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    Jinnah’s toast to King George VI

    On Wedneday, 13 August 1947, Jinnah held a banquet in honour of the Last Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, at the Governor-General’s House in Karachi. The toast he offered to His Majesty King Goerge VI on this occasion is important because it (a) gives a definite perspective […]

  • Visions Unveiled, my new book

    Visions Unveiled, my new book

    The 71st Independence Day is just around the corner. So, first of all, I wish everybody a very happy independence day.

    Secondly, I want to thank you for being here. This blog has been dormant for quite some time now, with the exception of occasional posts. […]

  • When a Hindu inaugurated the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan

    When a Hindu inaugurated the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan

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    The constituent assembly of […]

  • The ideal ruler in the light of Iqbal’s vision

    The ideal ruler in the light of Iqbal’s vision

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    Election 2018 – A long-term view

    The election on 25 July 2018 has inspired much-needed optimism as well as serious doubts.

    The feeling that we can shape a better future through an election is not new. It was evidently widespread at least during the elections in 1970, 1988 and 2007. The scale, […]


I am Khurram Ali Shafique. This website is a humble effort to share my researches about the identity of Pakistan, which I believe to be connected with a great current of enlightened thought existing acorss cultures, but often ignored by the academia. Thank you for being here, and I hope that you will enjoy.

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Visions Unveiled, my new book


The 71st Independence Day is just around the corner. So, first of all, I wish everybody a very happy independence day.

Secondly, I want to thank you for being here. This blog has been dormant for quite some time now, with the exception of occasional posts. That was because last year I decided to immerse myself completely in my research on the comprehensive biography of Iqbal in Urdu. The final part was completed in March this year, and I hope to offer it in the printed form soon. Collectively, the five books of that series represent the most detailed biography of Iqbal ever attempted, running into more than 3000 pages.

So, I am now reviving this blog and the newsletter associated with it, in time for celebrating the Independence Day.

I hope to make a few daily posts for the next few days, sharing interesting facts about the Independence. Afterwards, I will be posting every Friday, maintaining it as a weekly blog.

Today, I want to share something about a book I have compiled for Markings Publishing, in association with Dabistan-e-Iqbal and the supporters of The Citizens Foundation.

Visions Unveiled – Worldview of Allama Iqbal is the title. As I suggested almost two years ago, the philosophy of Iqbal can be summarized in a few simple points. Subsequently, I have been calling these points “The Conceptual Framework of Iqbal”. Later, I offered an online course on the topic and a workshop, and also wrote a little more about it on this blog.

Initially, I had suggested that this conceptual framework of Iqbal consists of eight points, but since then I have added one more (the new point […]

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