Writ of the Government…

The occupation of the Children’s Library by the Students of a madrassa and how the issue has made a mockery of the “writ of the governments”, a statement which those in power often use when they speak of terrorism or other untoward incidents that challenge its authority. People say now that a handful of law-flouting young men and women have prevailed and “won” what they were fighting for.
Can everyone challenge this writ in the name of religion and get away with it??

2 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 1:40 am

    they did so atleast , naah?

  2. JayJay (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 8:02 am

    Since 1953, when the Government caved into to the anti-Ahmadi rioters in the Punjab, the writ of the state has been systematically eroded by anti-secular and irrational forces through arm twisting of weaker and short-sighted governments. Some other instances which come to mind when the state yielded to the mullahs are:
    • 1974 – The amendment of the Constitution to declare Ahmadis non-Muslims, a completely discriminatory issue handled through secular means;
    • 1977 – The prohibition and moving weekly holiday from Sunday to Friday
    • 1979 – 85 – Imposition of laws in the name of religion which promoted misogyny and religious discriminatory and curtailed citizens’ freedom even in relation to their personal lives
    • 1990s – NS acceptance of the imposition of a narrow brand of Shariat in Dir/Chitral area by the controversial TNSM;
    • 2005 – The government’s failure to make madrassas comply with the Madrassa Registration Act and reform curricula;
    • 2004-07 – Abject surrenders to religious extremism through various half-baked deals with militants in North and South Waziristan;
    • 2003-5 – Surrender on the issue Mazhabi Khana in the shanakhti card and passport;
    • 2006 – Toning down of the Women Protection Bill

    Mostly importantly by incorporating the maddrassas and Jihadi organizations as an instrument of the government’s policy in Afghanistan and Kashmir, whatever was left of the so-called writ was handed over to religious forces.

    Mind you Mullahs Aziz and Rasheed of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa are government employees in the grades 18 and 17 respectively but have been able to bring their employer to knees. Can you think of any other public servant or any person from civil society getting away with illegal construction of buildings on the state lands and then holding the government to ransom?

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