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Thursday, 23 March 2017

23rd MARCH: 'First Islamic Republic of The World' Day.

23rd March:
‘Lahore Resolution’ Day!
‘Pakistan Resolution’ Day!
‘Pakistan Republic’ Day!

‘First Islamic Republic of
The World’ Day!

(M. Javed Naseem)

23rd of March is a national holiday in Pakistan, celebrated as Republic Day, not only to commemorate Lahore Resolution but also the day in 1956 when the country became the first Islamic Republic in the world.
In 1930, it was Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (aka Allama Iqbal) who floated the idea of an independent state for the Muslims of India. The name for that state ‘Pakistan’ was proposed by Choudhry Rahmat Ali in his ‘Pakistan Declaration’ in 1933.

First Islamic Republic
On 23rd March, 1956, Pakistan became
the ‘First Islamic Republic’ in the World!

From March 22 to March 24, 1940, the All India Muslim League held its annual session at Minto Park, Lahore. This session proved to be historical. The session was open to public. It was transparent and nothing was concealed or kept secret from people.

{Pakistan Memorial (Minar-e-Pakistan) was erected at Iqbal Park (Minto Park) Lahore where Pakistan Resolution was passed in 1940.}
On the first day of the session, the welcome address was made by Nawab Sir Shah Nawaz Mamdot. Then Muhammad Ali Jinnah (the Quaid-e-Azam) narrated the events of the last few months. In an extempore speech he presented his own solution to the problems of Muslims  He said that the problem of India was not of an inter-communal nature, but manifestly an international one and must be treated as such. To him the differences between Hindus and Muslims were so great and so sharp that their union under one central government was full of serious risks. They belonged to two separate and distinct nations and therefore the only chance open was to allow them to have separate states under 2-nation theory.

In the words of Quaid-e-Azam, "Hindus and the Muslims belong to two different religions, philosophies, social customs and literature. They neither inter-marry nor inter-dine and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations that are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their concepts on life and of life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Muslims derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different heroes and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other, and likewise, their victories and defeats overlap. To yoke together two such nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to growing discontent and final destruction of any fabric that may be so built up for the government of such a state".

He further said, "Mussalmans are a nation according to any definition of nation. We wish our people to develop to the fullest spiritual, cultural, economic, social and political life in a way that we think best and in consonance with our own ideals and according to the genius of our people".
On the basis of the above mentioned ideas of the Quaid-e-Azam, A. K. Fazl-ul-Haq, the then Chief Minister of Bengal, moved the historical resolution which has since come to be known as Lahore Resolution or Pakistan Resolution. March 23rd commemorates the passage of this resolution.

You cannot enjoy luxury life on poor
people’s expense! It’s criminal!
Live simple life and be a model for
others, if you are a true Pakistani!


The Resolution declared: "No constitutional plan would be workable or acceptable to the Muslims unless geographical contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be so constituted with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary. That the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in majority as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India should be grouped to constitute independent states in which the constituent units shall be autonomous and sovereign."
It further reads, "That adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards shall be specifically provided in the constitution for minorities in the units and in the regions for the protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights of the minorities, with their consultation. Arrangements thus should be made for the security of Muslims where they were in a minority".

Nation-Building Requires
Honesty, Sincerity, Perseverance
And Modesty From Leaders
As Well As From People

If there is a single most important founding document of Pakistan, it has to be this Resolution passed at the annual session of the All India Muslim League at its 1940 meeting (22-24 March) at Minto Park (now called Iqbal Park), Lahore. It's a wonderful idea for all political parties to have an open, meaningful, annual session where real decisions are taken in a transparent and democratic manner! In 1941, this Lahore (Pakistan) Resolution became part of the Muslim League constitution and in 1946 it became the basis of the demand for Pakistan.

To commemorate the event, Minar-e-Pakistan, a 60-meter tall distinctive monument in the shape of a tower/minaret has been built at the site in Iqbal Park Lahore, where the resolution was passed.

It’s time For Pakistani Nation
To Audit The Balance Sheet
Of Successes vs Failures
And Rectify The Damage!
Pakistan was created in the name of Islam, to worship God and practice the code of conduct prescribed by the Almighty. After 70 years, unfortunately, we are still far from practicing true Islam and being the true Muslims. In the meantime, those who benefited from Pakistan, they became millionaires but failed to do anything positive for the nation, in return. A lot is still needed to be done, above all, the nation building. ‘Nation-building’ is impossible without ‘character-building’. And character-building is impossible without guidance. And where do you get the true guidance from? The Quran is the best source; the best means of character-building!


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