This refers to the article, ‘An encounter with Hamilton’ (Aug 20), by Ghazi Salahuddin. The writer has rightly pointed out that the August 11, 1947 speech of Quaid-e-Azam reflects “the inner conflict of a leader who had led to the creation of a new nation in the name of religion”. He is also right to say that the “glaring facts of history are pushed aside to protect an ideological stance”.
There is a need for an objective evaluation of historical events of the partition of the Subcontinent and also for an independent examination as to whether the purpose for which a separate homeland for Muslims was demanded has been achieved and to what extent? This is necessary to take corrective measures. As for those that support separation movements in India or Pakistan, there is strength in unity and progress in competition. Separation and isolation are no solutions for backwardness and underdevelopment.
Abdul Majeed (Islamabad)