Pakistan’s creation: a British conspiracy?
Yasser Latif Hamdani@theRealYLH
APRIL 19, 2021
A certain political scientist, a writer of 700-page ideologicalpolemic against Jinnah trying unsuccessfully to disprove Ayesha Jalal’s thesis in her book The Sole Spokesman, has been bent uponlabelling the creation of Pakistan as a British conspiracy and Jinnah as their collaborator. Many have resorted to this slander against Jinnah without any supporting evidences even before.
It takes us back to Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam (known in short as Ahrar), Khaksar Tehreek (established by Allama Mashriqi in 1931) and other Islamist religious movements in the 1940s who were fearful of Jinnah’s ascendancy as a modern Muslim leader of the Muslims of South Asia. In these movements, the bigoted Congress backed fundamentalist and sectarian Ahrarthat had special ire directed atJinnah because he repeatedly refused to declare Ahmadis Non-Muslims. The said political scientist’s animus towards Jinnah is also exacerbated becausethe good doctor is the son of a famous Majlis leader who believes that having Zafrullah Khan,a leading Ahmadi, (who wrote Lahore Resolution), as his right-hand man was Jinnah’s biggest crime.
Before going back to this, let us see how Jinnah’s contemporaries viewedhim. Gandhi, his arch-rival, considered him incorruptible andhisdeputy, Jawahar Lal Nehru believed he had no lure of office. His incorruptibility could not be called in question even by his worst enemies. In his book Pakistan or Partition of IndiaB. R. Ambedkar said that “Jinnah could never be suspected to be a tool in the hands of the British”. He further said, “Jinnah is the one politician in the subcontinentto whom the word incorruptible most fittingly applied” and that “Jinnah’s relations with the British were always adversarial”.