Which political party in Pakistan has taken most clear and most daring stance against extremist Deobandis of the Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba?
Which political party has offered most sacrifices in Pakistan’s war on terror?
Which political leader in Pakistan has been most steadfast and straight forward in his condemnation of the Taliban and their affiliate jihadi and sectarian organizations?
Mian Iftikhar Hussain
Mian Iftikhar Hussain, currently the Minister for Information in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, is a symbol of courage, commitment and conviction.
Only a few days ago, the Taliban / Sipah-e-Sahaba terrorist killed his only son, Mian Rashid Hussain, to punish Mian Iftikhar for his anti-extremism and anti-terrorism stance.
Were they able to scare Mian Iftikhar? Quite the opposite. This is what Mian sahib stated:
KP info minister vows fight against militancy
PABBI: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain on Tuesday vowed to continue jihad against the Taliban, calling them enemies of humanity.
“I will sacrifice 10 more sons for the country and the humanity’s survival, but I will not stop the jihad against the enemies of humanity,” Hussain told a news conference, his first since his son’s assassination on Saturday.
Flanked by the Bilour brothers and several ANP leaders and workers, he said, “This is not a personal fight (against the Taliban). This is for the sake of the country, this is the fight for humanity.” “Pro-humanity forces should get united against the enemies of humanity,” he said.
He said the loss of his son did not cause any setback to his morale. “We have to be united against the common enemy,” he added. (Source)
We are proud of you, Mian sahib. The entire Pakistani nation is proud of you. We suggest that the President of Pakistan should consider awarding Mian Iftikhar Hussain the Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan), the most prestigious civil award, in recognition of his services to the nation.
Here is an excellent op-ed on this topic by Abbas Ather (source: Express, 28 July 2010):