By Owen Bennett Jones
Pakistan - with its political instability, vociferous Islamic group, urgent monetary and social difficulties, entry to nuclear guns, and proximity to Afghanistan - stands on the very centre of worldwide awareness. Can basic Musharraf, Pakistan's army ruler, keep watch over the forces that helped create the Taliban in Afghanistan? during this e-book, journalist Owen Bennett Jones seems to be at Pakistan's turbulent previous, recounts its fresh background, and assesses its destiny techniques. a brand new advent brings the account absolutely modern.
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The Quran and Sunnah, they maintained, lay down all the rules necessary for life and there was no need for mere men to create political institutions that could only distort Allah’s word. Throughout the s the politicians charged with writing the first Pakistani constitution grappled with these issues. And when they produced the constitution they came down firmly on the side of the modernists. As a sop to the radicals, the constitution’s preamble did include a clause that recognised the sovereignty of Allah over the entire universe.
In late young religious students encouraged by madrasa teachers and local mullahs ordered the burning of television sets, video players and satellite dishes in a number of villages in NWFP. ‘This is an ongoing process,’ said one mullah who helped organise a TV bonfire. ’10 General Musharraf has never shown any sympathy for the Deobandi mindset. His claim that only around to per cent of the Pakistani people opposed his decision to align Pakistan with the US rested on the fact that some per cent of Pakistan’s Sunni Muslims would consider themselves part of the Deobandi tradition.
29 General Musharraf had now paved the way for a strike against the radicals. Before September he had concentrated his attack on those responsible for sectarian violence. In the immediate aftermath of September he had seen off the pro-Taliban clerics who tried to organise street protests against him. But he still faced one major obstacle that stood in the way of a full-blown assault on the radicals: Kashmir. The Kashmir Connection Ever since , when the insurgency against the Indian security forces in Kashmir had begun, Pakistan had officially provided diplomatic, moral and political support to the Kashmiri militants.