Pakistan Declaration

pamphlet by Choudhry Rahmat Ali in 1933 in which the name Pakstan (without the letter "i") was used for the first time

The Pakistan Declaration (titled Now or Never; Are We to Live or Perish Forever?) was a pamphlet published in January 1933 by Choudhary Rahmat Ali in which the word Pakistan was used for the first time.[1]

The pamphlet was written when Pakistan was part of British India. The pamphlet asked that "the five Northern units of India" - Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Afghan Province), Kashmir, Sindh and Baluchistan (or Pakstan)[2] become an independent state and not part of India.

After the pamphlet was published the name of Pakistan became very popular and led to the Pakistan Movement. Fourteen years after the pamphlet was published, in 1947, Pakistan became an independent state.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Nationalists who made the difference... - DAWN Group of Newspapers, 2006". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  2. THE HISTORY MAN: Cambridge remembers Rahmat Ali —Ihsan Aslam - Daily Times