On the auspicious occasion of 69th Independence Day of Pakistan, emerging political party All Minorities Democrat- AMD pays homage to the Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and other Christian, Muslim and Hindu leaders who had been instrumental in the freedom movement.
In an official statement issued by the Chairman AMD Robin Yousaf Saroya and President Sarfraz Gill honored the legendary leaders of Pakistan including Allama Iqbal” Mutharma Fatima Jinnah, Liaqat Ali Khan, Christian leaders Dewan Buhadar S. P. Singha, Alvin Robert, Sir Victor Turner, B. L. Rulia Ram, Jogendra Nath Mandal and all others who had played their part in the struggle for an independent state-“Pakistan” for us.
“Today on the 14th August 2016, Pakistan celebrates 69 years of Independence. We cherish the most sacred human virtue of liberty which on this very day we are privileged to enjoy due to the relentless actions of our patriots. After a lengthy colonial rule of suppression, discrimination and misery this former colony of the British Empire Pakistan was born in difficult circumstances on the 14th of August 1947. Perhaps no other country by then was born in a situation more difficult than that of Pakistan,” AMD states.
“Father of The Nation of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision was supported by all currently living minorities in Pakistan, the Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis and Jews that lived in Muslim-dominated regions of undivided India. The most notable and influential Hindu figure in the Pakistan Movement was Jogendra Nath Mandal from Bengal. Jagannath Azad was from the Urdu speaking belt.
Mandal represented the Hindu contingent calling for an independent Pakistan, and was one of the founding-fathers of Pakistan. After the independence, Mandal was given ministries of Law, Justice and Work-Force by Father of The Nation of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s in Liaquat Ali Khan’s government.”
“Christians stood behind Father of The Nation of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision, playing a pivotal role in the movement. The notable Christians included Sir Victor Turner and Alvin Robert Cornelius; Turner was responsible for the economic, financial planning of the country after the independence.
Turner was among one of the founding fathers of Pakistan, and guided Jinnah and Ali Khan on economic affairs, taxation and to handle the administrative units. Alvin Robert was elevated as Chief Justice of Lahore High Court bench by Jinnah and served as Law Secretary in Liaquat Ali Khan’s government The Christian, Hindu, and Parsi communities played their due role for the development of Pakistan soon after its creation.”
AMD further stated: “After spending nearly seven decades, we being minorities have seen a lot of human rights violation, and dozens suffered as a result of human rights abuses. On this special occasion the AMD leadership urges the government of Pakistan to dispense basic constitutional rights which had pledged by the Father of the Nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision.
“We urge the Government of Pakistan to include role of all minorities’ leaders during the Pakistan Movement (Tehrik-e-Pakistan) in the national history books. By doing so, the spectrum of the nation will be broadened, as people will get a chance to read about contributions of minorities in creation of Pakistan. It will give a positive impact to the living nation in Pakistan and abroad. When a child will read the history of the Pakistan Movement (Tehrik-e-Pakistan) he/she will understand that we are one nation, this is a nation where citizens hailing from all religions should have equal freedom and rights.”