LAHORE: Former federal minister Muhammad Ali Durrani said Pakistan was created in the name of Allah and He is the one who will protect our country from evil eyes. No ruler can change the basic nature of an Islamic Pakistan.
Challenging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, he demanded that a referendum should be held on premier’s assumption, asking the nation if they wanted friendship with India or freedom of Kashmir.
Nawaz will lose if he runs for the next elections on the basis of his recent claims regarding the maintenance of friendship with India, he added.
He said that the present government credited their victory in 2013 to the friendship with India which was a part of a well-conceived strategy to attack the very foundations of Pakistan’s Ideology.
While talking to The Express Tribune on Monday, he said when Hindu extremism was on the rise in India, its leadership was busy shedding secular colour of its forefathers.
He said that the Pakistani leadership, instead of remaining steadfast to its original Islamic ideology, is busy eroding the founding roots by making secular overtures to please the chauvinist leadership of Hindutva.
Praising sacrifices and courage of Kashmiris against worst state oppression by occupied forces, he said people of Indian administered Kashmir announced their verdict in unequivocal terms for accession with Pakistan. Using pellet guns, the Indians have been playing Holi with the blood of innocent Kashmiris seeking freedom, he said
He questioned how an enemy of the people of Kashmir can become the friend of Pakistan? Our friendship depended on the resolution of Kashmir issue. Any illusion of friendship with Modi, devoid of Kashmir, was sheer deviation from the Ideology of Pakistan, he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2017.