The session was held between 22 and 24 March 1940, at Iqbal Park, Lahore. The welcome address was made by Sir Shah Nawaz Khan of Mamdot, as the chairman of the local reception committee. The various draft texts for the final resolution/draft were deliberated over by the Special Working Committee of the All India Muslim League
Later on, A. K. Fazlul Huq presented the resolution before the public and the AIML General Assembly. The resolution text unanimously accepted the concept of a united homeland for Muslims on the grounds of growing inter-communal violence and recommended the creation of an independent Muslim state
Full Text of Pakistan Resolution :
While approving and endorsing the action taken by the Council and the Working
Committee of the All India Muslim League, as indicated in their resolutions, dated 27
of August, 17th and 18th of September and 22nd of October 1939, and 3rd of February
1940 on the constitutional Issue, this Session of the All-India Muslim League
emphatically reiterates that the scheme of federation embodied in the Government of
India Act, 1935, is totally unsuited to, and unworkable in the peculiar conditions of this
country and is altogether unacceptable to Muslim India.
It further records its emphatic view that while thedeclaration dated the 18th of
October 1939 made by the Viceroy on behalf of His Majesty’s Government is re-assuring
in so far as it declares that the policy and plan o n which the Government of India Act,
1939, is based will be reconsidered in consultationwith the various parties, interests and
communities in India, Muslim India will not be satisfied unless the whole constitutional
plan is reconsidered de novo and that no revised plan would be acceptable to the
Muslims unless it is framed with their approval andconsent.
Resolved that it is the considered view of this Session of the All-India Muslim
League that no constitutional plan would be workable in this country or acceptable to the
Muslims unless it is designed on the following basic principles, viz., that geographically
contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be so constituted, with such
territorial re-adjustments as may be necessary, that the areas in which the Muslims are
numerically in a majority as in the North Western and Eastern zones of India should be
grouped to constitute “Independent States” in which the constituent units shall be
autonomous and sovereign.
That adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards should be specifically
provided in the constitution for minorities in these units and in the regions for the
protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights
and interests in consultation with them and in other parts of India where the Musalmans
are in a minority adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards shall be specifically
provided in the constitution for them and other minorities for the protection of their
religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights and interests in
consultation with them.
This Session further authorizes the Working Committee to frame a scheme of
constitution in accordance with these basic principles, providing for the assumption
finally by the respective regions of all powers such as defence, external affairs,
communications, customs, and such other matters as may be necessary.
- Proposed by- The Hon’ble Moulvi A K Fazlul Huqe. Premier of Bengal.
Seconded by- Choudhuri Khaliquzzaman Saheb. M L A (U P.).
Maulana Zafar All Khan Saheb. M.LA. (Central).
Sardar Aurangzeb Khan Saheb. M L A (N. W. F Province)
Haji Sir Abdoola Haroon. M. L. A. (Central).
K B Nawab Ismail Khan Saheb. M L. C. (Bihar)
Qazi Mohammad Isa Khan Saheb, President of Baluchistan
Provincial Muslim League
Abdul Hammed Khan Saheb. M L A (Madras).
I. I. Chundrigar Saheb. M L. A. (Bombay).
Syed Abdur Rauf Shah Saheb. M.LA. (C.P. )
Dr. Mohammed Alum, M. L. A. (Punjab).
Syed Zakir Ali Saheb. (U .P.).
Begum Sahiba Maulana Mohammad Ali.
Maulana Abdul Haimid Saheb Qadri. (U. P).