Pakistani Radicalization Drive is Far-Reaching
Just as the Taliban militia are an offshoot of the nonviolent but radicalized JUI, the Hamas is a direct descendant of the Muslim Brotherhood, the first modern radical religious movement in Islam.
Subsequently, after the traumatic unfolding of events for the Palestinians, accentuated by their refusal to ratify formation of separate country Palestine in 1948-49, 17 Branches of the Muslim
Brotherhood appeared in the Gaza and the West Bank in the 1960s.
In 1971 Sheikh Ahmed Yassin founded an affiliated organization called Congress
(Mujamah) in Gaza. Muslims in the West Bank and Gaza were relatively secular at the time, but. In contrast to their secular rival, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the Brotherhood saw the destruction of Israel as synonymous to liberation of Palestine
as a long term goal to be deferred till ethical conduct and local Islamic government were established.
In contrast to the PLO, Brotherhood
got systematically radically swayed by the Pakistani Dictator Zia’s radicalization drive in Pakistan and in the general area. This contributed to an increase in radicalization in the 1980s in the West Bank and Gaza: dress codes were more stringently
observed and outward signs of piety increased, including the frequency of prayer. The increased stringency of practice was especially evident in Gaza which is poorer and where the radicals had more support and institutions.
It soon translated into Hamas in1988, eerily coinciding with the times Pakistan Army started diverting terrorists to Kashmir and cementing Taliban in Afghanistan, which resulted
in the first Palestinian Intifada. Pakistan Army handlers goaded them to endorse the revolt and establish a militia, with promise of a Taliban like success, while taking funding from few Islamic Counties of the Gulf(Sadly 70% of those funding also went
to Pakistani General’s accounts in Europe). Yassin initially resisted but eventually agreed to establishing an affiliated secret militia, the Hamas, and rest is a bloody and fractious bloody history, widening the trust deficit between Israel and Palestinians.
Radicalization does that often, however with Israel’s back being against the wall, fighting for their existence, had no other option as they ran
out of sensible leadership to interact with. Hamas, derailed all peace process including Oslo accords(giving self-determination to Palestinian)s and despite eviction of Israelis from Ghaza in 2005, no such settlement was given to Palestinians, under pressure
and threat to life from Hamas.
Palestinian governments have repeatedly condemned Hamas and other Radical forces around the world, as this keeps
the fires burning, aimed at Pakistani Radicalization in ranks of Hamas.
Hence here we are, while Israel and Palestine would have been independent
nations as early as 1948-49, the fires were intentionally not allowed to settle down, and when Pakistani radicals took over the dictate by 1980s, all turned more sour in the region.
Sadly, the radicalization quest Zia started for Pakistan in the 70s, using Zealots money,
had far reaching consequences, with the world turning radicalized. However successive sensible statesmanship and credible governments in Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Sri-Lanka, the Middle East have got themselves rid of Pakistan’s radical
poison, slowly but surely.
Even Palestinians steered clear of two-faced and idiotically radical fabric of society of Pakistan.
However Hamas, like Pakistani Generals did realise that there is a lot of money to be made in terror funding, paid by radical Fanatics around the world.
Similarly millions are siphoned off from donations in the name of Jihad, given to terrorist organizations in Palestine faction. It is bungled up in the same manner Pakistani Generals had been successful in siphoning off CPEC money to their properties and business
in Europe, Canada and the US.
Of course some of the money makes it to being converted to rockets and tunnels in Gaza, similar to the way some
of the money makes its way to orchestrate the Protest rallies organized since 2016 in Pakistan, to either blaspheme the Pakistani Supreme Court’s acquittal of Christian woman, Aasia Bibi, of the charge of blasphemy in 2017, to bring down the last democratic
elected government of Nawaz that Pakistan has seen, to protest against the re-publication of caricatures of the Prophet in France or to bomb the Americans to oblivion in 2020 and later again France, since then.
Shouldn’t the Pakistani parliamentarians act as beacon of guiding light to Pakistan society towards progress and modernity. Well, as of now, their comical theatrics leaves Pakistan’s
common man perplexed, after all, with all the rants and threats, earth would have been wiped out of human race, nuclear bombed or beheaded, except for the Chinese and Pakistanis.