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Pakistan-Turkey celebrate 70 years of friendship

On November 9, Pakistan and Turkey held several events to celebrate 70 years of their alliance and friendship. Islamabad and Ankara jointly issued a postal stamp to commemorate the event.

The joint stamp depicts two great poets and political thinkers – who left deep imprint on the hearts and minds of Muslims and Hindus of British occupied India and Turkish people – Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), the national poet of Pakistan and Mehmet Akif Ersoy (1873-1936), the writer of Turkey’s national anthem.

November 9, 2017 happens to be Allama Iqbal’s 140th birthday.

Both Iqbal and Ersoy were devoted Muslims – thus hated by Hindu fascists and anti-Islam Kemalists. Being a pro-Ottoman Khilfat, Ersoy was labeled as traitor by the Young Turks – mostly Crypto Jews.

Iqbal’s poetry was based on Islam and Islamic civilization. It has been translated more than 20 different languages. Allama Iqbal received his Doctoral degree from Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich in 1908.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, has translated some of Iqbal’s poetry from Urdu to Persian language.

Muslims who ruled Indian subcontinent for over 1,000 years, have always felt love for the Khilafat in Istanbul. During WWI, they sent aid to Ottoman Turkey and held protest rallies against British invasion. After Gen. Mustafa Kemal (died 1938) abolished Ottoman Khilafat and banned Arabic language, Islamic studies and call of prayer in public – many Muslim leaders distanced themselves from supporting the so-called “modern Turkey”.

Pakistan and Turkey along with Iraq and UK were members of United States led CENTO military pact against USSR during the Cold War – but in fact it’s to protect Israeli interests in the region. It’s dissolved in 1955.

Pakistan mourns Quaid-e-Azam’s daughter

Dina Jinnah Wadia (born August 15, 1919) the only child of the Father of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Maryam Jinnah (born as Rattanbai Petit, daughter of Lord Dinshaw) passed away in New York on November 2, 2017. She was 98 year-old.

Pakistan’s president Mamnoon Hussain and prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi led the Pakistani people in offering condolences to Dina Wadia’s son Nusli Wadia, Chairman Wadia Group, saying she was greatly respected.

On September 11, 1948, Dina Wadia visited Pakistan to attend her father’s funeral in Karachi where she stayed with her aunt Madar-i-Millat (Mother of the Nation) Fatima Jinnah. Later she visited Pakistan in 2004 as guest of Pakistan’s former president Gen. Pervez Musharraf to watch a cricket match between Pakistan and India.

Dina was born in London where her father was member of Royal Privy Council. Her mother known as Rose of Bombay, converted to Islam at age 18 in order to marry one of India’s top lawyers, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, 42. However, she failed to adopt Muslim way of life and after three-year marriage returned to her Parsi family in Bombay taking Dina with her. Jinnah never saw her until her death in 1929.

After Rattanbai Petit’s death, Muhammad Ali Jinnah asked his sister Fatima to raise Dina. According to Jinnah’s chauffer Bradbury, Jinnah himself requested his sister Fatima Jinnah, to teach her niece, Dina about Islam and Holy Qur’an.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah stopped visiting her daughter Dina after she married to one of India’s richest businessman Neville Ness Wadia, a non-Muslim Parsi. However Dina’s marriage like her mother didn’t last much longer. She got a divorce in 1943 after five year married life and left Mumbai first for London and then for New York.

After the establishment of Pakistan, Dina like Jinnah’s three sisters (Maryam Bai, Rehmat Bai and Shireen Bai) decided to stay in India while the youngest sister Fatma Jinnah immigrated to Pakistan with her brother Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

During her 2004 visit, she visited the hall where Jinnah’s personal belongings are on display. Dina showed a liking for three pictures and requested for blow-ups. One of the pictures shows Dina with her parents, another is that of her mother, while the third, which she liked the most, shows Jinnah dictating a letter to someone. Later she paid her respects at the tomb of Fatima Jinnah, her aunt.

See Quaid-e-Azam family photos here.


Pakistan tell US: Kashmir not CPEC is the problem

On Saturday, Islamabad rejected Washington’s objection raised over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying that CPEC is a development and connectivity project for the betterment of people of the region and beyond, which doesn’t threat either India or Afghanistan.

Islamabad urged the US and the international community to rather focus on ethnic-cleansing of Muslim-majority in Indian-held Kashmir.

India is the only regional power which wants to kill the CPEC initiative for the following fears.

  1. India fears that CPEC may result in internationalization of the Kashmir dispute, and China with its tremendous influence both in Asia and in the international community would eventually push for the 1949 UNSC Resolution 47 – saying that “the question of the accession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir to India or Pakistan will be decided through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite.”
  2. India is concerned over China’s military presence in the Indian Ocean. The CPEC project will enable China to get direct access to the Arabian Sea, which could embolden the Chinese to substantially step up their military presence there, something that India views as an existential threat.
  3. India is worried that China is planning to use the Gwadar port to monitor India’s naval activity and allegedly even exploit it to expand and improve its own navy. However, China’s naval power is already almost 4-times stronger than India’s (714 vs 295 of fleet strength).
  4. India is also worried that CPEC will bring economic prosperity and growth for Pakistan, which many leaders of India’s ruling BJP still consider part of Hindu-dominated India.

Trump administration, as expected, has sided with its Hindu ally over the CPEC project.

The US$56 billion CPEC passes through Pakistan’s northern part (Gilgit and Baltistan) which India claims to be part of disputed Jammu and Kashmir state – 67% of which it annexed in 1960s. Gilgit and Baltistan has great strategic importance for both Pakistan and China as without it Pakistan’s second port Gwadar in Balochistan province is a dead horse.

For China, Gwadar is the year-round trading route to the Middle Eastern countries and beyond. It will also help China to reduce cost of its oil import from Qatar and Iran. Gwadar, overlooking the Gulf of Oman is a short route to Iran’s Chabahar port. Last year India offered to invest US$500 million towards construction of Chabahar port.

So far 52 countries including Turkey, Iran, Australia, Russia, France and Britain have shown their interest in joining CPEC.