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Published Date: May 8, 2017

SDPI Press Release (May 8,2017)

Senator Babar terms revival of ‘left politics’ key to respond religious extremism  

ISLAMABAD:  Senator Farhatullah Babar has said that the state and society in Pakistan were dehumanized in Pakistan was dehumanized during 1980s and politics of left was needed to reverse this dangerous course and to curb the extremist tendencies at every level. He said that the politics of left was based on the notion of ‘justice for all’ and thus could respond to destructive tendency of selective justice. He expressed these views while speaking at launch of the book on the life of veteran politician Jam Saqi titled as ‘Jam Saqi: Chale Chalo Kwh Wo Manzil Abhi nahi Aye’ co-authored by Ahmad Salim and Nuzhat Abbas at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Monday.
Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the assumption that the politics of left was over were wrong and instead, only politics of left in present scenario had the potential to respond religious extremism as well as bloodshed on the name of nationalism, religion or ethnicity. However, he said, the left wing politicians were required to get united at a common platform and should focus on a single agenda such as fighting religious extremism.
 He said that only left promotes the forms of expression including art and music that were imperative for a balanced society. He said the political struggle of Jam Saqi was a symbol of resistance and courage.
Arasiab Khattak, former senator  and leader of Awami National Party (ANP) while lauding the struggle of Jam Saqi against the tyrannical military regimes, said that the religious extremism in Pakistan was launched in Pakistan by certain elements as ‘nation building strategy’ that was actually proven as nation destruction strategy.
He said that the state had a late awakening in this regard and while operations like ‘Rad-ul-Fasad’ was a welcomed step, unfortunately, the notion of good and bad Taliban has yet to be divorced by the state.
Ahmad Salim, the co-author of the book earlier said that the idea behind portraying the life of Jam Saqi was to highlight some critical aspects of the element of resistance and sacrifices that have been rendered for the rights of people in this country.
Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director SDPI earlier said that our younger generations needed to be aware of our political history, especially the contribution and sacrifices that have been rendered by the courageous and visionary leaders like jam Saqi. He said that the world we are living was changing rapidly and hence, we need to learn from the past experience to remain relevant in the modern world.
Nasreen Azhar, Council Member of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said that the history of Pakistan was evident of an enlightened society which was later turned into a religious bigotry. She said that our youth, especially students could learn several critical lessons from the life of Jam Saqi.
Hassan Nasir Syed, senior politician, Naeem Ahmad Mirza, a prominent voice from civil society and Dr. Humera Ishfaq also expressed their views on the occasion and said that the book on life of Jam Saqi was important to record some critical events of our national political history.