Pakistan: The Founder’s View

Muhammad Reza Kazimi

Abstract


Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan had visualized Pakistan
as a state where a minority would become secure from religious
discrimination, not as a state where religious discrimination would be
practiced. There is incontrovertible evidence, that Jinnah openly opposed
the concept of an Islamic State for Pakistan. The memoirs of his closest
lieutenants attest to this. In 1943, Jinnah speaking to the Muslim League
said that if Pakistan meant a place where people could not get a square
meal a day, he did not want Pakistan! That is why Jinnah broadcast his
view that Islamic Socialism was most suitable for the country. All his
closest associates, including Liaquat Ali Khan, the Raja of Mahmudabad,
and Miss Fatima Jinnah, voiced their agreement with him at different
stages of Pakistan's history.
However since Pakistan had a Muslim majority, the same Ulama who
had opposed the Pakistan Movement exercised street power to give the
constitution of Pakistan, a fundamentalist and militant complexion.
They assert their authority to excommunicate communities and practice
compulsion in religion, an action expressly forbidden in the Holy Quran.
Pakistan has been caught up in violence like bomb blasts, because
militants have acquired power due to certain undemocratic exigencies,
and can survive only by following the founder's precepts.

Keywords: Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Ideology of Pakistan


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