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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.

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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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A Sitting with Mr. Jinnah (Quaid e Azam) In My Dream

Posted by yourpakistan on August 2, 2013


My Beloved Quaid e Azam

By Raja G Mujtaba – Opinion Maker

This is a narration of a dream that I had this morning after Sehar (fast). What I am narrating here is pure what I saw and without giving my opinions. I leave it to the readers to interpret it to the best of their knowledge.

I was walking towards a big house that had a huge walled compound well set on a rocky piece of land well above the surroundings. As I approached the veranda still walking towards a door, Mr. Jinnah walked out from the other door seemingly going someplace. He was dressed in white bush coat and a trouser with no headgear on. Carried a smile on his face and was quite relaxed. On seeing me, he greeted me and offered to give me some time that now I had come.

He stepped back into the house from the same door that he walked out and I walked in through another door to the same room.
It was drawing room, not quite elaborate but an average looking one that any commoner can afford. We sat down, as a matter of respect, I sat a little away from him and we started to talk. While talking, I sought his permission to as him a couple of things. He was gracious and permitted me to ask him what I had come for.

I asked him, “Sir, when you established Pakistan, what was in your mind; to have it as a secular state or a state governed by Quran and Sunnah?” Mr. Jinnah without pausing in a very firm tone said, “it was Quran and Sunnah.” Thereafter, we talked a few more things that I don’t quite remember to mention here. After a while, we stepped out into the veranda and I wanted to take his leave.

While I was still in the veranda, I saw Mr. Jinnah running at a fast pace on the track built within the compound. I was quite surprised to see Mr. Jinnah running that fast which was quite amazing for his age. There were no grassy lawns but rocks of small size that covered the entire area. 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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Quaid e Azam’s Pakistan OR Taliban’s Pakistan?

Posted by yourpakistan on November 21, 2012


Editorial PKKH 

It is often said that the ‘answer is in the question’ and rightly so as the question not only sets the perimeter of the possibilities of the answer, but it also acts as a control capable of driving the conscious thought towards matters of urgency and importance so that all other matters can be set aside as dispensable for that time. 

So the question has the power to focus our attention, at least momentarily, upon a set of scenarios, which may not be all the possible scenarios in the matter of the case. For example if we put our question in the form: ‘Tick the right choice; would you like (a) tea or (b) coffee?’, the answer-er is being confined into a very limited choice, whereby s/he has to give up the possibility of a meal or ice-cream and a number of other possibilities.

The same type of spin-doctrine is applied in the question, ‘Quaid e Azam ka Pakistan, Ya Taliban Ka Pakistan?’ luring the public towards the probable choice, of course that of the Quaid. Surely the Quaid was our beloved leader; he personified determination, strength of character and a visionary out-look and lead us out of the chaos of miss-identity and wrong choices. He applied his physical and intellectual energies for a highly noble cause, above the average human ability. He raised himself above his ‘self’ and became the spirit and symbol of the Millat of the Indian Muslims, but all this does not make him the definition of Pakistan.

The Quaid wanted a Pakistan of Islam and of the Quran, not a Pakistan of the Quaid; the Quaid was a common man, thus fallible; Islam, Quran and the Prophet of Allah are infallible. So the Question being presented here is basically leading to two semi-wrong choices, in choosing the Quaid, the Secular thinkers aim to direct public opinion towards a man, for whom they have worked hard to prove as a secular/liberal person for many years now. Even though the Quaid was not the man they try to portray, but a little diversion from the root leads to big diversions in future, thus for the liberals all is gains in this scenario.  Read the rest of this entry »

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THE ELUSIVE PAKISTAN NATIONAL POLICY

Posted by yourpakistan on October 31, 2012


By Brig Samson S Sharaf

Pakistan is unfortunate amongst a few select countries to have never had a cohesive, integrated and permanent National Policy. It is a sad but a true reflection of a state that has spent half its existence under military dictatorships or tailored democracies. Whatever time that can be credited to civilian establishments either had a stamp of bureaucratic intrigues or in fighting within the parliamentary system resulting in scant national policy making.

The first decade was lost to political conspiracies hatched by a group of bureaucrats and politicians who had the advantage but not the conscience of serving with Qaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. These rulers rather than adhere to the vision of their leader amply enunciated in his speeches, minutes, 11 August speech to the first Constituent Assembly and the complexion and diversity of his first announced cabinet, chose to embarked through a muddied perspective on an elusive and unending journey of inventive nationalism that set a precedence of disfigurement through repeated surgical procedures at the hands of butchers and opportunists. Pakistan therefore never belonged to Pakistanis.

Ayub’s rule from 1959 to 1969 was a relatively stable period for economic growth. Yet the questions relating to the federation since 1947 were ignored and complicated. Rather than forge a Welfare State, the paradigm was set for Pakistan to become a Security State patrolled by the military and intelligence agencies under the sharp eye of USA. Hence the National Policy revolved and evolved around a security paradigm with India as the enemy along with a strategy of military alliances with USA, that put Pakistan firmly aligned to the Anti Communist Camp. It was this paradigm and Doctrine that ultimately saw the secession of East Pakistan and a Military Surrender to India. The reaction gave rise to Bhutto’s populism. 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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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
PakNationalists.com

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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