“THE Muslim League has got to fight the bureaucracy of the Punjab under the puppet leadership of Malik Khizr Hyat Khan, and his associates,” Mr. Jinnah said in a statement he issued before leaving Lahore on Friday.

He added: “Muslim League workers are being coerced, threatened, intimidated and persecuted. The attention of the Viceroy and the Government of India has been repeatedly drawn to all these machinations and manoeuvres. But in spite of all this, I was very glad to see with my own eyes that there is a tremendous upsurge amongst the Muslims. They are now determined to resist lawfully all the obstacles and difficulties that are put in their way. They have secured freedom of thought and speech unknown to them before and now these elections have given them an opportunity to act as free men….”

Mr. Jinnah said that other practical difficulties would be put in the way of Muslims. … “Among the parties that will do their best to disrupt Muslims is the so-called Indian National Congress which is neither Indian, nor National, nor Congress. It is a Fascist grand council, out for caste Hindu Imperialistic domination all over India.”

Published in Dawn, January 20th, 2021

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