Amir Muqam sounds as if he has gone to the Dinesh D’Souza Academy of Advanced Terrorism Studies, which holds that Islamic terrorism has only been around for 25 years, and we are evidently supposed to believe that no violence was committed in the name of Islam before that. Yes indeed, Islam had a “soft image” in the days before Khomeini and bin Laden, when only soft things like the Armenian genocide, and seventy million massacred Hindus in India, and untold numbers of Jews and Christians in the Middle East, Africa and Europe converted, subjugated as dhimmis, or massacred. It was all so soft, so cuddly.
I’m glad he says that terrorists must be dealt with with an iron hand. But in his “soft image” talk is yet another example of the abdication of responsibility and refusal to acknowledge unpleasant realities, and the utter inability to undertake any concrete action against the jihadists, that we have seen so often from self-proclaimed moderate Muslim spokesmen.
“Terrorists are enemies of Islam, Pakistan: Muqam,” from Associated Press of Pakistan, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
PESHAWAR, Feb 07 (APP): Federal Minister for Political Affairs and Provincial President PML, Engineer Amir Muqam Wednesday said terrorist are the enemies of Islam, country and people and therefore must be dealt with an iron hand.
He was talking to the delegations of UC Urmar Bala led by Nazim Siar Khan, UC Urman Miana led by Fazal Mahboob, UC Hazar Khawani II led by Nazim Fazal Ilahi, UC Surizai led by Ayaz Khan and Maira Kachori led by Hussain Khan at the Hujra of Haji Abdus Sattar Khan.
The Minister said Islam is a religion of peace, love and brotherhood and the terrorists were tarnishing its soft image. He said collective efforts were needed to eradicate these tendencies.
The Minister while defending president’s policy of war against terrorism said it was aimed at protecting the sovereignty of the country. He urged the Ulema, Religious Scholars and intellectuals to extend full support to the government in this regard.