Welcoming back myself to this blog and writing activity after some time due to other commitments that kept me busy for a while.
It has now been over a month since last entry was made to this blog and within this time many developments have taken place here in the UK with respect to Pakistani Christian politics and some of those are worth mentioning.
Former President of Pakistan, Ret. Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in a recent interview said that he is good enough to be a politician. He defended his army background and made a point that politics does not require a degree and neither do other politicians have it. However, the basic requirement of politics demands common sense and providing he has plenty of it, he should be a good politician. Likewise, it is not hard to understand and apprehend different moves taken by our politicians if our people have some of the vital common sense. Despite it is often said that politics is a dirty play and many of us bring Biblical references into it to prove them right with respect to lies and other subjects, I honestly believe that politics is at the heart of everything and even in the religion. Therefore, individuals must take interest in it for the betterment of their community, country and the world.
APML (All Pakistan Muslim League) Minority Wing, UK
Last month (June 2011), Pakistani Christians in the UK witnessed another Minority Wing, this time by APML (sometime also known as All Pakistan MUSHARRAF League, rather than Muslim League).
An administrative change within the newly formed party honoured a young Pakistani Christian from being President of the Minority Wing to the Vice-President of APML, UK. Many Christians have welcomed this, appreciating that somebody has been able to hold a key position in any party other than the ones formed by Christians themselves. Nevertheless, the position of APML in Pakistani politics and the importance of holding a seat in this newly formed party are dubious.
The term “Minority Wing” may sound familiar to many, as another such wing was created by PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz) last year in the UK. Some questions were raised on the progress and usefulness of the wing on this blog and later, an open letter was also published for Qamar Shamas, President of Minority Wing, PML-N, UK but despite reading confirmations through reliable sources, there has not been a written response to the letter, which is a shame.
Since our people are busy in creating wings with various parties, let us hope that these people do not clash with each other and argue for the sake of their parties, which would surely cause an incurable damage and we would end-up with a massive division within our community.
Let us also hope that there are no more Minority Wings coming forward as we can hardly cope with what we have already on offer. Perhaps, we should get united and support one party (I don’t know which) rather than splitting into groups.
We are NOT traitors…
On the 02 July 2011, a protest was arranged in front of Pakistan High Commission, London by an organisation that goes by the name of “British Pakistani Christian Association” (BCPA). However, it has become very clear that Pakistani Christians are not in any association with this organisation after its true face has become clear.
After the protest, some organisations run by Pakistani Christians in the UK have issued press releases, denying their involvement and condemning the speeches that were delivered in that protest and BPCA’s support to Baloch Freedom Moment, which demands the Balochistan province to be separated from Pakistan and dividing the country.
Pakistani Christians that are very loyal to their soil have felt strongly against this due to their love and attachment with their homeland and have strongly opposed this. However, it has been equally shocking to some members of the community that the chairman of BCPA did not clearly apologised when he was given a wonderful opportunity to speak to people by the Gateway Gazette team.
It is shameful and perhaps very ignorant that some young people have forgotten the sacrifices that Christians had given along with others to make Pakistan. It looks like those individuals are unaware of the history of our beloved Pakistan and therefore, its easy for them to choose such route.
These views are personal opinions of the author and NOT of KalameKhuda.com
© 2011 Romael Noor