To the most stylish man and founder of Pakistan, happy birthday!
He was a visionary and at that one who had the best taste in suits and shoes. I hope we Pakistanis can remain true to his words:
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the State…We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State…I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in due course Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.” (August 11, 1947 address of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to the members of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly)
Le Roi de Lahore (The King of Lahore) - photographed at Palais Garnier. (via aaylaview)
What Pakistan meant for my elders: three stories
On this 65th Independence day of Pakistan when everyone is in a jubilant mood, patriotic songs which many deemed paindo (villager-taste) are blaring out on every Radio and TV channel, while some armchair-Internet-pundits are discussing the relevance of Pakistaniat and Government is as usual busy doing everything but Nation-building. Makes me wonder how many of us still remember what Pakistan meant for our elders? Here are just three stories among countless others which personally touched me.
First story is of my Maternal Grandfather who until 1947 was a relatively successful businessman in Amritsar (now Indian Punjab). Being informed about political dynamics, he was smart enough to safely move all his family before time to the present Pakistan. Being one of the last to reach Pakistan amongst his family, he witnessed first hand how friendships were tested and how centuries of connection were lost in mere moments. (for rest of my article, click here, via umalik)
Muhammad Ali Jinnah - founder of Pakistan
Here is a story that my mom told me, which summarizes Jinnah and his descendants’ (Pakistanis) character:
Jinnah went to a gathering of British dignitaries. There one of the dignitaries asked him, “I hear Pakistanis eat their chicken bones. What do you leave for your dogs then?” This aroused a whole lot of laughter from all the dignitaries around. Jinnah smiled and answered, “The whole British empire”. (via samoosasforthought)
The incident sounds more like something which would have happened fresh into Mr Jinnah’s career - with some doubts on the actual wordings, it is a worth mentioning incident.
No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.
—Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
A love letter written to Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah by his wife, Ruttie
Having listened to the news and read up much about him, there is one story in particular that has touched my heart. Our enigmatic, charismatic leader has been very secretive about his private life, yet this story shows the depth of passion his wife had for him. (complete article)
Sir Muhammad Iqbal’s 134th birthday is commemorated across Pakistan today:
Allama Iqbal, born on November 9 1877 in Sialkot, was great representative of the subcontinent and an important personality for the Pakistan movement.
Iqbal was a Sufi poet for the modern age who aroused a revolutionary spirit in the nation through his poetry. His poetry has been translated in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, English and several other languages and he is considered a great philosopher all over the world.
In spirit of interacting with all of you wonderful readers we want to know what your plans are for tomorrow?
Tomorrow is the 64th independence day of Pakistan after years of struggling for political recognition against British Raj and we want to know what you will be doing on the day and if you have any resolutions for the country for the next year? Feel free to leave a reply on this post, reblog it to amplify it or leave us a tweet on twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nowPakistan) or perhaps leave us a longer message/comment on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nowPakistan). We will do our best to include all the messages in one of our next posts.