A Pakistani Patriot Lays His Burden Down
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  • Ed Snyder

    If Mr. Ali Jinnah’s vision for Pakistan was as Mr. Cowasjee claims, then why did he insist on a seperate state for Muslims to begin with?

  • carvaka

    i actually like to understand what exactly is this jinnah’s pakistan, that pakistan’s liberals so much talk about. jinnah certainly didn’t want to see pakistan in the current scenario but it seems to me that pakistan reached the current state by following policies which originated from the time of jinnah.

    a supporter of two nation theory (that hindus and muslims are different nations) and some one who called for “direct action day” can hardly be called secular . jinnah certainly mixed politics with a particular religion (islam). interestingly as far as i know he never said that pakistan would be a secular country clearly , never even hinted such before independence.
    after independence and partition his insistence of urdu as national language and forcing that on east pakistan certainly speaks of his tolerance to diversity.
    his choice of assuming presidency over prime minister-ship is telling.
    he famously said that USA needs pakistan more than the other way round and even at that time of thinking of using west and USA to match india , militarily.
    pakistan’s first jihad (use of irregulars and religious motifs ) to further political or strategic objective also happened under his presidency during first kashmir war.

    so it looks to me that todays pakistan is in a sense , exactly jinnah’s pakistan.

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