In April 1946 Quaid-i-Azam called the Convention of all those persons, who had been elected members of the provincial and central legislatures on Muslim League ticket at Delhi. More than five hundred members had attended that Convention.
Concentrating on the Pakistan problem and arguing for its establishment, Quaid-i-Azam made his speech to forecast dire consequences for the Muslims of India under the Hindu majority government after the British. Hussain Shaheed Suharwardy moved the main resolution, which demanded “a sovereign independent state, comprising Bengal and Assam in the northeast zone and the Punjab, the N.W.F.P., Sindh and Baluchistan in the northwest zone”. It affirmed that “the Muslim nation will never submit to any constitution for united India and will never participate in any single constitution-making machinery set up for the purpose”.
Before the Convention concluded, each and every member of the Central and Provincial Assemblies solemnly took the following oath:
“I do hereby solemnly declare my firm conviction that the safety and security, the salvation and destiny of the Muslim nation inhabiting the Sub-continent of India lie only in the achievement of Pakistan, which is the only equitable, honorable and just solution of the constitutional problem and which will bring peace, freedom and prosperity to the various nationalities and communities of this great sub-continent. I most solemnly affirm that I shall willingly and unflinchingly carry out all the directions & instructions, which may be issued by the All-India Muslim League in pursuance of any movement that, may be launched by it for the attainment of the cherished national goal of Pakistan. Believing as I do in the righteousness and the justice of my cause, I pledge to undergo any danger, trial or sacrifice, which may be demanded of me”.
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