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ISI had almost arrested me in Pakistan, says Firoz Bakht Ahmed
Monday November 11, 2013 11:06 PM, Staff Reporter

Firoz Bakht Ahmed Firoz Bakht Ahmed, grandson of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, while addressing Jashn-e-Azad held in Malegaon on Monday said that during his visit to Pakistan he was almost arrested by its powerful intelligence agency ISI because of his relation with the Maulana.

"People in Lahore were overwhelmed after meeting me. They acknowledged the views of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on partition and creation of Pakistan expressed over fifty years ago. In me, they tried to see glimpses of Maulana Azad – the visionary who was so sound in his assessment", he said.

"However", he added, "The ISI was upset. They saw in me traces of the person who opposed tooth and nail the creation of Pakistan. They almost arrested me."

He said that now people of Pakistan are realising their mistakes and are eager to know about the vision and ideas of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

"His writings and his books are now sold as hot cake in Pakistan. He is now one of the most read person in this country", he said.

Earlier in the morning while addressing the naming-ceremony of the Malegaon Municipal Corporation building, Firoz Bakht Ahmed said that Maulana Azad was the only person who was opposed to any decision to divide the country.

"I have greatest regards for these national leaders. But it is a fact that Mahatama Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel all of them had succumbed to pressure and agreed to partition. One man, only one man, who was opposed to partition of the country, was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He alone stood against the decision to divide India", he said.

He said that realising the opposition of Maulana Azad to any plan to divide India, the Cripps Mission avoided calling Maulana Azad to the meetings. He said it was only when everything was finalised that Lord Mountbatten suggested Sir Cripps to meet Maulana Azad.

"The entire partition plan was ready by 1946, and since Maulana Azad was opposed to partition, he was not invited for the Cripps Mission meeting. Since the Maulana was one of the tallest leaders of the Congress and was president of the party for more than ten years, Lord Mountbatten suggested to Sir Cripps that avoiding the Maulana on this crucial issue will send a wrong message", he said.

Recalling what freedom fighter Aruna Asif Ali had shared with him, Firoz Bakht Ahmed said Maulana Azad was literally crying on August 15, 1947 – the day India was born as a sovereign nation. "Aruna Asif Ali told me that when she asked the Maulana why he was crying, he said this was not the independence he had fought for. Today India - a great nation of the world, has been divided into two."

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