Please tell us about your educational background
First you join Civil Service then left it, why?
Why is India more attractive to America than Pakistan? Comment in the context of Obama’s recent visit to India.
Actually, we are in the habit of begging for foreign aid and quotas from the world. In fact, if a nation wants to get something from their relationship with any other country then they have to offer something in return.
In fact, among the top 10 businessmen-two or three-belong to India. Therefore, a country making progress financially and economically will ultimately attract more positive attention. Even we have not such relationship with China whom we call our credible friend but we should not forget on the other hand that China is the largest trading partner of India.
Extremism is growing rapidly in our country, do you agree? What are the factors responsible for it?
Moreover, often we heard that Sufism was more peaceful. Actually, there were movements too, which gone violent e.g. Mehdia Movement of Sudan in Africa. The point is that when nobody hears the people then they get violent and in this context even religion is also used.
How do you see the future prospects of Pak-US strategic dialogue?
Evidently, Americans are going to see things from their perspective and we are going to see from our standpoint and both sides are trying to find convergence in it. Contrary to this, if we look at these things with a particular mindset that what we achieved after three meetings, I thing it would be a flawed assumption.
In fact, we are still unable to understand it. Dialogue is an on-going process that never ends in two or three meetings. So far the two governments agreed to continue it as far as they have a basic objective i.e. ‘War on Terror’ and even beyond it. I think expecting quick results from these dialogues is a wrong approach.
Why is ‘Blasphemy Law’ always considered as a notorious law?
Moreover, it is very much contradictory to the Islamic principles. I listen a story during my school life of a woman who used to throw garbage on our Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) but he always showed tolerance and mercy towards her. Even he went to inquire after her health when she did not show up to do her routine act.
Sadly, we are incapable of applying such tolerance. In fact, we did not learn any lesson from the life of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He was forgiving and tolerant and what we are?
Furthermore, we must know what the purpose of a law is? In fact, laws are made to bring peace and harmony to the society. There is a misperception about Islam; ‘can any body tell me Muslims’ God wants violence in the society, no! He wants to see peace and harmony in the society.’
Lastly, I must say it is a draconian law mainly used by the powerful to their advantage to oppress and control the powerless members of the society.
Secondly, if we say America itself would have done it then it is a foolish assumption. If you look at anyone who is more hurt by ‘Wikileaks’ then it is the United States. The reason because the disclosure of these information would embarrass a lot before their people, officials and partners. In future, people would be less interested in talking to the US diplomats.
What inspired you to write a book on such a unique topic?
But the tragedy is that people never read my book in its true perspective and they comment on it without reading it properly. They comment on the basis of other people’s comments. What I tried to draw was the civil-military relations in Pakistan and we cannot look this relationship in linear terms.
In fact, it was not about civil vs military but elite clan vs people of Pakistan; the authoritarian vs the oppression in Pakistan.