SEEK OR TO POSSESS A GOVERNMENT PECULIARLY ITS OWN". As you can see by the bold letters, in a highly diverse and MULTIETHNIC country as Pakistan where everybody lives next to everyone else, to define all these different ethnicities as nationalities would pose a grave threat not only to the territorial integrity of the country, but also render any attempt at a unified form of governance and coherent economic and foreign policies next to impossible.
It would also render any attempt at agglomeration of these petty-minded and unviable states like resource less and hence impotent Pakistan, landlocked and resource less Afghanistan prone to external invasion and internal civil war, and those in landlocked and incoherent yet resource rich Central Asia, which have nothing to offer their people but prolonged and unnecessary suffering, next to impossible.
Contrast this to a definition of the rather mild word like "ethnic" or "ethnicity", and the danger of fragmentation into a thousand petty statelets warring amongst each other over scarce resources is greatly diminished. The most common definition of this word is "pertaining to or characteristic of a people, especially a group (ethnic group) sharing a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like". Now as you can see, this definition allows certain groupings with similar mental conceptions to feel unique in their own ways without posing a threat to the country or to themselves for that matter.
Semantics, I know. I don't have much of a knack for it either. But words are important, and in this case HIGHLY important. Given these definitions are NOT god given or set in stone but manmade and subject to change, it is in the interests of all the different ethnic groups to see themselves as such rather than in more glamorized yet unrealistic terms.
REASON. What wonders it can accomplish!
I'm very sorry to hear such opinions Mr. Achakzai. I was hoping that a secular minded Pakhtoon would have greater wisdom than what was just displayed. Such a parochial outlook will not bode well for anyone concerned. Not for the Pakhtoons- and I hail from a Pakhtoon background myself- not for the Baloch, not for Pakistan, and not for Afghanistan either. I hope our fellow Pakthoons do not hold similar opinions. And if they do than it is a shame, and it is time to correct these fallacies.
Anyone speaking for such a broad constituency with so much at stake has to first learn to see from the eyes of the state. To think in terms of centuries. This is an unfortunate trait which I have observed in my meetings with fellow Pakistani's who have not had a chance to travel outside the fatherland. Our intellectual growth has stultified considerably. What good could possibly accrue to the Pakhtoons with the dismemberment of Pakistan? We would be locked in a futile civil war over scarce resources for decades to come with other ethnicities with whom we share space. Who would also be desperate. Mr. Achakzai the kind of parochial thought which you are engaging in- of provincialism- is not in the supreme interest of the Pakhtoon or Pakistan.
We want a strong, a truly centralized state. We need this as a matter of practical necessity. Pakistan must become- in a radical departure from the script of our historical legacy- a secular, Communist Republic! And use this ideology as a vehicle to achieve our national objectives of territorial expansion and modernization. We need the resources of Central Asia for our industries, lest our people starve regardless of ethnicity. This would be best for the Pakhtoon and all parties concerned, including the people of Afghanistan, and including the people of the Central Asian Republics as well. Pakistan provides an outlet to the Arabian Sea.
With the resources of Central Asia at our disposal, we can begin mass state directed industrialization the fruits of which will be available to all of our people. Including the Central Asians themselves. Once we have achieved a certain degree of industrialization, we can then and only then begin to raise the consumption levels of our people. That is self reliance. It is born of practical necessity. Pragmatism, a self confident and intelligent people would have called it. A ghulam country and a petty people will see it as a utopia. If the Americans can build a continental Empire- despite their historic legacies of religious wars between Catholics and Protestants, why must we be so petty? Why can't we see the big picture Mr. Achakzai? I'm the son of a Pakthoon Mr. Achakzai, but this is the height of folly. And we reject this path of petty minded provincialism. I exhort my fellow brethren and comrades to see through the eyes of the eagle, and not that of a toad.
How well off are the Uzbeks today? Landlocked Uzbekistan with its incoherent boundaries. How good is a landlocked Afghanistan? Or a resource less and unviable Pakistan? Not good at all Mr. Achakzai, not good at all. These countries must unite! Pakistan is willing to sacrifice WHATEVER it must to achieve this unity. We will move the capital to Central Asia if it makes them happy and secure. We will change our flag. We will change our anthem. We will change the name of the country to make people feel like they belong! We will change our administrative language to English so that no one feels discriminated against! We will bring in the best linguists from around the world to create a new language if we must, incorporating Urdu and Pashto and Punjabi and Ujbeki and Sindhi and what have you. We will show the initiative of the Jews of Israel in that regard. If they can resurect Hebrew, than we will create a new language if we must. If they can travel thousands of miles from Europe and make the barren deserts bloom, create a modern day Europe in the heart of darkness, than why must we not think in grander terms? English after all incorporated almost all major languages of Europe. Such an impressive and ambitious endeavor is not impossible given time and will power.
We will also change the national ideology to Communism, so that no-one's version of Islam will be exulted over another's! I have seen enough of these petty squabbles break out in my living room on stupid things like the proper purification rituals. I don't even like praying. Not the Arab style at least. I have come to learn a bitter lesson about religion. Far from being a force for unification, Islam serves as a divisor. Granted, factionalism is a part of human nature. Even amongst Communists there will be factions. But it is far better to fight over rational things than irrational, other-worldly causes. The latter are far harder to resolve as each side seeks legitimacy from his God. Do not underestimate our resolve Mr. Achakzai, we will move mountains to achienve these goals to create a new political entity! To create a new and better reality for our poor, hungry and illeterate masses. Not just for the people of Pakistan but the people of Afghanistan and the entire region of Central Asia. Nothing must stand in the way. We have to broaden our horizons! Victory to the Communist Revolution of Afpakistan and ALL of the Central Asian Republics! May your glorious reign last for a thousand years to come!
Could you see ppl's reaction to your point of view. I guess you wrote all this being DUTY BOUND to negate Mr Achakzai and like ones. WE the others wrote out of LOVE—————- LOVE FOR THE COUNTRY,,,LOVE FOR THE OPPRESSED PAKISTANI NATIONS,,,,AND INDEED LOVE FOR GREAT MR ACHAKZAI!!!!!!!
You people must LEARN from your failed ILL DESIRES and MISDEEDS.
No, no. I'm afraid you misunderstood. My goal was not simply to negate Mr. Achakzai. If people are sincere and wise, they will see my point of view. No disrespect intended. Please, don't get defensive.
Respected Establishment and Intelligence agencies of Pak:
Please don't ignore the views of this great leader and don't doubt in his patriotism… Please..
His views and suggestions need to be taken seriously… Its enough, we have done too much mistakes… We should learn from our mistakes…
Well done Mr Achakzai and Bazinjo. I am pastun and like Mr Achakzai due to his honesty but must say Sana Baloch is the star of todays show.
Sana Baloch presented the problem very well then two senior politicians.
In last Saleem Safi good luck to you and your neutral and balanced jounalism.
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