In Celebration of Independence (Day 14th August)
The pursuit is a concise English translation of famous bureaucrat Dr. Safdar Mehmood’s column titled “Sataesween Ramazan aur Qayam-e-Pakistan”, printed in the Jang newspaper on August 14, 2015.
When Mustafa Ali Hamdani publicized “This is Radio Pakistan” at 12:01 am, it was as if the centuries-old fantasy of Muslims concluded into authenticity. This vision, a sight of which was set up in the literatures of Shah Waliullah two centuries ago, is plotted in Allama Iqbal’s speech of 1930. Professor Masud UL Hassan was an illustrious scholar. In his English-language book titled ‘Hazrat Daata Ganj Bakhsh’ (saint Ali Hujweri), he writes that, “I came to Lahore in 1930 and booked residence near the shrine of Daata Ganj Bakhsh. In those days, Allama Iqbal frequently used to visit the tomb of Daata Ganj Bakhsh before Fajr prayer, where we both used to meet.
I did some work for him in English, as per his demand, and also assisted him write a few speeches with the address of Allahabad.” Professor Masud Ul Hassan writes that, “Upon my inquiry, Allama Iqbal told me that he considered the idea of a separate homeland for Muslims through worship at the shrine of Daata Ganj Bakhsh”. What’s humorous is that an English author Evelyn Wrench wrote in his book ‘Immortal Years’, “I asked Jinnah when was the first time he considered the idea of Pakistan and when this concept arose in his mind. Jinnah’s straightforward reply was ‘In 1930’.”
This shows that both Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam first considered the idea of Pakistan in the year 1930. Obviously, this idea back then hadn’t yet occupied the name of Pakistan, this is why for them it was merely the idea of a discrete homeland for Muslims. When Pakistan arose on the world map between 14 and 15 August, its first Freedom Day was celebrated on August 15, 1947; the 27th Ramazan, Friday and also Laylatul Qadr. The following year, in July 1948 before Freedom Day celebrations, it was decided that Pakistan’s Independence Day would be celebrated each year on August 14.
India rejoices its Independence Day each year on August 15; possibly Pakistan’s front-runners wanted to keep their Independence Day celebrations distinct from them as Lord Mountbatten was to take responsibility as Governor General of India on August 15. This is why he came to Karachi on August 14 and publicized transfer of power on behalf of the British government before the Constituent Assembly. Here, Pakistan had the choice to choose for August 14 as its Independence Day.
This date was recommended by Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan, which was duly accepted by Governor General Muhammad Ali Jinnah. I had seen this record many years ago; respected Mr. Aqeel Abbas Jafri even printed a copy of this letter in a famous newspaper on August 14, 2011.
It should now be clear that Pakistan came into being on Friday, the 27th of Ramazan; it was a very holy night. This integrity will stay till eternity as the decision to observe August 14 as Independence Day was approved later.
Call it historic happenstance or whatever, Quaid-e-Azam’s character has a strong association with Pakistan. Quaid-e-Azam’s first and only child, Dina, was born between August 14 and 15, 1919 and she opened her eyes on Friday. The robust attachment of Quaid-e-Azam’s behavior with Pakistan can be arbitrated from the fact that Quaid-e-Azam’s Date of Birth, Date of Death and Pakistan’s Independence Day all fall on the same day.
Is it pure coincidence or nature’s grand design? I can’t say anything with safe bet. I have simply shared a stimulating circumstance with you. This tendency can be observed after Quaid-e-Azam’s death on September 11, 1948 and will endure like this until Pakistan remains. If you wish to infer something from this, please do so.
One of my divine teachers used to say that Allah’s Shadow is on Pakistan, which came into being on 27th Ramazan, Laylatul Qadar. When we asked why Pakistan broke in 1971, he responded it was the result of our own offences and bad intentions. The law of nature does not grasp an oppressor’s hand, neither does it snatch the sword from a murderer, otherwise the innocents martyred in Karbala wouldn’t have been slaughtered. They (martyrs of Karbala) were beloved to Allah and His Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him).
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Allah is Potent over everything. He could have blinded the killers if He Willed, but this never happened. Although those wrongdoers will be cursed till the Day of Judgment and Imam Hussain’s martyrdom will be observed with solemnity. East Pakistan’s separation was the result of our mistakes but do focus on nature’s revenge; all three leaders who broke away East Pakistan died extraordinary deaths; furthermore, each of their male offspring also became victims of unnatural deaths. The fourth military personality died facing hatred during captivity on August 9, 1980. The army General-cum-Governor NWFP (KP) who buried him with full military honors also got killed; this is why this decision could not be investigated.
My spiritual teacher used to say that many countries were dismembered; Gorbachev broke Russia into bits and pieces but none of them were hanged, no one received punishment. Leaders of three different countries were responsible for dismembering Pakistan and they all suffered a similar fate. Why so? We could have called it a ‘coincidence’ if this happened only in Pakistan or only in Bangladesh or only in India; but the three of them suffering the same end points towards signs of nature’s revenge. Then he (my spiritual teacher) used to take a deep breath and exclaim, “My dear, whoever shows disloyalty to this country will face embarrassment and devastation, and whoever serves it with good intentions will emerge victorious in both worlds (here and hereafter)!”
We got this country ready-made, that’s why we cannot realize how much struggle, efforts and sacrifices were rendered to obtain it. When Radio Pakistan started broadcasting on August 15 at 8:00 am, selected verses of Surah Aal-e-Imran were recited followed by the Quaid-e-Azam’s message. Quaid-e-Azam congratulated the citizens of Pakistan and made them aware about their responsibilities towards the newly-created state.