Pakistan Army chief General Bajwa paid rich tribute to the founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah on his 143rd birth anniversary. Bajwa said that Jinnah’s vision about the “two-nation theory is an even more acknowledged reality today.”
“Even in most difficult times, all Pakistanis including minorities have come together without compromise on respective identity. His vision will always guide the way for us to take Pakistan ahead following principles of Faith, Unity and Discipline”, COAS. (2/2). pic.twitter.com/lJfIW6g6bx
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“Quaid’s vision about the creation of Pakistan based on [the] Two-Nation theory is an, even more, acknowledged reality today,” General Bajwa was quoted by the Inter-Services Public Relations as saying during his visit to the Jinnah’s mausoleum in Karachi.
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Jinnah was not the first to propose the Two-Nation Theory, but with the creation of Pakistan, he converted it into a political reality. Before the partition of united India, there was serious apprehension among Muslims at the prospect of becoming a minority in a Hindu-dominated India.
Despite the Congress Party’s affirmations of its secular values, many Muslims were suspicious and fretted that the Hindu majority would seek to marginalise them. The two-nation theory is now taught to all school children in Pakistan and many see this as liberation from India, as opposed to freedom from the British rule.