RANDOM THOUGHTS: Religious and Political Books - BY: Dr. A.Q. Khan

Religious and Political Books
Dr. A.Q. Khan


It is the sacred month of Ramadan and we have entered the second phase leading towards its completion. Many books have come on religion and I would like to review two here.

The first is entitled Maamlaate Insan aur Quran (which covers peoples’ rights, morals and ethics, prayers, manners and code of life) by well-known author and former political activist, Mr. Qayyum Nizami. He has written many popular books ranging from politics to thoroughly researched and well-documented religious books. The above-mentioned book is a treasure trove of knowledge. It contains numerous Quranic Ayats and Ahadees dealing with human actions, psychology, manners, ethics, behaviour, conduct of life, etc. In short, he has dealt with almost all the topics in the Holy Quran and has quoted many Ahadees-e-Nabvi wherever necessary. The book was published by Jahangir Books, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi in 2018. It is an excellent source of information on Quranic and Islamic values and should be kept in every home, university, college, school and library. It is a ready-to-use encyclopedia of Islamic values, code of conduct, Divine Edicts, and saying of our Holy Prophet (PBUH). May Allah shower His blessings on Mr. Qayyum Nizami and the publishers for doing such noble work – Ameen.

The second book is entitled Bahar-e-Naqshband by Mian Muhammad Sadiq Kasuri and published by Mujahid Millat Foundation, Kasur. He has also provided a list containing the names of the many kind-hearted people who provided financial assistance for this noble cause and I was happy to see the name of my friend and philanthropist, Dr. Mohammed Yousuf of Wazirabad among them. The book has been dedicated to Hazrat Mujaddid Alf Sani, a saint, a waliullah of great fame in India, who is credited with starting the Naqbandi sect and under his patronage, his followers went out to spread the light and teaching of Islam. The style of the book is on the lines of the 1000-year old Tazkaratul Aoulia by Shaikh Fariddin Attar, the only difference being that Mr. Kasuri has started the narrative from our Holy Prophet (PBUH) followed by the second Caliph, Hazrat Abu Baker Siddiq (RA) and has also mentioned many other, locally known waliullahs. The author is highly impressed by Maulana Mohammad Abdul Sattar Khan Niazi and has thoroughly discussed his life, political activities and services to Pakistan.

The third book – an interesting, important autobiography – entitled Sach to yeh he is written by a respected politician, former Minister of Industries, Minister of Interior and Ministry of Information and former Prime Minister, Ch. Shujaat Hussain. It spans many decades of political life in Pakistan. He has started his book with the very relevant famous Ghalib verse: ”Sadiq hun apen qoal ka Ghalib khuda gawah; Kehta hun such keh jhoot ki aadat nahine mujhe.” (translation….) It then continues with his own background and goes on to discuss all major politicians and political issues of his time. He has also included comments on my case, about which I would like to make some comments. Allah Almighty knows that I am not a liar and what I have said is the truth. At the time of his coup, Gen. Musharraf was considered a pariah by the West and he was willing to do anything to be accepted by them. To this end he first sold Pakistan’s sovereignty at a single call from the USA, for which we are still paying a heavy price. I had always been in the bad books of the USA for the part I played in making Pakistan a nuclear power and they wanted to make an example of me in the same way they had done with Mr. Bhutto. Musharraf was more than willing to sacrifice me in return for his own survival, so I was falsely accused of illegal activities. Mr. S.M. Zafar and Ch. Shujaat were tasked with convincing me to take full blame. Mr. Zafar categorically advised me not to do so. Since Mr. Zafar’s phone had been monitored, Musharraf did not like this attitude and asked Ch. Shujaat to exclude him from future meetings. On 4th February, 2004, after a meeting with Musharraf, I was handed a typed statement to read out on TV with the specific promise that I would be rehabilitated soon afterwards and would be a free man. All that proved to be a pack of lies and I was put under house arrest instead and treated like a traitor, as were many of my colleagues. Even now, 14 years on, there are many restrictions placed on me. Two days after my statement on TV, Ch. Shujaat gave an interview to Bussiness Recorder stating that I had not done anything wrong, that there was no corruption or mismanagement involved and that I had saved the country a second time by taking full blame. In addition to Ch. Sahib’s request to take the blame, I was also moved by the agony my family was going through and hoped for the speedy end to the matter that Musharraf had promised. In his autobiography, Ch. Shujaar Hussain has commented on this unfortunate and mischievous episode in the following words: “Pervez Musharraf’s accusations against Dr. A.Q. Khan are baseless and false. Dr. A.Q. Khan had given sacrifice for the country and for the nation and he had accepted the false accusations. In fact, he was not at all guilty.”

In a communication sent to us through someone local, Adrian Levy, Senior Correspondent for Guardian and author of the book Deceptions, informed us that, the first time he met State Department officials regarding this case, they all blamed me and declared Musharraf to be a hero. After the change of government, they informed him that the US government had decided to protect Musharraf at the time, as he was an invaluable asset to them, so I was projected to be the wrongdoer which, they admitted, was not at all true.

Posted on Jun 13, 18 | 9:04 am