Secularists should 'mend ways or leave country', says PTI lawmaker

Published: March 23, 2017
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Ali Muhammad Khan caused a stir on Wednesday when he advised those believing Pakistan to be a secular state to mend their ways or leave the country.

“Whoever wants to turn Pakistan into a secular state should mend their ways or move to such a country,” the MNA said during a talk show on 92 News.

Screen grab from the talk show

According to Ali, the country was not established on any secular ideology, and rather an Islamic ideology was its basis.

“What did the founder of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam, wanted to be the basis of the country,” the member National Assembly said. “This country was created only in the name of Islam.”

‘Pakistan is different from all other states created in the name of religion’

Not only does Islam hold the basis of Pakistan, the country has the blood of numerous martyrs in its soil, he added.

The politician went on to say that people working on the behest of the enemy, assert that we as a nation should only put own house in order and forget the rest. “We should put our house in order as well as be concerned about what’s happening around the world.”

While some say that the founder of the nation, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, wanted a secular state not governed by a specific religion, others argue he wanted an Islamic welfare state.

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  • Saleem Khan
    Mar 23, 2017 - 8:11PM

    AoA All,

    Very much appreciated and lauded Ali M. Khan comments. He absolutely right and all those cronies who have got or becoming so-called secular must understand the basis of Pakistan, its ideology and our ancestors sacrifices. If these idiots want propagating secular ideas in new generation, then what was the need of creation Pakistan as Muslim state? We respect others, their views, believe, but cant compromise on ideology of Pakistan at all.

    Regards,

    Saleem Recommend

  • vinsin
    Mar 23, 2017 - 9:38PM

    Jinnah fourteen points are against secularism. Should halal meat and bakrid be banned in the name of secularism?Recommend

  • Maximus
    Mar 23, 2017 - 10:38PM

    Stop imposing your views upon secularists. Our country has lost tolerance and turned into a xenophobic, intolerant and polarized country.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 23, 2017 - 10:59PM

    There is nothing wrong being a secular or religious. The main problem Pakistan facing is absence of tolerance and respect for each other.Sweeping statements like these will create more intolerance in the society. This guy has a tendency of being carried away in all the interviews he had so far. We need calm and collective public representatives in the assembly.Recommend

  • Juan
    Mar 23, 2017 - 11:29PM

    Threats and violence against other Pakistani citizens who don’t share their beliefs or ideologies seems to be a way of life for most twisted religious nationalists who don’t seem to mind religious extremism.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Mar 23, 2017 - 11:48PM

    By his reasoning, all Muslims in the West should “mend their ways” or return to the Mid East!Recommend

  • MUHAMMAD KAUKAB
    Mar 23, 2017 - 11:50PM

    Plz explain the difference between religious parties and PTI. You are hiding behind the agenda of religious parties under the garb of development you are ADHINATH YOGI of this country Allah save us from your idiosyncrasy
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  • Pakistani
    Mar 24, 2017 - 12:13AM

    @numbersnumbers:
    Well done. I fully agree.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Mar 24, 2017 - 12:18AM

    @Juan: That’s the way it is… Disbelievers owe token of depreciation anyways, be it a threat or a badgeRecommend

  • Farhan
    Mar 24, 2017 - 12:19AM

    @MUHAMMAD KAUKAB: The difference between PTI and religious party is same as the difference between you and MuslimRecommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Mar 24, 2017 - 12:55AM

    @Saleem Khan:
    What you want is Zia’s Pakistan, don’t bring Jinnah into this.Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Mar 24, 2017 - 1:24AM

    Islamic ideology should be followed Recommend

  • Elsid
    Mar 24, 2017 - 1:55AM

    @Saleem Khan:
    So, If someone has been living for generations in his ancestral area and does not believe in your theory , it means he should leave this country. Will you apply the saem theory to mulims of all other country. Recommend

  • Xyz
    Mar 24, 2017 - 1:56AM

    @Saleem Khan:
    Define the ideology of Pakistan please.

    You do not want seculars but you want all other countries to be secular? I hope you support Trump because his views are no different from yours. Recommend

  • 007
    Mar 24, 2017 - 2:39AM

    You can keep your Religion and be Secular just like Quaid e Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah and Alama Muhammad Iqbal. But here we have people like Ali Muhammad Khan of PTI who are confusing people because of their lack of knowledge or personal agenda. Pakistan became independent not from Hindus but from British Colonialism and its absolutely absurd to say this country was created for Muslims. Our founding fathers never spoke against minorities, in fact wanted them to stay. We are paying the price. for saying something not true for over 70 years. Native Hindus of Pakistani land became pivotal to Indian economy and prosperity. Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Mar 24, 2017 - 3:56AM

    Whether secularists are threat to Pakistan or not, pseudo-secularists are definitely a threat to Hindustan.Recommend

  • Hidden truth
    Mar 24, 2017 - 4:14AM

    When holi, ashnaan in ganga, lynching of Muslims in the name of gao mata, hanuman running amok on roads and stealing things cannot be banned under secularism then how can halal meat n bakrid be [email protected]: Recommend

  • Ch. K. A. Nye
    Mar 24, 2017 - 5:09AM

    @Saleem Khan:

    Please elaborate on the sacrifices that your ancestors made. Please so elaborate on your concept of the ideology of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Ch. K. A. Nye
    Mar 24, 2017 - 5:14AM

    @vinsin:
    What a stupid, petty comment. You have gone totally off the point and what is bakrid anyway? Recommend

  • bajwa
    Mar 24, 2017 - 6:28AM

    The problems of Pakistan started the day it became “Islamic” Republic. I am not saying that being Islamic is a bad thing; but mixing religion with politics is bad, really bad, really really bad; let it be any religion. Recommend

  • Anti Raj
    Mar 24, 2017 - 8:19AM

    @Saleem Khan:
    Pakistan like all Muslim countries carved out by colonial forces are secular nation states. Banking, economics, finance, penal laws, commercial law, military code are all based on secular British laws of past. Only thing Islamic are the names and term used. Good luck sidelining all institutions.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 24, 2017 - 9:28AM

    The state should have no religion. This is a personal matter and no one has the right to impose any view on the other party. One of the major reasons for the current turmoil in the country is that the state chose to act all religious in the 80s.Recommend

  • Parrot
    Mar 24, 2017 - 10:51AM

    Have non-Muslims not given their life for this soil? What is wrong with this MNA.Recommend

  • VJS
    Mar 24, 2017 - 11:17AM

    So, this means that Islam is not secular. And its tough for muslims to live with anybody else but muslims? Where has the often quoted verse “For you is your religion and for me is mine” gone?Recommend

  • Usman Khan
    Mar 24, 2017 - 1:13PM

    I believe he is right… No one have rights to sabotage with our ideology. Non Muslims surely had sacrificed and we appreciate them equally… They share the equal rights to be Pakistani and to live freely… But this country was made on the name of Islam that is something that is not going to change… In shaa AllahRecommend

  • Hassan Hakeem
    Mar 24, 2017 - 1:53PM

    He is so BJP !Recommend

  • vinsin
    Mar 24, 2017 - 2:32PM

    @Hidden truth:
    Which secular laws that broke?Recommend

  • Mobin Ghalib
    Mar 24, 2017 - 5:00PM

    The hypocrisy is evident. India, US, UK should remain secular states so that our people are at ease over there and not elect right wing parties. Pakistan should remain an intolerant hypocritical right wing banana republic. Recommend

  • Asad Hasan
    May 17, 2017 - 12:37PM

    Who is Ali M. Khan? I mean who is he to impose his views on the people. At best this may be his opinion, but asking people to leave the country won’t get him any votes next time he stands in elections. By corollary, I voted for PTI last elections – thanks to people like AMK, I WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR PTI next elections. Should I also leave the country?Recommend

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