counselors headed by a chief counselor. They were appointed as the member of provincial or federal council.Hence, Islam introduced and practically implemented the process of the participation of the public in the process of power. Subjects as such can easily be the basis for the establishment of globalization.Standards of success and achievements, activity and work, material comforts, practicality and efficiency, progressand futuristic advancements, science and technology, freedom of individual choice and individual initiative andother elements as such are the basic commonalties on which we can easily establish the idea of a multiculturalsociety.
No Dual Standards
As far as the factual position is concerned, the media has dual standards for the Western World and for the IslamicWorld. Whenever a case of violent criminality occurs in any western country, the media looks into the social factorsbehind the occurrence, including gender, youth, race, socio-economic background, personal factors, biological,psychological or psychiatric factors or even ecological factors. But as soon as any kind of issue takes place thatinvolves a Muslim, instead of blaming the wrongdoers, the attack is directly placed upon Muslims and ultimatelyIslam. The relevance of socio-economic factors or personal factors is overlooked. The presentation and the analysisof the events should be the same.One thousand years ago, when Europe, in its entirety, was not developed, scientifically, academically and culturally,it was said to be in its dark ages. However, during this period it was Islam that was the torchbearer. It was IslamicSpain, Islamic Grenada, Islamic Baghdad, Islamic Damascus; in short, it was the Islamic world which was spreadingthe light of science, technology, culture and civilization along with a complete interaction of Islamic and Christianculture and faith which initiated the process of globalization. Hence, Islam has been an integral part of theEuropean society for about 1000 years, sometimes in a ruling capacity and sometimes jointly living together withcommunities.Only in the last two - three centuries was it that the Muslims lost their involvement, however, they have againreturned to it. There is a very clear lack of communication which the western society is not recognizing. This is what leads todistorted visions and misguided opinions about Islam. The western population does not have a true picture of Islamand has only gained their present opinion from their own media. That is why if there is any single minor incidentthrough which any negative inference can be drawn in the Muslim world, it is highlighted and propagated in themedia and for days ongoing debates start on the subject. Whereas, thousands of positive points are neglected sothat bridge-building between the cultures is made impossible.
What sort of misunderstandings exists?
It is a common belief of many westerners that minorities possess no rights in Islamic countries such as Pakistan. Onthe contrary, the Islamic State of Pakistan is much more liberal towards the minorities as compared to the WesternWorld towards its minorities.
Rights of minorities in the Islamic State of Pakistan
Minority rights are constitutionally guaranteed and protected, political rights are guaranteed, seats in all levels of government are reserved for minorities from the local to district to provincial and right up to the parliament. ManyMPs, senators, ministers and counselors are those from a minority group and fully participate in the political processof Pakistan. The chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Cornelius was a practicing Catholic Christian. There arealso many army generals belonging to minorities and many minority members can be found in executivedepartments in the country. There is no ban, no barrier, and no condition disabling the minorities to hold government offices. They can freelybuild their churches, hold their religious or cultural activities, and enjoy their festivals.Many Christian missionary schools, colleges, and institutions are operating in the country. There exist open dialogueforums such as the MCDF (Muslim Christian dialogue forum), of which I am the elected chairman and Bishop Azrayais the vice-chairman. MCDF, PAT and Minhaj-ul-Quran International Movement have announced a joint peace walkbetween Muslims and Christians on the biggest road in Pakistan, "Mall Road", to raise slogans and protection of minority rights.