My Countrymen:Stand Up & Be Accountable!

This is a PAKPOTPOURRI Exclusive and a 23rd March Special

By: Jawad Raza Khan  

It leaves me shell shocked, when in our drawing room discussions by the so called civil society members, play down the binding effect of a national ideology.

More than 2/3 rd of the century has gone – when an ideology, on which existence of a nation rests, was revealed to the world. It was an official birthday of the famous Two Nation Theory, which had the power of truth to change the world map, and as in the case of every truth this ideology has also been attacked, brutalized, high jacked and also cut to half but still breathe in Pakistan.

The young Pakistani minds have been pounded and bombarded by a school of thought totally in collision course with the concept of this indispensable foundation . Every now and then the words of Mr. Jinnah in relation to minorities was distorted by the pseudo intellectuals of our country. Not to be left behind, it has also been horrifyingly abused by the rightist element. Resultantly,our young generation is in a bona fide frightening dilemma, where they are more than suspicious about the struggle of one of the greatest leadership ever produced by Muslim World on this globe.

If we as a nation are mindful of the said confusion, some sort of an intellectual accountability has to be done, more than ever today and for that a very small but vital part of the Pakistan Movement is needed to be read again……………………………………

Election results of British – India (1937) sent a strong statement by All India Congress after defeating Muslim League in nearly all its strong holds – Muslim League was not even able to gather majority to form government in any province of India – The Indian National Congress was in majority in Madras, U. P., C. P., Bihar and Orrisa and were able to form a coalition government in Bombay and N. W. F. P (Now KPK) –  To some extent they also proficiently secure political importance in Sindh and Assam, and formed the ruling coalition there as well.

In those elections Congress was successful to muster power in nine out of eleven provinces.  On the other hand, Muslim League failed to form government in any province. Quaid-i-Azam offered Congress to form a coalition government with the League but the Congress rejected his offer. The canvas was dejected, hopeless and frightening for the Muslim community.

All the apprehensions came true, as after taking charge in July 1937; Congress declared Hindi as the national language and Deva Nagri as the official script; The Congress flag was given the status of national flag, slaughtering of cows was prohibited; it was made compulsory for the children to worship the picture of Gandhi at school; Band-i-Mataram, an anti-Muslim song taken from Bankim Chandra Chatterji’s novel Ananda Math, was made the national anthem of the country; Religious intolerance was the order of the day; Muslims were not allowed to construct new mosques; Hindus would play drums in front of mosques when Muslims were praying.

The situation was so worse that even the biased Westerner political thinkers had an in-different opinion about the Congress era (1937-1940).

Sir William Barton writing in the “National Review” in June 1939 also termed the Congress rule as “The rising tide of political Hinduism”.

Differences between British and Congress lead to the resignation of the Government, which came as a sigh of relief for the Muslims of sub continent. Quaid-i-Azam asked the Muslims to celebrate December 22, 1939 as a day of deliverance and thanksgiving in token of relief from the tyranny and oppression of the Congress rule.

Point here to contemplate is this: what made a disunited community of Muslims in sub continent to pass Pakistan resolution, just after three years of big election defeat and merely three months after the end of cruel Congress rule?

The speech made by Quaid-i-Azam at Minto Park, Lahore on March 22, 1940. In this speech, he stated that “Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, with different social customs and literature. They neither intermarry, nor eat together, and indeed belong to two different civilizations whose very foundations are based on conflicting ideas and concepts. Their outlook on life and of life is different”. He emphasized that “in spite of the passage of about 1,000 years the relations between the Hindus and Muslims could not attain the level of cordiality”.

The only difference between the writings of Al-Biruni and the speech of Quaid-i-Azam was that Al-Biruni made calculated predictions, while Quaid-i-Azam had history behind him to support his argument. Prediction which was made by this renowned philosopher of his time around 900 years before creation of Pakistan and narrated by Mr. Jinnah cannot be taken as an incident and especially when it made history of his time.

Pakistan was born . A country based on an ideology. An understanding that Hindus and Muslims were like chalk was to cheese. It was certainly through resolute leadership of Pakistan Movement which  snatched Pakistan out of the jaws of British and Indian Congress leadership, but why have we, relegated our ideology, on which rests the very foundations of our country, to the back burner?

A comparison of Pakistan and the Jew State draws some interesting contradictions.

Israel’s 1953 Law of State Education specified aims for the education system.

  • To base education on the values of Jewish culture.
  • On love of the Homeland and loyalty to the State and the Jewish People. (Mar’I, 1978, P 50)

Over 50 years have passed since the enactment of this law, but the aims it specified remain central to current Israeli public educational policy. Though the law was amended in 2000, it maintains educational objectives for public schools that emphasize Jewish values, history and culture, while ignoring Palestinian values, history and culture (Adalah, 2003) (The legal center for Arab minorities in Israel).

In June 2001, Minister of Education, Limor Livnat, stated that she would like to see that “there is not a single child in Israel who doesn’t learn basics of Jewish and Zionist knowledge and values” (Fisher-Ilan, 2001, p.4B). The Ministry of Education operationalized these goals though programs such as the “100 Basic Concepts” curriculum unit that was introduced to the middle schools in the 2004/05 school year.

On the other hand in the same era we were busy in making up a new face of Pakistan more acceptable to US in particular and westerners in general.We were making efforts to establish ourselves away from the very ideology that created Pakistan.

Today, as we stand as a nation, on the cross road of destruction and humiliation, we need to go back to square one, where one Jinnah clogged the British Empire and opportunist Hindu mentality to create another Palestine in the lap another Israel ( India) and made us Pakistanis. I cannot, but recall, one of my teachers with great reverence, Mr Nadvi, a worker of Pakistan Muslim League ,who taught me Pakistan Studies.A flowing river of knowledge on what all our elders sacrificed to attain Pakistan, he would tell us,“Don’t open your books, till I am alive you don’t need them, I am Pakistan, listen me, you will come to know what a great nation we are”. We require hundreds of Nadvis now, to keep those books closed, as now, they have been disgustingly tampered with, as well.

According to famous historian Stanley Wolpert, “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.”

My fellow countrymen, let us salute the man who was Jinnah,appreciate the gift of a free country he gave us,and move ahead, from this point onward with the national ideology with which he carved out Pakistan!

(Jawad Raza Khan is a writer.He resides in Islamabad).






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  • siddiqui my  On March 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Dear Jawad Sb
    It could not be stated any better. You deserve my hearat felt admiration and congratulations.

    You have extremely well articulated our brief history and reasons for our decline for which our foreign educated self styled intellectuals are to be fully blamed.

    Our younger generation is ignorant of Pakistan’s early history and the difficulties faced on its birth. The fault certainly lies with us, elders, and our education system which is totally rotten and desrve to be totally changed and buried deep !!

    We have taken a totally different turn in our journey and have adopted systems and political measures which are totally alien to our needs. One cannot understand what is so sacrocent and compulsive in West Minister style of governance ?

    Why are we ashamed to be muslims ? Our children have hardly any knowldge of Islam especially the fundamentals…teaching of Islam is “not fashionable ” and consequently Islam has been high jacked by closed and dark minds …….

    There is delibrate attempt to malign religion; undu praise of western values ( alien to our values & cultural traditions ) dominates young and impression minds. We have ourselves given space to half educated religious groups and we find it convnient to blame our sins upon them !!!!!!!

    We have destorted Jinnah beyond recognition by misquoting and twisting his words………………………….

    Thank you for fine write up. God bless you

  • jawad  On March 20, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Sir, this is the most important jihad which is to be fought with pen not sword. Thanks to this forum where one can fight it out with zeal and vigour. We need to coordinate our efforts for timely victory. Thanks for appreciating my humble effort for this great nation!

  • Munir Varraich  On March 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Javed Sahib,

    Thanks for bringing up this subject. It is time to put the Pakistani mindset on an even keel. That can be only be achieved by a “Free Mind” not influenced by the colonial past, Washington, Westminster, Makkah or Confucious. Your article should show the way to our younger generation who are trying to find their true Pakistani identity with its roots in our Indus Valley and a value system based on Islam (PEACE).

    MAV
    Sweden

    • jawad  On March 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks for acknowledgement, “TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT” and “TOGETHER WE WILL DO IT”INSHALLLAH

  • Munir  On March 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

    AOA,,,,,,,,JazakAllah Madam and thank you very much for sending me such nice articles. You are doing a great service to the nation. May Allah The Almighty bless you with health and prosperity. Ameen.

  • Salman Abbasy  On March 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

    The founding generation of Pakistan is almost extinct yet we have failed to frame the “100 Basic Concepts” to inform and inspire succeeding generations like the other ideological state in the Middle East did. So we drift with false prophets at the wheel.

    • jawad  On March 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      Humans can be extinct, not the ideologies and thats what we need to understand and practice, sir!

  • Ahmed  On March 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

    The two nation theory was broken practically in 970 and than in 1973 languge riots in Karcahi,hyderabad sindh and finally buried by the creation of firts ever Mohajir nation on the earth in Ziaulhaq era.moreovr,nations are never based on religion.there are many Arabs who are christians and Bengalis but Hindus.There are many sindhis who profess hinduism.If you see it in narrow prism of definition in religious color thanit will again complicate.We can be Muslims not in name but in practice and progressive at time.Arabs call us non arab muslims,why they make it muslim nation.let us work for real progress and cohesion of society rather than working to benefit certain sections in the name of Islam.Why we comapre with Israel which was created on usurped land.
    AAS

  • Peter Chamberlain  On March 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Yasmeen,

    This is just the medicine that Pakistan needs. America needs similar medicine, though in much stronger dosages, perhaps with a second component, some sort of super anti-apathy compound. As you can tell, by the sound of American cruise missiles striking Libyans, against the will of at least half of the American people, govts will do what they want. We the People is just a hollow phrase, since we no longer even believe that, or are willing to put the strong words to the test. We are blind to our sacred duties. It is time to put the following to the test, but we have not yet found the way.

    whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness”

    We live in troubled times, of Biblical proportions. Such times require men and women of conscience to stand-up for something bigger than themselves.

    • jawad  On March 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Two nation theory existed 7000 years back “The Great Indus Valley Civilization”. This is now what Pakistan is EXACTLY and Islam gave it a religious dimension which was needed to create this great nation and wisely put forward by Mr Jinnah.

  • Inam Khan  On March 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    At present Pakistani Society is divided into five different segments:fundamentalists,religious,not so religious,secular and western minded.Fundamentalists are gaining strength day by day due to failure of the state to provide equal opportunities to the populace.With the result a large portion of population is heading towards ‘Mdrassahs’ where they are imparted fundamental,fanatic and to some extent extremist ideology.Now this increasing fundamentalistic ideology is influencing National Ideology.I apprehend this trend will not only continue but gain more strength as the time passes.Recent events of killings of Salman Taseer and Clement Shahbaz Bhatti are clear indicators.We shd bear in mind that National Ideology is under going a huge change.It shd be taken note of that the changing ideology may be narrow minded but at the same time is very patriotic.I have seen green turbaned people of all ages cheering up national cricket team during matches against other countries.Mind you they are very devoutly praying for success of the Pakistani Team at the same time……………..Inam Khan

    • jawad  On March 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      Absolute True sir!

  • Khan Zia  On March 21, 2011 at 1:31 am

    There is a reason why the so-called civil society plays down the ‘ binding effect of a national ideology’. Its mind has been systematically conditioned to think along these lines both by the foreign as well as national media for years if not decades. They put out highly tendentious and malicious stories about Islamic history in general and Pakistan in particular that have no credible basis. Any attempt to counter the baseless propaganda is assiduously excluded. As an example, this piece was recently refused for publication by all the main dailies despite the journalistic obligation for balance, let aside any other consideration. Why this is so is open to conjecture but the nett effect has been that it has turned our chattering classes into ‘House Negros’ who were against freedom for Black Americans —- as against the ‘Field Negros who favoured it.

    TRASHING MUSLIM RULE

    (K.Hussan Zia)

    An article titled ‘We Glorify Islamic History with Shameless Rulers’ by Waseem Altaf, ostensibly copied from a Pakistani publication, is being circulated on the Internet worldwide. It accuses un-named Pakistanis of falsifying history to glorify figures like Mohammed bin Qasim, Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi, Emperor Aurangzed Alamgir down to Dr. A. Q Khan. They are described in vitriolic terms and accused of all kinds of crimes to arrive at the conclusion that ‘In a state where such individuals are glorified and a society where such personalities are applauded, there is not one but countless Mumtaz Qadris’ epitomizing all characteristics of a murderer, a conspirator and a traitor.’

    While the writer has every right to his opinion, using baseless and distorted versions of history to support highly tangential hypotheses is unwarranted and unjustified. Unfortunately it seems to have become the de rigueur norm in certain quarters to mimic the mood in the West and ridicule and vilify Islam, Muslims and Pakistan in particular. Left unchallenged and uncorrected, it has the potential to mislead the less informed and gullible among us. There is little point in repeating the misguided and baseless assertions made by the writer in this case. Instead observations and opinions of some well-known and respected historians —- almost all of them non-Muslims and non-Pakistanis —- about the same allegedly ‘shameless rulers’ are presented for comparison.

    Mohammed bin Qasim

    Contrary to what has been alleged, Mohammed bin Qasim did not leave behind him a trail of Hindu blood and gore wherever he went. According to the celebrated British historian, Sir Stanley Lane-Poole, he did quite the opposite, even retaining Raja Dahir’s Brahmin prime minister and most of his administrative staff in his service:

    ‘The fall of Multan laid the Indus valley at the feet of the conqueror. The tribes came in ringing bells and beating drums and dancing in token of welcome. The Hindu rulers had oppressed them heavily, and the Jats and the Meds and other tribes were on the side of the invaders. —- To such suppliants Mohammad Bin Kasim gave the liberal terms that the Arabs offered to all but their inveterate foes. —- The temples, he proclaimed, shall be inviolate, like the churches of the Christians, the synagogues of the Jews, and the altars of the Magians. —- The citizens and the villagers were allowed to furnish the tax collectors themselves; the Brahmans were protected and entrusted with high offices, for which their education made them indispensable; and the conqueror’s instructions to all his officers were wise and conciliatory :- —– (Mediaeval India Under Muhammedan Rule A.D. 712 – 1764, T. Fisher Unwin Ltd. London, pp. 9 – 11).

    Annemarie Schimmel, a leading western authority on Islam, notes in her book ‘Islam in the Subcontinent’ that the largely Buddhist population was dissatisfied with the Hindu Brahmin Raja Dahir and may have facilitated bin Qasim’s campaign. She also records, ‘Muhjammad ibn al-Qasim did not attempt mass conversion; he left the people to their ancient faith, except in cases of those who wanted to become Muslims, as Beiruni rightly states. It would indeed have been difficult for the small minority, which was operating at such a distance from Damascus, the centre of government, to impose new religio-social patterns upon a country of a very different culture’ (p.4).

    Mahmud Ghaznavi
    ‘Mahmood was not cruel; he seldom indulged in wanton slaughter; and when a treaty of peace had been concluded, the raja and his friends were set free,’ (Mediaeval India, p. 19).

    Hindus continued to live in peace and had complete freedom to worship in his domain. There were many Hindus among Mahmud’s troops, including one by the name of Tilak who rose to the rank of a general under his son, Masud. In his book, The Discovery of India, Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, writes: ‘Mahmud’s raids are a big event in Indian history, —-. Above all, they brought Islam, for the first time, to the accompaniment of ruthless military conquest. So far, for over 300 years, Islam had come peacefully as a religion and taken its place among the many religions of India without trouble or conflict —- Yet when he (Mahmud) had established himself as a ruler —- Hindus were appointed to high office in the army and the administration. —-’

    It is not true that Muslims attacked Hindu temples wantonly to destroy their idols as a religious duty. Mahmud was primarily interested in the wealth that the Brahmins extorted and stashed there. This was universal practice at the time that cannot be judged fairly and onesidedly by the norms and standards prevalent in another era. If it is acceptable to idolize Napoleon, Nelson and Wellington for their achievements why should it be any different for Mahmud who never suffered a defeat in all his military campaigns?

    Temple Desecration
    Idol destruction is not a part of Islam. The only idols that were purposefully destroyed by the Prophet (PBUH) were those he found in Kaaba to cleanse it from Shirk. Muslims subsequently came to rule vast areas that were littered with millions of statues of all shapes and kinds belonging to scores of different creeds and civilizations that they left unscathed. Most of these can still be found intact at historical sites in Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon Syria, Jordan, Iran, Central Asia and India that remained under Muslim rule for centuries.

    Temple desecration has been a common feature in Indian history which predates the arrival of Islam. The deity of each temple was rooted in the local mindset and was considered a popular symbol of political power. Any harm or insult to the temple was considered to be an insult to the kingdom. Beginning in sixth century there are several examples of Hindu victors desecrating the temples of the defeated. For instance, in 642 AD the Pallava King Narasemhavan I looted the image of Ganesha from the Chalukyan capital of Vatapi. The exploits of the Chola King Rajendra were so prolific that he decorated his capital with idols looted from a number of neighboring kingdoms. Kashmiri King Harsha reportedly raised the looting of temples to an institutionalized activity. Similarly, Hindu rulers attacked Buddhist monasteries and pillaged these mercilessly (see Temple Desecration and Indo-Muslim States, by Richard M. Eaton, Perigrec Books, New York, 2000).

    Aurangzed Alamgir
    Aurangzeb has become the whipping boy of many Hindu and western writers whose controversial opinions are accepted without due caution in some unwary Pakistani quarters. His rule and actions were no different to those of any of his predecessors including Akbar. Much is made of the imposition of Jazia; the implication being that it was discriminatory and extortionist in nature. What is hardly ever mentioned is that the proceeds of the tax were primarily used for the welfare of non-Muslims in the same way as those from Zakat were used to benefit the Muslims. If it is acceptable for the Muslims to pay Zakat as a tax why should it be so unfair for the non-Muslims, who are exempt from contributing Zakat, to pay Jazia?

    It is a serious misreading of history to claim that Aurangzeb’s campaigns against the Marhattas and Sikhs were due to any religious animosity. Had that been the case he would hardly have granted exalted positions in his court to Shiva Ji, his uncle and son-in-law as well as Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. The French visitor to the court of Aurangzeb, Francois Bernier, noted at the time: ‘Who then can wonder that the Great Mogol, though a Mahometan, and as such an enemy to the Gentiles, always keeps in his service a large retinue of Rajas, treating them with the same consideration as his other Omaras, and appointing them to important commands in his armies?’

    Mughal campaigns in Gujrat and Punjab in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries had been undertaken to put down insurrections and restore law and order. Both the Sikhs and Marhattas had been committing terrible atrocities on a huge scale. In one raid on Sirhind alone the Sikhs murdered more than ten thousand innocent Muslims regardless of age or sex. Their battle cry was simply, ‘Muslay da naas Guru da parkas’ (‘destruction of Muslims is the will of the Guru’). Guru Gobind Singh’s specific edicts read in part: ‘A Khalsa proves himself if he mounts a warhorse; is always waging war; kills a Khan and slays the Turks’ (A History of the Sikhs by J. D Cunningham, John Murray, 1849, Appendix XX).

    Falsification of History
    One has to be extremely careful about what is contained in history books particularly in India. In the 1985 Khuda Bakhsh Annual Lecture delivered by the Indian historian, governor and chancellor of five universities in Orissa and member of Rajya Sabha, Dr. Bhishambhar Nath Pande noted: ‘Thus under a definite policy the Indian history textbooks were so falsified and distorted as to give an impression that the medieval (i.e. Muslim) period of Indian history was full of atrocities committed by Muslim rulers on their Hindu subjects and the Hindus had to suffer terrible indignities under Muslim rule. And there were no common factors (between Hindus and Muslims) in social, political and economic life’ (article by M. H Faruqui in the July 1998 issue of the Impact International, London).

    As an example of this falsification he said that according to Indian textbooks, Tipu Sultan was responsible for the suicide of 3,000 Brahmins who objected to his trying to forcibly convert them to Islam. It transpired that the story emanated from a history of Mysore, written by a Victorian Englishman, and that no such incident had ever taken place. Tipu Sultan, whose own prime minister and commander-in-chief were Brahmins, far from indulging in forcible conversions, gave annual grants to 136 Hindu temples.

    The writer is author of ‘Muslims and the West: A Muslim Perspective’ and ‘Pakistan: Roots, Perspective and Genesis’.

  • Minhaj  On March 21, 2011 at 1:32 am

    AOA
    The article is good. However, lack practical approach and does not suggest strategies to revive Jinnah’s Pakistan to bring it out of the respirator. The Pakistan, Jinnah created, never took off from the ground. Infact, it was buried, when Jinnah died and his coffin waited at the Tarmac to be buried by the fellow countrymen. We could not sustain what Jinnah got for us. Our history since the death of Jinnah, is tainted with conspiracies, military rule, dependence on USA, dismemberment and heading towards a total collapse.
    Question arises, whom are asking us to lead to move ahead, the current corrupt leaders or the individuals, who are embroiled in their daily survival.
    May I request, this august forum to form a think tank, to suggest strategies to bring us out of this situation, otherwise, history and our future generations will always blame us for not doing enough to save Jinnah’s Pakistan.
    Long Live Pakistan.
    MAQ

  • Abdul Qadir Khan  On March 21, 2011 at 8:47 am

    This is second time that I have been forced to write in this blog. Excellent article for 23rd Mar 2011. Just yesterday, I commented on Mr. Jawad’s article on “Cable Networks strike” and here I come again. In fact he has very politely pointed out an issue which people like me really feel and grade the root cause of our embarrassing status in the community of nations. ‘I I sir’, Right Sir’, ‘Yes sir’ is our language with which we are passing our time. What a shame that I am unable to leave a country for my children to cherish upon. I rather feel ashamed of myself. We have removed everything from our syllabi which has any connection with Islam or for that matter ‘Pakistan Movement’. We are trying to be a good child for everybody except becoming good fathers for our children.
    This article has given a beautiful gauge (In the shape of Israel Policy) for us to determine the very basic reason of our downfall as a society. Certainly, in such a small place, counter measures cannot be discussed as pointed out by some other honorable commentator but I would love to see somebody giving some practicable steps for people to follow. A forum or bulletin board would have been a better place for this purpose. The moderators may like to think about this. A ‘Jawab-e-Shikwa’ is really required.

  • Zia Rehman  On March 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Dear Sirs, Scholars, Patriots and armchair Politicians, who are you calling for accountability? With due respect to all, allow me to make a comment:

    No amount of think-tanks can help bring Jinnah’s Pakistan to fruition. It’s a wish upon which idealists dream on. The unsavory truth of the matter is that Pakistani masses are and always been slave to their feudal lords. And their so-called leaders are smart cookies who know how to drug them with the opium of religion. Had they been earnest in making Pakistan a great nation, the first law passed by the country’s first prime minister should have been abolishing feudalism, the Sardari system and FATA. The second measure should have been naming the country, “The Peoples Republic of Pakistan.”

    Forget about the past glory of Islam and face reality. Where are our scientists, inventors, philosophers and great administrators? Why have they lagged behind the West in scientific invention, military superiority, medical expertise and the idea of pursuit of happiness for the masses?

    Sadly to mention, Pakistan is in decline, politically, economically, morally and spiritually, like it or not. Without the crutches of Saudi largesse it can crumble within a day.

    Courageous are the people who still believe they can revive the “Sick Man of Asia.”

    ZIA REHMAN

    • Minhaj  On March 22, 2011 at 1:01 am

      Zia
      We all know what you have written. Think tanks are made to think and make strategies for solution.
      Thx
      Minhaj

      An optimist looks for opportunity in a problem, a pessimist sees a problem in an opportunity

      • Zia Rehman  On March 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm

        Minhaj Bhai, I agree to what you have quoted. No doubt I’m a pessimist, and hopelessly so about Pakistan’s future. There have never been any shortage of creative thinkers and able columnists in Pakistan since 1947 who keep suggesting solutions for good governance and progress of their country, yet nothing happens. And you know why? Because leaders and their cronies lack the will to educate the masses. And why should they when they can become millionaires by fooling them. What can you expect from a people who elect a leader who declares himself chief martial law administrator after getting elected and the judiciary endorses it. The judiciary is supposed to be the watchdog of the Constitution, right? And what solution you have for a nation who vote in an universally known “smart cookie” to power? Further, what can a think tank do when ministerial cabinets consist of 80 plus members; anybody with clout to foment trouble makes it to the cabinet and riches. I can go on and on with examples.

        Please don’t take it to heart. This is just an outburst from a pessimist.

        Zia Rehman

  • siddiqui my  On March 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Dear Readers,
    Raza Sb’s article has touched most of us and has elicited much responce; It certainly shows our inner anguish BUT how many of us have the courage to say “I am guilty” ?
    I guess most of the writers are not only grown ups but plus middle age or more ? So first let all of us look & reflect into ourselves in the silence of a dark night …..what has been our role in this whole sordid state of affairs ? Let us all see within our selves and count our positive actions to rectify the defects ?
    There was a time when I used to say to myself and my children ” I and my generation is at fault; we made a mess of our morals and our society and now it is upto you the younger lot to redeem…” But now I am not so sure; now I wait for that child who will be born long after we are gone and may be he will rectify our mistakes and misdeeds!!!!!!
    Raza Sb rightly reminds us of great heritage going back to Moenjedaro etc….I have no dispute with this assertion; it is all part of our Land but then Porus and Ranjeet Singh and Guru Nanak are also important part of our heritage; so is the gandhara and the Vedas??????? But think deeply upon one of the smallest Ayat “Qul whoo Allau hu Ahad…..” It was the defining Ayat which stands us apart from the rest…………..It is a terrible Ayat which defined our ROLE for all times to come………….
    I respect and admire all religions and all civilisations because they all are part of God’s scheme….
    To come back to our lament; We needed to eat grass for ILM and then atom bomb would have come for asking. What are our priorities ? what education we are giving to our children; what resources we have devoted to quality education? IQRA was the First Word…..but today for us it does not exist…today our children are studying a system which was abolished even by the Indian 15 years back…….We give IPhones to our 10 years old while more than 90% children do not have even a slate and chalk to write upon …………
    Before we pontificate let us look deep into ourselves; blame game is counter productive……are we really better than mokeys / ( sorry for un parliamentary language !)
    Look at Davis case..He should have been tried for War Against State…….and how we complied……..even a dog will react if you step on his tail…….
    Self confession is certainly redeeming; let all of us start from within us; What Zia sb has written is mostly quotations from non muslims…has any muslim written anything worth while about Mahmud Ghaznavi or Aurangzeb ? A Hindu and Indian historian of international repute, Ms Romilla Thapar, has wtitten the truth and praise for Mahmud Ghaznavi and a Hindu Prefessor of the Hindu University, Benaras has praised and defended Aurangzeb!!!!!!!!!!!
    My apologies..but we require personal actions only then collective actions will take shape
    siddiqui

  • John Bose  On March 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Yasmeen, you wrote a good History of Pakistan and India about thier births, you forgot to mentions that two votes from Christian helped muslim league to have Pakistan pls look into History if it is true thanks JJohn

  • S U Turkman  On March 22, 2011 at 12:22 am

    J R Khan’s claim that Moslim League could not win anywhere in 1937 Election is a Lie. Moslim League had won in the most populous Province of India, Bengal. Hussain ShaheeD Sohorwardi was Chief Minister and in Sindh Moslim League had won enough to form a Coalition Government.

    • Jawad  On March 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      Thats superb! Turkman with logic -actually sir i am talking about the west Pakistan in precision as this is what we have after Indian Army intervention which resulted in fall of Dacca. Please read the article again……………Thankyou

      • S U Turkman  On March 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

        Thanks for letting me know West Pakistan was formed before Pakistan in 1937. You were talking about Elections of 1937, not West Pakistan, Remember?
        Why don’t you scroll up and find out?

  • siddiqui my  On March 22, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Ms Yasmeen and Raza sb have raised issues which are of prime importance but most responces have been emotional and rhetorical; they deserve really serious attention. True we cannot change anything over night since most of us are not in any position of authority but then solutions cannot be imposed; they must come from within and if we do make a serious effort then ultimately a ripple effect can happen.
    Let us begin at the begining with , let us say with a clean slate :

    We have got Pakistan; now we have to estabish a govt to manage the affairs of the State.
    So we need a set of rules how to govern ie a Constitution

    This had been settled for us by the Father of the Nation ie the Quide : He REJECTED the West Minister style which definitely does NOT suit us and the Western nations as well.
    He RECOMMENDED Presidential system
    Now there are many kinds of Presidential systems: USA; French, Turkish, Indian…..etc
    Our recent experience shows that even Courts can go beyond their jurisdictions under the cover of Law
    Suggest we have Constitutional Court to exclusively deal with any constitutional matters. Germany, Turkey & many other countries have such a court. This court should consist of 5 – 7 retired CJs of the supreme court/High court. Their tenure should be life long ( or until mentally fit )

    Next item to be discussed is EDUCATION. Education budget is to be drastically increased; I suggest Army, Navy and PAF should contribute 2% from Army and 1.5% each from the PN/PAF budgets to the Ministry of Education for the Primary and secondry Education.

    Can we please discuss these essential matters before going on specifics ?
    What we are discussing for the last few weeks are important and serious matters and should be taken seriously in realistic and achievable manner

    siddiqui

  • Ata ur Rashid  On March 22, 2011 at 5:57 am

    A wonderful article by a patriotic pakistani, this is another heart touching article by Jawad sahib. It rightly describes to our younger generation that how our homeland appears as an independent state in this world. Despite all the sufferings, we must stand by our idiology, our roots, this is the only way that we can have recognition as one of the glorious nations of the world. In religious perspective, as a muslim state, we cannot play role in the muslim world, until we know who are we, and unite as a one nation, rather than a crowd of people without an ideology busy in gathering and grabbing mere necessities of life.

  • Ata ur Rashid  On March 22, 2011 at 6:15 am

    P.S. in continuation of my previous comment, I will appreciate the Jawad sahib’s effort to reveal the real face of Hindu Zionism, as it existed before the birth of Pakistan (a muslim idelogical state). That proves the hidu mentality lies behind their every action, and it proves and support the two nation theory which our enemies are trying to swept away from our minds and souls.

  • imran khan  On March 22, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Its a really meaningful article to our nation that discusses about the two nation’s religious philosophy… your article is a real guidance to our younger generation to help them find their exact path…
    We can be grateful that there is a man to guide us that there is always possible to return to our very foundations (“Square one”) on which we stand, falling of them will result in spiritual death of two nations theory and hence Pakistan. Hindu’s true mentality has been exposed by a reference to the history few decades past, this should be an eye opener to our current generation busy in watching Indian schools of thought.

  • M Hussain Adenwala  On March 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Another good article from Jawad. Let me be honest in admitting that in spite of getting a distinction in Pakistan Studies, the para around the 1937 British India election results was an absolute eye opener for me. It now makes a perfect sense as to what made the Muslim League took a clear direction in 1940. Moreover, what would have happened if God forbid we would have been living under biased, self-centered Hindus without owning our own peice of land and our very own Identity. How living under them perhaps would have affected our lives, our culture and most importantly our religion. On a personal note Jawad thanks for reminding me of our old school time teacher Mr. Nadvi – I remember we all use to say he’s a “living history” and a true follower & supporter of the great leader Jinnah.

    • jawad  On March 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      you are aways welcome Hussain

  • siddiqui my  On March 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Raza Sb,
    You started it up but I dont see any follow up comments from you…did I miss something ?
    You rightly pointed out the flaws and I submitted some remedies…they may not be kosher in your eyes but my submissions do require some responce even if adverse !!
    Incidentally I had my early education in Nadva and have claim to be a Nadvi too…….
    Frankly, nobody has made any positive submissions; we all are crying but nobody has offered medicine or solace. Something has to be done..WHAT ? no suggestions or solutions are forthcoming. So what is the purpose of all this high fi composition ???
    Please answer/advise : A. Is our present political system ( West Minister style ) suitable
    B. What is National Priority ; Defence or Education
    C. Is Kashmir worth destroying Pakistan ?
    D. Faults have been well described…Solution (s)??
    Do we have to accept and embrace a civilisation which is mostly unknown aka Moenjedaro…. ? Do you realise the significance of “LA” in our Kalima ? Why does the Kalima begins with a negative “LA” ? Just think about it ?………….before we become Muslim and pledge ourselves to ALLAH we all must cleanse our spiritual and worldly life and erase ALL other idealogies and gods…………………..
    Comments please…so I may shut up or have a meaningful dialog and tighten our belts.
    Thank you and God be with you

    siddiqui

    • pakpotpourri2  On March 23, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Dear Siddiqui Sahib
      At times readers drop off a comment but do not return to check/read the same post and/if a reply has been posted to their comment.
      Best
      YAA

    • jawad  On March 25, 2011 at 4:17 am

      Sir sorry i was a bit busy somewhere else your question are indeed thought provoking and in tense, i will try to answer them in my next article. i hope i will prove myself worthy enough to do that!

    • S U Turkman  On April 7, 2011 at 12:55 am

      Its not Kashmir that Pakistan is being kept behind for by spending half to 3/4th of Pak Budget on Defense. Its being spent for our Sarkaari SaaNd, the Pak Army. Kashmir and India are just excuses to keep our Sarkaari SaaNd fat and healthy though it has never won a war.

  • Abdul Qadir Khan  On March 24, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Dear Siddiqui Sahib,
    1. The compass diagram is too small. Please attach a bigger picture in the link or place the same picture somewhere between two paras in a larger window. It seem to be an interesting picture.
    2. Regarding your last comment, I once again itterete that for such issues of core National importance, a new section on the pattern of a Forum be included in your blog. It will give a place to all readers for expressing their opinion. Senior writers of your forum and others will write and your blog will give a helping hand to policy makers or the other think tanks. Before closing the Forum on a particular subject, a summary of ‘For’ and ‘Against’ or important point can be given.
    Regards

  • Abdul Qadir Khan  On March 24, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Dear Siddiqui Sahib,
    1. The compass diagram is too small. Please attach a bigger picture in the link or place the same picture somewhere between two paras in a larger window. It seems to be an interesting picture.
    2. Regarding your last comment, I once again iterate that for such issues of core National importance, a new section on the pattern of a Forum be included in your blog. It will give a place to all readers for expressing their opinion. Senior writers of your forum and others will write and your blog will give a helping hand to policy makers or the other think tanks. Before closing the Forum on a particular subject, a summary of ‘For’ and ‘Against’ or important point can be given.
    Regards

    • pakpotpourri2  On March 24, 2011 at 4:33 am

      Qadir Sahib
      The postings are done by the Moderator & not the writers.Secondly, the picture will appear in size sent by writer. They cannot be enlarged unless redone.
      Best
      YAA

  • Abdul Qadir Khan  On March 24, 2011 at 6:38 am

    One more thing, though I have already participated more than what I usually do, Please be ware of some ….. commentators who are paid agents and one of them I know. has given comments on this page as well. He uses Islamic type of name and I can tell you other instances where this gentle man has participated with fake name and is a paid AGENT. I hope you wil be able to recgnise him. I suggest that he should be blocked from participstin in your blog. Rest is your decision.
    Bye

    • S U Turkman  On March 25, 2011 at 6:06 am

      A Q Khan,
      I am only a Paid Agent of Allah and this is why I speak the truth and facts. I can not help it if lying, cheating Satanic People like you hate my Guts.
      In Ancient days people like you used to kill the Messengers if you didn’t like the message now on Internet you use Personal Attacks instead and assassinate if you find them. I have never used any fake names and Samsam U Turkman is name on my Passport.

  • Abdul Qadir Khan  On March 24, 2011 at 6:56 am

    OK, for your ease, Just write “S U Turk” in google and have a look on results.dilazak1@hotmail.com

  • Abdul Qadir Khan  On March 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

    You may not publish these comments but for you information, read one email of S U Turkman:-
    I got this as a mail and I`m sharing it with you.

    I think, Mr. Jinnah betrayed half of his followers, his own Ethnic People and an old Client besides other wrongs. Learn by reading the following:
    .
    1. Married a Non Moslim in violation of Islamic Shris.
    2. Back-stabbed his former client Khan of Qalat (the ruler of Baluchistan) by ordering invasion of his independent state.
    3. He betrayed his own Ethnic Ismaili Moslims by ending freedom of Ismaili independent states of what is now called (occupied) territory of FATA and those of his own people are still virtual Slaves of almost all Punjabi Pakistan Army there.
    4. He ordered invasion of what is now called FATA.
    5. He had ordered usurpation of tiny little independent states in Punjab.
    6. He had abandoned more than half of his Urdu Speaking followers in what is now India (by letting their majority areas become a part of India), who had made Moslim League win Elections in a 100 to 300 mile belt spreading from East Punjab to Bengal.
    7.. He had foolishly declared Urdu as national language of Pakistan, when 70% of ‘August 14, 1947 population of Pakistan’ spoke Bengali…. The Pakistan he had agreed to get from the Viceroy consisted of only Sindh, Moslim majority West Punjab (minus state of Bahawalpur, the region southeast of Multan, bordering India, now called ‘Saraikistan’ by the locals) and what is now Bangladesh, where 97% of people spoke Bengali.
    8. By dividing Moslims of the Sub Continent in to Pakistanis and Indians, he had ended 900 year old Moslim Rule of the Sub Continent by dividing Moslims, when they were already accepted as Coalition Partners of Congress Government of India in 1945 because they were 1/3rd of the population of undivided India…. May be God had wanted to free Hindus completely from 900 year long Moslim Rule of India.
    9. Moslim League would have been part of every Coalition ‘Government of India’ even if her legal status of ‘Coalition Partner’ was later revoked because none of Hindu-dominated Political Parties were going to have a majority later because of Moslim League’s strong presence in un-divided India but Mr. Jinnah was not far-sighted enough to think that far ahead.
    10. He had refused to listen to Moslim Thinkers, who had told him that having a Pakistan with most of her land (Punjab) located in a lot less educated part of ‘Cantonment India’ of British Indian Empire would not be a good idea.

    Mr. Jinnah was told that there are 2 parts of British Indian Empire. Below 30 degrees parallel was ‘Civilized India’ that was a lot more educated and easy to rule. North of that was ‘Cantonment India’, where people were not that educated and civilized. Those people were always ruled by British ‘dunDaa’ or heavy-handed rule because nothing else worked there. He was told, that area was used by the British to recruit almost whole Indian British Army that had loyally fought war against our revolt in 1857 and then later WW I and WW II for the British. He was informed that Military could take over that kind of Pakistan and Pakistan would not remain, what he wishes but he had refused to listen to those Moslim Theoreticians. Look at Pakistan of today …!
    .
    Those Theoreticians have proven right and he has been proven wrong because Pakistan is a failed state now. 70% of her Birth Population had revolted against Pakistan 24 years later and calls itself Bangaladeshis now. 56% of present Pakistan’s Non Punjabi population of Pakistan is tired of being run by Punjabis (44% population of present Pakistan according to Pak Census Bureau), who were never in favor of formation of Pakistan to start with.(In 1944, Punjab Assembly had passed Resolution against Pakistan Movement and had told the Viceroy Mr. Jinnah is not their Representative).
    .
    Mr. Jinnah’s 2nd wife was a Parsi (Zoroastrian).
    Present Pakistan is an upside-down country or shall we call her a “Comedy or Errors”?
    .
    S U Turkman

    turkman@sbcglobal.net

  • siddiqui my  On March 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Dr Qadir sb,
    Thank you for your responce
    I think the site run by Ms Yasmeen is good enough for brain storming; I am not a politician and have no desire to be one.
    I feeel if like minded people agree and take action which we agree to be right and essential then slowly and steadely our ideas will prevail eg we can agree to change or modify our Constitution as per our requirement; and if we agree we MUST change our school/college syllabii then we can create pressure group and advocate….etc

    Let us begin right now : let me ask all of our readers to state if they think West Minister style system suits us ? If not then what system we should design for Pakistan ?

    Next we should and MUST debate about Education system for our children……… Do we agree to abolish “O” & “A” level system ? Do we agree our children should be given religious instructions in schools; it does not have to be topical or biased but based upon basic Quranic teachings; Arabic and Persian be re-introduced as optional subject in all Boards from Class VIII to class X………..

    Since you have kindly responded then advise your views on the TWO questions posed ?

    As people who may try to act as fifth column simply ignore them

    Thank you

    siddiqui

    • pakpotpourri2  On March 25, 2011 at 1:34 am

      A good question raised by you. I share an older article with you here, in response to your query on system of governance.
      http://yasmeenali.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/democracy-or-dynastic-rule/
      I personally feel:
      1-Presidential system.
      2-No one may contest for MNA/MPA/In house party seat more than twice for period of 5 years in case of Parliment & 3 in case of in house party seat.
      DEMOCRACY OR DYNASTIC RULE?
      By yasmeenali
      In the Westminister type democracy, as propogated religously by our politicians, the anchor has always been the crown. The strength of the British Crown has been it’s Naval power and the Army. The Airforce came, much later. The King or the Queen has always been the Head. Thus, it added, an aura of stability to it.

      On the other hand, in Pakistan’s political history, the leaders for quite some time till now, are the progenies of the former collaborators, who ,were made Nawabs, Tumandars and Chiefs by the then super power, the British, when the sun, never set in the Empire. The Union Jack ruled supreme. The New Aristocracy created by British Imperialism, to support it’s Forward Policies has been instrumental in the dismemberment of our country in 1971 and subsequent upheavels. Post 1947 too saw them at work. Iskander Mirza, boasted with his links with Mir Jaffer of Bengal. A name blackened in our post muslim history, all the nawabs, sirs and nawabzadas hailed from the IOT above mentioned. Their loyalties to the State, now that we see in hindset,has always been about, as the time passes by.

      Requirement of fresh blood is a must. Provided, these dinosaurs, let them, emerge.

      Till the Rule of Graduation was enforced in our Political Ground, these primary failed leaders led us in a musical chairs game, the so – called democratically held elections have proved to be dismal failures one after the other, after 1947. Apart from lacking the qualifications to govern,those in power, have been constantly bullied by the opposition,whose main aim, has been, to attain power,regardless of the harm it does to the national interest.

      Once, the opposition succeeds in overthrowing a government,the roles are merely reversed, as music begins, as the game restarts.

      Meanwhile,the person in power, accumulates a massive amount of wealth,which is really his or her main objective in the first place ,in guise of patriotism.

      Do the above lines sound familiar?

      An insight on the character of any emerging leader is a must, because, eventually, on the count of votes, 99% of the voters, who, misled by their worthy MNAs and MPAs,the real bloodhounds who sniff the political air,before joining in the fray,are also the legacy of British Imperialism, at lower levels. They change the bandwagon at a whim . The poor masses, are fooled every time. The MNAs and MPAs ,going for a kill, to recoup the losses in terms of money sustained in the electoral campaign.

      They, are not, and never will be, nationalists.

      The Leader of the Party,by virtue of his past ill gotten wealth, leads them with rings pierced in their nosees, though not visible to the naked eye! An odd plot or a permit to a sugarmill etc is the price. These wheelings and dealings are the bonuses that come with the seat.

      The dynastc rule, must end, the laws amended, and the constitution changed, in the national interest. Fresh blood and a ban on old dynastic families is the need of the time. Only once ,should a chance be given, to a politician, to head the government. Let him prove his worth, when he too knows that, to make a good name, he must burn the proverbial midnight oil ,and work, in the alotted time of 5 years. We do not have to follow anyone’s set pattern, new methods have to be evolved, to meet OUR requirements.

      Niether USA, nor UK are in a position to dictate to us, as they cannot comprehend, “our pulse”. We have been, an egalitarian society and still are in certain regions. Feudalism was never a system in our Sindh Valley Civilization, our grass root judiciary is still based on, the Council of Elders and NEVER a fixed Council. An insight in our past is a must. The Westminister Democracy must end now, as it has proved to be a failure so far. No wonder we have a short civil rule followed by a long defence rule. This has been the cycle of our political history in the last sixty years.

      All feudals, who still hold onto the grants of the British Colonial era, must surrender them and for once earn a living on their intellect. They must be debarred from politics and same goes for the new industrialist class of politicians. The best example and to give the devil his due was emergence of Bengali Leadership in our United Pakistan of yore ie our Former east Pakistan in form of Sheikh Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, a man of “his masses”.A feudal imposter of West Pakistan cost us our east Pakistan. It seems we never learn from our history and yet we seek a change. The change can ONLY come from within us, no one can impose it on us! An imposed change will never work.It CAN never work.
      We have to do away with our feudals, and the blood sucking industrialists and not to miss the third class who suck, both the farmer. ie the grower and the end user, the city dweller, meaning thereby the commission agents/brokers. They have always created all our shortages if only somebody could, bear to hear, the woes of a small grower who is the bulk producer of our crops/raw material. We can only have progress minus the trioka quoted above.

      Hence only, will come the White Revolution we seek. Prices will fall, politics cleaner, the thana katchery will cease, with all the touts, put to work. And this is only possible, if, we are willing to do it.

      To conclude, it is said that people work or do something, under the threat of immenent disaster, what the commonsense and consience has been telling them throughout. Unfortunately, when they do start acting, then it is already too late, to avoid the disaster.

      We are safely, still far away from the brink, as is being portrayed by our Doomsday Literary Giants for the last sixty years.

      Yasmeen Ali

      • S U Turkman  On April 11, 2011 at 1:21 am

        Yasmin, I agree with your Train of Thought but the basic problem is Military does not want to let institution of even this Democracy of the Elite find its roots. Almost all Punjabi Military is for its own interests, not interests of Democracy, Pakistanis or Pakistan because its main purpose is to keep looting Pakistan.
        Look at the Business Environment of Pakistan …!
        From level of Thailay Wala to big industry, who can survive without paying BhuTTaa to 14 secret and not so secret Agencies and Departments of Pakistan?
        If you want to bring Pakistan from 15th Century world to 21st Century world, you have to destroy Pak Army and control of the center. You have to turn Pakistan in to a Federation of autonomous a couple of dozen small states.
        Without devolution of power the corruption is never going to end because its being backed by the Center and Pak Army, not people on the street. When people do not have power, how can you have Civil Liberties and Human Rights for them to have a real Democracy in this Police State?

  • siddiqui my  On March 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Dear Ms Yasmen
    Thank you for your responce of March 25.
    In essence we are on the same wave length; you wish to implement a vast agenda; feudalism is too strongly entrenched presently and it will be futile to take it on at this moment…pl realise even the Army ( AKA Armed Forces ) are also by now feudals !! You realise citations of awards being given to armed forces officers are seldom read ? they are awarded simply by seniority for loyal services to the incumbant Chief of the service ? most awards for senior officers carry land award…………..
    today we are like a terminal patient whose heart is not working; his kidneys are failing; his lungs are filled and he is in coma…………….treatment is of difficult choices ? but the patient is still breathing and so the doctor (s0 MUST try to save him………………….Chices are certainly difficult; I will go for Constitution and Education first and then take on other issues. But I am in basic agreement with you. You have a forum and the will and EFFORT…..so please continue this debate and enlist more support; you are younger and capable and articlulate; so please take this task seriously and collect committed supporters around you; let this not be a flash in the pan
    God be with you

    siddiqui

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  • siddiqui my  On April 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I am surprised at the lack of serious responce to the ongoing debate reg “….Stand up & be counted….” I am disappointed at the initiator of the debate Mr Jawad. Only Ms Yasmeen offered some helpful comments
    Can we have positive and meaning full responces?
    Mr Turkman need not bother; we are well aware of his views. He is in majority of one !!

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