KHALED AHMED, Indian Express
Published 04 March 2017
Extract from article
Pakistan is evolving from, according to Tilak Devasher in his easily-the-best book on Pakistan, Courting the Abyss, Jinnah’s lack of clarity on what the state would be. On August 11, 1947, Jinnah said: “You may belong to any religion or caste or creed; that has nothing to do with the business of the state.” But on December 14-15, he told the Muslim League: “Let it be clear Pakistan is going to be a Muslim state based on Islamic ideals.” On January 25, 1948, he declared that Pakistan’s Constitution would be based on Islamic law (sharia) “to make Pakistan a truly great Islamic State”.
The writer is consulting editor, ‘Newsweek Pakistan’