Jinnah: The Case for Pakistan (2018) is published by Libredux, UK.

Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is both admired and vilified as the founder of Pakistan, a country that came into being from India’s Partition. His argument that there could be no freedom from British colonial rule without the establishment of Pakistan is well-known in scholarship. But as is shown in this incredible short book, the true significance of this argument has long been overlooked. Why, for instance, did Jinnah accuse the Indian National Congress of actually wanting to keep the British in India?

Khurram Ali Shafique turns the standard view of Partition history on its head by highlighting the argument of Jinnah that the All-India Muslim League alone ought to be credited for paving the way for independence – not only for Pakistan, but of the entire Subcontinent.

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Jinnah stated quite clearly that India had never been a single country and the false idea of its unity was the first of the two pillars of British imperialism.

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Jinnah said that Western democracy had generally failed in the world, and in India it was serving as the second pillar of British imperialism.

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Jinnah claimed that by demolishing both pillars of imperialism, All-India Muslim League was attempting to liberate the entire subcontinent.

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Jinnah seriously accused Gandhi, Nehru, the Indian National Congress and their associates of wanting to keep the British in India, contrary to their much hyped claims.

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Jinnah said repeatedly and persistently that Pakistan is not an end in itself. It is means for achieving Islamic social justice, or a society completely free from ‘want and fear’.

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This is what the author has to say as the ‘opening statement’:

According to the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Indian subcontinent was freed from foreign rule by the Muslims of the region, and not by Gandhi or his associates.

This claim was supported by four arguments. They were:

  • India had never been a single country, and the myth of its unity was one of the two pillars of British imperialism.
  • Western democracy, i.e. party-system based on the principle of majority, was the second pillar of British imperialism.
  • By demolishing both pillars of imperialism, the Muslims sought to liberate the entire subcontinent.
  • Gandhi, Congress and the ‘caste Hindu’ leadership wanted to keep the British in India, and their claim that they were fighting for independence was false.

One can accept these arguments of Jinnah or reject them, but nobody can deny the fact that he presented these arguments.

Unfortunately, the sources upon whom we have relied most for our information have not only failed to inform us about this fact but have also quite often misrepresented Jinnah by replacing these arguments with something else and attributing it to him. Scholars who have been guilty of this bad practice include, among others, Dr. I. H. Qureshi, Stanley Wolpert, Ayesha Jalal and Aitzaz Ahsan.

These and other common sources have also failed to make us aware of Jinnah’s view that Pakistan was not an end in itself, but a means for achieving absolute freedom from want and fear, and a society based on Islamic social justice.

The French thinker Ernest Renan, quoted by Iqbal in the Allahabad Address, defined ‘nation’ as a composite of two characteristics: having achieved something together in the past, and wanting to achieve still more together. Seen in light of Jinnah’s statements, the two defining characteristics of the Pakistani nation (and for the Muslims of the entire subcontinent) cannot be anything except that we are the people who (a) through our collective effort and with the help of God, liberated this entire region from bondage and slavery; and (b) want to develop a society where poverty and injustice should be unimaginable.

In this small book, it will be established beyond a shadow of doubt that this indeed is our identity according to Jinnah, and that it has been stolen from us by the intelligentsia.

No attempt will be made here to convince the reader that this identity must be retained. That is a matter of choice. Also, no attempt will be made to convince the reader that the arguments presented by Jinnah were correct. That is quite a different matter and cannot be taken up until it is first ascertained that he indeed presented these arguments.

Therefore, this book will focus on only two points: (a) what Jinnah said; and (b) how he has been misrepresented by our corrupt sources of information.

With this opening statement, I now present the case for Pakistan just as it was pleaded in the 1940s by one of the ablest lawyers of those times.

Khurram Ali Shafique
Westminster, UK
13 July 2018

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