Jinnah once went to Saydan-Pur (Srinagar) to meet Pir Syed Jama’at Ali Shah who knew about the potential of Amin ul-Hasanat a.k.a Pir of Manki Sharif to exploit religion in service of politics. He advised Jinnah to meet Pir of Manki as he was the only religious personality in the frontier Province who could help him to counter Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Bach Khan)of Congress and end his political dominance.
Jinnah in a message to Pir of Manki told the Pir that his services were required and assured him that Sharia would be enforced on the Muslim community once the new state comes into being.
Pir Manki, some days later called his trusted friends, mashaikh like Syed Abdullah Shah of Hazara, Maulana Masleh-ud-din, Maulana Shaista Gul and others at Manki Sharif. Later Pir Manki sent a delegation comprising Maulana Shaista Gul and Maulana Masleh-ud-din, who toured every nook and corner of India.
On October, 13 1945 five hundred ulemas, pirs and mashaikh participated in the three day Ulema and Mashaikh Conference at Manki Sharif. Notable amongst them were Syed Jama’at Ali Shah, Maulana Shabir Ahmad Usmani, Abdul Hamid Badayuni, Naeem-ud-din Muradabadi, Maulana Shaista Gul, Pir Abdul Latif of Zakori Sharif, Maulana Abdul Sattar Niazi, Maulana, Masleh-ud-din, Faqir Abdul Wasih of Bannu, Maulana Hazrat Gul of Dosehra, Pir of Tunsa Sharif and Maulana Badshah Gul of Akora.
The conference recommended the formation of a party known as Jamiat-ul-Asifa. Pir Jama’at Ali shah was elected its president and Pir of Golrah Sharif its Vice president while Pir of Manki Sharif became its convener.
The aim of this party was to underpin the demand for the establishment of Pakistan to the principles of the Quran and Sunnah. Hence, Pir of Manki determined to support the Muslim League on the condition that Sharia (Islamic Law) would be enforced in Pakistan as the law of the land throughout the country.
On November 18, 1945 Pir Sahib sent one of his close associate named Qazi Abdul Hakim Khattak to Jinnah to apprise him of his decision. Jinnah responded quickly by sending a letter on November 18, 1945 as:
“I am greatly thankful to you for the powerful support which you have been pleased to give to All India Muslim League….as regards your preliminary question of Pakistan being established is settled, it will not be the Muslim League that will frame the constitution of Pakistan but inhabitants of Pakistan in which 75% will be Musalmans and therefore you will understand that it will be a Muslim government and it will be for the people of Pakistan to frame the constitution under which the Pakistan government will come into being and function.
Therefore, there need be no apprehension that the Constitution making body which will comprise of overwhelming majority of Muslims can ever establish any constitution for Pakistan other than one based on Islamic ideals, nor can the government of Pakistan when comes into being act contrary to Islamic ideals and principles.
On November 25, 1945 an accord was reached between Jinnah and ulema and mashaikh on the following terms and conditions
-Every law in Pakistan will be in consistency with Islamic Sharia and not repugnant to Quran and Sunnah.
-Each bill concerned with Islamic Sharia will be presented to the President of Jamiat-ul-Asifa to check, only after the endorsement by its President will present the Bill to the constituent assembly for further proceedings.
Concerning the question that what type of constitution Pakistan will be? Jinnah responded and delivered a speech:
“let me clear that Muslims believe in one God, one Prophet, and Holy Quran. Islamic principles are the Constitution which we inherited from our Holy Prophet thirteen centuries before, so there will be nothing but only Quranic principles as our Constitution. In order to achieve our goal you should vote in favor of Muslim League candidates. Regarding legislation I will say that when you elect your representatives to the Parliament they make laws in conformity with the Quran and Sunnah.If concerted efforts are made by all, the achievement of Pakistan is not difficult…”
Jinnah, in fact was unleashing a beast which was to transform into a Frankenstein.
And now, when the Taliban are insisting on and are closer to realization of the “dream” of the “founder of the nation”, why are we crying?