Every now and then, you see a column or two, or a seminar here and there promoting the idea of secularism in Pakistan. There is a reason why these audacious attempts surface. Because the people who believe in secularism in Pakistan are simply not giving up, despite the odds.

Their strategy may change. They may adopt different narratives from time to time, but their goal remains singular. To lobby for a secular constitution for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Not too far fetched a task perhaps, considering it is secular for most part anyway.

But why is it important to even mention that?

Because there is a silent majority of liberal Muslims in Pakistan who would not support disturbing the status quo to keep the harmony, while still not going berserk over the idea of an objective, secular social contract. They would talk to you about it. But in their view, it is futile to make any effort toward establishing a secular constitution in Pakistan. Others think that it is not required in the presence of a perfect "Islamic system" of governance.

It is folks such as these whose minds need to be changed. This is why the need of the hour is to establish a secular coalition beyond party lines.

Traditionally, secular parties in Pakistan have been to the left of the economic and political spectrum. This trend has woven the myth, particularly nurtured by our journalists, that the "left" is synonymous with secularism. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Parties on the right need to be as committed to secularism as the parties on the left in a democracy. Except the religious parties, whose economic views have very little to do with right conservatives, right wing political parties in Pakistan work largely on secular lines. However, they traditionally tolerate religious influences.

There are people not only in right wing political parties, but also from various walks of life willing to accept a secular constitution. Every reasonable person willing to see a society with equal opportunity and freedom for every individual would do so.

It is not a partisan issue, except for the religious parties.

Building a secular coalition is required which goes beyond party lines, both in the government and the opposition. This is what secular lobbyists should be focusing on. And unless the impact of these efforts resonate with leadership of the parties at some degree, these attempts would not prove too effective. In my humble opinion, there is good chance of progress.

It is easy to be cynical in the current environment of Pakistan where religious intolerance is spawning viciously. However, this trend presents itself as an opportunity for secularism, not otherwise.

Never before had the secular factions in Pakistan found such an opportunity to trumpet the benefits of their ideology. This is why it is a time to reach out and make new friends, among the economic right and liberal Muslims. Help them understand why theocratic influences on the law and the constitution are not acceptable to everyone, even to every member of their own faith.

It could possibly be years before our political leaders could even imagine raising issues such as reviewing the second amendment and the blasphemy law because of the sensitivity of the issues. However, it is worth the trouble to make a start.

It even took a little resistance to convince the government to abolish slavery.

Let's start the conversation at least.

Haroon Riaz is a Rawalpindi-based independent blogger and believes in promoting free speech and secularism. Follow him on Twitter.