23rd March, 1940

From March 22 to March 24, 1940, the All India Muslim League held its annual session at Minto Park, Lahore, and passed the historic Pakistan Resolution on 23rd March, 1940, and demanded a separate homeland for the Muslims of Sub-Continent. The ill-treatment of Muslims by the Hindus forced them to demand a separate homeland under the leadership of Quaid e Azam.

In the words of Quaid-i-Azam: “Hindus and the Muslims belong to two different religions, philosophies, social customs and literature. They neither inter-marry nor inter-dine and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations that are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their concepts on life and of life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Muslims derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different heroes and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other, and likewise, their victories and defeats overlap. To yoke together two such nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to growing discontent and final destruction of any fabric that may be so built up for the government of such a state”.

Every year, Pakistanis celebrate this day with great national enthusiasm. We all should work together for a prosperous Pakistan and should not forget our martyrs who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

 

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Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah arriving at Minto Park, Lahore.

 

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At the All India Muslim League session, March 1940, Nawab Sir Shah Nawaz Mamdot presenting the welcome address.

 

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25th March 1940: Newspapers printed news about Lahore Resolution, demanding division of India