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Ahrar-ul-Hind IV: Indian National Congress’ unholy matrimony with Islamists of Ahrar and Jamiat-e-Ulema-Hind

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Continuing from Part I,  Part II and Part III,  I will address a few other claims that apologists for the Congress and its trenchant alliance with the Islamists of Ahrar and Jamiat-e-Ulema-Hind have put up.  Most notable was this article by one B R Singh writing in Greater Kashmir. He writes: The Majlis e Ahrar ul Islam was born in Lahore in 1929. It comprised Deobandi Muslims dissatisfied with the way the Khilafat movement had turned out. Taking Maulana Azad’s advice, they set up their own organization. The Ahrars supported Congress and the Motilal Nehru Report that had rejected the Muslim demand for separate electorates. The Ahrars felt that joint electorates had worked well in Punjab and they need not hold up Muslim negotiations with Congress for political rights. … Read entire article »

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Ahrar-ul-Hind III: Congress’ encouragement of sectarian Islamists against Jinnah, League, Shias and Ahmadis

By Yasser Latif Hamdani A number of other claims have been made by apologists of the Congress Party on Part I and Part II of the present series. Even though this series was not about the Congress Party but about the link between Ahrar-ul-Hind and Majlis-e-Ahrar but I suppose one can answer this question. Congress encouraged and supported the Majlis-e-Ahrar in its use of the vilest religious propaganda against Jinnah, Muslim League, Shias and Ahmadis so long as their objective of weakening the League was met.  Ayesha Jalal writes on pages 457 in her classic Self and Sovereignty: “There was something peculiar about a ‘secular’ nationalist party counting on the vocal support of anti-imperial cultural relativists of Ahrar and Madani to claim a Muslim following. A spate of pamphlets published by Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind … Read entire article »

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Ahrar-e-Hind (TTP Mohmand Group) : the 21st Century reincarnation of Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam Hind

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Bilawal Bhutto in his closing speech to Sindh Festival reminded the intellectuals of Pakistan that those who stand with the Taliban today are the same people who stood against Jinnah and called him Kafir-e-Azam.  This point is not always underscored. The recent emergence of the terrorist group Ahrar-e-Hind has surprised many.  Unfortunately our intellectuals do not read history nor are they particularly adept at any kind of deep analysis.  Had they read some history, they would know that the whole intellectual movement that has spawned Taliban has always been consistent in its hatred of Pakistan, its founding principles and what it represented for the Muslims of South Asia. The role of Majlis-e-Ahrar is the most significant when it comes to Militant Islam in the subcontinent. This was a pre-partition body of … Read entire article »

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The Islamization of Pakistan

The Islamization of Pakistan

by Syed Foaad Hassan Quaid-e-Azam in his March 1940 presidential address said “It is extremely difficult to appreciate why our Hindu friends fail to understand the real nature of Islam and Hinduism. They are not religious in the strict sense of the word, but are, in fact, different and distinct social orders; and it is only a dream that the Hindus and Muslims can ever evolve a common nationality. This misconception of one Indian Nation has … Read entire article »

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Drawing a Line o the Events of 1947

Drawing a Line o the Events of 1947

By Ghazala Akbar The division of the Sub-continent into India and Pakistan and eventually into Bangladesh reverberates 66 years after the event. Partition as we are painfully aware did not begin or end in 1947. Not a single day passes, in the collective memories and in the present day politics of our three countries when we are not reminded or are rueful of the consequences of this cleaving. It is a continual work-in-progress, a chapter that … Read entire article »

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Pakistan Needs to Tell The Story Right

By Shaheera Syed It is a battle for ideas, narratives and tales. Get your story straight. Get your story right. Even if halfway through you realize that you have chosen the wrong side or perhaps the less profitable one, don’t panic. All is not lost. Get up, brush yourself off and get your act together. Be better prepared and equipped to make a come-back that flashes through the dust of time. Present a story that sticks, a narrative that gels well with the stakeholders, and a tale that grapples the audience. Anything ranging from a heart wrenching confession from the past to an optimistic commitment for the future would work to excuse your behavior. The trick is to make it convincing to a level that the audience is completely and utterly drunk … Read entire article »

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The Partition debate

by Saad Hafiz The intense debate over the Partition of India in 1947 continues six decades later. Some commentators have described the partition as neither inherently desirable nor necessary feasible but tragically inevitable. They attribute this to the Congress and Muslim League’s incompatible visions for India, which led to deadlock in talks forcing the British to impose a solution. Others suggest that the partition was a crude and unthinking form of gerrymandering with tragic consequences leading to a permanent poisoning of Hindu-Muslim relations. They dismiss it as a socio-religious experiment, a failure of leadership that the worst possible alternative was chosen. Messrs Gandhi, Jinnah, Nehru and Mountbatten, the main players in the partition saga have been praised or vilified as strong-willed visionaries or mediocre statesmen. It has been suggested that they … Read entire article »

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Parliament’s decision will not fade the Ahmadi contribution to Pakistan

Today 7th September would mark the 39th anniversary of the infamous decision by Bhutto’s parliament to declare Ahmadis ‘non-Muslims’ for the purpose of constitution. By meddling in religious matters and pandering to Mullahs, the progressive Pakistan of 1960s eventually turned into a hotbed of extremism with a divided society that is confused about ideology. What people has Pakistan disowned in these 39 years? Following is a list of a few of the many sons of the soil – all of whom happen to be Ahmadis – who were Pakistan’s true heroes and whose contribution to the nation is being maligned and erased by people whose own loyalty to the land is dubious. 1. Dr. Muhammad Abdus Salam: A Physicist of world acclaim who won the Nobel Prize in 1979 and was … Read entire article »

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Allama Asad? A new distortion in Pakistan’s history

Allama Asad? A new distortion in Pakistan’s history

By Yasser Latif Hamdani A new lie has been concocted by chachas of Nazaria-e-Pakistan now especially by Orya Maqbool Jan and Safdar Mahmood- two of the most dishonest liars when it comes to the history of Pakistan. The story goes that there was a Department of Islamic Reconstruction and to chair this Department of Reconstruction of Islam,  Jinnah chose Muhammad Asad, formerly Leopold Weiss, the “Jewish Lawrence of Arabia”. Here is the problem:  The Facts- yes those … Read entire article »

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Jinnah unequivocally wanted Pakistan to be a secular state

Jinnah unequivocally wanted Pakistan to be a secular state

  (Photo: Jacket Cover of leftist Indian historian Dr Ajeet Jawed’s book “Secular and Nationalist Jinnah“) By Yasser Latif Hamdani I am writing this article as a rebuttal to Khuldune Shahid’s article “Jinnah’s Pakistan a mirror of his contradictions.” It is necessary because if you do not counter a falsehood in public domain over time it is taken to be the truth. It is sad that there are many OpEd writers who when writing on this topic do … Read entire article »

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What Is A Pakistani?

By Nabeel Jafri Many claim that Pakistan is a failed state. A problem cannot be solved without identifying it. So I sat down to dissect the problem but soon ran into a whole new one – to understand Pakistan, I had to understand the Pakistani first. In order to conduct some credible research, my Pakistani couldn’t simply be somebody I knew. It had to be a Pakistani I had no association with and someone who would be recognized by others for being a Pakistani as well. Thus, I set out to find myself a Pakistani to interview.   Unsure of where to start my search, I gave my parents a call. My mother answered the phone. ‘Mamma, I’m looking for a Pakistani. Where can I find one?’ ‘I can’t hear you properly. The rain damaged … Read entire article »

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Kapil Komireddi’s butchery of history on Jinnah

Kapil Komireddi’s butchery of history on Jinnah

  By Yasser Latif Hamdani So complete have been the state sponsored mythologies in the subcontinent that both Indians and Pakistanis are incapable of looking at the past objectively or with any kind of intellectual ability. Consider for example jingoistic Indian columnist Kapil Komireddi’s piece for Daily Beast titled “Pakistan’s Mohammad Ali Jinnah is not Mandela”. As if Jinnah would care he would be compared to Mandela. Nelson Mandela is no doubt a great leader of our times … Read entire article »

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Khan Ministry’s Dismissal and Yaqoob Bangash’s Distortions of History

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Owing to my professional engagements with the now famous Youtube Case, I could not respond to the third of Mr. Bangash’s imagining of history.  However, as Mr. Bangash has assigned – for extra-credit seemingly- to his students from FC College to troll me on twitter, I am left with no choice but to expose the deliberate untruths that Mr. Bangash has again deliberately passed on through his article. First of all bravo that Bangash realizes that Khan Sahib had lost moral authority to govern and the League was indeed more popular than the Congress. He then goes on to lie- strong word yes but a spade is a spade- when he deliberately distorts the arithmetic of the NWFP ministry.  He has subtly subverted the facts in a way … Read entire article »

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Rebuttal to Yaqoob Khan Bangash’s Rejoinder on Jinnah’s Pakistan

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Mr Yaqoob Khan Bangash has written a rejoinder to my rebuttals both here and in Express Tribune. Once again Mr. Bangash has proved my point about him not having any historical facts to go by.  I could not respond to it yesterday given some urgent professional commitments but I think it is time to place on record how Mr. Bangash distorts history with impunity.  He also resorted to personal attacks which do not merit a response but should be referred to to show the desperation with which Mr. Bangash has responded to my rebuttals. First thing is first :  Yaqoob Bangash has conceded 2 out of 3 points I had raised. The first being of the definition of Muslim which cannot be logically connected to a party that … Read entire article »

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Jinnah’s Pakistan : Rebuttal to Yaqoob Khan Bangash

By Yasser Latif Hamdani I usually try and not respond to Mr. Yaqoob Bangash’s Articles because in my opinion for someone who claims to be a historian, he has never had any truck with historical facts.  However, there are some contentions that he has made in his article “Jinnah’s Pakistan” published 19.03.2013 in Express Tribune that are so completely off base and historically inaccurate that not responding to these contentions would be unfair to the memory of Mr. Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. I have also addressed these contentions in my book “Jinnah: Myth and Reality”. His claim is that Pakistan as it stands today is Jinnah’s Pakistan because of the following: 1. Jinnah’s 11 August speech is a one-off speech and that he spoke mostly for an Islamic state. This is false … Read entire article »

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