Oath of Hypocrisy
05 Feb, 2009
Internally, Pakistan is suffering from terrorism, nepotism,
cronyism, fascism, to name but a few isms. All these isms have
crowded out "Rationalism"—the ism,
desperately required. The replacement of a military dictator by an
inept and highly slithery (although slithery kind may hiss in
offence at this comparison) civilian democratic government, which is
no better than its predecessor, worsening the situation in all
aspects. The new leader's main pastime includes conspiratorial but
sumptuous dinners at the Presidential palace, jaunts to Dubai and
London to prepare his son for the rein of power and to check up on
his various bank accounts, and shaking his begging bowl to all and
sundry for a few billion dollars at regular intervals.
- I would be the first to admit though that the present Pakistani ruling set-up is not the worst of the lot. Yet measuring their time in power with the kind of misrule, one can see that they will attain the worst of the lot title with ease. Kuldip Nayar, a respected journalist from India, who writes for the Dawn, puts it in one of his columns more succinctly than can I:
- “I do not condone what Pakistani governments have done to indoctrinate the nation, from teaching hatred through textbooks to allegedly training and arming terrorists. But this is what happens in a country which loses the ballot box. Pakistan has had no real democracy for nearly five decades. Most of the leaders who came on the plank of democracy built up their own assets and personal followings, and not the environment that would protect the people’s right to voice their opinion. The army cashed in on the lack of unity in the country to defend such values”.
- This is a strong but spot-on indictment of Pakistani leaders.
What I want to consider here is: why is that so?
Why do Pakistani leaders, without exception, fall into hypocrisy straight after attaining power?
Why do they start breaking their promises, loot the exchequer, and fall into all the moral ills that can befall a mortal human?
A likely answer came to me while watching the inauguration ceremony of Gilani in 2008. Once again, the accursed Islam is the clear culprit. Gilani is the gentleman, the current prime minister of Pakistan, who sexually harasses Sherry Rahman, a comely but hapless information minister, in public (see it in this video).
Gilani's oath of office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan was as follows:
I, Yousuf Raza Gilani, do swear solemnly that l am a Muslim and believe in the Unity and Oneness of Almighty Allah, the Books of Allah, the Holy Quran being the last of them, the Prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the last of the Prophets and that there can be no Prophet after him, the Day of Judgment, and all the requirements and teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah:
That I will bear true faith and allegiance to Pakistan: That, as Prime Minister of Pakistan, I will discharge my duties, and perform my functions, honestly, to the best of my ability, faithfully in accordance with the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well- being and prosperity of Pakistan: That I will strive to preserve the Islamic Ideology which is the basis for the creation of Pakistan: That I will not allow my personal interest to influence my official conduct or my official decisions: That I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: That, in all circumstances, I will do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favor, affection or ill- will: And that I will not directly or indirectly communicate or reveal to any person any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as Prime Minister except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as Prime Minister.
May Allah Almighty help and guide me (A'meen).
Phew! I am sure, you are glad that it’s over. Once you get over your boredom reading this speech-like oath, just read it again. You would be amazed by its fascistic nature. The first five lines in italic basically exclude non-Muslims from attaining high office and take a dig at Ahmadis, a peaceful Muslim sect. These lines also hold Islam supreme over all other religions leaving no room for dialogue.
I know that most oaths by any religious books by political leaders can be classed as "hypocritical", as the claimed truths in those books have already been laid bare as profoundly nonsensical. But those leaders in secular democracies, who still take oaths by such books, do so solely to uphold the constitution of the country, not to uphold and apply the truth of the ‘supposed holy book’.
Now consider the bold part in the main oath: That I will strive to preserve the Islamic Ideology which is the basis for the creation of Pakistan.
This line is the real curse for Pakistan. If the prime minister is to stay true to his whole oath, he should immediately do the following:
Shut down the Banks
Shut down stock market
Close down Music and film making industry
Close down music and film supplying industry
Shut down cable and all other TV broadcasts
Shut down Murree and Quetta breweries
Order all women to cover up their faces
Order all women to not leave the house without a Mahram
Order jihad to conquer and Islamize the surrounding countries
Oh and the most difficult of all, stop housewives and all cooks from using garlic in their daily cooking, in line with the moronic edict of Muhammad to refrain from garlic.
This short list is not exhaustive. And of course, he does not and cannot do any of it. He is unable to fulfill his oath. He knew that already. He immediately becomes a "hypocrite" if he was already not one. Now the field is open to him. He starts accumulating wealth and power and cronies to sustain him in this endeavor.
His cronies have taken the similar oath and continue in their own
plunder. The whole ruling apparatus becomes a hideous hypocritical
monster mauling the whole nation. This has been going for decades.
The last line of the oath is nothing short of ironical. By begging
help from the Allah of the Quran, he surely is asking for even more
hypocrisy, barbaric behavior, and Stone Age reversion.
In comparison to this hypocritical Islamic oath, compare the oath
of prime minister of Israel, Islam's archenemy, according to
The Prime Minister of Israel has to make the following "declaration of allegiance" upon taking office:
I (name) pledge myself as Prime Minister to bear allegiance to the State of Israel and to its laws, to carry out faithfully my functions as Prime Minister and to comply with the decisions of the Knesset.
Consider the oath of most powerful office on the face of the earth, the Satan incarnate, according to Islam’s devout followers. The oath of office for the President of the United States is specified in the U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section 1):
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
No mention of God, Yahweh, Jesus or any other supernatural entity. Just a simple pledge to uphold the man made laws of the country. Perhaps one reason why humanity is prospering there while Muslims are wallowing in their own religion-infused ignorance.
Dr. Omar Zia is a Pakistani-born ex-Muslim.