Monday, April 25, 2005

Labour and the Pakistani vote – Part two

Last week, on Tuesday April 19, the Guardian published a letter from Muslim scholars calling on Muslims to vote Labour. The signatories on the letter included Pir Ala’ud Deen Siddiqui who has since informed the Daily Jang that he distances himself from the letter. He does not advocate for any one party. It may be worth while tracing the origins of the letter. It would all have been so much easier if Mr Blair had decided against siding with the US on the Iraq war. A war in which ‘shock and awe’ firepower (another synonym for terrorism) was employed and a war that would have simply not transpired if Iraq was the second greatest carrot exporter in the world.


Anonymous Yusuf Smith said...

As-Salaamu 'alaikum,

What's your source on Pir Siddiqui pulling his support for the letter, akhi?

April 27, 2005  
Blogger Atif Imtiaz said...

Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullah,

The letter was sent without his authorisation, so he sent a letter to the Daily Jang to clarify his position. This letter was published in part on the front page of the Daily Jang a few days ago. The Shaykh was one of three names mentioned in the letter published in the Guardian, the other two were professors.

April 27, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Iraq War liberated over 20 million Muslims from a murderous secularist dictatorship perpetrated by Saddam's Sunni minority on the rest of Iraq's population.

In fact, the Iraq War liberated more Muslims from a vicious left-secular dictarship than did Blair's two previous interventions on behalf of Muslims combined -- the NATO invervention in 1995 to stop Bosnian Serb slaughter of Bosnian Muslims, and the NATO intervention in 1995 to stop Serb slaughter of Kosovo Albanian Muslims.

Speaking as an American (I am a German-American born in 1964 who is grateful for America and Britain's defeat of the despotic Nazis), I fail to see how the liberation of Iraq is a bad thing.

Doesn't mean Bush is perfect, in fact I've voted against him twice. But I agree with him and Mr. Blair on their Iraq policy. Judging by the way they voted in January of this year for a new government in spite of the death threats by the insurgents, so too do the majority of Iraqis in Iraq itself.

Lastly, I am a Democrat in the U.S., and by no means a fan of conservative politics in general. I just support democracy, small-d democracy, the world over.

Eric Rohrs

May 02, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction, the NATO intervention in Kosovo was in 1999, of course, I made a mistake there.

Eric Rohrs

May 02, 2005  
Anonymous Abrar al Haq said...

I understand your point Eric; however, regime change was never on the cards (at least that's what we were told) and it is foolish to retrospectively pretend otherwise. In fact Tony Blair himself ruled it out just prior to invasion. Blair stated clearly that "the horrible nature of the Baathist regime would not be sufficient to justify the war and that Saddam’s regime could continue if he satisfied the UN on the WMD question...", see

Also "it takes no time at all for Saddam to co-operate. It just takes a fundamental change of heart and mind. Today the path to peace is clear. Saddam can co-operate fully with the inspectors. He can voluntarily disarm. He can even leave the country peacefully. But he cannot avoid disarmament. One further point. The purpose in our acting is disarmament." see

The thing is Eric, YES it's good Saddam has gone, but we were deceived and misinformed - and that can't be allowed to happen as we self-aggrandizingly export our 'Democracy'

May 03, 2005  
Anonymous Abrar al Haq said...

Also, the fact that one sovereign country, without international mandate, went and invaded another sovereign country, and regime changed that country. We're all glad to see the back of Saddam but this was not the way to go about it. Furthermore The Iraq Survey Group opined that the regime was close to point of imploding prior to invasion anyway! So why were the lives wasted??

May 03, 2005  
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