Saturday, April 28, 2007

Madam Shamim Akhtar threatens to tell all

Sorry for the scandalous headline.

She is apparently going to get OUP to publish a book where she names here clients.

I think she peddles something more than the usual stuff.

Now if she is willing to share the list with OUP, and she was parked in the Lal Masjid complex for the better part of a week, I ask you, what is it that the Maulanas of the Masjid do not know?

Whoever has access to that list has the National Assembly by the balls.

3 Comments:

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too hilarious for words!

Conversely, whoever has the list is also likely to be targeted for elimination no matter what they have arranged to have happen in the event of their untimely demise. Given the commando mentality ruling Islamabad these days, such an option would be very appealing no matter what the inherent risks involved.

P.S. - I was under the impression that the kind of activities that the honourable MPs have indulged in only happened in the land of the hedonistic infidels to the east. The land of the pure was free of such things. What gives? Bollywood has corrupted them all?

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger maverick said...

Hi Anonymous,

Actually this news fills me with great unease.

In my limited understanding, in a Islamically oriented government system, the moral authority of the governing elite rests on an explicit approval from the Ulema.

In the days of the Delhi Sultanate, monarchs obtained a specific pronouncement from the Khalif, that they were just rulers. This allowed them to appropriate titles like Yamin al Khilafat and Nasir-e-Amir-al-Momeen. In the time of Jahanpanah Akbar, the highest ranking Maulvi had issued a decree conferring upon Akbar the title of Sultan-e-Adil.

Those of us who live in pluralistic democracies do not understand the effect of this kind of move by the Ulema.

By deliberately exposing the peccadillos of the MNAs, the Lal Masjid Ulema are effectively withdrawing their support for the current government. This amounts to taking away any sense of moral authority that the MNAs might have had.

I take this event in conjunction with the utterances from MMA leaders who are saying that any attempt to bring the PPP back into power will be met with the strongest resistance from the MMA cadre.

It seems to me that the Pakistani deobandis are now very carefully and subtlely making a grab for power on pure moral authority alone!

Please understand, against this kind of takeover, there is no resistance.

If they are indeed attempting something on this scale of sophistication, my respect for them would grow enormously.

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger maverick said...

Hi Anonymous,

Actually this news fills me with great unease.

In my limited understanding, in a Islamically oriented government system, the moral authority of the governing elite rests on an explicit approval from the Ulema.

In the days of the Delhi Sultanate, monarchs obtained a specific pronouncement from the Khalif, that they were just rulers. This allowed them to appropriate titles like Yamin al Khilafat and Nasir-e-Amir-al-Momeen. In the time of Jahanpanah Akbar, the highest ranking Maulvi had issued a decree conferring upon Akbar the title of Sultan-e-Adil.

Those of us who live in pluralistic democracies do not understand the effect of this kind of move by the Ulema.

By deliberately exposing the peccadillos of the MNAs, the Lal Masjid Ulema are effectively withdrawing their support for the current government. This amounts to taking away any sense of moral authority that the MNAs might have had.

I take this event in conjunction with the utterances from MMA leaders who are saying that any attempt to bring the PPP back into power will be met with the strongest resistance from the MMA cadre.

It seems to me that the Pakistani deobandis are now very carefully and subtlely making a grab for power on pure moral authority alone!

Please understand, against this kind of takeover, there is no resistance.

If they are indeed attempting something on this scale of sophistication, my respect for them would grow enormously.

 

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