Why did Jamat e Islami not win elections in Pakistan?
This piece will seem to be written against Jamat e Islami but that is not the reality – because I consider it to be the only party in Pakistan which upholds democratic values. It elects its Ameer by election and not by selection. This is why it is an asset of Pakistan and its protection is must. The popularity enjoyed by PML(N) should have been enjoyed by JeI, but why did that not happen, what is the reason behind it? Here are some requests regarding its reasons.
Setting mere lip service, sentiments or emotions aside, JeI has to accept that it is suffering from serious crisis due to continous wrong political decisions, for the last several decades. With the result that it is losing public support. Although it has proved itself to be a pressure group but it is yet to prove itself as political party which can win.
The leadership and workers of JeI who often talk about the introspection of others should also self-introspect and should pay attention to their continuous loosing of elections. There is a serious need of new dialogue-process in the interiors of JeI. There is need of ideological revolution in it. Its co-ideological parties i.e Muslim Brotherhood or Erdogan’s AKP have been winning elections. Many people credit their success to their social work or their energetic and dynamic workers. But I consider this factor to be only 5%of the factors behind their success. In reality those parties are way ahead in the political and ideological fields. Perhaps it would be extravagant to call JeI as their co-ideological party. Few years ago the then Ameer e Jamat Syed Munawar Hassan visited Egypt and met the leadership of Muslim Brotherhood Egypt. The workers of JeI were seen very jubilant and passionate about it. It was even covered by the national media in Pakistan. Dawn News reported about it but there was complete silence by Muslim Brotherhood. This news was not reported even on their Official website.
Now lets see how they are ahead and how they gained the confidence of their public.
COHOSIVENESS WITH DEMOCRACY
Both Ikhwan as well as Erdogan’s Party always pose to be anti-establishment and they have never been involved in derailing any democratic government. You will never find a single person in their leadership who would say that there is any 3rd option apart from democracy and elections for bringing a change or revolution. But the situation here takes a different turn. Few days ago when JeI lost an election, one of its former Provincial Assembly Member said that ‘election’ was a futile process and they should look for some other option. It’s like for instance if a person who wants to go to a place but does not know the route, can he reach that place? Similarly Syed Munawar Hassan once said that if there is public support then they could win both by revolution or election. In 2013 at Nasir Bagh, in party workers’ convention he said that winning or losing of election is meaningless because he sees a great revolution after election which may be bloodied and that would bring real change. Now what is that bloodied revolution or what are its objectives? That’s beyond my understanding.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
Economic development of Recep Tayyip Erdogan is very well known in world but very few people know about this in Muslim Brotherhood. After the fall of Hosni Mubarak followed by winning of elections by Morsi, MB had presented an economic recovery plan by the name of ‘Al Nahda’ before the public. By this project they told people how they would make Egypt a great economic power; what economic reformations would they take; and what would be their yearly targets. This project and plan was not merely paper bound because its in-charge was Mohammed Khairat Saad El-Shater, who wanted to construct a computer manufacture plant but was not allowed to do so by the Mubarak regime. Mohammad Badie who is Murshid e Aam of Muslim Brotherhood is a scientist and Muhammad Morsi a renowned engineer. Now as far as JeI is concerned neither it could put forward any economic or technological plan nor could it prove that it carries any vision regarding development.
Even when they talk about economic vision they usually pin point interest or corruption. These slogans are of utmost importance but they are very old and not your creation. As far as load-shedding of electricity is concerned their vision regarding this does not go beyond controlling of line losses. Before election Siraj ul Haq sahib told about his plan of production of 25k MW electricity but either that plan was only part of lip service or not so important for them; the public could not get much insight on it from them.
CLEAR STAND AGAINST MILITANCY
Let’s for a moment agree that in Kashmir and Afghanistan there is a need of jihad and for that it was necessary for mujahedeen from Pakistan to go there. If we compare these two problems with that of Palestine, there would hardly be any guy who would consider the Jihad of Palestine less important than that of Afghanistan or Kashmir. Even though there some difference between Muslims regarding jihad in Kashmir or Afghanistan but all are united regarding Palestine. Muslims consider it to be their prime responsibility to protect their first Qibla. Egypt is a neighboring country of Israel. There is no complete control of Egypt regarding the desert areas which are near the border between Israel and Egypt. But neither did Ikhwan send its militants into that area nor did they support them, rather president Morsi acted against those militants in that area. They also did not send their people to Gaza to fight against Zionists but kept on supporting Hamas in a reasonable way.
Similarly Erdogan has also been opposing private militia phenomenon and at least successfully kept his own people away from it. On the other hand JeI sent its people to Kashmir and Afghanistan. Dr Tahir ul Qadri, with whom I have very deep differences, wrote a 600 page Fatwa against terrorism and suicide bombing. Ameer of JeI never praised it but Mursid e Aam of Ikhwan praised it and considered it as a good documental weapon against extremism is Muslim World.
JeI is yet to make its stand clear regarding extremism and militancy. On one hand Siraj ul Haq says that Jihad is the responsibility of state only but on the other hand considers Hafiz Muhammad Sayed to be a thorn in the eye of India. JeI could not make its position clear on the murder of Russian Ambassador in Turkey. Ameer e Zilla of Peshawar called the murderer of the ambassador ‘a martyr’ and hero but both Ikhwan and Erdogan condemned this act and called the murderer as terrorist. JeI is yet to know whether he was a martyr or terrorist.
RELATIONS WITH WEST AND MINORITIES
Relation of Muslims with the West is very complicated but Ikhwan and Erdogan are trying their best to keep balance in their relations with the West. Sometimes ago when Saudi Arab tried to convince Britain to declare MB as terrorist organization in their country, Britain investigated and did not declare them terrorist despite pressure from Saudi Arabia. In Egypt, sometimes MB holds joint rallies with Christians and one can see Quran and Cross held by protesters but here JeI does not even greet Christians on Christmas.
The objective of mentioning these few factors was that if JeI has to stand up and compete then they have to make their vision and ideology clear. You cannot afford to live a life of isolation in a cocoon away from the world. You have to make your position clear on every issue. First of all bring the revolution in yourself. Those people who suggest JeI to take any other way apart from elections should know that by this JeI will end up into the list of banned organizations.
Moulana Syed Abul Aa’la Moududi in his book “Banau aur Bigad” writes that Allah gives power to those who have got most potential for “banau”(development). May Allah make it easy for us to utilize our potential for this nation!
(This piece was written in Urdu by Sajjad Saleem, published by daleel.pk here.)
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