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Submitted by Fazal Habib Curmally (Pakistan), Sep 1, 2007 at 02:56

Dear Sanjay,

Namasate, Assalam Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakata Hu and Good Day. Take your pick.

Let me deal with your reply pointwise.

Muslims think in a medieval manner. Yes that is partially correct, we do. But we are doing our best to reform our thought process. How many people do you know who have been forcibly converted to Islam? Tell me, dsesn't India have a cast system? doesn't it go back to the Manu Smirti that is much older than "medieval" thought and tell me if you don't practice Shuddi and sanagathan in India even today? You have caste system in India and call it democracy? Go fool the world if you can but that is the truth. Isn't it?

I agree Muslims barring Turkey who claim secularism, do not have much of a democratic practice. I ask you is democracy, the modern catch word for all things good today, the ultimate solution and way of governance? I don't believe Francis Fukuyama got it right. Democracy, is a way of governance, no more and no less. I can speak for my country Pakistan that claims to be an Islamic Republic and for the first time in 60 years, will an elected assembly complete its term in office. We prefer to have our laws in consonance with Islam and thus there will be clashes between secular values and our values. We have a separate civil code for minorities who are judged in accordance with those laws and their family laws. We live by our laws by choice and have rejected secularism but not technology. Let us be clear on that. You won't believe it but Judges in Pakistan have struck down stoning to death or Rajm or even amputation of limbs as punishment as applicable punishments. You better believe it.

Prime Minister manmohom Singh only recently agreed not to blame Pakistan for all the wrongs that beset India. Can you imagine we were being blamed for the problems in Assam and Nagaland also.

In my country, we don't burn missionaries. We just let them go about what they are doing because there are Christians in Pakistan. There are Sikh Gurdwaras and the Sikhs praise out hospitality and the way we maintain their Holy places. Sikhs from the world over come for their Puja Pat to Pakistan. Hindus come to go to pilgrimages to Mata Hinglaj. Did you know that? Its easy to believe ypouyr propaganda but very difficult to forget out historical biases.

Sanjay, my brother. You are a proud man and so am I. We believe differently and have shared a common and a bloody history. When will we forget history and learn tomorrow is our destiny? If you are scoring brownie points by standing up for the West don't do it. It doesn't impress me.Remember the "Axis of Evil" is an American political truth. This one phrase has declared open season on Muslims the world over. Despite that, America seeks helps from Muslims to get them out of Iraq and Afghanistan.. Think about it and you better believe it. Where would America be in Afghaniostan should Pakistan decide to stop supplyinmg fuel, logistics and overflights? They forget that Muslims are doing it because they didn't agree with usama Bin Laden.


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