An Insight on Jinnah’s Vision of Pakistan

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Mohammad Ali Jinnah, a name that was literally proven a true gift for the Muslims of Sub-continent. Throughout his life, he fought for the rights of Muslims and other minorities followed by the mission of earning a separate homeland for them. And hence, the miracle of Pakistan happened.

Many people often talk about his vision of Pakistan every now and then, which debate has been raging for many years. And today, we have also gathered to commemorate the founder of our nation on his 142nd birth anniversary.

Jinnah – a man of his words – had clearly said a number of things in his speeches that envisaged a nation where corruption, exploitation of the weak, and fanaticism over religion would be non-existent. But still after 71 years of independence we are still unable to achieve what it was created for. After the establishment of the first constituent assembly of Pakistan, he delivered a landmark speech during the first session. In which, he provided a comprehensive document of leading the country to peace and prosperity which infuses a sense of nationalism amongst the divided nation.

Jinnah speaking at the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on 14 August 1947

Since the corruption was one of the biggest problems at that time, he warned the newly-formed country from this curse. His words say, “One of the biggest curses from which India is suffering -I do not say that other countries are free from it, but, I think, our condition is much worse-is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison.”

Likely the head of a family who makes efforts for upbringing the family through right guidance and earn livelihood etc., a leader of a country should be fair and believe in justice while rendering his services to the masses. In addition, keeping discrimination, corruption, nepotism, favoritism, and similar evils at bay.

The great leader always wanted to see Pakistan as a secular state where despite the gender, ethnicity, religion, and sect, each individual would be promised equality of citizenship. He said, “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed-that has nothing to do with the business of the State. In course of time, Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.” This belief was actually the cornerstone of his ideology.

As a result of his untiring efforts and unmatched courage, we achieved an idealist country of Pakistan. After independence, he gave us some serious course of actions to take the beloved country towards peace and prosperity. He said, “My guiding principle will be justice and complete impartiality, and I am sure that with your support and co-operation, I can look forward to Pakistan becoming one of the greatest Nations of the world.”

If we talk about how far we have come along, we aren’t even near. The main cause for which is holding each other responsible for the failure. If we keep on asking for our rights only and not perform the respective duties, it won’t be possible make Pakistan a country what the father of nation had visioned.

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