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Jinnah and the Islamic State: Setting the Record Straight

What was Mohammed Ali Jinnah's position on the contentious issue of secularism in Pakistan? What was his stand on Pakistan as an Islamic state? What legacy did he leave for the citizens of his country on a question with which they continue to grapple?

W hat did Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, want for the country he was destined to create in 1947? Surely I cannot say anything new on this venerable and much-discussed historical subject; the experts know much more. But, as we approach Pakistans 60th anniversary, the matter of Jinnah and the Islamic state is still a hot one. It is confounded both by the wishful thinking of my well-meaning liberal friends, as well as the conveniences invented at different times by Pakistans military, political, and religious establishments. Therefore, it seems to me that objectivity, honesty, and clarity are still desperately needed if we are to clean out old cobwebs and chart a new course for the future of our country.

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