I was asked question why people in Pakistan are fighting for Democracy. Are there intentions to get Islamic society or they just want more ‘free society’ or in other way do they want more westernized society?
My take on this topic is
Democracy is the tool to make an Islamic Society. ‘Democracy’ is a civilized method to decide what you want for your society.
So if people in majority want Islam (which I believe is true in Pakistan) then achieving democracy will be only way to make laws favoring Islamic Society. Otherwise you will end up with the version of Islam which dictators want or you will end up with no Islam if the dictator is un-religious in nature.
If however people dont want Islam (democracy is only way to know if they want it or not) , then we should be less worried about the ‘Islamic Society’ but more about how to make people understand Islam.
In both cases Democracy is the only way because
1) in first case it allows for making Islamic rules
2) in second case it allows you to change the views of Public
In religious theocracy or in dictatorship, Islamic society does not have any chance of survival.
Because there is no way he/she (self proclaimed ruler) can know what the people want, he/she will always think that what he/she is thinking is the what every body wants. Or as our rulers; he can think what he is deciding is the right way and right thing to do even if whole nation is against it.
So he will either end up making people anti Islamic which our Zia-ul-Haq did or end up making them anti-west/anti-modernization which our dear Musharaf has successfully done.