Syed Mansoor Hussain is a columnist in “Daily Times”, a Pakistani newspaper. He has practiced and taught medicine in the US. This article, “Proud to be a Punjabi” was published in the Daily Times on the fifth of February, 2014. In the article, the author has described the role and significance of Punjab in the history of Pakistan. In addition to this, he has tried to prove that Punjab is not responsible for everything bad happening in the other provinces. The author has described the role of Punjab before and after independence in the Pakistani politics. The author also says that whatever happens in other provinces, Punjab and Punjabis are held responsible for it. In the end, the author has highlighted a few cultural aspects of Punjab.
The article seems to be biased about Punjab and the arguments are not so convincing. The language is not consistent, as it is persuasive in the beginning and informative later on. The overall article is a bit biased and the paragraphs are not so connected to each other. The writing style is a bit informal.
The writer states that “Without Punjab’s support for the All India Muslim League… Pakistan would not have happened” (para 1), but reality is a bit different. Even today, a political person needs only the support of the landlords to get the votes, and at that time, people were not even as literate as they are now. According to Q. Abid and M. Abid, “In the 1937 elections the Unionist party was able to win a heavy mandate of the Muslims of the Punjab. On the other hand the Punjab Muslim League was able to win only two seats in the Punjab Assembly.” Jinnah had to make an alliance with the Unionist party to gain seats in Punjab in 1945.
In Para 2 and 3, the writer talks about the post partition situation. He talks about the Taliban and the attitude of other provinces. According to the author, when Bangladesh was separated, the Bengalis blamed Punjabis only for the war. He Similarly, Baloch’s and Pashtuns blame Punjab for everything wrong with their province, but the author does not give any significant reason for that. The first military operation in Baluchistan was ordered by Jinnah himself, who was not a Punjabi.
The author states that although there were several Punjabis in power, but the actual time for which Punjab has ruled Pakistan is merely two years. That is, the second time, Nawaz Sharif was elected in the nineties. But several arguments of the author can be questioned. First of all, the writer puts the blame of all the ‘bad’ work done by Malik Ghulam Muhammad, first Punjabi Governor General of Pakistan, on his shoulders as a Governor General and not as a Punjabi. On the other hand, the he credits Nawaz Sharif as a Punjabi rather than a prime minister for his good works. Same is the case with General Zia-ul-Haq. The author excludes all these and even the first tenure of Nawaz Sharif from the time for which Punjabis have ruled Pakistan. This is the most unjustified argument one can give on such a topic. The...