Today That Day - 25-07-1947 - Jinnah to Sir Eric Mieville

 Today That Day - 25-07-1947 - Jinnah to Sir Eric Mieville

Sir E. Mieville to Mr. Jinnah


Dt. 20 July 1947

Dear Mr. Jinnah,

The Governor of the Frontier Province has reported to me that result of a lengthy conversation which he had with Dr. Khan Sahib and Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan on the 14th July 1947. Abdul Ghaffar Khan said that he would like to meet you and would be prepared to negotiate on the following terms which, if you accepted them, would result in his Party accepting Pakistan:

(1)            Complete provincial autonomy for the province in all matters except defense, external affairs and communications.

(2)            The right of any party to move for the secession of the Province from the Dominion, in the same way that a Dominion has the right to secede from a Commonwealth, should it so desire.

(3)            That it should be open to areas contiguous to the province, which are included in the present boundaries of British India and are inhabited by Pathans, to ask to become part of the N.W.F.P. and, if they do, be included in it.

Will you kindly let me know whether you would be willing to meet Abdul Ghaffar Khan and discuss an agreement on this basis, so that I can inform the Governor?

Yours sincerely,


Mr. Jinnah to Sir E. Mieville

Dt. 25 July 1947 

Dear Sir Eric Mieville,

I am in receipt of your letter of 20th July, 1947 and I thank you for it.

I have carefully considered the matter and I regret to say that it is not possible for me to meet Abdul Ghaffar Khan and discuss an agreement on the basis reported to you by the Governor of the N.W.F.P. I am sure you will see that all these matters can only be dealt with by the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan who will frame the constitution for the Pakistan Federation. It is obvious that I cannot negotiate with any section or party over the head of the Constituent Assembly. Besides, I have no power to commit the Constituent Assembly in advance or anticipate their final decisions.

Yours sincerely,

M A Jinnah

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