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Allama Iqbal A Need Today For Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on April 12, 2014

“Nations are born in the heart of a poet, they prosper and die in the hands of a politician.” Stray Reflections.


Allama Iqbal Legendary Islamic Scholar

Today we, the Pakistani nation, proudly boast of being the nation who was born in the heart of one of the greatest poet of world history. Dr. Allama Iqbal stands tall among the giants who go on living despite of having ceased to exist in the world. Iqbal is one of those people who personify the concept of immortality. After many decades of his death, he still lives in many forms among us; through his written work, his services, and his ideas. He is among those few people who are cherished and owned equally by East and West and his work has been researched and appraised by scholars around the world.

Today I am going to look into one of the many facets, which make him a legend. I want us to remember why we need him now and what he has to offer us in these trying times.

When I started studying AllamaIqbal, the thing that struck me most was the grandeur he attributed to the human being. He exalts the individual whose perfect culmination was in the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

The human being is essentially good and powerful enough to take down anything is his recurring theme. The fact that the person is capable of almost anything is mind blowing. I have always seen how people are treated on different levels in our society so it was very hard for me to imagine the equality suggested by him in his different anecdotes. I was awe-struck when a mere soldier of a Muslim army pledged peace to a deadly enemy [being unaware that he is the one they had to kill]. When his commander came to know about the pledge, he immediately accepted it and forgave the enemy on account of one of his soldiers.

Iqbal states that “man must be regarded as a unit of force, an energy, a will, a germ of infinite power, the gradual unfoldment of which must be the object of all human activity.”… The idea that the human being is endowed with infinite power and he has so many courses open to him, he can take whichever course he likes and make his life, is so empowering and revitalizing. It is a perfect explanation of the phenomenon mentioned in Quran, “And that there is not for man except that [good] for which he strives.” Al-Quran [53:39]

He admits the flaws and limits in the human beings but he insists and proves that despite of these defections the human was sent as a trustee of God and that alone makes him special and trustworthy. There is also a possibility [a strong one] that in the course of his life a man is perfectly capable to get rid of the personality flaws or reduce them to minimum level. Read the rest of this entry »


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Allama Iqbal – Analyzing the 1930 Allahabad Address

Posted by yourpakistan on November 9, 2013

Iqbal tried to invoke in the Muslims a collective ego, beyond the ego of the self, that could enable a collection of men as large as 70 million to act as one, single body, with a flux too big to be resisted and with a personality too strong to be altered.

Allama Iqbal address of Allahabad 1930

‘Personally, I would like to see the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Sindh and Baluchistan amalgamated into a single State. Self-government, within the British Empire, or without the British Empire, the formation of a consolidated North-West Indian Muslim State appears to me to be the final destiny of the Muslims, at least of North-West India.’ 

But there is indeed much more to understand from that address made by a man of profound wisdom, with in-depth vision in the history and philosophy of Islam, extensive study of contemporary issues, and active involvement in the political process of his time. The address covers the philosophical, the historical, and the futuristic prospects of the Muslims of the Subcontinent; in fact, it makes history by submitting the true, eye-witness sentiments that ran between the Muslims, the Hindus and the British at those sensitive times. Moreover, it gives us an insight into how things gradually grew up to the demand of ‘Pakistan’, something impossible even as an idea at the beginning.

The Muslims of the Subcontinent, 70 million at that time – a Muslim community bigger as compared with the number of Muslims living in any other Muslim state of that time – did not have a necessary idea of dividing their homeland, India, for the solution of the miseries that had surrounded them. To this time and even later, the Muslims were pushing only for separate electorates for Muslims according to their population in any province, so that they would eventually form governments in the Muslim majority provinces. In this background, Iqbal was a thinker who could look beyond the canvas of time, and remind the Muslim how they become a nation, and how being a distinct Muslim nation, it is their prerogative to have a political identity in addition to the social and cultural one.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Hydra Headed Monster

Posted by yourpakistan on July 6, 2013

Pakistan was created in the name of Islam

Pakistan’s leaders didn’t make it into an Islamic state in true sense because of battle between the secular’s and Islamist’s

by Brig Asif Haroon Raja – Opinion Maker

Hydra Monsters

For all practical purposes, Pakistan has been administered on secular system while Islam has remained in name only. Except for Gen Ziaul Haq, all our leaders were endowed with secular bent of mind. The reason is that Pakistan’s parliamentary system, law and system of justice, civil administration, police, military training doctrines and banking system were inherited from the British and no change has been brought in them. Most of our social customs have been adopted from Hinduism because of centuries old association with the Hindus in united India.

Various models of governance were tried in Pakistan but Islamic system was never tested. All systems miserably failed to alleviate the sufferings of the downtrodden. Gen Zia was close to introducing Shariah but he died mysteriously in a plane crash. Nawaz Sharif during his second stint in power tried to apply Shariah but he was prematurely booted out by Gen Musharraf. Democracy was given a chance for full five years from 2008 to March 2013, but it completely failed and disenchanted the people.

It is ironic that claiming to be Islamic Republic of Pakistan, our leaders do not pickup heart to adopt the system espoused by our Holy Prophet (pbuh) and his four Caliphs and instead ardently cling to Westminster democracy which has failed to satisfy the people. This unexplained reluctance is despite the fact that great majority in Pakistan being conservative yearn for Shariah. Children of the underprivileged receive education in Madrassahs where they learn Quran by heart. They become Hafiz in tender age but their level of comprehension remains low because of lack of education. Read the rest of this entry »

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Opinion: Did Jinnah Wrong Us In Making Pakistan?

Posted by yourpakistan on March 26, 2013

Mohammed Ali Jinnah - Quaid e Azam

PKKH Exclusive | By Aneela Shahzad

Ayesha Jalal in her book ‘The Sole Spokesman’, first published in 1985, has presented a sharp scrutiny of the personality of the Quaid, Muhammad Ali Jinnah; alleging him to have made such political decisions that suited his personal ambition of making Pakistan, while in doing so, he had deliberately set aside the interests of the Muslims who were not to be a part of the Pakistan-to-be.

According to her, Jinnah claimed to be the sole spokesman of all Indian Muslims, not only in provinces where they were in a majority but also in provinces where only a minority was represented; and that the political geography of the subcontinent guaranteed that there would always be as many Muslims outside a specifically Muslim state as inside it.

In the first chapter of her book, she asserts, “The Cabinet Mission sought to solve the problem of British strategic interests in India by ‘giving both the claimants (Hindus and Muslims) some part of what they wanted…’; a Pakistan trimmed to the bone (Scheme B), or a central government stripped of most of its real powers, and not ‘worth much’ (Scheme A)… Once the Cabinet had given the go-ahead (in March-April 1946), the way was clear to offer Jinnah the alternatives of a small Pakistan with sovereign rights and treaty relations with Hindustan, or a larger Pakistan… inside a federation with Hindustan.”

She furthers her argument by counting the many merits that would come with a Pakistan inside a larger Hindustan, pointing out that: there was to be no union legislature, and any question at the center on which the two federal units failed to agree would be referred back to their respective group legislatures; agreement would not be imposed by central dictate, but by agreement between two federated governments; the Muslim-majority areas would have complete control over all their affairs except those specifically given to the center; and at the center ‘they would meet the Hindus on a level where it was States which counted and not the number of individuals in them.

Ayesha argues that in making an East and West Pakistan with ~95 million Muslims inside, the Quaid had left the same number or more, helpless at the hands of the Hindus in Hindustan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jinnah: India’s prejudice

Posted by yourpakistan on January 23, 2013

Quaid e Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah


“confident, suave, and incorruptible as a lawyer; and was a staunch Muslim and nationalist. Ravoof also traces Jinnah’s political career, especially his differences of opinion and rivalry with Nehru and Gandhi, whom he termed a “prehistoric …” Meena Khorana

By Brig Asif Haroon Raja

In order to hide their crimes and to distort historical facts, Indian historians and political leaders have chosen to paint Quaid-e-Azam as the ‘villain of the piece’. The Indians propagate the theme that ‘Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a communalist responsible for the bloody break up of Pakistan. He founded a theocratic and non-secular State’. The BJP and other Hindu hardliners even now accuse him of leading a communal agitation to achieve the goal of Pakistan. This is travesty of history and negation of facts that prove beyond doubt that Partition was a legitimate and democratic outcome of the collective choice made by all Muslims and Hindus of the subcontinent. They conveniently and deliberately close their eyes to the hard fact that politics, not religion led to creation of Pakistan. Acceptance of Cabinet Mission Plan by Jinnah in 1946 demonstrated his earnestness for amicably resolving the communal problem. It was Nehru and his Congress colleagues who wasted that opportunity and dug the last nail in the coffin of united India.  Nehru’s and other Indian leaders’ acts of commission and omission are far too many and have already been narrated by historians.

Indian passions flowing from distorted historiography notwithstanding, the Quaid was as tall a man as history has ever carried. His penetrating vision had room for a united India but he simultaneously foresaw the dangers of unrelenting Congress led Hindu domination. Congress confirmed his fears. He knew parting was inevitable. After the Congress had rejected the Cabinet Mission Plan, the Congress was the first to sign the Act of Partition. The Muslim League signed it subsequently. In the backdrop of these crystal clear historical facts, how come Quaid is being blamed by certain segments of Indian society? The blame rests squarely on the shoulders of Gandhi, Nehru and Patel who deliberately turned the course of history. It is naïve to dub Pakistan as a theocratic State if it came into existence as a result of the intransigence of a ‘majority’ that preferred partition over granting the ‘minority’ it’s due rights and proportionate share. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jinnah Stands Taller

Posted by yourpakistan on September 19, 2012

By Waheed Hamid

11th of Sept passed with media and Pakistan’s leadership more focused on American tragedy of 9/11. No significant leader spoke of the GREAT  M.A Jinnah being day of his 64th death anniversary . However, a leader of a political party did find time to criticize him and a lady who is sitting MPA  followed the path of collation partner distorted facts calling him first person to move against democracy.  Leadership demands self-sacrifice and  vision  which is exemplified by our great leader’s life and personality . Let me share what others had to say about our great Leader and leave it to the readers to decide!

  • Prof. Stanley Wolpert writes in his book “Jinnah of Pakistan” (1984):
     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. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.
  • Allama Iqbal (Pakistan’s national poet): “He is incorruptable and unpurchasable” [Ghulam Dastagir Rashid, Asrar-i lqbal (Hyderabad Deccan, 1944), p. 41.]
  • Gandhi (Indian leader and national hero): “Jinnah is incorruptible and brave” [Interview with Louis Fischer]
  • John Biggs-Davison (Member of UK Parliament):“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.”
  • The Aga Khan (Imam of Ismaeeli followers) considered him “the greatest man he ever met“, and added “I have met many politicians in my life, like Churchill, Mesoleni, Kaizon, Gandhi; but Jinnah was different from all of them. There was no other politician with such a strength of character” Read the rest of this entry »

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In Quest of Real Heroes

Posted by yourpakistan on September 2, 2012











PKKH Exclusive  | by Shehla Kiyani

At the beginning of this August, I decided to go into the streets of my city and conduct qualitative research on children below the age of fifteen, which according to Pakistan Demographics profile 2012, aged 0-14 years is 35.4% (male 34,093,853/female 32,278,462)] and wanted to see what they think of Independence and what they know about the True Heroes of this country. I was all set and excited as I thought this time the Independence Day is going to be very special as the Ramazan and the 14th of August will go hand in hand.

From the very beginning of this month preparations had come into action for the big day; from colorful flags to reading material regarding the partition; seminars; conferences and above all special shows to be aired on different television channels. Everywhere you went especially in the markets, book stores, road sides you saw vendors with all sizes of national flags and items reflecting colors of freedom and patriotism.

I started my interview session in my own vicinity and asked some of the street children who went to nearby charity schools sponsored by well known religious and social organizations, as to what they know about the Quaid e Azam and Allama Iqbal; to my surprise they did not even know about these two great names, rather they looked at my face with vacant eyes. I thought I had asked some real difficult question, for their ease, I asked them, can you tell me when Pakistan had come into being and the same vacant eyes haunted me again. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Rise & Rebirth Of Pakistani Nationalism

Posted by yourpakistan on March 24, 2012

23 March: The Rise And Rebirth Of Pakistani Nationalism

“We recognize that an informed Pakistani citizen is the most potent weapon in our effort to bring change to the Pakistani political system.” PakNationalists Forum

PRESS RELEASE | 23 March 2012 | PakNationalists Forum

Today is the 72nd anniversary of Pakistan Resolution. It is an occasion to remind ourselves what Pakistan and Pakistani Nationalism are, and why it is important for us to remember. Pakistan is the modern incarnation of ten centuries of Muslim dynastic rule in Central and South Asia. Our nation has given birth to a distinct culture, language and race, drawn from Turkic, Persian, Arab and Aryan heritages and races.

The Muslim imperial rule ended in 1857 at the hands of European colonialism. Soon after our forefathers led an independence movement for ninety years that culminated in the rise of Pakistan on the morning of 14 August 1947.

Pakistan was destined to happen sooner rather than later. But it was the inspirational leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah that made Pakistan happen in 1947. Hundreds of thousands of young Pakistanis joined him at the time to make Pakistan a reality. It was a cause that was fought through creativity, passion and patience.

Pakistan encompasses many Pakistani identities and Pakistani languages. All of the Pakistani identities and languages are interrelated culturally and ethnically. All Pakistani languages use the Arabic alphabet for writing. This makes the languages of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan the only three non-Arabic languages to use the Arabic script.

Pakistan is a modern Muslim nation, where Pakistani Christians were active participants in the Pakistan Independence Movement. Read the rest of this entry »

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23 March: Challenges and Response

Posted by yourpakistan on March 23, 2012

The threat to National Purpose, thus has become endemic, because United States has succeeded in achieving ‘Media Management goals’, and now is aiming at ‘Perception Management’ of the Pakistani nation. For this purpose, a huge sum of US$ 1.4 billion has been allocated by the US Congress, to be spent in Pakistan for ‘Institutional Support’.

By General Mirza Aslam Beg

It is a day of reckoning for us, to recollect the failings of the past, and to carve-out a new destiny for the nation. No doubt Pakistan has faced serious challenges to its security, mainly due to foreign aggression in the region and our collusion with them. Having come full circle now, Pakistan is moving on the corrective course. Symptoms are encouraging:

One. The Parliament is laying down the ‘New Rules of Engagement’ establishing the correct level of working relationship with the United States and other countries. Two. The judiciary is handling with discreet care, some very sensitive issues, such as, President’s immunity; the NRO cases; scandals and corruption cases of institutions and agencies. An independent judiciary is the hope for justice and rule of law to be established in lawless Pakistan, where even the President of Pakistan eulogizes the Prime Minister for his defiance of the judiciary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why We Created Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on October 16, 2011

The Indus Valley Civilization now known as Pakistan

Pakistan existed 5000 years ago as the IVC. We did not create Pakistan we reclaimed Pakistan. Pakistan is the name we call our nation today. We created it out of Hindu brutality and policy of segregating and isolating Muslims inside British India.


When there are problems in Pakistan many look at the government and think of the present administration in power as the state. While the head of every government boldly declares “Le etat c’est moi” (I am the state), all of us who are disenfranchised, suppressed, and repressed need to take a cold hard look at the government. We should understand the difference between he government and the state. The government could be evil but the state of Pakistan does not belong to the government, the state of Pakistan belongs to the people of Pakistan, it belongs to us.

Neither the strife in FATA, nor the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, nor the externally sponsored hooliganism and killings in Swat that have become the hallmark of today’s news, nor the band of marauders and mercenaries that infiltrate our borders to create malaise and mayhem in our land, can detract us from remembering the anniversary of the day that we decided to create a land for the Muslims of the subcontinent—a land we later named Pakistan.

THE PAKISTANI RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF THREATS: Mountbatten, Nehru, Indira, Kruschev, Johnson, Carter, Kissinger (Nixon), Gobachov, Clinton, Armitage (Bush), Karzai (Bush and Vajpayee/Singh) have all threatened Pakistan: The Pakistanis are used to it…so what else is new?!!

Pakistan’s Nuclear Program should be seen in the backdrop of these threats.The capacity of Pakistan to sustain some fifteen major disarticulations in polity, power, and structure and still preserve a national identity is a phenomenon one is tempted to explain by recourse to the supernatural.

Pakistan which has been pummelled by external events (three wars with India, secession of Bangladesh, 3.5 million Afghan refugees) and disrupted by internal fissures (4 periods of martial law totalling 27 years and ethnic violence in Sindh) to a degree which no other state established since 1945 has suffered.

In this respect it stands as an exemplar of a nation whose adversities “common sense” might suggest make its viability impossible. Yet its continued existence defies the reality induced by such speculation. The enormity and persistence of these difficulties and the resilience of the nation in absorbing and somehow surviving them must be regarded with awe if not admiration.” RALPH BRAIBANTI

1920: Subcontinental Federalism vs. Provincial State rights give way to separatism: Cripps & CMP fails.


This salute is dedicated to the 5000 men and women who died defending our borders as well as the thousands who were innocent victims of aggression on our shores. In-spite of the murders, and in-spite of the bombs, life in Pakistan goes on, and the Crescent and the Star flutters high on our sky scrapers and pulsates proud in our hearts. Let this anniversary of our Lahore resolution be a lesson to our enemies, that we remember our dedication to our cause, and promise to keep the dream of our fathers of our nation, Jinnah, Liaqat-Ali Khan and Iqbal alive.


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