Today I remember the maxim: When a man planes to become prominent, he should undertake only that unique of its kinds. On the same path, few minds invent vibrant stories that bring them to the height of their career. At the moment, I wish only to throw light on the maneuver, undergone by S. Akber Zaidi, which is indirectly aimed at giving new shape to the Pakistani history. First, let me clarify the angles of Pakistan and history.
Please, be objective and daring to accept the fact that when someone tries to mention the history of Pakistan, is actually on the way to explore the relation between political struggle of the Muslims of the subcontinent and the cause of faith and Islam. In fact, this story reveals the fact that Muslim, the exclusive majority of Pakistan, kept on making efforts to keep their religion alive in wake of Hindus pursuit of forceful conversion of Muslims into Hinduism when the latter enjoyed privileges under the British Raaj.
Simply, this is an odyssey to keep faith together with politics. This was the reason behind why the thinkers linked the history of Pakistan, the lands of Muslims, to the arrival of Muhammad bin Qasim (712), Mahmood Ghaznavi (1001), and Ahmed Shah Durrani (1757). In other words, this was an obvious attempt to keep the religious identity (national identity) alive. What Mr. Zaidi has posed, invites to analyze it objectively. Actually, there are many stances, opted in the said platform, which need to be patently answered.
In 1971, with the disintegration of Pakistan, the Indian Premier boasted of throwing the two nations theory in the Arabia Sea, which is harbinger of the still-prevailing disdainful attitude of New Delhi. Thus, in the presence of such aggressive behavior, the old revivalist need returns obviously. The study of Pakistan in the light of Islamic perspective is actually to muster both federal and provincial units of country. Therefore, raising question on such practices in no less than folly while living in Pakistan.
Further, the urge for studying the histories of Balochis, Pakhtuns, Sindhis and Punjabis separately is like to blink eye on only one side of the coin. The other side is conspicuously being ignored, which propagates bias. It is because the masses in the said areas had been living in the autonomous towns in the ancient times. So, there is no need to propagate the history of Balochis as they are the heirs of Mehar Garh, which separates the town inhabitants from Makran and Chaghi in both history and culture.
Overall, the peoples of Pakistani areas in the ongoing era are in accordance with the questionable-history assertion, posed by Zaidi, are different from one another. The same reality is fixed regarding the Indian history. Would they accept this fact of having different history in ancient times? Certainly, they feel pride in being Indians and propagating Indian identity. The same pursuit is our national agenda.
To make final opinion, we are Pakistanis as a nation, deep-rooted in Islamic history. This is what our ancestors achieved during the Pakistan Movement. This is also what we have to keep revived for the national unity and internal integrity.