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Extremism in Afghanistan a menace for Pakistan: Fawad

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry
Data Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday mentioned retrogressive pondering was a “hazard for Pakistan” in reference to the current measures taken by the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan relating to girls.

“You see that two extremist regimes have cropped up on proper and left of Pakistan. On one aspect there may be Afghanistan the place the Taliban have arrived. We need to totally assist the Afghan individuals.

“However saying that girls cannot journey alone or go to colleges and faculties — this type of retrogressive pondering is a hazard for Pakistan,” the data minister mentioned, whereas addressing a ceremony in Islamabad.

He added {that a} related Hindu extremist mindset was rising in India so the Pakistani state’s “largest” and “most vital” combat was towards these “two extremist ideas”.

“We’ve got had failures and successes however until now Pakistan is that brilliant hope on this area which whereas remaining amid these extremes can emerge out from them.”

The knowledge minister’s feedback come after Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities mentioned on Sunday that girls searching for to journey longer distances shouldn’t be supplied transport until they’re accompanied by a detailed male family member.

The steering, issued by the Ministry for the Promotion of Advantage and Prevention of Vice, additionally referred to as on all car house owners to supply rides solely to these girls carrying hijabs.

The steering, circulated on social media networks, got here weeks after the ministry requested Afghanistan’s tv channels to cease displaying dramas and cleaning soap operas that includes girls actors. The ministry had additionally referred to as on girls TV journalists to put on hijabs whereas presenting.

Since taking energy in August, the Taliban have imposed numerous restrictions on girls and women, regardless of pledging a softer rule in contrast with their first stint in energy within the Nineties.

In a number of provinces, native Taliban authorities have been persuaded to reopen faculties — however many women nonetheless stay minimize off from secondary schooling.

Throughout his tackle right this moment, Chaudhry mentioned that Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the leaders of the Pakistan motion had foreseen that the management of India’s Hindu majority could be coopted by individuals who would “make life tough for minorities”.

Pointing to violence dedicated towards minorities in India, he contrasted the response to what occurred within the aftermath of the Sialkot lynching on December 3.

“You noticed the entire of Pakistan was united and condemned that incident. That is taking place day by day in India with Muslims and nobody is concerned.”

He mentioned the rationale for making the nation-state of Pakistan was for a spot the place Muslims might have a majority the place their rights could be preserved and they might not be hostage to a majority. Chaudhry burdened that Pakistan’s function was “preserving minority rights and safeguarding them”.

“Our actual problem is methods to reclaim Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s Pakistan.”

The knowledge minister mentioned that confusion about what the founder wished for Pakistan was current within the state itself. Chaudhry mentioned Jinnah had outlined his imaginative and prescient in his three addresses to the Constituent Meeting, armed forces and the forms.

“This confusion needs to be utterly dispelled that the Quaid-i-Azam wished a non secular state. He by no means noticed Pakistan as a non secular nation and all these individuals who right this moment on his title are fooling the those who the that means of an Islamic nation was a non secular nation — this was solely not the case.”

He mentioned his life-style was at odds with individuals who used his title right this moment and wished to make “Pakistan a backward nation”.

Chaudhry mentioned Jinnah had clarified the position of minorities and that the state would don’t have any enterprise to intervene in non secular issues.

“After that, an ideal retrogressive [thinking] has come and we see Pakistan has declined.”

He mentioned the motion for Pakistan was not led by completed non secular figures and students of the time. As a substitute, Jinnah and Allama Iqbal had talked a couple of political idea and politically interpreted Islam that there needs to be a rustic the place Muslims and minorities might reside the place a “brutal majority” couldn’t goal them.

“This combat is essential for Pakistan’s survival and solely by profitable it could actually we or some other nation transfer ahead.”

The knowledge minister as soon as once more pointed to the decline in India below Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities which he mentioned was “spreading extremism within the title of a non secular majority”.

Chaudhry mentioned a motion was wanted to successfully propagate Jinnah’s message and understanding of Pakistan to the frequent individuals.