The Promise of March : by – (Alam Rind)

23rd March Pakistan Day

23rd March Pakistan Day

The momentous event that took place on March 23, 1940 at Minto Park Lahore changed the course of history. On that fateful day All India Muslim League had organized a historic convention to voice the concerns of the Muslims of India. At that historic occasion Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah crystallized Muslim aspirations and presented the quintessence of the visions of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Allama Mohammad Iqbal and other leaders those who struggled for the rights of Muslims of subcontinent. In his presidential address he said, “The problem in India is not of an inter-communal but manifestly of an international character, and it must be treated as such”. He further added that, “The Hindus and the Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs, and literature. They neither intermarry, nor inter-dine, and indeed they belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their concepts on life and of life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Musalmans derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, their heroes are different and they have different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other, and like-wise, their victories and defeats overlap. To yoke together two such nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to growing discontent and the final destruction of any fabric that may be so built up for the government of such a state”. Based on the ideas of the Quaid, A. K. Fazl-ul-Haq, the then Chief Minister of Bengal, moved the historic “Pakistan Resolution”. It was seconded by Maulana Zafar Ali Khan from Punjab, Sardar Aurangzeb from N.W.F.P., Sir Abdulah Haroon from Sindh, and Qazi Esa from Baluchistan.

A goal was set by the nation where it was decided that independence would be the only way forward. Freedom was demanded for Muslims majority areas located in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India. The whole nation stood united behind Qaid-e-Azam and responded to his calls with utmost devotion. The journey to Independence wasn’t easy. It was Qaid-e-Azam’s political acumen, his foresight and character that prevailed over Hindu slyness and countered British cunning. Congress always propagated itself as sole representative of the people of India and believed that the struggle was between Congress and British and anyone who was for independence would support them. Their two and a half years rule exposed their true face. During this period Muslims were subjected to physical attacks, discrimination, unemployment, strangulation of economic and educational opportunities and other abuses. In the face of all these adversities Qaid-e-Azam stood firm and continued to propagate that Muslims are a distinct nation having separate culture, language, legal laws, moral code, history and hero’s. In 1945 Muslim League won 100% seats in centre and stood as the sole representative party of the Muslims that strengthened the hands of Qaid-e-Azam. It was through unflinching support of Muslims that he could realize their dream of independence in just seven years.

We need to revisit Iqbal, dream again, accumulate our energies and set ourselves on to the path that leads to the goal that destiny has set for us. To transform Pakistan into model Muslim state we need to take a stand to shun corruption, nepotism and social injustice. This stand is inevitable as it is not possible for us to let the sacrifices of our forefathers go waste. We might have to do it without charismatic leader like Quaid-e-Azam. It is still possible, if we rise above our personal interests, promulgate good and eschew evil at individual and at national level in practical terms.

Mohammad Iqbal

Mohammad Iqbal

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