Pakistan like India celebrates Golden Jubilee of her Independence. Pakistan became independent on August 14,1947 and India on August 15, 1947.
New Canada, in this special number, outlines outstanding role played by Ahmadis in making and consolidation of Pakistan.
It is generally known that Mr Mohammed Ali Jinnah (George Washington of Pakistan) single handedly founded Pakistan.
While the Indian leaders notably Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru and a host of Congress leaders spent many years in Jail and launched several civil disobedience Movements – but this thin and slim outstanding lawyer called Jinnah carved out an Independent Islamic state called Pakistan in seven years from nowhere.
From Lahore Resolution of March 23, 1940 to crucial talks in June 1946, battles were won by this remarkable statesman, Mr M. A. Jinnah. This astounded the India’s Princely Viceroy Lord Mountbatten. He was amazed at the remarkable the skills of this sharp and tactful statesman at negotiations. His determination stronger than the rock of Gibraltar and his unquestionable integrity were the sterling qualities that landed Muslims of India a homeland of their own.
Few know this fact that Mr M. A. Jinnah had quit the Indian political scene and out of the frustration left Indian politics. He retreated to London (U.K.) after attending the second Round Table Conference in 1932, where he established a remarkable legal practice.
It was a great loss to Muslims in India. It provided immense relief to Indian Congress, as their main adversary left the field.
He was persuaded back to India by no other person than Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad, the Head of Ahmadiyya Movement. This divine figure surveyed the Indian political horizon and found no honest and outstanding Muslim figure to lead the Muslims of India, the Muslims who lost their empire in India after five centuries of Moghal rule.
Hadhrat Sahib asked the then Ahmadiyya Missionary in London (UK) Mr Abdur Raheem Dard to get in touch with Mr M. A. Jinnah who initially turned down all overtures. It took Mr Dard in three hours face to face talk successfully persuaded him to return to India. Mr Jinnah was most reluctant, but he eventually changed his mind.
The Sunday Times London (April 9,1933) carried a report of a reception that was held by the Imam of London Mosque Mr Dard, where Mr Jinnah frankly acknowledged the fact that:
Sardar Shaukat Hayat in his book “The Nation that lost its soul” (page 147) mentions the following event:
The second feat, during that crucial period after elections, was achieved, when Ch Zafrulla Khan who prevailed upon Khizar Hayat Khan Tiwana to resign at a time when Mr Tiwana enjoyed complete confidence of the Panjab Assembly, paving the way for the Muslim League to appear on the horizon.
Hadhrat Mirza Bashir ud Din Mahmud Ahmad was watching with dismay the unholy alliance between the Viceroy and the Congress Party, as an Interim Indian Government was formed in 1946 without Muslim participation. Mr Jinnah threatened to launch a protest movement.
On September 23, 1946, this divine figure arrived in Delhi along with a team of advisors and remained in Delhi at the residence of Ch Zafrulla Khan for three weeks.
He held high level discussions with top Indian leaders, Mr M. A. Jinnah, Mahtama Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Nawab of Bhopal, Khawja Nazimuddin, Sardar Niashtar and Nawab Chattari. Hadhrat Sahib also wrote a letter to Lord Wavell indicating to him that the Muslim League enjoyed the total support of the Indian Muslims.
A day before his departure for Qadian, Lord Wavell invited the Muslim League to join the Interim Cabinet of India.The daily Nawa i waqt in its issue of October 14,1946 quoted Hindu Daily Milap:
In the crucial stages of delicate negotiations that Mr Jinnah conducted with the British Government, the whole gang of Ulema led by Ahrars (the Muslim clergy) abetted, instigated and funded by the Indian Congress, opposed Mr Jinnah at every step.
The Indian Congress party had dozens of powerful leaders, they had a powerful machinery and unlimited cash was available to defeat the single handed effort of a lone figure Mr Jinnah – fondly called as Quaid e Azam (the great leader).
Despite heavy odds, despite heavy opposition by the Muslims priesthood led by Ahrars, Mr Jinnah won and won convincingly because he enjoyed the prayers of this divine figure who called him to India.
Muslim League captured solid power in Panjab, NWFP and Bengal in 1946 elections. The real tragedy of Pakistan is that this very pack of ulema who opposed the Making of Pakistan overnight became the lovers of Pakistan.
“The monopoly” of this gang of priesthood was threatened by this divine figure (the Head of Ahmadiyya Movement) who was presenting the true face of Islam.
This corrupt priesthood never accepted the creation of a Muslim state. They thought in order to weaken Pakistan, the best way is to strike at the Ahmadiyya Movement and foment an agitation unparalleled in the history of the subcontinent.
First it was in 1953, when the Muslim clergy mounted an onslaught against the Ahmadiyya Movement demanding they be declared as non Muslims and it was skilfully engineered by the Premier of Panjab, Mian Mumtaz Daultana, who wanted to topple the Government of Pakistan. The Muslim clergy was headed by Jamat Islami and funded by Saudi Arabia. It failed.
Then a crook of the century, commonly known as Mr Z. A. Bhutto appeared on the scene in 1969. Posing as a socialist and secularist, he gained the sympathy of Ahmadiyya Jamat who was targeted by the fundamentalist Muslims.
Generally Ahmadiyya Movement keeps aloof from politics, but out of all the crooked and corrupt politicians, Mr Bhutto appeared to be a lesser devil. Once he won a majority in West Pakistan with the support of Ahmadis, like Machiavelli, he changed his colours.
Having being instrumental in the break up of Pakistan, East Pakistan becoming Bangla Desh, he desperately sought a political handle. And he found one, when he sided with priests and thought by declaring Ahmadis as non Muslims and he would gain another term, he did but soon he was kicked out by another bigger crook, commonly known as Gen Zia ul Haq. This so-called general who became a general without seeing “any action” did show some action by hanging his benefactor, Mr Bhutto. By1984, his General saw his popularity going down the tube.
To flag his dwindling popularity he resorted to the same old political gimmick and this time he brought an ordinance under the cover of the Martial Law to declare that Ahmadis are non Muslims, and they would be put in jail if they call themselves Muslims.
This crook however unwittingly or wittingly entered into a prayer duel in 1988 with the son of that divine figure – Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the current head of Ahmadiyya Movement and disappeared in the fireball of plane crash in 1988 taking with him the USA Ambassador who was travelling with him.
Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam – but now that rasion d’etre is gone. It is now a linguistic state populated by people who speak Punjabi, Sindhi, Pushto, Baluchi and Urdu speaking refugees.
It would have become Bosnia or Zaire but for the prayers of that Prince of Islam, Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the illustrious son of the Hadhrat Mirza Bashir ud Din Mahmud Ahmad. It is his prayers that is sustaining Pakistan.
Despite persecution of his followers and the fact he is living in another country (UK), that Prince of Islam still prays for the integrity and solidarity of Pakistan.