The caliphate has been beckoning for Pakistan, long before the acronym was conceived at the Cambridge University in the 1930s. But finally the moment seems to have arrived for Pakistan to choose its caliph.
The Khilafat Movement’s centennial is fast approaching. And the way events have been shaping up, we’re likely to have Khilafat in Pakistan before 2019.
Both the Turkish Sultanate’s Caliph Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Daesh’s (al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham) Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are vying for the leadership of the Islamic State of Pakistan. Both Daesh (ISIS) and the Turkish Sultanate have tried to increase their influence in Pakistan over the recent past.
The Sultanate made its intentions clear as Caliph Erdogan himself travelled to Pakistan and stayed in the future Dar-ul-Khilafah, explaining how it should exactly be governed.
Meanwhile, Daesh has expressed its interest in governing Pakistan through a series of terror attacks, three of which have targeted Balochistan over the past three and a half months alone. It has further showed interest in understanding governance methods for the region, by forming an alliance with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Al-Alami. This, of course, gives Daesh access to both the GHQ and Parliament House.
As is evident Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the more illustrious choice and even has elements in place that would complement his caliphate, we believe that Pakistan must pick Caliph Erdogan.
First things first, if we’re really honest here, both caliphs have the same ideological foundations. The Turkish bill proposing that rapists be allowed to marry the victims reaffirms that. Furthermore, both Turkey and ISIS have the Saudi-US diplomatic and financial support that Pakistan is already well acquainted with.
So what is the crucial differential?
We at the Khabaristan Times believe that after successful merger with Arab identity, it’s time for Pakistan to adopt a Turkish identity. The massive influx, and popularity, of Turkish dramas in the country both necessitate and facilitate that.
Furthermore, we’re already familiar with means of incorporating the Arab identity through fabricated history and tampered curricula. We could use the same methods to infuse Turkish ancestry.
Also, the Turkish caliphate would not only summon the return of the Ottoman Empire – the goal of the original Khilafat Movement – it would also be a more palatably antediluvian form of the Islamic caliphate. Think of a crossover between Hurrem Sultan and Living with ISIS.