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Submitted by General Mirza Iskandar Khan (United States), Nov 18, 2009 at 22:28

My Dear Brother

Selam Aleykum

I have meant that then, whether the State of Pakistan today constitutionally secular state or not?

Zia ul Haque has been out of power for over 21 years. His 'ghost' still lingers in Pakistan. He was the opposite of secular. He was an Islamist wearing Army uniform.

Today Pakistan is contitutionally an Islamic Republic with a democratic Constitution that assures rights to women, minorities, etc.

Our PM and President are both Shiia Muslims. The speaker of Parliament is a woman (Dr. Fehmida Mirza) -- the only Muslim majority country with a woman speaker of the house.

We had a Hindu Acting Chief Justice of Supreme Court (Mr. Rana Bhagwandas).

And most importantly the people:

Pakistanis by nature are moderate, progressive, democracy loving, God-fearing people. No, we dont have secular system like Turkiye (I wish we did). But while all these Arab Muslim countries are run by dictators and monarchies -- we are by nature moderate people. We have Muslims and non-Muslims in Pakistan; and the country is 170 million people.

Since the Era of later Zia Ul Hak Islamic Law had beeb accepted. This legal situation today different or not.

It's very interesting getting this question from Turkish brother, considering that (for some reason) the Turks loved Zia ul Haq.

Like i said, his ghost still lingers. Educated Pakistanis, and young generation in Armed Forces of Pakistan aknowledge that his "Islamist" policies were disaster for Pakistan.

He was a big fan of wahhaby culture --and this is purely a Saudi Arabian phenomenon. In Pakistan, we have independent judiciary and arbitration system. Zia wanted Sharia law to dominate affairs.

Majority of Pakistanis do not want this.

Pakistan is having terrorism not only becuase of "Islamist".....but also because NATO is in Afghanistan, and this is making many people angry. When NATO withdraws from Afghanistan, there will be more peace.

india (our neighbour) is funding terrorism in Pakistan because they want to destabilize us. We have handed evidence to indians and to interpol, but nobody cares. Pakistan is a Muslim country with 5th largest Armed Forces in the world, and nuclear weapons.

We will cut the hands of anybody who wishes ill or harm against our Jamhooreyat. This is our promise.

what you see on the media about taleban --- this does not represent Pakistan. If you want to learn the REAL Pakistan, then come travel there; or read more about the country.

But when confronted with enemy, we will be barbarians. And with 170 million nationalist (miliyetci hareketi) you can be damn sure that no enemy will ever destroy our country.

just ask the indians.......they tried already. And they are 7 times our size!! =)

anladinizmi efendim

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