By Yasser Latif Hamdani
In his recent column (“Mera beta teri fauj ka sipahi hoga”) in the rag, Daily Ummat, Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui has asked all Pakistanis like the “Qadiani supporter” Yasser Latif Hamdani who speak of a secular Pakistan to move to India. Could things be more ironic?
I find it strange sometimes that Jamaat-e-Islami claims positions thinking that everyone reading their lies is going to buy their crooked distortions as facts. In a campaign not long ago against Aga Khanis, they claimed that Aga Khanis were Zionists and opposed to the ideology of Pakistan. Ofcourse such inconvenient facts as the first president of the Muslim League being Aga Khan are of no consequence.
In his aforementioned article Mr. Siddiqui declares – with what one can imagine is a very straight face- that Pakistan was made by his parents under the slogan Pakistan ka matlab kiya La illah ilallah. The controversy of the slogan Pakistan ka matlab kiya la illah ilallah ought to have been put to rest when Jinnah himself denounced this slogan as being nothing but the handiwork of a few people who wanted to “catch a few votes”.
Now as someone whose family was involved in the Pakistan Movement and whose great grandfather, Syed Aurangzeb Ali Shah Hamdani, was honored at the Muslim League centenary on March 23rd, 2006 with a posthumous gold medal, awarded by the then Prime Minister of this republic to his grandson at the Aiwan-e-Tehreek-e-Karkunan-e-Pakistan on the Mall Lahore, by the Nazaria-e-Pakistan foundation for his contributions to the Pakistan Movement, I believe I can speak with much more authority about what Pakistan Movement was about than some third rate crook of the Jamaat-e-Islami- a party that not only VOCIFEROUSLY opposed the creation of Pakistan but then actively tried to create hurdles for Pakistan Government and its moves in Kashmir in 1948.
To me my great grandfather’s connection to the Pakistan Movement is irrelevant. Besides my view of partition is informed by the Ayesha Jalal school of thought. I do so now only because I have asked by a crook to leave my country because his “parents” allegedly made it. My great grandfather’s contribution, significant as it is, was essentially politics and not part of some grand millennial fantasy. And he did end up losing upto 1200 acres of prime agricultural land as a result – because League having endorsed Independence for British India as part of manifesto was an opposition party- but to my mind the creation of Pakistan was the result of the breakdown of negotiations between the League and the Congress. It might just have gone another way in 1946. Therefore despite having been honored by the state as a freedom fighter and a worker in the Pakistan movement, I view my great grandfather as a shrewd notable and a landowner who had the prescience to abandon the Unionist camp long before other landowners and feudals of the area did.
Those who have read my writings know that I admire Mahomed Ali Jinnah probably more than any other historical figure. For this I have sustained the most abuse not just from Indians but even other groups that dislike my admiration for Pakistan’s founding father. I usually refer to the Quaid-e-Azam as Mr. Jinnah because that is what he preferred to be called. Yet – get this – Mr. Siddiqui has taken issue with the fact that I don’t call Mr. Jinnah Quaid-e-Azam… this Mr. Siddiqui who follows crook Maulana Maududi who not only opposed the creation of Pakistan but whose abuse against Quaid-e-Azam Mahomed Ali Jinnah (here I said it again) is well documented.
Dear Mr. Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui of Jamaat-e-Islami – terrorist sympathizer and supporter of the Taliban – before you ask bona fide citizens of Pakistan who are here by choice and free will (unlike you who would run to America the first chance he gets if America ever opens its doors to crooks, cranks and mad men like you) to leave Pakistan because they state such honest and inconvenient truths as the fact that Jinnah’s Pakistan and Maulana Maududi’s Pakistan are mutually exclusive, answer this :
- Why did Maulana Maududi call Pakistan Movement and idea of Muslim Nationalism akin to an oxymoron as the “chaste prostitute”?
2. Why did Maulana Maududi constantly and repeatedly abuse Quaid-e-Azam and declare that Pakistan would be based on kufr?
3. Why did Maulana Maududi oppose the Kashmir War in 1948?
4. Why did Maulana Maududi hobnob with the establishment to bring down the government of Khawaja Nazimuddin?
5. Why did Maulana Maududi prostitute himself to America when America published and printed his “Islam aur ishtrakiat” to be distributed in the Islamic World?
6. Why did Maulana Maududi aid and abet the military regime of General Yahya Khan ?
7. Why did Maulana Maududi create Al Badr and other Islamist organizations to kill off Pakistanis in East Pakistan?
8. Why did Mian Tufail Ahmed of Jamaat-e-Islami accept funds from CIA to participate in CIA’s operation wheel jam in 1977?
9. Why did Jamaat-e-Islami support and form part of General Zia ul Haq’s government?
10. Why did Jamaat-e-Islami aid and abet Americans in the Afghan War?
11. Why did Jamaat-e-Islami help General Musharraf pass the damned 17th Amendment?
Mr. Siddiqui, unlike you I won’t ask you to leave Pakistan despite the fact that you are a confirmed traitor and a fifth columnist. After all you yourself claimed that “your son shall be part of my army”. What I will do is to continue to fight against is the curse of Maududi and his remnants in Pakistan for as they say in Seraiki “Khooo ichu kuta na kidhasoon, tey wuzzu kithoo karaisoo” translation: If I won’t take the dog out of the well, how would I perform my ablution?