“Minorities can rest assured that their rights will be protected. No civilized Government can be run successfully without giving minorities a complete sense of security and confidence. They must be made to feel that they have a hand in Government and to do this they must have adequate representation in it. Pakistan will give this”
Unfortunately, today’s Pakistan is quite opposite to the country visioned by Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Minorities especially Shia Muslims , Ahmadi Muslims , Hindus , Sikhs & Christians are treated with prejudice and violence. We have completely forgotten the basis on which this State was founded. Rights and voices of the minorities are suppressed. Is this consistent with ideals of Muhammad Ali Jinnah who promised minorities that their rights will be safeguarded? Have we completely forgotten the people who struggled for making and acheiving Pakistan? Do we really know who Muhammad Ali Jinnah was? Which caste or faith groups did he belong?
Poonja Gokuldas Meghji (Grandfather of Muhammad Ali Jinnah) was a Hindu Bhatia Rajput from Paneli village in Gondal state in Kathiawar. Grandmother of Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave birth to several children, all of them died. The maid who worked for her advised her to go to a Shia Imambargah on Shab-e-Ashura (Night between 9th & 10th of Muharram). The maid asked her to pray for a child in Imambargah in front of the shabih (copy) of ZulJinnah of Imam Hussain (A.S.), the horse which was gifted to the Imam by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). After a few months Poonja Gokuldas Meghji & his wife were blessed with a boy who they named after the name of the horse of Imam Hussain (A.S.) as ZulJinnah Poonja (Poonja was the cast). ZulJinnah is an arabic word which consist of two parts Zul & Jinnah. Zul means ‘two’ & Jinnah means ‘Wings’. Later it became as Jinnah Bhai Poonja meaning ‘Brother with wings’, Poonja was the cast. Jinnah Poonja married to Mithibai. She gave birth to a boy who was named Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Poonja Gokuldas Meghji after he was blessed with a son Jinnah Poonja converted to Islam. Jinnah’s family belonged to the Ismaili Khoja branch of Shia Islam.
The idea behind sharing this historical story is not to represent or propagate a certain sect but to awaken those right wingers and their (fake) liberal partners who have nothing but explicit or implicit contempt for Shia Muslims who they consider unworthy of respect, equality and sympathy. I want to tell those fake liberal and right wing apologists or affiliates of the Deep State who are directly or indirectly involved in the minority killing that who really was Muhammad Ali Jinnah and what was his vision about Pakistan. He himself was from a religious minority but he struggled for an independent state where rights of everyone could be safeguarded no matter what caste or creed one belongs. Muhammad Ali Jinnah never mentioned his caste nor declared Pakistan as a Shia state. He only worked to get an independent state where everyone could live and breath freely, according to one’s own religion, ethnicity and culture.
I also want to take this opportunity to ask urban-centric fake liberal and right winger bigots if they know who Muhammad Zafarullah Khan was? And what was his role in the struggle for Pakistan? He was a Pakistani politician, diplomat, international jurist and scholar of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He was the one who drafted the Pakistan Resolution, represented Pakistan in the UN and served as the minister of foreign affairs after independence. He also served as the President of UN General Assembly.
These are few among many examples of honourable people of religious minority groups who struggled their whole life to get an independent state where one could live according to one’s own belief. But unfortunately today the ones who are responsible for protecting the rights are either involved in killing the minorities or blatantly misrepresent their massacres, such as Abdul Khaliq Hazara type plants of the Deep State who misrepresent Shia massacres by the LeJ as some kind of ethnic cleansing instead of sectarian cleansing.
In the end, I wish to to share what Muhammad Ali Jinnah said during the ‘Presidential Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947’:
“We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State”
Today, are we really equal citizens of a benevolent state? This question remains long outstanding in Pakistan’s history and politics.