Written from a historian's perspective, this book analyses the role Mohammad Ali Jinnah played as the first Governor-General of Pakistan. In the brief yet significant period that he was in office, Jinnah fought the battle for Pakistan's survival, providing it with a political, social, economic and diplomatic base. Substantial efforts were made to put the new country on the path of peace and progress, which would lead it to become one of the trend setting states in time to come. Jinnah, as Governor-General of the country, always remained the pivotal point in this struggle. This book highlights his contributions and also evaluates whether Jinnah was within his constitutional limits when he exercised executive powers as head of state in a parliamentary form of government. The book is based on primary source materials collected from Pakistan, United Kingdom, United States of America, India and Bangladesh.
Farooq Ahmad Dar is Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad from where he obtained his Ph.D. in History. He has been a Charles Wallace Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. His area of interest is the modern history of South Asia. Besides publishing numerous research articles in reputed journals, he has also authored a book titled Communal Riots in the Punjab, 1947 (2003). He has presented papers in national and international conferences, workshops, and seminars.
Introduction ; 1. Formation of State ; 2. Accession of the Princely States ; 3. Politics ; 4. Society and Economy ; 5. Foreign Policy ; Conclusion ; Appendices ; Selected Bibliography ; Glossary ; Index