Friday, September 7, 2012

Allama Iqbal's denial of demand for Pakistan

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Jinnah's interview with Doon Campbell

Doon Campbell: What sort of relationship do you envisage between Pakistan and Hindustan?

Muhammad Ali Jinnah: Friendly and reciprocal in the mutual interest of both. That is why I have been urging: let us separate in a friendly way and remain friends thereafter.

Doon Campbell: How would you divide the armed forces? Do you envisage a defence pact or any other kind of military alliance between Pakistan and Hindustan?

Muhammad Ali Jinnah: All the armed forces must be divided completely, but I do envisage an alliance, pact or treaty between Pakistan and Hindustan again in the mutual interest of both and against any aggressive outsider.

Doon Campbell: Do you favour a federation of Pakistan states even if there is to be partition of Punjab and Bengal?

Muhammad Ali Jinnah: The new clamour for partition that is stated is by the vocal section of the caste Hindus in Bengal and the Sikhs in particular in the Punjab will have disastrous results if those two provinces are partitioned and the Sikhs in the Punjab will be the greatest sufferers; and Muslims under contemplated Western Punjab will no doubt be hit, but it certainly will deal the greatest blow to those, particularly the Sikhs, for whose benefit the new stunt has been started. Similarly in Western Bengal, caste Hindus will suffer the most and so will the caste Hindus in Eastern Punjab.

This idea of partition is not only thoughtless and reckless, but if unfortunately His Majesty’s Government favour it, in my opinion it will be a grave error and will prove dangerous immediately and far more so in the future. Immediately it will lead to bitterness and unfriendly attitude between Eastern Bengal and Western Bengal and same will the case with torn Punjab, between Western Punjab and Eastern Punjab.

Partition of Punjab and Bengal, if effected, will no doubt weaken Pakistan to a certain extent. Weak Pakistan and a strong Hindustan will be a temptation the strong Hindustan to try to dictate. I have always said that Pakistan must be sufficiently strong as a balance vis-à-vis Hindustan. I am therefore, deadly against the partition of Bengal and the Punjab and we shall fight every inch against it.

Doon Campbell: Will you demand a corridor through Hindustan connecting the Eastern and Western Pakistan States?

Muhammad Ali Jinnah: Yes.

Doon Campbell: Do you envisage the formation of a Pan-Islamic state stretching from the Far and Middle East to the Far East after the establishment of Pakistan?

Muhammad Ali Jinnah: The theory of Pan-Islamism has long ago exploded, but we shall certainly establish friendly relations and cooperate for mutual good and world peace and we shall always stretch our hand of friendship to the near and Middle East and Far East after the establishment of Pakistan.

Doon Campbell: On what basis will the central administration of Pakistan be set up? What will be the attitude of this Government to the Indian States?

Muhammad Ali Jinnah: The basis of the central administration of Pakistan and that of the units to be set up will be decided no doubt, by the Pakistan Constituent Assembly. But the Government of Pakistan can only be a popular representative and democratic form of Government. Its Parliament and Cabinet responsible to the Parliament will both be finally responsible to the electorate and the people in general without any distinction of caste, creed or sect, which will the final deciding factor with regard to the policy and programme of the Government that may be adopted from time to time.

As regards our attitude towards Indian States I may make it clear once more that the policy of the Muslim League has been and is not to interfere with the Indian States with regard to their internal affairs. But while we expect as rapid a progress as possible in the various states towards the establishment of full responsible government, it is primarily the concern of the ruler and his people.

As regards the position of the states in the light of the announcement made by His Majesty’s Government embodied in the White Paper of the 20th of February, I wish to make it clear that the states are at liberty to form a confederation as one solid group or confederate into more than one groups, or stand as individual states. It is a matter entirely for them to decide. And it is clear, as I can understand, that paramountcy is going to terminate and, therefore, they are completely independent and free. It is for them to adjust such a matter as there may be by virtue of their treaties and agreements with the paramount power. They must consider as completely independent and free states, free from any paramountcy, as to what is best in their interest and it will be open to them to decide whether they should join the Pakistan Constituent Assembly or the Hindustan Constituent Assembly – Constituent Assemblies must be and will be two sovereign Constituent Assemblies of Pakistan and Hindustan.

Doon Campbell: In general terms what will be the foreign policy of Pakistan? Will it apply for membership of the United Nations?

Muhammad Ali Jinnah: The foreign policy of Pakistan can only be for peace and friendly relations with all other nations and we shall certainly play our part in the membership of the United Nations.

Doon Campbell: On which major power is Pakistan most likely to lean?

Muhammad Ali Jinnah: The one that will be in our best interests. It will not be a case of leaning to any power, but we shall certainly establish friendship and alliances which will be for the benefit of all those who may enter into such an alliance.

Doon Campbell: What sort of relationship do you envisage between Pakistan and Britain?

Muhammad Ali Jinnah: The question can only be decided by the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan and as I understand the situation, a relationship between Pakistan and British can be established which will be really beneficial for both. Pakistan cannot live in isolation, nor can any other nation do so today. We shall have choose our friends and I trust, wisely.

Doon Campbell: What are your views in regard to the protection of minorities in Pakistan territories?

Muhammad Ali Jinnah: There is only one answer: The minorities must be protected and safeguarded. The minorities in Pakistan will be the citizens of Pakistan and enjoy all the rights, privileges and obligations of citizenship without any distinction of caste creed or sect.

They will be treated justly and fairly. The Government will run the administration and control the legislative measures by its Parliament, and the collective conscience of the Parliament itself will be a guarantee that the minorities need not have any apprehension of any injustice being done to them. Over and above that there will be provisions for the protection and safeguard of the minorities which in my opinion must be embodied in the constitution itself. And this will leave no doubt as to the fundamental rights of the citizens, protection of religion and faith of every section, freedom of thought and protection of their cultural and social life. - API

Date : May 21st, 1947

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A country of gods

Pakistani society is plagued with corruption at all levels be it moral, ethical, religious, financial or anything – it has become the basic ingredient of the society’s fabric. It runs in our blood. Country is plagued with so many crises on different levels, but there is one section of populace which is completely insulated from any untoward happening. There is another section which runs on making crises, and there is a list of sections who all hold distinctive positions in this complex polygonal structure of Pakistani state and social fabric.
I have always been told that Pakistan came into being in Aug, 1947 but if we take the current geographical boundaries, our history does extend back to December, 1970 at least. Since the amputation of East Pakistan, we’ve been relatively more or less with same geography leaving aside some adventures that we did on our western borders.

However, recently historians have come up with a new date i.e. 9th of March, 2007 – the day when a member of corrupt ‘ruling elite’ embraced Islam and stood by the constitution by being defiant to a military dictator (the same guy who elevated converted to highest pedestal and showered his all blessings on the individual in return for giving him the legal cover to be the army chief and president at the same time) . On the following days, the prestigious institution of press, started pressing and impressing on our minds the wonders Iftikhar Chaudry did during his term as Chief Justice that started in 2005. All of a sudden, he became a Mujahid against aamriyat! He took his oath on PCO and not Pakistani constitution which was okay, he got his son special favors in civil service, misuse public money – but that was okay because he said no to Musharraf.

Media started pumping air in the balloon, earning millions and billions of rupees by making it the most discussed topics in drawing rooms, verandas, tea stalls, public transports and even among the segment of population who didn’t know even why was it wrong to move a reference against chief justice in a perfectly legal way. Thanks to our prestigious, honest, intellectual journalists, Iftikhar Chaudry was given a ticket to the ‘House of gods’.

The reason I am calling this special group ‘House of gods’ is because they never make a mistake. They are the only custodians of civil rights, law, Pakistan’s sovereignty and principles of morality. People who already were in the ‘House of gods’ of Pakistan are Chiefs of Armed forces, and yes most importantly chief of army staff, Pakistani patriotic generals, media. Since the judicial movement, there has been an addition of two new classes to the ‘House of gods’ which are higher judiciary and lawyers. Whatever they do, we’ve to know that it is in the national interest. Only these people know law. They are mini-gods. We needed these gods because it adds value. And yes, how can I forget – Pakistani nuclear scientists are also now making a back-door entry into this group. They seriously deserve our appreciation on Made In China defense technologies, and now one of them is testing his luck with Thar Coal using a technology which is not suitable according to the poor scientists, but who knows – it’s the pir of Pakistani atomic bomb who is trying his luck so a couple of hundred million dollars here and there is not a big gamble keeping in view the fact that it’s the god himself who is doing it. We got to give god a chance with Thar coal even without his knowledge in minerals, because its his country, not ours – you know?

There is a hierarchy of this very auspicious house I am talking about. On top is our sipah salaar i.e. Saladin of our times – oh yes, I am talking of Army Chief – god of national sovereignty. He is the god of another god, who is the god of justice commonly known as chief justice. Then there are mini-gods or deities. They are in different sizes, shapes and colors. They have to be in favor with the top two gods to enjoy the perks. Islamabad is the Athens of modern times. Those rocky, stony gods of Greeks have now been improvised upon and a new 'House of gods' is ready.

Therefore, my fellow countrymen, if you want to lead a good, peaceful, conscience-less life – please follow ‘House of gods’ in Pakistan.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Koi Deewana Kehta Hai

Koi Deewana Kehta Hai Koi Pagal Samajhta Hai
Magar Dharti Ki Bechani Ko Bus Badal Samajhta Hai
Mein Tujhse Door Kaisa Hoon, Tu Mujhse Door Kaisi Hai
Ye Tera Dil Samajhta Hai Ya Mera Dil Samajhta Hai

K Mohhabat Ek Ehsason Ki Pavan Si Kahani Hai
Kabhi Kabira Deewana Tha Kabhi Meera Deewani Hai
Yahan Sab Log Kehte Hain Meri Aakhon Mein Aansu Hai
Jo Tu Samjhe To Moti Hai Jo Na Samjhe To Pani Hai

Samander Peer Ka Aander Hai Lekin Ro Nahi Sakta
Ye Aansu Pyar Ka Moti Hai Isko Kho Nahi Sakta
Meri Chahata Ko Dulhan Tu Bana Lena Magar Sun Le
Jo Mera Ho Nahi Paya Wo Tera Ho Nahi Sakta

Bharar Koi Kumudani Par Machal Baitha To Hungama
Hamare Dil Mein Koi Khawab Pal Baitha To Hungama
Aabhi Tak Doob Kar Sunte The Sab Kissa Mohhabat Ka
Mein Kisse Ko Hakikat Mein Badal Baitha To Hungama

Source: Copied from here