Majority of Pakistani Voters Under 30 Want Islamic Law, Not Democracy

Democracy is great. Democracy can do anything. With democracy, the people have the power to choose anything. Even the choice to replace democracy with theocracy. That was the choice they made in the Middle East with the Arab Spring.

That is the choice that Pakistan is bound to make when it comes up. And don’t dismiss the under 30 vote. In Muslim countries, high birth rates and high mortality rates mean that it’s much more significant than it is here.

Pakistan goes to the polls in a historic general election on May 11, but the report by the British Council found deep pessimism about the political system among voters aged 18 to 29.

Just 29 percent chose democracy as the best system for Pakistan, a constitutional Islamic republic, with 38 percent favouring sharia.

A study commissioned for the report estimated there are more than 25 million registered voters aged 18 to 29 in Pakistan, or slightly more than 30 percent of the electorate.

“As a Muslim, I believe in Khalifa rule. Democracy is like giving your country and faith to America,” one respondent, Muhammad Usama, was quoted as saying.

Promoting democracy is a blatant dead end for the Muslim world. Authoritarian models of leadership do well in the Muslim world.

The choice was never between democracy and authoritarianism, but between a secular authoritarianism flavored with Islam or a purely Islamist authoritarianism.

The Islamist Winter that followed the Arab Spring should have made the starkness of these choices all too terribly clear.

  • Toni_Pereira

    Only pink liberals(like Professor Pinker, for instance) think that the end of an authoritarian rule leads, by natural law, to freedom.

    Thomas Sowell has a nice article about this issue on today's Townhall :

  • ElizabethMC

    These people are brainwashed – or brain dead. Take your pick.
    There is no reasoning with them – ever, …no matter how far obama bends over to pander to them.
    Leave them unto themselves but protect Israel.

    • JacksonPearson

      "These people are brainwashed – or brain dead. Take your pick."
      Yep with all of the above!

    • Larry

      It's what you get when the education system gets taken over by the Deobandis, the sub-Continent's branch of wahhabism.

      Since the early 1970s Deobandi madrassas have multiplied almost exponentially funded by Saudi (read wahhabi) money, and it's these madrassas that have been pushing the fundamentalist line and educating (if you can call it that) Pakistanis.

    • ahraz

      well what has the secular,democratic form of government achieved?Social injustice,inflation,economic slowdown……..the capitalist thinking has made each and every human an object…..more so the women …..there body used as an object to be sold…….when you look towards an ideology don't set a particular ideology as the benchmark.Islam and Capitalism as ideologies are completely different and they are bound to produce different views for a particular topic.To analyse, don't set the capitalism as benchmark

  • JacksonPearson

    BS…sharia will NOT dominate the whole world.

    ALLAH (of the Quran)
    Muhammad AKA Allah”

    In his excellent new book “Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins”
    Robert Spencer has questioned the very existence of Prophet Muhammad. Whether Muhammad existed or not, Jake Neuman in his book: “Allah Is Not God. Allah (of The Quran) Never Existed. Allah AKA Muhammad” proves to a certainty of 100 million trillion percent to infinity that Allah (of the Quran) never existed – that Muhammad never met the Angel Gabriel – never received one word from Allah – that not one word of the Quran is from God – that The Quran is fraudulent – that Muhammad was no prophet of ANY God – that Sharia Law is not the divine constitution of God – THAT ISLAM IS TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY FRAUDULENT. THE QURAN IS NO HOLY BOOK OF GOD: THE DESTRUCTION OF ISLAM WITH JUST ONE WORD

    If Allah is the supreme creator of the universe, He/She should attain the highest moral perfection—a goal all sane human beings strive to attain. Allah should be pure love, mercy, peace and goodness for all his creatures. God must hold all his/her creatures to equal esteem. He cannot be an immoral, irrational, violent evil being. If any words/teachings of the Quran fail to stand this ethical standard, its author, Allah, cannot be the God. Allah does not exist.

    God is not a racist, sexist.
    God has created all human beings—men and woman, Muslim or non-Muslim, black or white—as equal. God is not a sexist, racist, male chauvinist pig. Men and women are equal in God’s eyes. Women are not created inferior to men to be the chattel or slaves of men. Women must have full rights and freedom as do men in God’s ideal society.

    In God’s society, each and very man—regardless of race of faith—will be complete, free citizens without submission or servitude to another man, whosoever. No man is the property of another man; God is not a slaver.

    In order for the Quran to be the divine, eternal word of God every word of the Quran must be Moral Perfection. If just one word is immoral, imperfection – if there is just one word of extermination, war, murder, mass murder, killing, death and destruction, violence, terror, rape, unlimited sex with sex slaves, hate, violent jihad, terrorism, torture, brutality, savagery, maiming, beheading, wife beating, inferiority of women, honor killings, stoning, cutting off limbs, child sex, women as instruments of sexual pleasure in paradise, Sharia law, bigotry, intolerance, extortion, slavery, mutilations, looting, pillaging, sexual depravity, child molestation, oppression and subordination of women, inequality of kafirs, inequality of any human being, that kafirs can be murdered and their property stolen as a holy duty, that Muslims who renounce Islam can be killed, that Muslims (or anyone) who challenge the teachings of Islam can be murdered, that believers who slay and are slain in the service of God will ascend to a sexual Paradise of lustrous eyed, voluptuous breasted virgins who they can sexually molest for all eternity then the Quran is no holy book of God. All such words/teachings are immoral, evil and irrational and not the perfect, moral teachings of God – a God of Moral Perfection – a God of all pure love, peace and mercy.

    The Quran has not just one word that is immoral but is filled not only with thousands of immoral words but thousands of teachings of immoral depravity.

    • Indioviejo

      I have always said that the Koran is a satanic book, Islam is a satanic cult, and Allah is satan. I think I agree with you.

      • JacksonPearson

        You're in agreement with not just me, but many, many others.
        Muhammad admitted to the Satanic verses. Islamic scholars and apologists are squirming to disclaim those verses as not being true, or historically scrubbing them from all older Qur'ans. So if the Satanic verses are factually true, than what other parts of the Qur'an, if not all of it was Satanic inspired?

  • AdinaK

    WHENEVER Muslim/Arab countries have a chance to choose they invariably pick Sharia Law. This is a fact, even though a tiny minority want secular rule. No matter. Islamists impose their will, even if the numbers tip the other way.

    The fact of the matter is that Islam is incompatible with the west, therefore, it is a minefield, even when thousands of miles away. As to allowing them to enter the west, well, the results speak for themselves – a population which undermines their host country, bent on submitting the majority to Allah! –

    The world will be in chaos until an Islamic REFORMATION ensues, an enlightenment for a retrograde political, quasi religious doctrine –

    Adina kutnicki, Israel

  • mah29001

    Stop giving these throwbacks our money.

  • kafantaris

    "Hold the line, love isn't always on time."

  • Nancy

    These women they just love to be abused. Look at the pictures.

  • Indioviejo

    Democracy as instituted by our founding fathers is an anomaly in the history of the world. How can we expect Muslims to adhere to this foreign idea? The truth is that we are losing our own democratic system, bit by bit, and day by day, because our own population lives unencumbered by any thoughts of what made our system posible. When we revert to authoritarianism, no one will miss democracy unless you are in the receiving end of repression. Don't blame the Pakis who have never know different, when "We the People" are ready to overturn our own.