Pakistan celebrates 81 years since independence resolution | Pakistan News
The 1940 resolution called for all Indian states where Muslims were in the majority to be grouped into an “independent state”.
Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan is celebrating 81 years since the signing of the Lahore resolution in 1940, a landmark document that marked the first time that Muslim political leaders on the Indian subcontinent committed to forming independent Muslim states.
Signed in the city of Lahore in what was then India under British rule, the resolution called for grouping all “areas in which Muslims are in the majority” into “independent states”.
The resolution was signed by leaders of the All India Muslim League (AIML), including party leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the man widely revered as the founder of Pakistan.
The resolution marked the first time that AIML and Jinnah had explicitly adopted a policy of independence. Seven years later, the subcontinent gained independence from the British, leading to the formation of the two sovereign states of India and Pakistan.
On Tuesday, events will take place across Pakistan to mark the occasion as schools, offices and businesses close for the national day.
A military parade to be held in the capital Islamabad was postponed to Thursday due to “bad weather conditions,” the army said in a statement.
“March 23, 1940 was a momentous occasion when Muslims in the subcontinent decided to create a separate homeland to free themselves from the chains of oppression and slavery of the Hindutva mentality,” Pakistani Prime Minister said Imran Khan in a statement released Tuesday. .
Khan has been a vocal opponent of the policies of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, particularly the widespread rights violations against Indian Muslims since the Hindu nationalist leader took power.
“Today we pay tribute to the Father of the Nation and to all the leaders of the Independence Movement who united the Muslims of British India and fought for the creation of a free and independent Muslim state”, Khan said in his statement.
Khan also made special mention of the inhabitants of the disputed region of Kashmir, which India and Pakistan claim in full but administer separate portions.
The Himalayan territory has been the cause of two of the country’s three full-scale wars since its independence in 1947.
“On this day, we also express our solidarity with the innocent people of the IIOJK who have been subjected to the worst form of state oppression by Indian security forces,” Khan said. IIOJK refers to “Jammu and Kashmir illegally occupied by Indians” as Pakistan calls the disputed region.
“We salute their courage and will continue to support them morally, politically and diplomatically for the realization of their right to self-determination under the relevant UNSC resolutions.”
Khan will not be making public appearances on the occasion, as he was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday and has been receiving treatment in isolation since then.