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Paknationalist Sufis

By: Omar

One regularly hears about the “moderate” sufis who will save islam or Pakistan (and who therefore deserve a quick injection of money…see how much Tahir ul Qadri is making via this route). But Sufi-ism is not a well defined ideology, anyone can be a sufi and almost everyone IS a sufi of some sort in Pakistan. Some innocents see positive implications of such confusion in the wider Islamicate world, thinking that this will weaken the Wahabi-Salafi vision of one folk, one leader, one law that seems so scary these days, though I dont see empirical proof of such assertions.  Anyway, that was not the topic I had in mind. I just wanted to post this link to “spiritual Pakistan”..a fairly typical and representative “Sufi Paknationalist” website. They are promoting “Ghazwa e Hind” (the weak hadith that supposedly promises a huge war in India, and victory and eternal reward for those Muslims who fight to conquer India) and they are much more ardent about it than the “evidence-based” Deobandis, who do have some standards and hesitate to make-up stuff on demand like the Sufis (“the sufis” meaning some sufis…keep in mind, there is no such things as “standards” when it comes to Sufis….an indophile like me is a sufi, a jihadi nutcase like Zaid Hamid is a sufi, Orya Maqbool Jan is a sufi. Its a free for all…its not better or worse, its whatever you want).

And if anything, “the sufis” promote blasphemy prosecutions more than salafists. Of course, many famous sufis also died for supposedly blaspheming something. Which is my point. Sufi can mean anything. Not just the hippie Islam that twinkles in so many Western eyes. ….

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Court fails to arrest Rana Maqbool accused of torture and conspiracy to kill President Zardari

PAKISTAN: A court fails to arrest a fugitive police chief

AHRC-STM-145-2010 (July 6, 2010) : A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

Rana Maqbool Ahmed is a former Inspector General of Police of Sindh province and has been accused of the torture of and conspiracy to kill President Zardari when he was imprisoned in 1999. Rana has been absconding court and the Additional District Sessions Court, Karachi, capital of Sindh province, has issued a warrant for his arrest.

While the warrant was pending Rana appeared before the Lahore High Court, Punjab province, in a separate case. He sought protective bail from the Lahore High Court not to arrest him on the warrant that had been pending since 2008 at the Session Court of Karachi as he intended to surrender himself to this court. The Lahore High Court did not execute the warrant and instead set him free.

This judgement has come under severe criticism and has been perceived as a deviation from the normal practice of Pakistani courts. When an absconder appears before a court the court will take steps to arrest the person and execute the warrant and produce him before the court in which he is wanted. This general practice has been deviated from in this instance without any valid reason. This case is being perceived as a favour done for the former IGP for political reasons.

Meanwhile reports have appeared that the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court has openly associated with Rana on public occasions. Such open association of a Chief Justice with a person who has a pending arrest warrant has also created impressions that such acts are being done for political reasons.

Thus, this affair has become a scandal against the Lahore High Court and is being perceived as an act done as a personal favour for an accused that is under serious charges of torture and conspiracy to murder. As this matter has become a scandal public confidence in the independence of the judiciary has been damaged and it is the duty of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to investigate the matter and take appropriate action against the judges who appear to have acted for political reasons in protecting a fugitive from the process of law.

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