LAHORE – The Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC), an amalgam of almost all the mainstream religio-political forces led by Qazi Hussain Ahmed, is adamant to celebrate another Independence Day on 27th of Ramazan despite commemoration of the day by a leading religious party, Jamaat-e-Islami, at its headquarters in the City on Tuesday.

The split among the religio-political forces over the issue of celebrating the Independence Day has become visible after the JI celebrated the day since the same party was a leading force of the defunct religious alliance Muthidda Majlis-i-Amal (MMA).

The former JI chief, who is is the founder of the MYC, said the council would celebrate the Independence Day as per to its announced schedule. “The MYC has decided to commemorate the Independence Day on the 27th of Ramazan (August 16) in a befitting manner,” he added.

However, it is surprising that Qazi Hussain took part in the Independence Day ceremony held at the JI headquarters on Tuesday under the leadership of the party chief Syed Munawar Hasan.

Talking about the reasons for a second Independence Day, the MYC chief said: “The creation of Pakistan on the Jumatul Wida and the 27th of Ramazan in 1947 was not an accident.” He said that it was the divine will and the result of the sacrifices of the Muslims for centuries.

The MYC advertisements regarding celebrating the Independence Day on 27th of Ramazan were published in some newspapers on August 13.

Political pundits were of the view that it was a good proposal, but the MYC should have launched a campaign to raise awareness among the masses. They said the council should also have held consultations with other political parties to seek their viewpoint over the issue. They remarked that the majority of people might not take this idea as wise at a time when the nation had already celebrated the Independence Day.  They raised a question on the participation level in the second Independence Day.

On the other hand, despite the MYC’s insistence on celebrating the Independence Day on 27th of the holy month of Ramazan, Jamaat-e-Islami leaders under the leadership of party chief Syed Munawar Hassan hoisted the national flag at the party’s headquarters in Mansoora to commemorate the Independence Day.

Addressing the Independence Day ceremony, Munawar Hassan said that independence would remain incomplete without ending the interference of the United States in the country’s affairs.

The JI Ameer said that Washington was now pressurising Islamabad to launch military operation in North Waziristan Agency, as well as against the Haqqani Network.