I am a great believer in the role of destiny in the lives of men, societies and nations. And I am sure most of us are.
It was the destiny of the son of King Philip to emerge from Macedonia on the horizon of Greece, march on Babylon, Egypt, Persia and India, and go down into history as Alexander the Great.
It was the destiny of both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony to be known as great conquerors before getting vanquished by the same woman about whom Shakespeare wrote:
Age cannot wither
Nor Customs stale
Her infinite variety
Who else if not Cleopatra of Egypt?
It was the destiny of a baby born to the ill-starred wife of a fugitive from law, to grow up to become the ruler of both Syria and Egypt and write his name in the history books as Saladin the Saviour who re-took Jerusalem from the Knights of the Cross.
It was the destiny of a lawyer called Mohammad Ali Jinnah to become first the revered chief of Muslim League, then the great leader (Quaid-i-Azam) of the Muslims of the sub-continent, and finally the founder of a Country which would earn the unique distinction of being the first and the only Muslim nation to become a nuclear power.
Ironically it was the destiny of Quaid-i-Azam’s Muslim League to become the favoured party of the rulers of Pakistan and earn the unique distinction of having to shoulder the responsibility of defending continuously and ceaselessly the right of the Uniform to rule the country that had been founded by one of most fervent advocates of constitutional governance in modern history.
From Field Marshal Ayub Khan, to General Zia-ul-Haque to the times we are living in, Muslim League has been engaged in a valiant struggle to keep the Uniform into power.
Meaning thereby that there is no escape from destiny.
Not for me. Not for you. Not for Muslim League.