Jinnah and the Pakistan

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Mujeeb Ali Samo

Today, when we see into condition of  the country we will witness the poverty, corruption, lawlessness, unemployment, weak infrastructure and unstable state policies and the so on and so forth. The dream of the jinnah was to the country to make it the ideal democratic, secular in ideology by following the moderate traits of religion where all the faith of people live peacefully in free country the Pakistan. Even in his last speech he went on to say ,”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, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the state.” Jinnah emphasized Pakistan is the desired country of all section of people irrespective of their religion.  The Hindu, christian and the Muslims are the pillars of the nation living in the land as true pakistani. He has vision to make the country ideal in the precipe of the perfect constitution and the capable leadership. Muhammad Ali Jinnah is the true leader who got Pakistan in the name of peace, free living where you will be at liberty to practice the regious rites and observe the law and order.He opened by saying the Assembly had two tasks: Writing a provisional constitution and governing the country meantime. He continued with a list of urgent problems:

1.        Law and order, so life, property and religious beliefs are protected for all.

  1. Bribery
  2. Black-marketing
  3. Nepotism

Next he discussed at length the partition, saying many were dissatisfied with the details but a united India would never have worked. He urged forgiveness of bygone quarrels among Pakistanis, so all can be “. . . first, second and last a citizen of this State with equal rights . . .”. Pointing out that England in past centuries had settled its fierce sectarian persecutions, he proposed 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.” This mighty sub-continent with all kinds of inhabitants has been brought under a plan which is titanic, unknown, unparalleled. And what is very important with regards to it is that we have achieved it peacefully and by means of a revolution of the greatest possible character. Dealing with our first function in this Assembly, I cannot make any well-considered pronouncement at this moment, but I shall say a few things as they occur to me. The first and the foremost thing that I would like to emphasise is this — remember that you are now a Sovereign legislative body and you have got all the powers. It, therefore, places on you the gravest responsibility as to how you should take your decisions. The first observation that I would like to make is this. You will no doubt agree with me that the first duty of a Government is to maintain law and order, so that the life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the State. The second thing that occurs to me is this. 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. (Hear, hear.) That really is a poison. We must put that down with an iron hand and I hope that you will take adequate measures as soon as it is possible for this Assembly to do so. Black-marketing is another curse. Well, I know that black-marketers are frequently caught and punished. According to our judicial notions sentences are passed, and sometimes fines only are imposed. Now you have to tackle this monster which today is a colossal crime against society, in our distressed conditions, when we constantly face shortage of food and or the essential commodities of life.

A citizen who does black-marketing commits, I think, a greater crime than the biggest and most grievous of crimes. These black-marketers are really knowing, intelligent and ordinarily responsible people, and when they indulge in black-marketing, I think they ought to be very severely punished, because they undermine the entire system of control and regulation of food-stuffs and essential commodities, and cause wholesale starvation and want and even death. The next thing that strikes me is this. Here again is a legacy which has been passed on to us. Along with many other things good and bad, has arrived this great evil -the evil of nepotism and jobbery. This evil must be crushed relentlessly. I want to make it quite clear that I shall never tolerate any kind of jobbery, nepotism or any influence directly or indirectly brought to bear upon me. Wherever I find that such a practice is in vogue, or is continuing anywhere, low or high, I shall certainly not countenance it.  But, unfortunately Pakistan has fallen prey to instability and victim of poor governance. We have no desired democratic system which he has determined. Pakistan’s history of seven decades witness the martial laws, toppling of the elected democratic governments, war with neighbering country India, partition of the east Pakistan now namef as bangladesh. The kashmir dispute is not solved since its partition  of 1947. We have abolished two constitutions and dissolved constituent assemblies in the name foul play of corruption. The dream of jinnah is remained unfulfilled till now. It real pains when we see no tranquility, and law and the order situation in the country. Governments fall into the witch of corruption. Poor becomes poor and the rich becomes the rich. This all is because of illiteracy and lack of will to make Pakistan the great again. We have poor health facilities, weak institutions and economic disability. This all credit goes to the opportunist political leaders who have no interest for making the country prosper but rather they serve their own interest when they come into the reign of power.  After the demise of jinnah we have not got such leader who follows the footprints of founding fathers Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Here I refer the saying of stanly Walpert about jinnah, the founder of Pakistan in the sub continent as free nation. His role as a great leader and the ambassador of Muslim and the Hindi unity. He wrote  quoting  jinnah as few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Few still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation state. Muhammad Ali jinnah did all three. Alas, we have no such leader after jinnah who have such qualities.

-The writer is columnist & social activist.

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