A proposal has come from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad during Malaysian PM Visit to Turkey that Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia can lead towards the Muslim renaissance.
Addressing a joint press conference along with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister, Erdogan said, “Statements are easy to make. But to have an effective action is far more important.
The Malaysian premier is in Turkish capital Ankara where he arrived on 24th July on a four-day official visit.
Corroborating words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that solidarity among Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan “is necessary for the unity of the Islamic world”; Mahathir told reporters at a joint news conference on 25th July that it is crucial to relieve the Muslim Ummah from being subjugated by others that is why we propose that three Muslim countries At least these three [Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan].” should work together.
This proposal or you may call it a dream is workable or not is another question but apart from this Malaysia at the far east of Asia, Pakistan in the middle and Turkey at the far west of Asia can at least try this move. Interestingly all these countries have some kind of democratic governments with despotic posture, internal skirmishes and change of relations with USA, China and Russia. Further whole Muslim world with sectarian divide and rule of kings and dictators is now heading towards another Arab Spring.
In Turkey on the geopolitical front, Erdogan continues to keep everyone guessing, one moment talking up the prospects of a Moscow-Ankara axis holding sway on crux issues, the next moment implying that as various rows with the US have been resolved—for instance, US pastor Andrew Brunson’s fate was resolved when a Turkish court allowed him to fly home in October, and the US alliance with Kurdish forces deemed enemies by the Turks appears to be dissolving given Donald Trump’s late December decision to withdraw the American military from Syria—Turkey was supposed to be set to work more closely with the Trump administration.
But who knows what U-turn Trump will announce next and there are still some knotty disagreements that could yet cause more ructions between Turkey and the US. These include Turkey’s refusal so far to back Trump’s sanctions-led economic war against Iran; the stance of Turkey, a Nato member, that despite the US okaying potential purchase by Ankara of American Patriot missile systems, still go ahead and buy Russia’s S-400 missile system, the prospect of the US blocking the delivery of any F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey if it does not scrap the S-400 purchase (interestingly, remarked that cutting Turkey from the F-35 program may have minimal impact on the industrial base formed for the development and making of the plane), and Erdogan’s closeness to the Maduro regime in Venezuela. Another fact is whether Erdogan might still place obstacles in the way of Trump preserving his backing of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman, whom the American president continues to support despite key Republican senators, briefed by the CIA, stating that they believed the crown prince gave the order for the October murder of self-exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul.
Coming to Malaysia in May 2018, the majority of the Malaysian polity voted for a substantial break from the past and meaningful political reform. Analysts outline four key challenges facing the new Malaysian Government in the near term.
As a highly emotive issue for the Malay community, and after half a century of affirmative action policies, the Bumiputra Policy cannot be reformed peremptorily. The grievances of Sabah and Sarawak following MA63 and the federation it created are real and deep. The administration have to acknowledge that these two states cannot be treated in the same way as the 11 other states on the peninsula. The question of political Islam is perhaps the hardest to deal with in policy terms. There are no clear successful examples elsewhere. What is really needed in the ‘new’ Malaysia is a complete mindset change when it comes to the position of Islam and the politicization of Islam. The current practice is not sustainable and inflames religious tensions between Islam and other faiths. Finally, the centralization of power in the prime minister’s office means that political certainty, both within Malaysia and in Malaysia’s international relations, is critical. In the immediate aftermath of a momentous regime change, implementing a wholesale political reform agenda is challenging, but modest changes are achievable. They would lay the foundation for much deeper reforms in the future years of the administration. More importantly, they would establish the new government’s credibility as a ‘change and reform’ government, living up to the expectations of voters
In Pakistan after coming in to power of Imran Khan the questions are emerging that whether he is on a way to deliver a new Pakistan or it looks like a struggling dictatorship. Major opposition leaders are in jail; others aren’t allowed in the media. Parliamentarians are arrested on terrorism or drug-trafficking charges and denied bail.
In this new Pakistan, the economy has been practically handed over to appointees from the International Monetary Fund. The price of bread is soaring, and bazaars where the poor do business with the poor are being demolished while barons of the stock exchange get government handouts.
Khan once talked about “dignity” but how you lose it when you take money from foreign powers. But what was one of his first moves after taking office? Going to the Arab princes in hope of getting soft loans. He has said that he would prefer death to going to the I.M.F., but soon after becoming prime minister he went into a huddle with the I.M.F. chief and after protracted negotiations secured a loan of $6 billion.
The tax-to-gross domestic product ratio is the lowest in five years, Fiscal deficit is on rise with uncontrollable inflation. Khan used to claim that he is the best team-builder around. He has surrounded himself with the same political carpetbaggers he once railed against. More than half of his cabinet served the last military dictator, Pervez Musharraf and Zardari. Of the man who now runs the railways ministry, Khan once said that he wouldn’t hire him as a peon; another person he called a bandit has become a crucial ally, as the speaker of the assembly in Punjab Province. When he lectures on economic matters, Khan can sound like the Queen of England — as though he has never had to carry cash or set a monthly budget like middle-class citizens do.
When you are clueless in Pakistan, you turn to the army. And so Khan has appointed the army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, to his newly formed economic council. The military already control security and foreign policy, and now it is promising to take us to new heights in economic affairs.
Pakistan’s new establishment is using the old tactics i.e. blaming opposition politicians of stealing cattle or to discover a bomb in the home of the dissident poet Ustad Daman.
Pakistan’s army probably rightly believes that it will never run out of political collaborators to help it rule the country. In Imran Khan, the generals have found a rare entity: a populist who is eager to collaborate because even he isn’t sure whether he was elected or selected. Khan represents the oldest of old Pakistan but with a sportsman’s zeal to win at any cost.
With these leaders in Pakistan, Malaysia and Turkey the idea to form a group to lead Muslim world is not a bad idea but how to do it needs so many upturns like Trump is doing with Pakistan to get his military out from Afghanistan within next few months. But that requires an “effective action by all three countries” in the words of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Let us hope for better results and realization of this dream. For this on internal front they have to create harmony with every one mainly focusing on peoples issue and on the external front they have to streamline their relations on self respect. If from this day they start doing this than they can become role model for other Muslim countries and above all to the whole world.