IMAGINE HARTAL IN LAHORE ON ASSASSINATION OF MAHATMA GANDHI
ON 31ST JANUARY 1948 SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, OFFICES CLOSED IN LAHORE
Lahore is a wonderful city with extraordinary traditions. That is why Bullay Shah’s famous verse of not being happy on enemy’s death, for friend is also going to die, so popular here. A city full of passion for Quaid-e-Azam grieved for Mahatma Gandhi in a similar way by observing complete hartal in city. A sad death with sad results. Lahore felt the sudden shock of the passing away an icon of India. And imagine not far away , the other Icon of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam would also pass away a few months later. This was a clear cut assassination and it was realized that leaders were subject to games of the high and mighty.
What is probably not realized that the death of Quaid-e-Azam was engineered too. If he had TB, the simple solution was penicillin injections, which were available at that time in Delhi. Why were antibiotics not tried on him? Left in an abandoned ambulance to be in the street, it is pathetic how leaders give their life and die needless deaths. For those who may doubt, just count the number of leaders of Pakistan who met uneventful deaths. The deaths speak of the outer hand themselves. And yet the resilience of Pakistan which makes it survive all obstacles with strength of faith and indomitable energy.