Presentation of THE JINNAH ANTHOLOGY 4TH EDITION by Liaquat Merchant, Quaid’s Grand Nephew hosted by KCFR
Karachi, August 29: It was the desire of the Muslims of India to have their own state as they had been galvanized by the Quaid from a scattered mask into cohesive block with one flag, one voice, one leader and one demand for a Muslim homeland where they could achieve political and economic independence and freely practice, and propagate their personal religious faith, be free from exploitation by British and domination by the majority Hindu population in India.
The Jinnah Anthology is an immensely valuable book which contains material and information on Jinnah and the partition of India which led to the creation of Pakistan.
This was traced by Liaquat Merchant, grand-nephew of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as the guest speaker for an introduction on the now famous book “The Jinnah Anthology” which has been produced by him and Professor Sharif Al Mujahid, the current 4th edition being the last and final one.
This event was hosted by the prestigious organization Karachi Council on Foreign Relations (KCFR) now headed by Ikram Sehgal as Chairman and Admiral (R) Khalid Mir as Co-Chairman here at a local hotel.
Governor Sindh Imran Ismail graced the occasion as chief guest. Commodore Retd. Sadeed A. Malik, Secretary General KCFR, Mr. Wang Yu, Consul General of China in Pakistan, Mr. Thatree Chauvachata, Consul General of Thailand in Karachi, Consul General of Afghanistan and many other dignitaries also attended this houseful session.
Co-author Liaquat Merchant recalled that the struggle to achieve an identity for the Muslims of India and for a place for them under the Indian sun went on for decades starting even before the time of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and the establishment of Aligarh Muslim University in 1920, and the inspiring thought and poetry of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Pakistan’s philosopher but it was left to Jinnah’s brilliant leadership to formulate the two-nation theory in his artistic language and to establish that the Muslims of India were a nation even before Pakistan became a reality on 14th August, 1947.