In 1945, Jinnah's Muslim League which had adopted the goal of Pakistan as the essence of its manifesto, won all the Muslim seats in the Indian central legislature. These elections were based on a wide (albeit limited) adult franchise. So the basis of Pakistan remains the collective will of a people demonstrated via the democratic process. Why is it that when Western (i.e. white) societies exercise their democratic powers there is a sacred deference to the will of the people, when the same exercise by an Asian nation can so easily be dismissed as a "ghastly mistake".
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