A ludicrous suggestion
[Dawn] WITH the Organisation of the Islamic Conference already there, the call for a 'Mohammedan United Nations
...Parkinson's Law on an international scale...
' makes no sense. On Wednesday, a resolution passed by a gathering of religious parties in Islamabad asked the rulers of the Islamic world to set up a Mohammedan UN and establish a unified economic and defence system. The meeting was called by Jamaat-ud-Dawa
...the front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba...
chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed
...who would be wearing a canvas jacket with very long sleeves anyplace but Pakistain...
, whose activities remain on the government's watch list. Invitations were extended to virtually all political parties,
most of which apparently thought it better to distance themselves from the controversial outfit and thus did not participate.
| ...On old fashioned, creme coloured, heavy pasteboard, hand written in the social secretary's best calligraphy rather than printed or engraved...|
On the other hand, the meeting brought together some of the country's leading religious figures -- including those who, unlike the JuD leader, do believe in electoral politics -- to draw up a strategy for a unified Mohammedan response to an anti-Islam film that has caused fury in many Mohammedan countries.
Given the objectionable contents of the film, few would dispute the aim of the meeting. Yet, a unified Mohammedan response demands more than emotion-charged public rallies that degenerate into violence.
It requires realism, wisdom and a strategy that does not turn out to be counterproductive.
We know, for instance, that the OIC is a lame-duck organization and little better than a debating forum. Its record even in economic and cultural cooperation among member states is disappointing. To speak of a unified defence and economic command is, thus, to invite ridicule. If the Islamic world is to meet the challenges it faces, Mohammedan leaders must first think of organising their societies on democratic and scientific lines.
| It's been a very long time since Mr. Mohammed Ali Jinnah, esq., Father of His Country, was active in Pakistani politics. There's been very little in the way of Pakistani governance since then that was not counterproductive, whether venal, vicious, or both.|
Empty rhetoric and emotionalism have done more harm than good to causes espoused by Mohammedans.
| True. Where are these paragons then to be found?|
...back at the wrecked scow, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow...
it is a matter of regret that Wednesday's meeting failed to condemn last Friday's hooliganism on what was meant to be a solemn day.
Posted by: Fred