Description and Objectives

The course is designed to generate awareness among the students regarding genesis of Pakistan, constitutional and political evolution in the Indo-Pak sub-continent. It will enable the students to determine the real objectives of the struggle of Indian Muslims in the first half of 20th century. Its also provide the basic knowledge of the events leading up to the creation of Pakistan; unfolding events to describe why Pakistan is what it is today, possible threats and opportunities facing Pakistan.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1. Scholarly treat the historical perspective of Pakistan and its contemporary issues.

2. Have sufficient knowledge about the historical background of the emergence of Pakistan.

Course Contents

  • Establishment of British Raj and its impact on Indian Muslims;
  • Politics of All Indian National Congress and Muslim grievances;
  • Gradual involvement of the Muslims in Indian political processes and the role played by eminent Muslim leaders;
  • All India Muslim League: Objectives and priorities
  • Initiatives towards the establishment of responsible government (1914-1935);
  • Fluctuating trends in the subsequent developments in Pakistan movement;
  • The second world war and its impact on Pakistan Movement;
  • The Cripps Mission and Congress revolt, Jinnah-Gandhi talks, Simla conference and elections, the Cabinet Mission;
  • The Interim government and transfer of power.

 Assessment Criterion

1-Mid Term Examination. 30 Marks
2-Final Term Examination. 50 Marks
3-Sessional Marks ( Presentation, Assignment, Participation and Attendance ). 20 Marks

Class Days & Timings

Monday (08:00 - 09:30)

Tuesday (08:00 - 09:30)

Recommended Books

  1. Kazimi, M. R. A Concise History of Pakistan. Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  2. Sheikh, Javed Ahmed. Pakistan’s Political, Economic and Diplomatic Dynamics. Lahore: Kitabistan Paper Products, 2004.



Course Material