Lahore Resolution

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Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore, where the Pakistan Resolution was passed

The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Lahore قرارداد لاھور), commonly known as the Pakistan Resolution (قرارداد پاکستان Qarardad-e-Pakistan)[1] was a political resolution, or statement drafted by the 25-member Working Committee of the All-India Muslim League, and then formally adopted by the Muslim League membership at its general session on 23 March 1940, held at Lahore. This resolution asked for greater Muslim autonomy within British India. However, later on most people thought of this as a call for a separate Muslim state, Pakistan[2]. The resolution was presented at Minto Park (now renamed 'Iqbal Park'), in Lahore, by Maulvi A.K. Fazlul Huq on the instructions of the Working Committee[3].

In fact, from the declaration made in this resolution in 1940 onwards, the goals of the Muslim League became increasingly fixed upon achieving an independent nation-state.

Today, the resolution's importance is remembered in Pakistan, by the Minar-e-Pakistan structure that stands in the Iqbal Park, Lahore.

Committee[change | change source]

The All-India Muslim League Working Committee responsible for the creation of the nation of Pakistan.

The following is the full list of the 25 original, formally designated members of the Special Working Committee of the All India Muslim League, 1940, which met between 21 and 24 March 1940,[4] and which drafted the Lahore Resolution.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Francis Robinson (1997), The Muslims and Partition, History Today, Vol. 47, September
  2. Christoph Jaffrelot (Ed.) (2005), A History of Pakistan and Its Origins, Anthem Press, ISBN 978-1-84331-149-2
  3. Atiq Zafar Sheikh (1994) The Lahore Resolution 1940 Islamabad: National Archives of Pakistan Publications, p.89
  4. Programme of the All India Muslim Leagues 27th Annual Session, to be held at Lahore 21st to 24th March 1940, at the National Archives of Pakistan, Islamabad, the Quaid i Azam Papers, File 1354
  5. Atiq Zafar Sheikh, The Pakistan Resolution and the Muslim League's Working Committee 1940 Islamabad: NAP Publications, 1994, pp. 87-91