While browsing through Facebook Groups concerned about yellow journalism I came across the following comment:
Zulfiqar Ali : Fake PhD and Fake Historian Mr Safdar Mehmood !!Please check the facts before you lie. You write that Iqbal’s father had started job at Bank. His mother refused to breastfeed him because it was made of income from interest business (sood). Iqbal’s father use to sew topis (darzee). He was ‘simple’ person. I am not sure what you mean ‘bank job’. Banks used to do business in English which he did not know. I am not sure if there were guards at that time. But one had to be strong, and having knowhow of firing guns etc. for that. First Bank in Sialkot was established by Punjab Banking Company, which itself was established in 1889. So first bank in Sialkot had to be after that. Sialkot had only bank branch in 1908. It was branch of Alliance Bank of Simla which had acquired Punjab Banking Company.
Read Imperial Gazetteer 1908
You have been telling similar lies about Jinnah being tutored by Ashraf Thanvi’s representatives till 1947, even though Thanvi dies in 1943.
Shame on you! Once again
The criticism by Zulfiqar Ali seemed very harsh to me, so I decided to do a little reseach and see if there is a pattern of such behavior by Mr. Safdar Mehmood. I was shocked to see that indeed this is a problem
Dr. SAFDAR Mamood made a comparison of our prime Minster with Liaquat Ali Khan which i think is uncalled for at present time. well, everything else could be true about Liaquat Ali Khan, but this is contrary to the fact that a claim was never filed by him or his behalf. In fact his older brother WALIAYAT ALI
KHAN filed more than enough claim on his behalf and big tracks of lands were in turn awarded in Tehsil Hafizabad, though its possession was held by his brothers up untill 1958,when Raa’na Liaquat Ali eventually took it over, his/her sons Akbar and Ashraf waisted that lands by selling them cheaply and invested in business which they could run deligently(like becoming Massey’s Furgusion agent). Likewise Waliyat Ali Khan son Asad Ali waisted it due to diffrent reasons supposedly doing unproductive things like running after prostitudes, etc.
If someone has suspicion about it he could confirm from their kins(e.g. Behzad Ali Khan) living in Houston, Texas USA.
I think historian like Dr. Safdar Mhamood should seek more research before going into excercise of writing an article. Actually cronyism/corruption started just after untimely
demise of QUAID E AZAM, though it was institutionaled during Martial Laws. I believe
that a Truth and Reconcialation commission should be set up to make things clear to common man so that we could know who know whar harm to our beloved country. In fact to me the biggest crime is to deviate from constitution, all other
ills erupt from it.
Multan, at present in Houston
23 NOVEMBER 2009 17:51
Ali Asghar said…
Dr. Safdar Mahmood is a Big Spoon of Sharif brothers, he is like and other Rana Sanaullah. People are not safe from the toungs of both Rana Sanaullah and Dr. Safdar Mahmood.
I again strongly condemn the notion used by Dr. Mehmood that these are atheists or anti-religious who talk in favour of secularism (and subsequently suggest that Jinnah was a secular and wanted a secular state) or that secularism is against religion or that being secular means being an atheist. These are basic misconceptions deliberately told to Pakistani public every now and then, matter of fact is that secularism goes hand in hand with democracy; it demands equal rights for all citizens so state cannot adopt a religious policy and it should remain neutral and shows no bias towards any religion. Certainly, all citizens of a state have equal rights, otherwise how will you ensure justice and provide equal opportunities to your citizens?
In Pakistan, a non Muslim cannot get commission in Army, you have to declare your religion on your Passport, a non Muslim Pakistani cannot hold many high level designations and there are many other examples which show a negation of basic human rights and equality by state under disguise of religion. Dr. Mehmood and like minded can come up with reasons, but all those reasons will be based on insecurity and fear. No nation can progress with insecurity and fear and prejudices.
Naveed Ali has contributed the following rebuttal to Dr. Safdar Mehmood’s article “Did Jinnah Aspire to a Secular Pakistan” which you can read here
There are other examples that I researched but I believe in adding value by saving the reader some time. There is no doubt there is a clear pattern here. Forces are at work to distort history and continuously push the Pakistani nation into an Radical Islamic ditch with false visions of grandeur. It is the responsibility of free media to call a spade a spade and expose these propaganda instruments of radicalization and fabricators of history.