By Dr Shahid Qureshi -:
Asma Jhangir prominent lawyer and activist sadly died of heart attack in Lahore few days ago. She was from the elite class of Lahore and her father Malik Ghulam Jillani was regular visitor of London. He was a one-man army and very active among anti Pakistan circles run by Indians and others. He was head of the Awami League in Punjab province and was instrumental in the break up and dis-integration of East Pakistan.
For which his daughter Asma Jhangir received an award from the Indian puppet Bangladeshi Prime Minister Hasina Wajid who is still executing Pakistanis in Bangladesh. The other person who received similar award was Geo TV journalist Hamid Mir.
Her intimacy with racist anti Muslim, Hindu fundamentalist Balthakary and butcher of Gujarat Narandra Modi was condemned worldwide.
Few years ago, a diplomat gave me a hand out about the ‘Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’ headed by an Iranian lady Meryam Namazei in London. She has similar views as of Asma Jhangir. It has members from many countries including Pakistan but mostly from Iran. I attended their conference held in Conway Hall in Central London. I asked them why you call yourself Ex-Muslims? It sounds absurd. I told him that there over billion Muslims in the world and if few dozens decided to leave their birth faith or adopted faith that should not be a problem. At the moment Sadia Hameed, is the spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
As they say, ‘you live by the sword and you die by the sword’. So, live by your views and die with your views. I think those who ridicule their religion or faith must leave a will with the family or local council as how they should be buried or cremated. This is what I told a retired Pakistani professor in London.
Asma Jhangir was a vocal person but very selective about the topics. She was a brave woman and never hidden her beliefs and openly said in a TV program ‘I don’t follow a religion’. That is fair enough. She made her choices and lived by them.
I personally think her wishes should have been respected and she should have been given Chinese or European type secular ending. After all she called herself ‘secular’ and not believe in any religion. I don’t understand why some people are trying to make a big fuss about her funeral rites. They found an idiot to do her final rites and it is adding an insult to injury.
Fundamental problem in Pakistani society is that a dead Pakistani communist, socialist, atheist, secular, non-believer must have a spectacular funeral with religious rites done by a Mullah, whom they hated, abused and cursed all their lives. That is not fair on both the dead and the Mullah. After all, why so much dependence on Mullah? People should know how to bury their dead. No?
All her activism was focused on annoying and provoking religious elements specially and general Muslim Pakistanis. That was by design and not a mere co incident i.e. insulating Islamic principles of law and jurisprudence. These kinds of provocative narratives come from foreign funded Western and US based NGOs operating in Pakistan.
The reality is that USA EU and Western countries have no problems in doing business with China, Saudi Arabia and Iran who execute convicted criminals on the road or USA and China who execute under secular laws. US have done over US$100 billion business deals with Saudi Arabia and over 250 Billion with China but did not utter a word about how they run their government. That proves one point that narrative people like Asma Jhangir pushed in Pakistan is nothing but provocation and incitement to destabilise the country.
A senior analyst got upset with me while talking about Asama Jhangir’s anti Pakistan activities and collusion with India. I said to him: ‘thousands of Pakistanis have become missing person just on the grounds of suspicion about whom General Musharaff has admitted in his book. Dr Afia Siddiqi was kidnapped and later sentenced 80 years in the US court on suspicion with no concrete evidence, just because they were Islamists. That proves one point that if you are so called secular or from a sectarian cult with leftist label, you can get away with murder, anti-state activities and treachery.
Nawaz Sharif suggested her to be the interim Prime Minister and Chief minister of Punjab but in any case, he got male version of Asma Jhangir, as interim Chief Minister Punjab Najam Sethi. There was a time when Nawaz Sharif jailed Najam Sethi for his anti-Pakistan speech in Delhi and guess who came to rescue him, our lifelong friend USA and state department.
Nazir Naji wrote in his column: ‘we were searching for India in Najam Sethi but we found USA in the bottom’. Well Indians are smart as when they recruit their asset they make sure it has a ‘made in USA’ label on it, be it is Najam Sethi, Asma Jahngir or Hussain Haqqani.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University. He wrote his MA Thesis on ‘Political Though of Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He speaks at Cambridge University and a visiting Professor in Hebe University in China)
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