Qazi Sahib and Maulana Sahib Hamid Mir:
Will not celebrate evil. I am reluctant to recall some historical facts. Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of the Pakistan Democratic Movement, is not saying anything new these days. Maulana Fazlur Rehman wants to do the same long march towards Islamabad again in 2021 as he did in 1996 with Amir Qazi Hussain Ahmed of Jamaat-e-Islami. Maulana Fazlur Rehman wants to vacate the same assemblies from which Qazi Hussain Ahmed wanted to resign in 2007.
Maulana Sahib is slowly moving towards the same rhetoric adopted by Qazi Hussain Ahmed in 2008 about the people of Rawalpindi, but such anger is being shown on Maulana Fazlur Rehman by the Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed. For the first time, someone is threatening resignations from the assemblies and a long march towards Islamabad or Rawalpindi. Nowadays when I listen to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, I remember Qazi Hussain Ahmed. Qazi Sahib also wanted to resign from the assemblies in 2007 but at that time Maulana Sahib thought that the resignations should be submitted to the party leadership. Do not give to the speaker. Qazi Sahib was the President of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and Maulana Sahib was the Secretary General. Then it happened that on July 24, 2007, Qazi Hussain Ahmed sent his resignation to the Speaker of the National Assembly and Maulana Sahib termed this step of Qazi Hussain Ahmed as a violation of MMA discipline. Despite this disagreement, the relationship of respect between Qazi Sahib and Maulana Sahib remained intact.
The two discouraged militancy during a very difficult time and in response, both faced suicide attacks. Those who today are calling the PDM a foreign conspiracy and some of Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s statements the result of closeness to Mahmood Achakzai, forget that in 2007 Mahmood Achakzai, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Imran Khan were the same. He was a member of an alliance called the All Parties Democratic Movement and from the platform of this alliance, what Maulana Hussain Ahmed and Imran Khan used to say about the people of Rawalpindi is being said by Maulana Fazlur Rehman after fourteen years. I can’t forget these things. This was a time when Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif had been living in exile for a long time. Their absence created a political vacuum, at which time we jumped from print media to electronic media. Imran Khan became a member of the National Assembly from Mianwali with great difficulty in 2002 and those close to him included Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Qazi Hussain Ahmed.
These were the people who spoke harshly about the military’s involvement in politics. Javed Hashmi was also tried for treason at that time but the harsh statements of Imran Khan and Qazi Hussain Ahmed were ignored. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was still the Federal Minister. He would have called Imran Khan the captain of the Tanga party but would not have spoken harshly about Qazi Sahib. The reason was that Pervez Musharraf avoided opening many political fronts at the same time. When Qazi Hussain Ahmed used the term “Royal Pakistan Army” about the Pakistan Army, General Musharraf was advised to take action against Qazi Sahib. Musharraf ignored this advice. He started trying to break Jamaat-e-Islami from within. Recently, memoirs of Syed Munawar Hassan, former Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami, have been published. Syed Munawar Hassan recorded these memoirs in his life to Ata Muhammad Tabassum. These memoranda reveal that General Pervez Musharraf personally tried to separate him from Jamaat-e-Islami by meeting former Karachi mayor Nematullah Khan but failed.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed was the Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami for 22 years and Syed Munawar Hassan was its secretary general for 16 years. In these memoirs, Syed Munawar Hassan said a lot without saying anything and also exposed the conspiracy to bring a no-confidence motion against Qazi Hussain Ahmed from within the Jamaat-e-Islami. In this regard, Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Syed Munawar Hassan Sahib had some off-the-record conversations with me in their lives, as witnessed by Shahid Shamsi. These two elders are no more in the world, but I cannot break the promise made to them. However, I cannot live without giving credit to Syed Munawar Hassan for his intellectual integrity and political intelligence. He neatly made the story of the failed revolt against Qazi Hussain Ahmed from within the Jamaat-e-Islami part of history. When you read this story, you will think that nowadays the same story is being repeated in Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam with Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
Keep in mind Five to ten years later, even from within the JUI, some Syed Munawar Hassan will unveil a Pervez Musharraf of 2021 and some historian will write that Pakistan is not strong by breaking up political parties and setting up treason cases against politicians. Rather weakened. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has threatened to file a case against the army in 72 hours. The army is the national institution of Pakistan and should be respected but the government should not give the impression that the army is pro-government and anti-opposition for scoring political points.
If lawsuits are filed over political statements, then Qazi Hussain Ahmed’s book “Islam, Muslims and Pakistan” will also appear in the courts in which the army’s interference in politics I have written the same thing that Imran Khan wrote in his autobiography published in 2011. Qazi Hussain Ahmed passed away on January 6, 2013 and his book was published in 2009, a few months after he resigned from the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami. In the book, he admitted that we accepted Musharraf in uniform through the 17th Amendment because he had promised to take off his uniform by December 31, 2004, but when he broke that promise, parliament and the judiciary could do nothing. Qazi Sahib was in favor of coming out of that helpless parliament but Maulana Fazlur Rehman was doing the same thing in the name of wisdom as Asif Zardari is doing nowadays. In 2021, Maulana Sahib has become Qazi Hussain Ahmed and is doing the same things that Qazi Sahib used to do 14 years ago. Qazi Sahib wrote on page 160 of the same book, “Now there is no other way but for all the opposition parties to launch a major mass movement for the restoration of constitutional institutions and the end of military intervention.”