The Idea of Pakistan

Earlier this year, one of the departments of Karachi University arranged a conference on Iqbal. Having done my Masters thesis in the same area, we (me and my friends) were asked to write papers for that conference. Though the pressure of the second masters and time restrictions, we were  able to write those papers but we did write abstracts and submitted those for it. Our professor played a crucial role in developing those ideas and giving us the directions as to how we should go about it. Anyway, I am thinking of resuming work on the abstract but I haven’t started it yet.

As the conference was directed towards the creation of Pakistan, all of us tried to work in some area or the other. And I based my research on structuralist perspective I tired to connect the idea of Pakistan with the concepts of Millat, Ummah, Qaum and Watan as Iqbal has used them in his poetry e.g.

Apni millat par qayas aqwame Maghrib ko na kar
Khas hai tarkeeb mein qaum-e- Rasule Hashmi

Where he talks about nation he takes it back to the foundations of Islam and if thinking globall, his poetry points towards brotherhood and the idea of nationhood beyond borders. All Muslims being united under one banner of Islam. e.g.

Eik hoon Muslim haram ki pasbani k liye
Neel ke saahil se le ker tabakhaak-e-kaashghar

Anyway, now that everyone is trying to talk about Islam and brotherhood in a totally new sense and having a new semantic field around it, everyone interprets and gives their own meaning to it. The post-modern World giving liberty to everyone to interpret and say whatever they want to say about Islam, religion, the idea of nationhood and the idea Pakistan. Oh! PLEASE! Wake up!!!!

Anyway, the other day all channels were playing all those patriotic song and I, who’s not in touch with the latest music scene, was being informed by my mamoon about a certain song which is supposed to be for Pakistan but actually the last line of the song says,” Pepsi se hai zamana”, I mean have we fallen to this level that even the national songs are hijacked by the stupid giants! I mean have a life! Forget the songs… Are singing these songs is the only way of showing that we love Pakistan and that we’ve done a great deal for Pakistan. Think beyond that…

It’s high time to not take 14th august for granted to get to the streets and getting killed while driving like a nerd or firing or with fireworks. Dozens get killed or are injured because of those stray bullets you fire justifying it by saying that we want to celebrate and enjoy. ?Millions spent on those fireworks which explode like anything, without caring that people in the beighbourhood might be sick or old and frail. Why can’t we donate that much money that we spent on fireworks to the Swat victims. Why still haven’t we learnt to chanelize our resources in a better way. Why not go and help those in need on the day when we were liberated and we formed a new Muslim state. Show care for those in need, for our neighbours and the whole Muslim Ummah. Unite under the flag of Pakistan and not divide ourselves for the development of Pakistan. Let’s revisit the idea of Pakistan in it’s true sense and make it an example for others to follow.



I don’t think I have to say anything. Reminds me of my teacher saying, “Husn bazaat-e-khud daleel hai.” It speaks for itself.

(yani watan bahesiyyat eik siyasi tasawwur k)

Is daur mein mae aur hai, jaam aur hai jum aur
Saaqi nay bina ki rawish-e-lutf wa sitam aur
Muslim ne bhi tabeer kiya apna haram aur
tehzeeb kay aazar ne tarashwaye sanam aur
In taza khudaaon mein bara sab say watan hai
Jo pairhan is ka hai, woh mazhab ka kafan hai
Ye but keh tarasheeda-e-tehzeeb-e-nawi hai
gharat gar ka shaana-e-nabawi hai
bazu tera tauheed ki quwwat se qawwi hai
Islam tera des hai, tu mustafawi hai
Nazzara-e-daireena zamanay ko dikha de
Ay Mustafawi khaak mein is but(idol) ko mila de
Ho qaid-e-maqaami tu nateeja hai tabahi
reh bahar mein aazaad-e-watan surat-e-mahi
Hai tark-e-watan Sunnat-e-Mehboob-e-Ilahi
De tu bhi nabuwwat ki sadaqat pe gawahi
Guftaar-e-siyasat mein watan aur hi kuch hai
Irshad-e-nabuwwat mein watan aur hi kuch hai
Aqwaam-e-jahan mein hai raqabat tu isi say
Taskheer hai maqsood-e-tijarat tu isi say
Khali hai sadaqat se siyasat tu isi say
Kamzor ka ghar hota hai ghaarat tu isi say
Aqwam mein makhlooq-e-Khuda bat-ti hai isi say
Qaumiyyat-e-Islam ki jarr kat-ti hai isi say

Allama Muhammad Iqbal

Iqbal Day…

9th November – Iqbal Day!

Allama Mohammad Iqbal, who gave the idea of two nation theory, dreamed of this land.

Now lay underneath the very soil he dreamed of. But the people have mutilated the dream.

 The reality is ugly, the dream forgotten, and I, I’m digging the earth… The night has engulfed me. The mist is too strong for me to see… Yet, I dig… My hands soiled, the cold moistness has benumbed my hands. Even now when my hands cannot feel anymore, my tears have frozen on my cheeks. Yet I dig and hope…