Pakistan; Quaid’s Lost Dream

I was just going through a book “Quotes of the Qaid” by Oxford University Press edited by Sharif Al Mujahid and Liaquat Merchant. I found that majority of the Quaid’s thoughts were which we are not following right now. Here, I am putting some of them to give you an idea as to where are we going:

1) “My young friends, students who are present here, let me tell you as one who has always had love and affection for you, who has served you for ten years faithfully and loyally, let me give you this word of warning: you will be making the greatest mistake if you allow yourself to be explained by one political party or another…Your main occupation should be-in fairness to yourself, in fairness to your parents, in fairness to the state-to devote your attention to your studies.”

Address, Public Gathering, Dacca, 21 March 1948

2) “I do hope that the immediate steps will be taken by the Paramount Power to intervene and hold an inquiry into the recent occurrences in Kashmir which have resulted in bloodshed and the ruthless measure of oppression and suppression that have been adopted by the Kashmir Government against the people and the press. From all accounts that I have received, there does not exist in Kashmir any freedom of thought or speech.”

11 September 1945

3) “You will no doubt agree with me that the first duty of a government is to maintain law and order, so that the life, prosperity, and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the State.

…if we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor.”

Address, Constituent Assembly of Pakistan, Karachi 11 August 1947

4) “I should like to give a warning to the landlords and capitalists who have flourished at our expense by a system which is so vicious, which is so wicked and which makes them so selfish that it is difficult to reason with them. The exploitation of the masses has gone into their blood. They have forgotten the lessons of Islam.”

Address, All India Muslim League Session, Delhi, 24 April 1943

5) “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go your mosques or to any other place 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…we are starting with this fundamental principle: that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one state…Now, I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that 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.”

Address, Constituent Assembly of Pakistan
Karachi, 11 August 1947

6) “Grave political issues cannot be settled by the cult of the knife, or by gangsterism. There are parties and parties, but the difference between them cannot be resolved by attacks on Party leaders. Nor can political views be altered by the threats of violence.”

Eid Message, October 1943

7) “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within four walls of the houses as prisoners. I do not mean that we should imitate the evils of the Western life. But let us try to raise the status of our women according to our own Islamic ideas and standards. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable conditions in which our women have to live. You should take your women along with you as comrades in every sphere of life, avoiding the corrupt practices of Western society.”

Speech Muslim University, Union, Aligarh, 10 March 1944

Now, I leave the question for you people to decide as to where are we heading as compared to Jinnah’s vision? What were the points he focused and warned us not to follow? and how well we have obeyed him and his words?

5 Replies to “Pakistan; Quaid’s Lost Dream”

  1. Jinnah wanted Shariah based govt in Pakistan:

    The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was a great teacher. He was a great lawgiver. He was a great statesman and he was a great sovereign who ruled. The life of the Prophet (PBUH) was simple according to those times. He was successful in everything that he put his hand to from as a businessman to as a ruler. The Prophet (PBUH) was the greatest man that the world had ever seen. Thirteen hundred years ago he laid the foundations of democracy(occasion of the Holy Prophet’s birthday at the Karachi Bar Association on 25th January 1948)


    It is my belief that our salvation lies in following the golden rules of conduct set for us by our great lawgiver, the Prophet of Islam. Let us lay the foundations of our democracy on the basis of true Islamic ideals and principles(Civil, Naval, Military and Air Force Officers at Khaliqdina Hall Karachi on 11th October 1947)

  2. ” I am glad Rameez that your are very intelligent and sensitive to the surroundings and also you have love for reading. It is not only the student community that has forgotten the teachings of our Quaid but also the politicians, the administrators, our men of letters, the religious scholars, the Mulla and above all the journalists who have a medium to guide our people.

    ” The worst deliquents in this respect are the politicians who have only their personal interests supreme and do not hesitate to coerce and use other organsle of our society to achieve their end and then come the journalists who run with these hounds to keep their pocckets filled.

    Having lived in Pakistan and also with Pakistanis while abroad one does feel to be with a nation but a crowed where everyone is for himself and not for the country that bred and brought him up. The word National Interest seems alien to them and they will go to any length to promote their personal agenda. I do not see any chance or even signs of redemption unless a miracle happens.

    i think we can only pray to our God to forgive us for all our sins that we have committed against His people of any creed and place.”

  3. I feel like creating a I HATE RAMEEZ A. KHAN CLUB for his really stupid articles.
    I really really hate this guy for the stupid and boring stuff he writes.
    There should be a poll on this site for banning him from writing here.
    He writes really dull and formal.
    Teachers either please teach him some writing techniques.

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