73 years ago, on 23rd March, thousands of Muslims from all over the sub-continent gathered in Lahore. They had one dream, one vision, and one mission. On that day, under the able leadership of Jinnah and others, the struggle for Pakistan started with full force and it ended with the creation of Pakistan.

On the 23rd of March, the year 1940 AD, was the second day of All India Muslim League’s Annual Joint Session in Minto Park (now Iqbal Park), Lahore, then a part of United India. Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other founding fathers of Pakistan were then leaders of the Muslim league.

Just one year prior to that, in 1939, a national government headed by the Indian National Congress has completed its two-year term, the government was formed as a result of British-led reforms in 1935 by which national elections occurred in 1937.

That two year period of congress rule was an eye-opener to Indian Muslims about their incompatibility to live in a country with a majority Hindu population and the real face of Congress, finding the time to be the most suited, AIML planned on presenting a resolution for a separate, independent country for then United Indian Muslims.

Do know that before the British, the country now called India was the region called the Indian Subcontinent, the term India only referred to Hindu kingdoms in the Northwest region now comprised of Pakistan and Northern and Northwestern India. Under the British, the region was made to be under united rulership rather than divided fiefdoms and communities.

The resolution was passed by Tiger of Bengal, Sher e Bangla Abul Qasim Fazlul Haq. A Bengali leader of the AIML, it said.

No constitutional plan would be workable or acceptable to the Muslims unless geographical contiguous units are demarcated into regions that should be so constituted with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary. That the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in majority as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India should be grouped to constitute independent states in which the constituent units shall be autonomous and sovereign.

"No constitutional plan would be workable or acceptable to the Muslims unless geographical contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be so constituted with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary. That the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in majority as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India should be grouped to constitute independent states in which the constituent units shall be autonomous and sovereign."

The word Pakistan was created and adopted for this independent state later on. Now, this day is celebrated as Yom-e-Pakistan (Pakistan Day), military parades are held and a nationwide holiday is observed.