In Search of Quaid’s Pakistan

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

December 25 – Birth anniversary of the Father of the nation, has a great significance for Pakistanis.  Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a great leader who united the Muslims of Subcontinent with his vision, intelligence, dedication, great courage and unbeatable will. On 14 August – 1947, Pakistan came into being after a long struggle and hardships under his great leadership. 

Friends and foes both praised Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for his devotion for a separate homeland for Muslims of Subcontinent. In his book, “Jinnah of Pakistan”, Stanely Wolpert says: 

“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”

  • The dream of Jinnah

The dream of Jinnah was that Pakistan would make an appearance on the map of the world as a democratic state. It would arise as a sovereign state where law would be superior, statesmen would work with dedication and honesty for their nation. In the country of Pakistan, all citizens including women will be given equal rights and they would participate in the development of the country. Minorities would be treated with dignity and given religious freedom. Poverty would be eliminated and quick justice would be available for every citizen of Pakistan. 

Quaid wanted the nation to make a move ahead to capture their place in the midst of developed countries of the world by strongly holding on to the principles of unity, faith and discipline. 

  • The golden principles of Quaid

The standard principles which Quaid had given to freshly emerged nation were faith on religious values, power of hard work, truth and honesty. Once he said: 

“I have no doubt that with unity, faith and discipline we will compare with any nation of the world. You must make up your minds now. We must sink individualism and petty jealousies and make up our minds to serve the people with honesty and faithfulness.”

The second golden principles of Quaid was the unity between the people of all provinces and respect for non-Muslim communities. He also put great emphasize on discipline and said it vital for growth and development. He persistently recommended to move ahead as a developing nation, Pakistan need to practice discipline in all walks of life.    

  • The reality of Quaid’s Dream 

Unfortunately, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah died after one year of Pakistan came into existence. Bitterly, since the early years of Pakistan came into being, the affairs of the country are on a continual downfall due the inefficiency of our leaders and corruption at every level. Today, after more than 72 years, Pakistan do not hold a good image in the international world. Also the people of the country are disappointed and annoyed by the affairs of the state. The reality of Quaid’s dream has been lost somewhere. 

  • The problems 

It is painful to say the Pakistan that Quid visualized cannot be found today. There are masses of problems in current Pakistan. Few of them are inflation, bad governance, privation, religious bigotry, disorder of law, radical issues, rising illiteracy, terrorism, power and gas shortage. Some elements that magnify and make the problems even more worst are corruption, greed, unemployment, political and economic uncertainty and personal attain over interests of Pakistan. 

Above all, Pakistan is a rich country in terms of agriculture and has many natural resources such as coal, gas and valuable metals along with immense amazing attractions for tourists. Sadly, we cannot get enough benefits from these resources due to corruption and negligence of succeeding governments. 

In present Pakistan, it seems that we have completely neglected and disregarded the principles of Jinnah that he constituted for us. We do not have faith in Allah and our religious teachings and we also do not trust each other and our leaders. Now dishonoring of minorities and their worship places is a common thing in Pakistan.  

Now a days, there is no unity between the citizens of nation that was a dream of Quaid. We think that we are Punjabis, Sindhis, Pakhtoons and Balochis without realizing that we are Pakistanis. Similarly, before being Muslims, we are sunni, shia, barelvi and deobandi without realizing that we worship one ALLAH and follow one Holy Book – Quran. Everyday news are filled with bloodshed due to religious differences. 

Now a days, wherever you go in the country, it is hard to find discipline. People can be seen pushing each other and shouting, whether it is an airport, railway or bus station. The dishonest and corrupt politicians spend a lot of money on their luxurious life style instead of paying their taxes. Jobs are not given to the deserving people and illiterate get the job by giving bribe or other means. Criminals never get punished it they have connections with higher authority. We are the only nationals who feel pride in taking law in our hands and breaking the rules of the country.

  • The solution to the problems 

Pakistan is facing a fusion of problems so it is not easy to totally get rid of these problems. On the birth anniversary of our beloved Quaid, we should not praise him only by words but we should made significant efforts to bring our country on the roads to success. We need to be truly patriotic and work with great devotion and honesty for our country. 

To make a way to the better future of Pakistan, first and foremost step is to provide quality education to all children of the country, disregarding to their social status. Education is a light that will develop awareness, sense of responsibility and patriotism among the people. We will have better understanding of our duties and rights which will lead the way towards dignity and honor as a nation. Quaid knew the importance of education for the bright future of Pakistan. Once giving an address to the youth he said: 

“Without education it is complete darkness and with education it is light. Education is a matter of life and death to our nation.”

Muhammad Ali Jinnah had a significant belief on the students of Pakistan. On an event giving a talk to students he said: 

“My young friends, I look forward to you as the real makers of Pakistan, do not be exploited and do not be misled. Create amongst yourselves complete unity and solidarity. Set an example of what youth can do. Your main occupation should be in fairness to yourself, to your parents, in fairness to the State, to devote your attention to your studies. If you fritter away your energies now, you will always regret.”

  • Final Words

Now this is the time to transform the dream of Jinnah into reality before its being too late. Each and every citizen of Pakistan should work with honesty and great determination for the betterment of the nation. We should strongly hold the golden principles of Quaid as he said: “With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.” His famous saying is “Failure is a word unknown to me.” By making consequential endeavor we can still proceed to achieve that Pakistan which was the dream of Jinnah. 

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