ST’s political wing wants Pakistan to be declared Sunni state

The News
By By Shamim Bano  Karachi

Pakistan Inquilabi Tehreek (Pakistan Revolutionary Movement), the political front of the Sunni Tehrik (ST), has emerged on the political horizon of the country with the aim to change the future of Pakistan by implementing Nizam-e-Mustafa “through radical polices and not by force.”

“Pakistan is a Sunni state and the laws of the Sunni sect should be implemented in the country as per the Constitution,” ST Central Coordination Committee Member Shakeel Qadri told The News. The Pakistan Inquilabi Tehreek (PIT) was formed with ST chief Sarwat Ejaz Qadri as its “lifetime chairman,” while other office-bearers will either be nominated by its chairman or through a vote count.

The formal announcement regarding the PIT was made by Sarwat Ejaz Qadri at the Jaan Nisaran-e-Mustafa Conference. This new “political force” has been formed as a parallel to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), said media coordinator Faheemuddin Shaikh. The PIT will have its offices across the country, including Azad Kashmir, he said.

The idea of the PIT was not new because it was also discussed with slain ST chief Abbas Qadri and even with leaders who were eliminated two years ago in the Nishtar Park bomb blast, he said.

The leaders who survived the bombing held marathon meetings with the party members across the country and a committee was formed to “visualize the ground reality.” After hectic consultations it was decided that the ST’s political wing, the PIT, will be formed to take up the issues confronting the party.

“The first and foremost objective of the party is the implementation of Nizam-e-Mustafa in its true spirit, followed by the formation of a welfare state and ensuring protection to minorities,” Shaikh said, adding that Christians and Hindus, as well as all other religious sects having a small number of followers also fall in the ambit of minority.

Since Eid Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated throughout the county with religious fervour, it implies that Pakistan happens to be a Sunni Barelvi state and not Deoband, because Deobandis do not believe in celebrating Eid Milad-un-Nabi, Shaikh claimed.

The existing political forces in the country cannot resolve the issues of the people, in the way the PIT can, he maintained. The PIT flag will have a green background, with red depicting an Islamic revolution. The party will try to enforce Nizam-e-Mustafa through the parliament and not by force as in Swat. “The PIT believes in democracy and through its teaching and training the party will draw the youth of the country towards Islam, as it is the only religion which gives the right path and direction of life,” he said.

The party will be headquartered in Karachi, and will have divisional offices in all major cities of the country. “It will, however, be premature to say whether ST offices will accommodate PIT or whether it will have separate offices,” Qadri said. He said they will certainly take part in the next general elections and hoped that they will win seats in Karachi and other cities of the country. “The Jaan Nisaran-e-Mustafa Conference was a trailer that proved our majority,” he added.


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