Today Pakistanis are celebrating the “Pakistan Day”, the day on which our ancestors
committed there selves for the cause of freedom and to lay the foundations of a state
where Muslims of India will live there lives according to the golden principles of Islam.
We are facing one of the most(if not the most) decisive moments in our national history.
In these difficult moments we must need to strengthen our will to be a one nation,
a nation not divided by ethnic and
sectarian boundaries but united by a strong ideology, the ideology which was based on
the golden principles of Islam which teaches us of Justice and Equality among “all”
man-kind regardless of religion or race, which teaches us to be one ummah.
As Muhammad Ali Jinnah said on his 23, March 1940 address :
(Muhammad Ali Jinnah , addressing on the occasion.)
“Come forward as servants of Islam, organise the people economically, socially,
educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody.”
Below is the Resolution which was passed on 23 March 1940:
“While approving and endorsing the action taken by the Council and the Working Committee of the All-India Muslim League, as indicated in their resolutions dated the 27th of August, 17th & 18th September and 22nd of October, 1939, and 3rd of February, 1940 on the constitutional issue, this Session of the All-India Muslim League emphatically reiterates that the scheme of federation embodied in the Government of India Act 1935, is totally unsuited to, and unworkable in the peculiar conditions of this country and is altogether unacceptable to Muslim India.
It further records its emphatic view that while the declaration dated the 18th of October, 1939 made by the Viceroy on behalf of His Majesty’s Government is reassuring in so far as it declares that the policy and plan on which the Government of India Act, 1935, is based will be reconsidered in consultation with various parties, interests and communities in India, Muslims in India will not be satisfied unless the whole constitutional plan is reconsidered de novo and that no revised plan would be acceptable to Muslims unless it is framed with their approval and consent.
Resolved that it is the considered view of this Session of the All-India Muslim League that no constitutional plan would be workable in this country or acceptable to the Muslims unless it is designed on the following basic principles, viz., that geographically contiguous units’ are demarcated into regions which should be constituted, with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary that the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in a majority as in the North Western and Eastern Zones of (British) India should be grouped to constitute “independent States” in which the constituent units should be autonomous and sovereign.
That adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards should be specifically provided in the constitution for minorities in these units in the regions for the protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights and interests in consultations with them and in other parts of (British) India where the Mussalmans (Muslims) are in a majority adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards shall be specifically provided in constitution for them and other minorities for the protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights and interests in consultation with them.
This session further authorises the Working Committee to frame a scheme of constitution in accordance with these basic principles, providing for the assumption finally by the respective regions of all powers such as defense, external affairs, communications, customs and such other matters as may be necessary.”
And in the end I would like to remind what our founding
fathers wanted our country and nation to be:
“Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us”
Message to Frontier Muslim Students Federation June 18, 1945
This is a high time to re-think our approach as a nation.
Long Live Pakistan.