The year 1951 was tumultuous for the Islamic world. Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh was democratically elected head of the National Front Party and the Prime Minister (PM) of Iran. Dr. Mossadegh was hailed as the ‘Patriot of Persia’. He introduced wide ranging social reforms, which included nationalisation of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. He declared Iran a democracy with a constitutional monarch. The powerful Shah of Iran was overwhelmed and decided to flee the country.

Finally, the British MI-6 and American CIA staged a coup to over throw the elected PM. The pro-Shah forces were organised with help of army and police. Street protests started similar to the one in Egypt against an elected President in 2013. In 1953, Dr. Mossadegh was captured and tried by a military court. He spent the rest of his life in prison.

In August 2013, declassified documents released under the US freedom of Information Act have now revealed details of the operation called TPAJAX. The dismantling of the government was planned and fuelled by the West. Anti-Mossadegh propaganda was used and politicians were bribed together with high-ranking officials. Recently both Presidents Clinton and Obama have publicity acknowledged the negative role of the US in the Iranian Coup.

In Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan was leading the country with defiance and courage. He visited USA in May 1950 and stood his ground for an independent foreign and economic policy. The country was to remain non-aligned in the cold war and pursue its own economic interests under Islamic Socialism. He cited the example of first welfare state under Islam called “Riasat-e-Madina”. On his return, he held an important press conference in London where he talked at length about the US pressures.

In the Abadan Oil tiff with USA and UK, the Pakistani PM refused to pressurise Dr. Mossadegh. Liaquat Ali Khan led from the front; he was patriotic and honest. Finally, he had to sacrifice his life for his country and earned the title of Shaheed-e-Millat after his assassination on October 16, 1951.

Another patriot and founding father KhawajaNazimuddin was then pressurised to step down from the position of Governor General and become PM instead. As Governor General, BabooGhulam Mohammed together with Khaki Ayub Khan and QaziMunir played havoc with the first Islamic democracy of the world.

Dr. Mossadegh died in 1967 at the age of 85 years while still under house arrest in his ancestral village Ahmed Abad. He is being remembered on his 48th death anniversary. Both these leaders were patriots and stood up to the hegemony of the Western powers. Liaquat Ali was gunned down in 1951 while Dr. Mossadegh was captured in 1953. Traitors then took over the reigns of the first and second democracy of the Islamic world with disastrous consequences.

General Ayub Khan was the first khaki usurper who derailed democracy in Pakistan. He introduced his own brand of controlled democracy called Basic Democracy (BD) and opted for unbridled capitalism. As a result, the nation was divided in haves and have-nots. Liaquat Ali’s independent foreign policy and Islamic Socialism was abandoned. US bases were established and the country became a satellite state. In the fifth five-year plan, DrMehboob-ul-Haq was able to bring back the concept of Islamic Socialism for a more equitable distribution of wealth but it was too little, too late and the Khan’s days in power were now numbered. His dream of establishing his dynasty came crashing down. General Yahya Khan seized power and announced elections on the basis of one man one vote.

Like Ayub Khan, the Shah of Iran also proved to be a traitor for the interests of his country. He went for uncontrolled Westernization abandoning the cultural/religious values of Persia and established an autocratic rule. He then became the policeman of the Middle East with the US Embassy in Tehran as a major CIA base. Traitors in various forms took control of the Islamic world. Sheikhdoms, kingdoms, fiefdoms, sultans, dictators and thugs were introduced to replace patriots like Liaquat and Mossadegh.

In Pakistan, the imposition of traitors did not end with the fall of Dhaka in 1971. It continued even after the promulgation of the 1973 constitution. Zia-ul-Haq toppled the democratically elected government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto whose Peoples Party was left of center. In this case, the deposed PM did not face assassination but ended up on the gallows after a mock judicial trial. Zia established mullah rule in the country and tore apart the basic fabric of the nation.

The Iranian revolution of 1979 did bring back democracy but under the control of the clergy. Today the country is an Islamic Republic where elections are regularly held. CIA has not been able to re-establish their lost foothold. Nation-building continues at an unprecedented rate. Today in the Islamic world, the patriots are few while the traitors are many. It is time to get rid of the Sissis, Sheikhs, Sultans and obedient servants who have kept the umah hostage at the behest of their foreign masters. In the 21st century, people decide the fate of their country. Constitutional democracies like Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran and Bosnia lead the pack amongst the Islamic nations. Pakistan has been back and forth. From patriots to traitors and now their lackeys, who rig elections to come into power, are in control. An honest ballot will facilitate the return of the pure in the realm of politics as it was before the first patriotic PM fell in October 1951.