Pakistan on the Eve of 64th Independence Day Celebrations
August 19, 2011
We are celebrating our 64th year of independence. One wonders, why most of us feel directionless? We must honour this precious gift from Allah as we have achieved this dreamland after a lot of struggle and sacrifices. Looking into the history, no doubt, before the intrusion of British, Muslims were the rulers in this subcontinent, which was part of Islamic empire where even Friday Sermon “Khutba” was also read with the approval of Caliph “Khalipah”. Unfortunately, British conspirators introduced western democracy with the aim to destroy existing Islamic system in which minorities were given full protection while overall rule of Allah was enforced in the Sultanate.
To save our country, we need to spread Quaid’s message to every corner of our country that provincialism is a curse and that we should be watchful of fifth-columnists in our ranks, who are Muslims, but financed by outsiders.
It is important to mention here that British rule was only confined to majority of portions of British Indian, and the Independent States and Federally administrated areas were not under their influence. The British carried out various settlements and allotted agricultural land, houses and commercial plots to Hindus as well as those Muslims who had joined hands with British tyrants. As a conspiracy, Hindus from other provinces were settled in Muslim majority provinces. British authors have themselves accepted that Hindus were initially landless in Muslim majority areas, but within a century, they owned 40 percent in Muslim areas, especially districts of Sindh.
Since before the British rule, there was no Christian population in any part of subcontinent, especially those forming Pakistan, so the British, as a conspiracy, converted low-caste Hindus into Christians, but did not give them equal status. Same is the reason that with the exception of few odd cases, throughout the British rule, Christians were employed only for menial jobs. With the passage of time, it became inevitable to live together with Hindus under democratic system. So “Ideology of Pakistan” became the hope for Muslims majority areas now forming Pakistan, where they can lead their lives individually and collectively according the Quraan and Sunnah.
Now when we are an independent country and can lead our lives individually and collectively according to our own inspirations, why is there a confusion? We are not obliged to ask our neighbours or western conspirators what to do and what not to do. One really wonders why foreign NGOs, Think Tanks and international organizations keep on waging psychological war against the government, the system and our future course of action in Pakistan. Today we are facing problems in every sector, but it is not a big deal and things will settle down whenever we are able to enforce “Ideology of Pakistan”.
However, there is a very big conspiracy going on in every part of our country which needs to be highlighted and neutralized at once. The conspiracy is multifaceted but two important fronts aim at polluting Islam by making it an amalgam of many religions and sects, and to divide Pakistan on racial and linguistic grounds. Foreign NGOs and Think Tanks have already done sufficient homework to make it a success story within a couple of years. Western analysts are predicting that in a short span, a revolution on the lines of one in Bahrain, Tunisia Egypt, Libya and elsewhere would bring joint minority group into power. In the same context as regard to division of Pakistan on racial and linguistic grounds, movements are being funded by foreign embassies and organizations to empower and increase membership of separatists’ faction. Luckily till date, all such movements, despite ample funds and support, failed to attract more than few hundred individuals. However, powerful propaganda in media is of course their great success.
In the latest development, a resolution was submitted in the Punjab Assembly for Saraiki province. The requisition was submitted by 13 lawmakers, but PA Secretariat has not accepted it. Interestingly, some among the lawmakers are of the view that that media must thwart the attempts by certain elements, who highlight Karachi situation as a linguistic issue or a matter of provincialism. Another party submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly for the restoration of provincial status of Bahawalpur. After the failure to open a debate on new provinces on the basis of race and language, a leader warned serious consequences if the Parliament is not allowed to play its Constitutional role in this regard. He went to the extent that he warned that ruling party wanted to create new provinces on ideological basis, a demand which carried no logic. Ironically, he claimed that ‘Countries and not the provinces can be made on ideological basis… Making a province on ideological basis would be an attack on the very foundations of the country.’
It would surprise many that some provincial leaders have even started talking about raising provincial security forces. Hazara tribes of Abbottabad and Manshera and those speaking Seriaki dialect and those from Bahawalpur have started claiming their distant race from the rest of Pakistan and demanding separate provincial status. One wonders if such issues would strengthen Pakistan or cause cracks in the very essence of ideology of Pakistan?
The recent demands reminds address of Quaid-e-Azam as Governor General of Pakistan to the people of East Pakistan in 1948, in which he forewarned curse of provincialism and made a humble request to give up provincialism. No doubt, the disease of provincialism was there in Pakistan from the day one. Quaid-e-Azam termed provincialism a tool in the hands of enemies of Pakistan to disrupt the state by creating a split amongst the Muslims of Pakistan.
Specifically focusing on the curse of provincialism, Quaid-e-Azam, said: “The enemies of Pakistan have now turned their attention to disrupt the state by creating a split amongst the Muslims of Pakistan. These attempts have taken the shape principally of encouraging provincialism.” If we try to find out the root cause of present venom of provincialism, we would reach the conclusion that there is some sort of misunderstanding among many Pakistanis, who wittingly or unwittingly are playing in the hands of enemies of Pakistan. In sheer innocence or in some cases with bad intentions, many people are misinterpreting “Ideology of Pakistan”.
Quaid-e-Azam said: “Let me warn you in the clearest terms of the dangers that still face Pakistan and your province in particular, as I have done already. Having failed to prevent the establishment of Pakistan, thwarted and frustrated by failure, the enemies of Pakistan have now turned their attention to disrupting the state by creating a split amongst the Muslims of Pakistan. These attempts have taken the shape principally of encouraging provincialism.”
Quaid-e-Azam rightly said: “As long as you do not throw off this poison from your body politic, you will never be able to weld yourselves, mould yourselves, galvanize yourselves into a real true nation. What you want is not to talk about Bengalis, Punjabis, Sindhis, Baluchis, Pathans and so on. They are, of course, units; but I ask you, have you forgotten the lesson that was taught to us 1300 years ago? If I may point out, you are all outsiders here. Who were the original inhabitants of Bengal?- not those who are now living. So what is the use of saying “We are Bengalis, or Sindhis, or Pathans, or Punjabis”? No, we are Muslims, Islam had taught us this. Here I think you will agree with me that whatever else you may be and whatever you are, you are Muslims. You belong to a nation now.”
If we critically examine the speech of Quaid-e-Azam, which he made at Decca, we may reach the conclusion that provincialism is the greatest curse that has already deprived us of our eastern wing, now Bangladesh. Let’s not forget that there are thousands of families who were settled by the British in the areas with some misled desire to form a province on linguistic basis and even more who migrated from India or settled at later date so this unnatural division of Punjab would not work. To save our country, we need to spread Quaid’s message to every corner of our country that provincialism is a curse and that we should be watchful of fifth-columnists in our ranks, who are Muslims, but financed by outsiders.