Pakistan Resolution Day 23rd March 1940

by Maryam
Muslim leaders from across British India at the All-India Muslim League Working Committee session in Lahore

Lahore Resolution 1940:

As conditions deteriorated in United India, Muslim leaders stepped up their efforts to establish Pakistan. They present the Agenda of a separate country for Muslims. The Pakistan Resolution was passed on 23rd March 1940 at Iqbal Park in Lahore. Pakistanis started celebrating this day as Pakistan Resolution Day on 23rd March. What were the reasons behind the creation of Pakistan? I am going to share some reasons for this. This post has also been written in the Urdu language.

Minar-e-Pakistan is a public monument located, adjacent to the Walled City of Lahore, in the Pakistani province of Punjab. The tower was constructed during the 1960s site where the All-India Muslim League passed the Lahore Resolution on 23 March 1940.

Establishment of British Government in Sub Continent:

After Muslims rule in the subcontinent for six hundred years, the situation was extremely bad. The treachery of their own people and the luxury of the rulers were the resons of conflict there. When the British took over the control of India. They belonged to other region so, they were unable to run a proper monarchy as they were unfamiliar with the mentality, language, and needs of the local people. That made life difficult for the people of United India. Some selfish people came so close to the British that they turned their attention to their personal luxuries and privileges. Thus, they deprived the original claimants. As a result, a large number of people living in the subcontinent, fell into every sphere of life and began to face a severe lack of basic necessities. They were facing economical, social, and educational problems. The exploitors joined the list of nobles and the weakers began to starve. Neither their economical nor social rights were safe!

Efforts of Muslim Leaders:

In such circumstances, many brave leaders took up the cause of correcting the situation. They began to play their part in bringing the masses back to the realm of life. At the beginning of British rule, Muslim leaders worked with Hindus for the betterment of India. But Hindus were fighting only for Hinduism. When the Muslim leaders realized the prejudiced attitude of the Hindus. They abandoned the help of the Hindus and intensified their efforts only for the rights of the Muslims. Among the Muslim leaders, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan took the initiative to improve the educational condition of the Muslims. Allama Muhammad Iqbal used poetry as his weapon to awaken the Muslim Nation from its slumber. The great leader Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah wisely worked for the fundamental rights of Muslims. He spent his fasting night and day for the welfare of Muslims. Accompanied by hundreds of such sincere, intellectual and hardworking leaders, we have succeeded in achieving this state of Pakistan.

Pakistan Resolution Day 23rd March:

The Muslim League met at Iqbal Park in Lahore on March 22nd -24th, 1940. They demanded the formation of a separate state by uniting all the areas with a large Muslim population. Where Muslims would religiously as well as socially free and prosperous. At the outset of the meeting, the Quaid-e-Azam made it clear that “The problem in India is not a sectarian one but a problem of two nations which are very different in terms of color, race, religion, and culture, and they can’t merge. “He said that, “The difference between Hindus and Muslims is so great and clear that their unity under a central government would be harmful.

The British government agreed to this demand. Thus, after seven years of struggle, the Muslims succeeded in gaining the first Islamic democratic state. We celebrate Pakistan Day to remark the adoption of this Resolution.

Pakistan Day as a Festival:

Before 1956, no one celebrated 23rd March as a festival. On March 23, 1956, for the very first time, Pakistanis follow the law. Sikandar Mirza who was the Prime Minister then became the President. In 1957-1958, March 23rd was celebrated with great enthusiasm as the Islamic Democratic Day. In October 1958, martial law was enacted and democratic rule ended. In 1959, as there was martial law in the country, there was no justification for celebrating Democracy Day. This is why this day was celebrated as Pakistan Day. On March 23rd, the entire Pakistani Nation celebrates a public holiday and considers this day a National Ceremony.

Pakistani flag has been waved on Pakistan Resolution Day
Independence day celebrations with the blue dawn of sky and sun in hot summers on 14th August in remembrance of Pakistan’s independence

Pakistan Day Celebrations:

On this day, a parade of Pakistani forces has been held in Islamabad, the culture of the provinces is highlighted and weapons are displayed, national anthems are sung, special prayers are offered for the security of the country and the nation, and the nation is taught solidarity. The President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan attend this event. The Chiefs of the Armed Forces of Pakistan, as well as senior officials from Pakistan’s neighboring countries, attend this event joyfully. They feel proud to become a part of a lively and enthusiastic ceremony.

This day reminds us of our everlasting sacrifices and resourceful leaders. It reminds us of how strong and enthusiastic people sat near the Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. After a three-day stay, they convinced of their rights. They became more enthusiastic and powerful than ever. They were dreamt of a better future for their generations. The Muslims who were being crushed in the mill of oppression became fearless. In order to fulfill their dream, they became active and energetic under the leadership of the Quaid. They had succeeded in achieving the goal by using their strength. These shining stars of the Islamic Empire will continue to shine in the sky until the Day of Judgment.  

Pakistan our Homeland                                                 

We proudly tell the history of Pakistan to our children in our homes. We burn the candles in remark of our elders’ sacrifice. We honor our forces and have the spirit of sacrificing our lives for the protection and dignity of our homeland. We prepare our children to die for the glory of this country. That’s why our children are passionate to become a soldier.

The soil of this country is so sweet that love is born here, spring reigns here, the wind of perception blows here. May Allah keeps this land forever, keep this kingdom safe from every enemy and let its radiance shine, may this lawn remain inhabited till the Day of Judgment, may it remained fragrant with sweet flowers, may its dignity be preserved, and may it lead the Muslim world forever. Amen!

Pakistan Zindabad!

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