19 September, 2020

Moving Beyond Islam

The Jamaat-e-Islami tries to fill in a political vacuum, but is it equipped for a broader agenda?

Moving Beyond Islam

THE lush green Margalla Hills resounded with loud cries of "Allah-o-Akbar", as thousands of Jamaat-e-Islami workers gathered for a three-day convention calling for a quick revolution and an end to the "corrupt and inefficient" government of prime minister Nawaz Sharif. "When people rise from every street, neighbourhood, city and town, this dilapidated system will automatically crumble and give way. We have to tell the people which leadership can take care of the country and which cannot. Even the greatest of evil forces surrenders when confronted with a mass awareness. The present system will also give way. If not, it will be compelled to do so, after it has been subjugated," warned Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami.

"Inqilab, inqilab," the loud speakers echoed while the government looked the other way. Islamabad had never seen anything like this. Last fortnight the Jamaat literally took over the capital as they pitched in their tents and turned the area opposite Faisal mosque into a little village for their annual meeting. This massive...



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