Jinnah Statue Update: Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah Statue Destroy In Bomb Attack By Baloch Republican Army Know All About It
Monday proved to be a black day for Pakistan. Baloch rebels blew up a statue of the country’s founder and Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in the coastal city of Gwadar in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province. Jinnah’s statue was completely destroyed in this blast. Jinnah is hated and opposed by the Balochistan rebels. Earlier, Jinnah’s house was also blown up by the Baloch.
The attack on the statue of Muhammad Ali Jinnah is in a way an attack on his dream of ‘Pakistan’. Jinnah gave the principle of two nations to occupy power and sought independence from India. Not only this, Jinnah, who had dreamed of making Pakistan a successful Islamic nation, is also blowing up his statue with a bomb. Pakistan based on hatred has now become the enemy of its founder itself. Babgar Baloch, a spokesman for the banned rebel outfit Baloch Republican Army, claimed responsibility for the attack.
‘Demolition of the statue is an attack on the ideology of Pakistan’
Former Balochistan Home Minister and sitting Senator Sarfaraz Bugti tweeted, “Demolition of Quaid-e-Azam statue in Gwadar is an attack on Pakistan’s ideology. I request the authorities to punish the perpetrators in the same way as we did to those who attacked the Quaid-e-Azam residence in Ziarat. In 2013, Baloch rebels detonated a 121-year-old building in Ziarat, where Jinnah once lived. It was later declared a national monument. Jinnah spent the last days of his life there after suffering from tuberculosis.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah was the leader of the All India Muslim League from the year 1913 until the establishment of Pakistan on 14 August 1947. After this Jinnah was the first Governor General of Pakistan till his death in 1948. A resolution to create a separate country for Muslims was passed at the Lahore session of the All India Muslim League on 23 March 1940. On the basis of this Lahore resolution, the Muslim League under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah started a movement to establish a separate country for the Muslims. It is said that the script of the partition between India and Pakistan in 1947 was also written on this day.
‘Jinnah’s insistence behind partition of India-Pakistan’
Both India and Pakistan got independence simultaneously. Today one country has made its reach to the moon and Mars, while another country is moving ahead on the path of being poor. Not only this, the Pakistan for which Jinnah had partitioned India, is now trying to erase his identity. Pakistani-origin Swedish political scientist Ishtiaq Ahmed, in his book on Jinnah, had earlier claimed that Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s insistence was behind the partition of India and Pakistan.
‘Congress tried, Jinnah adamant’
Ishtiaq has said in his book ‘Jinnah: His Successes, Failures and Role in History’ that under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru, the Congress tried hard to keep India united, but Pakistan’s Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah was adamant on partition. Ishtiaq says, ‘Jinnah did not miss any opportunity to attack the Congress for calling the Hindu party and Gandhi a ‘Hindu and dictator’. Ishtiaq has said, ‘I have shown that after Jinnah gave his presidential address in Lahore on 22 March 1940 and then got the resolution passed on 23 March, Jinnah or the Muslim League once again desired to accept a united India. It was not evident that the federal system was loose and most of the forces were in the provinces.
‘Didn’t try to go with Congress’
After Ishtiaq’s claim, the theory of Pakistani-American historian Ayesha Jalal is being challenged. Based on Professor Jalal’s theory, it has been assumed since 1980 that Jinnah played his part in forging a power-sharing pact with the Congress. Ishtiaq has claimed to the contrary, “Jinnah has countless speeches, statements and messages in which he is talking about the partition of India to create Pakistan.” He has also rightly said that Britain agreed to partition because it knew that a united India under the leadership of Congress would not fulfill the agenda of Britain but Pakistan under the leadership of Muslim League would benefit from it.
‘Muslims had become nationalists’ Jinnah
Ishtiaq has said that after 1937 Jinnah had become a Muslim nationalist who considered Hindus and Muslims to be separate political countries, he believed that the two could never come together. Even the Muslim landlords were shocked by Nehru’s speech to abolish Zamindari in Lucknow in 1936. When the Congress refused to include the leaders of the Muslim League in the government, Jinnah tried to woo the Muslims through this also.
After the creation of Pakistan, Jinnah faced many challenges. There were also many communities within the Muslims, about which there was a dispute. Controversy over Ahmadis in 1950 led them to be declared non-Muslims in 1974. The Shia-Sunni dispute arose under the rule of General Zia ul-Haq. Iran and Saudi Arabia’s Ayatollah challenged Iran for the leadership of Muslims. This led to the rise of fundamentalism between Shia and Sunnis.
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