Disclaimer: No offence intended. I like Imran Khan as one of the greatest cricketers and respect him for his philanthropic work such as Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital. But PTI is a different story; its young fans are quite another.
These days a status is viral on Facebook by the very young PTI fans where co-incidental similarities based upon lies are made between Imran Khan and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The status is
1. Got his Education from England
2. Was included in University’s Hall of Fame
3. Suffered severely in starting of his career
4. Married a non muslim lady , marriage failed, wife went to london
5. Children custody to mother as per judge’s decision
6. Failure in start of his political career
7. Won only 1 seat after a decade of struggle
8. His party won hearts of people after Jalsa at Lahore
9. All parties stood against his party
You think it’s Imran Khan’s story?
NO, it’s Quaid-e-Azam’s story.
History is repeating itself. . . think again ! VOTE WISELY!
My reaction to this was WHAT THE FUCK IN THIS OTHERWISE BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE!!!
Now The Truth:
1. Jinnah received primary and higher education in Karachi and for some period of time in Bombay. Jinnah never attended Oxford or Cambridge or any other University in England, he only completed his legal education there at Lincoln’s Inn.
2. Since Jinnah didn’t attend any university, what the Hall of Fame then?
3. Not really. At 19, Jinnah became the Youngest Indian to have been called at Bar in England.
4. Jinnah didn’t marry a non-muslim, Rutti converted to Islam three days before marriage and became Maryam. Though the relationship didn’t last long, however there was no divorce. After separation Maryam fell ill and was taken to England and then to Paris for treatment. Her health improved and she returned to Bombay. Jinnah visited her in Paris.
5. Since there was no divorce, there was no question of Dina’s custody to be decided by the court.
6. This is really a harsh claim. Jinnah joined Indian National Congress in 1906 and All India Muslim League in 1913. In the beginning Jinnah followed Sir Pheroze Shah Mehta and observed the course of events in British India. Jinnah was instrumental in the passing of the Child Marriages Restraint Act, the legitimization of the Muslim waqf (religious endowments) and was appointed to the Sandhurst committee, which helped establish the Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun.
7. In 1910, just after 4 years of joining the Congress, Jinnah was elected to the Imperial Legislative Council, and he was not the leader of the party.
8. To suggest that Jinnah only succeeded in winning the hearts of the masses only after the Lahore jalsa in 1940 is devastating. In 1916 he became the President of AIML and was called the Ambassador of the Hindu-Muslim Unity after Lucknow Pact. Lahore Resolution was the consummation of the decades-long struggle for freedom from the British rule.
9. Which parties? Besides AIML, there was just one other party, The Congress.
What really nettles me is how so blindly people just praise each others’ status’ and share without even confirming the facts and figures. When I shared above facts on such status of few of my friends [PTI fans off course], instead of accepting the truth, they just deleted my comment and declined to discuss a word more. I was left numb for the moment and wondered how could the ‘agents of change’ who so proudly claim to be patriots and revolutionaries get offended by nothing but the truth, how could they believe everything they hear, read and see is true?
Another friend said that since Zardari and Nawaz and other politicians have been time-tested, therefore IK is the only option left therefore he should be given a chance. I wondered that just to test a person, we are ready to hand over our country to him, despite the fact that his party is backed by the establishment and its proxies [religious parties] who have long done collateral damage to the country. Now it’s become an established fact that calling oneself a PTI/IK fan is a trend that every youngster should follow without even delving into the abcs’ of political history of Pakistan. This is just a sorry state where the youth believe more in conspiracy theories than realities.