Pakistan – 61st Happy Birthday

Today is August 14 and more than 140 million Pakistanis and many million Bangladeshis are celebrating their liberation from British Raj and Hindu domination under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on August 14, 1947.

Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three – Stanley Wolpert in Jinnah of Pakistan.

Although without Gandhi, Hindustan would still have gained independence and without Lenin and Mao, Russia and China would still have endured Communist revolution, without Jinnah there would have been no Pakistan in 1947 – John Biggs-Davison.

Whatever you may be, and whatever you are, you are a Muslim. You have carved out a territory, a vast territory. It is all yours. It doesn’t belong to Punjabi or Sindhi or a Pathan. There is white too in the lovely flag of Pakistan. The white signifies the non-Muslim minorities – Quaid-e-Azam.

“All social regeneration and political freedom must finally depend on something that has a deeper meaning in life. And that, if you will allow me to say so, is Islam and Islamic spirit — — In the pursuit of truth and cultivation of beliefs we should be guided by our RATIONAL (capitals mine) interpretation of the Qura’n and our devotion to truth is single minded, we shall in our own measure, achieve our goal” – All India Radio, Bombay, November 13, 1939.

Replying to a correspondent’s question in 1946 at New Delhi, as to what type of constitution Pakistan will have?  The Quaid had replied, I cannot say as to what type of  constitution Pakistan will have, as it is a matter for the future Constituent Assembly of Pakistan to decide, but we have our 1400 year old constitution – the Qura’n with us to draw from.

Col. Riaz Jafri (Ret) wrote an interesting article Islam and Pakistan

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