KPK Governor Barrister Masood Kausar spoke plainly and perhaps without realising the implications of all that he said. Speaking at the opening session of a three-day conference on History and Culture organized by the Area Study Centre of Peshawar University, he said that state was more important than Pakistan’s Ideology. He further explained while talking to the media men and said that as a nation we stood divided in the name of religion and Islam had been reduced to a shortsighted faith. According to him, the nation was split into Shias and Sunnis. He went on to say that the ideology on the basis of which Pakistan was created, was weakening the country. He cited examples of Russia, China and Europe that, according to him, had changed their ideologies with the passage of time and that communism was irrelevant in Russia today.

One fails to understand what made Governor Kausar equate the founding ideology with the absolutely true sectarian divisions, when both things stand in direct conflict with each other and are not an example of cause and effect at all.  While all can agree to the sanctity of the state being paramount, the maintenance and adaptation of ideology to present day situations is what may achieve the strengthening required, not ripping out the very roots that have been our anchor in the storm. No doubt, politics in the name of religion is not for the sake of spiritual satisfaction, but for absolutely mercenary and earthly rewards, and must be discouraged. Shias and Sunnis and followers of all religions and sects must be guaranteed lives of security and prosperity in Pakistan, on this we are in full agreement. But why can the Governor not ask that this be implemented as the true ideology of Pakistan? He is correct to say that Russia and China among others changed their ideology, but perhaps the word that most applies is that they ‘adapted’ their ideologies to deal with modern challenges. Can Pakistan not do the same? Must it be made to feel as though from inception till now it has been a failure in itself? For shame, Governor. One expects better from you.