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Jinnah's Pakistan is dead, but --
By:Ardeshir Cowasjee
Date: Monday, 17 May 2010, 4:35 pm

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Jinnah's Pakistan is dead, but has it also been buried forever?

The Objectives Resolution, legislation which would never have been permitted by the founder of this country, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, came into being in March 1949, a mere six months after his death when his loyal lieutenants succumbed to the pressures of the religious right which sought to impose its will on a country, the formation of which it had either opposed or stood by silently while the Muslim League struggled. It negated all that Jinnah had stood for, if we are to take as our guideline his famed address to the constituent assembly of Aug 11, 1947, when he declared that faith, caste or creed were to be put aside and all were to be equal citizens of one country, and, most importantly, that religion was not the business of the state.

The most ominous words spoken that March day when the resolution was passed by the constituent assembly were spoken by Hindu citizen of Pakistan, Sri Chattopadhyay, who represented 25 per cent of the then East Pakistan population. “I do not consider myself as a member of the minority community. I consider myself as one of seven crores of Pakistanis. Let me retain that privilege. I sadly remind myself of the great words of the Quaid-i-Azam that in state affairs the Hindu will cease to be a Hindu; the Muslim shall cease to be a Muslim. But alas, so soon after his demise what you do is that you virtually declare a state religion.” ...

Those who followed either exhibited little will to stem the rot or were hand in glove with the forces of darkness, the enemies of tolerance. Jinnah’s Pakistan has virtually ceased to exist, but there are still some who hope it has not yet been interred for ever. -- Ardeshir Cowasjee

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Jinnah's Pakistan is dead, but --
Ardeshir Cowasjee -- Monday, 17 May 2010, 4:35 pm
Re: Jinnah's Pakistan is dead, but --
Jawaid Ahmed -- Tuesday, 18 May 2010, 8:27 am
Jinnah's Pakistan is very much alive & well
Dr Shabbir -- Tuesday, 18 May 2010, 9:58 am