League cannot be reconciled with any idea of religious origins of Pakistan. This is just one of many paradoxes that anyone who thinks of that the true reason for the creation of Pakistan was toestablish a religious 'Islamic state', must unravel.Our people are ignorant about these facts because there has been a systematic campaign of disinformation over more than four decades. It reached its peak under General Zia. In a recentwork, entitled '
The Murder of History in Pakistan'.
the distinguished historian, K.K. Aziz hasshown how thoroughly distorted is the presentation of our own past through the re-writing of history is in Pakistan. The people of Pakistan are entitled to know the truth. The motives of thestate authorities in instigating and promoting this project of systematic disinformation need to beexamined and understood.Here we have yet another paradox. The men of power in Pakistan, the bureaucrats, militaryleaders and politicians generally, all in truth have an essentially secular intellectual make up andfew are devout practitioners of their religion. In their hands Islam has been made into just a political slogan, a mask that feel they must wear when facing the public. They mistakenly feelthat they need this for the legitimization of power in the eyes of the masses. Because havingnothing to offer to the common people by way of improving their material conditions of life andlabouring under the illusion that the mass of the people are and unthinking fanatical lot who will be carried away by their insincere slogans, they wrongly believe that they can mobilise their support by resort to religious slogans. The results of successive elections have proved themwrong. But the falsification of Pakistan's history continues, driven by the unthinking politicalcalculations of the state authorities who organise the production and dissemination of distorted propagandist accounts of our history through the commissioning of 'approved' textbooks,controlled by a bureaucratic 'Textbook Board'. Schools and colleges in Pakistan are required todisseminate such falsified accounts of the past to their students. As a consequence of this, after nearly half a century since the Partition, we have generations of Pakistanis who have no ideawhatever of the reality of our history. All they know is the fiction that is relayed to them throughthe state controlled educational system and the media.What then was Pakistan movement all about, if it was not a religious movement for creating an'Islamic State' ? The answer, in a nutshell, could be that the Pakistan movement was a
movement of Muslims
an ethnic movement
a movement of 'Islam'
i.e. a religiousmovement. Even that formulation needs to be qualified, for the Pakistan movement, paradoxically, failed (until the very eve of the Partition) to draw any substantial support inthe
which were later to constitute the State of Pakistan.
The solid baseof support for the Muslim League (for most of its history i.e. until 1946, as well shall examine)lay in the
Muslim minority Provinces of India
, notably The UP and Bihar. The Muslim Leaguewas founded in 1906. It was not Mr. Jinnah who founded it. He was, rather, a leading figure of the Indian National Congress. It was in 1913 that he was invited by the Lucknow based MuslimLeaguers, led by Wazir Hassan, to join them. Their motive in asking him is quite interesting.They asked him because of the enormous standing and prestige that Mr Jinnah had in theCongress with which the League leadership had decided to build closer links. It was later thatMr. Jinnah reassessed the situation and recognised the value of an organised Muslimconstituency and a role for himself as their spokesman, though that was for a long time with himstill within the Indian National Congress of which he remained an active an influential member.