A secularist believes in freedom to practice one’s faith or belief without harming that of others, according to one’s own conscience. Secularism seeks to defend the absolute freedom of religious and other beliefs and protect the right to manifest religious beliefs insofar as it does not impinge on the rights and freedom of others.
Before 1971, there was no ban on wine which was freely used in Pakistan and easily available in shops. Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar was very famous for this at that time. Later, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto banned it.
As Pakistan is a multicultural, multilingual and multi-religious country I don’t think it affects much if Pakistan is declared a secular county. Though it can create a number of problems but in the end they will be resolved.
One point on which I like to think about secularism is that everyone will be free according to their will. No one will be bound by others and no one will be able to force any other to change their thought, religion so on and so forth. It has become a trend in our country that we are not accepting others rather always try to push our own idea on others by force without knowing the idea intellectuality.
There are round about 73 sects in Pakistan though all believe in one God and his last messenger Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) but the problem is that we are not accepting each other. This is the root cause of most of our burning issues. One jamaat is not accepting the other jamaat because they believe that they know more about Islam and they also claim that they are more pious and vice versa. The same case is seen in other sects as they are also not ready to accept each other. It is the belief of everyone that only their belief is right. There is one religion, Almighty Allah is one and every individual accepts His last messenger as well but still everyone is having different mosques.
So while scrutinizing all the above beliefs what I think is Pakistan should be declared as a secular country. Though there are some drawbacks of a secular state but with the passage of time everything will be fine. Like in a single street you will find a church, a mandir, a mosque, a jammat khana and so on. Everyone will follow his own idea, his own belief and no one will harm others and no one will use the religion card for their personal benefit.
We the Muslims are suffering from various issues in our society such as honor killing, rape cases and killing in the name of religion so on and so forth. Last year, a sick person (who was not a Muslim) was spotted drinking water in his shop in Ramazan due to his poor health condition. But a man saw him and shot him on the spot. Are you crazy? What’s wrong with you man? What the holy month of Ramazan teaches us and what you are doing?
I think it’s the dire need for Pakistan to be a secular state because we are residing in a multicultural, multilingual and multi-religious country and it won’t affect any school of thought or any sect.