In today’s world, the protection from foreign powers is both military and economic.
For the last 30 years, Pakistani religious political parties have confused power with the seat of power. In other words, if the person on the seat of power were changed, everything would be alright. The reality of human civilisation is that it is with the morals of a nation and the underlying philosophy that underpins the building of a nation.
If lawlessness and corruption eat away at the walls of the nation like termites, it is unlikely that closing a few cinema-houses is going to have any effect on the moral health of the nation. When human values do not exist, we will not even get the chance to enforce religious values as some other power would be be our overlords and finer religious points would be moot.
Islamic values are necessary, but first we have to strengthen basic human values — justice, basic welfare and protection from foreign influence — and we are lucky that Islam is the standard-bearer of all three.
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