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Monday, September 09, 2013

M A Jinnah and the Wonders of Pakistan

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”

… and we have a fully Islamic Republic now.

"No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.”

… and they still do.

“Do not forget that the armed forces are the servants of the people. You do not make national policy; it is we, the civilians, who decide these issues and it is your duty to carry out these tasks with which you are entrusted.”


With more than half our lives we have been ruled by the army … and half of the other times we have been ruled by the army behind us telling us what to do.

Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani, the man who recited his Janaza Prayers, thought of Jinnah Sahab as a Faasiq (The dictionary shows 4 meanings: a sinner, a worthless fellow, a fornicator, an adulterer).

Usmani hated Shias, too. Jinnah Sahab was a Twelver Shia who had converted from the Khoja Ismaili Sect. However, Usmani  decided to lead the public Sunni prayers for his Janaza.


And, of course, those who want us to move away from Jinnah's words sometimes actually 'forge' them on paper, as you see in the cover of this book

So did he sign this in 1897 or 1997?

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Anonymous KTShamim said...

Nice article. Surprising how what Jinnah warned against came to pass.

16 September, 2013 01:25


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