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Mr. Jinnah's encounter with Lord Minto

In 1910 Mr. Jinnah in the debate on the resolution on indentured labour for Natal said before the Viceroy of India Lord Minto: “If I may say at the outset, it is a most painful question, a question which has raised the feeling of all classes in this country to the highest pitch of indignation and horror at the harsh and cruel treatment that is meted out to Indians in South Africa.” Lord Minto interrupted and said: “I think that is rather too strong a word ‘cruelty’. At this Mr. Jinnah retorted: “Well, my Lord, I should feel inclined to use much stronger language.” Jinnah was applauded for his courageous stand, and the press displayed the incident in bold headlines.

Quaid-e-Azam in the Viceregal Lodge

-- Early forties

Quaid-e-Azam and Balochistan

by Dr. Munir Ahmed Baloch The huge land mass of Balochistan rising steadily from the coastal plains of the sea of Arabia to the eerie heights of Quetta, and then descending in an undulating manner up to the fringe of the North-West Frontier Province, covers a little over 125,000 sq. miles constituting almost 43% of the total area of Pakistan. Another 45,000 sq. miles of Balochistan territory lie in the neighbouring state of Iran and smaller region in southern Afghanistan.1   With the advent of British colonial rule over India, Balochistan came under colonial influence in 1876 and was portioned among Iranians and the British. The Eastern part of Balochistan was further divided into British Balochistan, Balochistan States, while a part of Seistan was given to Afghanistan. The areas of Derajat and Jacobabad (Khan Garh) was demarcated and given to British India.   British imperialists used Balochistan as a military base to check the extension policy of Tsarist Russia against India.2 Balo

Quaid-e-Azam meeting the Viceroy Lord Wavell in 1946