Muhammad Abid Ali Umang Served in Parliament as Member National Assembly From 2004-2007. Represented Pakistan in United Nations on Human Rights Issue in 2006. Co-Founder of “Pakistan Debate Council” and ran the same organization continuously for 18 Years Awarded Seven Times “All Pakistan”, Four Times “All Sindh” & Four Times “All Punjab Best Speaker in Academic Career. Teacher by Profession and also working as Outsource Research Director for Electronic Media.
Gen Y: What is the difference between the resolution that was passed back in 1940 on 23rd March and the ones passed in our Assemblies today?
Abid Ali: With the introduction of biased political reforms in the subcontinents by the British, the Muslims realized that they would become a permanent minority in the democratic system and it would never be possible for them to protect their fundamental rights.
The resolution passed back in 1940 was passed by the common masses, by those political representatives of the Muslim community who struggled for years to gain independence. Those ambitious leaders didn’t propose the resolution out of ill intentions, they had an ideology of a separate nation, and a nation they believed would earn the Muslim community of the subcontinent recognition on the world map. However, the resolutions passed in our assemblies today is passed by the elite class out of ill intentions. It is thought to be passed out of formality.
Gen Y: In the vast history of Muslims in subcontinent. Was this the event that made the formation of Pakistan look inevitable?
Abid Ali: Allama Muhammed Iqbal, the poet philosopher in his famous Allahabad address made it clear that Islam has its own social and economic system and in order to implement it, a political entity was required.
In the year 1940 when the world was standing on the edge of World War II (WWII) all global economies were being weaponized. However, the drastic aftermath of the First World War left countries in weak socioeconomic and political positions. These countries were struggling to cope up with national issues. Even England was questioned for not being able to maintain its colonies.
And at this point in time Muslim leaders in the subcontinent strategically planned to take advantage of the weak political scene too prevailing globally. They believed that this was the right time for proposing their resolution for an independent nation because the Britishers was in no position to suppress their power and will eventually be forced to accept their demands.
Yes, Gandhi-Jinnah talks did make a difference and a growing realization geared amongst the Hindu community that Muslims too are a separate nation. It was all because Quaid-e-Azam had strong convincing views and with the clarity of mind and backing of the Muslim community, prominent leaders of All India Muslim League passed the Resolution at the historical venue of Minto Park near Badshahi Masjid and Lahore Fort.
Gen Y: What was the Khaksar Incident?
Abid Ali: The Khaksar tragedy that took place on March 19 pushed several Muslim leaders to persuade Quaid-e-Azam to postpone the session but he was not ready for it. His decisive nature didn’t allow him to further delay the historic session that the Muslim community was eagerly looking forward to.
However to handle the issue of Khaksar disturbances, Quaid-e-Azam went to see the wounded Khaksar’s at Mayo Hospital in Khaksar.
Gen Y: Who is Aashiq Hussain Batalwi?
Abid Ali: Unfortunately, today students are made to study a drafted history of Pakistan. The actual narration of struggle for independence and the post-Independence events is found in the writings of Aashiq Hussain Batalwi. He witnessed the events and penned them down as an unbiased history.
Gen Y: Do we need another Pakistan Day to revive?
Abid Ali: Sadly, our nation is surviving on an oxygen mask. We as Pakistan’s are facing our worst identity crisis. We stand divided and subdivided into many classes. We are victims of our self-created miseries.
No matter which side of the debate we stand on, we cannot deny the tiring accomplishments our Quaid and other prominent leaders made. Their philosophy is merely repeated as talking points on different occasions such as Pakistan Day, Independence Day, Defense Day, on their birth and death anniversaries. We are in complete denial of their vision.
Even the 2013 Elections highlighted how divided we stand.
Punjabi dominating areas voted for PML (N) while PPP managed to gain a dominating vote bank from interior Sindh. Similarly Pakhtoons of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa voted for the Pakhtoons and the Muhajirs voted for their party.
We don’t need these days to revive, we need to stand united.
Pakistanis should vote for Pakistanis not for Punjabis, Sindhis, Balochis or Pakhtoons.
Gen Y: Like any other ordinary days celebrated in our world today, we tend to show ownership to our country for a day only?
Abid Ali: Allow me to clear one misconception here that we as a nation celebrate Pakistan Day or other national days. Our patriotism stands over rated, our celebration is limited to Facebook and Twitter activities. Non-Governmental Organization are paid to host promotional shows.
Be it Pakistan Day or Defense Day or any other day, we just sit back at home and enjoy the national holiday.
Pakistan lost its recognition the Islamic Republic that very day when sectarianism started. Pakistan lost its importance as a Democratic Republic the day high inflation compelled suicidal rates to boost across the country. We stand divided, it’s just the green passport and identity cards that holding us together.
Gen Y: What will be your message for Gen Y?
Abid Ali: My Message to the Youth is to show interest and read your History. Your history has Khalid Bin Waleed, Tariq Bin Zia’ad, Muhammad Bin Qasim, Sallahuddin Ayyubi, Mahmud Gaznavi, Jabir Bin Haiyan, You Also Have Abu Nasr Faraabi, Bu Ali Seena and etc. From Education to warriors you have great examples from your history. So first educate yourself, because then only you can move forward. Secondly, I request the youth to get over Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi, Pakhtoon, Muhajir, or Sunni, Shia or any other dividing groups. You are a Pakistani, act like one and prove yourself one. After completing your studies most of you leave the country and travel abroad for jobs. Why can’t you people stay here and search for better career options. This is your country, you have to own it for yourselves, be a proud Pakistani and respect all that this country has given you. If you’ll not return the favors then nobody else will.