Tag "Muhammad Ali Jinnah"

Pakistan and Oman can help Defuse the Saudi-Iran Standoff

The standoff between two diametrically-opposed ideological regimes in Riyadh and Tehran can be defused if neutral countries like Pakistan and Oman together make concerted efforts to reduce the level of distrust and misconceptions between two important Muslim states which rank among the world’s top ten oil-producing countries. Related: Regional Geosectarianism and Role of Pakistan Historically, Pakistan has tried its best to balance its fragile relationships between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

PAF’s Anti-Terrorist Training in Context of Indian Aggression

226 personnel including 166 airmen and 5 female commandos of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) completed the basic anti-terrorist training course in Kallar Kahar on December 22. These men and women are part of the PAF’s erstwhile 312th Special Service Wing, now known just as Special Service Wing (SSW) which has somewhere around 1500 commandos for quick deployment as and when required. It is a comparatively new special operations service component

Our Unaffordable Obsession With Holidays

Who doesn’t love to have a day off? I personally cherish not having to go to work during public holidays. And if, through some miraculous coincidence, a holiday precedes or succeeds a weekend, the joy is increased manifold. Then I think about the situation our country is in, not security-wise but strictly in economic terms. We aren’t faring well. We rank as an under-developed economy that is severely indebted to

27th Ramazan and the Creation of Pakistan – Part I

The following is a concise English translation of renowned bureaucrat Dr. Safdar Mehmood’s column titled “Sataesween Ramazan aur Qayam-e-Pakistan”, published in Jang newspaper on August 14, 2015. ****** When Mustafa Ali Hamdani announced “This is Radio Pakistan” at 12:01 am, it was as if the centuries-old dream of Muslims culminated into reality. This dream, a glimpse of which is found in the writings of Shah Waliullah two centuries ago, is

Quaid-e-Azam’s Spiritual Stature and Future of Pakistan

The following is a concise English translation of Urdu excerpts from a book called ‘Seerat Un Nabi (SAW) Baad Az Wisaal Un Nabi (Part 4)’ authored by the late Mr. Abdul Majeed Siddiqui. ****** Quaid-e-Azam sent one of his closest associates to Hijaz (area of present-day Saudi Arabia which contains the two holiest sites of Islam i.e. Makkah and Madinah) on a special mission; this particular associate was specially involved

Pakistan Is A Divine Commandment

The following is a concise English translation of an Urdu column by Allama Abul Imtiaz Ain Seen Muslim for Daily Nawa-i-Waqt dated January 21, 2012. ****** There is sufficient evidence to prove that Pakistan owes its very existence to Divine Commandment. That 15 million Muslims from oppressed Muslim societies in India united together on one platform raising one demand (attaining Pakistan) is proof enough that Allah wants to employ Pakistan

The Role of Bureaucracy in Efficient State Management

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines Bureaucracy as “a large group of people who are involved in running a government but who are not elected”. Another, more suitable definition, is “a system of government or business that has many complicated rules and ways of doing things”. Politicians are individuals who belong to various political parties who contest elections and struggle for maximum votes to attain a seat in national or provincial

Objectives Resolution and the Rise of Pakistan

When the foundation for Pakistan was solidified with the passing of the Lahore Resolution in 1940, the Muslims in the Indian Subcontinent were (righteously) led to believe that Pakistan would be a separate homeland where they could freely exercise Deen (Islam as a way of life). Pakistan was seen as a homeland for all Muslims irrespective of their sectarian denominations/schools of jurisprudence. What was common among them all was the

Curse of provincialism a serious threat to Pakistan

Addressing the Quetta Municipality on June 15, 1948, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah made the following remarks: “While, however, one must love one’s town and work for its welfare–indeed because of it–one must love better one’s country and work more devotedly for it. Local attachments have their value but what is the value and strength of a “part” except within the “whole”. Yet this is a truth people so easily seem

Is it Time for Another Iqbal?

One of the most prominent figures in Pakistan’s history was Sir Muhammad Iqbal, also known as Allama Iqbal. Iqbal, a lawyer by profession, was much more than just that. He was a philosopher, poet and also a politician in pre-partition times and it is Iqbal who is regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement. “I know you are a busy man but I do hope you won’t mind my writing