Pakistan movement is synonymous with the very spirit of Islam. The War of Independence in 1857 was an open manifestation of the Muslim spirit of revolt against the domination of the British Government and its stooges in India. Frustration and lack of direction, however, pervaded the ranks of muslims after the unfortunate failure in War. At this critical juncture emerged Sir Syed Ahmad Khan who served as a beacon of light for the Muslim nation in distress and disarray. He equated education with power and declared that the muslims could improve their political, social and economic condition only through the medium of modern and scientific education. He cultivated the concept of a separate Muslim nation on the basis of religion, culture and history. He inspired the muslims of the sub-continent to demand a separate homeland where they could arrange their lives and affairs of the state according to the dictates of Holy Quran and Sunnah.
After the establishment of the Indian National Congress in 1885, the Muslim leaders saw through the game of "national" movement and warned their people of the hovering dangers. In 1906, the Muslim League was founded as a challenge to the Indian National Congress. Maulana Hasrat Mohani presented a plan to the Government for the country envisaging two separate states for the Hindus and Muslims. Chaudhry Rehmat Ali further developed this concept. He displayed great wisdom and foresight by putting forth not only a name but in large measure the scheme that culminated in the creation of Pakistan. Maulana Mohammad Au, Maulana Shaukat All and Maulana Zafar Ali Khan spread the message of Pakistan through their lucid lectures and articles in newspapers.
The most outstanding contribution, however, came from Dr. Sir Mohammad lqbal, the great philosopher and poet and the symbol of Muslim nationalism. Pakistan ideology found ever clearer expression in his religio-philosophical, didactic and poetic works. At its base was the idea that spiritual unity founded on Islam was the most vital and integral element of national society. Islam emerges in this ideology as a form of national unity and absorbs all political thoughts. While presiding over the session of the All India Muslim League at Allahabad in 1930, Dr. Iqbal’s address represented the first clarion call for the establishment of an independent Islamic State in the subcontinent.
From 1937 onwards, Mr. Mohammad Au Jinnah became identified in the Muslim mind with the concept of the charismatic community, the concept which answered their psychic need for endowing and sanctifying their sense of community with a sense of power. Increasingly did he become with the passage of time, the embodiment of Muslim national consensus. And this explains why and how muslims acknowledged him as their Quaid-e-Azam even before the launching of the Pakistan demand in March 1940. From now on events moved fast. Due to the persistent intransigence of the Indian National Congress the muslims were left with no alternative but to demand the partition of the sub-continent through the famous Lahore Resolution of 23 March 1940. It declared that no constitutional plan would be workable in the country or acceptable to the muslims unless it was designed on the basic principle that geographically contiguous units were demarcated into regions in a manner that the areas in which the muslims were numerically in a majority were grouped together to constitute an independent state.
After a hard and heroic struggle by the muslims of the sub-continent, the British Parliament was forced to approve the Indian Independence Act, 1947 leading to the birth of Pakistan on 14th August 1947.Onthis historic day, the Quaid-e-Azam while addressing the first session of Constituent Assembly of Pakistan in Karachi eulogized the services and sacrifices of the muslims of the sub-continent to achieve Pakistan, in the following words:-"My thoughts are with the valiant fighters in our cause who readily sacrificed all they had, including their lives, to make Pakistan Possible"?
Thus the response of the millions of muslims, sacrificing their lives and homes, to the call of unity, faith and discipline from their Quaid-e-Azam firmly placed Pakistan on the world map.
Quaid-e-Azam was a great man and a great Muslim. He vehemently advocated morality in politics. He declared that morality in politics was even more important than in private life because if you do something wrong in public you hurt and harm more people. He firmly believed in the Islamic system of Government in which sovereignty belongs to Allah the Almighty. Quaid-e-Azam, therefore, affirmed the basic principles of an Islamic State by stating:
"Fundamentally in an Islamic State, all authority rests with Allah the Almighty. The Government business is conducted according to the Quranic principles and injunctions. Neither the Head nor the Par/lament nor an individual nor an institution can act absolutely in any matter; Only the Quranic injunctions control our behaviour in society and politics. In other words, Islamic democracy is indeed the rule of Shariat laws
The present Government headed by Prime Minister Mohammad Khan Junejo is earnestly endeavouring to translate the thoughts of Quaid-e-Azam into reality with an overwhelming mandate from the people.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the birth of Islamic Republic of Pakistani the Pakistan Post Office is issuing a set of 2 stamps of 80p and Rs.3/ denominations on 14th August 1987.