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Soan valley near Rawalpindi, dating back to at least 50,000 years. Predominantly an agricultural region, its inhabitants learned to tame and husband animals and cultivate crops some 9,000 years ago. Farming villages dating from 6000 BC have been excavated in Baluchistan, the North West Frontier Province and Punjab. The Indus Valley Civilization is considered to have evolved around 2600 BC. Built on the ruins of fortified towns near Kot Diji, it is now believed to have emerged from farming communities of the area. The Civilization boasted immense cities like Moenjodaro and Harappa. These towns were well planned, with paved main roads, multistoried houses, watchtowers, food warehouses, and assembly halls. Their people developed an advanced script that still remains un-deciphered. The Indus Civilization's decline around 1700 BC is attributed to foreign invaders, who at some sites violently destroyed the cities. But with recent research, historians have become unsure as to the exact causes of decline of the Indus Civilization. Aryans, who were rough cattle breeders, came from Central Asia around 1700 BC, seeking grazing land for their herds. Their religion was well developed, with gods identified from elements of nature. They followed a strict caste system, which later became Hinduism. They wrote the first book of Hindu scripture, the Rig Veda, which was a collection of hymns remembered through several generations. Some anthropologists believe that there is no real historical evidence to prove the coming of Aryans, and consider their coming as a myth. In sixth century BC, the people of the region were getting increasingly dissatisfied with the Hindu caste system. When Buddha, son of a Kshatriya king preached equality in men, his teachings were quickly accepted throughout the northern part of the Sub-continent. Around the same time Gandhara, being the easternmost province of the Achaemenid Empire of Persia, became a major power in the region. Its two cities - Pushkalavati, or present day Charsadda near Peshawar, and the capital Taxila, were the center of civilization and culture. Alexander the Great invaded the Sub-continent in 327 BC. Conquering the Kalash valley, he crossed the mighty Indus at Ohind, sixteen miles north of Attock. He then defeated the mighty elephant army of Porus at Jhelum, and began his march towards the long Ganges plain. However, he was forced to plan for homeward sailing when his war-wary troops refused to advance further. On his way back, a serious wound,
received while battling the Malloi people at Multan, finally took its toll, and Alexander died in 323 BC, leaving his conquests for grab among his own officers. Chandragupta Maurya was an exiled member of the royal family of Magadha, a kingdom flourishing since 700 BC on the bank of river Ganges. After Alexander's death, Chandragupta captured Punjab with his allies, and later overthrew the king of Magadha in 321 BC to form the Mauryan Empire. After twenty-four years of kingship, his son, Bindusara, who added Deccan to the Mauryan rule, succeeded Chandragupta. Ashoka, son of Bindusara, was one of the greatest rulers the world has ever known. Not only did he rule a vast empire; he also tried to rule it compassionately. After initially causing thousands of lives during his conquest of Kalinga, he decided to rule by the law of piety. He was instrumental in spreading Buddhism within and outside the Sub-continent by building Buddhist monasteries and stupas, and sending out missionaries to foreign lands. The Greek king of Bactria, Demetrius, conquered the Kabul River Valley around 195 BC. The Greeks rebuilt Taxila and Pushkalavati as their twin capital cities in Gandhara. They were followed in 75 BC by the Scythians, Iranian nomads from Central Asia, and in about 50 BC by the powerful Parthians, from east of the Caspian Sea. After defeating the Greeks in 53 BC, the Parthians ruled the northern Pakistan area. During their era of trade and economic prosperity, the Parthians promoted art and religion. The Gandhara School of art developed, which reflected the glory of Greek, Syrian, Persian and Indian art traditions. The Kushana king, Kujula, ruler of nomad tribes from Central Asia, overthrew the Parthians in 64 AD and took over Gandhara. The Kushans further extended their rule into northwest India and Bay of Bengal, south into Bahawalpur and short of Gujrat, and north till Kashghar and Yarkand, into the Chinese frontier. They made their winter capital at Purushapura, the City of Flowers, now called Peshawar, and their summer capital north of Kabul. Kanishka, the greatest of Kushans, ruled from the year 128 to 151. Trade flourished during his rule, with the Romans trading in gold for jewelry, perfumes, dyes, spices and textiles. Progress was made in medicine and literature. Thousands of Buddhist monasteries and stupas were built and the best pieces of sculpture in the Gandhara School of art were produced. He was killed in his sleep when his own people resisted his unending expansionist pursuits. The Kushans Empire was usurped both from the North, where the Sassanian Empire of Persia eroded their rule. and the South where the Gupta Empire took hold. In the fourth century, due to decline in prosperity and trade, the Kushans Empire was reduced to a new dynasty of Kidar (Little) Kushans, with the capital now at Peshawar. Coming from Central Asia, the White Huns, originally the horse-riding nomads from China, invaded Gandhara during the fifth century. With declining prosperity, and the sun and fire-worshipping Huns ruling the land, Buddhism gradually disappeared from northern Pakistan, taking the glory of the Gandhara School of art with it. fter the defeat of Huns by Sassanians and Turks in 565, the area was mostly left to be ruled by small Hindu kingdoms, with the Turki Shahi rulers controlling the area till Gandhara from Afghanistan, and the raja of Kashmir ruling northern Punjab, and the areas east of the Indus. Buddhism's decline continued as more people were converted to Brahman Hindus.
Overthrowing the Turki Shahis, the Central Asian Hindu Shahis ruled from 870 till the year 1008. With their capital established at Hund on the Indus, their rule extended from Jalalabad in Afghanistan to Multan, and covered as far north as Kashmir. Buddhism and the Gandhara Civilization The two major ancient civilizations of the area, which is now Pakistan, were the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappa in 7 BC and Moenjodaro 4 BC) and the Gandhara Civilization (500 BC to 10 AD). Gandhara is the region that now comprise of Peshawar valley, Mardan, Swat, Dir, Malakand, and Bajuaur agencies in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Taxila in the Punjab, and up to Jalalabad in Afghanistan. It is in this region that the Gandhara civilization emerged and became the cradle of Buddhism. It was from here that Buddhism spread towards east as far away as Japan and Korea. The intriguing record of Gandhara civilization, discovered in the 20th century, are found in the archeological sites spread over Taxila, Swat and other parts of NWFP. The rock carving and the petroglyphs along the ancient Silk Road (Karakoram Highway) also provide fascinating record of the history of Gandhara. Taxila is the abode of many splendid Buddhist establishments. Taxila, the main centre of Gandhara, is over 3,000 years old. Taxila had attracted Alexander the great from Macedonia in 326 BC, with whom the influence of Greek culture came to this part of the world. Taxila later came under the Mauryan dynasty and reached a remarkable matured level of development under the great Ashoka. During the year 2 BC, Buddhism was adopted as the state religion, which flourished and prevailed for over 1,000 years, until the year 10 AD. During this time Taxila, Swat and Charsadda (old Pushkalavati) became three important centers for culture, trade and learning. Hundreds of monasteries and stupas were built together with Greek and Kushan towns such as Sirkap and Sirsukh, both in Taxila. The Gandhara civilization was not only the centre of spiritual influence but also the cradle of the world famous Gandhara culture, art and learning. It was from these centers that a unique art of sculpture originated which is known as Gandhara Art all over the world. Today the Gandhara sculptures occupy a prominent place in the museums of England, France, Germany, USA, Japan, Korea, China, India and Afghanistan, together with many private collections world over, as well as a vast collection in the museums of Pakistan. Buddhism left a monumental and rich legacy of art and architecture in Pakistan. Despite the vagaries of centuries, the Gandhara region preserved a lot of the heritage in craft and art. Much of this legacy is visible even today in Pakistan. The very earliest examples of Buddhist Art are not iconic but aniconic images and were popular in the Subcontinent even after the death of the Buddha. This is because the Buddha himself did not sanction personal worship or the making of images. As Siddhatha Guatama was a Buddha, a self-perfected, self-enlightened human being, he was a human role model to be followed but not idolized. Of himself he said, 'Buddha's only point the way'. This is why the earliest artistic tributes to the Buddha were abstract symbols indicative of major events and achievements in his last life, and in some cases his previous lives. Some of these early representations of the Buddha include the footprints of the Buddha, which were often created at a place where he was known to have walked. Among the aniconic images, the footprints of the Buddha were found in the Swat valley and, now can be seen in the Swat museum. When the Buddha passed away, His relics (or ashes) were distributed to seven kings who built stupas over them for veneration. The emperor Ashoka was later said to have dug them out, and distributed the ashes over a wider area, and built 84,000 stupas. With the stupas in place, to dedicate veneration, disciples then initiated 'stupa pujas'. With the proliferation of Buddhist stupas, stupa pujas evolved into a ritual act. Harmarajika stupa (Taxila) and Butkarha (Swat) stupa at Jamal Garha were among the earliest stupas of
this symbol was replaced by a more sensitive human image. For example. gems. the monastic quadrangles surrounded by cells for the monks. The exposed buildings here include the main stupa and two courtyards in different terraces surrounded by votive stupa and shrines. now to be found in the museums of Europe. jewellery and other antiques were discovered here and are housed in the Taxila museum. Advent of Islam in the Sub-Continent . In time. which housed as many as 6. erected the Dharamarajika Stupa. the land of romance and beauty. are: Dharamarajika Stupa: Dhararaja. These shrines stood upon a continuous sculptured podium and were crowned alternately with stupa-like finials forming an ensemble. is its architectural diversity and its romantic mountain setting. Among the numerous Buddhist monuments present in Pakistan a few important ones. in the middle of the 3rd century. were originally recovered from Takht-i-Bhai. These had been erected on the orders of king Ashoka and contained the real relics of the Buddha.Gandhara. The site's fragmentary sculptures in stone and stucco are a considerable wealth but its most remarkable feature is the peculiar design and arrangement of the small shrines.000 gold images of the Buddhist pantheon for worship and education. which surround the main stupa. This structure dates back to two to five century AD and stands 600 feet above the plane. A long range of different sized Buddha and Buddhistavvas from Takht-i-Bhai fill many museums. Buddhist tradition holds that the Buddha himself came to Swat during his last reincarnation as the Guatama Buddha and preached to the people here. Swat. is celebrated throughout the world as the holy land of Buddhist learning and piety. Among the important Buddhist excavation in swat an important one is Butkarha-I. the object of veneration was the stupa itself. from historical and religious point of view. a title of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka. a Buddhist monastery located on a rocky ridge about 10 miles northeast of Mardan. It is said that the Swat was filled with fourteen hundred imposing and beautiful stupas and monasteries. The feature. which were originally 16 to 20 feet high. Swat acquired fame as a place of Buddhist pilgrimage. The Gandhara schools is probably credited with the first representation of the Buddha in human form. the portrayal of Buddha in his human shape. Takht-i-Bhai: Takht-i-Bhai is another well-known and preserved monument. There are now more than 400 Buddhist sites covering and area of 160 Km in Swat valley only.The beauty and grandeur provided by the entire composition is unparallel in the Buddhist world. which distinguishes this site from others. In one of the stupa courtyard is a line of colossal Buddhas. The Dharamarajika Stupa contained the sacred relics of the Buddha and the silver scroll commemorating the relics. Some of the best pieces of Gandhara sculpture. the styles developed here were imitated. with a gradual change in the features of these images. the oldest Buddhist monument in Taxila. The uphill approach has helped in the preservation of the monument. Takht-i-Bhai had a wealth of ancient Buddhist remains. A wealth of gold and silver coins. At first. containing the original relics of the Buddha. and a large hall of assembly. in China the Gandhara style was imitated in images made of bronze. As Buddhist art developed and spread outside India. rather than shown as a symbol.
But. In 712. As a result of this. a Brahman. they plundered the ships passing by Daibul. After the Arab traders became Muslim. At that time. situated on the bank of the Ravi. On this Hajjaj decided to invade Sindh. who was patronizing the pirates. Dahir treated members of these denominations inhumanly. Imad-ud-din Muhammad bin Qasim. including the provinces of Kirman and Makran. was also occupied. Dahir decided to oppose the Arabs at Raor. Long before the advent of Islam in Arabia. Dahir replied that he had no control over the pirates and was. He also demanded that the culprits be punished. it was not until the sea borne trade of the Arabs in the Indian Ocean was jeopardized that serious attempts were made to subjugate Sindh. joined the Arab forces. a camel corps of equal strength and a baggage train of 3. the Sikka (Uch) fortress. different Muslim generals declared their independence at different areas. he demanded that Dahir return the Muslim captives and the looted items. therefore. who provided him with additional forces. which was operated by 500 men and could throw large stones a great distance. Sindhi pirates looted it and took the women and children prisoner. near modern Hyderabad. some Muslim traders living in Ceylon died and the ruler of Ceylon sent their widows and orphans back to Baghdad. After the departure of Muhammad bin Qasim. or catapult. Along the way. Muslims took the message of Islam to every corner of the world and within a few years Muslims became the super power of the era. in order to free the prisoners and to punish the guilty party. During those times. Trade relations between Arabia and the Sub-continent dated back to ancient times. Dahir was overpowered and killed. Prophet Muhammad (SAW). They made their journey by sea. The Arab forces then occupied Alor and proceeded towards Multan. protected by Dahir. Muhammad bin Qasim first captured Daibul. Raja Dahir. Within a span of 23 years he transformed the barbarous and impious Arabs into a civilized and religious nation. However. sea trade flourished. A number of local Indians living in the coastal areas embraced Islam. Muhammad bin Qasim had taken Brahmanabad and a few other important towns of Sindh. ruled Sindh. Law and order was restored. Prior to this. which brought the Arabs face to face with the then ruler of Sindh. joined him. He then turned towards Nirun. The sea pirates of Sindh. Also. When news of this attack reached Hajjaj. Hajjaj sent 6. Raor fell into the hands of the Muslims. the Arabs used to visit the coast of Southern India. Thus. powerless to rebuke them. who had suffered at the hands of native rulers. a good number of Jats and Meds. During the reign of the great Umayyad Caliph Walid bin Abdul Malik. During his life and also after his death. Two small expeditions sent by him failed to accomplish their goal. were active on the coastal areas and whenever they got a chance. the majority of the people living in the region were Shudders or Buddhists. Sindhi pirates. Muhammad bin Qasim was planning to proceed forward when the new Caliph Suleman bin Abdul Malik recalled him.000 select Syrian and Iraqi soldiers. He also had a 'manjaniq'. which then provided the link between the ports of South and South East Asia. who had allied with the ruler of Makran against the Muslims. . On his way the governor of Makran. where he easily overwhelmed the inhabitants. they brought Islam to South Asia. The Muslim conquest of Sindh brought peace and prosperity to the region. it was the Muslim conquests in Persia. The Hindu ruler of Multan offered resistance for two months after which the Hindus were overpowered and defeated.Trade relations between Arabia and the Subcontinent date back to antiquity The last Prophet of Islam. The port of Daibul became a very busy and prosperous commercial center.000 camels to Sindh under the command of his nephew and son in-law. However. As the eight-ship caravan passed by the seaport of Daibul. completely changed the intellectual outlook of Arabia. The King of Ceylon also sent many valuable presents for Walid and Hajjaj. who were protected by Raja Dahir. a young boy of just seventeen years. Hajjaj bin Yousaf was appointed as the governor of the Eastern Provinces. were crushed. They were not allowed to ride horses or to wear a turban or shoes. Hajjaj decided to undertake a huge offensive against Dahir. After a fierce struggle.
With the destruction of Somnath he broke the backbone of the Hindus in the region and thus had no need to attack India again. Conquests of Mahmud Ghaznavi Alptigin. organized an army of twelve thousand horsemen. He took all the Rajas and Maharajas by surprise when he attacked Somnath and crushed the Hindu headquarter of political intrigue. In order to save his life. During the reign of Haroon al Rasheed. Jaipal was defeated. and to avenge his defeat at the hands of Subuktigin. a number of Hindu scholars were even invited to Baghdad. After defeating Tarnochalpal in 1021. a desire that remained in the hearts of his successors. the local people. Jaipal took advantage of the situation. Alarmed at the rising power in the neighborhood. who had been living a life of misery. With the conquest of Lahore by Mahmud of Ghazni. The Muslims learned Indian sciences like medicine. After his death in 977. one of the Turkish slaves of the Samanid ruler. Under Subuktigin. Poor people. Ghazni started emerging as a political and military power of the region. succeeded him. According to most historians. Mahmud formally annexed Punjab. Everyone had full religious freedom and even the spiritual leaders of local religions were given salaries from the government fund. His fate was not different this time.particularly in the revenue department. Later Sindh also attracted Ismaili missionaries who were so successful that Sindh passed under Ismaili rule. astronomy and mathematics. Everyone was treated equally. Sanskrit books on various subjects were translated into Arabic. Subuktigin. Mahmud invaded India seventeen times to crush the power of the Hindu Rajas and Maharajas who were always busy planning conspiracies against him. After the fall of Punjab. breathed a sigh of relief. when his patron died.When Muhammad bin Qasim conquered Sindh. In a short period of time Sindh became a center of Islamic learning. to turn his attention towards India.to plan a big war against Mahmud. Subuktigin died and his son Mahmud ascended the throne in 998. This movement forced Mahmud. he was striped of his title and forced to leave the land. Conquests of Mahmud of Ghazni Meanwhile. were very impressed by his policies and many of them embraced Islam. he promised to pay tribute. missionary activity began again under the aegis of Sufis who were the main agents in the Islamization of the entire region. he not only defaulted but also took support from other Hindu Rajas of the region and again attacked Subuktigin in 991.which was more of a political center than a temple . No changes were made in the local administration and local people were allowed to hold offices . Mahmud also obtained formal recognition of his sovereignty from the Abbasid Khalifah. writers and poets were emerged and they spread their knowledge. his sonin-law. All taxes were abolished and Jazia was imposed. the Hindu think tank assembled at Somnath . who was preparing to invade Central Asia. rose to the status of Governor of Khurasan. However. A number of Mosques and Madrasas were constructed in important towns. He was defeated and had to pay a heavy ransom besides giving away the areas of Lamghan and Peshawar. The battle against Jaipal was the beginning of a long series of attacks by Mahmud against South Asia. Qasim followed a lenient policy and treated the local population generously. But after going back home. Abdul Malik. al- . especially Buddhists. The establishment of Muslim rule also paved way for future propagation of Islam in Sindh and the adjoining regions. thirty thousand foot soldiers and three hundred elephants. A number of religious scholars. He captured a small area in Afghanistan and established his rule in the city-state of Ghazni in 962 with the aim of conquering his own land. the Hindu Shahi Raja Jaipal attacked Ghazni.
Syed Jalal-ud-din Bukhari. Sufis and the Spread of Islam he spread of Islam in the Sub-continent is the story of untiring efforts of numerous saints and Sufis who dedicated their lives to the cause of service to humanity. Because he established the first Sufi Silsilah in the Indian sub-continent. who promulgated Islam in India. The Ghurids had a long history of differences with the Ghaznavids. Lahore remained an important province of the Ghaznavid Empire. He came to the Sub-continent in the reign of Iltutmush. The conquest of Punjab also paved the way for other conquerors like Muhammad Ghuri. was held in high esteem by Iltutmush. The two great fraternities that established themselves very early in Muslim India were the Suhrawardiyah and the Chishtiyah.Qadir Billah. Along with Muslim warriors came Muslim saints and Sufis. came from Ghazni to Lahore a few days after the death of Sultan Mahmud. It was Nizam-ud-din Auliya who trained a group of Sufis for the propagation of Islam in Gujarat.1268) of Multan. The Suhrawardiyah order was founded by Sheikh Ab-al-Najib Suhrawardi (1097 . His book in Persian titled KashafulMahjub is considered as the first authentic book on Sufism. which ultimately resulted in the capture of Ghazni at the hands of Ghiyas-ud-din Muhammad bin Sam. who also conferred upon him the titles of Yamin-ud-Dawlah and Amin-ul-Millah. Baba Farid who was the disciple of Khawaja Qutb-ud-din Bakhtiyar Kaki. popularly known as Data Ganj Baksh. He played an important part in the propagation of Islam in Sindh. Hadrat Khawaja Muin-ud-din introduced the Chishtiyah Silsilah in the Subcontinent. yet during the days of his son Masud and grandson Mahmud. He spent his last five years in dealing with the affairs of Ghazni and in making plans to conquer Central Asia. Khawaja Muin-ud-din Ajmeri's chief disciple. the Deccan and Bengal. Baba Farid appointed Sheikh Nizam-ud-din Auliya (1238 . and are responsible for large-scale conversions in Sylhet. Later. By the time the Muslim Empire was established at Delhi. The Chishtiyah order remained the most popular order during the Sultanate period. Sheikh Ali Hajweri. was one of the most important saints of the Suhrawardiyah order. yet the real credit of the establishment of Muslim rule in the region goes to Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Ghuri. He was a renowned Sufi who not only spread the message of Allah in Lahore but also in other parts of Punjab. the Ghaznavid rulers moved their headquarter from Ghazni to Punjab and ruled Peshawar. Earlier. Due to his missionary activities. After the death of Mahmud. Bengal. in 1173.1162) and was introduced into Muslim India by Sheikh Baha-uddin Zakariya (1182 . he is often referred to as Hind-al-Wali. He is mainly responsible for the propagation of Islam in Punjab. Shah Jalal came from Turkey and was a great Suhrawardi saint of Bengal. Khawaja Qutb-ud-din Bakhtiyar Kaki. Establishment of Muslim Rule Though Muslims entered South Asia with the conquest of Sindh by Muhammad bin Qasim and then with the annexation of Punjab by Mahmud Ghaznavi. The most important amongst them was Sheikh Ali Hajweri. popularly known as Mukhdum Jahanian Jahangasht. With Multan as its center the Silsilah became dominant in the areas that now constitute Pakistan. the Ghaznavid dynasty lost much of its vigor. The most important impact of Mahmud's expeditions was the conquest of Punjab for the first time by Muslims and the establishment of Muslim rule and society in the region. decided to settle in Punjab. Sufi fraternities had come into being and the Sufi influence was far more powerful than it was in earlier days under the Arabs in Sindh. He settled in Ajmer. who lived at Delhi. Sheikh Ala-ul-Haq and his son Nur Qutb Alam established new orders after their names in Bengal. The establishment of Muslim rule in Punjab is a significant event in the history of Islam in Sub-continent. Ghiyas-ud-din handed over Ghazni to his younger brother . The disciple of Sheikh Baha-ud-din Zakariya. Lahore and Multan till the last half of 12th century when Muhammad Ghuri defeated them. Muslims gained their first foothold in Northern Indian.1325) as his Khalifah. the ruler of Ghur. Islam gained good ground in Sylhet. popularly known as Data Ganj Baksh.
Kanauj and Benares were captured in 1194. his Turkish slaves ruled the region and left a great impact on history. The result of the second battle of Tarain. fought in 1192. Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khilji. Ghuri had to return to defend his conquest. Victory in the second battle of Tarain opened the door to further conquests for Ghuri. Muhammad Ghuri spent most of his time in preparation for an attack on South Asia. One of Ghuri's most trusted lieutenants. With the support of these horsemen. In 1191 he conquered Bhatinda in the territory of Chauhans and then decided to go back to Ghazni. With the revenue coming from the land. Khilji captured Bengal and some parts of Assam. Khilji established a small force of horsemen. The Muslim rule established by Muhammad Ghuri in South Asia lasted for more than seven centuries. Ghuri fainted during the war and Rajputs reclaimed Bhatinda. Ghuri appointed another of his slaves. Muslims defeated many of the Rajput clans and captured Badaun and Oudh. On his way back he was told that Prithvi Raj had started marching towards Bhatinda in order to recapture the fort. and Bayana and Gawalior in 1195. The Rajputs were defeated and Prithvi Raj was killed. he occupied Lahore in 1186. was totally opposite from the first one. Qutb-ud-din Aibak moved forward and captured Delhi in 1196. Unlike Mahmud Ghaznavi. Ghuri appointed Khilji as the governor of Bengal. The two forces met at Tarain and a bloody war was fought. but failed to capture Gujrat. to look after the land of Oudh. Khusau Malik. Ghuri himself went back to Ghazni but appointed Aibak as his viceroy in the region and was keen to receive feedback on the political and social activities of Delhi. After taking over the Ghaznavid area of Punjab. The Delhi Sultanate Slave Dynasty .Muhammad Ghuri and himself concentrated on the conquest of Khorasan. Ghuri spend a year in preparation and then attacked the Rajputs again. Ghuri decided to fight against the Hindu Rajputs. he invaded the Sub-continent for the first time through the Gomal pass and occupied Multan and Uch. In 1175. After taking charge of Ghazni. After defeating the last Ghaznavid ruler. He again came through the Khyber Pass with the aim of attacking the Ghaznavid territories. He managed to capture Peshawar in 1179 and Sialkot in 1185. Back in Ghazni. After his death. Aibak was the first Muslim Governor of Delhi. Ghuri showed more interest in South Asia and established his permanent hold in the region.
Balban strengthened his rule. was killed in one of the battles against Mongols during his fathers' lifetime. After the death of Iltutmush. During Ghuri's regime. took over from Razia Sultana in 1239. First Rukn-ud-din Firuz sat on the throne for seven months. The Slave Dynasty was the first Muslim dynasty that ruled India. Each one of them started considering himself as the deputy of the Sultan. Kaiqubad started spending his wealth on pursuits of pleasure. Ghazni and Lahore. Masud. one of the slaves and son-in-law of Aibak. Thus he was the first Muslim ruler who ruled South Asia and had his headquarters in the region as well. Ghuri never nominated his successor but it was obvious that the successor was to be one of his slaves.The concept of equality in Islam and Muslim traditions reached its climax in the history of South Asia when slaves were raised to the status of Sultan. Prince Muhammad. Bahram. slaves occupied all key positions in the government machinery. Though Mahmud ruled India for around 20 years. Ghuri had the habit to buy every talented slave he came across. differences arose between Kaiqubad and Nizam-ud-din and Kaiqubad killed Nizam-ud-din. He was succeeded by his son Aram Shah. Balban directly took over the throne and ruled Delhi. Finally the youngest son of Iltutmush. Later on. Kaiqubad suffered a stroke and was paralyzed. Balban consolidated the administrative set up of the empire and completed the work started by Iltutmush. The Turk nobles invited Iltutmush. Shams-ud-din Iltutmush and Ghiyas-ud-din Balban. Qutb-ud-din Aibak. Nasir-ud-din Mahmud became Sultan in 1245. On death of Mahmud. There is no doubt that by crushing their power. On June 13. son of Rukn-ud-din Firuz. who proved to be too incompetent to hold such an important position. took over the throne from the infant Sultan and declared his independence with the title of Jalal-ud-din Khalji. a Khalji Malik and the Ariz-i-Mumalik appointed by Kaiqubad. were themselves sold and purchased during their early lives. whom Iltutmush had organized as his personal supporters. When Balban assumed charge as Sultan. During his rule from 1266 to 1287. Next. The Slave Dynasty ruled the Sub-continent for about 84 years. 1290. Muhammad Ghuri had no son so he raised thousands of slaves like his sons. Aibak first shifted his capital from Ghazni to Lahore and then from Lahore to Delhi. However. the amirs elected Aibak as the new Sultan. he murdered some of them while others were banished from the kingdom. With this the rule of the Slave Dynasty came to an end. They were like the cabinet for the Sultan. became Sultan from 1242 to 1245. during the days of civil war between the successors of Iltutmush. but actually he destroyed the real power of the slave dynasty. Iltutmush ruled for around 26 years from 1211 to 1236 and was responsible for setting the Sultanate of Delhi on strong footings. who was trained as the successor of Balban. This created a vacuum for a good successor and it was not possible for the incompetent rulers who followed Balban. The practical affairs of the government went into the hands of Malik Nizam-ud-din. He appointed them governors of Delhi. Khalji Dynasty [1290-1320] . to meet the administrative standards set by their predecessor. Chalgan were a corps of highly placed and powerful officers. His nobles replaced him by his three years old son Kaimurs. Aibak could only rule for four years and died in 1210. but throughout his tenure the main power remained in the hands of Balban. to assume charge of the state affairs. When Ghuri died in 1206. respectively. Kaiqubad. Taj-ud-din Ildiz and Nasir-ud-din Qubachah. Three favorite slaves of the Sultan were Qutb-ud-din Aibak. During this era they became very strong. Another son of Iltutmush. He would then train them in the way royal children were trained. Balban was succeeded by his seventeen years old grandson. the Chalgan started looking for their personal gains and played one prince against the other. a war of succession started between his children. the three great Sultans of the era. Firuz. Nizam-ud-din murdered all the nobles and princes who were against him. He was replaced by Razia Sultana. The most important institution that developed under the Slave Dynasty was the institution of Chalgan or the Forty.
However. In this situation. before the death of Alauddin. Muhammad Tughluq was a man of ideas. almost all his schemes failed and he became unpopular amongst the masses. To occupy the throne. He wanted to give power back to the Khalji Dynasty. his house was divided into two camps. When he died. As majority of the Muslim population of Delhi was Turk. the arrival of a Khalji ruler was not much welcomed. His Delhi Sultanate under Alauddin Khalji own nephew and son-in-law Alauddin Khalji. Alp Khan (Khizar's father in law and the governor of Gujrat) and Malika-i-Jehan (wife of Alauddin and sister of Alp Khan).The founder of the Khalji Dynasty in South Asia. Malik Firuz ascended the throne of Delhi as Jalal-ud-din Firuz Shah. Qutb-ud-din Mubarik Shah. He took advantage of the political vacuum that was created due to the incompetence of the successors of Balban. The Tughluqs belonged to the Qarauna Turk tribe. On June 13 1290. but could not find any survivor amongst the decedents of Alauddin. as the successor of Alauddin and himself became his regent. He ascended the throne on September 8. Khusraw replaced Muslim officers by Hindu officers in all key positions of the country. It is considered the golden period of the Khalji rule. These Hindu officers openly insulted Islam. Unfortunately for him. Firuz Shah's long rule of 37 years is known for his marvelous . With this the rule of the Khalji Dynasty came to an end Turks Tughluq Dynasty [1320-1412] During his rule. was originally the Ariz-i-Mumalik appointed by Kaiqubad during the days of decline of the Slave Dynasty. a young prince of six years old. who was given the title of Khusraw Khan by Mubarik himself. Malik Firuz. He retained most of the officers holding key positions in the Slave Dynasty. Malik Kafur managed to win the battle of politics and succeeded in making Shahab-ud-din Umar. later his own agents killed Malik Kafur. 1320. On one side were Khizar Khan (Alauddin's son and the nominated hair to the throne). market control regulations and a whirlwind period of conquests. his cousin. Khusraw. who had gained power during the short rule of Khusraw. After the death of Malik Kafur. Alauddin's reign is marked by innovative administrative and revenue reforms. This resulted in the ultimate collapse of the Khalji dynasty. When Ghiyas-ud-din was taking the guard-of-honor. Firuz Shah was raised to the status of Sultan. his son Jauna Khan gave him a very warm welcome. However. Khaljis were basically Central Asians but had lived in Afghanistan for so long that they had become different from the Turks in terms of customs and manners. another son of Alauddin removed his younger brother Umar from the throne and became Sultan in 1316. which was no longer part of the central empire since the death of Balban. he only had to remove the infant Sultan Kaimurs. Ghiyas-ud-din concentrated on crushing the Hindu rajas. After becoming Sultan. thus becoming the founder of the Tughluq dynasty. This situation was very difficult for the Muslim of South Asia to digest. Malik Kafur led the other camp. Yet Jalal-ud-din managed to win the hearts of the people through his mildness and generosity. who was one of Alauddin's most trusted nobles. He conquered Bengal. the special stage that had been constructed for the occasion fell down. dishonored mosques and used copies of the Quran as pedestals for idols. They gathered around a Tughluq noble popularly known as Ghazi Malik. His son Muhammad bin Tughluq succeeded him. who defeated and killed Khusraw. Thus the coming of Khaljis to power was more than a dynastic change. Mubarik was a worthless ruler and most of his time was spend in drinking and womanizing. and assumed the title of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughluq Shah. He tried to implement a number of his own schemes. killing Ghiyas-ud-din and six other people. with the help of some of his friends killed Mubarik and declared himself the Sultan. the nobles asked him to become Sultan. killed Jalal-ud-din and took over as the new ruler. During his rule the power was actually in the hands of a lowborn Hindu slave. When he came back after the successful Bengal expedition.
the last of the Tughlaq rulers. Sarwa-ul-Mulk. with the exception of Sher Shah Suri. The nobles. Finally. Firuz Shah handed over power to his son Muhammad Shah during his lifetime. Although Khizar Khan was completely sovereign. . Daullat Khan Lodhi and Khizar both attempted to occupy the throne of Delhi. a number of states and provinces of the Sultanate of Delhi declared their independence. Multan and Dipalpur. Timur made Khizar the governor of Lahore. Shah Rukh. He not only managed to crush the revolts of his relatives. As a result of Timur's invasion and the continuous wars for succession among the successors of Firuz Shah. 1489. the Mughal ruler from Central Asia. the only other Afghan who ruled this region. Lodhi Dynasty [1451-1526] The Lodhi Dynasty was the first and last Afghan dynasty to rule in South Asia. a tussle once again began between the power-hungry princes of the house of Tughluqs. Western Punjab. When Buhlul died in July 1489. killed him. His son Mubarik Shah succeeded Khizar. As a reward. there were a number of attempts to destabilize the newly established rule. Khizar died a natural death on May 20.). attacked India in 1526. his grandson. Unlike his father. started supporting one prince or the other. was the governor of Sarhind. 1421. but failed in his mission. his son Nizam Khan succeeded him. Hadrat Muhammad (S. he preferred to rule in the name of Timur. Firuz Shah helped in cooling down the tension and replaced Muhammad Shah with Ghiyasud-din. he first occupied the province of Punjab and later on captured the throne of Delhi. His coronation was held on April 19. Buhlul Lodhi.administrative reforms. Khizar won the battle and established the rule of his dynasty in Delhi. The Lodhi elders served in the court of Firuz Shah and Khizar Khan and held positions of responsibility. However. war over the succession of the thrown broke out between his two sons. two accomplices of his wazir. Thus the era of Saiyids Dynasty came to an end in 1451. were also marked by political instability. and Western Uttar Pradesh. Like his father. Nizam took over the crown on July 17. Ibrahim's defeat at the hands of Babur in the first battle of Panipat on April 21 1526. When Mahmud Shah. Sikandar also died a natural death in November 1516. His rule was full of internal and external revolts. After Sikandar's death. Ibrahim and Jalal. The dynasty eventually came to an end in 1414 when Khizar Khan founded the Saiyid Dynasty in Delhi. He also managed to capture a number of nearby states that had become independent in the final days of the Tughluqs and Saiyids. Thus his established rule is known as the Saiyids Dynasty. The new Sultan proved incompetent and was not liked by the nobles. who were interested in their personal benefits. Saiyid Dynasty [1414-1451] Khizar Khan. further worsened the situation. But with the help of the Afghans. Buhlul managed to secure the foundations of the House of Lodhis. He took the title of Sultan Abul Muzzaffar Buhlul Shah Ghazi. Khizar collaborated with Timur during his invasion on India. not only resulted in end of Lodhi Dynasty. When the Saiyids became weak. the founder of the dynasty. the founder of the Saiyids Dynasty. Sikandar proved to be the most capable ruler of the Lodhi Dynasty. The reign of his successors. In 1414. claimed to be a descendent of the Prophet of Islam. as Sultan. the Sultanate was reduced to Sindh. A. Buhlul Lodhi occupied Delhi and established his rule. Babur declared himself king and established a monarchy. W. after the death of Firuz Shah in 1388. and ultimately resulted in the downfall of their rule. but also brought an end to the 320 years rule of the Sultans in Delhi. 1451. who in order to gain more power. The war of succession resulted in the weakness of Lodhis. died in 1412. Mubarik declared himself Sultan. Khizar tried to reintegrate these states through force. Ibrahim Lodhi was the last of the Sultans of the Lodhi Dynasty. on his departure from the area. He assumed the title of Sikandar Shah. played a key role in creating an atmosphere of disharmony between the two brothers. Due to old age. The nobles. Amir Timur's invasion on Delhi in 1398 further destroyed the political and economic standing of the Tughluqs. his nephew Muhammad Shah and Muhammad's son Alauddin Alam Shah. but was also able to establish just administration in India. and then in the name of Timur's successor. The territories of their empires were reduced to a distance of ten miles from Delhi to Palam. During his rule. On February 19 1434. A civil war like situation was created. This period of fighting amongst the Tughluq princes continued for about quarter of a century. He was the founder of the historical city of Agra. In the following era of anarchy. Zahiruddin Babur.
or he had to fight a war of succession. the enforcement of laws. 3. Mustauf-i-Mumalik: This post was equal to the present day Auditor General. monks and priests were exempt from Jazia Army System .Administration Under the Sultans of Delhi [1206-1526] Though five dynasties ruled during the era that is considered as the Sultanate Period. Revenue was taken from the people in the form of cash or kind. Qazi-i-Mumalik's role was to deal with religious affairs and immunities to scholars and men of piety. This office was used to maintain the accounts of the state. civil services and ulema supported the Sultan. old. He had the powers to appoint the revenue officials. Jazia was due on the non-Muslims. Only in the details of agrarian administration was it modified in accordance with local needs and practices. The duties involved auditing the accounts. 5. In most cases. The first was simple crop division. the collection of taxes. Wazir: The most important post next to the Sultan was that of the Prime Minister. The nobility. 4. The state depended on agricultural produce. the second was appraisal of the quantity or value of the state demand on the value of probable crop yield. a predecessor either nominated the Sultan. Munshi-i-Mumalik: This post dealt with the entire state correspondence Revenue System The revenue structure of the empire followed the Islamic traditions inherited from the Ghaznavids. and control the state expenditure. and the welfare of people. The chief responsibilities of the Sultan were the protection of the state. children. Sultan: The Sultan was the head of the state. mentally and physically disabled people. the defense of the realm of Islam. Musharraf-i-Mumalik: This post was equal to the present-day Accountant General. 6. he was totally independent. He was in charge of the entire fiscal administration of the realm and all matters relating to income and expenditures. In the central administrative system. His department was known as the Diwan-iWazir. the settlement of disputes. The downfall of the Delhi Sultanate was followed by the rise of the Mughal Empire 2. Three methods of assessment were sharing. or the 'Wazir'. Sadr-us-Sadar: The appointee was also known as Qazi-i-Mumalik. and the third was the fixation of the demand on the basis of actual measurement of land. yet for all practical purposes. organize and collect revenue. yet the administrative set up during these 320 years was very similar. the following were the key slots: 1. appraisement and measurement. Though he owed nominal allegiance to the Abbasid Caliphs. Women.
Cases of non-Muslims were decided according to their own religious laws The Mughal Empire Babur . The fifth expedition resulted in his encounter with Ibrahim Lodhi in the first battle of Panipat in April 1526. In order to consolidate his rule. Babur's army Babur's empire . winning and losing his kingdom many times in the process. He was not the Commander-in-Chief of the army but was its Collector General. Judicial System The Sultan used to sit at least twice a week to hear the complaints against the officials of the state. At the age of 14. He was to assign different tasks to the soldiers and also was responsible for the transfers of military personnel. His office maintained the descriptive roll of each soldier.The First Mughal Emperor [1526-30] Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur founded the Mughal Empire in India after defeating Ibrahim Lodhi in the Battle of Panipat in 1526. Even officers of the court who held military ranks received salaries from his office. Babur ascended the throne of the Central Asian kingdom of Farghana.The army was administered by Ariz-i-Mumalik. He exercised great influence on the state. Decisions were made according to the Shariah. His position in Central Asia was precarious at best. whose duty was to provide horses and ration to the soldiers. Qazi-iMumalik used to sit with the Sultan to give him legal advice. In 1504. he invaded India five times. He fought many battles in the pursuit of this goal. he ventured into what is now Afghanistan and conquered Kabul. crossing the River Indus each time. His greatest ambition was to rule Samarkand.
1555-6] . This combined with Babur's newer tactics gave him a greater advantage. 1527. the political power in India was shared by the Afghans and the Rajputs. and when the armies met in the battle at Kanwaha. Kanwaha confirmed and completed Babur's victory at Panipat. Babur's army showed signs of panic at the size of the huge opposing army. His soldiers took heart. Babur was able to win decisively. Coins from the Mughal era Babur.was better equipped than Lodhi's. The Mughals brought with them Muslim cultural traditions from Turko-Iranian areas. The Timurids had a great cultural tradition behind them. At the time of the battle of Panipat. resulting in a sizable force. 1530. He was buried at Kabul in accordance with his wish. and a year later he defeated the Afghan chiefs under Mahmud Lodhi in the battle of Ghagra at Bihar. These conquests made Babur the "Master of Hindustan". the Raja of Mewar. which had never been used before in the Subcontinent. Panipat was merely the beginning of the Mughal rule. Humayunâ€™s Rule [1530-40. After Panipat. the Hindu princes united under Rana Sanga. which inspired the growth of the Indo-Muslim culture. and vowed never to drink again if he won. Babur thus became the king of Central India. near Agra on March 16. The most successful of Babur's innovations was the introduction of gunpowder. Babur tried to instill confidence in his soldiers by breaking all his drinking cups and vessels. He was not destined to enjoy the fruits of his conquests as he died shortly afterwards in Agra on December 26. To prevent his forces retreat. founder of the Mughal Empire In 1528. The Mughal age is famous for its many-faceted cultural developments. Their ancestral kingdom at Samarkand was the meeting ground of the cultural traditions of Central and West Asia. Babur's strategy won the war and Ibrahim Lodhi died fighting. Akbar laid its real foundation in 1556. he captured Chanderi from the Rajput chief Medini Rao. he had guns while the sultan relied on elephants.
000 elephants. To prevent fraud. from 1540 to 1555. Roads were laid. Humayun treated his brothers kindly and appointed them to high positions. He lived the next 15 years of his life. introduced first by Alauddin Khalji. his three treacherous brothers.000 foot-soldiers and 5. and Hindal the The foundations of Mughal art were laid by Humayun Governor of Alwar. All of them coveted the throne. Sher Shah employed a powerful army. self-exiled in Persia. thus making him the focus of loyalty and subduing the jealousies between clans and tribes. After recovering his throne. a fusion of Persian and Indian style of painting took place. he revived the tradition of branding horses. Humayun was not destined to rule for long.000 horses. Later on. This defeat was the first setback to the infant Mughal Empire. Humayun devoted himself to the affairs of the kingdom and towards improving the system of government. They caused numerous problems for him. The principal reforms for which Sher Shah is remembered are those connected with revenue administration. which is said to have comprised of 150. he faced so many challenges not only from his younger brothers but also from the Afghan General Sher Shah Suri who had served under Babur. he met his tragic end by slipping from the famous building known as Din Panah. He set up a revenue collection system based on the measurement of land. Suri Dynasty [1540-55] Sher Khan. with the help of the King of Persia.Babur was succeeded by his eldest son Humayun. known as Sher Shah Suri. it was under his rule that the Grand Trunk road from Delhi to Kabul was built. In the first ten years of his Emperor Humayun rule. after recovering his empire. appointed and paid the soldiers. Sher Shah occupied the throne of Delhi for not more than five years. but his reign proved to be a landmark in the Sub-continent. was an Afghan leader who took over the Mughal Empire after defeating Humayun in 1540. the Rajputs and worst of all. He laid the foundation of the Mughal style of painting. The currency was also changed to finely minted silver coins called Dam. Unfortunately. Justice was provided to the common man. planting of trees. He was finally able to re-ascend the throne at Delhi and Agra after defeating Sikandar Suri. After him his eldest son Akbar took over the rule of the empire. Askari was the Governor of Sambhal. the Afghan nobles. Kamran was appointed as the Governor of Kabul. He formulated a sound imperial administration that was inspired by the Safavid regime in Iran. Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun in the battles of Chausa and Kanauj in 1540. 250. Humayun almost lost the empire his father had fought so hard to bequeath him. In return. he captured Kabul and Kandhar. wells and building of Sarai (inns) for travelers was done. Humayun failed in asserting a strong monarchical authority. He personally inspected. This was a curse that each successful Mughal king had to deal with. He inherited a freshly won empire with a host of troubles. Akbarâ€™s Reign [1556-1605] . Later on. during the reign of Akbar. Following his father's advice. Kandhar and later even Punjab. In January 1556. his brothers hindered him at every step and betrayed him in his hour of need. Numerous civil works were carried out during his short reign.
Humayun's heir, Akbar, was born in exile and was only 13 years old when his father died. Thanks to his exceptionally capable guardian, Bahram Khan, he survived to demonstrate his worth. Akbar's reign holds a certain prominence in history; he was the ruler who actually fortified the foundations of the Mughal Empire. After a series of conquests he managed to subdue most of India. Areas not under the empire were designated as tributaries. He also adopted a conciliatory policy towards the Rajputs, hence reducing any threat from them. Akbar was not only a great conqueror, but a capable organizer and a great administrator as well. He set up a host of institutions that proved to be the foundation of an administrative system that operated even in British India. Akbar's rule also stands out due to his liberal policies towards the non-Muslims, his religious innovations, the land revenue system and his famous Mansabdari system. Akbar's Mansabdari system became the basis of Mughal military organization and civil administration.
The reign of Akbar was a period of renaissance of Persian literature. The Ain-i-Akbari Jodabai, Akbar's wife gives the names of 59 great Persian poets of Akbar's court. History was the most important branch of Persian prose literature. Abul Fazl's Akbarnama and Ain-i-Akbari were complementary works. Akbar and his successors, Jehangir and Shah Jehan greatly contributed to the development of Indian music. Tansen was the most accomplished musician of the age. Ain-i-Akbari gives the names of 36 first-rate musicians of Akbar's court where Hindu and Muslim style of music mingled freely. The Mughal architectural style began as a definite movement under his rule. Akbar's most ambitious and magnificent architectural undertaking was the new capital city that he built on the ridge at Sikri near Agra. The city was named as Fatehpur to commemorate Akbar's conquest of Gujrat in 1572. The most impressive creation of this new capital is the grand Jamia Masjid. The southern entrance to the Jamia Masjid is an impressive gateway known as Buland Darwaza. Like most other buildings at Fatehpur Sikri, the fabric of this impressive gateway is of red sandstone that is decorated by carvings and discreet inlaying of white marble. Of all the Mughals, Akbar's reign was the most peaceful and powerful. With his death in 1605, ended a glorious epoch in Indian history. Mujaddid Alf Sani''s Movement [1564-1624] In the 16th century, during the reign of Akbar, Islam faced overwhelming threats. The Infallibility Decree in 1579 and Din-i-Ilahi in 1581 were considered to be grave threats to the religion. The Din-iIlahi, as propounded by Akbar, was a mixture of various religions. The new religion combined mysticism, philosophy and nature worship. It recognized no gods or prophets and the emperor was its chief exponent. To believe in revelation was considered as "taqlid" (following authority blindly) or a low kind of morality, fit only for the uneducated and the illiterate. Akbar's Din-i-Ilahi had literally made the orthodox Muslims outcasts in the affairs of the state. Akbar was actually influenced by the Emperor Akbar, who propounded Din-i-Ilahi Bhakti Movement that had started during the Sultanate period. This philosophy propounded Hindu-Muslim unity. Many sufis, including Qazi Mulla Muhammad of Jaunpur and Qazi Mir Yaqoob of Bengal, condemned his religious innovations. However, the man who took it upon himself to revive Islam was Sheikh Ahmad of Sarhind, commonly known as Mujaddid Alf Sani, or "the reformer of the second millennium". Sheikh Ahmad was born in Sarhind on June 26, 1564. He joined the Naqshbandiya Silsilah under the discipleship of Khawaja Baqi Billah. He dedicated his sincerity of purpose to purify Islam and to rid it of the accretions of Hindu Pantheism as well as the philosophy of Wahdat-ul Wujud. He gave the philosophy of Wahdat-ush-Shuhud. Mujaddid Alf Sani wrote Ittiba-alNubuwwah. In this pamphlet, he quoted Imam Ghazali justifying the need for prophet-hood and explaining the inadequacies of human intellect. Through verbal preaching, discussions and his maktubat (letters) addressed to important nobles and leaders of religious thought, he spread his message amongst the elite in
particular. He boldly opposed all plans to bring Islam and Hinduism together on the religious level, knowing that it would loosen the Muslim grip on the sources of imperial strength. Because of these letters, and general atmosphere in the country, he contributed to the swing from Akbar's heterodoxy to Aurangzeb's vigorous orthodoxy instead of a return to Babur and Humayun's policy of laissez faire. Iqbal rightly regarded him as the "Spiritual Guardian of the Muslims" of the Sub-continent and one whom God had alerted to the great perils inherent in the syncretism of Akbar. British Arrive in India In 1583, Queen Elizabeth I dispatched the ship Tyger to the Sub-continent to exploit opportunities for trade. Sixteen years after the Tyger sailed to India, Queen Elizabeth granted trading rights to a group of London entrepreneurs. In 1614, the British East India Company opened its first office in Bombay. The British continued to seek concessions from the Mughal rulers and enjoyed a unique trading monopoly. By the middle of the 18th century, the British, in guise of the East India Company, had become deeply enmeshed in the politics of India. The British and French had both obtained permission to open factories and forts in India. It was in the guise of defense for their forts that they were able to establish large forces in India. In the middle of the 18th century the war between France and Britain was extended to the Subcontinent in order to establish control over India. The British succeeded in their mission as they took advantage of the constant bickering of the local rulers and the lack of consolidated power. In violation of a trade agreement with the Nawab of Bengal, the British started reinforcing Fort William in Calcutta. This led to a clash between the British and the son of the Nawab of Bengal, Sirajuddullah, who opposed the British violation and reinforcement of Fort William. Owing to the treachery of his uncle Mir Jaffar, Nawab Sirajuddullah was defeated in the battle of Plassey in 1757. After the battle of Plassey, the British began the systematic conquest of the Sub-continent. It was mainly the Muslims who raised resistance to the British rule. The other organized group, the Marhattas, periodically sided with the British against the Muslims. The people of India were not united against the foreign aggressors, which made it easier for the British to seize power. The Marhattas, threatened by the British challenged them under the leadership of their Peshwas. This resulted in a series of Anglo-Marhatta wars, which finally resulted in bringing the Marhatta confederacy under the British rule. Some Muslim rulers like Haider Ali and his son Tipu Sultan single-handedly tried to free India from the British yoke, but were defeated. After minimizing the major threats, the British systematically expanded their control and by 1823 had become masters of two-thirds of India. They were proudly able to claim: "The sun never sets on the British Empire" Jehangirâ€™s Reign [1605-1628] Akbar was succeeded by his son, Salim, who took the title of Jehangir, meaning "Conqueror of the World". He expanded the empire through the addition of Kangra and Kistwar and consolidated the Mughal rule in Bengal. Although many rebellions arose in the empire, especially in Bengal and Mewar, Jehangir was able to suppress them all. Jehangir was renowned for administering impartial justice to his Emperor Jehangir people, irrespective of their religious faith. Around this time, European traders had started coming to India. The English were able to find favor with Jehangir and cultivated him through works of art, of which Jehangir was a connoisseur. The first ambassador to the Mughal court was Sir Thomas Roe. He was able to secure many trading facilities for his countrymen. The Mughal rule reached its climax during Jehangir's reign. In the history of Mughal architecture, Jehangir's reign marks the period of transition between its
Mughal miniature painting depicting Jehangir
two grand phases, namely the phase of Akbar and that of his grandson, Shah Jehan. The most important feature of this period is the substitution of red sandstone with white marble. Jehangir had a deep love of color. The system of pietra dura, i.e. the inlaid mosaic work of precious stones of various shades, gained popularity towards the end of his reign. He was also fond of laying gardens. One of the most famous gardens laid by him was the Shalimar Bagh in Lahore. The Mughal style of art was greatly developed during his reign. The most important feature of the paintings of this era was the decline of the Persian and enhancement of the Indian cultural influence. Mughal paintings lost much of their glamour and refinement after Jehangir's death in 1627. During the late 17th and 18th centuries this art migrated to regional centers such as in Rajput and Jaipur, where it prospered under the influence of the local culture. Shah Jehanâ€™s Rule [1628-58] Jehangir was succeeded by his second son Khurram in 1628. Khurram took the name of Shah Jehan, i.e. the Emperor of the World. He further expanded his Empire to Kandhar in the north and conquered most of Southern India. The Mughal Empire was at its zenith during Shah Jehan's rule. This was due to almost 100 years of unparalleled prosperity and peace. As a result, during this reign, the world witnessed the unique development of arts and culture of the Mughal Empire. During the reign of Shah Jehan, Mughal architecture reached its supreme exuberance. He chose marble as the chief medium for all his architectural undertakings. Elaborate ornamentation, pietra dura, and creation of exclusive landscape settings, are some important features of the buildings of this period.Shah Jehan built marble edifices at Agra such as the Diwan-i-Aam, the Diwan-i-Khas, the Shish Mahal and the Moti Masjid, which have been described as the most elegant buildings of their class to be found anywhere. But all other architectural creations of Shah Jehan are nothing when compared to the exquisite conception of the mausoleum of his wife, Arjumand Bano Begum (Mumtaz Mehal) at Agra. The Taj Mehal is the crowning glory and culmination of Mughal architecture. Its construction commenced in 1631 and was completed sometime around 1653. Gulbadan Begum's "Humayun Namah", Jehangir's autobiography "Tuzk-i-Jehangiri", Abdul Hamid Lahori's "Padshahnama" and Inayat Khan's "Shah Jehannama" are some of the examples of Mughal literature in the latter period of Shah Jehan's reign.
Aurangzeb Alamgirâ€™s Reign [1658-1707] Aurangzeb ascended the throne on July 21, 1658 and ruled supreme till 1707. Thus Aurangzeb ruled for 50 years, matching Akbar's reign in longevity. But unfortunately he kept his five sons away from the royal court with the result that none of them was trained in the art of government. This proved to be very damaging for the Mughals later on. Aurangzeb had three brothers. His father Shah Jehan favored Dara Shikoh to be his successor. Dara Shikoh was eclectic in his beliefs; therefore Aurangzeb challenged his father's rule. Shah Jahan fell seriously ill and all his sons proclaimed succession. Contrary to everyone's expectations, Shah Jehan recovered. On his recovery, he again backed Dara as his successor. A war of succession broke out among all the brothers. In the long run Aurangzeb was victorious. But as Shah Jehan was in absolute favor of Dara, Aurangzeb no longer Praying Aurangzeb trusted him, and had Shah Jehan placed under polite restraint in his own palace. Aurangzeb, a staunch Muslim, gave many grants for the restoration of Hindu temples during his reign. He also appointed Hindus to leading and commanding positions in his government. His chief architectural achievement is the Badshahi Mosque at Lahore, the largest mosque in the world at the time it was built. In his 50 year, Aurangzeb tried to fulfill his great ambition of bringing the entire Sub-continent under one rule. It was under his rule that in 1687 Bijapur and Golkonda, the last of the two Shia states surrendered to
One of the reasons that power centers kept springing up outside Delhi was the frequent change in the succession of Empires. succeeded Aurangzeb Alamgir. the cracks that had appeared at Alamgir's death widened. If the court was in the north. Decline of Mughal Rule and the Battle of Plassey The death of Alamgir in 1707 is generally regarded as the beginning of the gradual decline. and vice versa. His son Muazzam. He ruled for five years and momentarily revived the Mughal Empire. of the once extensive. the borders of the Mughal Empire spread out farther than ever before. which hastened after his demise as none of his sons was trained to rule. Though he ruled longer than any of his predecessors. But the Marhatta's power increased and they became the unchallenged rulers of Deccan. who ruled from 1707 to 1712. He took for himself the title of Bahadur Shah. Nearly 17 kings were crowned during the period spanning from 1707 to 1857. and ultimately fall. Revolts during the 17th century Mughal Empire Nadir Shah . Finally in 1858 India came directly under the control of British government. Although it took nearly 150 years before the House of Babur finally disappeared from the scene. In the province of Punjab. the Sikhs under Guru Govind Singh became a force to reckon with. yet he could not stop the decline of the Mughal Empire. The last 26 years of Aurangzeb were devoted to his relentless Deccan campaign for the purpose of which he had moved his court to Deccan. prosperous and powerful Mughal Empire.the Mughal Empire. The Marhattas continued to fight against Aurangzeb for some time. Under Aurangzeb's rule. But due to lack of communication and poor infrastructure it was difficult to hold the empire together. there was rebellion in the south.
Although the policy did lead to weakening of the empire but the major cause of decline was the lack of worthy and competent successors after him. Under the early Mughals. as did Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan in Deccan against the British. Taking advantage of this chaotic situation. so did the army. At the same time the Jats also raised their heads against the central rule. But the elite under the later Mughals was more interested in worldly pursuit and self-enhancement. discipline and cohesion. The war of successions not only led to bitterness. The successive rulers after Aurangzeb British Fort . identified . The Mughal Empire owes its decline and ultimate downfall to a combination of factors. The absence of any definite law of accession was another important factor. As the weakening of the nobles occurred.St. and loss of money and prestige of the empire over a period of time. The character of Mughal kings had deteriorated over a period of time. George were weak and lacked the character. they failed in their efforts to stop the downfall of the Muslim rule. In the 19th century. resulting in the death of 30. and hence the whole of India ultimately came under the company's rule. the Rohillas became independent of the Mughal rule. the East India Company began strengthening its military capabilities. The nobles who had once been talented men with integrity. and loyalty.The weakened Mughal Empire invited havoc in the form of the Persian king Nadir Shah. Growth of hostile and rival clique in the court also undermined the strength of the government. turned selfish and deceitful. Another threat to the Mughal Empire came from the Afghans of Rohilkhand. The final crunch came after the war of 1857 when the Mughal rule officially came to an end and India came under the direct rule of the British crown. One of the most potent causes of the fall of the Mughal Empire was the deterioration and demoralization of the army. It consisted of contingents maintained by various nobles. but it collapsed with dramatic suddenness within a few decades after his death. This was because of the soldiers. lying northeast of Delhi. The Battle of Plassey of 1757 is considered a major breakthrough for the British in the Sub-continent. the nobles performed useful functions and distinguished themselves both in war and peace. but to its eventual fall. However. honesty. instead of identifying and uniting as Mughal Indians. motivation and commitment to rule the empire strongly. Causes of the Fall of Mughal Empire The Mughal Empire reached its greatest extent in the time of Aurangzeb Alamgir. They totally disregarded their state duties and were unable to detain the declining empire from its fall. On his orders a general massacre of the citizens of Delhi was carried out. Muslims like Syed Ahmad Brailvi and Shah Ismail carried out Jihad against the Sikhs.000 people. It paved the way for the company's rule in Bengal. in 1738-39. which was the main source of Army's weakness. firstly Aurangzeb's religious policy is regarded as a cause for the decline of the Mughal Empire as it led to disunity among the people. The army was out-dated in regard to equipment. bloodshed. By the middle of 18th century. They had become ease loving and cowardly. The military had not only become inefficient but also lacked in training. Widespread corruption in the administration started and taking bribes became common. The degeneration of the rulers had also led to the moral degeneration of the nobility. They conspired with Hindu traders and moneylenders against Nawab Sirajuddullah of Bengal to take over his principality.
resulted in further weakening of the empire. In his book "Hujjat-ullah-il-Balighah". and repeated invasions of Ahmad Shah Abdali. poor understanding of the Holy Quran. Afghans and Central Asians. During the time of Aurangzeb. Islam in the Sub-continent was faced with menacing problems. which had become deplorable. This did not happen. he started working towards the achievement of these goals. The British Bengal and French. While in Hijaz. Bengal. Sufi. Shah Wali Ullahâ€™s Reform Movement [1707-1762] In the 18th century.themselves with different ethnic groups like Persian. It was this weakness that the French and the British used to their advantage. He was educated at Madrasa-i-Rahimiyah by his father Shah Abdul Rahim. He thus provided a spiritual basis for national cohesion. It was during the later Mughals that Deccan. The already weakened empire faced further encroachment by the British and the French. took full advantage of the weakening empire and soon became masters of the whole of India. The war of successions. Muslims in India were divided into Hanfia. on which all but the extremists could agree. Shah Wali Ullah belonged to a religious family. then wrote comprehensive volumes about what is fair and just in light of the teachings of Islam. This vast area had become impossible for one ruler to control and govern from one center. Shah Wali Ullah trained students in different branches of Islamic knowledge and entrusted them with the teaching of students. and were eventually able to establish their control over India. and general ignorance of Islam were just some of the issues which gave rise to fear that political collapse would be accompanied by religious disintegration. so that people of the Sub-continent could understand and follow it. he went for pilgrimage and higher studies to Saudi Arabia. rebellions and luxurious style of living had depleted the once enormous treasury and had led to financial bankruptcy. Pressure on public treasury. Nawab Sirajuddullah of which proved to be the last nail in the already drowning empire's coffin. the Mughal Empire had expanded to reach its maximum size. Shah Wali Ullah directed his teachings towards reorienting the Muslim society with the concepts of basic social justice. Shia. These were: 1. Sunni and Mullah sects. and balancing the iniquitous distribution of wealth. and values. Sectarian conflict. At this time. Another factor contributing to the decline was the financial position of the Mughals. the language of the land. The Mughals had no navy and only maintained small ships that were no match for the well-equipped ships of the foreign traders. After finishing his education. On his return to the Sub-continent. removing social inequalities. low moral tone of the society. who had initially come as traders. Bihar and Orrisa declared their independence. He established several branches of his school at Delhi for effective dissemination of his ideas. he pinpointed the causes of chaos and disintegration of Muslim society. He studied the writings of each school-of-thought to understand their point of view. he decided to launch a campaign to popularize Islamic values amongst the Muslims and to present Islam in a rational manner. rather an era of religious regeneration was inaugurated. Shah Wali Ullah's singular and most important act was his translation of the Holy Quran into simple Persian. The raids by Nadir Shah. beliefs. which was due more than anything else to the activities of one man. Shah Wali Ullah. He recommended the application of Ijtihad against blind Taqlid. . He worked out a system of thought. He also interpreted Quran and Hadith according to the context of the times. the emoluments given to various people who render no service to the state.
Soldiers. He returned to his country after 20 years and started his reform movement known as the Faraizi movement. and the oppression of the Zamindars made their lives unbearable. ". Thus.. Haji Shariatullah went to Mecca on the Pilgrimage. The British policy of distrust and oppression towards the Muslims rendered them economically and educationally crippled. Masses. The movement infused new life into the lives of the Muslims of Bengal. At this time the condition of the Bengali Muslims in the Sub-continent was very miserable. It wrought great agitation among them. According to Shah Wali Ullah.2. 5. His movement was also directed against the oppression of the Zamindars. asking him to teach a lesson to the Jats threatening the Mughal Empire. He asked them to give up un-Islamic customs and practices and to act upon the commandments of the religion called Faraiz or duties.". 4. . belief and faith from destruction was no small achievement.. merchants. Shah Wali Ullah tried to reconcile the basic differences amongst the different sections of the Muslims and considered the government as an essential means and agency for regeneration of the community. Heavy taxation on peasants. To rescue a community's conscience. Mughal rulers. His movement basically targeted the most depressed class of the Muslims. to give up their corrupt and inefficient practices. He forbade Tazia on the occasion of Muharram and singing and dancing at the time of wedding ceremonies. He declared the country Dar-ul-Harab. his sons and followers carried on his work. 2. He wrote open letters to: 1. He died in 1840. he sowed the seeds of independence in Bengal. 3. Even after his death in 1762. and peasants. Hence his followers came to be known as Faraizi. Many future Islamic leaders and thinkers were inspired by his example. workers. a state can prosper only if there were light and reasonable taxes. Shah Wali Ullah was responsible for awakening in the community the desire to win back its moral fervor and maintain its purity.give up the life of ease. Draw the sword and do not to sheath it till the distinction is established between true faith and infidelity. Faraizi Movement [1830-57] The first half of the 19th century witnessed a movement known as Faraizi Movement in East Bengal. in the third battle of Panipat in 1761. Artisans. and workers. The Emperor.. His efforts resulted in the defeat of the Marhattas at the hands of Ahmad Shah Abdali and Najib-ud-Daula. to inculcate within them the spirit of Jihad.. to remind them that the economic prosperity of the state depended on their labors. The founder of this movement was Haji Shariatullah. especially the peasants who were imbued with his doctrines. as Eid and Friday prayers could not be offered there. to be conscious of their duties and not to indulge in the accumulation of wealth. He wrote to Ahmad Shah Abdali. He also wrote and advised him not to give jagirs (land) to mansabdars who were not loyal to the state. with the result that tax evasion was rampant.
the British gained control over the Indus. Initially. The Koh-i-Noor diamond that Ranjit Singh had worn in his headdress now became a part of the crown jewels at Westminster. The War of Independence broke out in January and March 1857. the center of his activities. Many oppressed Muslim peasants gathered round Titu Mir in their resistance against the Hindu landlord. This mutiny spread swiftly across the Sub-continent. known as Titu Mir is another important figure who was moved by the sufferings of the Muslim of Bengal. The British aiding the Hindu landlords sent an army of 100 English Soldiers and 300 sepoys to Narkelbaria. a village near Calcutta. The soldiers refused to use these cartridges. Faridpur and Pabna districts. He died in 1860. Dadhu Mian vehemently opposed the taxes imposed by the landlords on Muslim peasants for the decoration of the image of Durgah. However. but a mere symbol was all he was. In Bahadur Shah Zafar. Dadhu Mian popularized and strengthened the movement by organizing it in a systematic way. In 1857. succeeded Haji Shariatullah.His son Muhammad Mohsin. The Indian army captured the important towns of Haryana. citizens and other dignitaries took oath of allegiance to the Emperor. The freedom fighters badly lacked in adequate resources Ranjit Singh . Mir Nasir Ali. Titu Mir devoted himself to the cause of his country. struggled for the uplift of the Bengali Muslims He asked his followers to settle in lands managed by the government. He appointed Khalifahs who kept him informed about everything in their jurisdiction. Bihar and Mahdya Pardesh. Krishna Deva Raj. was compelled to lead the freedom fighters. Bahadur Shah Zafar. The death of Titu Mir did not dishearten his followers. and all that remained free was Punjab. The Sikhs were ruling over Punjab and after the Second Sikh War in 1848. the British forces at Meerut and Ambala put up a resolute resistance to the royal army and held them back for several months. War of Independence By 1845. After returning from Pilgrimage. Titu Mir was able to defeat Krishna Deva and set up government. His example rather served as a source of inspiration for them in the years to come. the last Mughal King. Wanting to spend his days writing poetry. He proclaimed himself the Emperor of the whole of India. These soldiers were issued cartridges greased with fat from tabooed animals. the Indian soldiers were able to push back the British forces. the man was in no way even a remnant of the glory of his forefathers. soldiers in the British Army in Bengal launched a full-scale mutiny against the British. The British army was driven out of Delhi and the Indian soldiers took control of the city. known as Dadhu Mian. the British Empire had expanded from Bengal to Sindh. The British proved to be a formidable foe with their superior weapons and better strategy. During the revolt of 1857. The civilians. Mir Nasir Ali. he was put under arrest for organizing the peasants of Faridpur districts against the British government. He acquired great influence amongst the Muslim peasants and craftsmen of Bakerganj. He made Narkelbaria. The Emperor issued his own coin and appointed his sons to key posts. The British army had recruited local Indians in their forces. Dhaka. the rebels found a symbol of freedom. Titu Mir died fighting the British forces. The initial success of the freedom fighters gave a boost to the War of Independence. also known as Titu Mir. In 1831. starting with an uprising in Meerut.
within a few years of loss of political power.and their planning proved to be extremely brittle. In the province of Bombay. The royal forces were finally defeated. In their place British-educated Hindus began to occupy positions in governments offices formerly held by the Muslims. They ransacked and destroyed the city. messenger. Queen Victoria's Indian realm continued to expand. the Muslim traders were pushed out of this area as well by the competition of the Company's traders who enjoyed many special concessions. The Company's commercial policy eliminated the Muslims from internal and foreign trade. After the War of Independence in 1857. The Mughal emperor was captured from his sanctuary. until Hunza. the Muslims lost all avenues of employment. the remote kingdom bordering China. The British control over the Sub-continent grew in the next 50 years and culminated in the British Raj. The Commission took away 20. Thus. a source of chronic danger to the British power in India". and judiciary. They took revenge in the most gruesome manner by killing innocent people indiscriminately. Bahadur Shah was imprisoned in Rangoon. The British left the tribal areas to govern themselves under the supervision of British political agents. Hunter admits that the exclusion of the Muslims was so complete that in the government offices of Calcutta they could not accept a post higher than that of a porter. The British delineated the frontier separating British India from Afghanistan in 1893. and have been for many years. The resulting Durand Line cut straight through the tribal area of the Pathans. When the Europeans came to the Sub-continent. The British quickly regained control of Delhi. A wide scale massacre of the inhabitants of Delhi was carried out to avenge the killings of the British soldiers. where for nearly 800 years Muslims had ruled. The British army entered Delhi and the Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar went into hiding. the government appointed "Inam Commission" to inquire into the land grants of the Muslim times. The British attributed the war of 1857 to the Muslims alone. their attitude towards the Muslims was that of antipathy. By a series of revenue and financial measures. revenue department. filler of inkpots and mender of pens. British Colonization and Muslim Reform Movements . the Muslim merchants lost much of their commerce with foreign countries. even in filling minor jobs. But they maintained their hold on internal trade and their commercial activities extended to the Persian Gulf and the coastal territories of the Arabian Sea. The British thus became masters of India. Advertisements inviting applications for government jobs specifically mentioned that Muslims would not be appointed. bringing the expansion to its zenith. where he breathed his last. Myanmar. fell into British hands in 1891. they stayed away from it. According to Hunter. The emperor's sons were slaughtered in cold blood. Their bodies were beheaded and their heads were presented to the aging emperor in prison. the British government assumed sovereignty over the lands of the British East India Company. During the Company's rule. As a result. The British administrators deliberately followed a discriminatory policy against the Muslims. property belonging to Muslims was confiscated and they were denied employment opportunities everywhere in the army. a prominent historian. The newly introduced English system of education had many drawbacks for the Muslims. the British smashed the political and social position of the Muslims. As a result. However. were dispossessed of their estates and deprived of the benefits of education. mainly because it made no provisions for religious education. the tomb of Emperor Humayun. A highly cultured community turned into a backward and poor people.000 estates from the Muslims and thus ruined many families and institutions of the community. "The Muslims of India are.
The movement grew quickly and within a few months spread throughout the Hindu population of the northwestern provinces of India. this feeling was intensified and every Sir Syed Ahmad Khan . and Arabic was the language of the Quran. The British chose to believe that the Muslims were responsible for the antiBritish uprising. This situation provoked the Muslims to come out in order to protect the importance of the Urdu language. With the rebellion of 1857. which was similar to the Arabic script. predicting that the differences between the two groups would increase with the passage of time and the two communities would not join together in anything wholeheartedly. some prominent Hindus started a movement in Banaras in which they demanded the replacement of Urdu with Hindi. India". Urdu emerged as the most common language of the northwestern provinces of India. He put forward the Two-Nation Theory. and all official records were written in this language. The headquarters of this movement were in Allahabad. therefore they made them the subject of ruthless punishments and merciless vengeance. Aligarh Movement [1858-98] The War of Independence 1857 ended in disaster for the Muslims. In 1867. and the Persian script with the Deva Nagri script. The opposition by the Hindus towards the Urdu language made it clear to the Muslims of the region that Hindus were not ready to tolerate the culture and traditions of the Muslims.Urdu-Hindi Controversy During the last days of the Muslim rule. The British had always looked upon the Muslims as their adversaries because they had ousted them from power. The Urdu-Hindi controversy had a great effect on the life of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. Before this event he had been a great advocate of Hindu-Muslim unity and was of the opinion that the "two nations are like two eyes of the beautiful bride. as the court language in the northwestern provinces. the Holy Book of the Muslims. The reason for opposing Urdu was that the language was written in Persian script. It was declared the official language. But this movement completely altered his point of view.
e. the new rulers. Their efforts resulted in the liquidation of the Mughal rule and the Sub-continent came directly under the British crown. . He had two immediate objectives in mind: to remove the state of misunderstanding and tension between the Muslims and the new British government. To create an atmosphere of mutual understanding between the British government and the Muslims. Hali and Shibli were also associated with Aligarh Movement Keeping education and social reform as the two planks of his program.attempt was made to ruin and suppress the Muslims forever. implemented a new educational policy with drastic changes. To persuade Muslims to abstain from politics of agitation. Therefore. Sir Syed's first and foremost objective was to acquaint the British with the Indian mind. He tried to transform the Muslim outlook from a medieval one to a modern one. Seeing this atmosphere of despair and despondency. He knew that the realization of the very fact was the source of progress and prosperity for the British. Sir Syed launched his attempts to revive the spirit of progress within the Muslim community of India. he launched the Aligarh Movement with the following objectives: 1. Therefore.. and a disinclination to make use of the opportunities available under the new regime. Persian and religious education in schools and made English not only the medium of instruction but also the official language in 1835. This tendency. The policy banned Arabic. had failed to realize the fact that mankind had entered a very important phase of its existence. 2. After dislodging the Muslim rulers from the throne. modern education became the pivot of his movement for regeneration of the Indian Muslims. 4. This spawned a negative attitude amongst the Muslims towards everything modern and western. the British. an era of science and learning. Sir Syed launched the Aligarh Movement of which Aligarh was the center. would have proven disastrous for the Muslim community. To persuade Muslims to learn English education. i. and to induce them to go after the opportunities available under the new regime without deviating in any way from the fundamentals of their faith. To produce an intellectual class from amongst the Muslim community. 3. his next goal was to open the minds of his countrymen to European literature. science and technology. had it continued for long. He was convinced that the Muslims in their attempt to regenerate themselves. in order to attain these goals.
and Zakaullah. ancient and modern science of agriculture. Maulvi Nazir Ahmad. Shibli. Above all. setup on the pattern of English public schools. Syed Ahmad also succeeded in enlisting the services of a number of distinguished English professors like Bech. 1866: Aligarh Institute Gazette. 1863: Set up Victoria School in Ghazipur. a renowned scholar. natural and physical sciences and advanced mathematics. and other writings such as "Loyal Muhammadans of India". 1886: Muhammadan Educational Conference. Syed Ahmad Khan's writings played an important role in popularizing the ideals for which the Aligarh stood. 1870: Committee Striving for the Educational Progress of Muslims.). Syed Ahmad Khan was able to attract into his orbit a number of sincere friends who shared his views and helped him. Tabyin-ul-Kalam and . Aligarh.Fortunately. His essay on "The Causes of Indian Revolt in 1858". Hali. 1864: Set up the Scientific Society in Aligarh. It later became the political mouthpiece of the Indian Muslims and was the forerunner of the Muslim League. Among them were well-known figures like Nawab Mohsin-ul-Mulk. Later raised to the level of college in 1877 and university in 1913. Raleigh and Arnold who gave their best in building up the Aligarh College into a first-rate institution. A brief chronology of Syed Ahmad's efforts is given below: 1859: Built Gulshan School in Muradabad. Publications of the Aligarh Movement Besides his prominent role in the educational uplift of the Muslims. Nawab Viqarul-Mulk. his gifted son Syed Mahmud. jurist and educationist. Morison. Chiragh Ali. 1875: Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental School (M. A. O. This society was involved in the translation of English works into the native language. Mohammad Hayat. This conference met every year to take stock of the educational problems of the Muslims and to persuade them to get modern education and abstain from politics. This imparted information on history. was a great source of help to him.
Most important of these institutions was the seminary at Deoband. while their spiritual teacher Haji Imdad Ullah had to seek refuge in Mecca. Another personality associated with Deoband was Maulana Ubaid Ullah Sindhi. He was in favor of reserved seats for Muslims and also promoted the idea that Hindus and Muslims are two distinct nations. e. educational progress and social reform. 1866. They also helped to remove misunderstandings about Islam and Christianity. By 1931. it also played the role of a unifying force for them. Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi. was very active during the war of 1857. His efforts earned Sir Syed the title "Prophet of Education". The Jami'ah incorporated many features of Deoband. On the suppression of the revolt by the British. He became the honorary patron and manager of the seminary. a leading educationist. division of students in regular classes.e. and when ample funds became available. since apart from the opposition of the Deobandi teachers and students. attendance registers and written examinations. who remained head of the institution for 23 years. On April 14. ."A Series of Essays on the Life of Muhammad and Subjects Subsidiary Therein" helped to create cordial relations between the British Government and the Indian Muslims. but they all worked towards a common goal.g. the madrasa started functioning in a small mosque. and for a period of time even established his own government in the area. had to spend several months in jail. one of the Maulana's companions. The madrasa at Deoband followed the Madrasa-i-Rahimiyah in its emphasis on Hadith. Maulana Mahmud-ul-Hasan. he proceeded to Moscow and then from Turkey to Mecca.. was appointed as the headmaster. In 1920. These institutions occasionally held views in opposition to the Aligarh leadership. Maulana Muhammad Qasim Nanotvi. but it also incorporated many features of the new educational institutions established by the British. Haji Muhammad Abid of Deoband. However. He was appointed as Home Minister in the provisional government of India formed at Kabul. These were in the form of institutions that grew up within the country. including 43 foreign students. Deoband Movement [1866-1947] Apart from the Aligarh Movement. so many ulema from the same institution supported Quaid-i-Azam. He figured in the "Raishmi Roomal Tehrik" launched by Maulana Mahmud-ul-Hasan and left India for Afghanistan during the World War I to organize actions against the British. The original idea of establishing a madrasa for teaching religious subjects was that of a practicing sufi and a reputed saint. 900 students were enrolled in the madrasa. there were many other forces working in the Sub-continent that contributed to national consolidation. Thus it succeeded in achieving its major objectives. Syed Ahmad Khan's Aligarh Movement played a significant role in bringing about an intellectual revolution among the Indian Muslims. national awakening and integrity. Deoband has invariably remained as the central institution catering to requirements of religious education of the Muslim community all over Sub-continent. encouraged contacts between Aligarh and Deoband. It was from this platform that Syed Ahmad Khan strongly advised the Muslims against joining the Hindu dominated Congress. who joined the madrasa few years after its establishment. after the failure of the scheme. To a certain extent. This idea led to the Two-Nation Theory. the Maulana established the Jami'ah Milliyah for students who had discontinued studies at Aligarh during the Non-Cooperation Movement. Maulana Muhammad Yaqub. i. and took active part in the Pakistan Movement under the guidance of Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani.
found shelter at these orphanages. 2. 1884. the establishment of the Anjuman was formally announced and Qazi Hamid-udDin was elected its first president. The Anjuman established educational institutions in arts. sciences and technology for men and women as well as orphanages for helpless Muslims. To arrange for the religious and general education of Muslim boys and girls. A team of selfless workers associated themselves to the cause of the Anjuman. To counteract the propaganda against Islam through speeches and publications. the impact of Sir Syed's Aligarh Movement was felt all over the Subcontinent and Punjab was no exception. Lahore boasted of rapid progress in the domains of education and learning. Dr. . The Moplah orphans. Sir Muhammad Iqbal. But towards the end of the Muslim rule in India. Under the Mughals. the Sikhs devastated large areas of Punjab. Sir Abdul Qadir. On September 22. The Anjuman decided to work towards the following aims and objectives: 1. The annexation of Punjab brought peace to the region. Towards the close of 19th century.Anjuman Himayat-i-Islam [1884-1947] Lahore was the center of activities of Anjuman Himayat-i-Islam For a thousand years. Khalifah Shuja-ud-Din and a host of others. Lahore had been a great cultural and intellectual center of the Muslims. to which widows' homes were later added. the victims of Bihar and Quetta earthquakes. In March 1884. Among them were Nawab Sir Fateh Ali Khan Qazilbash. The Muslims refused to acquire modern education. To propagate and defend Islam against the Christian missionaries and Hindu revivalists. 3. Maulana Qazi Hamid-ud-Din invited his pupil Maulvi Ghulam Ullah Qasuri and a number of other public-spirited persons to a small gathering and set up the Anjuman Himayat-i-Islam. and later the destitute children and widows of the 1947 holocaust. but failed to create conditions conducive to the growth of intellectual and academic activities. Mian Sir Muhammad Shafi. The War of Independence of 1857 added to the woes and worries of the Indian Muslims.
an organization he had already formed in 1884. Its students played an important role in the Muslim national movement in Punjab. attended the convention in which the Indian National Congress was established. To seek the cooperation of all the Indians in its efforts. the Anjuman had the greatest impact on Muslim society and politics. This was later elevated to degree level in 1903. In 1939. Sir James Caird. the Viceroy. to Bombay in December 1885. as well as the reduction of the age limit for the Civil Services Exams in 1876 resulted in a wave of opposition from the middle class Indians.In 1885. the Anjuman expanded its press and published standard works on religious and literary themes. To avoid such a situation. The Indian national flag was derived from the flag of Congress 2. physical sciences and economics. Consequently some of them came together and formed a number of small political parties that came out in the streets for protests and rallies. the Risala-i-Anjuman Himayat-i-Islam made its appearance. had a series of meetings with Lord Dufferin. In order to achieve this goal. Seventy delegates. 4. the Congress changed its stance and apparently became the biggest opposition to the British government. A landmark in the history of the Anjuman publication was the production of an absolutely correct text of the Holy Quran. The contribution of the college to the general Muslim awakening has been great. educationalists and journalists. In 1892. Congress acted as a 'Kings Party'. 3. On his return from Britain. the British decided to provide an outlet to the local people where they could discuss their political problems. George Yule and Charles Bradlaugh. The British foresaw the situation resulting in another rebellion on the pattern of the War of Independence of 1857. most of whom were lawyers. Hume consulted the local Indian leaders and started working towards the establishment of an Indian political organization. including Sir William Wedderbun. Of these services in the field of education. He also visited England and met people like John Bright. the Anjuman established the Islamia College at Lahore. He invited the convention of the Indian National Union. Establishment of Indian National Congress  Events like the passage of the Vernacular Press Act in 1878 and the Ilbert Bill of 1882. To request the government. Allan Octavian Hume. Hume also had the support of a large number of Englishmen in India. As time went by. Its early aims and objectives were: 1. creed and provincial prejudices and try to form national unity. give more share to the locals in administrative affairs. a retired British civil servant. publishing the principles of Islam. . This first session of Congress was presided over by Womesh Chandra Banerjee and he was also elected as the first president of the organization. the Anjuman established the Islamia College for Girls. To begin with. Eradicate the concepts of race. In 1928. and modern subjects like geography. Allan Octavian Hume Lord Ripon and some members of the British Parliament. Discuss and solve the social problems of the country.
Under his influence it gained importance. Shibli Nomani wrote extensively on Islam. enabling them to take their proper place in the world. highlighting those periods and personalities that offered guidance. ulema. Other books in the series included the biographies of Imam Abu Hanifa. The main work of the organization was the establishment of a Dar-ul-Uloom at Lucknow. another important Muslim figure of the era. Nadva-tul-'Ulema of Lucknow [1894-1947] Maulana Muhammad Shibli Nomani This institution came into existence in 1894 as a result of the efforts of some religious minded government officials. He took great pains to pick out and train promising youth to carry on his work and spread his message. was associated with the institution. Out of the 70 delegates who attended the opening session of the Congress. also refused to join Indian National Congress. He also urged the Muslims to abstain from the Congress activities and predicted that the party would eventually become a Hindu party and would only look after the interests of the Hindus. Syed Suleman Nadvi A magnificent building was constructed for the Dar-ul-Uloom with a grant from the State of Bhawalpur.Muslims primarily opposed the creation of Congress and refused to participate in its activities. Iran. For some time Shibli Nomani. at Azamgarh. The tradition of training in literary craftsmanship and style of modern Arabic was inherited by the institution. and India etc. His writings include the series "Heroes of Islam". who wished to bring the ulema together and remove sectarian differences. manned by the former students of the Nadva. The Struggle for Independence . His basic purpose remained to train and educate Muslim youth so that they could unite and lead their nation out of despondency. and incorporated into Arabic. is a byproduct of the institution. Imam Ghazali and Maulana Roomi. or "Academy of Authors". only two were Muslims. Syed's co-worker for many years. and sufis. but in 1914 he was forced to resign. refused the offer. the fruits of the learning of Greece. Syed Ameer Ali. who was invited to attend the Bombay session. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. The first book of this series was "Al-Mamoon". and provided inspiration to the Muslims. His Tarajjum gave a fairly complete account of the steps taken by the Muslims in the heyday of their glory. Shibli tried to refute western allegations against Islam and Muslims. a biography of Mamoon-urRasheed. The Dar-ul-Musannifin. Through his writings.
efforts were also made towards the social. the partition went in favor of the Muslims. And by favoring the Muslims by giving them a new province in which they were in a clear majority. and Eastern Bengal and Assam with a population of 31 million (12 million Hindus and 18 million Muslims). Curzon. The Secretary of State for India St. It was a striking contrast to the eastern part where the Muslim peasantry was crushed under the Hindu landlords. The Muslims outnumbered the Hindus in Eastern Bengal and this alleviated the Bengali Muslims politically and economically. and very few funds were allocated for education. being the first area to come under western influence. It was dreaded as a place of banishment. with a population of 54 million (42 million Hindus and 9 million Muslims). The provinces of Bengal and Assam were reconstituted so as to form the two provinces of manageable size. Western Bengal. Incidentally. John Brodrich sanctioned it in June. Rajshahi Division excluding Darjeeling. This resulted in a series of unprecedented agitation by the Hindus. The province of Bengal and Assam came into being on October 16 1905. was developed and industrialized. in 1905 the English decided to redraw its boundaries and divided it into two parts. and the District of Malda. sent the proposal to London in February 1905. the Viceroy of India. Before the partition. Western Bengal. The territory to be transferred from Bengal to the new province consisted of the districts of Chittagong and Dhaka Divisions. and the Partition of Bengal proclamation of the formation of the new province was issued in September. The partition helped boost Bengali literature and language.Partition of Bengal [1905-1911] Finding the Bengal Presidency too large for one governor to administer. the river system was infested with pirates. had struck a . economic and educational uplift of the Muslims. They alleged that Lord Curzon had deliberately tried to divide the Hindus and the Muslims by drawing a line between the Hindu and the Muslim halves of Bengal.
deadly blow to Bengali nationality. but in terms of its political importance and services rendered to the Empire. The Muslims made it clear that they had no confidence in the Hindu majority and that they were not prepared to put their future in the hands of an assembly elected on the assumed Syed Ali Bilgrami wrote basis of a homogenous Indian nation. the Hindus raised the Band-i-Mataram as the national cry protecting worship of Shivaji as a national hero. Lord Minto Mr. The long address said. on October 1. the Hindu-Muslim conflict was raised to the constitutional plane. the Muslim leaders drew up a plan for separate electorates for their community. They launched a mass movement. The anti-partition agitation had convinced the Muslims of the futility of expecting any fair-play from the Hindu majority. representing all opinions of the Muslim community. Separate electorates were given statutory recognition in the Indian Councils Act of 1909. They branded him as the upholder of the devilish policy of 'divide and rule'. be it municipal or provincial. whereas the British responded to their demands. but also the right to vote in general constituencies. the British decided to undo their earlier decision to please the Hindus. He also pointed out that the representative institutions of the West were inappropriate for India and that their application was raising difficult problems. . Keeping in view the fluid political situation in India and the cult of Hindu revivalism. new reforms were indicated in which the elected principle would be extended. Therefore. declaring October 16 as a day of mourning in Calcutta. but the Hindu community strongly opposed it. to safeguard their interests. Simla Deputation  When Lord Minto was appointed as the Viceroy on India in 1905. He stressed the need of utmost care while introducing or extending the electoral system in whatever sphere. Simla The acceptance of the Deputation's demands proved to be a turning point in the history of the Sub-continent. Young Aga Khan III read the address The Viceroy in his reply to the Simla Deputation address reassured the Muslims that their political rights and interests as a community would be safeguarded by any administrative reorganization under him. among other things. The Simla Deputation was successful because the Muslims were strongly urged to protect their separate identity. Bilgrami wrote the text of the plan. The Simla Deputation consisted of 70 representatives. they were also given weightage in representation. and headed by Sir Aga Khan who read the address. He stated that the Muslims should be represented as a community. that the position of the Muslim community should not be estimated by its numerical strength alone. The provinces were reunited in 1911. It was a catalyst in making the Muslims of India realize the need for a separate homeland. For the first time. 1906. In addition. Influenced by the Chinese boycott of American goods. In the meantime. Muslims were accorded not only the right to elect their representatives by separate electorates. and presented it to the Viceroy Lord Minto at Simla. It is in this sense that the beginning of separate electorate may be seen as the beginning the Simla address of the realization of the Two-Nation Theory. the Hindus started the Swadeshi Movement against the British. its final and inevitable consequence being the partition of British India in 1947. as Lord Minto was anxious to pull them out of their political discontent. This act saddened the Muslims. This organized anarchist movement took a terrorist turn resulting in political sabotage and communal riots. The Muslims of India welcomed the partition of Bengal.
etc. College that initiated the emergence of Muslim nationalism. Group photo taken at the Annual Muhammadan Educational Conference in Dhaka. For the first time the conference lifted its ban on political discussion. Hindu agitation against the partition of Bengal and the Hindu religious revivalism's hostility towards the Muslims. Almost 3. O. Milton and Thomas Paine. Syed Ameer Ali . the masses needed a platform on which to unite. a secretary and two joint secretaries for a term of three years. with members hailing proportionately from all provinces. when Nawab Salim Ullah Nawab Viqar-ul-Mulk chaired Khan presented a proposal for establish a the meeting at Dhaka political party to safeguard the interests of the Muslims. Nawab Salim Ullah Khan proposed the formation of the All India Muslim League The headquarters of the All India Muslim League was established in Lucknow.Establishment of All India Muslim League  On December 30 1906. known as the "Green Book". at the M. and Sir Aga Khan was elected as its first president.000 delegates attended the session making it the largest-ever representative gathering of Muslim India. A. the annual meeting of Muhammadan Educational Conference was held at Dhaka under the chairmanship of Nawab Viqar-ul-Mulk. supporting the same objectives. Branches were also setup in other provinces. But the main motivating factor was that the Muslims' intellectual class wanted representation. 1906 Three factors had kept Muslims away from the Congress. The initial membership was 400. Also elected were six vice-presidents. The Muslims remained loyal to Sir Syed's advice but events were quickly changing the Indian scene and politics were being thrust on all sections of the population. Syed Ameer Ali established a branch of the League in London in 1908. the All India Muslim League. It was the dissemination of western thought by John Locke. Sir Syed's advice to the Muslims to give it a wide berth. Maulana Muhammad Ali Jouhar wrote the constitution of the League.
the Secretary of State for Indian Affairs. Madras and Bombay. Contrary to this.established a branch of the League in London in 1908 Following were the objectives of the Muslim League: 1. the then Governor General of India. a series of correspondences started between him and Lord Minto. But these statements are not supported by evidence. With this. 2. The number of the members of the Legislative Council at the Center was increased from 16 to 60. in which the locals were to be given more powers in legislative affairs. Lord Minto The following were the main features of the Act of 1909: 1. The number of the members of the Provincial Legislatives was also increased. To protect and advance the political rights and interests of the Muslims of India and to represent their needs and aspirations to the government from time to time. and for the rest of the provinces it was 30. Maulana Muhammad Ali Jouhar wrote the constitution of the Muslim League Many Hindu historians and several British writers have alleged that the Muslim League was founded at official instigation. and after the approval of Lord Minto and Lord Morley. A committee was appointed by the Government of India to propose a scheme of reforms. They argue that it was Lord Minto who inspired the establishment of a Muslim organization so as to divide the Congress and to minimize the strength of the Indian Freedom Movement. announced in the British parliament that his government wanted to introduce new reforms for India. 3. It was fixed as 50 in the provinces of Bengal. The committee submitted its report. To inculcate among Muslims a feeling of loyalty to the government and to disabuse their minds of misunderstandings and misconceptions of its actions and intentions. Minto-Morley Reforms In 1906. 2. the widely accepted view is that the Muslim League was basically established to protect and advance the Muslim interests and to combat the growing influence of the Indian National Congress. The Act of 1909 is commonly known as the Minto-Morley Reforms. To prevent the growth of ill will between Muslims and other nationalities without compromising to it's own purposes. the Act of 1909 was passed by the British parliament. . Lord Morley.
They were also entitled to ask supplementary questions during the legislative proceedings. This meeting settled the details of an agreement about the composition of the legislatures and the quantum of representation to be allowed to the two communities. 7. The principal leaders of the two political parties assembled at one place for the first time in the history of these organizations. In 1913. it was a moderate organization with its basic aim to establish friendly relations with the Crown. but were discussed. a new group of Muslim leaders entered the folds of the Muslim League with the aim of bridging the gulf between the Muslims and the Hindus. 6. both the Muslim League and the Congress met for their annual sessions at Bombay in December 1915. The Muslim League changed its major objective and decided to join hands with the Congress in order to put pressure on Jinnah (second from the right) was the principal architect of the British government. As a result of the hard work of Mr.e. due to the decision of the British Government to annul the partition of Bengal. . nominated non-official members (nominated by the Governor General but were not government officials) and elected members (elected by different categories of Indian people). nominated official members (those nominated by the Governor General and were government officials). Lord Chelmsford's invitation for the Lucknow Pact. Within a few months of the Bombay moot. The Lucknow Pact  When All India Muslim League came into existence. the Muslim leadership decided to change its stance. suggest the amendments and even to vote on them. Two Indians were nominated to the Council of the Secretary of State for Indian Affairs. At the Center. 9. The Secretary of State for India was empowered to increase the number of the Executive Councils of Madras and Bombay from two to four. who was already a member of Indian National Congress. 4. the title of "the Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim Unity". The Governor General was empowered to nominate one Indian member to his Executive Council. 8. Sarojini Naidu gave Jinnah. amended and accepted at a subsequent meeting of the Congress and Muslim League leaders at Calcutta in November 1916. 1916 suggestions from the Indian politicians for the post World War I reforms further helped in the development of the situation. Jinnah. The speeches made from the platform of the two groups were similar in tone and theme. The agreement was confirmed by the annual sessions of the Congress and the League in their annual session held at Lucknow on December 29 and December 31. ex-officio members (Governor General and the members of their Executive Councils). excluding those items that were included as non-vote items. Their suggestions did not become news in the British circle. 19 Muslim and Hindu elected members of the Imperial Legislative Council addressed a memorandum to the Viceroy on the subject of reforms in October 1916. official members were to form the majority but in provinces non-official members would be in majority. The members of the Legislative Councils were permitted to discuss the budgets. Right of separate electorate was given to the Muslims. the chief architect of the Lucknow Pact. The member of the Legislative Councils. 1916 respectively. both at the Center and in the provinces. 5. The most prominent amongst them was Muhammad Ali Jinnah.3. However. were to be of four categories i.
There should be separate electorates for all the communities until a community demanded for joint electorates. Half of the members of Imperial Legislative Council should be Indians. There shall be self-government in India. 10. 1916 The main clauses of the Lucknow Pact were: 1. The Executive should be separated from the Judiciary. 13. System of weightage should be adopted. Indian Council must be abolished. 8. 6. one should be Indian. Term of the Legislative Council should be five years. were to be elected directly on the basis of adult franchise. 16. 11. 2. 12. yet it was an .Muslim League leaders pose for a group photo at Lucknow. 4. 3. The number of the members of Central Legislative Council should be increased to 150. Out of two Under Secretaries. 9. No bill concerning a community should be passed if the bill is opposed by three-fourth of the members of that community in the Legislative Council. The salaries of the Secretary of State for Indian Affairs should be paid by the British Government and not from Indian funds. Although this Hindu Muslim Unity was not able to live for more than eight years. four-fifth of the members of the Legislative Councils should be elected and onefifth should be nominated. At the provincial level. 14. 5. Muslims should be given one-third representation in the central government. Members of Legislative Council should themselves elect their president. 7. 15. and collapsed after the development of differences between the two communities after the Khilafat Movement. All members. The strength of Provincial legislative should not be less than 125 in the major provinces and from 50 to 75 in the minor provinces. except those nominated.
Members appointed to the Executive Council were to have served in India for at least 10 years. Montague presented a report on the constitutional reforms for India in 1918. Three of them should be Indian. Montague. In World War I.important event in the history of the Muslims of South Asia. He came to India and stayed here for six months. non-government people of India his government was interested in giving more representation to the natives in India. The Secretary of State was not allowed to interfere in administrative matters of the provinces concerning the 'Transferred Subjects' and also in the matters on which Governor General and his Legislative were in agreement. the Secretary of State for Montague held meetings with different government and Indian Affairs said that in order to satisfy the local demands. 5. it in fact agreed to consider the Muslims as a separate nation. who fought for them in this war. The Secretary of State was supposed to follow the advice of his council. New reforms would be introduced in the country to meet this objective. and at least half of them should have spent at least ten years in India. It was the first time when Congress recognized the Muslim League as the political party representing the Muslims of the region. During this period he held meetings with different government and non-government people. As Congress agreed to separate electorates. The Governor General had the power to nominate as many members to his Executive Council as he wanted. demanded that democracy should also be introduced in their country. Part of the expenses of the office of the Secretary of State was to be met by the British Government. 3. Thus the Indians. This Act is commonly known as MontagueChelmsford Reforms. The Council of the Secretary of State was to comprise of eight to twelve people. . They thus accepted the concept of the Two-Nation Theory. The report was discussed and approved by the British Parliament and then became the Act of 1919. 6. In his famous August Declaration presented before the House of Commons on August 20 1917. 4. Finally. Governer General Lord Chelmsford The following were the main features of the Act of 1919: 1. 2. the British claimed that they stood for the protection of democracy around the world. in cooperation with the Governor General Lord Chelmsford.
14. the Muslims of South Asia launched the historic Khilafat Movement to try and save it. 18. Anglo-Indians. The System of Diarchy was introduced in the provinces. 13. The franchise was limited. Mohandas The early Ottoman Empire (16th-17th century) .7. Seventy percent members of the Provincial Legislative Councils were to be elected and thirty percent were to be nominated. 12. The Montague-Chelmsford reforms were not accepted by most quarters in India as they fell far short of the Indian natives' expectations. English-educated Muslims and Hindus to arrive at an amicable settlement on Hindu-Muslim constitutional and political problems. other minorities including Sikhs. After World War I. the Governor General was to call a joint meeting where the matter was to be decided by majority vote. Both the houses had equal legislative powers. 8. 19. Provincial Legislatures were supposed to be unicameral. 15. the Council of the State (Upper House) and the Legislative Assembly (Lower House). The Central Legislature was to consist of two houses i. The Executive Council was not responsible to the Legislature and the Governor General had the right to refuse its advice. The Legislative Assembly was to consist of 144 members out of which 103 were to be elected and 41 to be nominated by the Governor General. In case of a tie. 9. 16. Besides Muslims.e. Khilafat Movement [1919-1924] The Lucknow pact showed that it was possible for middle-class. the Ottoman Empire faced dismemberment. 10. New reforms were to be introduced after ten years. The Governors were given 'Instrument of Instructions' which guided them in carrying out their administrative affairs. Under the leadership of the Ali Brothers. 17. 11. Christians and Europeans were also given the right of separate electorate. This unity reached its climax during the Khilafat and the Non-Cooperation Movements. Maulana Muhammad Ali and Maulana Shaukat Ali. The tenure of the Upper House was five and of the Lower House was three years. Council of the State was to consist of 60 members out of which 33 were to be elected and 27 nominated by the Governor General.
Karam Chand Gandhi linked the issue of Swaraj with the Khilafat issue to associate Hindus with the movement. The ensuing movement was the first countrywide popular movement. The Muslims of India had a strong feeling of identity with the world community of Islam. They had seen the decline in the political fortunes of Islam as the European powers conquered the Muslim lands one after the other. The Anglo-Russian convention of 1908 had reduced their next-door neighbor Iran to a mere dependency. Afghanistan also suffered as it was a bone of contention between Russia and Britain, and was now under the latter's sphere of influence. The general impression among the Muslims of India was that the western powers were waging a war against Islam throughout the world in order to rob it of all its power and influence. The Ottoman Empire was the only Muslim power that had maintained a semblance of authority and the Muslims of India wanted to save the Islamic political power from extinction. As an institution, the Khilafat had a checkered past. It had originally migrated from Medina to Damascus and from Damascus to Baghdad. For sometime it was located in Egypt, then it fell to the lot of Turkey, very much as a prize. The Turkish Sultans had claimed to be the caliphs of the Muslim world. As long as the Mughal Empire had been in existence, the Muslims of India had not recognized their claim. At this critical juncture, when the Muslims of the Sub-continent had no sovereign ruler of their own, they began to see the necessity of recognizing the Sultan of Turkey as their caliph. Tipu Sultan was the first Indian Muslim who, having been frustrated in his attempts to gain recognition from the Mughals, had turned to the Sultan of Turkey to establish a legal right to his throne. The European powers had played a leading role in reducing the might of Turkey in Europe to Eastern Thrace, Constantinople and the straits in the Balkan Wars (1912-13). To seek revenge, the Turks decided to side with the Germans against the Allied Forces. The Indian Muslims supported this decision. Muhammad Ali argued that for Muslims to accept mandates over Iraq, Syria and Palestine would amount to a total disregard of the wishes of the Holy Prophet (S. A. W.). Thus the Muslims of India launched the Tehrik-i-Khilafat. The objectives were as follows: 1. To maintain the Turkish Caliphate. 2. To protect the holy places of the Muslims. 3. To maintain the unity of the Ottoman Empire. There was absolute unanimity among the Indian Muslims. Though separated from Turkey by thousands of miles, they were determined to fight Turkey's battle from India. Rioting started in Amritsar on April 10, 1919. On April 13, 1919, a crowd assembled at the Jalianwala Bagh. These protestors were unaware of a ban that had just been imposed by the martial law administrators on public meetings. Sir Michael O'Duiyer opened fire on the crowd, resulting in 379 dead and 1,200 wounded. This incident is known as the Jalianwala Bagh Tragedy. When the terms of the Treaty of Serves were announced in 1920, it caused deep resentment among the Muslims. They felt betrayed. In June 1920, 90 influential Muslims wrote to Lord Chelmsford, the Viceroy, informing him of their intent to start a non-cooperation movement against the government from August, until the terms of the treaty with Turkey were revised.
Gandhi linked the issue of Swaraj with the Khilafat Movement
But this was to no avail as the British Prime Minister Lloyd George was an implacable enemy of Turkey and by association, of the Indian Khilafat Movement. When the Indian Khilafat deputation visited England in 1920 to put their views before the British Government, he ignored them and the deputation met with failure. A tragic offshoot of the Khilafat Movement was the Hijrat Movement proposed by Jamiyat-al-Ulema-i-Hind. When a land is not safe for Islam, a Muslim has two options; Jihad or Hijrat. Around 925 eminent Muslims signed this fatwa. According to one version, the idea of Hijrat was originated from Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
General Duiyer opened fire on the crowd assembled at Jalianwala Bagh
In the North West Frontier Province and Sindh, hundreds of families sold their land and property and departed in the direction of the Khyber Pass, to migrate to Afghanistan, a brotherly independent Muslim state. In the month of August alone, some 18,000 Indian Muslims migrated to Afghanistan. Afghanistan, a poor country, was unable to absorb so large an influx of population and sealed its borders. It is difficult to establish who was responsible for misleading such a large number of Muslims.
Dr. Ansari, Abdul Rehman Siddiqui, Shoaib Qureshi and Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman took a medical mission to Turkey
Another tragic event was the Moplah Uprising. In mid of August 1921, agrarian riots broke out in Nilambur. The Moplah peasants revolted against the Hindu landlord's oppressive policies, which are in alliance with the British. The Hindu landlords redistributed their lands and the Moplahs, who had been suffering, rose in revolt. A pitched battle between the British regiment and the Moplahs killed several Europeans. Four thousand Moplahs were killed in action and tens of thousands were injured. Then there was the notorious Moplah Train Tragedy. Around a hundred prisoners, confined in a closed and almost airtight goods van, were transported by rail. When the door was opened, 66 Moplahs were found suffocated to death and the remaining 34 were on the verge of collapse.
The Ali brothers were jailed in September 1921
All this was followed by Hindu-Muslim communal clashes, particularly in Multan and Bengal in September 1922. The Sanghattan and Shuddi movements were offshoots of these communal rioting, which were anti-Muslim and aimed at Hindu revivalism. Besides other events, the arrest of the Ali brothers in September 1921 gave a severe blow to the Khilafat Movement. Gandhi, who was using this movement to accelerate India's advance towards Swaraj, also withdrew his support for the Muslim cause in the aftermath of the Chauri Chaura incident in February 1922. Using the excuse that the national volunteers were responsible for the murder of 21 policemen, thus leading to violence, he called off the whole movement.
In 1924, Turks under Mustafa Kamal were consolidating their position in Turkey. They announced an end to the Khilafat. It was a great blow to Indian Khilafatists who had been campaigning on behalf of Turkey and Khilafat. Gradually the enthusiasm of the people died down and the Khilafat Conference and Committee developed new interests and in a short time nothing but their name remained. Although the Khilafat Movement failed to achieve its declared objectives, it carried political awakening to large masses of Muslims. It was during the Khilafat days that representatives of Indian Muslims came into contact with eminent personages from other Muslims countries to save the semblance of unity in the world of Islam. The Khilafat Movement was an asset for the struggle of Pakistan. It made clear to the Indian Muslims to trust neither the British nor the Hindus, but to look to their own strengths for self-preservation. Simon Commission 
Edwin Montague along with the then Viceroy of India, Lord Chelmsford, published a report on Indian constitutional reforms which formed the basis of the Indian Act of 1919
The Government of India Act of 1919 was essentially transitional in character. Under Section 84 of the said Act, a statutory commission was to be appointed at the end of ten years, to determine the next stage in the realization of self-rule in India. The British government appointed a commission under Sir John Simon in November 1927. The commission, which had no Indian members, was being sent to investigate India's constitutional problems and make recommendations to the government on the future constitution of India.
Simon Commission had no Indian members
Jinnah's faction of the Muslim League boycotted the Simon Commission
Shafi's faction of the Muslim League cooperated with the Simon Commission
The Congress decided to boycott the Simon Commission and challenged Lord Birkenhead, Secretary of State for India, to produce a constitution acceptable to the various elements in India. There was a clear split in the Muslim League. Sir Muhammad Shafi, who wanted to cooperate with the commission, decided to convene a Muslim League session in Lahore in December 1927. The other faction led by Jinnah stood for the boycott of the commission. This faction held a Muslim League session at Calcutta, and decided to form a subcommittee to confer with the working committee of the Indian National Congress and other organizations, with a view to draft a constitution for India. Delhi Muslim Proposals  Considering separate electorates to be the main hindrance in improving Hindu-Muslim relations, Quaid-i-Azam proposed that if the Hindus agreed to provide certain safeguards, the Muslims would give up this demand. Consequently, the proposals were formally approved at a conference held by the Muslims in 1927 at Delhi, and are now called "The DelhiMuslim Proposals". Following are the safeguards that were proposed:
Participants of the Conference held in Delhi, 1927
1. The formation of a separate province of Sindh.
2. Introduction of reforms in the North West Frontier Province and in Baluchistan on the same footing as in other provinces. Unless and until the above proposals were implemented, the Muslims would never surrender the right of their representation through separate electorates. Muslims would be willing to abandon separate electorates in favor of joint electorates with the reservation of seats fixed in proportion to the population of different communities, if the above two proposals were implemented to the full satisfaction of Muslims and also if the following proposals were accepted.
4. Hindu minorities in Sindh, Baluchistan and the North West Frontier Province be accorded the same concessions in the form of reservation of seats over and above the proportion of their population as Muslims would get in Hindu majority provinces. 5. Muslim representation in the Central Legislature would not be less than one-third. 6. In addition to provisions like religious freedom, there was to be a further guarantee in the constitution that on communal matters no bill or resolution would be considered or passed if three-fourth of the members of the community concerned were opposed to it. These proposals were to be accepted or rejected in toto. So, in effect, the Muslims agreed to give up the separate electorates in form of the reservation of seats. Unfortunately, the Congress first accepted but later rejected the Nehru Report  The Government of India Act 1919 was essentially transitional in character. Under Section 84 of the said Act, a statutory Commission was to be appointed at the end of ten years to determine the next stage in the realization of selfrule in India. Accordingly, the Simon Commission was sent to the Subcontinent under the command of Sir John Simon. All members of the commission were British. This was regarded as highly insulting to the Indians and immediate protest was raised from all the important political parties. When the Simon Commission arrived, the local masses welcomed it by with slogans of "Go back Simon!". All the major political parties of Sub-continent, except the Shafi League of Punjab, boycotted the Simon Commission.
Pandit Motilal Nehru
After the failure of Simon Commission, there was no alternative for the British government but to ask the local people to frame a constitution for themselves. They knew that the Congress and Muslim League were the two main parties and that they both had serious difference of opinions. Birkenhead, Secretary of Sate for Indian Affairs, threw the ball in the Indian politicians' court, and asked them to draw a draft of the forthcoming Act on which both Hindus and Muslims could agree. The Indian leaders accepted the challenge and for this purpose, the All Parties Conference was held at Delhi in January 1928. More than a hundred delegates of almost all the parties of the Sub-continent assembled and participated in the conference. Unfortunately, the leaders were not able to come to any conclusion. The biggest hindrance was the issue of the rights of minorities. The second meeting of the All Parties Conference was held in March the same year, but the leaders still had their differences and again were not able to reach a conclusion. The only work done in this conference was the appointment of two subcommittees. But due to the mutual differences between Muslims and Hindus, the committees failed to produce any positive result. When the All Parties Conference met for the third time in Bombay on May 19 1928, there was hardly any prospect of an agreed constitution. It was then decided that a small committee should be appointed to work out the details of the constitution. Motilal Nehru headed this committee. There were nine other members in this committee including two Muslims, Syed Ali Imam and Shoaib Qureshi. The committee worked for three months at Allahabad and its memorandum was called the "Nehru Report". The chairman joined hands with the Hindu Mahasabha and unceremoniously quashed the recent Congress acceptance of the Delhi Proposals. The Nehru Report recommended that a Declaration of Rights should be inserted in the
Quaid-i-Azam and other Muslim leaders condemned the Nehru Report
The following were the recommendations advanced by the Nehru Report: 1. India should be given the status of a dominion. 2. There should be federal form of government with residuary powers vested in the center. 3. India should have a parliamentary form of government headed by a Prime Minister and six ministers appointed by the Governor General. 4. There should be bi-cameral legislature. 5. There should be no separate electorate for any community. 6. System of weightage for minorities was as bad as that of separate electorates. 7. Reservation of Muslim seats could be possible in the provinces where Muslim population was at least ten percent, but this was to be in strict proportion to the size of the community. 8. Muslims should enjoy one-fourth representation in the Central Legislature. All Parties Muslim Conference
The immediate result of the publication of the Nehru Report was that Muslims of all shades of opinion united in opposition to it. The two wings of the Muslim League that had been split since 1924 came closer. On January 21, 1929, the All Parties Muslim Conference convened in Delhi under Aga Khan. Nearly every shade of opinion was represented. The Conference laid down the Muslims demands in the clearest possible terms: 1. The only form of government suitable to Indian conditions was a federal system with complete autonomy and residuary powers vested in the constituent states. 2. Muslims should not be deprived of the right to elect their representatives through separate electorates without their consent.
Aga Khan laid down the demands of the Muslims of India
3. Muslims should continue to have weightage in the Hindu majority provinces and they were willing to accord the same privilege to nonMuslim minorities in Sindh, the N. W. F. P. and Baluchistan.
Hindi should be made the official language of India. 11. F. Thus the Nehru Report was nothing else than a Congress document and thus totally opposed by Muslims of the Sub-continent. but Baluchistan was overlooked in the report. On two points the Muslims were adamant: separate electorates must continue and India must have a federal form of government. 9. The recommendations of the Nehru Report went against the interests of the Muslim community. If the report had taken into account the Delhi Proposals. The Hindus under Congress threatened the government with a disobedience movement if the Nehru report was not implemented into the Act by December 31. Jinnah announced a 'parting of the ways'. 10. 5. P. The Nehru Committee's greatest blow was the rejection of separate electorates. Jinnah made the last attempt to unite the Hindus and the Muslims. It was an attempt to serve Hindu predominance over Muslims. Jinnah made serious attempts to unite the Hindus and the Muslims . Of the two Muslim members of the Nehru Committee. One-third of the elected representatives of both the houses of the central legislature should be Muslim. But the Nehru Committee did not consider the Delhi Proposals at all while formulating their report. Sindh should be separated from Bombay only if the Committee certified that it was financially selfsufficient. At this critical juncture. there should be reservations of seats for the Muslims on the basis After the publication of the Nehru Report. W. 1929. Muslim majority in all Muslim majority provinces (with particular reference to Bengal and Punjab) should in no way be disturbed. It is true that two demands of Muslims were considered in the Nehru Report but both of them incomplete. 2. In the event of adult suffrage not being established in Punjab and Bengal. After reading the Nehru Report. W. At All Parties Convention at Calcutta in 1929. The Nehru Report reflected the inner prejudice and narrow-minded approach of the Hindus. The Nehru Report was primarily repudiated because it denied these conditions. It demanded constitutional reforms in N. P. The rejection of the Congress-inspired constitution was completely unanimous and clear. he suggested certain modifications to be made in the recommendations of the Nehru Report. 12. These were as follows: 1. The N. Syed Ali Imam could attend only one meeting due to his illness and Shoaib Qureshi did not endorse views of the Committee on the issue of Muslim representation in legislature. the Muslims might have accepted it. F. Muslims should have their due share in the central and provincial cabinets.4. It was said that Sindh should be separated from Bombay but the condition of self-economy was also put forward. A new Kanarese-speaking province Karnatic should be established in South India. The Muslims were asking for one-third representation in the center while Nehru Committee gave them only one-fourth representation. It also proved to be a turning point in the life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This resolution was the Muslims' reply to the Nehru Report. This Hindu attitude proved to be a milestone in the freedom movement of the Muslims. should be given full provincial status.
7. Full religious liberty. The committee rejected these suggestions. Bengal and the North West Frontier Province. such other method is devised as may be found feasible and practicable to deal with such cases. In the Central Legislative. shall be guaranteed to all communities. Any territorial distribution that might at any time be necessary shall not in any way affect the Muslim majority in the Punjab. propaganda. Sindh should be separated from the Bombay presidency. A uniform measure of autonomy shall be granted to all provinces. Quaid-i-Azam compiled a set of recommendations that greatly influenced Muslim thinking for the better part of the next decade. 5. . 3. i. worship and observance. Quaid-i-Azam termed the Nehru Report as a Hindu document 2. 6. members of both the Shafi League and Jinnah League participated. Representation of communal groups shall continue to be by means of separate electorate as at present. In March 1929. 9. All legislatures in the country and other elected bodies shall be constituted on the definite principle of adequate and effective representation of minorities in every province without reducing the majority in any province to a minority or even equality. subject to a re-examination after that period. Fourteen Points of M. Residuary powers should be left to the provinces and should not rest with the central legislature. Quaid-i-Azam termed the Nehru Report as a Hindu document. Jinnah  A positive aspect of Nehru Report was that it resulted in the unity of divided Muslim groups. He decided to give an alternative Muslim agenda. Newspaper clip about Jinnah's Fouteen Points 3. liberty of belief. but considered simply rejecting the report as insufficient. provided it shall be open to any community at any time to abandon its separate electorate in favor of a joint electorate. The form of the future constitution should be federal with the residuary powers vested in the provinces. These points were as follows: 1. 1929. association and education. It was in this meeting that Quaid-i-Azam presented his famous Fourteen Points. 4. No bill or any resolution or any part thereof shall be passed in any legislature or any other elected body if three-fourth of the members of any community in that particular body oppose such a bill resolution or part thereof on the ground that it would be injurious to the interests of that community or in the alternative. 8. In a meeting of the council of All India Muslim League on March 28.e. but they shall have no right to contest additional seats. Muslim representation shall not be less than one-third.of population for ten years. A.
Allama Iqbal explained that Islam was the major formative factor in the life history of Indian Muslims.10. There was a two-pronged attack on the Muslim interests. Muslim leaders at the Allahabad session. 11. Allahabad Address  Several Muslim leaders and thinkers having insight into the Muslim-Hindu situation proposed the separation of Muslim India. Political events had taken an ominous turn. should be formed without there being a proportion of at least one-third Muslim ministers. in all the services of the state and in local self-governing bodies having due regard to the requirements of efficiency. A news clip reporting the Allahabad Address However. The constitution should embody adequate safeguards for the protection of Muslim culture and for the protection and promotion of Muslim education. 14. philosopher and thinker who had gained countrywide fame and recognition by 1930. . It furnished those basic emotions and loyalties. 12. On the other. He defined the Muslims of India as a nation and suggested that there could be no possibility of peace in the country unless and until they were recognized as a nation. He claimed that the only way for the Muslims and Hindus to prosper in accordance with their respective cultural values was under a federal system where Muslim majority units were given the same privileges that were to be given to the Hindu majority units. which gradually unify scattered individuals and groups and finally transform them into a well-defined people. Reforms should be introduced in the North West Frontier Province and Baluchistan on the same footing as in the other provinces. Provision should be made in the constitution giving Muslims an adequate share. No cabinet. A resolution was passed according to which no scheme for the future constitution of the Government of India would be acceptable to the Muslims unless and until it included the demands of the Quaid presented in the fourteen points. 13. Allama Muhammad Iqbal gave the most lucid explanation of the inner feelings of Muslim community in his presidential address to the All India Muslim League at Allahabad in 1930. At this critical juncture. 1930 In his address. the Hindus offered a tough opposition by proposing the Nehru Report as the ultimate constitution for India. the British government in India had totally ignored the Muslim demands in the Simon Commission report. personal laws and Muslim charitable institution and for their due share in the grants-in-aid given by the state and by local self-governing bodies. Iqbal realized that the peculiar problems of the Muslims in North-West India could only be understood by people belonging to this region and that in order to survive they would have to chalk out their own line of action. No change shall be made in the constitution by the Central Legislature except with the concurrence of the State's contribution of the Indian Federation. Allama Muhammad Iqbal was a poet. along with the other Indians. either central or provincial. On one hand. religion. possessing a moral consciousness of their own. The council of the All India Muslim League accepted fourteen points of the Quaid. language.
and a glimmer of hope ran through Indian hearts. Sir Aga Khan. A. with little or no significant following. He argued that the other parties only represented sectarian viewpoints. The Muslims reserved their opinion on the Simon Report declaring that the report was not final and the matters should decided after consultations with the leaders representing all communities in India. Baluchistan and Sindh should be converted into one province. thus enabling them to determine their new destination.As a permanent solution to the Muslim-Hindu problem. The prominent among . within the British Empire or without it. The Congress started a Civil Disobedience Movement under Gandhi's command. who often expressed their anger in violent clashes. At the Round Table Conference held in London. 1930 (from left to right): Sardar Aurangzeb. The national spirit that Iqbal fused amongst the Muslims of India later on developed into the ideological basis of Pakistan. Mian Muhammad Shafi. The British government refused to contemplate any form of selfgovernment for the people of India. North West Frontier Province. Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum and Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah The Indian political situation seemed deadlocked. The government decided to hold a Round Table Conference in London to consider new constitutional reforms. he suggested. Hindus. Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The greatest historical significance of Allama Iqbal's Allahabad address was that it cleared all political confusion from the minds of the Muslims. He declared that the northwestern part of the country was destined to unite as a self-governed unit. and the rest from princely states and other political parties. All Indian politicians. was the only way to do away with communal riots and bring peace in the Subcontinent. and that the Congress was the party of the people of India. Almost 89 members attended the conference. Labor leaders had always been sympathetic to the Indian cause. First Round Table Conference The first session of the conference opened in London on November 12. This caused frustration amongst the masses. This. The King of England inaugurated the first conference Gandhi immediately insisted at the conference that he alone spoke for all Indians. Fazl-ul-Haq. Congress leaders stated that they would have nothing to do with further constitutional discussion unless the Nehru Report was enforced in its entirety as the constitution of India. K. whose leaders were in jail due to the Civil Disobedience Movement. All parties were present except for the Congress. Nawab Chhatari. Round Table Conferences [1930-33] The Indian political community received the Simon Commission Report issued in June 1930 with great resentment. Muslims. The Labor Government returned to power in Britain in 1931. Different political parties gave vent to their feelings in different ways. Sir Muhammad Zafarullah Khan. Sikhs and Christians were summoned to London for the conference. Iqbal proposed that Punjab. 1930. out of which 58 were chosen from various communities and interests in British India.
the North West Frontier Province. Lord Irwin. while Hindus resisted their imposition. He claimed that he represented all India and dismissed all other Indian delegates as non-representative because they did not belong to the Congress. The Government would withdraw all prosecutions relating to offenses not involving violence. These committees dealt with the federal structure. The Gandhi-Irwin Pact was signed on March 5. The Government would withdraw all ordinances issued to curb the Congress. The Government would release all persons undergoing sentences of imprisonment for their activities in the civil disobedience movement. 1931. The Congress would participate in the Round Table Conference. The Muslim-Hindu differences overcastted the conference as the Hindus were pushing for a powerful central government while the Muslims stood for a loose federation of completely autonomous provinces. The pact shows that the British Government was anxious to bring the Congress to the conference table. The conference broke up on January 19. In Punjab.the Muslim delegates invited by the British government were Sir Aga Khan. Gandhi was a member of both but he adopted a very unreasonable attitude. 1931. Thus. and what emerged from it was a general agreement to write safeguards for minorities into the constitution and a vague desire to devise a federal system for the country. 2. The main task of the conference was done through the two committees on federal structure and minorities. Sindh. 1931 . The Congress would discontinue the Civil Disobedience Movement. defense services and minorities. the Hindus their abolition. Second Round Table Conference The second session of the conference opened in London on September 7. Eight subcommittees were set up to deal with the details. Gandhi-Irwin Pact After the conclusion of the First Round Table Conference. the situation was complicated by inflated Sikh claims. Sir Muhammad Shafi and Maulvi Fazl-i-Haq. The agreement between Gandhi and Irwin was signed on March 5. 1931. Quaid-i-Azam. Sir Taj Bahadur Sapru. 3. 5. extended an invitation to Gandhi for talks. The Muslims claimed statutory majority in Punjab and Bengal. The Muslims demanded maintenance of weightage and separate electorates. Maulana Muhammad Ali Jouhar. the Viceroy. provincial constitution. Gandhi agreed to end the Civil Disobedience Movement without laying down any preconditions. Jaikar and Dr. Moonje were outstanding amongst the Hindu leaders. 4. franchise. Following are the salient points of this agreement: 1. the British government realized that the cooperation of the Indian National Congress was necessary for further advancement in the making of the Indian constitution. Mr.
and the Europeans presented a joint statement of claims which they said must stand as an interdependent whole. the depressed classes. On the concluding day. 1932. 1932.The communal problem represented the most difficult issue for the delegates. Gandhi once again started Civil Disobedience Movement and was duly arrested. the Franchise Committee. On his return to India. Gandhi again tabled the Congress scheme for a settlement. As a counter to the Congress scheme. It was short and unimportant. Reports of the various committees were scrutinized. As their main demands were not acceptable to Gandhi. a mere reproduction of the Nehru Report. so was the Labor opposition in the British Parliament. . The conference ended on December 25. the AngloIndians. the Muslims. the British Prime Minister. Failing to do so. the Federal Finance Committee and States Inquiry Committee. but all the minorities rejected it. would force the British government would take a unilateral decision. he said. Ramsay MacDonald appealed to the Indian leaders to reach a communal settlement. the communal issue was postponed for future discussion. Three important committees drafted their reports. A news clipping reporting the end of the conference The Third Round Table Conference ended inconclusively Third Round Table Conference The third session began on November 17. The Congress was once again absent. Participants seated at the Second Round Table Conference Quaid-i-Azam did not participate in the session of the Second Round Table Conference as he had decided to keep himself aloof from the Indian politics and to practice as a professional lawyer in England. the Indian Christians.
the leader of Untouchables in which the Congress met many of the Untouchables' demands. as it has reduced their majority in Punjab and Bengal to a minority. The Communal Award  When the Indian leadership failed to come up with a constitutional solution of the communal issue. Though the Muslims constituted almost 56 percent of the total population of Punjab. For them it was not possible to accept the Untouchables as a minority. "Though the decision falls far short of the Muslim demands. Many nationalist Muslims and Sikhs also participated in the conference. the bill reached the Statute Book on July 24. The Award also declared untouchables as a minority and thus the Members of the All India Muslim League Working Committee. He managed to sign the Poona Pact with Dr. R. and Hindus in Sindh and North West Frontier Province. In its annual session held in November 1933. Muslims were not happy with the Communal Hindu depressed classes were given a number of special Award seats. the All India Muslim League passed a resolution that reads. Ambedker. to be filled from special depressed class electorates in the area where their voters were concentrated. and debated in parliament directly afterwards. The Muslim majority of 54. B. 1935. Mr. It was published in March 1933. the Hindus refused to accept the awards and decided to launch a campaign against it. Muslims were not happy with the Communal Award. The formula favored the Sikhs of Punjab. The Congress also rejected the Award in Toto. The Award was not popular with any Indian party. Yet they were prepared to accept it. According to the Award. Government of India Act 1935 . Sikhs in the Punjab and North West Frontier Province. the Muslims have accepted it in the best interest of the country. He also held meetings with the Untouchable leadership for the first time and try to convince them that they were very much part of the mainstream Hindu society. reserving to themselves the right to press for the acceptance of all their demands. and the Europeans of Bengal the most. they were given only 86 out of 175 seats in the Punjab Assembly. They organized the Allahabad Unity Conference in which they demanded for the replacement of separate electorates by joint electorates. the British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald announced his own formula for solving the problem. Principle of weightage was also applied for Europeans in Bengal and Assam. Gandhi protested against the declaration of Untouchables as a minority and undertook a fast unto death. MacDonald announced the 'Communal Award' on August 16. After the failure of the Second Round Table conference." On the other hand. 1932. He said that he was not only a Prime Minister of Britain but was also a friend of the Indians and thus wanted to solve the problems of his friends. the right of separate electorate was not only given to the Muslims of India but also to all the minority communities in the country.The recommendations of the Round Table Conferences were embodied in a White Paper. the principle of weightage was also maintained with some modifications in the Muslim minority provinces. Under the Communal Award. analyzed by the Joint Select Committee and after the final reading and loyal assent.8 percent in Punjab was thus reduced to a minority.
The main features of the Act of 1935 were: 1. 1935. in July 1935. whose Congress won a majority in the 1937 elections After the failure of the Third Round Table Conference. but the bill required the approval of the Governor General before it became Law. The Council of State was to consist of 260 members. The Federal Assembly was to consist of 375 members. 2. 4. legislation and finance. was enforced as the Government of India Act. Lord Linlithgow was appointed as the president of the Committee. out of which 250 were to be elected by the Legislative Assemblies of the British Indian provinces while 125 were to be nominated by the rulers of princely states. . The provisions of the Act establishing the federal central government were not to go into operation until a specified number of rulers of states had signed Instruments of Accession. The Federal Legislature was to consist of two houses. The Committee comprised of 16 members each from the House of Commons and House of Lords. the central government continued to function in accordance with the 1919 Act and only the part of the 1935 Act dealing with the provincial governments went into operation. Since. 7. comprising both provinces and states. this did not happen. The Central Legislature had the right to pass any bill.Nehru. A Federation of India was promised for. 5. after being signed by the King. No finance bill could be placed in the Central Legislature without the consent of the Governor General. the British government gave the Joint Select Committee the task of formulating the new Act for India. 3. out of whom 156 were to be elected from the British India and 104 to be nominated by the rulers of princely states. After a year and a half of deliberations. the Council of State (Upper House) and the Federal Assembly (Lower House). The Bill was discussed in the House of Commons for 43 days and in the House of Lords for 13 days and finally. the Committee finally came out with a draft Bill on February 5. 1935. The Governor General remained the head of the central administration and enjoyed wide powers concerning administration. 20 representatives from British India and seven from the princely states. 6. On the other hand Governor General had the power to frame ordinances.
the Congress and the Muslim League. Its success. Both parties did their best to persuade the masses before these elections and put before them their manifesto. as the oldest. Both the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League opposed the Act. Rule of Congress Ministries [1937-1939] The Government of India Act of 1935 was practically implemented in 1937. 9. which had been established in the provinces by the Act of 1919. Out of the 491 Muslim seats. One-third Muslim representation in the Central Legislature was guaranteed. would be setup. 18. was to be established at the Center. as were in the other provinces. 17. Separate electorates were continued as before. 13. In its place. 10. with few amendments.8. Congress stood for joint electorate and the League for separate electorates. Autonomous provincial governments in 11 provinces. as their provisional constitution. However it came to an end in the provinces. According to the results of the elections. Burma and Aden were separated from India. W. Thus the results clearly disapproved Gandhi's claim that his party represented 95 percent of the population of India. Diarchy. 15. Congress wanted Hindi as official language with Deva Nagri script of writing while the League wanted Urdu with Persian script. Congress was only able to win slightly more then 750. richest and best-organized political party. P. Yet it failed to secure even 40 percent of the total number of seats. 11. 14. 19. F. Congress. The Indian Council was abolished. few advisers were nominated to help the Secretary of State for India. emerged as the single largest representative in the Legislative Assembles. The provincial elections were held in the winter of 1936-37. although there were two major differences. The Secretary of State was not expected to interfere in matters that the Governor dealt with. but participated in the provincial elections of winter 1936-37. The Federal Court was established in the Center.771 total seats in the 11 provinces. The political manifestos of both parties were almost identical. 12. conducted under stipulations of the Act. Out of the 1. The Reserve Bank of India was established. The provinces were given autonomy with respect to subjects delegated to them. The party only managed to win two seats from the Muslim majority province of Punjab. moreover. 16. with the help of Indian Ministers. Reforms were introduced in N. There were two major political parties in the Sub-continent at that time. was mainly confined to the Hindu constituencies. Muslim Leagues' condition was also bad as it could only win 106 Muslim seats. At the time of independence. under ministries responsible to legislatures. Two new provinces Sindh and Orissa were created. Congress could only capture 26. . the two dominions of India and Pakistan accepted the Act of 1935.
although it was only a verbal commitment and no amendment was made in the Act of 1935. The Congress refused to set up its government until the British agreed to their demand that the Governor would not use his powers in legislative affairs. U. the British and the On the occasion of the All India Muslim League session. The aim was to decrease the importance of the Muslim League for the Muslims. Muslims were not allowed to construct new mosques.The final results of the elections were declared in February 1937. Quaid-i-Azam offered Congress to form a coalition government with the League but the Congress rejected his offer. Thus directly or indirectly. the Vidya Mandar Scheme was introduced according to which Mandar education was made compulsory at elementary level. the Congress started a Muslim Mass Contact Movement. When Hindu-Muslim riots broke out due to these biased policies of the Congress ministries. 1936 Congress. P. Muslim League failed to form government in any province. Congress was in power in nine out of eleven provinces. W. after a four-month delay. The main plan was to sway Muslim children against their ideology and to tell them that all the people living in India were Indian and thus belonged to one nation. slaughtering of cows was prohibited and it was made compulsory for the children to worship the picture of Gandhi at school. They also harmed Muslim trade and agriculture. In Bihar and C. P. The Congress government introduced a new educational policy in the provinces under their rule known as the Warda Taleemi Scheme. The Congress ministries did their best to weaken the economy of Muslims. Congress declared Hindi as the national language and Deva Nagri as the official script. After taking charge in July 1937. Some of the Congress leaders even stated that they would take revenge from the Muslims for the last 700 years of their slavery. Eventually. F. where they joined the ruling coalition. The Congress flag was given the status of national flag. Religious intolerance was the order of the day. The purpose of the scheme was to obliterate the cultural traditions of the Muslims and to inculcate into the minds of Muslim children the superiority of the Hindu culture. The Unionist Party of Sir Fazl-i-Hussain and Praja Krishak Party of Maulvi Fazl-i-Haq were able to form governments in Punjab and Bengal respectively. They closed the doors of government offices for them.e. P. P. It was also able to form a coalition government in Bombay and N. The Indian National Congress had a clear majority in Madras. Band-i-Mataram. decisions were made in favor of . Bihar and Orrisa. C. Congress was also able to secure political importance in Sindh and Assam. which was one of the main sources of income for the Muslims in the region. without the interference of Congress. was made the national anthem of the country. Many discussions took place between the Congress and the British Government and at last the British Government consented.. the government pressured the judges.. Even before the formation of government. with the aim to convince Muslims that there were only two political parties in India. Twenty-seven months of the Congress rule were like a nightmare for the Muslims of South Asia. Congress formed their ministries in July 1937. i. Hindus would play drums in front of mosques when Muslims were praying. The Congress proved to be a pure Hindu party and worked during its reign only for the betterment of the Hindus. an anti-Muslim song taken from Bankim Chandra Chatterji's novel Ananda Math.
gave it legal sanction. music. Al-Biruni observed that Hindus differed from the Muslims in all matters and habits. And they forbid having any The flag of Pakistan . the Muslim League formulated the "Pirpur Report" under the chairmanship of Raja Syed Muhammad Mehdi of Pirpur. and "The Sharif Report". It was due to the realization of Muslims of South Asia that they are different from the Hindus that they demanded separate electorates. linguistic nor ethnic. they continued to develop different cultures and traditions. He further elaborated his argument by writing that the Hindus considered Muslims "Mlachha". The allegation that Congress was representing Hindus only was voiced also by eminent British personalities. The Ideology of Pakistan: Two-Nation Theory The ideology of Pakistan stems from the instinct of the Muslim community of South Asia to maintain their individuality by resisting all attempts by the Hindu society to absorb it. architecture and script. or impure. 1939 as a day of deliverance and thanksgiving in token of relief from the tyranny and oppression of the Congress rule. The basis of their nationhood is neither territorial. they put forward their demand for a separate state. Islam. and the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan The Muslims of South Asia believe that they are a nation in the modern sense of the word. rather they are a nation because they belong to the same faith. Fazl-ul-Haq's "Muslim Sufferings Under Congress Rule". but were also manifested in the clash of two social orders. The ideology of Pakistan took shape through an evolutionary process. Allama Iqbal provided the philosophical explanation. Sir William Barton writing in the "National Review" in June 1939 also termed the Congress rule as "the rising tide of political Hinduism". but also two social orders that have given birth to two distinct cultures with no similarities. On this basis they consider it their fundamental right to be entitled to selfdetermination. A. are all poles apart. Despite living together for more than a thousand years. Even the language they speak and the dresses they wear are entirely different. Quaid-i-Azam asked the Muslims to celebrate December 22. the British government refused. with Sir Syed Ahmad Khan began the period of Muslim self-awakening. To investigate Muslim grievances. A deep study of the history of this land proves that the differences between Hindus and Muslims were not confined to the struggle for political supremacy. by passing Objectives Resolution in March 1949. the Viceroy proclaimed India's involvement without prior consultations with the main political parties. They further want their state to strengthen the bonds of unity among Muslim countries. The Marquees of Lothian in April 1938 termed the Congress rule as a "rising tide of Hindu rule". K. wherein they would be enabled to order their lives in individual and collective spheres in accordance with the teachings of Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (S. As a result Congress resigned from power. Muslims of South Asia believe that Islam and Hinduism are not only two religions. Other reports concerning Muslim grievances in Congress run provinces were A. They demanded that areas where they were in majority should be constituted into a sovereign state. As early as in the beginning of the 11th century. When they realized that their future in a 'Democratic India' dominated by Hindu majority was not safe.). When Congress demanded an immediate transfer of power in return for cooperation of the war efforts. Al-Biruni Their eating habits. At the outbreak of the World War II. W. racial.Hindus and Muslims were sent behind bars. Historical experience provided the base. Quaid-i-Azam translated it into a political reality.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah The Ideology of Pakistan has its roots deep in history. In this speech. they cannot be one. one could find the Muslims and Hindus struggling for supremacy in the battlefield. eating and drinking with them. Quaid-i-Azam. due to the immediate counterattack by Mujaddid Alf Sani and his pupils. and indeed belong to two different civilizations whose very foundations are based on conflicting ideas and concepts. He emphasized that in spite of the passage of about 1. Muslims once again proved their separate identity during the regimes of Jehangir. Shah Jehan and particularly Aurangzeb. . Starting with the war between Muhammad bin Qasim and Raja Dahir in 712. the two have failed to develop harmonious relations. with different social customs and literature. At the root of the problem lies the difference between the two religions. They neither intermarry. When the Hindus of South Asia failed to establish Hindu Padshahi through force. The history of South Asia is largely a history of rivalry and conflict between the Hindus and Muslims of the region. The only difference between the writing of Al-Biruni and the speech of Quaid-i-Azam was that Al-Biruni made calculated predictions. while Quaid-iAzam had history behind him to support his argument. However. The attempts to bring the two communities close could not succeed because the differences between the two are fundamental and have no meeting point. Babur and Rana Sanga and Aurangzeb and Shivaji are cases in point. since the advent of Islam in India.connection with them. armed conflicts between Hindus and Muslims run in thousands. he stated that Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies. they opted for back door conspiracies. Clashes between Mahmud of Ghazni and Jaypal. Yet.000 years the relations between the Hindus and Muslims could not attain the level of cordiality. Their outlook on life and of life is different. because they feel "polluted". 1940 was very similar to Al-Biruni's thesis in theme and tone. The speech made by Quaid-i-Azam at Minto Park. this era proved to be a short one. Both communities have been living together in the same area since the early 8th century. They even avoid sitting. Muhammad Ghuri and Prithvi Raj. Lahore on March 22. In the beginning. be it intermarriage or any other bond of relationship. Bhakti Movement with the desire to merge Islam and Hinduism was one of the biggest attacks on the ideology of the Muslims of the region. So long as the two people want to lead their lives according to their respective faith. Akbar's diversion from the main stream Islamic ideology was one of the Hindus' greatest success stories. nor eat together.
The British attempt to weld the two communities in to a 'nation' failed. Hindu-Muslim relations entered a new phase. The British brought with them a new political philosophy commonly known as 'territorial nationalism'. commonly known as 'democracy'. the Muslims finally abandoned the idea of federalism and defined a separate homeland as their target. in accordance to the teachings and requirements of Islam as set out in the Holy Quran and Sunnah. The Hindus supported the idea while it was strongly opposed by the Muslims. Before the coming of the British.Allama Iqbal With the advent of the British rule in India in 1858. They refused to accept a political system that would reduce them to a permanent minority. 1940. instead of solving the political problems. The Muslims refused to go the British way. there was no concept of a 'nation' in South Asia and the region had never been a single political unit. The attempt to enforce the British political model in South Asia. The Pakistan Movement . They first demanded separate electorates and later a separate state. The Muslims knew that implementation of the new order would mean the end of their separate identity and endless rule of the Hindu majority in the name of nationalism and democracy. Similarly. the basis of majority and minority in South Asia was not political but religious and ethnic. The British political system. the British political system did not suite the political culture of South Asia. about the ideology of Pakistan. only served to make the situation more complex. the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan passed the Objectives Resolution. On March 24. The adoption of Objectives Resolution removed all doubts. They claimed that they were a separate nation and the basis of their nation was the common religion Islam. The British concept of a nation did not fit the religious-social system of South Asia. But unlike Britain. The Muslims of Pakistan decided once and for all to make Pakistan a state wherein the Muslims shall be enabled to order their lives in their individual and collective spheres. if there were any. According to his wishes and in accordance with the inspirations of the people of Pakistan. He wanted Pakistan to be an Islamic and democratic state. Quaid-i-Azam considered the creation of Pakistan a means to an end and not the end in itself. gave majority the right to rule. Religious and cultural differences between Hindus and Muslims increased due to political rivalry under the British rule.
To yoke together two such nations under a single state. the All India Muslim League held its annual session at Minto Park. "Mussalmans are a nation according to any At the All India Muslim League Working Committee. different heroes and different episodes. social customs and literature. In the words of Quaid-i-Azam: "Hindus and the Muslims belong to two different religions. He further said. indeed. They neither inter-marry nor inter-dine and. This session proved to be historical. Lahore. and likewise.Lahore Resolution  From March 22 to March 24. Lahore. one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority. In an extempore speech he presented his own solution of the Muslim problem. but manifestly an international one and must be treated as such. They have different epics. they belong to two different civilizations that are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. their victories and defeats overlap. To him the differences between Hindus and the Muslims were so great and so sharp that their union under one central government was full of serious risks. On the first day of the session. March 1940 Minar-iPakistan. Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah narrated the events of the last few months. They belonged to two separate and distinct nations and therefore the only chance open was to allow them to have separate states. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other. Their concepts on life and of life are different. Lahore session. the landmark where the historic Pakistan Resolution was passed . must lead to growing discontent and final destruction of any fabric that may be so built up for the government of such a state". 1940. It is quite clear that Hindus and Muslims derive their inspiration from different sources of history. philosophies. He said that the problem of India was not of an inter-communal nature.
the then Chief Minister of Bengal. At the All India Muslim League session. social and political life in a way that we think best and in consonance with our own ideals and according to the genius of our people". "That adequate. Quaid-i-Azam is presiding over the session while Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman is seconding the Resolution It further reads. On the basis of the above mentioned ideas of the Quaid. economic. Nawab Sir Shah Nawaz Mamdot presenting address of welcome The Resolution declared: "No constitutional plan would be workable or acceptable to the Muslims unless geographical contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be so constituted with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary. K.definition of nation. Fazl-ul-Haq. cultural. moved the historical resolution which has since come to be known as Lahore Resolution or Pakistan Resolution. We wish our people to develop to the fullest spiritual. effective and mandatory safeguards shall be specifically provided in the constitution for minorities in the units and in the regions for the protection of their religious. cultural. political. economic. Arrangements thus should be made for the security of Muslims where they were in a minority". That the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in majority as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India should be grouped to constitute independent states in which the constituent units shall be autonomous and sovereign". March 1940. A. with their consultation. administrative and other rights of the minorities. .
F. Cripps Mission  . It was made a part of the All India Muslim League's constitution in 1941. Liaquat Ali Khan and Nawab Muhammad Iftikhar Hussain Khan of Mamdot at the Lahore Session. Pakistan as visualized by Chaudhry Rahmat Ali Having passed the Pakistan Resolution.. and Bengal and Assam in the northeast. and Qazi Esa from Baluchistan.. instead of two. the Muslims of India changed their ultimate goal. F. It laid down only the principles. Sindh and Baluchistan in the northwest. W. along with many others. P. The Resolution was seconded by Maulana Zafar Ali Khan from Punjab. W. P. N. It was on the basis of this resolution that in 1946 the Muslim League decided to go for one state for the Muslims. The Resolution was passed on March 24. March 1940 The Resolution repudiated the concept of United India and recommended the creation of an independent Muslim state consisting of Punjab. Sir Abdullah Haroon from Sindh.Quaid-i-Azam. Instead of seeking alliance with the Hindu community. Sardar Aurangzeb from the N. they set out on a path whose destination was a separate homeland for the Muslims of India. with the details left to be worked out at a future date.
associated with the United Kingdom would be created. By all the cannons of international law. Gandhi in Bombay. On March 22. Britain sent Sir Stafford Cripps with constitutional proposals. Gandhi on the other hand maintained that India was one nation and saw in the Pakistan Resolution "Nothing but ruin for the Quaid-i-Azam with M. b) A new Indian dominion. The divergence between the two major representative parties of the country harassed the British government. The talks were held directly and via correspondence. The League readily acquiesced. Quaid-i-Azam asked the Muslim League for permission for this meeting. Gandhi's real purpose behind these talks was to extract from Jinnah an admission that the whole proposition of Pakistan was absurd. Gandhi wrote a letter to Quaid-i-Azam in which he expressed his desire to meet him. 1944. On July 17. Quaid-i-Azam painstakingly explained the basis of the demand of Pakistan. The Gandhi-Jinnah talks began in Bombay on September 19. Gandhi told Quaid-i-Azam that he had come in his personal capacity and was representing neither the Hindus nor the Congress. Jinnah opposed the plan. "that Muslims and Hindus are two major nations by any definition or test of a nation. as it did not concede Pakistan. K. He added that he was "convinced that the true welfare not only of the Muslims but of the rest of India lies in the division of India as proposed in the Lahore Resolution". 1944. both the Congress and the Muslim League rejected these proposals.The British government wanted to get the cooperation of the Indian people in order to deal with the war situation. The important points of the declaration were as follows: a) General elections in the provinces would be arranged as soon as the war ended. The talks between the two great leaders of the Sub-continent began in response to the general public's desire for a settlement of Hindu-Muslim differences. However. 1942. 1944 . he wrote to Gandhi. It found it difficult to make the war a success without the cooperation of both the Hindus and the Muslims. We are a nation of a 100 million. 1942 c) Those provinces not joining the dominion could form their own separate union. d) Minorities were to be protected. Thus the plan came to nothing. We have our distinctive outlook on life and of life. "We maintain". Gandhi-Jinnah Talks  The Gandhi-Jinnah Talks have eminent significance with regard to the political problems of India and the Pakistan Movement. we are a nation". Quaid-i-Azam shaking hands with Sir Stafford Cripps at Delhi. and lasted till the 24th of the month.
which thereafter would allow Muslim majority areas that voted for separation to be constituted. tried to prove that their party represented all the communities living in India and thus should be allowed to nominate Muslim representative as well. Wavell Plan and Simla Conference  In May 1945. The talks resulted in the formulation of a plan of action that was made public in June 1945. the Secretary of State for Indian Affairs made it clear that the British Government wanted to listen to the ideas of all major Indian communities. Wavell called for a conference at Simla on June 25. All this resulted in a deadlock. Leaders of both the Congress and the Muslim League attended the conference. He also announced that after the elections. The Plan suggested reconstitution of the Viceroy's Executive Council in which the Viceroy was to select persons nominated by the political parties. The wishes of the people of these areas will be obtained through referendum. not as independent sovereign state but as part of an Indian federation. Lord Wavell announced that the Central and Provincial Legislature elections would be held in the winter of 1945. While declaring the plan. Simla 1945 Provincial and General Elections [1945-46] With the failure of the Simla Conference. Wavell announced the failure of his efforts on July 14. differences arose between the leadership of the two parties on the issue of representation of the Muslim community. . in effect. Congress. defense. This meant. The plan is known as Wavell Plan. 1945. Lord Wavell. There shall be a treaty of separation which should also provide for the efficient and satisfactory administration of foreign affairs. the Viceroy would set an Executive Council that would have the support of the main Indian political parties. However. Yet he said that it was only possible if the leadership of the leading Indian political parties agreed with the suggestions of the British Government.whole of India". went to London and discussed his ideas about the future of India with the British administration. Thus the Simla Conference couldn't provide any hope of proceeding further. custom and the like which must necessarily continue to be the matters of common interest between the contracting countries". "If. which is known as the Simla Conference. Both the Muslim League and the Congress opposed the proposal. which had sent Maulana Azad as the leader of their delegation. The Muslim League claimed that it was the only representative party of the Muslims in India and thus all the Muslim representatives in the Viceroy's Executive Council should be the nominees of the party. however. internal communication. Different communities were also to get their due share in the Council and parity was reserved for Cast-Hindus and Muslims. the Viceroy of India. Pakistan had to be conceded. These areas shall form a separate state as soon as possible after India is free from foreign domination. that power over the whole of India should first be transferred to Congress. after which a constitution-making body would be set up. Gandhi contended that his offer gave the substance of the Lahore Resolution. To discuss these proposals with the leadership of major Indian parties. Quaid-i-Azam shaking hands with Viceroy Wavell. Finally. the areas in which the Muslims are in an absolute majority should be demarcated by a commission approved by both the Congress and the Muslim League. Quaid-i-Azam did not agree to the proposal and the talks ended. Congress also opposed the idea of parity between the Cast-Hindus and the Muslims.
as the results were to play an important role in determining their standing. under the leadership of Quaidi-Azam. The League wanted to sweep the Muslim constituencies so as to prove that they were the sole representatives of the Muslims of Subcontinent. irrespective of religion. while Congress wanted to prove that. The Muslim League presented a one-point manifesto "if you want Pakistan. . Elections for the Central Legislature were he Quaid-i-Azam toured the length and breadth of India and tried to unite the Muslim community under the banner of the Muslim League The Congress was able to sweep the polls for the non-Muslim seats. On the other hand. 1946.Quaid-i-Azam declared that Muslims were not ready to accept any settlement less than a separate homeland for them and the All India Congress Committee characterized the proposal as vague. the Central Election Board of the Congress claimed that the election results had vindicated the party as the biggest. 1946. was even more impressive: it managed to win all the 30 seats reserved for the Muslims.3 percent of the total general votes. In a bulletin issued on January 6. and backed them in the elections. To counter the Muslim League. The Leagues performance. "reactionary primitivism" and "religious barbarism". strongest and the most representative organization in the country. Khan Bahadurs. the two parties launched huge election campaigns. vote for the Muslim League". They knew that the elections would be crucial for the future of India. toadies and government pensioners. Quaid-iAzam urged the Muslims to vote for the Muslim League The Congress on the other hand stood for United India. The Congress also tried to get the support of all the provincial and central Muslim parties who had some differences with the League. the League celebrated January 11. they represent all the Indians. inadequate and unsatisfactory because it had not addressed the issue of independence. the Congress press abused the Quaid and termed his demand for Pakistan as the "vivisection of Mother India". however. as the Day of Victory and declared that the election results were enough to prove that Muslim League. They managed to win more then 80 percent of the general seats and about 91. The results of the provincial election held in early 1946 were not different. Despite this. was the sole representative of the Muslims of the region. Congress tried to brand Muslim League as an ultra-conservative clique of knights. Congress won most of the nonMuslim seats while Muslim League captured approximately 95 percent of the Muslim seats. Both the Muslim League and the Congress promulgated opposite slogans during their campaigns. Quaid-i-Azam himself toured the length and breadth of India and tried to unite the Muslim community under the banner of the Muslim League.
1946. on October 14. Sir Stafford Cripps. 1946. the Cabinet Mission put forward its own proposals on May 16. Alexander. Setting up an Executive Council with the support of the main Indian parties. Liaquat Ali Khan is on the extreme right The purpose of the mission was: 1. As a result. the Secretary of State for India. Preparatory discussions with elected representatives of British India and the Indian states in order to secure agreement as to the method of framing the constitution. Viceroy Wavell invited the Congress to join the interim government. 1946. Setting up of a constitution body. The results of the general elections held in 1945-46 served to underline the urgency to find a solution to the political deadlock. Alexander (left). the Viceroy soon realized the futility of the scheme without the participation of the League. and A. The Muslim League accepted the plan on June 6 1946. addressing a press conference on July 10. which was the result of non-cooperation between the two major parties. the Muslim League disassociated itself from the Cabinet Plan and resorted to "Direct Action" to achieve Pakistan. but saying it would be free to make changes in the Cabinet Mission Plan. the Congress had accepted the plan on May 24. Provinces could opt out of any group after the first general elections. he extended an invitation to them as well. Therefore. However. All provinces would be divided into three sections. although it had practically rejected the plan. The mission arrived on March 24.Cabinet Mission Plan  All of the British Government's attempts to establish peace between the Congress and the Muslim League had failed. 3. Earlier. the First Lord of the Admiralty. 4. There would also be an interim government having the support of the major political parties. Lord Pethic Lawrence and Sir Stafford Cripps. the British government sent a special mission of cabinet ministers to India. The Viceroy should now have invited the Muslim League to form Government as it had accepted the interim setup. 2. Mr. There would be a union of India comprising both British India and the Indian States that would deal with foreign affairs. The main points of the plan were: 1. said that the Congress had agreed to join the constituent assembly. . All residuary powers would belong to the provinces. The union would have an Executive and a Legislature. After extensive discussions with Congress and the Muslim League. V. President of the Board of Trade. 3. The mission consisted of Lord Pethic Lawrence. To end this. though it rejected the interim setup. defense and communications. 2. Under these circumstances. 1946. Meanwhile Jawaharlal Nehru. but he did not do so. Quaid-i-Azam with members of the Cabinet Mission: Mr.
With staunch extremists as Patel agreeing to the Muslim demand for a separate homeland. This in effect placed the whole governmental setup under the Muslim League.Jinnah nominated Liaquat Ali Khan. . Lord Mountbatten arrived as the last Viceroy. Quaid-iAzam made it clear that the demand for Pakistan had the support of all the Muslims of India and that he could not withdraw from it. Mountbatten then asked V. As Minister of Finance. Attlee and his cabinet gave the approval in a meeting that lasted not more than Quaid-i-Azam and Fatima Jinnah with Viceroy Lord Mountbatten five minutes. 1947. It was decided that none of the Indian parties would view it before the plan was finalized. the budget Liaquat Ali Khan presented was called a "poor man's budget" as it adversely affected the Hindu capitalists. he asked Ismay to chalk out a plan for the transfer of power and the division of the country. the plan that was to decide the future of the Indo-Pak Sub-continent was actually authored by a Congress-minded Hindu and was approved by Nehru himself. P. where he got it approved without any alteration. Nehru edited Menon's formula and then Mountbatten himself took the new plan to London. had a look at the plan and rejected it. Ghazanfar Ali Khan and Jogandra Nath Mandal to the cabinet. 1947. The plan was finalized in the Governor's Conference in April 1947. before the announcement of the plan. Quaid-i-Azam with members of the Cabinet Mission On March 22. the only Indian in his personal staff. Nehru who was staying with Mountbatten as a guest in his residence at Simla. It was announced that power would be transferred from British to Indian hands by June 1948. However. The deadlock between the Congress and the League further worsened in this setup. In this way. Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar. June 3rd Plan  When all of Mountbatten's efforts to keep India united failed. I. Menon. I. Chundrigar. to present a new plan for the transfer of power. Lord Mountbatten entered into a series of talks with the Congress and the Muslim League leaders. Mountbatten now prepared for the partition of the Sub-continent and announced it on June 3. and was then sent to Britain in May where the British Government approved it. Congress allocated the Finance Ministry to the League.
The plan was made public on June 3. The Birth of Pakistan [August 14. Patel. The following were the main clauses of this Plan: 1. Baluchistan was also to be given the option to express its opinion on the issue. If Bengal decided in favor of partition. i. 2. 4. The Legislative Assembly of Sindh (excluding its European Members) was to decide either to join the existing Constituent Assembly or the New Constituent Assembly. The Electoral College for the referendum was to be the same as the Electoral College for the provincial legislative assembly in 1946. 5. The Provincial Legislative Assemblies of Punjab and Bengal were to meet in two groups. Kriplalani.. Liaquat.The final phase of partition of India. or be merged with the new province of East Bengal. Nishtar and Baldev Singh. 1947] . a referendum was to be held in the Sylhet District of Assam to decide whether it would continue as a part of Assam. Muslim majority districts and non-Muslim majority districts. 3. and is thus known as the June 3rd Plan. then the Governor General would appoint a boundary commission to demarcate the boundaries of the province on the basis of ascertaining the contiguous majority areas of Muslims and nonMuslims. and on June 2 met seven Indian leaders. Mountbatten discussed it with Gandhi and convinced him that it was the best plan under the circumstances.e. a referendum was proposed.11 days before the transfer of power Mountbatten came back from London on May 31. Quaid-i-Azam and Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan with Viceroy Lord Mountbatten and Congress leaders during their meeting on June 2. After these leaders approved the plan. These were Nehru. 1947 Lord Mountbatten . Quaid-i-Azam. In order to decide the future of the North West Frontier Province. If any of the two decided in favor of the division of the province.
culture and historical conditions.The British Parliament passed the Indian Independence Act on July 18. This theory held that there were two nations. way-of-life. 1947 The boundaries of Pakistan emerged on the map of the world in 1947. The impact of Hindu-based nationalism. they overcame them after a while. He believed that India was a continent and not a country. Begum Liaquat Ali Woman freedom fighter. customs. The democratization of the government of British India. The politicization of the Muslim community came about as a consequence of three developments: 1. Quaid-iAzam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was appointed the first Governor General of Pakistan and Liaquat Ali Khan became its first Prime Minister. keeping true to their traditions. and that among the vast population of different races and different creeds. 1947. It also provided for the complete end of British control over Indian affairs from August 15. religion. Various efforts towards Islamic reform and revival during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Muslims faced a gamut of problems immediately after independence. Woman freedom fighter. 1947. Indian Union and Pakistan. traditions. However. This was accomplished on the basis of the Two-Nation Theory. Hindus and Muslims were the two major nations on the basis of nationality. but only after a long and relentless struggle under the single-minded guidance of the Quaid. Pakistan became a dominion within the British Commonwealth of Nations. Begum Shahnawaz . Begum Hidayatullah Woman freedom fighter. The birth of Pakistan. The Act created two dominions. The Muslims of the Sub-continent had finally achieved their goal to have an independent state for themselves. Hindus and Muslims living in the territory of the Sub-continent. August 14. 3. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was the first exponent of the Two-Nation Theory in the modern era. 2.
they launched the Non-Cooperation and Khilafat Movements to press upon the British government the demand for constitutional reforms in India in the post-World War I era. the Governor General of India. Re-annulment of the partition of Bengal in 1911 by the British government brought the Congress and the Muslim League on one platform. the partition of Bengal (1905). organizationally it stems from the demands presented by the Simla Deputation to Lord Minto. set the two nations. proposing separate electorates for the Indian Muslims. a separate political organization for Muslims.Woman freedom fighter. the founding of the All India Muslim League. Quaid-i-Azam taking oath as the first Governer General of Pakistan Events like the Urdu-Hindi controversy (1867). thereby arousing Muslim suspicions regarding the secular character of the Congress. used Hindu religious symbols and slogans. Begum Abdullah Haroon While the antecedents of Muslim nationalism in India go back to the early Islamic conquests of the Subcontinent. elucidated the fact that the Muslims of India had lost trust in the Hindu-dominated Indian National Congress. Besides being a Hindu-dominated body. . further apart. The principal reason behind this demand was the maintenance of a separate identity of the Muslim nationhood. and Hindu revivalism. Starting with the constitutional cooperation in the Lucknow Pact (1916). in October 1906. the Congress leaders in order to win grass-root support for their political movements. the Hindus and the Muslims. In the same year.
The Muslim League rejected the proposals forwarded by the Nehru Report and they chose a separate path for themselves. respectively. 1947. finally leading to the division of British India into two separate. on August 14 & 15. The idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims of Northern India as proposed by Allama Iqbal in his famous Allahabad Address showed that the creation of two separate states for the Muslims and Hindus was the only solution. cultural. independent states. and finally adopted as the official League position in the Lahore Declaration of March 23. Thus these historical. Hindu-Muslim antagonism was revived once again. The Teething Years Liaquat Ali Khan as Prime Minister [1947-1951] .Quaid-i-Azam administering oath But after the collapse of the Khilafat Movement. Pakistan and India. The idea was reiterated during the Sindh provincial meeting of the League. religious and social differences between the two nations accelerated the pace of political developments. 1940.
During his tenure. a Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan signs the register as the first Prime Minister of Pakistan prelude to future constitutions. in the Legislative Assembly. At this critical moment in the history of South Asia. 1949. next in importance. He presented The Objectives Resolution. The Liaquat-Nehru Pact was an effort on his part to improve relations and reduce tension between India and Pakistan. he visited the United States and set the course of Pakistan's foreign policy towards closer ties with the West. After independence. Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan met Nehru to sign the Liaquat-Nehru Pact in 1950. According to this agreement a ceasefire was affected in Kashmir in January 1948. It is considered to be the "Magna Carta" in Pakistan's constitutional history. He established the groundwork for Pakistan's foreign policy. Being the first Prime Minister of the country.Liaquat Ali Khan's contributions to the struggle for independence were numerous. he tried to fill the vacuum created by the departure of the Father of the Nation. He also took steps towards the formulation of the constitution. The problem of religious minorities flared during late 1949 and early 1950. . The house passed it on March 12. An important event during his premiership was the establishment of National Bank of Pakistan in November 1949. Liaquat Ali Khan had to deal with a number of difficulties that Pakistan faced in its early days. only to the achievement of independence". Liaquat Ali Khan was appointed as the first Prime Minister of Pakistan. and the installation of a paper currency mill in Karachi. In May 1951. It was decided that a free and impartial plebiscite would be held under the supervision of the UN. Liaquat Ali Khan called it "the most important occasion in the life of this country. he was thus the natural choice for the premiership. Under his leadership a team also drafted the first report of the Basic Principle Committee and work began on the second report. and it seemed as if India and Pakistan were about to fight their second war in the first three years of their independence. India and Pakistan agreed to resolve the dispute of Kashmir in a peaceful manner through the efforts of the United Nations. Liaquat Ali Khan. hours before he was assassinated After the death of Quaid-i-Azam. He helped Quaid-i-Azam in solving the riots and refugee problem and in setting up an effective administrative system for the country.
Presenting his proposal. This left Mountbatten alone in his visit to Pakistan. They now had the freedom to worship. Post Independence Problems Pakistan was carved out in desperate urgency. he was not the complete master of his country and had to take the consent of Nehru and Patel. stating that there was nothing to discuss with the Pakistani leadership. with its massive Muslim majority. and children. refused to come to Lahore. Thus the talks ended and the problem remained unsolved. But what the Muslims wanted and what they achieved was a homeland of their own. He also made it clear that the Indian forces would remain in the valley and Sheikh Abdullah in the chair. Jinnah . Lord Mountbatten Mountbatten made an offer to the Quaid that India would hold a plebiscite in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. 1951. The government officially gave Liaquat Ali Khan the title of Shaheed-i-Millat. He was also convinced that plebiscite under the supervision of Sheikh Abdullah and Indian regular army would be sabotaged.Liaquat Ali Khan was unfortunately assassinated on October 16. The cost was heavy in terms of human suffering. and had a three and a half hour long discussion with the Governor General of Pakistan. The Governor General and Prime Minister of the two countries were supposed to attend the meeting. The meeting of the Joint Defense Council was scheduled at Delhi only four days after the occupation of Kashmir by the Indian forces. The question of who was behind his murder is yet to be answered. Jawaharlal Nehru declared himself ill and his deputy. As India was not interested in the immediate resolution of the problem and wanted to gain time. Sardar Patel. women. belonged to Pakistan as an essential element in an incomplete partition process. to avoid direct talks with his Pakistani counterpart. Quaid-i-Azam guaranteed his counterpart that the two of them would be able to solve the problem once and forever. if Mountbatten was ready to Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah fly with him to Srinagar at once. The venue of the meeting was changed from Delhi to Lahore. Mountbatten told the Quaid that unlike him. he suggested that the leaders of India and Pakistan should take control of the State of Jammu and Kashmir and sort out all matters including the arrangement of a free and fair plebiscite. Security forces immediately shot the assassin. Afterwards. who was later identified as Saad Akbar. 1947. .Mountbatten Talks  The history of bilateral negotiations pertaining to Kashmir between the leaders of India and Pakistan at the state level can be traced back to November 1947. and the migration of millions of dazed and destitute men. It came into existence with horrible loss of life and property. Quaid-i-Azam asked for the immediate and simultaneous withdrawal of both the Pathan tribesmen and the Indian troops. practice their religious faith and develop their culture. Quaid-i-Azam opposed the unjust plan and claimed that the State of Jammu and Kashmir. However. Mountbatten came to Lahore on November 1. provided Pakistan withdrew the Azad Kashmiri forces and their allies.
the cash balances of undivided India stood at about Rupees 4. fighting to ward off the multiple problems that threatened the nation. Rupees 200 million had been already paid to Pakistan while Rupees 550 million were to be paid immediately. and East Bengal provided little difficulty. Special trains carrying refugees arrived in Pakistan in August 1947 A newspaper clipping describing the situation after independence At the time of partition. land and personal property to seek refuge. Panic. Provinces like Baluchistan. W. tables or even stationery and paper pins for administrative purposes. P. India. When the boundaries were drawn between India and Pakistan. farmlands. leaving Pakistan with minimal resources to survive and build on. cruel rush. Food was scarce.000 million. Thousands of innocent men. 1948. But it seemed in those early years (1947-58) that the immense sacrifices might have been in vain for Pakistan had been struggling from one major crisis to another. the commission divided districts. Equally disastrous was the economic situation. At the beginning of December 1947. India and Pakistan mutually came to an agreement that Pakistan would get Rupees 750 million as her share. and villages that were predominantly Muslim went to Pakistan.Moreover. However. other than the Muslims. There weren't enough chairs. The result was that many hastened across the border. In an almost frantic. F. fear. But this amount was withheld on the plea that Pakistan would use it in the war going on in Kashmir. got the lion's share in all transactions. villages. leaving their homes. the province was partitioned. water and property. The boundaries had to be defined as such that provinces. while Hindu majority areas went to India. There were not sufficient skilled personnel to run the railways. Pakistan had no industry. Indus Water 3. independence had opened up a bright future for the Muslims. It left on Pakistan's doorstep. women and children were caught unaware. there were also a substantial number of Hindus and Sikhs residing in this region. However. economic development. hospitals and offices. fed and sheltered. the remaining amount was later on released after Gandhi's fast and under world pressure on January 15. being the larger country. Accession of Princely States Refugees It had been agreed between Jinnah and Nehru that a Boundary Commission should be setup to define the borders between India and Pakistan. clothed. The main problems were: 1. . Both India and Pakistan were soaked in blood. Sindh. The British Government immediately appointed a Boundary Commission under Sir Cyril Radcliffe to demarcate permanent borders. Refugees 2. it resulted in many tragic events. who hoped for a better standard of living. N. Partition also involved dividing of the assets of the Sub-continent. seven million refugees who had to be rehabilitated. revenge and reprisals followed. prosperity and a fuller life. districts. But deep problems arose when boundaries in Punjab had to be fixed. as this stand was morally untenable.
But. This treaty is commonly known as the "Indus Water Treaty". 1948. Fortunately. India cut off the supply of water from the two headworks under her control. A solution acceptable to both governments was agreed upon in 1960 at the Indus Basin Development Fund Agreement at Karachi. The treaty allowed for a transitional period of 10 to 13 years. During the transitional period. Eugene Black.Soon afterwards. Sardar Patel threatened that the implementation of the agreement would depend upon the settlement of the Kashmir issue. five barrages and seven link canals financed by the Indus Development Fund. after which the three eastern rivers would fall exclusively to India's share and the three western rivers to Pakistan. The Boundary Commission was biased against the Muslims The waters of river Jehlum. Chenab and Indus were given to Pakistan under the Indus Basin Treaty The Indus Water The most explosive of Indo-Pakistan disputes was the question of sharing the waters of the Indus basin. Quaid-i-Azam meeting with the troops of the Armed Forces . On April 1. President of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development offered the offices of the Bank for the solution of the water problem in 1952. retaining the balance of Rupees 50 million to adjust some trumped up claim against Pakistan. it was upon Gandhi's request that the Reserved Bank of India paid Pakistan Rupees 500 million. Pakistan would construct a system of replacement works consisting of two dams.
despite the fact that his state did not fall within the geographical grouping of Pakistan. Some fell within Indian territory. expressed a wish to join Pakistan but Mountbatten warned him that his subjects were mostly Hindus and his accession to Pakistan would create problems. He was reluctant to accede either to India or Pakistan but was dismissed by Mountbatten for adopting this course. IV. the Maharaja of Jodhpur. 1947. the last of the defiant states. On July 25. Kashmir: Please see "Kashmir Crisis". and under the pretext of "police action" Hyderabad was forced to join India. Junagadh. I. Rising up against this brutal action. In August 1947. As a result Jodhpur. a local barrister called Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim immediately set up the Azad Kashmir government and began to wage guerrilla warfare against the Maharaja. which defied the principle of partition. III. But there were four states. Nearly all the states accepted the reality of the situation and opted either for Pakistan or India accordingly. . He asked his Hindu paratroopers to open fire. Hyderabad. Pakistan consented but India refused. there existed in British India many semi-autonomous Princely states whose future had to be settled before Britain withdrew from India. Jodhpur: Yet another prince. but his subjects were mostly Muslims. stormed in her troops. Jodhpur and Kashmir. 1948. and within a matter of seconds. Its population was 85 percent Hindu but the ruler (Nizam) was a Muslim. they should take into consideration communal composition and the geographical location of their states. Indian troops entered Hyderabad to "restore order". Lord Louis Mountbatten (the last Viceroy of India) in his address to the Chamber of Princes advised them that in deciding the question of accession. A standstill agreement was concluded between India and Hyderabad. Before the hearing could be started. and forcibly reversed the Nawab's decision and Junagadh became a part of India. too. In the meantime he asked the Indian and the Pakistani government to sign a "standstill agreement" with him. accounting to 78 percent of the total population. Hyderabad filed a compliant with the Security Council of the United Nations. It had a Hindu ruler. and finally Hyderabad was annexed into the Indian Union. The local population of Poonch began to press the Maharaja to accede to Pakistan. India protested. Junagadh: The ruler of Junagadh was a Muslim but 80 percent of his subjects were Hindus. But Lord Mountbatten urged him to take a decision to join either of the states before August 15. was the reverse of Hyderabad. Maharaja Hari Singh. several hundred Muslims were killed. The Hindu subjects were incited to revolt against the Nizam's desire to be independent. the second of the defiant states was the largest and richest in India. The Nizam was forced by the Indian government and Lord Mountbatten to join India. The Maharaja was reluctant to join either India or Pakistan. II. others in Pakistan. There were some 560 such states all over the Sub-continent. 1947. On September 15. Kashmir Crisis  Kashmir. 1947.Accession of Princely States Prior to partition. they held a massive demonstration to protest against the Maharaja's indecisiveness. The Maharaja asked for more time to consider his decision. The whole province suffered turmoil and violence. acceded to India. The Hyderabad army surrendered on September 17. The Maharaja panicked. the Nawab acceded to Pakistan. Hyderabad: Hyderabad.
called for an immediate ceasefire. But the Security Council on August 13. the war of Kashmir had begun in earnest. On October 26. Pakistan was prepared to send in her troops but the British General Gracey. On reaching the valley of Kashmir. While the Kashmir issue was still on the table. Raja Gulab Singh had purchased the State of Kashmir from the British Government in 1846 for Rs. Despite her scant military resources. the Maharaja acceded to India. Jinnah proposed an immediate ceasefire and later on a fair and free plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. the Indian troops launched a full-scale attack and drove the tribesmen right back to the Pakistani border. wanting to avenge the deaths of their brothers. the withdrawal of all Pakistani and Indian troops and holding of plebiscite under United Nations' supervision. 1948. India agreed on the condition that Kashmir would accede to India. invaded the valley. the capital. Kashmir. The Maharaja sensing his defeat took refuge in Jammu whence he appealed to India to send troops to halt the onslaught of the tribesmen. Pakistan rushed her regular troops into Kashmir and a full-scale war with India ensued. they defeated the Maharaja's troops and reached the gates of Srinagar. . Pakistan was stunned. 1947.By October 1947.5 million On October 27. 7. Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army. India took the dispute to the Security Council. The government requested the Security Council to arrange a cease-fire and asked both the tribesmen and the Indian troops to withdraw so that a free and impartial plebiscite could be held to ascertain the wishes of the people of Kashmir. Lord Mountbatten accepted the accession on behalf of India. She took control of the Azad Kashmir Army. and launched a full-scale attack on the tribesmen. 1947. was against it. renown for its magnificent beauty. India began to airlift her troops to Srinagar. has been a center of tension and dispute for well over half a century In January 1948. But Pakistan held that the accession of Kashmir had been brought about by force. Both the Indian and Pakistani governments accepted the resolution. There it accused Pakistan of aggression and demanded that Pakistan withdraw her tribesmen. The Pathan tribesmen from the North West Frontier Province.
Jinnah Passes Away  Quaid-i-Azam had been ailing since long before Independence. Poonch. the resolution began to be implemented. some areas of Western Kashmir.Jammu & Kashmir In January 1949. No plebiscite has been held and thus the Kashmir issue still remains disputed and unresolved. Quaid-i-Azam refused to accept this proposal as he felt that a joint Governor General would not be able to do justice to both the countries. and a great chunk of Ladakh territory near the Chinese border in the North. his opponents would make the most of it. Quaid-i-Azam was convinced that if word of illness leaked out. He worked almost 24 hours a day and always preferred performing his national obligations to his own ailment. The cease-fire has remained in existence since 1949. Pakistan's side of Kashmir consisted of some parts of Jammu. Gilgit. Jammu and the remainder of Ladakh territory near the Tibet border. He hid the debilitating weakness caused by severely advanced tuberculosis. he was worn out by his intense struggle and opted to take the position of Governor General instead of that of Prime Minister. cancer had developed as well. By the time of Independence. In July 1949. be allowed to continue as a joint Governor General of both Pakistan and India. India kept the valley of Kashmir. He firmly believed The Quaid's funeral procession . the ceasefire line was demarcated. Lord Mountbatten. He denied his illness even to himself and remained intent and unflinching so as to achieve the dream of millions of Muslims. At the time of independence. It had been proposed that the last Viceroy of India. he was quite an old man but still possessing a strong spirit. Researchers like Professor Stanley Wolpert believed that by the end.
it must be sovereign in all respects with its own executive and government. When the founder of Pakistan. India created numerous problems. Objectives Resolution is passed  Khawaja Nazimuddin . his indomitable will prevailed. He was buried in Karachi amidst the tears of the entire nation mourning an irreparable loss. This was his last public appearance. he went to Karachi to inaugurate the State Bank of Pakistan. Despite the warning from his physicians. Fatima Jinnah offering Fateha at the Quaid's last resting place After the establishment of Pakistan. His health deteriorated to such an extent. 1948. He also worked out a sound economic policy. 1948. Nazimuddin was appointed as the second Governor General of Pakistan. His physicians regularly advised him to take care of his health and to ease back on his work. He selected Karachi as the federal capital. both aging and illness had mounted a terrible toll upon the Quaid. established an independent currency and the State Bank of Pakistan. Nazimuddin was appointed the first Chief Minister of the Province of East Bengal. Muhammad Ali Jinnah died on September 11. Although the flame still burnt bright. The refugee problem. However. that he had to go to Ziarat for the restoration of his health. Quaid-i-Azam. it was now at the cost of his own life. By this time. Khawaja Nazimuddin Becomes Governor General [1948-1951] After Pakistan came into being on August 14.that since Pakistan was a sovereign state. But he never cared for it and kept on working hard day and night. His sickness grew more serious until his death on September 11. and the Kashmir problem were a real test for the Quaid. the withholding of Pakistani assets by India. 1947.
and Baluchistan provinces of undivided India. This new state was formed of East Bengal. 3. It came to be known as the Pakistan Resolution. 4. The principles of democracy. the British Government accepted in principle the partition of India in order to create two independent dominions of Pakistan and India. West Punjab. shall be fully observed. as enunciated by Islam. Muslims shall be enabled to order their lives in the individual and collective spheres in accordance with the teachings of Islam as set out in the Holy Quran and Sunnah. a separate homeland for the Muslims of India. was first outlined. with certain adaptations. the Government of India Act of 1935 became. It was here that the idea of Pakistan. F. Fundamental rights shall be guaranteed. The Objectives Resolution. the new state of Pakistan came into being on August 14. 7. The Constituent Assembly had a dual purpose. Pakistan shall be a federation. The British Parliament passed the Indian Independence Act on July 18. but on the ideology and democratic faith of Islam. Accordingly. 5. N. a part of Assam (Sylhet). . freedom. Objectives Resolution On March 12. equality. P. 6. 8. Under Section 8 of the Indian Independence Act of 1947. proclaimed the following principles: 1. W. Adequate provision shall be made for the minorities to freely profess and practice their religions and develop their cultures. tolerance and social justice. Sindh. 1947. the working constitution of Pakistan. A portrait of Liaquat Ali Khan signed by Begum Ra'ana Liaquat Ali However. which is considered to be the "Magna Carta" of Pakistan's constitutional history. the then Prime Minister of Pakistan. the Quaid's aim was the establishment of a truly Islamic society. the Constituent Assembly adopted a resolution moved by Liaquat Ali Khan. 1947. It was called the Objectives Resolution. As a result. 1947. to draft the constitution of Pakistan and to act as a legislative body till the new constitution was passed and enforced. Sovereignty belongs to Allah alone but He has delegated it to the State of Pakistan through its people for being exercised within the limits prescribed by Him as a sacred trust. a Constituent Assembly was set up under the Independence Act. It proclaimed that the future constitution of Pakistan would not be modeled on European pattern.The history of formulation of the constitution of Pakistan begins with the Lahore Resolution in 1940. 2. 1949. Judiciary shall be independent. The State shall exercise its powers and authority through the chosen representatives of the people. On June 3.
but its working was immensely affected by the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan. which were examined by a special subcommittee headed by Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar. gave its report to the Basic Principles Committee in July 1952. the head of the state was to be a Muslim. The Chief Justice was to be appointed by the head of state. East Pakistan representatives also did not like Urdu being declared as the only national language of Pakistan. Liaquat Ali Khan called it "the most important occasion in the life of this country. The Board of Ulema was to examine the law making process to ensure A young Liaquat Ali Khan . The Objectives Resolution became a part of the constitution of Pakistan in 1985 under the Eighth Amendment. The Prime Minister was to be appointed by the head of the state. The most important among those committees was the Basic Principles Committee set up on March 12. The main criticism was against the quantum representation in the Central Legislature. elected by a joint session with the majority vote of the Central Legislature for a period of five years. 1949. Adult franchise was introduced. Representatives of East Pakistan raised objections against the report. The committee comprised 24 members. According to the Basic Principles Committee Report. The importance of this document lies in the fact that it combines the good features of Western and Islamic democracy. F. with a majority of the population. W. therefore. Mr. by Khawaja Nazimuddin on the advice of Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan. It is a happy blend of modernism and Islam. Sindh Baluchistan and the N. A large number of proposals and suggestions were sent by the public. The main function of this committee was to determine the basic principles of the future Constitution of Pakistan. Liaquat Ali Khan agreed to consider the objections with an open mind. postponed the deliberation of the Constituent Assembly in order to enable the Basic Principles Committee to examine and consider suggestions that might be made by the people regarding the principles of the Constitution. The committee presented its interim report to the Legislative Assembly in 1950. was given an equal number of seats in the Upper House as West Pakistan. Basic Principles Committee [1949-1952] After the Objectives Resolution was passed in 1949. The Central Legislature was to consist of two houses: the House of Units with 120 members and the House of People with 400 members. Maulvi Tamiz-ud-din Khan headed it and Liaquat Ali Khan was its Vice President. P. which was presented by Khawaja Nazimuddin in the National Assembly on December 22. Liaquat Ali Khan called forth general comments and suggestions by the public on the report. He. Punjab. however. The setting up of the committee was a right and commendable step. next in importance only to the achievement of independence". thus reducing the representation of the majority of the population in Pakistan by one-fifth.The Objectives Resolution is one of the most important and illuminating documents in the constitutional history of Pakistan. 1952. There were to be three lists of subjects for the division of power between the Federation and the Units. the Constitution Assembly set up a number of committees to draw the future constitution on the basis of the principles given in the Objectives Resolution. The judiciary was to be headed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan consisting of a Chief Justice and two to six other judges. This was a short document presenting the guidelines and principles of the future Constitution of Pakistan. East Pakistan. A Board of Ulema was to be set up by the head of state and provincial governors. The subcommittee. In order to include public opinion. At the time it was passed. There was to be a High Court for each of the units of East Pakistan.
which was later entitled as Liaquat-Nehru Pact. Liaquat Ali Khan issued a statement emphasizing the need to reach a solution to the problem. To create an atmosphere in which the two countries could resolve their other differences. 1950. . It seemed as if India and Pakistan were about to fight their second war in the first three years of their independence. To elevate communal peace. This pact provided a 'bill of rights' for the minorities of India and Pakistan. The Objectives Resolution was adopted as a preamble to the proposed Constitution. Even after the migration.that no law was passed that went against the principles of the Quran and Sunnah. to the minorities throughout its territories. To alleviate the fears of the religious minorities on both sides. welcomed the report and commended it as a valuable document according to the aspirations of the people of Pakistan. Khawaja Nazimuddin. the governments of India and Pakistan solemnly agreed that each shall ensure. The Prime Minister. almost half of the Muslims living in the Sub-continent were left in India and a sizable number of Hindus in Pakistan. property and personal honor. a huge number of Muslims migrated from India. They were unable to assure their countrymen of their loyalty. the two leaders signed an agreement. Its aim was to address the following three issues: 1. According to the agreement. complete equality of citizenship. Those who were left behind were unable to become an integral part of the societies they were The Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India met to discuss means to elevate communal living in. irrespective of religion. however. 3. the mass migration failed to solve the minority problem. These riots had a great impact on the status of minorities in the two nations. a full sense of security in respect of life. On April 8. The Basic Principles Committee's report was severely criticized and raised much bitterness between East and West Pakistan. culture. many communal riots broke out in different areas of India and Pakistan. The two Prime Ministers met in Delhi on April 2. and Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan. This problem escalated during the late 40's and early 50's. Prime Minister of Pakistan. The meeting lasted for six long days. Liaquat-Nehru Pact 1950 At the time of independence. The people and government peace of their countries looked upon them as suspects. and discussed the matter in detail. At this critical juncture in the history of South Asia. He also proposed a meeting with his Indian counterpart to determine how to put an end to the communal riots and the fear of war. But the fact was that the nation was not satisfied with the report and hence there was a serious deadlock in making of the constitution. Yet. Due to brutal killings by the majority community. 2.
who had been Finance Minister since the inception of Pakistan. Khawaja Nazimuddin. This act set an unhealthy tradition and precedent for the future Presidents who were fond of removing elected governments. executive powers lay with the Prime Minister. but also due to the power struggle amongst the various leaders. Khawaja Nazimuddin becomes Prime Minister [1951-1953] Under Quaid-i-Azam's constitutional framework. Most historians agree that the removal of Khawaja Nazimuddin was improper. 1951. Khawaja Nazimuddin declined but was dismissed by Malik Ghulam Muhammad on April 17. The anti-Ahmadiya movement was started in Punjab by the Ahrar and had the support of Mian Mumtaz Daultana. as the Prime Minister. was elevated to the post of Governor General. an unknown person from East Pakistan. to ensure that no one breaches the pact and to make recommendations to guarantee its enforcement. The Liaquat-Nehru Pact provided for the mechanism to deal with oppressive elements with an iron hand. Khawaja Nazimuddin took over as the second Prime Minister of Pakistan on October 16. Khawaja Nazimuddin was summoned by the Governor General along with his Cabinet and ordered to resign. 1952. occupation and worship. one from each government. such as freedom of movement. to remain in the affected areas for such period as might be necessary. 1953. Ghulam Muhammad becomes Governor General  . took over as the second Prime Minister of Pakistan. When Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated on October 16. Khawaja Nazimuddin's downfall was not only due to his meekness of character. undemocratic and objectionable because the Prime Minister still enjoyed the confidence of the Parliament. India and Pakistan also agreed to include representatives of the minority community in the cabinet of the two Bengals.It also guaranteed fundamental human rights of the minorities. to hold political or other offices and to serve in their country's civil and armed forces. the Governor General appointed Muhammad Ali Bogra. the Chief Minister of Punjab. thus creating continued instability in the country. who was the Governor General at that time. Both Minority Commissions were to be headed by a provincial minister and were to have Hindu and Muslim members among its ranks. Ghulam Muhammad. This pact was broadly acknowledged as an optimistic beginning to improve relations between India and Pakistan. There were widespread disturbances and the situation in the country soon worsened to the brink of anarchy and civil war. After the dismissal of Khawaja Nazimuddin. The pact also provided for the minorities to participate in the public life of their country. Imposition of Martial Law became imminent. The movement for Tahaffuz-i-Khatam-i-Nabuwat and the worsening food condition in Punjab caused a lot of trouble for Khawaja Nazimuddin. Both the leaders emphasized that the loyalty of the minorities should be reserved for the state in which they were living and for the solution of their problems they should look forward to the government of the country they were living in. 1951 It was under Prime Minister Khawaja Nazimuddin that the second draft of the Basic Principles Committee was presented to the Constituent Assembly on December 22. speech. Both the governments decided to set up minority commissions in their countries with the aim of observing and reporting on the implementation of the pact. This movement soon spread to other parts of the country. He remained in power till April 1953 when Ghulam Muhammad removed him from the office. and decided to depute two central ministers.
Bogra declared that the making of the Constitution was one of his primary targets. 1953. He worked hard towards accomplishing this task and within six months of assuming power. came out with a constitutional formula known as the Bogra Formula. He worked hard towards accomplishing this task and within six months of assuming power. Muhammad Ali Bogra. Iskander Mirza proved to be a greater menace for the country. took over the office.When Khawaja Nazimuddin took over as Prime Minister in 1951. This move was apparently to counter a bill passed in the Assembly curtailing the powers of the Governor General. Muhammad Ali Bogra. Prime Minister Muhammad Ali Bogra declared that the making of the Constitution was one of his primary targets. Malik Ghulam Muhammad was forced to retire from the post of Governor General due to his failing health and Major General Iskander Mirza. After coming to power. he dismissed the Prime Minister. became Prime Minister in 1953 Unlike the two reports of the Basic Principle Committee. and replaced by Muhammad Ali Bogra. 1953. To this end. the Governor General appointed a rather unknown leader from East Pakistan. yet his successor. the then Ambassador to the United States. Muhammad Ali Bogra was allowed to continue in office with a new cabinet. Muhammad Ali Bogra becomes Prime Minister  Khawaja Nazimuddin was dismissed by the Governor General. After coming to power. However. 1953. he came out with a constitutional formula. Ghulam Muhammad was appointed as the Governor General. and all obstacles in the way of its promulgation had been removed. Bogra was then the Pakistani Ambassador to the United States. His constitutional proposal is know as the Bogra Formula and was presented before the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on October 7. Ghulam Muhammad wanted to change the status quo of executive powers. After coming to power. on April 17. Ghulam Muhammad had also dissolved the Constituent Assembly although the Assembly had accomplished the task of framing the Constitution. Khawaja Nazimuddin in April 1953. as the Prime Minister. After coming to power. Ghulam Muhammad became the Governor General in December 1953 A committee was set up to draft the constitution according to the approval of the Constituent Assembly. the Minister of Interior. The Prime Minster. Muhammad Ali Bogra was sworn in again as the Prime Minister and it was promised that fresh elections would be held later on. The Bogra Formula was presented before the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on October 7. Governor General Ghulam Muhammad had dissolved the Constituent Assembly although the Assembly had accomplished the task of framing the Constitution and all obstacles in the way of its promulgation were removed. Although the expulsion of Ghulam Muhammad from power seemed necessary. before the constitution could be finalized. Malik Ghulam Muhammad. he set a new precedent of inviting the Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army to become the Defense Minister. the Bogra Formula was appreciated by different sections of the society. Ghulam Muhammad dissolved the Assembly. in an undemocratic move. There was great enthusiasm amongst the . After dismissing Khawaja Nazimuddin.
Muhammad Ali Bogra as Prime Minister of Pakistan worked hard for the settlement of the Kashmir issue. the progress was not nearer to any solution. E. on the occasion of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference. Bogra dashed to New Delhi to confer with Nehru. "I consider that the maintenance of peace and establishment of friendly relations between India and Pakistan are essential to the peace and stability of Asia". the Governor General was forced to resign due to ill health and Major General Iskander Mirza was made the acting Governor General. N. Muhammad Ali Bogra was sworn in again as the Prime Minster on October 26. This resulted in a statement that stressed the following points: 1.masses as they considered it a plan that could bridge the gulf between the two wings of Pakistan and would act as a source of unity for the country. This move was apparently to counter a bill curtailing the power of the Governor General. It was during the tenure of Muhammad Ali Bogra that Pakistan joined C. 1953. Addressing the parliament he said. in May 1954. The Indian government had to face an uprising in Kashmir in 1953. but as far as the Kashmir dispute was concerned. Muhammad Ali urged Nehru to realize the desirability of settling the Kashmir dispute. 2. as "the affairs in Kashmir were no concern of Pakistan". It was their opinion that this dispute would be settled in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiris by a fair and impartial plebiscite. which they crushed by force. However.Nehru Negotiations Muhammad Ali Bogra became the Prime Minister of Pakistan in April 1953. a committee was set up to draft the constitution according to the approval of the Constituent Assembly. The preliminary issues that had so far held up progress towards a plebiscite should be decided and actions in implementation thereof should be taken. including philosophy and ethics. Bogra . E. The proposal was discussed in the Constituent Assembly for 13 days. 3. He made an impassioned appeal to Pandit Nehru to settle all outstanding disputes between the two countries. thus promoting friendly relations between the two countries. who at first did not like the idea of meeting him. The plebiscite administrator should be appointed by the end of April 1954. He stressed the need for the settlement of Kashmir issue without which permanent peace or friendship in the Sub-continent was not possible. Thus Bogra was unable to solve the Kashmir problem. However. the two Prime Ministers met informally in London in June 1953. As a result of his efforts. Pandit Nehru agreed to hold a free and fair plebiscite in Kashmir. A. T. the Prime Ministers of both the countries met numerous times in London and Karachi. The new government promised fresh elections. before the constitution could be finalized. Ghulam Muhammad dissolved the Assembly. was allowed to continue in office with a new cabinet. In August 1955. Bogra seemed impressed by Nehru's charm and started calling him "elder brother". and again the following month in Karachi. The acting Governor General also dismissed Muhammad Ali Bogra on August 8. committees of military and other experts should be appointed to advise the two Prime Ministers. they finally met in August 1953. and with this object in view. O. This caused widespread anger and concern in Pakistan. the news of American military aid to Pakistan gave Pandit Nehru an excuse to go back on his commitments to hold referendum in Kashmir. 1954. The BograNehru Negotiations were yet another attempt by a Pakistani Premier to find a solution to the Kashmir Crisis Due to his efforts. T. He urged Nehru to settle the Kashmir dispute in order to promote friendly relations between the two countries. and S. Nehru was ready to talk on everything. O. Letters and telegrams were also exchanged between the leaders of the two countries. The Prime Minster. 1955. but not on Kashmir. On November 14. Muhammad Ali Bogra. Due to his strenuous efforts. However. .
1953. There was great enthusiasm amongst the masses as they considered it as a plan that could bridge the gulf between the two wings of Pakistan and would act as a source of unity for the country. the four provinces and the princely states of the Western Wing. Baluchistan States Union. But Nehru's objections to military aid to Pakistan dominated the correspondence and ultimately wrecked the direct talks with Bogra.4. The plan proposed for a Bicameral Legislature with equal representation for all the five provinces of the country in the Upper House. His constitutional proposal. W. and 17 for Baluchistan. Progress could only be made in this direction if there was an atmosphere of peace and cooperation between the two countries. in May 1954. tribal areas and the states located in N. Bhawalpur and Karachi. known as the Bogra Formula. The proposal was discussed in the Constituent Assembly for 13 days. the then Governor General of Pakistan. It is said that 27 letters and telegrams were exchanged between August 10. the Bogra Formula was appreciated by different sections of the society. Unlike the two reports of the Basic Principles Committee. He worked hard on this project and within six months of assuming power. and September 21. he wrote. both the wings were to have 175 seats each in the two houses of the Legislative Assembly. F. the Assembly was dissolved by Ghulam Muhammad. P. and in case of a conflict between the two houses. The Delhi meeting was followed by an exchange of letters between the two Prime Ministers. 75 for Punjab. P. and vice versa. W. In order to prevent permanent domination by any wing. came out with a constitutional formula. Muhammad Ali pointed out the strength of India. F. "I hope and pray that the conscience and wisdom of men may yet perceive the great injustice and dangers inherent in the continuance of this disastrous dispute. 1954. A total of 50 seats were reserved for the Upper House. So in all.. before the constitution could be finalized." However he concluded his letter with the words. In place of the Board of Ulema. Both the houses were given equal power. which had started with great hope. Chaudhry Muhammad Ali Becomes Prime Minister  . 1954. However. was presented before the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on October 7. and the fact that India was spending three times as much as Pakistan on its armed forces. The two houses of the Legislative Assembly formed the Electoral College for the presidential elections and the President was to be elected for a term of 5 years. the issue was to be presented before a joint session. a provision was made that if the head of the state was from West Pakistan. the Supreme Court was given the power to decide if a law was in accordance with the basic teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah or not. He warned that a war might engulf the entire Sub-continent. 1953. the news of American military aid to Pakistan was published. 24 for N. which gave Pandit Nehru an excuse to go back on his commitments to hold a free vote in Kashmir. 1953. One hundred and sixty five seats were reserved for East Pakistan." Bogra Formula While taking charge as Prime Minister.. Muhammad Ali Bogra soon became convinced that all his efforts for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute were in vain. The 300 seats for the Lower House were to be allocated to the provinces on the basis of proportionate representation. In this way East Pakistan was given more seats in the Lower House than the combined number of seats reserved for the federal capital. In his letter on September 21. "It is with profound regret that I have been led to the conclusion that our talks regarding Kashmir have failed. However. the Prime Minister was to be from East Pakistan. 19 for Sindh and Khairpur. and a committee was set to draft the constitution on November 14. Muhammad Ali Bogra declared that formulation of the Constitution was his primary target.
Dr. Chaudhry Muhammad Ali believed that as a Prime Minister.On October 24. his actions should be governed by the good of the country and not by the resolution of any party. He dropped Muslim League members from his cabinet. He was of the view that democratic institutions could not flourish in Pakistan due to lack of training in the field of democracy and low literacy rate of the masses. the Muslim League shared power as a major component of the coalition without being in office in any province. His greatest blunder was the selection of Dr. he refused the demands of the Muslim League. Chaudhry Muhammad Ali's greatest achievement was framing the Constitution of 1956 and its approval by the Constituent Assembly. On August 8. could not come up to the bargaining and the deals necessary to reconcile the various interest groups into accepting the One Unit and the adoption of the Constitution. Chaudhry Muhammad Ali was appointed as the new Prime Minister on August 11. 1956. however. Khan Sahib as Chief Minister of the Unified Province of West Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Bogra. and by bringing the dissident Muslim Leaguers and other supporters. Iskander Mirza was a civil servant and it is widely believed that he lacked the parliamentary spirit. and had the blessings of almost all schools of thought. 1955. He wanted a controlled Iskander Mirza was confirmed as the fourth Governor General of Pakistan on October 4. 1954. Major General Iskander Mirza in the absence of Malik Ghulam Muhammad. therefore the Muslim League opposed his appointment. Chaudhry Muhammad Ali resigned as a Prime Minister on September 8. 1955. formed his own party. 1955 Chaudhry Muhammad Ali. 1956. Malik Ghulam Muhammad dissolved the Constituent Assembly of Muhammad Ali Bogra on the grounds that it had "lost the confidence of the people". 1955 . Thus. Disgusted with the scenario. Khan Sahib. In the Central Government. despite the opposition of the Muslim League. He was confirmed as the fourth Governor General of Pakistan on October 4. however. who had gone on a temporary leave and was also subsequently forced to resign due to his ill health. acceptable to people of all parts of the country. since he was again invited to form a cabinet known as the Ministry of Talents. The entire country with great joy and enthusiasm celebrated the promulgation of this Constitution on March 23. His decision to resign of his own accord is considered as a unique example of political decorum in the history of Pakistan. This ultimately led to his downfall. Prime Minister Chaudhry Muhammad Ali was urged by the Muslim League to act against the West Pakistan Ministry. Khan Sahib was an old Congressman who had opposed the creation of Pakistan. enjoyed the support of the President Iskander Mirza. He proved to be a poor politician who failed to control his own party. The Republican Party kept growing in number and claimed to be the single largest party in the National Assembly. He believed that he was responsible only to the Cabinet and the Parliament. however. Major General Iskander Mirza took over as Governor General when Ghulam Muhammad became too ill to continue. The 1956 Constitution was Islamic and democratic in character. also resigning from his membership of the Muslim League at the same time. Dr. the Republican Party. he was dismissed by the acting Governor General. remained as the Prime Minister. Chaudhry Muhammad Ali was appointed as the new Prime Minister on August 11. 1955. Iskander Mirza Becomes Governor General  In August 1955. and declared a state of emergency in the country.
To this end. 1954. The problem of representation of various units in the proposed Federal Legislature had been a big hurdle in the way of making a Constitution and it was said that with the removal of this hurdle. the method of its establishment was not free from criticism. While the One Unit scheme in West Pakistan could be supported on various grounds. Pakistan was without a constitution. which it could not do. To diminish the differences between the two regions. He thought that politicians should be given the power to make policy but not allowed to interfere in administration. All the four provinces and states of West Pakistan were merged into one unit Geographically. On September 30. It was claimed that one unit of West Pakistan would eliminate the curse of provincial prejudices. P. however. Subsequently. came to an end when the President himself took over the administration. 1970. Sindh and N. It was during his tenure that Chaudhry Muhammad Ali presented the 1956 Constitution and Iskander Mirza was elected the first President of Pakistan. West Pakistan had formerly comprised three Governor's provinces. the Assembly passed the bill merging 310. Sardar Abdur Rashid and Muzzaffar Ali Qazilbash were appointed Chief Ministers of that province in succession. while Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani was appointed as the first Governor of West Pakistan. with Lahore as its provincial capital. The government wanted to introduce the One Unit Scheme by an executive decree. enumerating the benefits of having one unit or province.democracy for Pakistan with more powers for the civil bureaucracy. the Government of Pakistan decided that all the four provinces and states of West Pakistan should be merged into one unit. Khan Sahib was appointed as the first Chief Minister of the One Unit. F. The result of the new bill was to unify these various units into one province to be known as West Pakistan. W. they formed a homogenous block with easy communication. 1955. Dr. The main reason was believed to be the fact that there were two unequal wings of Pakistan separated from each other by more than a thousand miles. one Chief Commissioner's province. West Pakistan Established as One Unit  Even after eight years of existence. and the tribal areas. The Bill was hailed as a measure of administrative rationalization as it was likely to reduce the administrative expenditure. One Unit continued until General Yahya Khan dissolved it on July 1. Dr. The Constitution of 1956 . Prime Minister Muhammad Ali made the first official announcement on November 22. a number of states that had acceded to Pakistan. the formation of the Constitution would now speed up. but with marked linguistic and ethnic distinctions. Khan Sahib's Ministry. So the Central Government dismissed the Ministry in Punjab.000 square miles into a single province. Iskander Mirza was also a great advocate of the One Unit scheme and it was under his rule that all the four provinces and the states of West Pakistan were merged into one unit in October 1955.
Judiciary was to remain independent. The Constitution of 1956 provided for parliamentary form of government with a unicameral legislature. S. He also had the power to appoint the Prime Minister from amongst the members of the National Assembly. Pakistan's status as a dominion ended and the country was declared an Islamic Republic of Pakistan. his appointee had to take a vote of confidence from the Assembly within two months of his appointment. The Objectives Resolution was. 1935. Residuary powers were vested in the provinces. The Constitution offered direct elections under adult franchise. The federal legislation was to get precedence over provincial legislation regarding the concurrent list. In case of a conflict between center and provinces or between the two provinces. The Constitution provided for federal form of government in the country. the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was to act as the mediator. The provincial structure was similar to the one in the center. After ten years' passage of the Constitution. the president. For the first ten years. The President also had the power to remove the Prime Minister if he felt that the Prime Minister had lost the confidence of the majority of the National Assembly members. 94 items in the provincial list and 19 items in the concurrent list. and the seats were divided equally between the two wings of the country. It advocated the fundamental rights of the individual. Suhrawardy Becomes Prime Minister  . Along with other Islamic provisions in the Constitution. 1956. The Constitution of 1956 was a written and flexible constitution. The Constitution recognized the concept of One Unit. the President was to appoint a commission with the task to make recommendation for the replacement of English as the official language. H. Thereupon the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan became the interim National Assembly and Governor General Iskander Mirza was sworn in as the first President of Pakistan. which were divided into 13 parts and 6 schedules. However. was to consist of 300 members. Marital Law was promulgated and the constitution was abrogated. The Islamic provisions were contained in the directive principles of the state policy. There were 30 items in the federal list. The only house of parliament. Urdu and Bengali were both accepted as state languages. Every citizen of Pakistan with minimum age of 21 was allowed to vote in the elections. The Constitution of 1956 proved to be short lived as on October 7. National Assembly was to meet at least twice a year with at least one session at Dhaka. the President had the power to suspend these rights in case of an emergency. provincial and concurrent lists of subjects. His efforts led to the first constitution that was enforced in the country on March 23. The President had the discretionary powers to make the appointment of the Chairman and members of the Election Commission. Thus the principle of parity was introduced. 1958. One of the main features of the Constitution was its Islamic character. Chaudhry Muhammad Ali along with his team worked day and night to formulate a constitution for Pakistan. five additional seats were reserved for women for each wing. There were federal. The pattern for the center-province relations was the same as it was in the Government of India Act.After assuming charge as Prime Minister. however. The Constitution of 1956 consisted of 234 articles. while English was to remain the official language for the first 25 years. However. was to set up an organization for Islamic research with the aim of establishing a true Islamic society. Delimitation Commission and Public Service Commission. only made the preamble of the Constitution and not included in its main text. the National Assembly. who was required to be a Muslim of at least 40 years of age. The Constitution vested the executive authority of the President in the Federation.
S. Iskander Mirza and Ayub Khan began the new . Suhrawardy was at the mercy of central bureaucracy fighting to save the One Unit. It was under his premiership that the establishment of One Unit Iskander Mirza became the first was given practical shape and the Constitution of 1956 was introduced. where he was reinstated as the Ambassador of Pakistan. President Iskander Mirza brought about various cabinet changes and advocated a controlled democracy for Pakistan. Suhrawardy tried to remove the economic disparity between the Eastern and Western wings of the country but to no avail. Suhrawardy resigned under threat of dismissal on October 10. succeeded him. A. The controversy over One Unit and the appropriate electoral system for Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Bogra was the first Prime Minster under Iskander Mirza. 1956. C. Iskander Mirza abrogated the Constitution on October 7. Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy became Prime Minister on September 12. the movement for the dismemberment of the One Unit had started. 1956 By early 1957. He also tried unsuccessfully to alleviate the food shortage in the country. revived as soon as Suhrawardy became Prime Minster. Bogra could not stay at this position for long. In West Pakistan. Suhrawardy thought his political fortunes might change if he scored some success on the economic front during his tenure. but this request was turned down. Iskander Mirza Becomes President  Governor General Ghulam Muhammad's despotic and dictatorial policy led Iskander Mirza and his collaborators to force him out of power. Chundrigar and Malik Feroz Khan Noon succeeded him as Prime Ministers under Iskander Mirza's despotic rule. Iskander Mirza. Although his removal was necessary. aid to East Pakistan and to set up a national shipping corporation. who was the fourth Governor General and then the first President of Pakistan. I. Muhammad Ayub Khan. 1958 and declared Martial Law. 1957. During his regime not only was the first Constitution of Pakistan finalized. He was sworn-in as the first President under the 1956 Constitution. Suhrawardy had managed to secure the office for himself by forging an alliance with the Republican Party. President Mirza demanded the Prime Minister's resignation. During his tenure from 1956 to 1958. Not a man to let setbacks destroy his morale. he resigned and went back to the U. Big business groups in Karachi were lobbying against Suhrawardy's decision to distribute the better part of the $10 million I. In collusion with the Commander-in-Chief. there was strong opposition to the joint electorate by the Muslim League and the religious parties.Soon after the adoption of the 1956 Constitution. President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1956 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy. Supported by these lobbyists. Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy replaced Chaudhry Muhammad Ali as Prime Minister on September 12. Suhrawardy and his party in East Pakistan supported the joint electorate. I. After Bogra. These differences over One Unit and the appropriate electorate caused problems for his government. Suhrawardy requested to seek a vote of confidence in the National Assembly. Chaudhry Muhammad Ali became the next Prime Minster. yet another despot. A. whether joint or separate. but also all the provinces and princely states of West Pakistan were knitted together to form One Unit of the West Pakistan Province.
Suhrawardy's Awami League Party assured full cooperation to the cabinet of Feroz Khan Noon. the Muslim League. reaching an accord between them for the first time. which ended with Iskander Mirza being arrested and exiled to Britain where he later died. He headed a coalition government including the Krishak Sramik Party. I. I. 1957. I. Chundrigar Becomes Prime Minister  After merely a year. The Muslim League had agreed to form a coalition government with the Republican Party on the condition that by amending the Electoral Act. Share of power soon led to a struggle between the two. Though the coalition was dependent on the support of such a large number of political parties. Ministers from East Pakistan and the Republican Party started opposing the proposed amendments. . Noon came to power by forging an alliance with five different political groups. Malik Feroz Khan Noon took over the office of Prime Minister from Chundrigar. Being the leader of the Republican group in the National Assembly. they had different views on dealing with the new situation. the principle of separate electorate would be implemented in the country. H. National Congress and the Scheduled Caste Federation. He tried to counter by bring other politicians to his side and making alliances Malik Feroz Khan Noon became the Prime Minister in 1957 with other political parties. His resignation came as a result of the President's refusal to convene a meeting of the Parliament to seek a vote of confidence. Malik Feroz Khan Noon Becomes Prime Minister  On December 16. Nizam-i-Islam Party.era with apparent unanimity. S. President Iskander Mirza appointed I. Chundrigar was appointed interim Prime Minister by President Iskander Mirza Iskander Mirza exploited the differences between the parties and thus made Chundrigar an easy victim as he remained Prime Minister for only two months and therefore could not give any practical shape to his program. National Awami Party. I. Chundrigar held a weak position from the very beginning. He not only felt a serious threat to his office but also perceived that he had lost his grip over the politicians. Chundrigar as the interim Prime Minister. Suhrawardy resigned from his Premiership in October 1957. Malik Feroz Khan Noon was the last in the line of Prime Ministers under the President-ship of Iskander Mirza. After the formation of the Cabinet. Krishak Sramik Party. I. The Noon Cabinet was fortunate to have the support of the Bengali and Punjabi group of politicians. Although the two were responsible for bringing about the change. it was able to form a stable government. The Republican Party opposed the amendment as it wanted to gain advantage over its political opponent. Awami League. Being a nominated Prime Minister. President Iskander Mirza was distressed by the alliance of Suhrawardy and Noon. the Muslim League and the Republican Party.
He regretted his decision and said. Building a Nation Ouster of President Iskander Mirza â€“ 1958 On October 7. being the party in power. . Iskander Mirza realized the delicate position he had gotten himself into. became the Chief Martial Law Administrator. 1958. With all these events in progress. although the two were responsible for bringing about the change. At midnight between October 7 and 8. The Parliamentary Government came to an end in Pakistan. Under these tumultuous circumstances of political instability. Iskander Mirza had not envisaged any change in his previous powers. The tussle for power reached a critical point. General Muhammad Ayub Khan. and also started negotiations with the Governor of East Pakistan in order to break the strength of the Awami League there. The Krishak Sramik Party also criticized the government for its actions. A. Muslim League had become quite popular under the leadership of Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan. affronted the Speaker of the Assembly. in West Pakistan. The Awami League. the President of Pakistan abrogated the Constitution and imposed Martial Law in the country. M. President Iskander Mirza abrogated the Constitution and declared Martial Law in the country. which lasted for less than a year. L. C. he displayed his willingness to dissolve West Pakistan's One Unit for his own interests. he wanted to retain the ability to maneuver things according to his own whim. they had different views on dealing with the new situation. As events were going against Iskander Mirza. "I did not mean to do it" while offering assurances that the Martial Law would be for the shortest possible duration. 1958. President Iskander Mirza also tried to seek the help of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan in June 1958. thus setting the stage for the recurrence of Martial Law again and again in the future. the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of Pakistan. Iskander Mirza and Ayub Khan had begun the new era with apparent unanimity. President Iskander Mirza turned towards General Ayub Khan. Ayub Khan knew that the real power rested with the army and he was determined to assert himself.On the other side. However. Within a week of the proclamation of Martial Law. the then Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. This brought an end to the term of Malik Feroz Khan Noon. an attack on the Deputy Speaker occurred from which he could not survive. jointly describing it as a two-man regime. Things however had changed.
After the ouster of Iskander Mirza. President Iskander Mirza abrogated the Constitution and declared Martial Law in the country. ministers were dismissed. 1958. General Ayub Khan became the sole power in Pakistan. became the Chief Martial Law Administrator. the then Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. This was the first of many military regimes to mar Pakistan's history. Central and Provincial Assemblies were dissolved and all political activities were banned. Corruption had become so widespread within the national and civic systems of administration that Ayub Khan was welcomed as a national hero by the people. 1958. President Mirza tried to balance the power structure by appointing Ayub Khan as Prime Minister on October 24. 1958. In order to secure himself. the Constitution of 1956 was abrogated. He was exiled to Britain where he later died. The parliamentary system in Pakistan came to end. This did not satisfy Ayub Khan who had more powers as the Chief Martial Law Administrator.The sharing of power soon led to the intensification of the power struggle between the two men. Within three weeks of assuming charge on October 27. who then declared himself President. . Ayub Khan arrested Iskander Mirza on October 27. Iskander Mirza tried to get the support of Ayub Khan's rivals within the army and air force. 1958. Field Marshal Ayub Khan General Ayub Khan gave himself the rank of Field Marshal. General Muhammad Ayub Khan addresing the nation Martial Law Under Field Marshal Ayub Khan [1958-62] On October 7. He was however unsuccessful in this attempt. With this step. General Muhammad Ayub Khan. With the consensus of his military generals. The Cabinet he set up consisted entirely of non-political members. Iskander Mirza was ousted by General Ayub Khan.
a law called the Elective Bodies Disqualification Order. Under this harsh law. 1966. B. A thorough screening process of all government servants was conducted and service records were closely scrutinized. B.Ayub Khan visiting the sick in a hospital Soon after coming to power. Under this law. O. popularly known as E. Public servants were tried for misconduct by tribunals consisting of retired judges of the Supreme Court or High Court. was promulgated for the disqualification of politicians. was severely criticized in the legal and political circles throughout Pakistan. After taking over. D. Similarly. a person could be disqualified from being a member of any elective body till December 31.. Ayub Khan focused on the long-standing question of land reforms in West Pakistan..000 acres for non-irrigated land and 500 acres for irrigated land and with ownership rights granted to the tenants. . The land in excess of these limits was taken over by the government to be distributed amongst the deserving persons. The rest of the government servants were provided with an incentive to working hard. O. The land reforms included the reduction of land ceiling to 1. About 3.000 officials were dismissed and many others were reduced in rank as a result of these measures. particularly its application. several politicians like Suhrawardy and Qayyum Khan were disqualified. A public servant could also be disqualified from holding any public office for 15 years. disciplinary action such as dismissal or compulsory retirement of the public servant could take place. If charges were proven. the new military government promised that they would carry out reforms in the entire government structure and would cleanse the administration of the rampant corruption. D. The E.
popularly known as Basic Democracies. Ayub Khan used the Basic Democrats as an electoral college. This ended the three-and-a-half-year Martial Law regime of Ayub Khan. This scheme was enforced through the Basic Democracies Order on October 27. Kennedy on a visit to Pakistan during Ayub's tenure Ayub Khan also introduced a comprehensive scheme of local government. holding a referendum to seek a mandate to continue in office as President and to have the authority to frame the future Constitution of Pakistan. asked the voters "if they had confidence in President Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan. The referendum held on February 14. To lend legitimacy to his rule. but was also to examine the causes of failure of parliamentary government in Pakistan. 1959. Altogether there were 80.000 Basic Democrats elected. 1960. Rivers flow Signing of the Indus Water Treaty between Pakistan and India . Ayub Khan was not satisfied by the findings. The 1962 Constitution was promulgated on March 1. but also got the mandate to give Pakistan a Constitution of his choice. problems between the two countries arose over the distribution of water. Eighty percent of its agricultural output comes from the Indus Basin. as Ayub Khan favored a presidential form of government. who would in turn elect the upper tier of the administration. Basic Democracies was a pyramidal plan enabling the people to directly elect to Local Council men they knew. Hilal-i-Jurat?" With the results of the referendum. Pakistan has one of the world's largest canal systems built much before Independence by the British. After Independence. Ayub Khan was elected not only as President of Pakistan for five years. Ayub Khan set up a Constitution Commission which was not only given the responsibility to make recommendations on the future Constitution. A civilian constitutional government under Ayub Khan replaced his previous military regime.Mrs. 1961. The report of the Constitution Commission was presented to Ayub Khan on May 6. Indus Water Treaty  Pakistan is an agricultural country. The 1962 Constitution was very different from the recommendation of the Constitution Commission.
According to the Constitution of 1962. Ayub Khan sought recommendations for a new constitution The Constitution of 1962 consisted of 250 Articles. As the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Pakistan. financed partly by long-term World Bank loans and compensation money from India. The President was to be a Muslim not less than 35 years of age. The National Assembly was to consist of 156 members. Three multipurpose dams. India stopped the supply of water to Pakistan from every canal flowing from India to Pakistan. Pakistan obtained exclusive rights for the three western rivers. The President had the power to appoint Provincial Governors. The President exercised veto power in the legislative affairs and could even veto a bill passed by the National Assembly with a two-third majority. It was finally in Ayub Khan's regime that an agreement was signed between India and Pakistan in September 1960. Ayub Khan appointed a Constitution Commission under the supervision of Justice Shahab-uddin. 1962. Federal Ministers. The division of Punjab thus created major problems for irrigation in Pakistan. and to make recommendations for a new constitution. and enforced on June 8. Pakistan protested and India finally agreed on an interim agreement on May 4. therefore. which was promulgated on March 1. On April 1. This agreement was not a permanent solution. when Punjab was divided between the two countries. namely Indus. he Constitution of 1962 With the aim of investigating the reasons of failure of the parliamentary system in Pakistan. The term of the President was for five years and nobody could hold the post for more than two consecutive terms. As a result the Constitution. In 1947. It advocated presidential form of government with absolute powers vested in the President. The Eighth Amendment later increased this number to 120. Beas and Sutluj. Jehlum and Chenab.000. This treaty divided the use of rivers and canals between the two countries. 1948. and the remodeling of existing canals was carried out. Principle of parity was retained and seats were distributed equally between the two wings of the country. the Executive was not separated from the Legislature. The Constitution of 1962 provided for a unicameral legislature. After a number of considerations. Five barrages and a gated siphon were also constructed under this treaty. The ordinance needed the approval of the National Assembly within 48 days of its first meeting or 108 .000 Basic Democrats were given the right to vote in the presidential elections. was entirely different from the one recommended by the Shahab-ud-din Commission. The Eighth Amendment later increased this number to 218. including six women. The treaty also guaranteed ten years of uninterrupted water supply. many of the canal head-works remained with India. Negotiations were carried out between the two countries through the offices of the World Bank. A system of eight link canals was also built. And India retained rights to the three eastern rivers.into Pakistan territory from across India. Pakistan approached the World Bank in 1952 to help settle the problem permanently. the rest from the Western Wing of the country. The President was the head of the state as well as the head of the Government. namely Ravi. the Commission submitted its report on May 6. Principle of Basic Democracy was introduced for the first time in the country and the system of indirect elections was presented. During this period Pakistan was to build huge dams. Half of them were to be from the Eastern Wing. Ayub Khan was not satisfied with the report and had it processed through various committees. 1961. Warsak. Only 80. Auditor General and Chairmen and Members of various administrative commissions. which were divided into 12 Parts and three Schedules. the appointment of the chiefs of the forces was also his duty. This agreement is known as the Indus Water Treaty. 1948. He had the power to issue ordinances when the Assembly was not in session. Mangla and Tarbela were built. Advocate General.
then the ordinances needed no approval from the legislative body.days after its promulgation. Field Marshal Ayub Khan Becomes President [1962-1969] In March 1962. However. The Constitution of 1962 was a written Constitution upholding the fundamental rights of the citizens. but could not complete his term due to public pressure. the Judiciary had little independence and the appointment of the Chief Justices and Judges of the Supreme and High Courts was in the hands of the President. When Ayub Khan handed over power to Yahya Khan. The President had the power to dissolve the National Assembly. Martial Law was enforced in the country and the Constitution was terminated on March 25. Ayub Khan taking oath as the President of Pakistan . Jinnah's sister. Both Urdu and Bengali were made the national languages of Pakistan and English was declared as the official language of the country for the first ten years. to once again become the President of Pakistan. Principle of One Unit for West Pakistan was maintained and the number of seats for Punjab was curtailed to 40 percent in the Western Wing for the initial five years. There was a federal list of subjects over which the provinces had no jurisdiction. The 1965 War was fought during Ayub's term and Ayub Khan represented Pakistan in the subsequent Tashkent Talks. Islamic clauses were included in the Constitution. Under the Constitution. and Ayub Khan defeated Miss Fatima Jinnah. Provincial Governors were to enjoy the same position in the provinces. Presidential elections were held in January 1965. Ayub Khan suspended the Martial Law and proclaimed the Constitution of 1962. Ayub Khan moved the capital of Pakistan from Karachi to Islamabad in 1965. The word "Islam" and not "Quran and Sunnah" was used in the Islamic clauses to give a liberal touch to the Constitution. During his term. which according to the constitution was within his jurisdictions. These could not be challenged in any court of law. Federal form of government was introduced in the country with most of the powers reserved for the Central Government. The Advisory Council of Islamic Ideology was introduced whose job was to recommend to the government ways and means to enable Muslims to live their lives according to the teachings of Islam. eight amendments were made in the Constitution. 1969. The state was named the Republic of Pakistan. The President also had the power to remove a judge after an inquiry on misconduct or on the basis of mental or physical illness. if the President enforced emergency in the country. In its short life of seven years. but the first amendment added the word "Islamic" to the name. The Constitution was flexible in nature and could be amended by a two-third majority in the National Assembly and with the approval of the President. which the President was to enjoy in the center. which highlighted the development plans executed during ten years of Ayub's rule. the "Great Decade" was celebrated.
Presidential candidates for the elections of 1965 were announced before commencement of the Basic Democracy elections. Elections were held on January 2. Being the Quaid's sister. There were two major parties contesting the election. But after the Martial Law was lifted. therefore they selected Miss Fatima Jinnah as their candidate. or "Mother of the Nation" for her role in the Freedom Movement. popularly acclaimed as the Madar-i-Millat. There was a short campaigning period of one month. Except for her brief tour to East Pakistan in 1954. which was further restricted to nine projection meetings that were organized by the Election Ayub Khan standing in line waiting to cast his vote . which included restoration of direct elections. The Convention Muslim League and the Combined Opposition Parties. which Ayub Khan had himself instituted. she once wished the regime well. After the imposition of Martial Law by Ayub Khan. 1965. Presidential Election (1965) Miss Fatima Jinnah was Ayub Khan's main opponent in the 1965 elections Miss Fatima Jinnah. she had not participated in politics since Independence. which was to constitute the Electoral College for the Presidential and Assembly elections. The electoral landscape changed when Miss Fatima Jinnah decided to contest the elections for the President's office in 1965. There were four candidates. Miss Fatima Jinnah and two obscure persons with no party affiliation. She was challenging the incumbent President Ayub Khan in the indirect election. It had a nine-point program. and came to symbolize the democratic aspirations of the people. adult franchise and democratization of the 1962 Constitution. 1969. she sympathized with the opposition as she was strongly in favor of democratic ideals. contested the 1965 elections at the age of 71. The Combined Opposition Parties consisted of five major opposition parties. she was held in high esteem. They were unable to select presidential candidates from amongst themselves. The opposition parties of Combined Opposition Parties were not united and did not possess any unity of thought and action. Ayub Khan.He handed over power to General Muhammad Yahya Khan on March 25.
Commission and were attended only by the members of the Electoral College and members of the press. not as the President of the Convention Muslim League or a presidential candidate. which had repeatedly declared that a woman could not hold the highest office of a Muslim country. She proclaimed Ayub Khan to be a dictator. modified their stance and supported the candidature of Miss Fatima Jinnah.000 Basic Democrats. Armed with the wide-ranging constitutional powers of a President. Being a political opportunist. Miss Fatima Jinnah lost the election of 1965 and Ayub Khan was elected as the President of Pakistan. lay in the fact that a woman was contesting the highest political office of the country. Ayub had surrendered control of the rivers over to India. students were assured the revision of the University Ordinance and journalists the scrutiny of the Press Laws. he exercised complete control over all governmental machinery during elections. which would have enhanced Miss Fatima Jinnah's image. Bureaucracy and business. Receiving news of his victory Miss Jinnah's greatest advantage was that she was the sister of the Founder of Pakistan. the two beneficiaries of the Ayub Khan regime. including the Jamaat-i-Islami led by Maulana Maududi. helped him in his election campaign. The sight of this dynamic lady moving in the streets of big cities. The orthodox religious political parties. and indirect elections through the Basic Democracy System were some of the basic problems she faced. The Second Amendment of the Constitution confirmed him as President till the election of his successor. and even in the rural areas of a Muslim country. She drew enormous crowds in all cities of East and West Pakistan. was both moving and unique. Fatima Jinnah would have won. The election showed that the . Ayub Khan had a great advantage over the rest of the candidates. The Electoral College consisted of only 80. Her campaign generated tremendous public enthusiasm. It is believed that had the elections been held via direct ballot. She had detached herself from the political conflicts that had plagued Pakistan after the Founder's death. who were easily manipulated. Ayub Khan also gathered the support of the ulema who were of the view that Islam does not permit a woman to be the head of an Islamic state. An unfair and unequal election campaign. Miss Jinnah's line of attack was that by coming to terms with India on the Indus Water dispute. he brought all the discontented elements together to support him. He utilized the state facilities as head of state. and didn't even hesitate to legislate on electoral maters. The campaign however suffered from a number of drawbacks. The public was barred from attending the projection meetings. The importance of this election. poor finances.
1965] The long-standing border disputes. At the Commonwealth Conference in Britain.people had no prejudice against women holding high offices. the British Prime Minister Harold Wilson successfully persuaded both India and Pakistan to sign an agreement on June 30 to resolve the dispute. From January 1965 onwards. and India and Pakistan found themselves drawn into the first of their two undeclared wars. miles in the northern part to Pakistan and the rest of the Rann area to India. Kutch acceded to India and Sindh to Pakistan. The issue was inherited by these two states along some 3. The War of Rann of Kutch Skirmishes at the Rann of Kutch flared up almost accidentally in the Spring of 1965. The dispute goes back to the days of the British rule in India. Indo-Pak War [September. The Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri added more fuel to the fire by taking steps to absorb Kashmir further into the political body of India and . Failing to do so bilaterally. The Rann was the bone of contention between the princely state Kutch. 1965: Indian attack initiatives Pressing forward to meet the Indian attack The War in Kashmir Events in Kashmir were also moving towards a climax. The Indo-Pak War. communal tensions.500 sq. It gave 350 sq. and conflict over the question of Kashmir flared up in a full-scale war between India and Pakistan in September 1965. and the British Indian province of Sindh. 1965. border incidents became frequent. miles of territory. and they could be key players in politics of the country. By all accounts the Indian forces were badly defeated in the Kutch area by the Pakistan army. a tribunal was set up to resolve this dispute. This tribunal announced its verdict on February 19. When British India was partitioned.
as in the states of the Indian Union. 2. . The Prime Minister would be styled as a Chief Minister. providing: 1. But he was arrested and the Kashmir Legislative Assembly adopted the Constitutional Amendments Bill on March 30. the Kashmiri leader took extensive foreign tours to enlist international support for the Kashmir cause. Pakistani Jawans Sheikh Abdullah. The application of articles 356 and 357 of the Indian Constitution to the Kashmir State which enabled the President of India to establish Presidential Rule in Kashmir and legislate.stated that the Kashmir problem occupied a secondary place in successful relations between India and Pakistan. The Indian army made a series of new moves across the ceasefire line with her regular armed forces. The Sardar-i-Riyasat would henceforth be known as Governor and would be appointed by the President of India instead of being elected by the local assembly. there was an effort to amalgamate Kashmir completely into the Indian Union. In a spillover effect. Azad Kashmir became increasingly restive. The Kashmiri people called for an all out war against Indian imperialism and established a National Government of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The domestic Indo-Pak conflict transformed into an international conflict and raised Super Power concerns. S. played broker at Tashkent afterwards. It was to keep China away from this conflict that both the Soviet Union and the United States pressured the U.Travelling towards enemy lines The Lahore Offensive At 3:00 AM on September 6. Pakistani soldiers manning an anti-aircraft gun The main diplomatic effort to stop the fighting was conducted under the auspices of the United Nations and a ceasefire came into effect on September 23. The U. There was a fierce tank battle on the plains of Punjab. Indians crossed the international border of West Pakistan and launched a three-pronged offensive against Lahore. China threatened to intervene and offered military support to Pakistan. N. 1965. Sialkot and Rajasthan. Both the Soviet Union and the United States took a united stand to curtail the conflict within the boundaries of the Sub-continent from escalating into a global conflict. which had remained neutral while India and Pakistan were at war. to arrange for an immediate ceasefire. suspended military supplies to both sides during the Indo-Pak War. A Soviet Government communique formally announced on December 8 that the . 1965. The Soviet Union. without a formal declaration of war.
Measures towards the restoration of economic and trade relations. to arrange an immediate ceasefire. At the Tashkent Conference. A Soviet Government communiquÅ½ formally announced on December 8 that the Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and the Pakistani President Muhammad Ayub Khan would meet at Tashkent on January 4. 1966. 4. The Tashkent Declaration  In September 1965. Pakistani President Ayub Khan and Russian Premier Kosygin The Soviet Union. Both the countries also agree to reopen normal diplomatic functioning and to return of the High Commissioners of both the countries to their posts. 2. The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan agree to make all efforts to establish good relations between India and Pakistan in accordance with the United Nations Charter. The main achievement of the Conference was to withdraw. 1966. 1966. The Soviet Premier Kosygin earned praise as a peacemaker. India and Pakistan signed a declaration that is known as the Tashkent Declaration. played the broker afterwards at Tashkent. . Measures were to be taken to implement the existing agreements between Pakistan and India. all armed personnel to the position held before August 5. the long-standing border dispute. Largely as due to the efforts of Soviet Premier Kosygin. Fearing that this regional conflict within the boundaries of Indo-Pakistan would escalate into a conflict of global dimensions. 1964. The Tashkent Conference lasted from January 4 to January 10. and conflict over the question of Kashmir flared up in a full-scale war between India and Pakistan. N. The Tashkent Conference lasted from January 4 to January 10. Pakistani Foreign Minister Z. (from left to right) Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. A. 1966. 1965. Bhutto. the Soviet Union and the United States pressurized the U.Indian Prime Minister Shastri and the Pakistani President Ayub would meet at Tashkent on January 4. They affirm to renounce the use of force in the settlement of their disputes. 3. The significant clauses of this agreement were: 1. no later than February 25. which had remained neutral when India and Pakistan went to war in September 1965. communications. no later than February 25. as well as cultural exchanges between the two countries were to be taken. Both India and Pakistan agree to follow the principle of non-interference in their affairs and will discourage the use of any propaganda against each other. Prisoners of war would be repatriated. 6. The diplomatic efforts of the United Nations resulted in a ceasefire that came into effect on September 23. all armed personnel to the position held before August 5. communal tensions. 5. 1964. The President of Pakistan and the Indian Prime Minister agree to withdraw.
called the Pakistan People's Party. Despite the fact that Ayub Khan was able to satisfy the misgiving of the people. Ayub Khan decided to lay the matter before the people by addressing the nation on January 14. It was the difference over Tashkent Declaration. In accordance to the Tashkent Declaration. talks at the ministerial level were held on March 1 and 2. Both the sides recognized the need to set up joint Indo-Pakistan bodies. Martial Law and the Restoration of Democracy Awami League's Six-Point Program . and became one of the many factors that led to his downfall. Both sides will create conditions that will prevent the exodus of the people. diplomatic exchange continued throughout the spring and summer. In order to dispel the anger and misgiving of the people. News of the Tashkent Declaration shocked the people who were expecting something quite different. The President of Pakistan and the Indian Prime Minister agreed that both sides would continue to meet at the highest and other levels on matters of direct concern to both the countries. Demonstrations and rioting erupted at various places throughout the country. which would report to their governments in order to decide what further steps need to be taken. Discussions would continue relating to the problem of refugees and eviction of illegal immigrants. there is no doubt that the Tashkent Declaration greatly damaged the image of Ayub Khan.7. as there was a difference of opinion over the Kashmir issue. Bhutto from Ayub's government. which had led to the development of a public perception that Pakistan was going to win the war. Things further worsened as Ayub Khan refused to comment and went into seclusion instead of taking the people into confidence over the reasons for signing the agreement. No result was achieved out of these talks. who later on launched his own party. 1966. which eventually led to the removal of Z. Euphoria had built up during the 1965 war. A. Despite the fact that these talks were unsuccessful.
The power of taxation and revenue collection shall be vested in the federating units. fiscal. including the most popular leader of General Yahya Khan . But he fell victim to the then Foreign Minister. or one currency with two separate reserve banks to prevent inter-Wing flight of capital. The postponement of the National Assembly session triggered a chain of events that eventually led to the separation of East Pakistan. First enunciated on February 12. The Federal Government shall deal with only two subjects. There ensued a political deadlock with talks ending in failure and postponement of the first session of the National Assembly. All residuary subjects will be vested in the federating states.In the 1970 National Assembly elections. announced to "defeat the great dictator with the power of the people". A militia or paramilitary force must be created in East Pakistan. in relation to West Pakistan. the six points are as below: 1. He resigned from office and after forming a party of his own. 4. and legal reforms. 2. Pakistan Peoples Party. The Constitution should provide for a Federation of Pakistan in the true sense on the basis of the Lahore Resolution and for a parliamentary form of government based on the supremacy of a directly elected legislature on the basis of universal adult franchise. freely convertible currencies for the two Wings. 5. differences arose between the Government and Awami League on the transfer of power on the basis of this Six-Point Program. the mandate of Sheikh Mujib-urRahman's Awami League Party was based on a Six-Point Program of regional autonomy in a federal Pakistan. The Federal Government will receive a share to meet its financial obligations. 1966. Defense and Foreign Affairs. Ayub Khan tried his best to handle the situation by releasing a number of political prisoners. There should be either two separate. 6. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. As a result. After the elections of 1970. Martial Law under General Yahya Khan [1969-71] The Tashkent Declaration signed by the Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and the Pakistani President Muhammad Ayub Khan was not at all approved by the general public. he and others were arrested. Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman 3. Economic disparities between the two Wings shall disappear through a series of economic. who exploited the whole situation. which at present has no defense of it own. and was regarded as submission to India and humiliation for the nation. Politicians were already unhappy with Ayub Khan whose Government was celebrating the decade of various reforms. Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman had presented the Six-Point Program as the constitutional solution of East Pakistan's problems.
P. The formula was officially issued on March 30.: 18 general and 1 reserved seat Baluchistan: 4 general and 1 reserved seat Centrally Administered Tribal Areas: 7 general seats The L. In April and July 1969. Most of them asked for the revival of the Constitution of 1956 on the ground that its abrogation had been unlawful. 1970. Yahya Khan initially agreed with this opinion. 1969. including 13 seats reserved for women. Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman. O. Actually. Legal Framework Order  After the abrogation of the Constitution of 1962. Not being well versed in constitutional affairs. F. However. General Yahya Khan set in motion moves to transfer power to the elected representatives of the people and announced that the general elections would be held on October 5. but it proved to be a stalemate. O. He voiced his ideas about the constitutional issues in his broadcast address to the nation on November 28.East Pakistan. the Legal Framework Order was to act as an interim Constitution. with the result that Ayub Khan was forced to hand over power to General Muhammad Yahya Khan. on March 25. Being deeply aware of the explosive political situation in the country. also defined the qualifications of people who would be allowed to contest in the elections. . Pakistan was now under the grip of another Martial Law. The primary function of the L. O. F. Women were also allowed to contest the elections from general seats. He held a Round Table Conference in Rawalpindi with all the well-known political leaders in March 1969. According to this order. was to provide a setup on which elections could be conducted. 1969. he held discussions with prominent political party leaders to learn their point of view. the L. General Yahya Khan introduced the L. The distribution of seats was to be as follows: East Pakistan: 162 general and 7 reserved seats Punjab: 82 general and 3 reserved seats Sindh: 27 general and 1 reserved seat N. he appointed a team to draft a new constitutional formula. Yahya Khan needed a legal framework to hold elections. and the country should return to the constitutional position prevailing on the eve of the 1958 coup. as a legal platform for holding elections The National Assembly was to consist of 313 seats. 1970. One Unit was dissolved in West Pakistan and direct ballot replaced the principle of parity. F. F. It was then the duty of the elected Constituent Assembly to draft the Constitution of Pakistan. W. but had to change his stance due to opposition from the Awami League. The Constituent Assembly was to stand dissolved if it was unable to frame the Constitution within 120 days. and is known as the Legal Framework Order of 1970. F.
Judiciary should remain independent from the Executive and provincial autonomy is protected. Pakistan Peoples Party didn't nominate a single candidate from East Pakistan.941. when Yahya's Regime decided to hold the first general elections on the basis of adult franchise at national level. Awami League mobilized support on the basis of its Six-Points Program. the final list was published on March 17. It also called for the preservation of Islamic Ideology and democratic values. The President also had the power to interpret and amend the Constitution. While after scrutiny and withdrawals. which was the main attraction in the party's manifesto.O. The Election Commission also marked the constituencies. They were allowed to begin their election campaigns from January 1. they were not only required to make a new mechanism but were also required to set up a permanent election machinery. in accordance with the seats allocated for the National and Provincial Assemblies under Legal Framework Order. observation of Islamic moral standards. and teaching of the Quran and Sunnah to the Muslims. General Elections 1970 The political history of Pakistan from 1947 to 1970 witnessed no general elections. while 25. while the leftists raised slogans based on regional and communistic ideas. out of which 103 were from the constituencies in the Punjab and Sindh. and after necessary amendments. 1970. The rightist parties raised the religious slogans.730. The electoral rolls were put before the masses for corrections on January 16. Bhutto's personality.500 out of which 31. The public meetings of Awami League in Bengal and Pakistan Peoples Party in the Punjab and Sindh attracted huge crowds.280 from the Western Wing. Council Muslim League 119 and Qayyum Muslim League 133. While Z.211. clothing and shelter. A total 1. It filed 151 candidates. were the factors that contributed to the popularity of Pakistan Peoples Party.220 were from the Eastern Wing. The party that filed second highest number of candidates was Jamaat-i-Islami. Thus. 1969. None of the political parties filed nominations of their candidates on all the seats. The President was given the power to reject any Constitution framed by the Constituent Assembly if the document did not fulfill the above-mentioned requirements. Awami League nominated 170 candidates out of which 162 were for the constituencies in East Pakistan.579 contested the elections eventually. 1. The first task before the Election Commission was to enroll as voters all citizens of Pakistan who were at least 21-years old on October 1. and his decision could not be challenged in a court of law. A. The Legal Framework Order also urged the Constituent Assembly to frame a Constitution in which Pakistan was to be a Federal Republic and should be named Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Constituent Assembly was also supposed to frame a Constitution in which all citizens of Pakistan were to enjoy fundamental human rights. defined the directive principles of State policy and made it clear that the future Constitution should not violate these basic principles. meaning food. The total registered voters in the country were 56. Convention Muslim League nominated 124 candidates. his socialistic ideas and his slogan of "Rotti. One hundred and ninety nine Returning Officers were appointed for the National Assembly and 285 Returning Officers were appointed for the Provincial Assemblies.957 candidates filed their nomination papers for 300 National Assembly seats. There were only 120 candidates contesting the elections on the ticket of Pakistan Peoples Party. Twenty four political parties participated in the elections. The directive principles demanded an Islamic way of life. A three-member Election Commission was set up and Justice Abdus Sattar was appointed as the first Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan. 1970. Kapra aur Makan". 1970. Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman''s Awami League emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly .
Jamiyat-i-Ulema-i-Pakistan and Jamaat-i-Islami as a whole could only secure 37 National Assembly seats. Council Muslim League. Democratically. Awami League emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly by winning 160 seats. they were in a majority. the party failed to win even a single seat in the four Provincial Assemblies of West Pakistan. being its most powerful institution. the very concept of Pakistan as the homeland for the Muslims in Southeast Asia no longer appeared valid. F. . The Separation of East Pakistan  The separation of East Pakistan was a great setback to Pakistan. and being surrounded by Indian territory and influences. Convention Muslim League. embittering relations bringing the country on the verge of collapse. due to the floods in the East Pakistan. the dates were changed to December 7 and 17. 1971 lot. polling for the National Assembly was to be held on October 5 and for the Provincial Assemblies on October 19. however. Elections on nine National Assembly and 18 Provincial Assembly seats. Pakistan's international credit was depleted and the military. Qayyum Muslim League. 1971. Elections for these seats were held on January 17. economic and social conflicts between the two wings. led to constant political. As a result of the separation of its Eastern Wing. The party also performed well in the Provincial Assembly polls of the Punjab and Sindh Assemblies. The physical separation of a thousand miles between the two wings without a common border. According to the results of the elections. To some. P and Baluchistan Assemblies. However. By 1970. Z. The biggest reason for this was the division of votes among several candidates on almost every seat. the Federal Capital. The election results showed that the rightist parties were completely routed. suffered a The Separation of East Pakistan. This tragically resulted in the brutal and violent amputation of Pakistan's Eastern Wing. Trouble started right at the inception of Pakistan in 1947. It was also able to win 288 out of 300 seats in the East Pakistan Assembly. National Awami Party and Jamiyat-i-Ulema-i-Islam emerged as the prominent parties in the N. Pakistan Peoples Party managed to win 81 out of 138 seats reserved for West Pakistan in the National Assembly. Almost immediately. Jamiyat-i-Ulema-iIslam. therefore. sentiments for national unity had weakened in East Pakistan to the extent that constant conflict between the two Wings dramatically erupted into mass civil disorder. W. However. P. Bhutto''s personality and his socialistic ideas were some factors that contributed to the popularity of P. respectively. East Pakistan claimed that as their population (55 percent as compared to 45 percent in the West) was greater.According to the original schedule. P. could not be held on these dates because of the cyclone that hit a large part of East Pakistan. should have been in Dhaka and not in Karachi. A.
They questioned how the expenditure for the Kashmir cause would be justified. and soon released. government officials and industrialists exerted immense influence on national and regional affairs. Moreover. Bengali political leaders went around depicting the Central Government and West Pakistan as hostile exploiters. when it could otherwise have been productively used to build dams and barriers to control floods. eradicate poverty and illiteracy. Grievances were exaggerated to foster anti-West Pakistani feelings that eventually created Bengali Nationalism and separatist tendencies. as they were a thousand miles away from the Capital. Many mistakes were made early in the short history of Pakistan. it was said. the Capital initially attracted wealthy industrialists. He began to attract popular support from Bengalis in East Pakistan. and East Pakistan in particular. He had always been an ardent Bengali nationalist. only to be rearrested and imprisoned in June the same year. He was arrested in April 1966. But the East Pakistanis were unable to extract the same kind of advantages. Bengalis resented the vast sums of foreign exchange earned from the sale of jute from East. which were being spent on defense. . There lived in East Pakistan about 15 million Hindus who. Thirdly. He languished in prison until February 1969.Since Karachi was the seat of the National Government. administrators. and supply food and shelter for the ever-growing population in East Pakistan. uneven distribution of national wealth and privileges. the people of the East believed that it was sheer regional prejudice that all white-collar jobs were taken by West Pakistanis. were able to exploit East-West differences that emerged as a result of these mistakes. ministers. because they were able to sway decisions in their own favor. created great economic imbalance. with the help of their fellow West Bengali Indians from across the border. formed in 1951. and better jobs for the people of West Pakistan. doctors and other professionals who had fled from India. businessmen. Mukti Bahini The location of the Capital. However. Secondly. was headed by Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman. Awami League. no effective efforts were made by the Government to check these anti-national trends. which brought them many benefits. He put forward his Six Points that demanded more autonomy for the Provinces in general.
1970. now overwhelmingly victors. The Awami League gained much sympathy and benefit out of this suffering. The 1970 elections were postponed from October to December due to heavy floods that caused immense destruction and havoc in East Pakistan. It was i . The sheer enormity of the disaster attracted worldwide attention. the Pakistan Peoples Party had won 85 seats. This gave Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman a golden opportunity to have an international audience for his antiWest Pakistan feelings.General Niazi signs the document of surrender to General Aurora Being deeply aware of the explosive political situation in the country. the then Chief Martial Law Administrator. The Peoples Party in the West maintained that the Six Points Program did not really permit a genuine federation. In all his election speeches. They captured 167 seats. Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman reiterated his demand for implementation of his Six Points and provincial autonomy plans. the highest number in East Pakistan and overall. The Awami League. and Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman and his people were portrayed on the international scene as victims of West Pakistan's indifference. The way was now open to draw up a new Constitution. the Awami League achieved an overwhelming victory. In the general elections held in December 1970. which he accused of brutal callousness. Yahya Khan. In the West. and announced that the general elections would be held on October 5. stood firm on its Six Points plan and refused to compromise on that issue. set in motion moves to transfer power to the elected representatives of the people.
Unfortunately. All government and educational institutions were closed. but all in vain. known as Mukti Bahini. Amidst these disturbances. prior to the National Assembly session. Forty five thousand troops and an almost equal number of civilians of West Pakistan were taken as prisoners of war. the Awami League declared "Resistance Day" and Bangladesh flags flew all over the Province. The transport system came to a standstill. The text of the Instrument of Surrender document was as follows: "INSTRUMENT OF SURRENDER" . on March 23. It sought to wring full propaganda and strategic value for itself out of the Bengali suffering and misery. Gangs of local Awami League freedom fighters. Mujib-ur-Rahman's adamant stand in support of his Six Points. The civil administration was totally paralyzed. Yahya Khan chose to use force to bring law and order in the country. Factories and shops were shut. On December 10. a formal surrender was submitted and accepted. further aggravated the situation. To quash the armed rebellion of Awami League militants. made Pakistan's military defeat in the East almost certain. Genaral Yahya decided to convene the National Assembly in March 1971. inciting the people to more violence. 1971. East Pakistan had reached a point of no return. 1971. The use of modern Soviet missiles. the Republic Day of Pakistan. 1971. and the collusion of Mukti Bahini and the Indian Army. the first feeler for surrender in East Pakistan was conveyed to the United Nations. India launched an attack on East Pakistan on November 22. All government activities between both the Wings ceased. But Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman unexpectedly put forward other demands such as the immediate lifting of Martial Law and power transfer to the elected representatives of the people. led violent demonstrations and howled racial and anti-West Pakistan slogans. geographical separation by a thousand miles lying across the hostile Indian territory. 1971. People were asked not to pay any taxes. the Pakistan Army struck its first blow on March 27. and his proposal that East Pakistan should have a sovereign status independent of Pakistan.The ''Instrument of Surrender'' Efforts were made to start a constitutional dialogue and narrow the differences between the two Wings. India exploited Pakistan's dilemma to the full. In the meantime. There was a great massacre. On December 17. The Awami League setup a parallel government. Mujib-ur-Rahman launched a non-cooperation movement.
Signed: (JAGJIT SINGH AURORA) Lieutenant-General General Officer Commanding in Chief Indian and BANGLA DESH Forces in the Eastern Theatre (AMIR ABDULLAH KHAN NIAZI) Lieutenant-General Martial Law Administrator Zone B and Commander Eastern Command (PAKISTAN) 16 December 1971" The surrender led to the disintegration of East and West Pakistan and the establishment of Bangladesh.General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA. Disillusionment.000 prisoners of war in India and Bangladesh.General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA gives a solemn assurance that personnel who surrender will be treated with dignity and respect that soldiers are entitled to in accordance with the provisions of the GENEVA Convention and guarantees the safety and well-being of all PAKISTAN military and paramilitary forces who surrender. The dismembered Pakistan was left only with the four Provinces of West Pakistan. President Yahya tried to act in a militaristic manner to impose law and order but the people's patience had been exhausted by this time. After 25 years.General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA. This surrender includes all PAKISTAN land. air and naval forces as also all para-military forces and civil armed forces. Lieutenant. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto becomes President  After the disastrous war with India that ingloriously concluded in December 1971. and over 54. 56 percent of the total population. Punjab. W. Pakistan finally recognized Bangladesh at the Islamic Conference in Lahore on February 22. .The PAKISTAN Eastern Command agree to surrender all PAKISTAN Armed Forces in BANGLA DESH to Lieutenant-General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA. The decision of Lieutenant-General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA will be final. F. Protection will be provided to foreign nationals. East Pakistan was now independent. Pakistan's international credit was depleted. Military leadership had been discredited.501 sq. The public severely criticized and accused President Yahya and his Government for ineptness and inability that culminated with the 1971 national debacle. should any doubt arise as to the meaning or interpretation of the surrender terms. People were no longer prepared to tolerate misgovernment. miles of territory. N. P. 1974. General Officer Commanding in Chief of the Indian and BANGLA DESH forces in the Eastern Theatre. uncertainty and pessimism prevailed. the East Pakistanis declared themselves independent and renamed their Province as Bangladesh. Pakistan had lost a whole province of 70 million. There were 93. The PAKISTAN Eastern Command shall come under the orders of Lieutenant-General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA as soon as this instrument has been signed. ethnic minorities and personnel of WEST PAKISTAN origin by the forces under the command of Lieutenant. and Baluchistan. These forces will lay down their arms and surrender at the places where they are currently located to the nearest regular troops under the command of Lieutenant. Disobedience of orders will be regarded as a breach of the surrender terms and will be dealt with in accordance with the accepted laws and usages of war. Sindh. Pakistan had to face its greatest crisis since Independence.
The new President inherited a disturbed and desperate nation sobbing and suffering from an intangible loss of confidence. 1972 Faced with these difficulties. President Yahya ceded power to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. He spoke about democracy. who at that time was pleading Pakistan's case before the United Nations Security Council on the East Pakistan Crises. was made the Prime Minister. 1973. A. He took steps to ameliorate poverty and to revitalize the economy. Z. he signed the Simla Agreement with India for exchange of the occupied territories and release of Prisoners of War. Bhutto was made Deputy Prime Minister on the same day. Bhutto formed a commission headed by the Chief Justice of the Bhutto formed a commission to ascertain the facts of the 1971 debacle . Yahya Khan installed a civilian setup at the Centre and Nurul Amin. the day when Bhutto took over as the civilian Chief Marshal Law Administrator. a prominent Bengali politician who was against Mujibur-Rahman. 1971. On July 2. In this dismal hour. administering the oath of office of the President to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Rawalpindi. Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party that had won the majority votes in the 1970 elections in West Pakistan. Bhutto returned home on December 18. 1971. Bhutto was elected by the House as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. he addressed the nation and promised to fight back. 1972. A Pakistan International Airline flight was sent to fetch Bhutto from New York. O. He took steps to stabilize the situation by successfully negotiating the return of the 93. On December 20. After the 1973 Constitution was promulgated. Justice Hamood-ur-Rahman. He gave the third Constitution to the country and established civilian authority over the armed forces in the political setup. He vowed to build a new Pakistan. within a week of replacing General Yahya as the President. He was sworn-in on August 14. on April 21.Chief Justice of Pakistan. Bhutto's intentions to restore national confidence were in several shapes.000 prisoners of war and a peaceful settlement with India. E. T. 1971. he introduced extensive land reforms. A. On March 1. In early 1972. he was taken to the President House in Rawalpindi where he took over two positions from Yahya Khan. Bhutto nationalized ten categories of major industries and withdrew Pakistan from the Commonwealth of Nations and S. and a modified federal and parliamentary system. a new Constitution. The Hamood-ur-Rahman Commission Report  In December 1971. on December 6. Nurul Amin remained Prime Minister till December 20. industry and agriculture. one as President and the other as Chief Martial Law Administrator. Thus he was the first civilian Chief Martial Law Administrator of the dismembered Pakistan. On the request of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
and military aspects of the events of 1971. The report recommended public trials of the concerned officers responsible for the 1971 debacle. and deliberate killing of members of the Hindu minority. A. international relations. Chief of Navy. killing East Pakistani civilian officers. made the Report public. its contents were presumably learned from various writings and memoirs of the military officers narrating their side of the story of what the Hamood-ur-Rahman Inquiry Commission had to say. Bhutto. These were all destroyed. retaliation and torture.Supreme Court. killing of Bengali Officers and soldiers on the pretence of quelling their rebellion. The Commission's responsibility was to ascertain the facts of the 1971 debacle. Z. The commission interviewed 213 persons including General Yahya. Justice Hamood-ur-Rahman. Originally there were 12 copies of the Report. . As the tales of slaughter reached West Pakistani soldiers of other Units. It was revealed that many families of West Pakistani Officers and other ranks serving with East Bengal Units were subjected to inhuman treatment. A large number of West Pakistanis and Biharis who were able to escape from East Pakistan told the Commission awful tales of the atrocities at the hands of the Awami League militants. Chief of Air Force. Volume I of the supplementary report discussed political events of 1971. The Report's findings accuse the Army of carrying out senseless and wanton arson. The publication of the Report was seen in Pakistan as an attempt by India to divert the world attention from its inhumane and unjustified actions in Kashmir. Neither Bhutto. military aspect. they reacted violently. surrender in East Pakistan and the moral aspect. Volume I of the main report dealt with political background. committed severe excesses on the local Bengali population. senior commanders. nor the Army which took over in 1977. raping a large number of East Pakistani women as a deliberate act of revenge. killings in the countryside. Immense human rights violations were being reported by international organizations such as Amnesty International and Asia Watch with reference to the role of Indian Security Forces in the Indian-held Kashmir. killing of intellectuals and professionals and burying them in mass graves. It submitted its first report in July 1972. A. Their erstwhile Bengali colleagues had butchered a large number of West Pakistani Officers. Bhutto. The Commission again interviewed 73 bureaucrats and top military officers and submitted its supplementary report in November 1974. and various political leaders. Publicizing of the Report by the Indian media was not a surprise since it had come out at a time when there was international pressure mounting on India to resolve the Kashmir dispute. It was this supplementary report that was presumably published by an Indian magazine in August 2000. Though the Report remained classified. and in the process of restoring the authority of the Central Government. and afterwards allowed to be published in the Pakistani press. businessmen and industrialists. The inquiry was reopened in 1974. expect the one that was handed over to Z.
when the Awami League had seized power from the Government. Instead fraudulent and useless measures were adopted. 1971. . yet he secretly left Dhaka on the evening of March 25. which General Yahya Khan was pretending to hold during this period with Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman on the one hand. 1971. The use of excessive force during the military action had only served to alienate the sympathies of the people of East Pakistan. The political developments that took place between 1947 and 1971. the Commission proceeded to consider whether it was necessary for General Niazi to surrender. The Commission also touched upon the negotiations. leaving instructions behind for military action to be initiated as soon his plane landed at Karachi. which was feasible once law and order had been restored within a matter of few weeks after the military action. Although he never formally declared these negotiations to have failed. according to his own circumstances. moral and military factors. and whether he was justified in surrendering at that particular juncture. that despite the assurances given by the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army and the terms of surrender. It was maintained in the Report that the defeat suffered by the armed forces was not a result of military factors alone. The events occurring between March 1 and 25. hastened the process of political and emotional isolation of East Pakistan from West Pakistan. in bringing about a situation that resulted in postponement of the National Assembly session. and political leaders from West Pakistan on the other. 1971. but had been brought about as the cumulative result of political.Justice Hamood-ur-Rahman Having dealt with the claim of General Niazi that he had no legal option but to surrender. No serious effort was made to start a political dialogue with the elected representatives of the people of East Pakistan. The dismemberment of Pakistan was also accelerated by the role played by the two major political parties. resulting in the military action of March 25. The arbitrary methods adopted by the Martial Law Administration in dealing with respectable citizens of East Pakistan and their sudden disappearances made the situation worse. West Pakistani civilians. 1971. international. and civil armed forces by the Mukti Bahini started in full swing soon after Army's surrender. Awami League and the Pakistan Peoples Party. the killing of loyal East Pakistani population. The attitude of the Army authorities towards the Hindu minority also resulted in a large-scale exodus to India. General Farman Ali had suggested to him that instead of ordering surrender en masse. he should leave it to each Divisional Commander to surrender or not. including the effects of the two Martial Law periods. for most of the messages that emanated from the General Head Quarters were studiously ambiguous and designed. scheduled to be held at Dhaka on the March 3. Secondly. The Commission declared that military action could not have been substitute for a political settlement. It was pointed out in the Report. were deplorable.
the delay in opening the Western front and the half-hearted and hesitant manner in which it was ultimately opened only helped in precipitating the catastrophe in East Pakistan. No rational explanation was available as to why General Yahya did not take the dispute to the Security Council immediately after the Indian invasion of East Pakistan on November 21. the detailed narrative of events. 1971. and if ever there was need to invoke this concept. It was only when the General found himself gradually being surrounded by the enemy which had successfully reached Faridpur. R. The concept remained valid. when Indian troops crossed the East Pakistan borders in naked aggression. nor any concerted effort to stem the enemy onslaught with a Division or a Brigade battle at any stage. Pakistan Army was almost unable to prevent infiltration of Mukti Bahini and Indian agents all along the borders of East Pakistan. Daudkandi and Chandpur (the shortest route to Dhaka). he didn't realize the need for early political settlement with the political leaders of East Pakistan. The Indian propaganda was so forceful that all endeavors made by the military regime in Pakistan to defuse the situation proved to be futile and left the world unimpressed. The results of Indian efforts to propagate this refugee problem on an international level cannot be undermined. S. 1971. Besides. The Army High Command did not carry out any in-depth study of the effect of these new factors. nor did it pay any attention to the growing disparity in war preparedness and capability between the armed forces of Pakistan and India as a result of the Indo-Soviet Treaty of August 1971 General Yahya Khan did not realize the need for an early political settlement with the leaders of East Pakistan The traditional concept of defense adopted by the Pakistan Army that the defense of East Pakistan lays in West Pakistan was never implemented in a determined and effective manner. S. it was on November 21. Khulna. as given in the supplementary report. Nor was it possible to explain his refusal to accept the first Russian resolution. if indeed the situation in East Pakistan had become so critical that surrender was inevitable. the Pakistan Army was obviously fighting a losing battle from the very start. The mutual assistance treaty signed between India and the U. . in August 1971 further aggravated the situation. There was neither any plan at all for the defense of Dhaka. There had been a large exodus of people from East Pakistan to India. that he began to make frantic efforts to get the troops back for the defense of Dhaka. clearly shows that the planning was hopelessly defective. as a result of the military action. In the presence of these two factors. There was wastage of considerable time during which the Indians mounted their training program for the Mukti Bahini and freely started guerillas raids into the Pakistan territory. Unfortunately.Although General Yahya Khan was not totally unaware of the avowed intention of India to dismember Pakistan.
These tendencies were intensified when General Yahya Khan imposed Martial Law in the country once again in March 1969. A.The Report maintained that there was no actual order to surrender.400 men to hold out for another two weeks. his close associates. It was prepared with the explicit purpose of not repeating the various mistakes committed by the Army. But evidence showed that he had already lost the will to fight after December 7. higher authorities gave him permission to surrender if he. . 1971. The enemy would have taken a week to build up its forces and another week to reduce the fortress of Dhaka. but had also adopted highly immoral and lewd ways of life. K. Niazi. and that effective and early action will be taken in the light of the conclusions reached. The surrender in East Pakistan had been a tragic blow to the nation and had caused. which resulted in the separation of East Pakistan. In particular the clause referring to the ceasefire line in Kashmir was rephrased as to make it acceptable to Pakistan. international and military factors. The agreement contained the elements of an earlier Indian draft. General Yahya Khan and Z. when his major fortresses at Jessore and Brahmanbari had fallen. Writings and memoirs disclose that apart from its inq The Simla Agreement  After the 1971 war. thought it necessary. not only dismemberment of Pakistan. It appears that they had lost the will to fight and the ability to take vital and critical decisions required for the successful prosecution of the war. but the wording was considerably modified. The process of moral degeneration among the senior ranks of the armed forces was set in motion by their involvement in Martial Law duties in 1958. A large number of senior army officers had not only indulged in large-scale acquisition of lands and houses and other commercial activities. India held prisoner around 93. General Niazi could have opted not to surrender if he thought that he had the capability of defending Dhaka. he had 26. The two countries reached an agreement on July 2. These remarks particularly applied to General Yahya Khan. in his judgment. was held at Simla from June 28 to July 2. On his own estimate. In the end it was hoped in the Report that the Nation would learn the necessary lessons from these tragic events. which seriously affected their professional capabilities and their qualities of leadership. It had been concluded that apart from the political. General Abdul Hamid Khan. 1972. Detailed accounts of witnesses given to the Commission indicate that Lt-General Niazi had suffered a complete moral collapse during the closing phases of the war. Bhutto. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and the Indian leader. A. The Commission recommended that these grave allegations be dealt with seriously. apart from certain other officers. an important cause for defeat of the Pakistan Army was the lack of moral character and courage in the senior Army Commanders. but also shattered the image of Pakistan Army as an efficient and excellent fighting force. In Pakistan there was a growing demand to get these prisoners released with the result that a Summit Conference between Pakistani President. Mrs.000 Pakistani troops and civilians. The Hamood-ur-Rahman Commission Report is a valuable document. Gandhi. Major General Khuda Dad Khan and Lt-General A. In view of the desperate picture painted by the Commander Eastern Command.
The two countries resolved to settle their differences by peaceful means through bilateral negotiations. Both governments also agreed to take all steps within their power to prevent hostile propaganda directed against each other. The broad features of this pact included that the principle and purpose of the charter of United Nations would govern the relations between the two countries. Gandhi It was reiterated again in the agreement that efforts would be made to put an end.A young Benazir Bhutto shaking hands with Mrs. security. The foremost conditions for understanding. territorial sovereignty. mutual friendship and equality. good neighborly relations. as far as possible. and stable and lasting peace were laid that no country would interfere with the other country's internal matters on the basis of mutual respect for peace. The meeting at Simla was a result of the growing public demand to get the Pakistani prisoners released after the 1971 war . to all such disputes and differences that have been the cause of dissension between the two countries for the last 25 years.
Indra Gandhi and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto at Simla In order to initiate the process of durable peace. 1971. The control line between Jammu and Kashmir would be the same as was on December 17. land and air. and promote and facilitate travel by sea.The Pakistani and Indian delegations posing for a group photo In order to progressively restore and normalize relations between the two countries. it was agreed that steps would be taken to resume communications. . postal service. both the governments agreed that Indian and Pakistani forces would be withdrawn to their sides of the international border. Both the countries would respect the international border and the withdrawal of the armies would be completed within 30 days of the implementation of the agreement. Trade and cooperation in economic and other agreed fields would also be resumed.
The President was to be a Muslim above 45 years of age and was to be elected by a joint sitting of members of the Parliament for 5 years. The first Article of the Constitution declares Pakistan as a Federal Republic to be known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. and it came into effect on August 14. F. Commemorative stamp issued on the proclamation of the 1973 Constitution The Constitution was parliamentary in nature. and Baluchistan. Pakistan was to be a Federation of four federating Units. Pakistan ratified the Simla Agreement on July 15 and India on August 3. Pakistani troops withdrew from 69 sq. Indra Gandhi signing the Simla Agreement Leaders of both the countries agreed at Simla to meet again at a mutually agreed time so that representatives of both the countries could discuss more arrangements for durable peace. As a consequence of the clauses pertaining to the withdrawal of forces. Punjab. after which the agreement came into effect on August 4. Article 41 of the Constitution lay down that the President was to be the Head of the State. Bhutto took over as the Prime Minister of Pakistan from this date and Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry was appointed as the President of Pakistan. The Constitution of 1973 opens with a Preamble. The President was authorized to appoint the . The President could be removed on the grounds of physical or mental incapacity or impeached on charges of violating the Constitution or gross misconduct. The most prominent characteristic of this Constitution was that it accommodated proposals from the opposition parties and hence almost all the major political parties of the country accepted it.Pakistani President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and the Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indian troops withdrew from the 5. He could be re-elected but could not hold office for more than two terms. including matters relating to prisoners of war. In Kashmir. P. W. local prisoners. Sindh. 1973. Islam was declared as the State religion of Pakistan. miles of territory in Punjab and Rajasthan. miles of Pakistani territory in Punjab and Sindh it had occupied during the war. The Constitution of 1973 The Bhutto Government's first achievement was the preparation of a Constitution for the country. 1972. India retained 480 sq. The National Assembly approved the 1973 Constitution on April 10. The President was to act on the advice of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. N. miles. final settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and diplomatic relations. miles and Pakistan 52 sq.139 sq. This is the preliminary part of the Constitution in which broad features of the Constitution have been explained. Similarly.
The 1973 Constitution had adopted a federal parliamentary system for the country in which the President was only a figurehead and the real power lay with the Prime Minister. Emphasis was made to establish a real Islamic system in all aspects of social life. however. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto becomes Prime Minister  After the promulgation of the 1973 Constitution. This Article was later repealed by the Parliament during Nawaz Sharif's era through Thirteenth Amendment introduced on April 1. 1979.Attorney General. The Provincial Assembly for each province consisted of 240 seats for the Punjab. . and 40 seats for Baluchistan. This Amendment empowered the President to dissolve the National Assembly under Article 58(2) b. loyalty to the Republic and obedience to the law. In the Provincial Government. A. The Islamic Advisory Council was set up to recommend ways and means to bring existing laws of the country in conformity with the Islamic principles. It was. 1997.. more Islamic provisions were laid down in the Constitution of 1973. each province will have a Governor appointed by the President. The 1973 Constitution provided a free and independent Judiciary. each province was to elect 14 members. The Constitution guaranteed a right to the citizens. The President on the advice of the Prime Minister could dissolve the National Assembly. Keeping this objective in mind. General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq who ran the country with Martial Law passed the Eighth Amendment in the Constitution in 1985. The National Assembly consisted of 200 seats elected directly for duration of five years. W. 100 seats for Sindh. the elections for the President. Bhutto was sworn in as the Prime Minister of the country on August 14. Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry was elected as the President under the new Constitution. and the Chief Election Commissioners. The Constitution also declared the laws inconsistent with or in derogatory to fundamental rights as null and void. 1973. The Thirteenth Amendment was in turn repealed by the Legal Framework Order of 2002. to be protected by law. The appointment of Federal Ministers and Ministers of the State from amongst the members of the Parliament was at the Prime Minister's disposal. the National Assembly and the Senate. Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly were to be undertaken. Chairman of Senate. F. The Constitution conferred several kinds of fundamental rights to the people such as the right to life. the Constitution of 1973 was more Islamic in character than the previous ones. In light of the previous experience. equality and freedom of speech. However. 80 seats for N. who imposed Martial Law in the country on July 5. Any person who was found to abrogate or attempt or conspire to abrogate or subvert the Constitution was to be treated guilty of high treason. Prime Minister. each province was to have a Governor appointed by the President. which effectively restored the discretionary powers of the President enacted by the Eighth Amendment. trade and association. liberty. The 1973 Constitution set up a bicameral legislature at the Center consisting of two Houses. suspended by General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. The Constitution of 1973 remained in force for nearly four years. In the Provincial Government. and imposed two duties on them. The Constitution recognized Islam as the religion of the country and enjoined upon the State to serve the cause of Islam and to bring all existing laws in conformity with Islam. Judges of Supreme Court and High Courts. The Senate was to consist of 63 members. P. Z. after he had secured 108 votes in a house of 146 members.
The important land reforms included the reduction of land ceilings and introducing the security of tenancy to tenant farmers. Fazal Ilahi was a mere figurehead since all power and authority rested with the Prime Minister. nationalization caused colossal loss not only to the national treasury but also to the people of Pakistan. 1977. and the improvement of workers' rights. In the first phase. He was relinquished from the office at his own request on September 16. The rights of the detained were limited under the Third Amendment while the powers and jurisdiction of the courts for providing relief to political opponents were curtailed under the Fourth Amendment. His reforms were twofold. for a term of five years. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was sworn in as the Prime Minister of the country. basic industries like steel. The land ceiling was fixed to 150 acres of irrigated land and 300 acres of nonirrigated land.During his period. 1976. a number of land reforms were also introduced. Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry . The First Amendment led to Pakistan's recognition of Bangladesh. This amendment was highly criticized by Zulfiqar Bhutto on a state visit to China lawyers and political leaders. The Second Amendment in the constitution declared the Ahmadis as non-Muslims. a considerable number of small businessmen and traders were ruined. when Bhutto nationalized all banks. six amendments were carried out in the 1973 Constitution. hence making no sense for the step that was taken. This nationalization process was not as successful as Bhutto expected. 1973. The last step in the series was the most shocking. although the army took over the reigns of power in July. During his period as the Prime Minister. it was the nationalization of all flour. This was done in 1972. 1974. on August 14. displaced or rendered unemployed. Consequently. focused on curtailing the power and jurisdiction of the Judiciary. Most of the nationalized units were small businesses that could not be described as industrial units. The next major step in nationalization took place on January 1. This Amendment was made in the Constitution to favor the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who was supposed to be a friend of Bhutto. nationalization. In the concluding analysis. rice and cotton mills throughout the country. Fazal Ilahi becomes President  After the promulgation of the 1973 Constitution. Another step that Bhutto took was to democratize Pakistan's Civil Service. 1978. He was allowed to continue as the President of Pakistan till 1978. The Bhutto Government carried out a number of reforms in the industrial sector. chemical and cement were nationalized. The Fifth Amendment passed on September 15. and Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry became the President of Pakistan. The main provision of the Sixth Amendment extended the term of the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court and the High Courts beyond the age of retirement.
were to be held in the second half of 1977. However. Throughout their election campaign. N. won 99 percent of the seats in the 1977 elections Immediately after the announcement. N. A. announced the election schedule and declared January 19 and 22 as the last date for receipt of nominations for National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies. Justice Sajjad Ahmad Jan. The results of the elections astonished political pundits both inside and outside Pakistan. A. N. Bhutto started his election campaign.052. managed to exploit anti-Bhutto sentiments among a huge section of masses and thus their election campaign received an unexpectedly positive response. General Elections 1977 According to the original schedule. instead of giving their own agenda. decided to contest the elections under one election symbol "plough" and a green flag with nine stars as its ensign. in addition to being the Chief Martial Law Administrator and the Chief of Army Staff. P. even for the Alliance leadership itself. The total registered voters in the country were 30. and to get further support from the common man. respectively. Two hundred and fifty five Returning Officers were appointed for the National Assembly elections by the Election Commission. Bhutto himself held public meetings all over the country. Bhutto announced that the elections would be held earlier. Election symbols were allocated to all the political parties. the idea was not to give sufficient time to the opposition in order to make decisions and arrangements for the forthcoming elections. To add insult to injury. They claimed that the fundamental rights had been curtailed during Bhutto's era. . A number of feudal lords and other influential persons were allocated party tickets. the Alliance could only win 8 out of 116 seats of the National Assembly from Punjab. The biggest problem for Bhutto and his Pakistan Peoples Party was that nine important parties of the opposition had joined hands and formed an alliance. To many. Finally the elections were held on March 7 in which Pakistan Peoples Party managed to win 155 out of 200 seats in the National Assembly. Their claim. On January 10. P. The opposition blamed Bhutto for using Government machinery in running his election campaign. leadership mainly concentrated on echoing the alleged misdeeds of Bhutto's Government. and failed to win even a single seat from Lahore and Rawalpindi. Pakistan National Alliance was only able to win 36 National Assembly seats. also helped them in winning over a sizable number of voters from all over Pakistan. A. P. corruption. heavy expenditures on administration and disastrous economic policies evidenced by inflation. this time Bhutto also relied on political heavyweights. when Pakistan Peoples Party mainly banked on socialistic slogans. A. that their manifesto was Quran. Unlike the 1970 elections. The P. leaders also exploited the deteriorating law and order situation and misuse of law enforcing agencies against the political opponents. The attendance in P.General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq was sworn in as the next President of Pakistan. he announced labor reforms on January 4.899. named as Pakistan National Alliance. N. 1977. the second general elections in the history of Pakistan. A. mismanagement of national wealth. and a second set of land reforms on January 5. on January 7. P. cities in which they had organized big public gatherings and processions. and the first after the dismemberment of the country. Chief Election Commissioner. The attendance in the public meetings was amazing in all parts of the country. The first step he took was the allocation of tickets to his party men. The P. N. especially in interior Sindh and Punjab. public meetings and rallies was at times unexpected. P.
The opposition decided to join hands against Bhutto and contest the election from a common platform. boycotted the provincial elections. P. P. and to confront the police and the security forces. and fresh election of National Assembly seats under the supervision of Judiciary and the Army. which made the Alliance even more popular among the masses. to break law deliberately. candidates were strong. This committee was reported to have found a blueprint of the plan of rigging from the Prime Minister House. resorted to bogus voting merely to prove that voters had come to cast their ballot. A. In an interview to Associated Press of Pakistan.. Yet the result of March 7 elections astonished everyone as P. A. Rumors quickly circulated that the results in key constituencies were issued directly from the Prime Minister's office. leadership did not accept the results and accused the Government of systematic rigging. N. Marked ballot papers were also found on the streets in Karachi and Lahore. There were also reports that P. P. were immensely successful. the polling was alleged to have been blocked for hours. A. to counter the anti-opposition steps of Bhutto's Government. Sajjad Ahmad Jan. During the elections. Executive Council decided to boycott the Provincial Assemblies' polls and demanded for immediate resignation of Bhutto. who exploited their position and party machinery and thus destroyed the sanctity of the ballot box. used mosques to stimulate the masses and tried to create an impression that they were only working for the enforcement of Nizam-i-Mustafa. When Bhutto refused to accept the demands of P. candidates often surpassed the actual number that turned up for voting. N. A. Most of the public meetings of P. gained 99 percent seats. P. N. replacement of the Chief Election Commissioner. P. The voting figures showing the success of the P. A. This hatred was further enhanced by the authoritarian style of his governance. The business community wholeheartedly joined Alliance. there was a strong group in the country that was not ready to accept him. P. N. leaders called upon the people to stage countrywide strikes and organize protest marches. A. N. P. P. N. proved to be the beginning of the decline of Bhutto. the Chief Election Commissioner admitted that the failure of the electoral process was by and large due to the candidates of the ruling party. Ouster of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Ever since Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto took over the responsibilities of governance. particularly where the P. The followers fully responded to the call and a full-fledged political movement started. leadership of the Alliance decided to bring the people onto the streets. opposition parties in the National Assembly set a common platform. P. N. called United Democratic Front. Overall P. A. However. was only able to win 36 seats in the National Assembly. At last Martial Law was imposed by Zia-ul-Haq who appointed a committee to inquire into the alleged rigging of the National Assembly polls. A. P. They criticized the socialistic attitude of Bhutto and alleged that he had lost his faith in Islam. Lahore and Rawalpindi. especially in the big cities like Karachi. under the title of "A Model Election Plan". The ulema whipped up emotions for a Jihad to save Islam. the Pakistan National Alliance. P. N. N. the Establishment showed its biased attitude towards P. P. The inquiry committee alleged that Bhutto had prepared this plan as early as April 1976. P. P. N. A. His policy of suppressing the opposition and interference in the affairs of the Provinces proved to be the major factor for the unity of the rightist and the leftist political parties against him. As early as March 1973. Formation of P. They considered him as one of the players who were involved in the dismemberment of Pakistan. which they thought was in danger from an evil regime. The bar associations across the country also began to register their strong protest against the electoral fraud and denounced the post-election policy of repression. P. swept the polls and P. N. armed personnel in police uniform removed ballot boxes.Pakistan National Alliance leaders protested that there had been a systematic rigging of election results to defeat them. A. the opposition emerged as a significant force against Bhutto at the macro level for the first time when elections were announced in January 1977. A. .. P. later known as the "Larkana Plan". At many places.
The Rules of Democracy Martial Law under General Zia-ul-Haq [1977-1985] . S. imposed Martial Law in the country on July 5. N. He used police and F. Bhutto showed his willingness to hold elections Chief of the Army Staff General Zia-ul-Haq claimed that in November 1977. It was in these conditions that Chief of the Army Staff. I would certainly never have done what I did". But P. A. Kuwait and Iran. A. Martial Law was enforced in three main cities of Karachi. leaders were released and brought to Sihala for negotiations in the first week of June. N. N. Curfew was imposed in the rest of the big cities of the country and Army was called to maintain law and order. Lahore and Hyderabad. against Alliance's activities and its top leadership was arrested and put behind the bars. However. A. N. In the beginning of May. Bhutto changed his policy and started to explore the option of a dialog. A. 1977. General Zia-ul-Haq. His tour was termed as dilatory tactics and again there seemed to be a deadlock.. and debunked opposition's charges that his landslide victory was a result of rigging. A. he had no choice but to impose Martial Law in the candidates during the interim period. and sent Bhutto behind the bars. and offered five ministries to the P.Initially Bhutto put a deaf ear to the demands of P. E. Some P. team country insisted on 50 percent representation in the Cabinet and demanded elections before August 14. Libya. F. N. Bhutto eventually accepted almost all the demands of P. A. and the stage was set for a compromise. "Had an agreement reached between the opposition and the Government. General Zia said. the intensity of the situation made Bhutto realize that it was not possible to suppress the movement by force. U. Signing of the agreement was held in abeyance as he went abroad for a tour of Saudi Arabia.
but at the price of enforcement of the Eighth Amendment and the validation of the Revival of the Constitutional Order. 1977. Under General Zia's Martial Law. Vast amounts of military equipment and aid were donated to Pakistan to help the four million Afghan refugees who crossed into Baluchistan and North West Frontier Province. The Pakistan Peoples Party won these elections. General Zia-ul-Haq declared political parties to be defunct and certain political leaders were General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq disqualified. Movement for Restoration of Democracy was established to return democracy to Pakistan. legal and economic structures. The Majlis-i-Shoora was to take the place of the National Assembly. there was steady economic growth favoring the private sector. On February 6. in 1979. Talks between the Alliance and Bhutto government were held in June 1977 and an agreement was reached. Referendum 1984 General Zia wanted to establish a pseudodemocracy in Pakistan. which was so worded that a "Yes" meant that Zia himself would be further endorsed. On March 14. but it could not be implemented. A provisional Constitution was enforced on March 23. Zia took a number of steps in this direction. Fresh elections were announced for October 15. 1985. even though the referendum did not refer to this directly. A conference of political leaders was held in February 1978. 1977. Finally. This appeal was in the form of a referendum. Junejo fulfilled his promise of lifting the Martial Law and the restoration of the fundamental rights. Pakistan gained the status of Most Favored Nation from the United States following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979. but was accused by their opponents. The Referendum Order 1984 put Zia-ul-Haq leading a referendum rally . But on July 5. Pakistan National Alliance. with a continuation of him as President under a civilian setup. imposed Martial Law and the elections were postponed. the Chief of Army Staff.Elections were held on March 7. the Alliance started a series of nationwide protests. 1981. General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. 1977. but a year later. General Zia-ul-Haq announced holding of elections within 90 days. 1981. of rigging the elections. 1977. but was to be without any legislative powers. the first was the establishment of the Majlis-i-Shoora. and efforts were made to Islamize the political. after the nomination of Muhammad Khan Junejo as Prime Minister of Pakistan on March 20. General Zia's second step was to ask the public to endorse his rule. as the Constitution of 1973 had been suspended with the imposition of Martial Law.
It was a loaded question that simply asked. for the continuation and consolidation of that process. . R. particularly for the uneducated rural class." General Zia-ul-Haq being processed by an election official prior to casting his vote The question was. claimed that a very small percentage of people actually showed up to vote. 1984. seeking endorsement of the process of Islamization initiated by General Zia. Zia-ul-Haq addressing a public meeting to gain support for the referendum The question read as follows: "Whether the people of Pakistan endorse the process initiated by General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. The results of this referendum showed the people voted in favor of Zia. The referendum was held on December 19. though the M. D.forward a complex question to the citizens. The Movement for the Restoration of Democracy boycotted the elections. for bringing the laws of Pakistan in conformity with the injunctions of Islam as laid down in the Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and for the preservation of the Islamic ideology of Pakistan. and for the smooth and orderly transfer of power to the elected representatives of the people. by all standards. Zia rejected this claim and declared that he had been given public support to continue as President of Pakistan for the next five years. but in essence. a very complicated and complex one. "Do you wish Pakistan to be an Islamic state?" An affirmative vote in the referendum was to result in a five-year term for Zia as President of Pakistan. the President of Pakistan.
which was legalized through an amendment to the 1973 Constitution. The people elected many new faces. Surprisingly. who had seemed popular in their appeals. 1985. D. The opposition parties.As a result of the referendum. the Chief Martial Law Administrator General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq became the President of Pakistan. Amendments were made in the Political Parties Act of 1962. Contrary to expectations. to miscalculate their next step. The elections were to be held on a non-party basis. The elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies were held in 1985 on February 25 and 28. D. D. R. and Advisors. M. General Zia announced that the elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies would be held in February 1985. could not win from their constituencies. The successful boycott of the 1984 referendum caused the M. they boycotted these elections as well. on a non-party basis. After the referendum. R. including former Members of National and Provincial Assemblies. General Zia announced elections of the National and Provincial Assemblies in February 1985. . The M. February 1985 General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq taking oath as the President of Pakistan General Zia visiting a polling station After the 1984 referendum. the voters turned to the polls in large numbers. boycotted the elections. soon realized that it had miscalculated badly.. General Zia also announced various other conditions for the elections. that it should have fought the elections on Zia's terms. respectively. Being confident of public opinion. Each candidate had to be supported by at least 50 people to be able to contest in the elections. R. General Elections. These amendments affected all political parties. many political leaders. as their demands for party-based elections and restoration of the 1973 Constitution were not met. An alternative leadership was in place with many of the old political leaders routed out. In a nationwide speech on January 12.
1977. It was 57. The Islamic sentiment has always been fully alive in Pakistan. where the constituencies were smaller and the contest harder. values and traditions in the light of Quran and Sunnah. General Zia wanted to bring the legal.37 percent nationwide. Total voter turnout for the National Assembly was 53. It was this newly elected Assembly that set the tone for later years by incorporating the controversial Eighth Amendment in the Constitution of Pakistan. Various governments have used this to their benefit. Muhammad Khan Junejo was appointed as the Prime Minister and he formed the government. The newly elected National Assembly was to replace the Majlis-i-Shoora and was to have legislative powers as well. In his first address to the nation. to enable the people of Pakistan to lead their General Zia announcing that Islamic laws would be enforced in the country lives in accordance to Islam. In the Provincial Assemblies elections. Islamization was given a new boost. General Zia-ul-Haq was a practicing Muslim who raised the slogan of Islam. he declared that Islamic laws would be enforced and that earnest attention would be devoted towards establishing the Islamic society for which Pakistan had been created. social. Islamization Under General Zia-ul-Haq When General Zia-ul-Haq took over as the Chief Martial Law Administrator on July 5. the turnout of the voters was even better. economic and political institutions of the country in conformity with the Islamic principles. .Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo addressing the nation The general elections to the National and Provincial Assemblies were held peacefully and with a large participation of the people.69 percent. There are people who doubt Zia's reasons for raising the Islamic slogan. whether it was for political purposes to counter balance Bhutto's appeal or was it to enforce Islam in its true sense.
associations and institutions. He introduced the Zakat. The Shoora was to act as a board of advisors for the President. A. journalists. 1980. Zia-ul-Haq selected his Majlis-i-Shoora in 1980. orphans and widows. On January 1.. The Government invited eminent scholars to compile laws about Islamic financing. A Shariah Council consisting of ulema was established to look into the constitutional and legal matters of the State in order to bring them in line with Islamic thought. ulema. Ushr was levied on the yield of agricultural land in cash or kind at the rate of 10 percent of the agricultural yield. Islamic Hadood and Penal Code in the country. Pakistan Studies and Islamic Studies were made compulsorily for B. A. Television especially was brought under the Islamization campaign. The media was also targeted.. poor. which were made compulsory. A number of other Islamization programs were carried out including the teaching of Islamic Studies and Arabic. Most of the members of the Shoora were intellectuals. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq introduced a "Profit and Loss Sharing System" according to which an account holder was to share the loss and profit of the bank. W. Appeals against the Lower and High Courts were to be presented before the Shariah Court for hearing. Blasphemy of the Holy Prophet (S. Law and Nursing students. news in Arabic were to be read on .. extra marks were given to people who were Hafiz-e-Quran. scholars. officials and agencies. B. It was to be the Islamic Parliament and act as the Parliament of Pakistan in place of the National Assembly. Sc. annually. General Zia-ul-Haq was a practicing Muslim who raised the slogan of Islam A Federal Shariah Court was established to decide cases according to the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah.000. District and Tehsil Zakat Committees to distribute Zakat funds to the needy. The first Ombudsman was appointed to rectify the misadministration of the Federal Government. Provincial. It covered only Islamic organizations. M. B. The Zakat and Ushr Ordinance to Islamize the economic system was promulgated on June 20. Shias were exempted from Zakat deduction from their accounts due to their own religious beliefs. economists and professionals belonging to different fields of life. The Zakat was to be deducted by banks on the first day of Ramazan. 1980. B. The Government appointed Central.) would now be punishable by death instead of life imprisonment. Ushr. Since Islam does not allow interest. For professional studies. Commerce. Engineering.5 percent annually above the balance of Rupees 3.The Government of Zia-ul-Haq took a number of steps to eradicate non-Islamic practices from the country. S. Zakat was to be deducted from bank accounts of Muslims at the rate of 2.
Ordinance for the sanctity of Ramazan was introduced to pay reverence to the holy month of Ramazan. death by stoning. In legal matters. adultery and qazf. the Zakat tax introduced by General Zia still holds and so does many of his the other laws. The lack of consensus among the re1igious authorities combined with countrywide protests forced Zia to hold back on making the Shariah law the law of the country. The status of women was thus arbitrarily cut in half by Zia. Thus. If a rape was reported. a culprit could be sentenced to lashing. theft. female anchor persons were required to cover their heads. the numbers of mosques were increased. legally. under the Shariah laws proposed that the testimony of a woman was not equal to that of a man. the rape could be termed adultery. life imprisonment and in some cases. the status of the religious teachers was raised to that of a Commissioned Officer. A program to ensure the regularity of prayers called the Nizam-i-Salaat was launched by General Zia himself. This was done to attract highly qualified individuals from the universities and religious institution to serve on such assignments. In the armed forces. A three months imprisonment and a fine of Rupees 500 were imposed for violating the Ordinance.both television and radio. four witnesses were to be provided otherwise. two women would have to stand witness against the testimony of one man. General Zia-ul-Haq wanted to make Pakistan the citadel of Islam so that it could play an honorable and prominent role for the Islamic world. Zia's Government introduced the Hadood Ordinance for the first time in Pakistan. The Ordinance forbade public drinking and eating during the holy month of Ramazan. The Law of Evidence. The Afghan War Settlement . The Islamic laws of Zia also included laws for women. which meant the punishments ordained by the Holy Quran or Sunnah on the use of liquor. the Azan was relayed regularly on radio and television to announce time for prayers. The steps taken by General Zia were in this direction and had a longterm impact. Under this Ordinance. for the first time. There was little consensus amongst Muslim authorities over this law. Another law. a woman could be flogged for adultery. Zia put forward the theory of "Chadar Aur Chaar Devari" and this was to be applied to women. Teaching the Holy Quran was made compulsory in schools As the government grew further in its Islamic leanings.
General Zia stood against the spread of communism.The Afghan people organized a resistance force against this blatant aggression. and the Afghan War proved expensive even for a world power like the Soviet Union. supplied them with surface-to-air Stinger missiles. Some 120.In 1979. Islam was in danger. S. military equipment and aid arrived in Pakistan. Although the Afghans suffered enormous causalities in the beginning of the war but the turning point in the war came when the U. the Soviet Empire was breaking apart at the seams. America responded to the call of Pakistan and flooded Pakistan with monetary help to finance the anti-communist regime in Afghanistan and to equip the freedom fighters.The Soviet Government lived up to its commitment of withdrawal of forces according to the agreed timetable. Communism came to the threshold of Pakistan when forces led by Babrak Karmel overthrew the Government of Afghanistan. With the Afghan problem. He reiterated his solution to the Afghanistan crisis in 1983 in New Delhi. The Soviets were to learn the same lesson. 1988. Pakistan provided refuge to millions of Afghans affected by the Russian invasion of Afghanistan during the early 1980s It has always been said about Afghanistan that it can be invaded and occupied easily but it is very difficult to hold and control it. under which the Soviet Union agreed to withdraw its forces in two installments . In the beginning. As a result the Pakistan Army became better equipped. Afghans have a history of resisting foreign invaders.000 Russian troops entered Afghanistan . The huge amounts of aid that poured in propped up Zia's government. The Soviet forces suffered greatly in terms of manpower and material. The British imperial power failed in all three attempts to occupy and control Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan has given political asylum to millions of Afghans. On the domestic front his policy of Islamization became more relevant as it was seen that in the neighboring Afghanistan. put forward a strong resistance to the Russian invasion. . Negotiations on Afghanistan were carried out under Zia's Government. the Soviet army was successful in occupying and controlling Afghanistan. This led the Soviets to seek peace in Afghanistan. the mujahideen. Other than the problems faced due to the Afghan War efforts. The arms provided to Afghanistan freedom fighters were also provided to the Pakistan Army. a new phase of modernization of the military began. The freedom fighters. Russian forces invaded Afghanistan. Afghan refugee girls in a tentvillage school General Zia's gamble in resisting the Russian invasion in Afghanistan paid him huge dividends. and the Geneva Accord was signed on April 14. huge amounts of money. As Pakistan was a frontline state. He demanded the expulsion of Russian forces from Afghanistan.
He tried to conduct an independent foreign policy. 1988. Not only this but. establish institutions of social justice. The refugees were a great economic burden on Pakistan. led coalition installed an interim government in Afghanistan. fighting continued between the various factions of the mujahideen. On being nominated. which till today keeps a fragile peace in the country. The program was multidimensional in nature. increase employment opportunities. strike hard at corruption and other social evils. and to start socio-economic development of the country. particularly on Afghanistan. world attention again focused on Afghanistan as they considered it as training grounds of terrorists responsible for the tragedy. which resulted in the death and serious injuries to a large number of civilians. crime. President Zia-ul-Haq nominated Muhammad Khan Junejo as the Prime Minister of Pakistan on March 20. introduce an egalitarian economy. After the lifting of Martial Law. Muhammad Khan Junejo promised the nation that he would lift the Martial Law and restore a civilian government as soon as possible. Junejo's regime met its sudden and unexpected end while he was returning from a visit to South Korea on May 29. guns. This probe perhaps became the immediate cause for the dismissal of his government. The Talibans were removed by power and a U. the leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party. carried out his promise of lifting the Martial Law and the restoration of fundamental rights. The main objectives were to induct a new and progressive civilian order. after being sworn in as the Prime Minister. With the emergence of the Taliban. S. It had to look after and feed more than three million Afghan refugees that had crossed over to Pakistan.The victory in Afghanistan was achieved at a great cost to Pakistan. Long after the Soviet forces had left Afghanistan. Meanwhile Pakistan continues to suffer numerous problems from the legacy of the Afghan War such as refugees. General Zia dismissed Junejo's Government using the controversial rule under Article 58(2) . elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies were held in February 1985 on a nonparty basis. He annoyed military generals by withdrawing big staff cars from them and replacing them with small cars. Muhammad Khan Junejo Becomes Prime Minister [1985-88] After the Presidential referendum of December 1984. 1985. Junejo. liberate at least 50 percent of the people from illiteracy. Junejo tried to take a course independent of Zia. Pakistan found itself an ally in Afghanistan that enforced peace and virtually eliminated the drug cultivation. Despite his weak position. 1988. drugs. which made the position of the President paramount and that of the Prime Minister subordinate. by taking into confidence and consulting leaders of political parties. His government even tried to probe into the military fiasco at the Ojheri Camp near Islamabad on April 10. including Benazir Bhutto. Muhammad Khan Junejo introduced a five-point program in December 1985. and terrorism. Junejo's position was weak and vulnerable under the constitutional amendments made by Zia. they also caused the problem of drugs and gunrunning in the country. but at the price of the Eight Amendment and Junejo taking oath as Prime Minister validating the Revival of the Constitutional Order. After the September 11 tragedy of 2001.
including the Chief Justice. The Article 58(2) b changed the entire complexion of the Constitution. President Ghulam Ishaq Khan exercised his power under the 8th Amendment two elected governments However. The President had the power of appointing service chiefs and other important federal officers. and President Farooq Leghari in 1996 are subject to a lot of speculation. Although Junejo had no claim to power on his own. 1985. post-constitutional deadlocks in the country had shown the necessity to vest authority in the President so that in case of a political crisis. traits which are not easy to find in political leaders of today. the Assembly could be dissolved and new elections could be held and Martial Law could be avoided. Though the President was to act on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Constitution was transformed from a Parliamentary System into a Presidential one. as Zia had appointed him Prime Minister. He was honest. According to the proponents of this clause. three months after Zia's death in a plane crash. The dissolution of the Assembly by President Zia-ul-Haq in 1988. He restored the fundamental rights of citizens under the Constitution that had been denied to them for a very long time. set dates for the elections for the National Assembly and appoint caretaker government. After the passing of Article 58(2) b. which was the power of dissolution of the National Assembly at his own discretion. General Zia installed a new caretaker government in the Center and Provinces. This Amendment was like the proverbial Sword of Damocles for the successive governments. however. Junejo's Government had been dismissed because the law and order situation had broken down to an alarming extent and the government could not be run in accordance with the Constitution. but also were the Federal and Provincial Assemblies and the Provincial Cabinets and their Chief Ministers. The Eight Constitutional Amendment. but his performance was commendable. and Judges of the High Court and Supreme Court. He could also call a referendum on an issue of great national importance. altered the form of the Constitution drastically. 1988. Fresh elections were promised after 90 days but were eventually held on November 16. Historic 8th Amendment is passed  The 1973 Constitution of Pakistan envisaged a Parliamentary System of government. According to General Zia. Governors of the provinces. President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in 1990 and in 1993. issue ordinances. The President could ask the Prime Minister to get a vote of confidence from the Assembly. polite and had a low-key political personality. with the balance of power tilted towards the Prime Minister. the most controversial power awarded to the office of the President was under the Article 58(2) b. With limited options. the National Assemblies were dissolved on four occasions using its powers. Democratically elected Prime Minister thus became subservient to the President. he had the power to be informed about the decisions relating to the administrative affairs of the federation and proposals of legislation. He tried to put the country on the course of development and some progress was made. particularly in the area of construction of roads in rural areas and the electrification of villages. Not only were the Junejo Government dismissed. The President could not exercise his powers without the concurrence of the Prime Minister. The Ombudsman Office was established by Zia-ul-Haq The President was given the right to nominate the Prime Minister. Passed by the Senate on November 14. the Eight Amendment affected almost 19 clauses of the Constitution and brought the office of the President of Pakistan almost at par with that of the Prime Minister. he did what was possible for him. .b of the Constitution.
Martial Law Regulations and Martial Law Orders. Ambassador to Pakistan. . Ordinances. killing all passengers aboard including the President.Other clauses amended by the Eight Amendment dealt with the office of the Prime Minister. and Governors. S. The number of the Senate seats was increased from 63 to 87 under Article 59. the 11-year military rule came to an end. and September 13. The Eighth Amendment is considered as a landmark in the constitutional history of Pakistan. The country now was set forth on the road to democracy. On his return journey. 1977. Millions came to pay their respects to Zia-ul-Haq at his funeral Anwar-ul-Haq (center) and Ijaz-ul-Haq (to his left) laying a wreath at their father's grave General Zia's remains were buried on the grounds of Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. The Eight Amendment also indemnified the entire President's Orders. He had gone to Bhawalpur to see a demonstration of tanks where he was accompanied by a number of Generals. Chief of General Staff. Article 51 increased the number of the National Assembly seats from 200 to 207. This transition from dictatorship to democracy took place constitutionally. including the Referendum Orders made between July 5. his military transport aircraft. including the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. With the death of General Zia. 1988. exploded in mid-air a few minutes after takeoff from Bhawalpur airport. Senate. Death of General Zia-ul-Haq  General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq was killed in an air crash on August 17. as well as the U. The cause of the crash was not known and the enquiry report was never made public. a C-130. 1985. high-ranking Military Attaches. It not only altered the very form of the Constitution from purely Parliamentary to semi-Presidential. This tragic air disaster was the worst in Pakistan's history and was unprecedented in the history of military aircraft. but also changed the constitutional and political history of the country.
became the next acting President of Pakistan. Hopes and Fears Benazir Bhutto Becomes Prime Minister  . a high level meeting was held in Islamabad to decide the question of succession. Some of the participants in the meeting were in favor of imposition of Martial Law. whenever the office of President becomes vacant by reason of death or resignation. the Chairman of Senate acts as the President until a new President is elected. However the military Chief present did not support the idea. or removal of the President. Chairman of the Senate. Under the Constitution. As a result Ghulam Ishaq Khan. I. Khan laying a wreath at Zia-ul-Haq's grave After the crash.G.
A. Pakistan Peoples Party won 94 seats in the National Assembly without forming any alliance. C. showed a clear majority. the first woman to govern an Islamic State. which had formed an alliance with the P. R. was sworn in as the Prime Minister. C. N.. Benazir was barely able to pull through with 12 votes to her advantage. Q. P. A. M. Benazir Bhutto. A. R. Benazir Bhutto taking oath as the first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan The fourth S.In the 1988 elections. P. M. P. members and 13 members of the Federally Administered tribal Area. P. P. deserted the Pakistan People Party and on November 1. Summit Conference was hosted by Pakistan in December 1988 Soon after taking oath. A. M. Summit Conference in December 1988. A. 1989. a no-confidence motion was moved against the Prime Minister by the opposition. The P. daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto announced that the ban on Student Unions and Trade Unions would be lifted. Pakistan and India finalized three peace agreements. also broke away and started creating trouble in Sindh. . As a result of the Conference. Q. With the cooperation of 8 M. P. Government hosted the fourth S. P. Benazir's Government started facing problems on the political front. But soon. the P.
Four candidates took part in the elections. Chairman of the Senate. along with five senior Generals and the American Ambassador. According to the deal between Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Benazir Bhutto. at his discretion. who exercised his power through the controversial Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. which empowered the President to appoint. The cause of the crash has never been ascertained and still remains a riddle. P. . Government and the Establishment. Elections for the Ghulam Ishaq Khan taking oath as the President of Pakistan National and Provincial Assemblies were held on November 16 and 19. P. After the death of General Zia. Ghulam Ishaq Khan becomes President In 1988. Ghulam Ishaq Khan was also the consensus candidate of Islami Jamuhri Ittehad. 1988. Pakistan Peoples Party voted for Ghulam Ishaq Khan. President Zia-ul-Haq dissolved the Junejo Government and announced that fresh elections would be held in November 1988. 1988. Ghulam Ishaq Khan.Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto with Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi Serious conceptual differences arose between the P. any member of the National Assembly as Prime Minister. he was killed in a C-130 plane crash in Bhawalpur. Ghulam Ishaq Khan. her Government was accused of corruption and dismissed by the President. took over as acting President. with Ghulam Ishaq Khan winning and securing the highest 608 votes. Less than two years later. respectively. Ghulam Ishaq Khan appointed Benazir Bhutto as Prime Minister of Pakistan on the condition that she would offer full support to him in the forthcoming presidential elections. The Revival of the Constitutional Order had amended the Constitution. on August 6. 1990. But on August 17.
exercising his power once again through the Eighth Amendment. 1993. President Ghulam Ishaq Khan again dissolved the National Assembly. C. The conflict between the President and the Prime Minister had its drop scene on August 6. Benazir Bhutto returned to power for the second time and Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari was elected as the new President of Pakistan. 1993. inevitably led the President and the Prime Minister into conflict. and the Eighth Amendment. Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi becomes caretaker Prime Minister  . but were canceled when the Supreme Court quashed the Presidential Order and reinstated Nawaz Sharif as the Prime Minister. President Ghulam Ishaq Khan appointed Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi as the caretaker Prime Minister. that had given the President a great deal of power. O. It followed the unhealthy tradition of removing elected governments through the use of the controversial Eighth Amendment. 1990. Differences between Nawaz Sharif and Ghulam Ishaq Khan arose once again. 1990. The dissolution of the National Assembly was soon followed by the dissolution of the Provincial Assemblies. 1990. The next President followed the same tradition and created continuous instability in the country. Moin Qureshi was appointed as the caretaker Prime Minister. This brought to an end the presidency of Ghulam Ishaq Khan. The National and Provincial Assemblies were also dissolved. which brought about the dismissal of two elected governments. 1990. The conflict between the President and the Prime Minister arose in two areas. Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was elected as Prime Minister on November 1. Fresh elections were scheduled on October 24. Fresh elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies were held. and Ghulam Ishaq Khan was appointed the caretaker President. when the President dissolved the National Assembly and Benazir Bhutto was dismissed from power. Nawaz Sharif's Government remained in power till April 19. President Ghulam Ishaq Khan speaking at the banquet hosted in his honor by the Iranian President in Tehran. and appointed Mir Balakh Sher Khan Mazari as the caretaker Prime Minister.Constitutional Amendments made by the R. General Elections were scheduled to be held on July 14. respectively. 1991 Elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies were held on October 24 and 27. the appointment of the Military Chiefs and the Superior Court Judges. 1993. This time they deepened to such an extent that they led to the resignation of both President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on July 18.
Ghulam Ishaq Khan dismissed Nawaz Sharif's government on April 18. Nawaz Sharif made efforts to strengthen the industrial sector with the help of the private sector. was given a boost. elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies were held on October 24 and 27. He chose the leader of the opposition in the former National Assembly. 1993 Nawaz Sharif's Government remained in power till April 18 1993. the President had the power to appoint a caretaker Prime Minister and a caretaker Cabinet at the Federal as well at Provincial level. President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolved the National and Provincial Assemblies on August 6. and the Eighth Amendment. During his tenure as the Prime Minister. Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi. The stupendous Motorway project was initiated that was completed during his second tenure. Elections were scheduled to be held on October 24. sanctions on Pakistan through the Pressler Amendment on sanctions. once again exercising his power through the Eighth Amendment. In an attempt to end the Afghan crisis. and declared a state of emergency in the country. Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. A massive uplift of Murree and Kahuta was done during his term as Chief Minister of Punjab. Balakh Sher Mazari Becomes Caretaker Prime Minister  . Ghulam Ishaq Khan did not appoint a neutral or non-partisan caretaker Cabinet or Prime Minister. 1990. the ex-Chief Minister of Punjab. C. Land was distributed among landless peasants in Sindh.As a result of the changes made in the Constitution by the R. O. Relations with the Central Asian Muslim republics were strengthened and E. 1990. the "Islamabad Accord" was reached between various Afghan factions. when President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolved the National Assembly. His most important contribution was economic progress despite U. 1990. C. Projects like Ghazi Brotha and the Gawadar miniport were initiated. was elected as the Prime Minister on November 1. S. as the new caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan. 1990. Using these powers. O. Nawaz Sharif Becomes Prime Minister  Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi Nawaz Sharif taking oath as the Prime Minister of Pakistan After the ouster of Benazir's Government.
a top World Bank official. During this time he undertook numerous steps. it was. both resigned from their offices on July 18. Moin Qureshi Becomes Caretaker Prime Minister  On May 26. felt that as he was a political outsider. in his last days. making Pakistan Television and Radio Pakistan autonomous. because of the serious differences between the President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and the Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolved the National and Provincial Assemblies on April 19. One of the steps included his effort to expose the misdeeds of the previous governments by publishing the lists of defaulters of bank loans and taxpayers. Balakh Sher Mazari's tenure as Caretaker Prime Minister ended on May 26. however. 1993. Benazir Bhutto becomes Prime Minister  . along with the dissolution of the Central and Provincial Assemblies. Moin Qureshi was totally unknown in Pakistan. He took numerous other steps including the imposition of a nominal tax on agriculture. Moin Qureshi made the State Bank of Pakistan an autonomous body with an effort to keep out political interference in the working of the bank. 1993. These lists exposed a number of affluent persons who were involved in abusing the banking system and dodging the tax collectors. when the Supreme Court revoked the Presidential Order and reinstated Nawaz Sharif as the Prime Minister. 1993. At the Moin Qureshi time of his appointment. 1993. was appointed as the Caretaker Prime Minister and Ghulam Ishaq Khan was appointed as the caretaker President. Despite the fact the Moin Qureshi was new to the economic and political environment of Pakistan. he made a large number of promotions and other administrative decisions in favor of his relatives. he would remain neutral. The only blot on Moin Qureshi's tenure as Prime Minister was that. 1993. downsizing of the administrative machinery and abolishing the discretionary power of the Prime Minster and the Chief Ministers of allotting residential plots to their favorites. However. It goes to his credit that he undertook various endeavors in a short period of time and made a serious effort to recover Government dues. he made his presence felt during his short tenure of 90 days. and appointed Mir Balakh Sher Khan Mazari as the Caretaker Prime Minister. General Elections were scheduled to be held on July 14. which were appreciated by the general public. the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared the Presidential Order of the Assemblies' dissolution as unconstitutional and ruled for restoring the Nawaz Government and the National Assembly. Balakh Sher Mazari Moin Qureshi.
1995. . It also helped in attracting foreign investors. The elections were held on October 6 and 9. Q. Two weeks later Nawaz Sharif called a "wheel jam" strike on October 11 Benazir Bhutto inaugurating supply of natural gas to a town in 1995 The second tenure of Benazir Bhutto was. M. 1993. Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari. This was followed by general strike on September 20. Her visit resulted in the passing of the Brown Amendment by the U. M. The Presidential election was held on Benazir Bhutto taking oath as Prime Minister for the second time.Benazir Bhutto returned to power for the second time in 1993 after the resignation of both President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on July 18. Q. The resignation led to the announcement of fresh elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies. In April 1994. P. however. first Lady Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea in 1995. On the domestic front she continued facing problems with M. S. modern and forward-looking country. and projected Pakistan's stance on the F-16 fighter planes withheld by the U. in 1993 November 13. As a result the P. won by 274 to 168 votes against the then acting President Wasim Sajjad. Benazir visited the U. easing restrictions on Pakistan. formed the new government with the help of alliances. Hillary's visit considerably changed the world's perceptions about Pakistan and highlighted Pakistan as a liberal. During her second tenure. No party emerged with an absolute majority in the elections. candidate. 1993. M. highlighted by the visit of the U. the P. P. a smooth relationship could not be established between the Government and M. P. S. S. Senate on September 21. Q.. Benazir again faced trouble from the opposition. Benazir Bhutto took oath as Prime Minister on October 19. S. P. despite payments. In spite of all her political endeavors. The elections were boycotted by the M. 1993. In the autumn of 1994. Nawaz Sharif led a "train march" from Karachi to Peshawar. respectively.
These were the acting President Wasim Sajjad. President Farooq Leghari dismissed Benazir Bhutto's Government on charges of corruption and mismanagement on November 5. P. Things were not going well between the President and Benazir's Government. as election day approached. but this was soon to change with the Mehran Bank scandal and inappropriate appointments in the judiciary. a nominee of the P. M. Leghari began his term with a clean reputation. came to power by forming an alliance with P. Leghari got 274 votes in his favor against 168 votes for Wasim Sajjad. As a result of voting. no bill was ever presented to do away with this Article of the Constitution. In his first speech. a nominee of the P. P. P. was assassinated under mysterious circumstances in a police ambush on September 20. The high-profile killing of her brother in her tenure damaged her political career. Initially. the next step was the election of the President. (N). Leghari had said that the Eighth Amendment would be removed but during the term of Benazir. under the Article 58(2) b of the Eighth Amendment. and Sardar Farooq Leghari. L. P. L. P. However. some independent members and some small parties. 1996. 1993. Differences soon appeared and the Government felt that there was interference in the political matters of the Government by the President. After the formation of the Governments at the Center and in the provinces. Sardar Farooq Leghari was appointed as the Farooq Leghari taking oath as President of Pakistan President of Pakistan for a term of five years. Sardar Farooq Legahri Becomes President  As a result of the general elections in 1993. On November 13. (J).Benazir Bhutto's brother. a number of candidates filed their nomination papers. Mir Murtaza Bhutto. there were only two candidates left in the field. 1996. M. .
was appointed as caretaker Prime Minister. Malik Meraj Khalid held the office of Prime Minister from November 5. on charges of corruption and extra-judicial killings. 1997. dismissed Benazir Bhutto's Government in November 1996. The next elections were scheduled to be held on February 3. He supported the Chief Justice of Pakistan. and the Legislature. Narsimha Rao. 1997. Sajjad Ali Shah. Rector of the International Islamic University. which eventually resulted in the President using the Eighth Amendment for the dissolution of the National Assembly. who had also developed serious differences with the Nawaz Sharif Government.President Farooq Leghari being received by the Indian Prime Minister. Malik Meraj Khalid. 1996. exercising his powers through the Eighth Amendment. But Leghari could not overcome the heavy mandate that was bestowed upon Mian Nawaz Sharif by the public. to February 17. April 1995 Differences emerged between Benazir and Leghari. Farooq Leghari's resignation brought to an end the tragic drama of conflict and conspiracy between the Judiciary. Malik Meraj Khalid Becomes Caretaker Prime Minister  President Sardar Farooq Leghari. After Benazir. differences arose between them. the Executive. Malik Meraj Khalid taking oath as the caretaker Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif becomes Prime Minister  Malik Meraj Khalid . on arrival in New Delhi. 1997. His resignation cut short his term as the President for five years by nearly one year. When Mian Nawaz Sharif was re-elected as the Prime Minister. and the dismissal of Benazir. with the result that he had to resign on December 2.
The Muslim League was able to obtain a twothird majority in the National Assembly and Mian Nawaz Sharif was re-elected as Prime Minister. All fundamental rights were suspended and all the foreign currency accounts in Pakistani banks were frozen. A number of very important Constitutional Amendments were introduced during Nawaz Sharif's second term. On August 28. in 1997 a serious confrontation with the Judiciary and the Executive. Nawaz regime introduced the Fifteenth Amendment. Chaghi Hills. however. 1997. which eventually led to the resignation of President Leghari on December 2. . 1998 It was during this term that Pakistan carried out its nuclear tests on May 28. 1998. The Nawaz Government proclaimed an emergency on May 28. He obtained a vote of confidence from the National Assembly on February 18. 1998. Pakistan Muslim League won with an overwhelming majority with absolutely light and slight opposition. 1997. the day these nuclear tests were conducted. 1998. The Nawaz Government had found it imperative for Pakistan to carry out these nuclear tests. passing of the Thirteenth Amendment and the Ehtesab Act. where Pakistan carried out its nuclear tests on May 28. The Bill. and to deter Indian adventurism. 1997. in order to provide an effective defense. These include the termination of the Eighth Amendment. 1998. by the members of the National Assembly. The Bill generated heated debate throughout the country but was passed on October 9. as Nawaz Sharif did not had the required two-third majority in the Senate. 1997. The Bill was held back.As scheduled. in response to the Indian detonation of its five nuclear devices. elections were held on February 3. Nawaz Sharif faced Nawaz Sharif taking oath as Prime Minister for the second time. was not put before the Senate within 90 days as was required by the Constitution.
clauses to Nawaz Sharif addressing the National Assembly after it unanimously adopted the restore the women Thirteenth Amendment on April 1. The Kargil Operation in its aftermath again led to tense relations between Nawaz Sharif and the armed forces. Thirteenth Amendment is Passed  The National Assembly unanimously adopted the Constitution Bill. the J. The Thirteenth Amendment was put before the National Assembly on April 1. empowering the Prime Minister to repeal 58(2) b. Soon a serious conflict and confrontation emerged on the scene between him and the Military Generals. General Karamat was replaced by General Pervez Musharraf. Chairman and the Governors.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the nation after being reelected as Prime Minster The Fifteenth Amendment was presumed to be an effort by Nawaz Sharif to acquire additional powers for himself. . 1997 parliamentarian seats and to convert the Ordinance into an act of the Parliament were also incorporated. C. thus bringing to an end the second term of Nawaz Sharif's Government. The power of the Governor to dissolve the Provincial Assemblies under Article 112(2) b was also done away with. This tension culminated into the removal of Nawaz Government by General Pervez Musharraf on October 12. Through the Thirteenth Amendment the controversial Eighth Amendment was repealed and thereby the President was divested of many discretionary power in order to restore the supremacy of the Parliament. in April 1997 by a two-third majority. and advise the President on the appointments of three forces' chiefs. Thus the discretionary power to appoint the chiefs of the armed forces was taken away from the President. 1998. In the proposed Amendment Bill. S. This confrontation led to the resignation of General Jehangir Karamat on October 7. C. 1999. the Thirteenth Amendment.
on July 1. was a structural reform to end the practice of switching party loyalties and blackmailing party leadership for ministerial slots. was elected as the ninth President of Pakistan. and four Prime Ministers. General Pervez Musharraf Newspaper clipping announcing the passing of the Fourteenth Amendment . 58(2) b. as envisaged by the Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal. along with their Cabinets and the National Assemblies. earlier passed by the Senate and later by the National Assembly with a large majority. a former Judge of the Supreme Court and a Senator. when General Zia-ul-Haq was the Chief Martial Law Administrator and President of Pakistan. the Fourteenth Amendment. The office of the President had become vacant after the resignation of President Leghari on December 2. A military coup not only sacked Nawaz Sharif and his Cabinet. Muhammad Rafiq Tarar elected as President (1998) Muhammad Rafiq Tarar. 1998. On coming to power. by the non-party based Parliament. Fourteenth Amendment is passed  Throughout Pakistan's political history. horse-trading and defection within various parties had created problems for various governments. had been dismissed.The infamous Eight Amendment had been inserted in the Constitution in 1985. Although it seemed that a complicated and sensitive constitutional issue was solved in an amicable way through consensus. Having announced the Thirteenth Amendment. It was under the Nawaz The Assembly unanimously adopted the Fourteenth Amendment under the Nawaz Government that the National Government Assembly unanimously adopted the Constitution Bill. Nawaz Sharif said that it had been introduced to revive the democratic concept. Its most notorious and troublesome provision. had empowered the President to sack the Prime Minister and his Cabinet and dissolve the National Assembly. all the hopes dashed to the ground when once again the democratic process was demolished all of a sudden. bank loans and other concessions. 1997. but also dissolved the National Assembly and the Provincial Assemblies. The provision had since been used by three successive Presidents since 1985. 1997. The Muhammad Rafiq Tarar meeting with Chief Executive. and it was anticipated that through the Thirteenth Amendment a new era of democratic freedom and political stability would start. He took oath to his office on January 1. Nawaz Sharif's Government took steps to do away with this ever-flourishing problem. The Anti-Defection Bill.
however. Muhammad Rafiq Tarar was not a politician of any standing but he was. religious faith in Islam. Never before had a President received such overwhelming support from the elected representatives of the people of Pakistan. who himself took over the office of the President of Pakistan. criticized by the opposition parties and newspapers because the nominated President was from Lahore. Pakistan maintains that its nuclear program is for selfdefense. Pakistan would do anything it could to get one of its own. he didn't criticize any Government policy. as deterrence against nuclear India. 1998] On May 28. 1997. ended up only with 31 and 22 votes. the military authorities did not retain Rafiq Tarar as the President till his full term of five years. the National Assembly and the Senate. 1998. the President should be from a smaller province to prevent the possibility of a sense of deprivation among the smaller federating units. and unlike the precedent set by his predecessors. and to avoid the concentration of the main Government offices in one province. Pakistan Peoples Party's Aftab Shahban Mirani and Jamiyat-i-Ulema-iIslam's Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani. He was removed by the Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf on June 20. loyalty. however. 2001. A former Prime Minister of Pakistan. a 68-year old former Judge of the Supreme Court and a Senator.Pakistan Muslim League had a two-third majority in the Parliament and some Provincial Assemblies and therefore was in a position to have its candidate elected as the head of State. His rivals. since the Prime Minister was from Punjab. as their presidential candidate. It has always been maintained by Pakistan that a nuclear threat posed to its security can neither be met with conventional means of defense. devotion to justice and a firm. and the four Provincial Assemblies. in the province of Baluchistan. just two weeks earlier. The nomination of Muhammad Rafiq Tarar was. Widely criticized by the international community. This was in direct response to five nuclear explosions by India. Pakistan: A Nuclear Power [May 28. Being associated with the Judiciary. The election of the President was held on December 31. Pakistan became a nuclear power when it successfully carried out five nuclear tests at Chaghi. Muhammad Rafiq Tarar was comfortably elected President by securing 374 out of 457 votes of the Electoral College. who kept away from the press. The President was to be indirectly elected by the two houses of Parliament. he declared that from then onwards. offered justification for Pakistan's nuclear program when he said that if India were to produce a bomb. the Presidency would not work in conspiring against the elected Government. He honored his word. After overthrowing the Nawaz Government. Pakistan Muslim League dominated most of the six voting groups. which was also the hometown of the Prime Minister. Many that felt that. As the ruling party. Site of nuclear explosions: Chaghi Hills . noted for his honesty. He said that he would confine himself to powers available to him under the Constitution and would not aspire for anything more. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Immediately after taking over. The Nawaz Government nominated Muhammad Rafiq Tarar. respectively. Rafiq Tarar seemed to be an unassuming and ceremonial President with a low profile. nor by external security guarantees.
both sides declared that they had completed their series of nuclear testing and both announced a moratorium on future testing. Nawaz Sharif met him at the Wagah border and a joint communique. Pakistan announced the moratorium on June 11. the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution urging India and Pakistan to halt their nuclear weapons programs. was signed between the two leaders. The U. Nawaz Sharif undertook a major initiative in February 1999. Nawaz Sharif greeting Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at the Wagah border The two leaders shaking hands after signing the Lahore Declaration This declaration spelled out various steps to be taken by the two countries towards normalization of relations between them. and offered to join in new peace talks with India. known as the "Lahore Declaration". At that time Pakistan had no nuclear weapons. After the tests. across the Wagah border. After the tit-for-tat nuclear explosions. 1998. This initiative culminated in a visit by the Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to Lahore via bus. Even long before these tests. the visit was not opposed by any political or social element in Pakistan.India had already posed a nuclear threat against Pakistan ever since it tested a nuclear device in May 1974. Secretary General. The Pakistani people welcomed this move by the Nawaz G The Kargil Offensive [199 . India maintained that its nuclear program was based on their requirement to have a minimum nuclear deterrence. Kofi Annan. and that it was not against any specific country. N. Pakistan has time and again proposed for a nuclear weapon-free zone in South East Asia. Except for the Jamaat-i-Islami. The United States and other Western states imposed economic sanctions against both the countries. in 1999. which Pakistan agreed to sign if India did the same. The Lahore Declaration  In order to normalize relations between India and Pakistan. urged both the countries to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
made high-altitude conquests in their territory. Resolutions and of Indian commitments to give them the opportunity to decide their political future through a fair and free plebiscite. They captured high ground of a 140 kilometers long stretch of 4. Security Council Resolutions of August 13. Search for a Political System . The conflict posed a threat to the region of South Asia. near the strategic Indian-held garrison towns of Kargil and Drass. and particularly during the 1990s. most notably from the President of United States.One dispute that remains unresolved in United Nations forum is the over 50-year-old Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. N. India resorted to air strikes to drive out the freedom fighters. During the winter freeze. 1948. N. The situation across the Line of Control became tense and several innocent civilians became the targets of indiscriminate Indian shelling. The international community was concerned about the escalation of the conflict between the two newly declared nuclear powers. This freedom struggle against the brute Indian force. It further clarified that the heights near Kargil were occupied by indigenous Kashmiri freedom fighters. in probably the most brilliant and courageous maneuver in modern military history. persuaded Pakistan to use its influence on the freedom fighters to avert a full-scale war with India. The Government of Pakistan stated that it was not involved in any way and clarified that it is only the moral. In the last few years. two Indian aircraft entered the territory of Pakistan. and that these militants crossed the provisional borderline. the issue of Kashmir has been brought to the forefront of the world agenda by the struggle of the Kashmiri freedom fighters fighting in Indian occupied Kashmir. and January 05. 1999. 1949. On May 26.000 troops. diplomatic and political support that the Government of Pakistan continues to extend to Kashmiri freedom fighters for their cause of self-determination. however. N. auspices was mandated by the U. The freedom fighters vacated the captured territory by August. India alleged that these "militants" were sponsored by Pakistan. in an attempt to alter the de facto border by force. demands the fulfillment of U. The Kashmiri freedom fighters captured Kargil and Drass in 1999 The freedom struggle gained further momentum in 1999 when the freedom fighters. the "Line of Control". now in excess of 700. they were surprised to find around 600 Kashmiri freedom fighters.500 meters high mountain ridges. resumed between India and Pakistan in the summer of 1999 and efforts were made to resolve the crises. This disputed State of Jammu and Kashmir has been a continuous flash point and the cause of two wars (1948 and 1965) between the two countries. International intervention. 1999. when the Indian forces returned to the mountains. Bill Clinton. occupying a territory 5 kilometers inside Indian occupied Kashmir. one of which was shot down. This plebiscite to be held under U. Talks. India and Pakistan. During this episode. These towns lie on the only usable road between Srinag The occupation by the Kashmiri freedom fighters came as a "Spring Surprise" to the Indian patrols. the area is abandoned by Indian patrols and isolated from the rest of Indian occupied Kashmir. In the beginning of May 1999.
1999] On October 12. The case was tried by an antiterrorism court in Karachi. Although the use of the term "Martial Law" was avoided. At that time Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif headed the Government. The court took the view that there was no other way to remove a corrupt Government except through the intervention of the armed forces. in a ruling on May 12. After two days of chilling uncertainty. ironically established by Nawaz Sharif himself. which sentenced him to life . in his capacity as Prime Minster. He was to face a charge of attempted murder Muhammad Nawaz Sharif endangering the lives of General Pervez Musharraf and 200 other passengers on board by disallowing the plane to land when its fuel was at a low level. 1999. The Supreme Court also directed General Musharraf to hold general elections within three years. Shahbaz Sharif (his brother and former Chief Minister of Punjab) and five other officials were booked on charges of hijacking. The 12 judges based their ruling on the principle of "salus po puli ex supreme lex". 2000. such as economic reforms and bringing to book the corrupt politicians.Military Comes to Power Again [Oct 12. was accused of giving orders to the Civil Aviation Authority to prevent a Colombo-Karachi Pakistan International Airlines commercial flight. The prosecution's case was based on a police report filed by an Army Colonel. Nawaz Sharif. kidnapping and attempted murder in the "Plane Conspiracy" case. from landing at Karachi or anywhere else in Pakistan. with General Pervez Musharraf Musharraf on board. meaning that the welfare of the people is the supreme law of any land. the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. After the military takeover. Chief of Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf assumed the title of Chief Executive. The coup immediately followed the premierâ€™s attempt to replace the Army Chief while he was on a tour to Sri Lanka. The Supreme Court. the Pakistan Army once again ousted the Civilian Government. bureaucrats and businessmen. It was claimed that the Army was forced to take this step to save the country from "turmoil and uncertainty". accepted that a constitutional deviation had taken place in pursuit of rather noble objectives. Pakistan once again came under military rule.
the business of . As a result. I cannot and will not let this nation down". "I think I have a role to play. and against the sovereignty of the Parliament. Thus he became a pivotal player on the world stage and a close ally welcomed in Washington and London alike as a statesman of international standing. dissolve parliament and also recognize him as both head of the army and head of the state. he held his first summit meeting with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at Agra but couldnâ€™t make much headway in solving the Kashmir problem. however. He also relinquished the post of Chief Executive when Zafaullah Khan Jamali became Prime Minister of Pakistan in November 2002. Pervez Musharraf Becomes President [June. Mr. pardoned and exiled by the military government to Saudi Arabia on conditions that he would forfeit Rupees 500 million (equivalent to roughly US$ 8 million) in property and stay out of politics for the next 21 years. and Chief of the Staff Committee. a lot of tension between the two neighboring countries with nuclear-armed rivalry has been eased as they have restored diplomatic relations and started to build up warming ties mutually by means of confidence building measures. Nawaz Sharif was. and that it was the Prime Minster's constitutional right to remove the Army Chief. however. Sharif's lawyers maintained that no charge of corruption was proved against the former Prime Minister. General Pervez Musharraf being sworn-in as President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf announced. He gave three reasons for taking over as the President of Pakistan: constitutional. The critical moment in General Musharraf's presidency was 9/11. political. Due to his consecutive efforts.imprisonment. President Musharraf. According to the opposition the provisions of the LFO were unconstitutional and illegal. General Musharraf did his best to highlight the core issue of Kashmir at every international forum. In July 2001. continues to hold the offices of Chief of Army Staff. Mr. however. I have a job to do here. President General Musharraf kept his word to restore democracy and hold elections in October 2002 as mandated by the Supreme Court. Later on. under the Provincial Constitutional Order (PCO) by removing Rafiq Tarar before he was allowed to complete his five-years tenure. National and Provincial Assemblies and dismissed the Chairman of the Senate and the Speaker of the National Assembly. The opposition parties refused to accept Framework Order (LFO) 2002 as it empowered the President to sack the prime minister. Pakistan's National Assembly and Senate in November 2002 met for the first time since the coup three years earlier. After assuming the new office as President. when Washington suddenly and direly needed his support the international antiterrorism campaign and to crush the Taliban in Afghanistan. After the Taliban were ousted. General Musharraf has given a new formula for solving the protracted dispute of Kashmir. In their appeal to the High Court. he offered all possible help to the new government. 2001] General Pervez Musharraf while he was also Chief Executive took over the office of the President of Pakistan on June 20. "The change will augur well for the future of Pakistan". and economic. He gratified the nation when after general elections. With immediate effect he dissolved the suspended Senate. and said. 2001.
especially President Musharraf used the phrases "cautious optimism". The summit started amid high hopes of resolving various disputes between the two countries including the five decadesâ€™ old Kashmir issue.170 members of parliament and the four assemblies amid MMA abstention and opposition boycott. The Indian President also promised to take "bold and innovative" measures and to discuss President Musharraf being greeted by Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee the "core issue" between the two countries. After getting vote of confidence from parliament and the four provincial assemblies. 2003 as part of a deal with MMA (Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal) to end the stand-off. Agra Summit A historic summit meeting was held between Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf and the Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in Agra. He secured 658 votes (56. democratic. In December.parliament remained in deadlock for a year. "flexibility" and "open mind" to describe his buoyant views for the summit.23 per cent) with simple majority from a total of 1. tolerant. General Musharraf agreed that he would step down as military head of the country on December 31. 2004 and also give up some of the powers he assumed after the coup while on January 1. from July 14 to 16. 2001. He has also played a vital role in negotiating an economic package to assist Pakistan out of its problems. Islamic Pakistan and favors economic reforms and free trade with the West. Both sides started the summit with hopefulness and in a spirit of good will. President Musharraf presents to the world vision of a modern.2004. . President Pervez Musharraf would now serve full five-year term as President till 2007 under the constitutional provisions after the seventeenth amendment was passed by a two-third majority of the Parliament.
President Musharraf meeting with Indian Congress leader Sonya Gandhi Various rounds of one-to-one talks were held between President Musharraf and Prime Minster Vajpayee. cross-border terrorism. President Musharraf also held face-to-face meetings with the top Kashmiri leadership represented by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. There were hopes that both the leaders would arrive at an agreement and a joint statement or declaration would be made at the end of the summit as the two leaders plunged into serious talks. Ayub Khan had undertaken a similar effort in this direction by introducing the Basic Democracy System. nuclear risk reduction. Local Government System  In order to establish democracy at grassroots level. This was not a new experiment in Pakistan. introduced the Local Government System. and commercial ties were discussed. On the first day. Despite the failure of the talks. Despite the failure of the talks. The talks went in the right direction and were declared by both the leaders as "positive. frank and constructive". He also invited the Indian Prime Minister to visit Pakistan as he felt that the issues between Pakistan and India were much more complicated and could not be resolved in a short time. The two sides remained inflexible on the core issue of Kashmir. however. a 90-minute one-on-one session was held between the two leaders. release of prisoners of war. Despite reservations from the Indian Government. General Pervez Musharraf joined Vajpayee to call on the two countries to bury their past. The Kashmir issue. General Musharraf joined Vajpayee to call on the two countries to bury their past The two-day Agra summit between President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. despite five long and arduous one-to-one rounds between the two leaders and hours of discussion between the two delegations. the regime of General Pervez Musharaf. collapsed and no formal agreement could be attained. An overview of the Local Government setup .
One-third seats were reserved for women. the minimum age for local government elections was lowered from 21 to 18 years. and minority community. the Tehsil. The District Government 2. and Naib Union Nazims during 2000 thru to 2001. Divisional. The Tehsil Municipal Administration was entrusted with the functions of administration. The Zila Nazim was accountable to the people through the elected members of the Zila Council. The essence of this system was that the Local Governments would be accountable to the citizens for all their decisions. Tehsil Officers. The Union Administration The District Government The District Government consisted of the Zila Nazim and District Administration. the Union Administration was a corporate body covering the rural as well as urban areas across the whole District.This new system of Local Government was installed on August 14. Chief Officers and other officials of the Local Council Service and officials of the offices entrusted to the Tehsil Municipal Administration. The main purpose of introducing the Local Government System was to empower the people at the grassroots level and to transfer power from the elite to the masses. Tehsil Municipal Officer. finances. The Tehsil Government 3. 2001. Adequate checks and balances were introduced in the System. Tehsil Administration The middle tier. Naib Union Nazim and three Union Secretaries and other auxiliary staff. Tehsil Municipal Administration consisted of a Tehsil Nazim. Tehsil and lower levels. workers. On the basis of these direct elections. which consisted of members elected on the reserved seats. It was also anticipated to solve people's problems at local level. peasants. These seats were reserved for women. who were to be responsible to the District Nazim assisted by the District Coordination Officer. This system of grassroots democracy envisaged yielding new political leaders. The District Coordination Officer was appointed by the Provincial Government and was the coordinating head of the District Administration. and numerous other subjects at the regional. after holding of elections. development related activities and would remove rural-urban divide. In order to attract people towards electoral politics. Direct elections on non-party basis were held in five phases for members of Union Councils. indirect elections were held in July-August 2001 for Zila Nazims and Naib Zila Nazims and also for Tehsil-Town Nazims and Naib Nazims. Union Administration The lowest tier. The new Local Government plan was an effort on the part of the Military Government to lay the foundations of an authentic and enduring democracy. It consisted of Union Nazim. The District Administration consisted of district offices including sub-offices at Tehsil level. It would enable the proactive elements of society to participate in community work. The Union Secretaries . allow public participation in decision-making and ensure the provision of speedy justice. The Union Nazim was the head of the Union Administration and the Naib Union Nazim acted as deputy to the Union Nazim during his temporary absence. The District Government was responsible to the people and the Provincial Government for improvement of governance and delivery of services. District. A Zila Council consisted of all Union Nazims in the District. Union Nazims. had Tehsil Municipal Administration headed by the Tehsil Nazim. The new System provided a three-tier Local Government structure: 1. and management of the offices of Local Government and Rural Development. The Zila Council had its Secretariat under the Naib Zila Nazim and had a separate budget allocation. The new System also efficiently addressed the specific needs and problems of large cities.
In addition to the fiscal transfers from the Province. It was placed in a difficult situation as the U. however. called "the war against terrorism".S. but also a strong domestic pressure not to side with the United States against an Islamic country.coordinated and facilitated in community development. functioning of the Union Committees and delivery of municipal services under the supervision of Union Nazim.S. its role has been again substantially marginalized. President Bush said that the U. pertinent to make a special mention that it is only in the absence of elected assemblies that local governments are the popularly elected bodies and play important political and developmental roles. September Eleven and Its Aftermath  On September 11. threatened to carry out military strikes on the Taliban. Pakistan sought to assume a delicate balance between the U.S. After the election of Senators and members of the provincial and national assemblies. The District Government further distributed these funds to Tehsil and Unions. would do "whatever it takes" to hunt down "terrorists" and that if Osama bin Laden thought he could hide. The elected representatives of National and Provincial Assemblies usually take over some functions. the allocations of the functions of the federal and provincial governments are clearly specified whereas the existence of local government is not formally embodied in the Constitution. It is. which local governments used to perform and as such in many ways they are prone to intervene in the evolution of proper and improved Local government. President George Bush termed it an act of terrorism and threatened strong action against the people who had carried out the attack. "he was mistaken". Moreover. and bureaucratic constraints plus limited revenue (merely 5 per cent of revenue generated by the government) cause the poor and almost non-existent local government for most of the time. Local governments suffer from the fact that their existence is not constitutionally ordained and they are a mere extension of the provincial government. The funds were deposited in the account of the District Government. In the Constitution. fees. U. Faced not only with international pressure to take part in curbing the war on terrorism. with the collapse of the World Trade Center started what the U. user charges. demands and an expected backlash from internal militant and religious organizations. financial. The Government allocated Rupees 32 billion to the Local Government in 2002. etc.S. It was the Taliban and the Saudi millionaire-turned-militant Osama bin Laden who were eventually held responsible for it. the Local Governments were authorized to generate money from their own sources by levying certain taxes. President Musharraf meeting with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji Pakistan became the center of world attention after the September 11 attacks. . technical. S. 2001.
missile or aerial strikes against targets in Afghanistan. an old ally and sole super power. was given permission to make use of Pakistani airspace for U. Jamaat-i-Islami. However. All the religious parties and various political parties like the Jamiyat-i-Ulema-i-Islam. but were also against offending Pakistan's closest brotherly neighbor. however. was combined with extreme reluctance to abandon Afghanistan's ruling Taliban. Pakistan also agreed to the exchange of intelligence and logistic facilities and to the closing of Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. . it made it very clear that Pakistan would extend full cooperation to the international community in its fight against terrorism without involving its forces in any action beyond its geographical boundaries.President Musharraf greeting U.S.S. They were not only against attacking Afghanistan from Pakistan soil. Secretary-General Kofi Annan General Musharraf made efforts to persuade the country's political and religious leadership to support an alliance with the United States but was partially successful in his efforts. to support a military strike against Osama bin Laden.S.S. an old friend and neighbor. N. decided to cooperate with the U. Pakistan in this difficult situation was left with actually little choice except to comply with U. attack on the Taliban. The Government. demands. despite the protest of the religious parties. Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf. The U.S. shared the same opinion on the possible US military action against the Taliban regime and use of Pakistani soil. whom Pakistan had supported against the Soviet Union at the cost of burdening itself with a large number of refugees. That pressure. Liberal-minded politicians agreed to fully back the government while leaders of some hard-line Islamic parties were not happy. Pakistan was faced with a tough choice and irresistible pressure from the United States. Several groups threatened to start a countrywide uprising in protest against any U.
history did not repeat itself. sympathetic Muslim sentiment would topple the Musharraf regime and threaten others.British Prime Minister Tony Blair on his visit to Pakistan US attack against the ruling Taliban started almost a month after the September 11 attacks as the Afghan Government refused to meet American demands of closing alleged terrorist training camps. Thousands of Afghans fleeing their country rushed to the Pak-Afghan border. The Americans would have to engage in a long. As U. and return of all foreign nationals. bloody. It didn't happen that way. bombing on Afghanistan started. The Americans and their coalition partners carried out extensive aerial bombardment of Afghanistan that led to the killing of large number of innocent civilians and to the takeover of the Taliban strongholds one after another. handing over the leaders of the Al-Qaeda network. Further. that the Taliban would never give up their arms. guerrilla warfare that would take months.S. The Taliban regime was toppled and a transitional government of Taliban opposition was installed in its place. Secretary of State Colin Powell Pakistan was once again faced with the refugee problem in the wake of U. it was however forecasted on the bases of the Afghan resistance to the Soviets and all previous invaders since Alexander. Snow would come and make fighting impossible. The Government of . to yield results. including American citizens detained in Afghanistan.S. President Musharraf greeting U. military action in Afghanistan. if not years. S.
Pakistan, already bearing the burden of millions of Afghan refugees, deployed additional forces to prevent the entry of displaced people into Pakistan. In spite of the fact that the borders remained closed, some 10,000 people or more crossed at various border points from Afghanistan into Pakistan, further increasing the number of refugees. After the aerial offense, the ground offensive eventually started to oust the number of Taliban left in Afghanistan. The U.S. continues to focus on tracking down the remaining Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders in Afghanistan. This means that the U.S. will maintain a significant military force and continue to play a role in the region in the future. Pakistan once again supported its old ally, the United States, in its military action against Osama bin Laden at the cost of forsaking its old friend and neighbor, the Taliban. But the question whether the American government abandons or continues to support Pakistan after it achieves its objectives still remains to be answered. Referendum 2002 After General Pervez Musharraf sacked the civilian Government headed by Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on October 12, 1999, he had assumed the title of Chief Executive. It was claimed that the Army was forced to take this step to save the country from "turmoil and uncertainty". The General later on also ousted President Rafiq Tarar and himself became the President of Pakistan. After becoming the President, he reiterated his stance of holding elections as prescheduled by his Government in October 2002. But before the general elections, a referendum was held on April 30, 2002 for General Pervez Musharraf to be elected as the President of Pakistan for another five years.
Pervez Musharraf addressing a referendum rally
The basic reason for holding the referendum was that the General wanted to abide by democratic principles and establish legitimacy for his rule though in the Constitution there was no provision to become President through referendum. According to the General, he wanted to stay as President in order to continue the economic recovery, ensure social stability, to counter unnamed destabilizing influences, and to eventually return to "true democracy". The Opposition parties opposed the referendum. A 15-party Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy was set up, including Pakistan's two main political parties, the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League. The alliance considered President Musharraf's decision as unconstitutional and announced peaceful rallies to oppose it. They called for a boycott of the voting. The referendum took place on April 30, 2002, with no competition and no option but to vote for General Musharraf. The referendum question put forward to the people was: "For the survival of the local government system, establishment of democracy, continuity of reforms, end to sectarianism and extremism, and to fulfill the vision of Quaid-i-Azam, would you like to elect President General Pervez Musharraf as President of Pakistan for five years?"
General Musharraf casting his vote in the referendum
According to the Government there were 78 million eligible voters. Eighty seven thousand polling stations were set up, including booths set up at prisons, hospitals, petrol stations, workplaces, and markets. However, there were no voter lists or constituencies, and anyone who could prove his identity and age could vote at any polling station. According to the Government estimate, around 98 percent of the counted votes backed General Musharraf continuing in office and the turnout of the referendum was said to be around 70 percent. The referendum result was quite a big question mark. Politicians and political analysts considered the referendum to be unconstitutional, as under the Constitution, the President could be chosen not via direct vote, but by the elected members of the National Assembly, Provincial Assemblies and the Senate. The Opposition claimed that not more than 5 percent of the electorate bothered to vote, implying that President Musharraf did not have popular support. Pakistan's Human Rights Commission also gave reports of some flagrant abuses, with few instances of multiple voting, and pressure on state employees to cast their votes. However, the referendum certified the continuation of President General Pervez Musharraf's rule for another five years, with him claim to have the popular mandate to govern and to carry on with his economic and political reforms. Legal Framework Order 2002 On August 24, 2002, Chief Executive General Musharraf issued the Legal Framework Order 2002, announcing general elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies to be held in October 2002. Constitutional Provisions were amended for smooth and orderly transition of power from the Chief Executive to the newly elected Prime Minister after the elections. The main text of the L. F. O. 2002 stated as follows: It has been specified that it will come into force henceforth and in the first meetings of National Assembly, Senate and Provincial Assemblies and that if any necessity arises for any further amendment of the Constitution or there is any difficulty in giving effect to any of the provisions of this Order, the Chief Executive will
Chief Executive General Musharraf issued the Legal Framework Order 2002 on August 24, 2002
have the discretionary power to make provisions and pass orders for amending the Constitution or for removing any difficulty. It has been further asserted that the validity of any provision made, or orders passed, under clauses (1) and (2) shall not be called in question in any court on any ground whatsoever. The main points of L. F. O. 2002 may be summed up as below: i) Every political party shall, subject to law, hold intra-party elections to elect its office-bearers and party leaders. ii) Having received the democratic mandate to serve the nation as President of Pakistan for a period of five years, the Chief Executive on relinquishing the office of the C. E., shall assume the office of President of Pakistan forthwith and hold office for a term of five years under the Constitution, and Article 44 and other provisions of the Constitution shall apply accordingly. iii) There shall be 342 seats of the members in the National Assembly, including seats reserved for women and non-Muslims. iv) The seats in the National Assembly are allocated to each Province, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the Federal Capital as under: - Balochistan: General 14, Women 3, Total 17 - N. W. F. P.: General 35, Women 8, Total 43 - Punjab: General 148, Women 35, Total 183 - Sindh: General 61, Women 14, Total 75 - F. A. T. A.: General 12, Women 0, Total 12 - Federal Capital: General 2, Women 0, Total 2 - Total: General 272, Women 60, Total 332 v) In addition to the number of seats referred to in clause (iv), there shall be, in the National Assembly, ten seats reserved for non-Muslims. vi) Members to the seats reserved for non-Muslims shall be elected in accordance with law through proportional representation system of political parties' lists of candidates on the basis of total number of general seats won by each political party in the National Assembly. A political party securing less than five per centum of the total number of seats in the National Assembly shall not be entitled to any seat reserved for women or non-Muslims. vii) If any question arises whether a member of the Parliament is disqualified from being a member, the Speaker or, as the case may be, the Chairman shall, within 30 days, refer the question to the Chief Election Commissioner who shall give his decision thereon not later than three months from its receipt by the Chief Election Commissioner. viii) If a member of a Parliamentary Party resigns from membership of his political party or joins another; or votes or abstains from voting in the House contrary to any direction issued by the Parliamentary Party to which he belongs concerning election of the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister; a vote of confidence or no-confidence; or a Money Bill, he may be declared in writing by the Head of the Parliamentary Party to have defected from the political party. The Head of the Parliamentary Party shall forward a copy of the declaration to the Presiding Officer, and a copy thereof to the member concerned. ix) A member of a House shall be deemed to be a member of a Parliamentary Party if he having been elected as a candidate or nominee of a political party constituting the Parliamentary Party in the House or, having been elected otherwise than as a candidate or nominee of a political party, has become a member of such Parliamentary Party after such election by means of a declaration in writing. x) With an addition of "a situation has arisen in which the Government of the Federation cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and an appeal to the electorate is necessary", the clause 58 is revived. xi) Where a Bill is referred to the Mediation Committee, it shall, within 90 days, formulate an agreed Bill likely to be passed by both Houses of the Parliament and place the agreed Bill separately before each House. If both the Houses pass the Bill, it shall be presented to the President for assent. xii) All decisions of the Mediation Committee shall be made by a majority of the total number of members
Pakistan has virtually advanced from the parliamentary form of government to the presidential system. on completion of its term. orders or bye-laws in force immediately before the date on which this Article comes into force shall continue in force until altered. the Chief Ministers of the Provinces. the Prime Minister or. the Governor." b) It is now assumed to be an integral part of the Constitution and there is no imperative left for the newly and duly elected National Assembly but to accept it willingly or unwillingly. the President has again been authorized to enjoy the power of dismissing the Prime Minister along with his Cabinet and the Parliament. O. The present Parliament is quite unable to reverse or do away with any of the Amendments. xvi) The Proclamation of Emergency of the 14th October. or. F. F. enactments. adopted and declared notwithstanding any judgment of any court. Ordinances. No. all President's Orders. O. The Prime Minister and the whole Parliament are at the will of the President for their survival. shall appoint a caretaker Cabinet. regulations. 2002. and the matters relating to democracy. Article 64 to 100 (both inclusive). the Referendum Order 2002 (Chief Executive's Order No. 12 of 2002). the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly. F. President's Orders. and the Chiefs of Staff of the Pakistan Army. are hereby affirmed. in consultation with the Speaker of the National Assembly and Chairman of the Senate. Through L. When a caretaker Cabinet is appointed. except a few articles pertaining to the Provincial Governments and the Senate of Pakistan. the Chairman of the Senate. as the case may be. and all other laws made between the October 12. O. c) Many believe that the L. xv) On dissolution of an Assembly under article 58-2 (b) or. the President and Chief Executive revived the Constitution of Pakistan. Other members of N. By terminating the Thirteenth Amendment that was not passed by twothird majority but a unanimous vote of the Parliament. 2000 are: a) L. Annex. which are to be restored later. rules. 2000. as the case may be. e) Though the function of National Security Council and the clause 58-2 (b) is to provide a system of . Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force. laws. Article 1 to 58 (both inclusive). the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. insertion of Article 152A and the schedule to the Constitution". Chief Executive's Orders. O. governance and inter-provincial harmony. 1999 and the date on which this Article comes into force. with effect from 16th November. there shall be a National Security Council whose chairman shall be the President in order to serve as a forum for consultation on strategic matters pertaining to the sovereignty. the President. especially the one relating to the National Security Council. or when requested by any other of its members. The Article 58-2 (b) clause has been revived and the insertion of the new clause 152A has created the National Security Council. in his discretion but with the previous approval of the President. 1 of 1999.of each House in the Committee. the Oath of Office (Judges) Order 2000. shall be the Prime Minister.. repealed or amended by competent authority. C. on dissolution of the National Assembly under Article 58 or a Provincial Assembly under Article 112. in his discretion. or on the advice of the Prime Minister. 2000 has been sanctified by postulating that no body can challenge it in any court of law "on any ground whatsoever. d) With the adoption of the Legal Framework Order 2002. the Speaker of the National Assembly. xiii) The President may. including the P. the Chief Minister of the caretaker Cabinet shall not be eligible to contest the immediately following election of such Assembly. Those parts of the Constitution which are restored include "Preamble. Ordinances. within the time frame indicated by him. O. Chief Executive's Orders. 2000 has been enforced without any regard for the Constitutional and democratic norms and proprieties. notifications. etc. xiv) With an insertion of a new article 152A. or on dissolution of any such Assembly on completion of its term. S. make rules for conduct of business of the Mediation Committee. Meetings of the National Security Council may be convened by the President either in his discretion. 1999. F. Some of the immediate implications of the L. C. to have been validly made by competent authority and notwithstanding anything contained in the Constitution shall not be called in question in any court on any ground whatsoever. xvii) All Proclamations. integrity and security of the State.
the legal position of General Musharraf is also not in accordance with the Constitution of Pakistan for it does not recognize a uniformed Army Chief as the Head of State. F. General Elections 2002 After three years of military rule. and the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA)." There is no doubt that every future Prime Minister will have to work under the constraints of 58-2 (b) at all times. Under the Constitution of 1973. Other known President Musharraf casting his vote parties contesting at the national level included the six-party National Alliance led by former caretaker Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi. More than 70 parties. 2002. Jamhuri Watan Party. the majority of votes in the National Security Council will automatically go in favor of the President who can thus easily remove the Prime Minister. this clause was misused by three Presidents to remove Prime Ministers for purely political reasons. and four Provincial Assemblies can elect a President. when the bill is passed by the votes of not less than two-thirds of the total membership of the House. 2000 validated. big and small. even though the Constitution authorized the President to take such a drastic step only after it had become clear that "a situation had arisen in which the government of the federation cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. the dissolution of the Assembly automatically makes the Prime Minister go. Senate. there are some issues to consider. As the recent past shows. which lays down the following procedure: "A bill to amend the Constitution may originate in either House (National Assembly or the Senate) and. factions of Baluchistan National Movement and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party. O. putting the Parliamentary form of government once again in jeopardy. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Group. alliance of six religious political parties.checks-and-balances. In case of a confrontation between the President and the Prime Minister. . Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-iAzam also called the "King's Party" for its unconditional support to the government. Awami National Party. The major parties contesting the elections were Peoples Party Parliamentarians. f) With a radically altered Constitutional Framework. Pakistan again headed towards democracy on October 10. Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf and Tahir-ul-Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehrik. the sovereignty of the Parliament has been severely crippled. with strongholds in their own provinces included the Sindh-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement. contested the eighth national parliamentary election." As such. In addition. only a majority vote in National Assembly. The only way to constitutionally amend the Constitution is through the Article 239. in whose making the people of Pakistan have had no say. g) Although the Article 58-2 (b) does not specifically mention the President as having the power to sack the Prime Minister. it shall be transmitted to the other House. it is still considered by the Constitutional experts that General Musharraf requires two-thirds majority to have his Constitutional Amendments or L. Several regional parties.
Assembly. P. In the Provincial Assemblies out of the full 371 seat Punjab Assembly. Voting was carried out from 8 in the morning till 5 in the evening on some 65. A total of 2. 11 for women and three for minorities. and the 65 seat Baluchistan Assembly. as well as local rights group. elected members for the 342 National Assembly seats and 728 seats of the four Provincial Assemblies. The remaining 60 seats were reserved for women and 10 for non-Muslim minorities.000 polling stations having 164. An old woman exercising her constitutional rights Some 65.000 polling stations were set up across the country . including observers from European Union and the Commonwealth. 66 were reserved for women and eight for minorities. in the 168 seat Sindh Assembly.The National and Provincial elections were held on the same day. F.098 candidates contested for 272 general seats of the National Assembly. with segregated voting booths for women. 22 for women and three for minorities. in the 124 seat N. These seats were to be allocated on the basis of proportional representation to parties bagging at least five per cent of the total general seats. More than 72 million registered voters aged 18 and above from a population of 140 million. W. The elections were observed and monitored by hundreds of local and 300 international observers.718 polling booths across the country. 29 for women and nine for minorities.
Convicted people were barred from taking part in elections under the Representation of the People's Act. L. The Islamic parties. including 62 seats by PPPP.These elections were different from the previous ones due to the number of legislation passed by the Government. which previously had actually won fewer seats. Several other politicians were unable to contest the elections. the minority communities that included Christians. P. came in strong this time by capitalizing on opposition to Pakistan's partnership with the United States in the bombing of Afghanistan and in the war against terrorism. A total of 121 seats were won by three major anti-Government parties. as they did not have a Bachelor's Degree. . In the rest of the Provincial Assemblies coalition governments were formed as no party had come in with a complete majority. The Islamic parties came in strong by capitalizing on opposition to Pakistan's partnership with the United States in the bombing of Afghanistan The election results issued after inexplicable delay not only led to no major party having an overall majority in the new National Assembly. And for the first time since 1977. P. Hindus and Parsees contested and voted for all general seats in the National and Provincial Assemblies. The MMA got a clear-cut majority in NWFP and Baluchistan provinces where it easily formed a government on its own. M. (Q) with 76 seats and PPPP with 62 seats. but also were surprising with an unexpectedly large number of seats won by the Islamic parties. and Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Group were barred from standing in the elections under the new electoral laws. The religious alliance known as Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) secured 51 seats. 51 by MMA and the PML (N) won 14 seats. emerging as the third largest party in the National Assembly elections after P. which was a mandatory qualification in the elections. The age limit of voting in these elections was also lowered from 21 to 18 years. Pakistan's leading political personalities Benazir Bhutto of the P.
set up with Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali. He now heads Pakistan's first civilian government after three years of military rule of General Pervez Musharraf. A coalition government was. Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali was however. Zafarullah Khan Jamali has promised to continue President Musharraf's economic and foreign policies. Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal. the candidate of PML (Q) as the Prime Minister of Pakistan with the help of MQM. free and transparent. Shah Mahmud Qureshi of the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians and Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali of Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-i-Azam) were the main contender for the seat of Prime Minister. Despite government assurances that the elections would be fair. It was alleged that ballot engineering was behind the sluggish pace of announcements of the election results. 2002.The elections had a low turnout of 20 to 25 percent The elections had a low turnout of 20 to 25 percent as compared to 35. particularly in supporting the ongoing international war against terrorism. different political parties alleged that the elections were engineered and the government was involved in massive rigging. able to get the desired number of votes after 10 members of the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians defected from the party to form their own Forward Block in order to support Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali. Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali in one of his first acts announced a 25-member Cabinet. Rao Sikandar and Makhdoom Faisal . This led to the delay in the appointment of the Prime Minister. however. and will remain one". With no party emerging with a simple majority Pakistan faced menace of a hung parliament. The PPPP dissidents for their critical support to Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali's pro-Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-i-Azam) got the top slot ministries in the Government. Zafarullah Khan Jamali Becomes Prime Minister  Zafarullah Khan Jamali was elected the 21st Prime Minister of Pakistan by the newly elected Parliament on November 21. The President did not call the National Assembly session until the creation of PPP's forward bloc and the floor-crossing law was held in abeyance. a number of independent candidates and 10 members of the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians who defected from the party to form their own Forward Block. President General Pervez Musharraf administered the oath to the new Prime Minster at the Aiwan-i-Sadr on November 23. He reiterated Pakistan's support for the United States led war on terrorism and said "Pakistan has become a frontline state. The Cabinet includes four unelected advisers and several legislators who had defected from Pakistan Peoples Party. Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali won by securing 172 votes out of 329 votes. The October elections resulted in a political deadlock as no party won with an overall majority. against 89 bagged by Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman and 70 by Shah Mahmud Qureshi.42 percent in 1997 general election.
could not complete his five-year term and suddenly had to resign on June 26. 2002. and formalize special powers he had decreed himself giving him the right to sack the prime minister and disband parliament by decree. A year-old constitutional deadlock was broken only because of "flexibility" shown by President General Pervez Musharraf and top MMA leadership. After a surprise deal between PML(Q) and MMA (Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal). Out of the ten PPPP dissidents. Mir Zaffarullah Khan Jamali won the vote of confidence of 188 members out of the 342seat House. with the authority to dissolve Parliament and sack the Prime Minister. In return. The President still retains the ultimate power. President Pervez Musharraf administering oath to Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali. six have been accommodated either as full or junior Ministers. which ends in 2007. the 17th Amendment has now become part of the 1973 Constitution after the formal approval of President General Pervez Musharraf. Prime Minister of Pakistan Jamali. by December 31. MMA while sticking to its own political agenda.. but also has to keep his multi-party coalition together while sharing power with President Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf agrees to step down as army chief. supposed to be the main source of his power. Jamali's clash with either president or Army will certainly cost his saddle like the late ex-Prime Minister Mohammad Khan Junejo. Though Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali who did bear confidence of the majority in the Parliament and tried to maintain amicable terms with the most powerful President as well as the Opposition with his traits of humility and decency. is now working readily and steadily to run the Parliament as well as uphold the order of the President and the army in various areas. 2004.e. He not only faces a strong opposition in the National Assembly. has pledged publicly not to destabilize his Government so that the democratic dispensation takes firm roots. i. Seventeenth Amendment  Seventeenth Amendment is basically the Legal Framework Order 2002 that has been accepted as part of the Constitution with minor modifications and may be. On December 29.Saleh Hayat have been given the two most powerful Ministries of Defense and Interior. Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali's Government faces tough challenges ahead. Ayub Khan. therefore. who had plunged into politics against a dictator when he campaigned for Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah in her presidential race against Pakistan's first dictator. President Musharraf got vote of confidence from Parliament under the provision of 17th Amendment . His pledge not to take any major step without consulting the opposition and that his opponents would not be dragged in false cases has at length led to the strengthening and functioning of â€œsustainable of democracyâ€. The amendment allows General Pervez Musharraf to serve out his term as President. 2004. It is a tribute to his pleasing personality that even the main Opposition. termed as an LFO-amended Constitution.
"the President in case of dissolution of the National Assembly shall. The National Security Council may be. within fifteen days of the dissolution. 2004. the governor in case of dissolution of the provisional assembly shall also refer the matter to the Supreme Court with the previous approval of the president and the Supreme Court shall decide the reference within thirty days whose decision shall be final.1999 and the date on which the Article comes into force". Article 152(A) of the Constitution has been omitted that related to the establishment of a National Security Council. however. who heads the ruling faction of the Pakistan Muslim League. created with the passage of a bill with simple majority. But it is interesting to note that the Article 43(1) of the Constitution still remains intact that says: â€œThe President shall not hold office of profit in the service of Pakistan carrying the right to remuneration for the rendering of services. can be elected as President. Likewise. This was a huge concern for the lawyers of the country who have at least welcomed this move. PML (QA) took the post in a caretaker position on June 30. Shujaat Hussain announced after taking oath as Prime Minister of Pakistan: "We will Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain . This means that for the duration that that Article 63(1)(d) is inoperative. the President is not barred from being elected as the President while he holds the office of COAS. retirement age of the Supreme Court judges has now been fixed at 65 year. Despite the fact the MMA abstained from giving the vote of confidence to the President. refer the matter to the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court shall decide the reference within thirty days whose decision shall be final".The seventeenth amendment now allows the provision for "vote of confidence for further affirmation of the president in office by majority of the members present and voting. 2004 four days after Zafarullah Jamali resigned all of a sudden. it has indirectly accepted him as elected president by allowing vote of confidence from both houses of parliament and provincial assemblies. Article 63(1)(d) deals with the disqualification for membership of Parliament and under Article 41(2) only a person qualified to be elected as member of the National Assembly. the Article 43(1) disallows a person simultaneously to be the President and the COAS of the country. Shujaat Hussain. Chaudhry Shujaat was elected leader of the house after securing 190 whereas his opponent ARDâ€™s Makhdoom Amin Fahim got 76 votes. of the electoral college consisting of members of both Houses of Parliament and the provincial assemblies". In the Article 179.â€ Since no amendment has been made in this clause. under the Article 112. the Parliament has "affirmed. 1999 as according to the 270AA. adopted and declared to have been duly made by the competent authority â€¦ all laws made between October 12. The bill granted indemnity to all actions of President General Pervez Musharraf since military action of October 12. Accordingly a vote of confidence was passed in favor of the President on January 1. Under the Article 58(2)(b). 2004 by members of both National Assembly and the Senate. 17th Amendment has amended Article 41(1)(7)(b) of the Constitution whereby Article 63(1)(d) of the Constitution has been made inoperative till December 31. Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain Becomes Prime Minister  Ch. by division or any other method as prescribed in the rules made by the federal government under clause (9). Ch. Another amendment is the addition of the words "in consultation with the Prime Minister" in place of "in his discretion" in Article 243 of the Constitution giving the Prime Minister a constitutional say in the appointment of services chiefs. With a 27-member Cabinet.
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for being the first elected Prime Minister in the countryâ€™s history to leave the office. Ch. UK. Shujaat Hussain also directed the Punjab Government to declare village Gah in District Chakwal â€” birthplace of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh â€” as a model village and the Government Boys Primary School at Gah as the 'Manmohan Singh Government Boys Primary School'. Most probably through the new Defamation Bill. Prime Minister Ch. Are we to live or perish forever?" had died in February 1951 and was buried in Cambridge City graveyard. there were celebrations in the Pakistani village where he was born and attended the primary school. When he became Prime Minister in May. He was born in Karachi on March 6. He was awarded the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 1969 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA). reputation and esteem of a person from any false and wanton accusation imposing enhanced punishments for libel.Punjab. Dr. In an interview. he took over the charge of premiership of Pakistan from Chaudury Shujaat Hussain who remains the President of Muslim League (QA)." he said this very thinking led the Pakistan Muslim League and its allied parties to select Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz as the next executive head of the country. North West Frontier (Afghan) Province. He was appointed Executive Vice President of Citibank in Shaukat Aziz . he wanted to save all those from being regularly accused of getting huge bank loans which were later on written off. will be brought to Pakistan later this year for a formal burial in Pakistan. who evolved the nomenclature 'Pakistan' before partition. Taking into consideration that "the success of the next government will be evaluated on its economic performance. A notable contribution of the 22nd Prime Minister during his short tenure is the introduction of the Defamation (Amendment) Bill that was hurriedly passed by the Parliament to protect the dignity. Chaudhry Rehmat Ali who is well-known for his historic pamphlet "Now or Never. Singapore and Saudi Arabia. as a gesture of goodwill to strengthen the peace process between Pakistan and India. Later. after discharging his obligations (only for 45 days).continue to pursue the policies of the President with regard to good governance and economic development". Singh's family migrated to the Indian side of Punjab before Partition. he coined the word 'Pakistan' for the Muslims who lived in the five northern states of India . with dignity and honor. Karachi and Abbottabad Public School. Karachi. 1949 and received his early education at Saint Patrickâ€™s School. holding higher positions in several countries including USA. Shaukat Aziz Becomes Prime Minister  Shaukat Aziz became the 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 23. Another significant announcement made by him was that the coffin of Chaudhry Rehmat Ali. Malaysia. He joined the Citibank in 1969. Kashmir. Shujaat Hussain announced formation of a special parliamentary committee to resolve Balochistan crisis by initiating political dialogue and giving representation all parliamentary parties of the upper House in the committee and offered to act as a member of the committee to resolve the problem through talks. 2004 after he won two National Assembly seats from Attock and Tharparkar on August 18 by-elections and took oath as Member of National Assembly on August 20. Sindh and Balochistan. Karachi and served overseas in 1975. There should be no hue and cry over such technicalities". He retained the Attock seat. he said: "My nomination by Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and nomination of Shaukat Aziz after consulting the President were in line with the set traditions.
Aziz who is the choice of a section of Pakistan's rulers will win friends in the international financial institutions. however. especially the common man. President Pervez Musharraf's choice for the top post. Well regarded by global financiers. Shaukat Aziz is. Many people attribute Pakistanâ€™s economic revival to his prudent policies. improvement in legal and police systems and provision of opportunities to the people. hoped that Mr. Some others argue that his policies did more harm than good by marginalizing the common man as the poverty level failed to decline. No spiritual or political academy or any book is likely to give him readymade guidelines about unpredictable turns and situations likely to come his way. After taking oath as Member of the National Assembly. Shaukat Aziz has also declared that efforts would be made for provision of good governance. He looks for a bright future for Pakistan if its human capital and resources are utilized positively.1992 and till he joined the Government of Pakistan as Finance Minister in 1999. Shaukat Aziz who has retained the Ministry of Finance is regarded as an optimist who is determined to use Pakistan's potential and bring Pakistan at par with other Asian countries like China. Thailand. Shaukat Aziz will have to take quick steps on the path of learning the intricacies of both the global and national politics. Although Shaukat Aziz is expected to come up with more concrete relief due to his finance management skill and stress on macroeconomics. . indeed. He is sure to succeed if he is convinced to apply the tricks of the "trade". It is an area that is full of pitfalls and various blind alleys. Analysts say his main duties as premier will be to improve the day-to-day running of the federal government and see that policies are more effectively executed. Malaysia and other regional economic giants. It is. while others claim it was the global situation that made it possible.