This is with reference to Ayaz Babar's book "What Is Wrong With Pakistan" and Ms Zubaida Mustafa's review in a section of press on August 25, 2013. Ayaz has talked of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's use of Islam in the politics; Jinnah always talked of rights of Muslims and a state for Muslims. There came a period when Jinnah was attacked by all shades of religious parties including Jamiat-ul Hind, a close associate of Indian National Congress. The religious leaders labeled Mr Jinnah 'Kafir-Azam' and virtually criticising his lifestyle, his wife and daughter as well.

The religious leaders, many of them happened to be fiery orators addressed lengthy public meetings, distributed posters and pamphlets making very derogatory and obscene remarks against Mr Jinnah and his family. Apart from that Mr Jinnah came under pressure from some of the Muslim Leaguer’s who wanted him to display his association with Islam.

Under these circumstances, Jinnah had to talk about religion. Even then he made it clear that Pakistan would be a state where minorities would also be able to live their lives in peaceful co-existence with Muslims.

I remember Muslim Student Federation of Amritsar wrote a letter to Mr Jinnah drawing his attention to the propaganda unleashed at him to which Jinnah’s secretary replied that Mr Jinnah considers himself a lawyer advocating the Muslim cause. We should give consideration to the prevailing circumstances and the context under which Jinnah talked of brighter aspects of Islamic teachings and principles. As a nation we have the habit of laying blames rather than looking at things from others point of view and the prevailing circumstances.

Mr Babar Ayaz has also blamed the founding fathers for imposing the unitary type of government, in fact when Pakistan came into existence; it was struggling for survival due to the colossal problems of refugees, Kashmir war and lack of resources. The founding fathers lost grip on power after the assassination of PM Liaquat Ali Khan and undemocratic dismissal of PM Khawaja Nazimuddin. Since that time, power brokers were dictators like Ghulam Mohammad, Sikandar Mirza, Ayub Khan and their created and nurtured politicians who should be held responsible for the state of affairs in Pakistan prevailing since then.

MAHMUD AHMAD AKHTAR,

Rawalpindi, September 3.