Jinnah’s Pakistan and role of minorities

Protection of rights of minorities of the Subcontinent, their culture and identity was an important element of the Pakistan Resolution which convinced and motivated the minority communities to strongly support the creation of Pakistan for which they struggled hard shoulder to shoulder with Muslims in the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and played a pivotal role afterwards in the progress and development of the country.

Frank Anthony and C.E. Gibbon were able to secure some concessions for Anglo-Indians and other Christians, while Gibbon was later elected to be deputy speaker of the Punjab Assembly. Dewan Bahadur S.P. Singha too was a prominent and notable Christian personality and Mr Rallia Ram was principal of the Rang Mahal Mission High School. All these gentlemen met Mr Jinnah and acquainted him with their hopes and fears. The Quaid assured them that they would be equal citizens with the Muslims of Pakistan

The minorities have always been an integral part of our country as they have presented precious sacrifices of life and property for their motherland and are till today extending commendable services for the nation.

 

The then Speaker of Punjab Assembly of the Sub-continent, being a person of minority community, cast his vote in favour of Declaration of Pakistan which paved the way to creation of Pakistan. The minorities also played a decisive role in Punjab Boundary Commission and division of Punjab, throwing their lot with Pakistan as all of them were loyal to it and imbued with the highest feelings of patriotism towards it.

A considerable number of Hindus in East Pakistan and the few left in Sindh, Balochistan, the Frontier, and even the Punjab gave proof of their loyalty to Pakistan by opting to live on in these areas. The Sikhs from Balochistan and NWFP did not feel the need for going away.

You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State
                                                                  Mohammad Ali Jinnah (Founder of Pakistan)

Read Full text of Mr. Jinnah’s presidential address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan, August 11, 1947

When the killings began after Partition, the Quaid was extremely unhappy. He had not suspected that such a situation could develop after Pakistan came into being. The Quaid was greatly worried about the educational future of the nation. In a meeting with the Parsi leaders, he requested them to sound the community on the issue. Subsequently, the doors of the two big Parsi schools i.e., BVS and Mama were opened to all

The Christians and Parsis not only accepted the new state as their homeland but in the early days of trial and trouble also helped in resettling the refugees and did much to relieve the grief, pain and distress of their heart-rending migration.

In the spheres of rehabilitation, health, education and employment, minorities opened the doors of their homes, their schools and colleges, their hospitals and their centres of business for these unfortunate people.Contribution of minority communities in creation of Pakistan, the bold decision of the Christians in the Punjab Boundary Commission to stand up with the Muslim League was then termed their vote for Pakistan. He said the minorities proclaim again that Pakistan is their country and that they are ready to sacrifice their lives and property for it.