Sorry, Mr Jinnah, we had to ruin your beloved Pakistan

Published: April 20, 2016
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You wanted Pakistan to be a state where we would be free; free to go to our mosques, temples and churches, but today it is a country where many are free to bomb places of worship. PHOTO: PAK ARMED FORCES

You wanted Pakistan to be a state where we would be free; free to go to our mosques, temples and churches, but today it is a country where many are free to bomb places of worship. You said there would be no difference between Hindus, Christians and Muslims, but today Pakistan’s Muslims are killing each other (as well as Hindus and Christians) because they cannot tolerate those whose beliefs are different from theirs.

Your Pakistan would have been a model democracy, but 10 years after your death, a military dictator took over the reins of the country, and we hailed him as a saviour. After the first free and fair elections in 1970, we watched helplessly as a demagogue refused to accept the winner of the polls as prime minister, which led to the dismemberment of your beloved country. Later, other dictators came and did their best to damage the country you created.

You created Pakistan because you feared that Muslims would have no rights in a Hindu-dominated India. But today, the country is ruled not by Hindus, but by a feudal class which considers itself above the law and flagrantly refuses to pay its due share of taxes (but decides how much tax honest taxpayers should pay).

When you were dying, Mr Jinnah, your doctors advised you to go to London for treatment, but you refused because your country was poor and because you loved its people. Today, Mr Jinnah, every member of parliament is allowed to go abroad for medical treatment for the slightest of ailments (like constipation and diarrhoea). You did not take a salary even though you were working day and night, but today our politicians have looted the country and bought palaces in foreign countries, and we can do nothing about it.

You’ll be shocked to hear, Mr Jinnah, that the kind of people who called you ‘Kafir-e-Azam’ (the great infidel) have appointed themselves guardians of Pakistan’s ideology (even though they bitterly opposed the creation of Pakistan). These men thought you should be portrayed in their image, so they have dubbed your speeches in Urdu, a language which you could not speak. They changed the name of your wife to Maryam, even though your marriage certificate and her tombstone say her name is Rattan Bai. Some of them even changed the place of your birth to an obscure town in Sindh, even though you yourself said on many occasions that you were born in Karachi. We won’t be surprised if in future they remove all your portraits and show you as a heavily bearded man in an attempt to prove that you were like them.

In today’s Pakistan, Mr Jinnah, only one per cent of the population pays income tax. There are regions which refuse to pay customs duty and taxes on smuggled cars, the country’s industries are on the verge of collapse due to rampant smuggling, and the government cannot impose its writ and recover taxes from such elements (because practically everyone in the government is highly corrupt). The streets of your beloved Karachi are not safe, and we consider it a miracle if we arrive home safely every evening without being mugged or robbed (even though, as you said, the first duty of every government is the maintenance of law and order).

You said that no nation can progress if its women don’t work, yet today the Pakistani working woman is not safe. The mullahs say her place is in the home and she has to bear as many children as she can. And if, God forbid, she is raped (something that happens every day), she can be charged with adultery if she goes to the police, as she can’t produce four male witnesses to the crime. In fact, one religious leader even advised rape victims to remain silent and say nothing (because in his version of the true religion, that is what has been ordained).

We do not know if it is true that you called Pakistan the greatest blunder of your life, as you lay dying in Karachi, but over the years we have done our best to make it come true.

Shakir Lakhani

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, former visiting lecturer at NED Engineering College, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (twitter.com/shakirlakhani)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • S.Aziz

    If it bothers you so much why don’t you move to Endia?? May be that will open your eyes as to why this country was created!! the daily threats and discrimination you will face will make you flee in a short time! That will teach you the reason millions died for a Muslim homeland! Liberals like you have brought this country down! Learn you religion, learn your history, learn the enemy before you write anything.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Muslims killing Kafirs since time immemorial, so nothing new, Jinnah asked Bhutto to starved Hindus to death in Junagardh, Jinnah sent militants in J&K to rape and kill Kashmiri Pandits and sold arms to Nizams of Hyderabad for doing massacre. Jinnah called himself Qatil-e-azam.

    Jinnah was appointed by British Raj and never elected. Pakistan was created as Jinnah never believed in democracy.

    Muslims do not have right to kill and rape non-Muslims in India, so he was right. Pakistan was created in opposition to land reforms by feudal class.

    This is exactly the Pakistan Jinnah wanted except he would have opposed calling it an Islamic state.Recommend

  • Kushal

    Very very heartbreaking Shakir. Especially when you compare yourself with the progress of 180 million muslims who chose to be ruled by Hindus.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    “You wanted Pakistan to be a state where we would be free; free to go to our …….”

    There is a saying in hindi which aptly describes the above statement ” sau chuhe khake billi haj ko chali.”

    If Jinnah was all that as described by the author, there would be no Pakistan. Pakistan was created for Mullahs and they are appropriately ruling it.Recommend

  • Keyboard Soldier

    Jinnah was like Imran Khan of the 40s; an opportunist who made huge blunders only to satisfy his ego.

    Pakistan was built on the fake concept of Two Nation Theory that died in 71.

    Now the generals think that Islamizing an overly-Islamized piece of land can erase the identity crisis. It did not work back then. It will not work now.

    Pakistanis need to go back to their Indian roots, and make their constitution secular, while turning the four states into a political union like we have in the UAE, USA and the UK.

    Unfortunately, the GHQ would never ever let it happen because it would end their hegemony over 200 million people.Recommend

  • Jinnah

    Apology not accepted, go out and do something about itRecommend

  • tuk

    All MNAs, MPAs, senators, and cabinet members must be banned for going abroad for medical care! We must make them develop their own country instead of looting it.Recommend

  • Nana

    Thank you Mr. Lakhani for spelling it so correctly. The image that stares back at us from the mirror is horrible and grostique. Is it us? Hairat hay, how did we do this and WHY?Recommend

  • indiandude

    be a state where we would be free; free to go to our mosques, temples and churches,…
    Yes, that state is called India. Jinnah got what he wanted, stop whining.Recommend

  • someone

    I am sorry to ruin the blogger’s day but the current Pakistan is indeed the result of Jinnah’s action. If you sow the seed of bitter gourd, you are not going to get mango tree. However many thanks to Jinnah for saving Indians from huge huge headache.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Jinnah is the architect of today’s Pakistan – knowingly and unknowingly. He fought a secular Congress, which was hellbent on establishing a Centralized Democratic Govt with a Secular Constitution, with a mandate of implementing Land Reforms within months of Independence.

    Jinnah didn’t stand for any such things. He openly allied with Feudals. Called for the Constitution of Pakistan to be based on Sharia. He imposed a single foreign language over majority in Pakistan, which leads to its breakup eventually(thereby becoming the architect of Bangladesh).

    Compare this to actions of the guys he opposed – Nehru implements the first wave of land reforms in 1951, leads the charge in establishing a secular and fair constitution starting in 1948,which ends in 1950; sets up Educational institutions and heavy industries within first 10 years.

    Jinnah had a confused vision. He just wanted to oppose the Congress. He was not even principled as the special rights he asked for minority Muslims, he refused to give to minority Hindus in newly created Pakistan. Jinnah just didn’t understand India as well as Gandhi and Nehru did. Jinnah barely fought the British, didn’t spend a day in jail.Recommend

  • zam nadiawala

    very well said ” a great plundering blunder passing on passe “Recommend

  • Sd

    Very trueRecommend

  • Fahimuddin

    Every sentence I have read above was like nail in my heartRecommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    To all the Indians: Pakistan has been made and please get over it and move on

    To Kushal: The 180 million who chose to be ruled by Hindus last I heard are being hunted down for eating Beef. Also I remember some of them were brutally killed by Hindus sometime back in Gujrat when your current PM happened to be the CM of Gujrat.Recommend

  • Zahid Jamil

    Writer seems to forget the first elected PM was in 1956 not 1970.Recommend

  • jay

    All we Indian can say ” Thank you Mr Jinnah ” you took away all that away which was not India. We cant imagine a nation that was like Pakistan. Padma Bhushan fro Mr JinnahRecommend

  • Rohan

    Pakistan was destined to fail thanks to jinnahs love for hate and separationRecommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    To Swadhin: First of all it’s a saying in Urdu not Hindi, probably that’s why you don’t know it properly either. It is “nau soo choohay kha kay billi hajj ko chali”. Furthermore, stop accusing Jinnah of partition of India, it was your beloved Nehru who was too narrow minded to accept Muslims as equals to Hindus that lead to creation of Pakistan and incidents like what happens with Muslim on slight suspicion of Beef eating and the Gujrat Massacre further strengthens our belief that Jinnah was right all along!Recommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    oh please by your logic, if you turn into a rapist despite having the nicest parents than you raping somebody is a result of your parents actions? Why do Indians forget logic when attacking Pakistan or defending india?Recommend

  • May_16

    Thank you Jinnah for removing the tumor out from IndiaRecommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    The first general elections (based on adult franchise) after 1947 were held in 1970, which Mujeeb won. The prime ministers before 1970 were elected by assemblies which were not elected in the real sense (in the Basic Democracy system of Ayub Khan there were only 80,000 voters for the whole country (including East Pakistan). Before that, the prime minister was elected by a constituent assembly which was not popularly elected).Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Jinnah never wanted Pakistan to have a constitution based on Sharia. He said Pakistan would not be a theocracy, and would never be ruled by priests.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    The British did their best to keep India united. It was Nehru’s duplicity which finally convinced Jinnah that there was no alternative to Pakistan. As for Jinnah never being jailed by the British, it was due to his insistence on following the law, unlike Gandhi who took out processions and rallies in which many innocent people were killed.Recommend

  • Pin2

    “his insistence on following the law” as in not opposing British rule. How did he fight for independence if he just follow laws (just or unjust) create by foreign occupiers as a loyal citizen?

    Nehru’s stand on Nation state was correct and so was not bowing to Muslim league’s demand for separate electorate for Hindus and Muslim. Jinnah’s hypocrisy on separate electorate became evident when he did not advocate the same for minorities of Pakistan.Recommend

  • PUSHKAR TYAGI

    Salman: I can only be more amused at your ignorance. May be it is the fault of the education and narrative in the entire muslim world which tells muslims that they are somehow superior than the rest of us. Their religion is superior, their culture is superior and so are their people. Praise is only meaningful when somebody else is doing it and not you yourself.
    Now coming to the point. First of all, you cannot say what sentence is in hindi and what is in urdu. Both of them originated in north india. In fact, the hindi forged into a different branch after coming in contact of the muslim invaders which eventually became urdu which is why, 99% of urdu verbs are derived from sanskrit and prakrit ( check wiki ). Secondly, Pakistan has a problem with ownership. Urdu was taken to Pakistan by the Muhajirs from UP and Bihar. And you guys are kililng your own regional languages day by day because of Urdu. Urdu is not Pakistan’s language really, but Punjabi, sindhi, balochi, pashto etc are. Thirdly, events like Gujarat massacre and other riots happen once in a decade. No major riot has occured after 2002 in India of that scale. But in Pakistan, look at the minorities. 14% to less than 1 % hindus left in 70 years. On the other hand, look at the growth of muslims in India. And muslims are killing muslims in the entire ummah. So i think it would be better if you guys stay grounded and realize your problems. Then only they can be solved. Living in dreams about ur past is not gonna solve this.Recommend

  • Kushal

    How many of them? What is the percentage? How many of them are opting to be ruled by other Muslims? I also last heard your “Higher than hiccup deeper than teacup” friend banned burkha and fasting during Ramadan? What is your viewpoint on this?
    And for Gujarat do you know where the Tata Motors and Ford factory located and percentage of Muslims there. I will not mention as you might get an heart attack.
    BTW: Have you ever been introduced to the term called “Detailed Analysis”?Recommend

  • Nazir Jan,

    “I do not seek kingdom, I do not seek heaven, I do not seek moksha, I pray that the suffering humanity be relieved from pain” This is the daily prayer of which great man? None but Mahatma Gandhi. Don’t mention Jinnah’s name along with Mahatma Gandhi, it is sacrilege.Recommend

  • Kushal

    “It was Nehru’s duplicity which finally convinced Jinnah that there was no alternative to Pakistan.”
    Even if I accept your statement for the sake of argument, it doesn’t portray Jinnah a very rational person who carved out a country because of Duplicity of just one man?
    “As for Jinnah never being jailed by the British, it was due to his insistence on following the law,”
    Like when he was openly calling for riots in 1946? Which British law was he and his party was following?Recommend

  • Iqbal

    Whisky drinking and ham eating Mr Jinnah was warned of the consequences of his dreams by Lord Mountbatten but he chose to ignore them. Subsequent events proved that he only did for his egos and not for the Muslims of India.
    What goes around, comes around.Recommend

  • Iqbal

    Mr Lakhani you have got it wrong. Please read independent report like this:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6940148.stmRecommend

  • Feroz

    No one can stop you from twisting facts because lies cannot become Truth. In India unlike Pakistan all citizens are equal, same being guaranteed by the Constitution. Jinnah and his Muslim League wanted special status and voting rights for Muslims. What is so special about Muslims, Mr Salman Ahmed ? Are they superior to other humans ? More Muslims have been killed by fellow Muslims in Pakistan than have been killed in India, guess you should take the trouble of finding out why. Travel around the world and see how the world looks at India and its achievements and take the trouble of asking why.Recommend

  • Feroz

    Nehru was not duplicitous, he implemented whatever he promised his people. He never sold dreams of utopia or fed on peoples insecurities and fears. Gandhi never supported violence, never stood by anybody who did either.Recommend

  • Azhar Hussain

    Even though every word said in this article is true, we will rise Inshallah. I am not surprised at the comments of the Indians after reading but let me educated the readers in general. Keep my first sentence in mind while you are reading. Even though we have been in state of war for the past 35 years, and ruled by military and corrupt leaders we have still faired well. Name one country when in so many problems but still manageed to do relativiely well in textiles and apparel, food processing, pharmaceuticals, construction materials, chemicals, cement, mining, machinery, steel, engineering, software and hardware, automobiles, motorcycle and auto parts, electronics, paper products, fertiliser, shrimp, defence products, and shipbuilding. GDP was 20,058 in 1960 to $270 billion (nominal, 2015); Exports have grown to Total $29.872 billion (2014-15 est.), Goods $24.131 billion, Services $5.741 billion; Textiles ($13,653 million) Vegetable Products ($3,094 million)
    Mineral ($1,698 million) Leather ($1,237 million) Food and Beverages ($956 million) Animal Farming ($756 million) Manufactured Items ($571 million)
    Metals ($531 million) Plastic ($505 million) Chemical ($489 million);In the first four years of the twenty-first century, Pakistan’s KSE 100 Index was the best-performing stock market index in the world as declared by the international magazine “Business Week”.[47][citation needed] The stock market capitalisation of listed companies in Pakistan was valued at $5,937 million in 2005 by the World Bank. KHI stock exchange (100-Index) $5 billion at 700 points $75 billion at 14,000 points $46 billion at 9,300 points $26.5 billion at 9,000 points; Literacy rate 45% (1999) 53% (2007) 59%(2008) 61% (2009) 58% (2015); Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry grossed over $4.8 billion in 2013. However, it is expected to exceed the $13 billion mark by 2018.[78] A marked increase in software export figures are an indication of this booming industry’s potential. The total number of IT companies increased to 1306 and the total estimated size of IT industry is $2.8 billion. In 2007, Pakistan was for the first time featured in the Global Services Location Index by A.T. Kearney and was rated as the 30th best location for offshoring.[79] By 2009, Pakistan had improved its rank by ten places to reach 20th.[80] According to Pakistan Startup report, there are about 1 million freelancers working from Pakistan mainly via elance, oDesk and freelancer – world’s famous online market places that count Pakistan among top 5 freelancing nations. Pakistan has sustained immense socio-economic costs of being a partner in the international counter terrorism campaign. According to government estimates, the war on terror cost the Pakistani economy nearly US$8 billion a year in terms of lost exports, foreign investment, privatisation, industrial output, tax collection (see table below for the government’s estimation of the cost of ‘War on Terror’ to Pakistan as published in an IMF report). Signing of Pakistan-China economic corridor is going to help communities along the route from the north to the Port of Gwadar. All this despite being in state of war is not bad. Sorry to bust the bubble for the Indians, who are posting all sorts of nonsense. Recommend

  • Laskero

    Indian muslims have it so good in India. Look at what happened to Bengalis and what is happening to Baloch, Muhajirs, Ahmedis and other minorities in Pakistan.Recommend

  • gp65

    Please read the post you are criticizing. Jinnah is not being criticized for the way that Pakistan turned out. @someone is saying that the seed of hatred Jinnah sowed on the basis of religion (without which Pakistan could not have been achieved) has become a full fledged tree and is giving bitter fruit. A Million people who had lived in harmony for centuries killed each other at partition. Why? Because of the propagation of TNT. Prior to that 5000 people were killed in response to his call for Direct Action.
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  • gp65

    Untrue. Congress believed in one person one vote. Jinnah and Muslim league opposed it and wanted extra votes for Muslims as they were inheritors of Mughals. Rejecting such a deal was what any democrat would have done. With all his flaws, Nehru was right to reject that.Recommend

  • gp65

    It must be a rare Indian that is wanting to reverse partition. Please remember India army was in Bangladesh in 1971. Did they occupy it the way US occupied Iraq or Afghanistan for so many years? No.
    Indians are simply quoting history and questioning whether Jinnah was really the democratic and secular person Mr. Lakhani is claiming he is.
    Indians who use the word ‘unfortunate’ with partition are referring to the death and destruction and migration that made so many homeless.Recommend

  • Nana

    Muslims did not exist since time immemorial. Get your facts straight. Your exaggeration shows how much truth is there in your comment.Recommend

  • Nana

    Progress? Just the other day hordes of Hindu Indians were complaining about the lack of progress among Indian Muslims in these columns. They are always quick to point out this fact. Either you are telling lie or your fellow Indians are telling lies. Anyway it tells us that Indians lie a lot.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    I wonder if Jinah the lawyer who was handsomely paid for his job to be Governor General really cared for the people of present day Pakistan and Bangladesh. Earlier he was paid gold worth his weight by the Khan of Kalat, whom he betrayed. Lawyers do not have special love for his clients. He cared more for his Malbar Hill Mumbai bungalow than Pakistan, that is why when tens of millions of people were becoming homeless in 1947, he was worried about renting his bungalow to Europeans only so that it will be well taken care of.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Real freedom is not given as gift by the enslavers, it needs to be fought for, initially by peaceful means and if that does not work then like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose way. Jinah never fought against British. Like Nawaz, several other present and past Paki so called leaders and jernails he took refuge from 1930 to 36 and was brought to India by British to divide and mis-rule. Nehru co-opted British so reign of India were given to him by British. India’s complete freedom is still few years away.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Urdu literally means Turki Army Tent in Turki language. First Urdu poetry happened when Babar barbarian wrote few words appreciating shiny private parts of his teen age love, boy called Babri. Babri was most probably a Pakhtoon or Poonjabi. Later babar named Ram Mandir in Ayodhya as Babri Masjid after converting it into mosque.Recommend

  • Sridhar Kaushik

    Nobody is accusing Jinnah of partition. Present day Indians thank him!
    As far as the saying “Sau choohay kha key..” that is how it is in Hindi. May be the Urdu version is different.
    As far as Gujarat massacre of 2002 is concerned, that was 14 years ago. You guys are killing each other as we speak!Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Pakistan was created by Nawabs of UP&Bihar & Nizam of Hyderabad. Poor RamKalis who converted to survive in exploitative and oppressive Mughlai and Islamic rule and became AllahRakhis and their kids had no say in creation of Pakistan. Brishits (for their great game) and these Nawabs created Pakistan.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Jinah was a lawyer/liar, he said many different things to many different people based on what is good for his and his client’s selfish interests. His clients were Nawabs and rich.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Gazi & later Shahid Ilm-ud-din: Muhammad Ali Jinnah, then a prominent Indian lawyer, and later the founder of Pakistan, was then sought to appear in the appeal at the Lahore High Court. Jinnah appealed on the grounds of extenuating circumstances, saying that Ilm-ud-din was a man of 19 or 20 who was affected by feelings of veneration for the founder of his faith. He asked for the death sentence to be commuted to transportation for life. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilm-ud-din
    Today his ghost in the form of Mumtaz Kadri is haunting Pakistan. Jinah never cared, just as his grand father never cared what is the long term effect of his conversion to alien divisive and exploitative ideology and taking Bedouin corrupted Semitic Abrahamic names. His grandpa converted to get short term gain of tannery contract. Pakistan was short term gain for wannabe Jinah and British.Recommend

  • abhi

    I think he failed to completely remove the tumor despite good attempt.Recommend

  • LS

    Asking for 1/3 reservation privilege in the legislative assembly on the basis of religion would be violating the basic tenet of democracy.

    http://web.stanford.edu/~ldiamond/iraq/WhaIsDemocracy012004.htm

    4th Point: Rule of Law applies to all citizens equally, there by a segment of population cannot be favored against other just because they are Muslims. This is NOT duplicity, there are basic tenets of democracy. INC also rejected similar request from BR Ambedkar who wanted reservation in legislative assembly for Dalits. What Jinnah wanted was duplicity. He quit INC once he realized that Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Nehru have taken the lime-lite away from him and he returned to England only to be persuaded back by leaders of Muslim League (basically acquired a new client, to fight their case of getting a new country) when they had lost their previous elections miserably.

    Mr. Nehru and Mr. Gandhi have made lot of horrendous decisions but Democracy was NOT one of them… The gripe the muslims seemed to have was “They will not have power to rule India again” as they thought they were the rightful owners of India after British left. Recommend

  • LS

    In a democracy there is NO need to appease a group of people of certain religion. No one asked for this appeasement, Not Sikhs, Not Jains, Not Buddhist, Not Jews, Neither Hindus. Jinnah’s demand violated basic tenet of Democracy (Rule 4: Rule of Law)

    http://web.stanford.edu/~ldiamond/iraq/WhaIsDemocracy012004.htm

    Everyone HAS to be treated the same with the consideration or race, religion, ethnic group or gender.

    Why do you muslims should NOT be viewed with suspicion?
    1) They have orchestrated one of the lasgest massacres in all parts of India from Kashmir (Sikandar Butshikan) to south India with Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan.
    2) They sabotaged the freedom fight for 1857 against British and made it an effort to bring India under Muslim rule again.
    3) They destroyed the temples, looted, enslaved, burned as they pleased and drove people to poverty and confiscated their property if they did not convert or simply killed them
    4) Most of them did not participate in freedom movement against British (esp in what is pakistan and bangladesh today)
    5) They applied Jizya (like every where else they ruled) on non muslims at a higher rate.

    With the above in background and muslims demanding 1/3 or more power in legislative assembly, what makes anyone think that they would be kind to anyone? In any of the Muslim countries are muslims kind to minorities? OVERWHELMINGLY NO. In fact in each of the countries they have systematically taken away the rights of minorities. In case of Lebanon they have converted Majority to Minority in 30 years!!

    It was Muslims who said that Muslims cannot live with Hindus as their “Tehzeeb” was different but had no qualms living with them or ruling for say 300 years and if granted what they were seeking they would also would have lived in the same country.

    So what is there to trust them and after they were instrumental in dividing the nation what was left to trust them? Even today, they refuse to sing national anthem, refuse to sing national song, refuse to hail the country, participate in subversive activities, start most of the riots including the gujarat that you quoted or J&K, Malda or Muzaffarnagar, various bombings in different cities… 40% of the jailed inmates are Muslims arrested on various crimes.. so what is there to trust?

    You complain about beef… does Pakistan allow pork consumption for who ever chooses? So, when your own country is intolerant of Minority, pork eaters, forces them to claim that Ahmedia are non-muslim, teaches kalma as part of curriculum (which hindus don’t want to recite)… what kind of tolerance are you complaining about without looking into your own mess? You guys need perspective…and esp when your own condition isn’t great poking fingers at others does not help. In any case we are ahead of pakistan in almost 99% of indices that measure progress…and definitely are not looking for certificate of tolerance from pakistan who was recently kicked out of UN human rights commission for their shoddy record on human rights, while India kept its own position…

    https://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/freedom-world-2016

    Check the link above, freedom in Indian Kashmir is better than whole of Pakistan!!Recommend

  • LS

    and giving us migraine in return…Recommend

  • Kamath

    Kushal : Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
    It is incorrect to say that in India was a daily life between Hindus and Muslims as Jinnah Sahib loudly professed. Indian civillization was made of diverse people of ethnic , religious practices and not just Hindus. Buddhists, Jains, atheists, Zorostrian minorities etc were part and parcel of this mixture. The largest minority were Mulims who in most cases were descendants of converts from Hinduism.
    So I think it is correct to claim Muslims & Non-Muslims.!Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    You guys and your bubbles.

    Jinnah corrected himself next year when he saw people taking his Aug 11 speech too seriously.Jinnah from a speech on January 25, 1948, at Karachi Bar Association said: “I could not understand a section of people who deliberately wanted to create mischief and made a propaganda that the constitution of Pakistan would not be made on the basis of Shariat.”

    Aug 11 was playing to the gallery or Jinnah said a few things which were completely misinterpreted and goes against his actions the past few months. His asking his daughter not to marry a non-Muslim also perfectly fits into this trend.

    You guys have molded his image as per your convenience.

    Jinnah further said:“No doubt there are many people who do not quite appreciate when we talk of Islam. Islam is not only a set of rituals, traditions and spiritual doctrines, Islam is also a code for every Muslim which regulates his life and his conduct even in politics and economics and the like.”
    Jinnah was clear Pakistan’s Constitution, hence the idea of Pakistan was based on Islam and its law in accordance with Sharia. Today’s Pakistan IS Jinnah’s Pakistan.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    So true. Jinnah did India a great favor. We are a secular republic, with an enormous land mass and resources and no threat of Sharia being imposed like in Malaysia. India was given back to the indigenous cultures of India by Jinnah. Muslims were divided into 3 equal parts.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    When you say things like you want Constitution to be based on Sharia and kick off riots like Direct Action day where mostly Hindus are butchered, what else do you expect?
    Do you know Jinnah imposed Urdu on majority Bengalis, thereby becoming the architect of Bangladesh.
    @someone is right.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Nehru’s duplicity?

    If I tell you Pakistan will be divided into 4 parts, with each part having the power to succeed in 10 years would you jump with joy? Please be honest..

    Had CMP been implemented, which both Jinnah and British wanted, India would be divided into 3 parts with Himachal, Punjab, Bengal, Haryana going to Pakistan. Nehru saved our bottoms. Today is a giant land mass minus Muslims demanding Sharia.

    Nehru was the leader India needed. Nehru, unlike Jinnah, didn’t ally himself with scheming Feudals, which is why they ran to Jinnah, especially Muslim Zamindars who were compensated in newly created Pakistan by Jinnah and his League. Jinnah hasn’t said a word towards implementing Land Reforms(I dare you to quote Jinnah, as his buddies in the Unionist party would get hopping mad), but plenty on how Islam is so awesome. Nehru spoke about Land Reforms for the first time in 1929.

    You see where the priorities of 2 leaders were..Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    You and your bigoted text books.
    Hindus dropped to 1% of your population, 3 million Bengalis were butchered in Bangladesh, where mostly Hindus were targeted by the Pakistani Army and you have the gall to point out a few riots in India.
    Which is bigger? 3 million? or 1000 plus who perished in Gujarat riots? Tell me, oh, genius.Recommend

  • average pashtun

    funny as it sound when anyone says Pakistan should go back to its Indian roots considering the number of pashtuns balochs, hazara, northern areas have nothing to do whatsoever with the term going back to Indian roots. Jinnah was an epiotome of seculirsm and the nation was found on secular and liberal lines its was our misfortune in the start when he died and then our reluctance to do anything as a nation against tyrants and bigots who ruled the country afterwards.Recommend

  • average pashtun

    hahahahahah mate jinnah was long dead even before bhutto was even done with his law degree. Jinnah sent armies to kashmir after Indian armies occupied what is current now knows as jammu, but if we are talking on the lines of all this can u tell me who killed Gandhi and why is his assassin statue erected in on of your biggest political party headquarter. the list goes on and on mate but ur ignorance baffles me.Recommend

  • exposingindia

    for all the Indians here, if you are so against ‘separation’ why did you want to seperate from the British Empire? and what is India, india was itself created by the British. THe british didt stop you from getting an education, go to your places of worship then why? nationalism, fake nationalism? where people in Kashmir, Manipur, Sikkim, Khalistan, Hyderabad, Goa were killed by the Army? Plz give us a break Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    I have not come across Jinnah’s speech at KBA that you have quoted. Even if true, please remember that Jinnah’s interpretation of Islam (and Sharia) was different from that of most religious scholars. He appointed a Hindu as law minister in his first cabinet, he asked a Hindu to compose the country’s national anthem, he and his sister attended prayer services at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (after the creation of Pakistan). In his opinion, all men are equal, and Muslims are not superior to those following other faiths.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    In his will, Jinnah named Bombay University as one of the beneficiaries (along with Islamia College, Peshawer). This is not what an ordinary man would do. As for being handsomely paid to be Governor General and being paid gold worth his weight by the Khan of Kalat, it’s all a figment of your imagination.Recommend

  • Iqbal

    To view whether Jinnah’s Pakistan has been a success or not is to compare Pakistani Muslims against Indian Muslims in a country where they are both looked upon equally. In the West there have been researches where this has been done. This is one of them and you draw your own conclusion unless you are an illiterate:
    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/feb/20/race.immigrationpolicy
    To add fuel to fire Muslims in the West even commit more crime. Is that because of Hindus of India?Recommend

  • siesmann

    Right about most,but Ambedkar has to be judged on his version of events.He demanded a separate electorate(not requested reservation),but Mr. Gandhi went on a fast ,and eventually succeeded in making Ambedkar settle for reservation.(without separate electorate).Ambedkar knew,and rightly so ,that despite Gandhi’s false hope and assessment to the contrary ,Dalits were not going to be accepted as equals in the country’s caste system.Recommend

  • Kamath

    That is terrible things to say. Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Being Governor General itself is big payment. We are not going to sing any longer, “London se Aya Mera Dost, Dost ko Salam Karo….” Ask yourself simple question, would you give anything away to this London Se Aya Dost, who could not get elected in Mumbai Muncipal Corporation’s open (not reserved) councilor seat? He was imposed on Indians like Motilal or Jawaharlal were imposed on India by Brits. His sister occupied https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohatta_PalaceRecommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    Is that wat ur biased textbooks tell u abt Jinnah? Ever heard of term ambassodor of muslim hindu unity for Jinnah? Again it was Nehru’s narrow mindedness that Pakistan separated from India but why would u know that since u indians r so biased. Anyway Pakistan is now a country get over it and move onRecommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    Your bias Anoop has caused u stop making sense.Recommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    Hehe u r funny! U call urself secular but Muslims get killed for suspicion of possesion of beef in ur so called hypocrite country Recommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    This is exactly wat i expected from u Indians Kushal trying to deflect the attention from brutality of hindus on indian muslims towards unrelted stuff and u call that detailed analysis? Hehehe! So typical of u small minded indiansRecommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    Visit this page https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_India and see for yourself how u hindus have butchered people of other relegions in india post partition. Before u point a finger at us y dont u tell me honestly wat u guys have been doing in kashmir? U Indians dont have it in u to accept legimite criticism and u call us biased? Pot kettle and black comes to mindRecommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    Again, instead of adressing a historic fact abt nehru u started ur typical indian rant on unrelated things. Accept it your Nehru was too narrow minded to treat Muslims fairly and that is why Pakistan got created. Recommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    Wat world r u living in? We r not killing each other? Ur Raw through terrorists is trying to destabalize us. We even caught one of ur serving raw officals recently unless u believe in ur biased Indian media. On the other hand as I know Muslims in Modi’s India get killed on suspicion of beef possesion these days? i know its hard for u indians to listen to legitimate criticism Recommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    Irrelevant mumblings of a confused IndianRecommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    I can only laugh at ur ramblings as to no where did i claim that Muslims r superior but u addressed it anyway because of ur preconceived notions and after all of this i am the one ignorant? Secondly you can definitely say that the above phrase is Urdu because it mentions Hajj which is a Muslim thing so Urdu being the language of sub continents muslims this is definitely Urdu. Also ur pov abt wat our languages are and wat we r doing with them is exactly the kind of non sense that i expect from u indians. U have got not a single clue abt Pakistan since u havent been here obviously but ur ignorance forces u to present ur non sense as facts, tells me a lot abt ur education systemRecommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    Yes Pakistan allows pork consumption. The hatred for Muslims which is quite clear in your post is exactly Jinnah decided to seperate from India and Thank God for that. For the rest of your stupid rant about Pakistan for one thing we dont claim to be secular andu do so ur intolerence is hypocritical and u dont get to point fingers at Pakistan for human right abuses after wat u do in J&K. Recommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    There is a phrase in Urdu “Angoor khatey hein” (the grapes are sour) go figure!Recommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    And did Lord MountBatten personally tell u this or did he especially come to one of ur dreams (must have been a nightmare for him though) to inform u?Recommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    The grapes are sour. Go figureRecommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    Yeah since he let ur parents live and give birth to uRecommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    But Pakistan has’nt failed despite how much u want to prove it otherwiseRecommend

  • Salman Ahmad

    Please see a psychaitrist, delusions of the type u have can be terminalRecommend

  • Nana

    Then say ‘thank u Jinnah’ and say a nice prayer in his name. At least he was a giver so be thankful to him and not a taker like most people or nations in this world.Recommend

  • Nana

    Yes, that handsome pay was Rs.1. You Indians and your dramas!Recommend

  • Nana

    Who created the tumor that Jinnah had to cut it out? Think if you have any brains instead of only wagging tongue.Recommend

  • Nana

    Correction – Yet to fail, sorry to disappoint hate filled Indians.Recommend

  • Nana

    Keep your wisdom with you , no one needs it. And if you are so pent up then go and beat an Indian Muslim on the pretext of eating cow meat. You and your vile stories! tell us one day about what Nehru was doing with Lord mountbatten’s wife? And had men refused to shoulder Gandhi? Recommend

  • M.Saeed

    Well Indian, you are divinely made to be BBQ’d ! You ridicule the Two nation Theory that convinced the British to agree Partition. They were asked by Jinnah, how would they accept the fact that, 40% of population fighting to slaughter cow on Eid as their religious duty, while the 50%, (except a few other minorities) worshiped cows? About ’71, you already know how 24% Hindus in B’desh became just 3%?Recommend

  • M.Saeed

    Do you know “Anjuman e Taraaqui e Urdu” had its head office in Sylhet? Its library had books written by over 7,000 Bengali Urdu writers? Talk sense because, Urdu was not a language of Jinnah or any part of Pakistan,Recommend

  • M.Saeed

    Grandfather of Neru was a Muslim and grandfather of Sh. Abdullah was a Hindu. They both connived and sold the real Kashmir’s destiny for personal greed and intermingled genealogy.Recommend

  • M.Saeed

    Logically, that should have been the right thing. They grabbed India from Bahadur Shah Zafar and should have returned it to his kins, who were still around!Recommend

  • M.Saeed

    Cow war has again started in India.Recommend

  • Nana

    Looks like you lap up all kind of disinformation with glee regarding Pakistan . Mr pseudo intelligent , Hindu population dropped because most of them lived in East Pakistan , after its separation only 1% were left in West Pakistan . And don’t you pin your mukti bhani’s doing on us. Go and research who killed who. First you people shamelessly interfered in our affairs and on top of that you have the audacity to blame us . Your Modi has accepted interfering in east Pakistan. You violate international laws and tell us to behave, Shameless people. Read Asoka Raina’s ‘ inside RAW’ to find the truth. Recommend

  • gp65

    Sorry manufactured history. When Jinnah sent his army of rapists and marauders to Kashmir, the Maharajah asked India for help. India refused to do so until the accession treaty was signed. It is only then that the Indian army went to Kashmir. Had Jinnah not sent his troops today – Kashmir would have been a separate country today.
    Please actually READ the UN resolution that most Pakistanis love to quote. It is Pakistan that is shown as the aggressor there NOT India. Why do you think that is?Recommend

  • gp65

    Ummm… maybe it is not obvious to you but , we were not British. We did not have equal rights as British. British were economically exploiting India.
    When British came to India, India had 17% of world GDP and Britain had 1% when Britain left, Britain had 17% of world GDP and India had 1%.
    In any case, the issue is not about whether partition was right or not. the issue is whether author is correct in the way he describes Jinnah as secular and democratic or he is wrong about that. Regardless of what Indians may have felt in 1947, no sane Indian would want to reverse partition and merge their country with millions of radicalized Muslims…not even Indian Muslims.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    Jinnah’s tenure and Nehru’s time cannot be compared. Jinnah died only a year after Pakistan whereas Nehru had all the time in the world to do whatever he wished. Jinnah never got the time to implement what he wished.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    Yes, yes the same kind of lawyer/liar as Nehru and Gandhi were.Recommend

  • gp65

    You are probably referring to the fact that he was not a practicing Muslim and drank alcohol and ate pork, did not do hajj, rarely if ever did he even do namaaz. But that is not a definition of secularism, my friend.

    Secularism means that the law will not differentiate between people of different religions.

    Jinnah’s condition for not partitioning India was that Muslims would have higher voting rights. Does that sound secular?

    What was the name of the party he led? Was it Pakistan League? No it was Muslim League as distinct from Congress which did not call itself Hindu Congress – it called itself Indian national congress.

    Whom did Jinnah claim his Muslim league represented? All Muslims of India. If he was secular, he would have claimed his party represented all people in the region that is now Pakistan.

    Does any of the above sound secular?Recommend

  • gp65

    Here – a Pakistani judge, Justice Siddiqui quotes that speech and it is printed in a Pakistani newspaper. http://tribune.com.pk/story/484417/as-nation-remembers-jinnah-speakers-fear-his-legacy-has-been-forgotten/Recommend

  • gp65

    None of the things you quote indicate that he wanted Pakistan to be a secular country.Recommend