What do you think Quaid-e-Azam meant when he said on August 11, 1947 to the Constituent Assembly, “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”
Jinnah was not just talking about the practical freedom of being able to go to a Temple or Mosque he was talking about the principle of “Freedom of Religion”, which includes the right to practice your own religion. As for his comment, “You may belong to any religion, caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State”, the clear implication was that Jinnah favoured a divide between mosque and state, duplicating the US First Amendment “Establishment Clause.”
Once the State had come into being and a Constitution was drafted, Jinnah clearly stated his views that there would be no difference between any religious community living in Pakistan. I’m a lover of both liberty and freedom. This is the real ideology of Pakistan and MA Jinnah but something went wrong in the last one decade and Pakistan has become a hot bed of sectarianism and religious intolerance giving our enemies a chance to create more havoc inside the country.
OMAR MIRZA,
USA, March 23.