The Lahore session of the Muslim League (ML) on March 23, 1940, was historic and momentous. It was the biggest concourse of Indian Muslims in their political history since the fall of the once-mighty Mughul Empire in 1857 and the advent of British colonial rule in the subcontinent. More than 100,000 Muslim activists from every nook and corner of the Subcontinent congregated on that day in the historic city of Lahore and proclaimed to the world their determination to make the Pakistan Resolution for Independence and Muslim Statehood the goal of their struggle under the leadership of the Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
The session was held in the Iqbal Park (then Manto Park) Lahore, and to remember this great resolution, a 60 meters tall monument was built on the exact location where the resolution was proposed. The monument is now known as Minar-e-Pakistan.
Minar-e-Pakistan, the monument on the place of Pakistan Resolution
23rd March was the day when the struggles were streamlined. There were no individual benefits, everyone was thinking on a broader prospect, everyone was thinking for the Muslims of the sub-continent and for Pakistan. There were no Sindhis, Balouchis, Pathans, Kashmiris, Punjabis and Bengalis, they were all part of a great Muslim nation.
The day is a national holiday in the country and we spend it just as any other holiday. But have we ever given some thought to what was this country made for? And what are we today? Why do we always think about ourselves? and not for the whole nation? Do we deserve to be part of the great nation who created this great homeland for us? Do we deserve to be called Pakistanis? ..