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Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan and Today’s Pakistan

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Either Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted an Islamic state or a state where Muslims have political freedom. The answer is still vague and equivocal. Let’s jog our memory to remember when the idea of Two Nation theory reverberate every nook and corner in the Subcontinent. In 1937 elections, Muslim League was forfeited; it could secure only 104 out of 489 Muslims seats under a separate electorate reserved only for Muslims. Congress won the elections hands down. On 22 Sep 1939, Congress resigned from their seats over the issue of not taking into confidence by the British regarding their involvement in World War two.

Resignations proved a blessing in disguise for Muslims; Quaid-e-Azam started to consolidate Muslims & within a year, on 23 March 1940, Muslims presented Lahore Resolution at Minar-e-Pakistan. In 1945-1946 elections Muslims fared well. The Britain had to suffer huge economical loss at the end of the war. At least, British relinquished power in India. Pakistan & India came into being as an independent nation.

On 11 Aug 1947, at his first address to Constituent Assembly Quaid-e-Azam uttered his famously words:” You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the state.”

Quaid-e-Azam also fanned out ministries to Non-Muslims. Sir Muhammad Zafarullah Khan was an Ahmadi Pakistani jurist who served as the first Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Jogendra Nath Mandal was the first law minister of Pakistan. On the death of Quaid-e-Azam, Mandal said: “Fate has ruthlessly taken Quaid-e-Azam from us at a time when he was most needed. Jagan Nath Azad, a Hindu, wrote Pakistan’s first anthem, reportedly at the request of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. If Jinnah wanted an Islamic state, he would not have to appoint Non-Muslims to important posts. After his death, Pakistan veered to another path of its identity.

Pakistan was created to free them from the oppression and persecution of the majority groups, the Hindus. Today, in the same Pakistan there is too much rancor for the minorities that they have an iota of security. It has become easy to use the name of religion for own vested interests. It is uncouth attempt to mutilate the name of religion and delude people.

Most recently, a student at National Art Council, Qatab Rind was killed over dispute on the payment of rent. When police arrested the suspects, they leveled allegation against him that he committed a blasphemous remark. Last year, a 17 year old sweeper Shazad Masih was arrested by police when a member of a Tahreek-e Tahafaz Islam Pakistan Party, allegedly charged him of using blasphemous remarks.

Imran Khan, Prime Minister in-waiting, also run his campaign on Khatam-e- Nabuwat issue. Tahreek –e-Labeek, formed after the assassination of Mumtaz Qadri secured 10% of vote in Punjab, the largest province of Pakistan. The quantum leap of votes in the newly formed party should be of great concern for those who wanted to mainstream the banned and extremists parties.

Too much hatred and bigotry by using the name of religion is unfavorable for Pakistan. Such rhetoric conferred only short-term gains. Humanity should be avowed in larger prospect than religion. We should have a catholic and indiscriminate approach where everyone can have some space to live in.

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