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Maulana Fazl's 'infirmities'... By Zahid

11 October, 2012

Maulana Fazlur Rehman has been very vocal in his criticism of Imran Khan for leading a rally to the tribal belt he has accused him of presenting the viewpoint of the west as well as being their agent. The Maulana sees boggy men where ever he himself cannot take any action, as a religious leader who should believe that death is ordained by Allah, he has never stepped out of his own secure and safe havens in big cities. He claimed that the 'Peace March' was actually a dramatization as Imran's ex-wife and his brother-in-law were going to produce a movie based on this incident.

Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, the Maulana's second-in-command and replica, also severely censured Imran Khan, saying that he should look at his past and his own behavior, (which is westernised) and then claim to be the leader of an Islamic state or prorogate Islam. While Fazl is a firebrand speaker, Haidri is cool but malicious, as proved by his speeches. Actually, Imran Khan has erred by stepping into the orbit of religion, which the Maulana claims as his own personal and unshared domain.

However, in my opinion Maulana Fazlur Rehman is more of a politician than a religious leader; his knack for playing both hands, as a religious leader when it suits him, and a politician at his own convenience is superb. Whenever he smells that politics is not in his favour, he withdraws into the religious shell, recoups, and comes back with another angle. If you doubt my analysis, recall any period in the past, when the Maulana was not in power. Look at his phenomenal rise from a young madressah student in Multan to the corridors of power. Religious leaders like him have made the water very murky for clean playing religious leaders, of which we have a dearth, as you cannot be in politics and still practice your religion realistically.

SYED ZAHID SALAM
Rawalpindi

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