KARACHI: Our country is called the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for having the foundations of its ideology enshrined in the teachings of Shariah. However, the system of governance in the country is far from being that of an Islamic republic. It’s a version of democracy imported from the West and implemented by various political parties, including the outright religious ones. Many regard the failure to implement Islamic laws as the reason for the sorry state of affairs in the country. Hence almost every law or aspect of governance is neither Islamic nor Western. We have been following laws that vaguely carry both the Islamic teachings and a touch of the West’s jurisprudence in every field of life.
The worst part of the whole thing is that even laws are not enacted to serve justice to the oppressed but to benefit the powerful and mask their wrongdoings. It is important that the laws serve justice to the poor and not protect the powerful.
Muhammad Kashif Saeed
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2018.