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Jinnah's vision by Mumtaz Bhutto


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 Mumtaz Bhutto — Dawn File Photo
Mumtaz Bhutto — Dawn File Photo

“Pakistan today in no way conforms to Mr Jinnah’s vision — it never has. Mr Jinnah and the Muslim League lured the Muslim-majority areas of India into opting for Pakistan with the promise of ‘autonomy and sovereignty’.

The promise was broken ab initio, leading to a revolt by Balochistan within 48 hours of the creation of Pakistan. East Pakistan became rebellious within six months, being smothered by troops and governor’s rule. Rumblings in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa continued.

Seven governments came and went within the first 10 years. It took nine years to enact the first constitution, and that too based on the undemocratic principle of parity, a denial of the Bengali majority. This absurd state led to military rule within 11 years of Pakistan’s creation.

With such an inauspicious start, Pakistan has broken up. What remains after 30 years of military rule and 25 so-called democratic governments is more fragile and destitute than it was on the day it came into existence.

The Pakistan that Mr Jinnah promised may come into being, 65 years after its birth, if the initial promise of autonomy and sovereignty for the provinces is implemented. Unless, of course, it is too late.”

- Mumtaz Bhutto, chairman, Sindh National Front

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Milton Aug 15, 2012 08:57am
Mr. M. Bhutto is right in so many respects, although he puts a different meaning on the words he repeats . Then again he had a part in destroying what was very important to this country. If you look at his family contribution he should shoulder a major burden . His brother is one individual whose interests destroyed this country. He did not accept the Mujeeb solution. Simply stated: The majority leader after election must form the government. Period. ZAB single highhandedly destroyed this country and did things against everything Mr. M.Bhutto is speaking about. Even today he is doing the same thing ,indulging in factionalism rather than putting his weight behind the united country. Milton