Pakistan Day 23rd March is of prime historical importance in different phases of Pakistan movement. It is also referred to as the Lahore Resolution and encouraged the creation of an autonomous Muslim state consisting of Punjab, NWFP, Sindh and Baluchistan in the northwest, and Bengal and Assam in the northeast.
The Pakistan Resolution moved by A. K. Fazlul Haq and seconded by Choudhry Khaliquzzaman paved the way for the Muslims of India to inculcate the foundations of a separate homeland. It stated: “No constitutional plan would be workable in this country or acceptable to Muslims unless it is designed on the following basic principle, namely, that geographically contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be so constituted, … 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…”
In his Presidential address to the session Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah equipped the crushed and demoralized Muslims of India with a ray of hope of having a piece of land ensuring them self- respect and religious freedom.
Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah said: “The Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs and literature. They neither intermarry nor inter-dine together, and indeed they belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions.”
Earlier, the poet-philosopher, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, in his address to the Muslim League at Allahabad in 1930, had put forth the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims. Since then, the idea was conceived by millions of Muslims and became a part of their heartbeats bestowed with renewed sense of purpose on March 23, 1940.
Thus, on March 23, we should highlight its historical vitality and raise awareness among the new generations about the struggle of the Muslims for their right to self-determination and how important it is to safeguard Pakistan’s solidarity and integrity.
The day also calls upon us to be united at all fronts to put our beloved homeland on the path of progress and to render its solidarity and integrity unchallenged.