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Forgotten heroes- Sir Zafrullah Khan (rh)

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  1. Sher Shah Awan

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    Seeing as though the 6th of February was the birthday of one of the founding members of Pakistan, and unfortunately to my dismay, I didn't see or hear a single mention of this outstanding gentleman in any print or other media, I would like to dedicate this thread to another forgotten Pakistani hero.

    I'd also like to suggest that religious discussion is kept out of this thread as I have no wish to ruin the occasion with slander and disagreement instead of celebrating the Thomas Jefferson of Pakistan.
    This threat is also an answer to those who continually accuse Ahmadis of being anti Pakistan and undermining Pakistan. I've also included a few tributes written by various prominent Arab Personalities of his time.

    Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarullah Khan's Services
    to Pakistan and The Muslim World

    By M. J. As'ad

    Services to Pakistan

    The British Prime Minister made a formal announcement in the House of Commons on February 20, 1947, that the whole responsibility for the government and administration of India would be transferred to Indian hands and that if no settlement is arrived at between the political parties in India, the responsibility would be transferred to a Central Government and to provinces and other authorities in such a manner as may appear to His Majesty's Government to be in the best interest of India. This was the time when the coalition Ministry in the Punjab, headed by Malik Khizar Hayat Tiwana, was at loggerheads with Punjab Muslim League. At this critical juncture, Zafarullah Khan in his letter dated February 22, 1947 advised Khizar Hayat Khan to tender his resignation in the larger interest of the Indian Muslims. Acting on this advice, Khizar Hayat Khan resigned on March 2, 1947. Zafarullah Khan's letter, interalia, says: "It has now become imperative that the Muslims should close their ranks and should carry on a united struggle to secure their future in India. All other considerations sink into insignificance in comparison with this. You will appreciate that it is not possible to set out in the space of a letter all the factors to which the situation has given rise. I can only assure you that before writing to you I have considered the problem in as many of its aspects as my mind has been able to grasp.
    The deliberate conclusion at which I have arrived is that notwithstanding every possible consideration to the contrary, personal, party or ideologic, you ought to seize this opportunity to come to a settlement with the League so that henceforth all efforts in the Punjab should have a unified direction and Muslims should devote themselves to safeguarding their future not only in the Punjab but throughout India. You should make immediate contact with the leaders of the Muslim League in the Punjab, whether they are in jail or outside of it, and tell them that the situation created by the British Prime Minister's statement renders it imperative that you should come to an understanding with each other. You should also make it quite clear to them that on your side you do not insist upon remaining in power nor lay down any condition with regard to how the Ministry should be reconstituted. If on their side they insist that your Muslim supporters in the Assembly should join them unconditionally I would earnestly request you to accept the condition."

    Even the draft of the statement issued by Khizar Hayat Khan on his resignation was prepared by Muhammad Zafarullah Khan.

    Commenting on Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarullah Khan's vigorous advocacy of the Muslim League case before Radcliff Commision, the Urdu daily Nawa- i-Waqt, Lahore, dated August 1, 1947, writes: "For four days on end Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarullah Khan argued the Muslim case in most forceful, most brilliant and most reasonable manner. Success is in the hands of Providence, but the excellence and the ability with which Zafarullah Khan advocated the Muslims case has given satisfaction to the Muslims inasmuch as they feel that their just and righteous cause has been represented before the powers that be in the best possible manner. We are confident that all Muslims of the Punjab, whatever their religious beliefs, would acknowledge and be grateful for this service."

    Iftikhar Husain Khan, Nawab of Mamdot, the President of Punjab Muslim League, in his letter dated August 8, 1947, to Muhammad Zafarullah Khan, who argued Pakistan's case before Radcliff Commission, under instructions from Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, writes: "Now that the Boundary Commission has concluded its hearings, I wish to express deep sense of gratitude which I and all other Mussalmans of the Punjab feel towards you. Your unremitting toil in the collection of material, your brilliant presentation of our case and your profound interpretation of law and history have won universal admiration. In this most critical hour of our history, you have rendered an inestimable service to the Millat and created a lasting place in the hearts of all Mussalmans. We can never forget how willingly you agreed to interrupt your important discussions in London, return and fulfil this patriotic mission. The knowledge that your zeal was inspired solely by your love for Islam fills our hearts with pride and gratitude."

    Mr. Justice Muhammad Munir, a judge of the Lahore High Court (who later rose to the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan) who presided over the Court of Inquiry set up by the Government of Punjab, to enquire into the Punjab disturbances on 1953, in his report - commonly known as `Munir Report' - describes as `vile and unfounded' the charges levelled against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community that the district of Gurdaspur was assigned to India by the Award of the Boundary Commission because of the gratitude adopted by the Ahmadi Muslims and the arguments addressed by Chaudhry Zafarullah Khan who had been selected by Quaid-e- Azam to represent the case of Muslim League before the Commission. He says: "The President of this Court who was a member of that Commission considers it his duty to record his gratitude to Chaudhry Zafarullah Khan for the valian fight he put up for Gurdaspur. This is apparent from the record of the Boundary Commission which anyone who is interested may see. For the selfless services rendered by him to the Muslim Community, it is shameless ingratitude for anyone to refer to Chaudhry Zafarullah Khan in a manner which has been referred by certain parties before the Court of Inquiry." (Munir Report page 197)

    Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, who in June 1947 was appointed as a member of the Steering Committee of the Partition Council for India and Pakistan, was Secretary General, Government of Pakistan, after the establishment of the new State, became Finance Minister in 1951 and Prime Minister in 1955, while referring to the debate on Kashmir in the Security Council and Pakistan's reply on January 15, 1948 to India's complaint, in his monumental book "The Emergence of Pakistan" states that: "Zafarullah Khan's masterly exposition of the case convinced the Security Council that the problem was not simply one of expelling so called raiders from Kashmir, as the Indian representative would have them believe, but of placing Indo-Pakistan relations on a just and peaceful basis and solving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the will of the people of the State."
    The Canada Stary Weekly, Toronto, in its issue of May 28, 1949, says: "The man who more than any other single person has put Pakistan on the international map as a force to be reckoned with is Sir Muhammad Zafarullah Khan."

    When some disgruntled persons made a row against Muhammad Zafarullah Khan in 1952, the daily Dawn, Karachi, dated May 22, 1952, condemned these elements and observed: "The Pakistani nation cannot be so ungrateful to Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarullah Khan (who is serving her with great sincerity and devotion) as to be misled by the uproar of a handful of reactionaries - uproar of a small number of people who are prisoners of their own obscurantism."

    Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, a former Prime Minster of Pakistan, already mentioned above, in his letter to Muhammad Zafarullah Khan, dated October 3, 1955, expresses his "deep sense of gratitude and admiration for the disinterested and untiring way, you are continuing to serve Pakistan and the cause of Islam." He adds "It was very good of you to have visited Syria and Lebanon and done so much for Pakistan and I might add Islam."

    Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, a former Foreign Minister of Pakistan and President of the Pakistan Legal Aid Association, says: "From Sialkot to the Security Council, from Round Table Conferences to international conferences, from the Join Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan, from the Viceroy's Executive Council to the Pakistan Cabinet, from the Indian Assembly to the General Assembly of the United Nations and from the Federal Court of the sub-continent to the International Court of Justice, Chaudhry Zafarullah's contribution is clean and consistent, creditable and commendable."(Dawn, Karachi, March 3, 1964)

    Former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto sent a message of appreciation to Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarullah Khan on his retirement from the Presidentship of the International Court of Justice at The Hague. His message read: "I wish to convey to you our deep appreciation for the services you have so selflessly rendered over several decades to the people of Pakistan as well as to the international community. As a leading member of the political movement, which led to the achievement of a homeland of the Muslims in the sub-continent and earlier as President of the All India Muslim League in 1931, you played a very significant role in the creation of Pakistan. As Foreign Minister of Pakistan for the first seven years after the birth of the country, you helped in establishing Pakistan as a state which commanded respect abroad and whose voice carried weight in international forms. Your services to Pakistan, however, did not end there. As President of the UN General Assembly and as a judge of the International Court of Justice you not only served the international community as a whole, but in doing so enhanced the prestige of Pakistan. I can say with full confidence that all of us shared the pride that one naturally felt at the respect you commanded in the international community and the United Nations in your various capacities."

    Services to the Muslim World
    Muhammad Zafarullah Khan's logical and forceful advocacy of the cause of the Arabs in particular, and his support to the aspirations of the subject nations of Africa and the Third World, in general, on the forum of the United Nations and outside it, won him universal appreciation and respect.

    The Statesman, Delhi, dated October 8, 1947, editorially observes: "For the first time the voice of Pakistan was heard in the counsels of the United Nations on a burning topic of world-wide significance when leader of this country's delegation, Chaudhry Zafarullah Khan, addressed the United Nations Palestine Committee at Lake Success on Tuesday. It was a telling speech which tore into shreds the specious pleas put forward by the advocates of the partition of Palestine. Chaudhry Zafarullah did not merely indulge in rhetoric when he described the partition plan as `physically and geographically a monstrosity', he proceeded to prove this by unassailable arguments. Answering the contention that the migration of more Jews into Palestine should be permitted because the Jewish displaced persons desired to go to that country, Pakistan's spokesman asked whether the Americans would consent to relax or abrogate their own immigration laws if displaced persons of various other nationalities desired to enter the United States and settle there? Would America, he further asked, agree to take in the five million displaced persons of the Punjab if they desired to leave the scene of their suffering and cross over to the United States. We have little doubt that the Arabs will rejoice to find the voice of Pakistan so powerfully raised in the United Nations in defence of their cause. The addition of the independent sovereign state of Pakistan to the comity of free Muslim peoples of the World is already beginning to have its effect on international affairs," the paper concluded.

    The same paper in its issue, dated October 11, 1947, quotes "an Arab Spokesman" on Muhammad Zafarullah Khan's speech before the Palestine Committee of United Nations General Assembly, on October 7, 1947, as saying: "It was a most brilliant and exhaustive survey of the Arab case regarding Palestine that I have ever heard."

    In one of his letters in Urdu dated March 6, 1948, addressed to a Pakistani, Khawaja Hassan Nizami, the well-known Muslim divine of Delhi, in reference to the brilliant advocacy of the Palestine cause by Muhammad Zafarullah Khan at the United Nations, writes:
    "The fact of the matter is that Chaudhry Zafarullah Khan has done a job for which 80 crore Muslims of the World owe him a debt of gratitude. I never hesitate to mention this fact to all, the intelligentsia and the common people alike. Even in my speeches at big public gatherings. I freely express this view."

    His Majesty King Faisal-al-Saud, who in his capacity as Foreign Minister of Saudia Arab headed the Saudi Arabian delegation to the United Nations, in a letter, dated May 5, 1948, to Muhammad Zafarullah Khan, thanked him `for your close co-operation and the noble stand which your Excellency has taken, not only during the meeting but since the question of Palestine has been put before the United Nations. Allow me to state that your high principles have created a desire on the part of all righteous persons to identify themselves with the efforts of your Excellency, not only on behalf of the Arabs, but Moslems all over the world as well', the letter adds.
     
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    Nobody accused you of being anti-Pakistan.

    What is the issue you also know but atleast its NOT about disloyalty.
     
  3. Umair Nawaz

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    zafar ullah n co is long gone! Now the Ahmedis r nothing but Stooges and touts of west to undermine Pakistan and Pakistanis.........The fact is a Fact.
     
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    save this anti pakistani garbage .. ahmedis are discriminated by state , the state has a policy visible on passport application despite of all that they never started an insurgency or raised anti Pakistan slogans where as those so called assets "" Talibans & their religio extremists allies for eg : jamat e fasad e islami "" are declaring our soldiers not shaheed and calling dogs shaheed in your face , killing and murdering Pakistanis in thousands and the state wishes to have dialogue. All i see is double fckn standards every where
     
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    I think this soil has stopped making such great heroes who tirelessly and selflessly worked for humanity and for greater good! Salutes to such personalities!
     
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    State has a policy being a Muslim nation to identify the Muslims and Non Muslims. We have the only constitution which gives the definition of a person who claims to be a Muslim or non Muslim.

    Anyways these Ahmedis r just western touts its been proved time and again. U will be blind to ignore that fact.
     
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    oh please .. we have people who say they do not agree with this constitution and are fighting and attacking our institutes , army , civilians to back off and agree with their demands and our state instituations wants MAZAKRAAT with those animals just because they are a little powerful the state lack guts to fight them whereas the state can only show its muscles to a tiny minority of people and have implemented draconian laws upon them , this country is a prime example of state oppression. Ahmedis are a victim here their people have helped build this country for eg only nobel peace prize winner was an ahmedi
     
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    common u know its not for this specific reason of Ahmedis.........Anyways u got to accept that Zafar ullah n co r long gone now and these new western based and western supported Ahmedis r nothing but a waste.
     
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    Sir Zafrullah Khan’s services rendered to Muslims of India, Pakistan and the Third World are second only to that of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah .

    Ironically, today Jinnah’s most trusted lieutenant is not even remembered by the state which owes him so much, including its own founding document. (i.e The Lahore Resolution draft)
     
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    they are one of the reasons , and to be honest ahmedies are pretty much done and dealth with now its shia's turn further other sects will be in line. In my opinion the state opression has forced them to take exile in different countries , what choices did they had ? i am a witness to this how qadianis were treated in class rooms etc , how they were treated in local neighbor hood its no secret and every one is aware of it.
     
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    Shias can be controlled as their influence is largely by iran. As long as they r not influenced largely by west, we should be just fine.
     
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    The way its going dont be surprised if Jinnah's tomb in karachi will be replaced by religious - fassadi seminary

    barelvis and hanafis are next in line what than ?? remember we have appx 70 sects
     
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    like i said as long as they dont get used by west we should and will be just fine.
     
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    West has no influence in FATA & KPK those places are hot spot for all kinds of foreign and domestic islamic extremist insurgents , who are slaughtering pakistanis (civil and military) like sheeps , west have little influence in urban areas of Pakistan they are just fine and no such madness. Not buying your theory dude it doesnt sell no more
     
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    West has a lot of influence......As a person whose with a military background i can assure u that! u will be surprised to know the hidden reality. While ISI is busy saving Pak, CIA is also busy in their strategies to achieve 'their desires.'
     
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