Jinnah’s Pakistan

Published: March 20, 2013

KARACHI: This is with reference to the article “Jinnah’s Pakistan” by Yaqoob Khan Bangash (March 18). As the writer has stated, Mr Jinnah indeed wanted a country based on Islamic principles, but his interpretation of Islam did not entail extremists being allowed to run the country. In one of his speeches, he clearly stated, “ … Pakistan is not going to be a theocratic state to be ruled by priests with a divine mission …” He would certainly have disagreed with the Taliban’s version of Islam or even its interpretation by our religious leaders.

Mr Jinnah created Pakistan solely because he feared that in an undivided India, Muslims would always be dominated by the majority (Hindus) and could eventually lose their identity. In fact, in the view of religious scholars like Maulana Abul Ala Maududi, Mr Jinnah was so liberal and secular that the name Kafir-e-Azam was coined for him. In his first cabinet, there was a Hindu minister. The first foreign minister, Sir Zafrullah Khan, was an Ahmadi (something which religious leaders even in those days could never have tolerated had they been in power). As far as the dismissal of Dr Khan’s government is concerned, the decision was taken by the cabinet headed by the prime minister. Mr Jinnah was too sick at the time to even be consulted over such a move.

Shakir Lakhani

Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2013.

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  • yo
    Mar 20, 2013 - 11:11PM

    “He would certainly have disagreed with the Taliban’s version of Islam or even its interpretation by our religious leaders.”*

    I often see seculars/liberals deriding Taliban or Mullahs interpretation of islam yet they never make it clear what is the real interpretation of islam. Perhaps the secular/liberal interpretation of islam is so far fetched that barely anyone will accept it except the secular/liberals themselves?


  • Raj - USA
    Mar 21, 2013 - 2:48AM

    In Pakistan, everyone, except its hindu and christian population are talibans. They try to become secular or liberal or portray such image, only when they themselves come under attack. Did any shia or sunni raise any voice or do anything even after the pervasive pervertedness of holy rapes of hindu girls came to light? I have not seen even one muslim comment in any of ET sections after Rinkles case came to light that condemned. Instead, everyone tried to give a reason or explanation. Not even one of thousands of Pakistanis who commented, be they Shia or Sunni, male or female, young or old, mulla or media, condemned such acts. Importantly and very conspicuously, they never asked for an investigation on thousands of such incidents that have been happening daily for the last 65 years. Even today, shias and sunnis would talk of their killings only, and nothing else and never about conversions of hindu girls. Such conversions, were and are expressions of extreme hate and the origin of all evils that has now turned on the shias and sunnis. Things will only get worse unless the original sin is rectified and there can be no rectification if there is no realization in the first place.


  • Mohammad Ashraf
    Mar 21, 2013 - 3:57AM

    The problems in Pakistan seems to be lack of understandng of faith and its injunctions due to misguidence by the clericks. Jinah never thought of Pakistan as a theocratic state but A secular state where people of all faith, enjoy freedom and live in peach and harmoney.

    Muslims being in majority will enjoy religious freedom without being harrashed by conflicting group like hindus and Shikhs. All those who inspire to see Pakistan as a theocratic state will never succeed in their desire as in the past 66 years of Pakistan’s history. Besides, there is no real Islamic state in the world and it is likely that we won’t see any as it is not compatible with the requirements of 21st centry, if all grey areas are not resolved through Ijtihad by people of rational wisdom, excluding clergy and Mulahs.

    The besst solution at this juncture of time is to segregate religion from state and declare Pakistan as a secular state where state affairs are to be looked after by the government from the public, for the public and by the public and religious affairs be handled by cllergy. those who want to follow Sharia laws may opt to do so but state affairs be ruled by civilian democratic laws.


  • Grab
    Mar 21, 2013 - 6:31PM

    @Mohammad Ashraf: The problem in Pakistan is indeed the lack of understanding of faith, which is evident from your comment. Islam does not segregate religion from state (hence the shariah laws). Saying that people should be allowed to opt-in and out of shariah laws as they desire is perhaps the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard for so many reasons.


  • Mohammad Ashraf
    Mar 21, 2013 - 11:11PM

    Mr. Grab: You are entitled to your opinion, however, to you and all those who are proponent of Sharia laws, I would say that it may appear ridiculous to suggest some thing opposing the Islamic concept but have you ever tried to follow Islam in accordance with strict Sharia law and does it exist in full swing in Pakistan?

    This mind set of turning Pakistan into a theocratic state has created monsters like Taliban and other extremist group who are striving hard establish their version of Islam and killing opponents groups. What Pakistan has achieved in pursuit of Islamization?

    Do the religious parties and the clerics have courage to address in compatibilities that prevails in religious and scientific perception of creation and answer if creation can synchronize with evolution or live in doubt and denial due to our narrow mind set and hypocrisies.

    Sharia Laws will work perfectly in a true Islamic State and we don’t see that anywhere in the world. Even in early era of Islam, presumably, governed under sharia laws, we see violation, lots of blood shed and killing of 3 Ameerul-Momaneens.

    At the moment,( 21st century) Sharia Laws are not compatible with the need of time, unless we have a true Islamic state and hence segregation of state and religion is deemed necessary to live in peace and harmony will all and progress effectively keeping pace with the world.

    Sharia relates to the religious doctrine and even in a secular state religious freedom is guaranteed. So those who want to ascertain their compliance with the Islamic injunction, not conflicting with the civilian jurisdiction; may follow and distribute their wealth in accordance of Quranic injunctions.

    Though you are entitled to your stance on this subject, I would suggest you to read the following article that I posted on the hub-page. Pls see the link below



  • Talha Rizvi
    Apr 17, 2013 - 10:12PM

    @Raj – USA:
    You should keep your hate mongering to yourself.By the way you never spoke a word against the hate crimes against muslims.at lear we are not busy praising fascists like Narendra Modi or justifying attacks on miniorities.


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