Where had the so called ‘founders’ of Pakistan [as maintined by MQMites] been, had Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, and KPK not decided to join Pakistan? So, if’ they’ were the ones who made Pakistan, why couldn’t they save East Pakistan from becoming Bangladesh? I wonder what Altaf Bhai would be doing in Agra today, had people from Sindh, Punjab, Bengal, and KPK decided against joining Pakistan. And as far their second argument: if ‘we’ had not made Pakistan, people of this area would be serfs of Hindus. Someone needs to remind them that even at the time when no one had heard the word Pakistan, these areas that form Pakistan today were being governed by local Muslims and not Hindus.
WOULD WE HAVE BEEN SLAVES OF HINDUS TODAY, HAD…?
by Mohammad Ali Mahar, Austin, TX
The other day, I happened to watch a Pakistani TV talk show in which one of the most mouth fouled MQMites -I mean after the Guru himself of course – Waseem Akhtar, was parroting the same mantra people of Pakistan are sick of hearing: we made Pakistan possible. Had we not found it, the indigenous people of this area would be slaves of Hindus. Blah blahblah …
Really? Did ‘they’ make Pakistan?
And, if ‘they’ really did, where did the land for the country come from? Did they bring it with them? Could Pakistan have come into being, had the provinces not volunteered to join it? I am using the word ‘volunteered’ because some of the provinces really did volunteer. Sindh Assembly was the first to pass a resolution demanding a separate Muslim homeland. Sindh and Punjab provinces joined Pakistan on their accord and same can be said about Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where people overwhelmingly voted in favor of Pakistan in a referendum. As for Balochistan, one is still confused how it became a part of Pakistan. Some people attribute it to a Shahi Jirga, which decided to join Pakistan – thanks to ‘traitor’ Akbar Bugti. Others call it a forced annexation. One sees no role, or even the presence, of the forefathers of Waseem Akhtar or Altaf Hussain in this land, when the four provinces or states, plus now forgotten Bengal, decided to join Pakistan.
The struggle of the Muslims of the minority provinces cannot be overemphasized for the rights of Muslims of India. However, what all their struggle could have won them was their rightful, equitable share in their home states/provinces. Not a country. For a country is built on a piece of land. Can anyone deny the role of Muslims, or even nawabs, of Hyderabad, Bhopal, Junagadh and numerous other Muslim princely states in the freedom struggle? Did their struggle culminate in creation of a country for them in their states? No. Why not? Because, the majority of people of the states refused to join Pakistan. Now, imaging the same situation here. Where had the ‘founders’ of Pakistan been, had Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, and KPK not decided to join Pakistan? So, if’ they’ were the ones who made Pakistan, why couldn’t they save East Pakistan from becoming Bangladesh? I wonder what Altaf Bhai would be doing in Agra today, had people from Sindh, Punjab, Bengal, and KPK decided against joining Pakistan.
Now to their second argument: if ‘we’ had not made Pakistan, people of this area would be serfs of Hindus. Someone needs to remind them that even at the time when no one had heard the word Pakistan, these areas that form Pakistan today were being governed by local Muslims and not Hindus. Sindh had been ruled by Muslims for centuries and chances are that had Pakistan not come into being, the area would still be ruled by Muslims. Similarly, Punjab was being governed by Muslim politicians before the partition. So also were areas of Bengal, KPK, and Balochistan. If anyone would have been slaves of Hindus, it would have been Muslims in the Hindu majority states, unfortunately.
The fallacy of ‘their’ claim that they sacrificed more can be gauged from the fact that majority of them moved to Pakistan after 1950 when the fires of rage and vengeance had long been extinguished. Most of ‘them’ can at most be termed as economic immigrants. Majority of the people, who migrated from UP and CP, still have some family in India even today holding on to their ancestral properties. Therefore, if not all, some, instead of sacrificing anything, as they claim, gained by doubling their wealth. Who doesn’t know that infamous MQM operative, Javed Langra’s brother works for Indian intelligence agencies in India and is very instrumental in training and indoctrinating the youth dispatched to India for training in sabotage and terror activities.
Father of a friend who had lived in Karachi since 1950’s when he moved there from India, and now lives in Texas, met me in a party recently in Austin, Texas. I hadn’t seen him for months so I asked him where he had been for so long. I asked him whether he had been to Pakistan. Oh, no, was his reply. He had been to India. Curious, I asked him if he stayed with his relatives while in India. Oh, no. He had his own house in Lucknow which he had inherited from his father before partition and while he moved to Pakistan, his brother kept the house. Needless to say that he had already informed me in a previous meeting that he had claimed a big house in Karachi and a tract of land in the interior of Sindh.
One hears their rants and recites an Urdu verse
دامن کوذراديکھ ذرابندقباديکھ
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