Is it the Pakistan of Quaid?


By Farman Nawaz (The Frontier Post)

25th December, the birthday of our Quaid, is celebrated with due respect and honor. As a tradition buildings are lighted with candles, speech competitions are arranged, newspapers publish special editions and tribute is paid to the leader of the nation on TV. But have we ever seriously tried to get guidance from our Quaid? That what type of Pakistan he dreamed of? What type of system he wanted to implement in Pakistan? If your answer is yes then why it took 9 long years to frame the first constitution? Even the objective resolution, which consisted of only few clauses, why it was not presented when Quaid-e-Azam was still alive?

Today Quaid-e-Azam is no more among us, state of affairs are changed, time is changed and has brought many changes. Only selected words of Quaid speeches are telecasted and published and self-made interpretation is propagated.

You may not like my views but it is a fact that all these so-called efforts are useless and no more than a deception with the common man. A time will come; even it will happen very soon that only his portraits will remain within our society while the meanings of his thoughts and ideology will be changed. And whatever will be left that will only become part of syllabus just to pass the examinations.

Today it is the need of the time to think that what type of Pakistan Quaid wanted to establish. What do you think he wanted to establish a Pakistan where an illiterate person shouts allahuakbar and then slaughter his own country man? Where an attempt is made to kill an innocent girl Malala because she wants to read? Where the walls of mosques are given bath with the blood of fellow Muslims? Where only two percent people are exploiting the resources of the country? Where slogans like Jag Punjabi Jag and Ler O Ber Yo Pukhtoon are chanted? Where parliament is not the sovereign and independent body? Did Quaid want a Pakistan which will be all the time in a war like situation with its neighbors? Is it the same Pakistan that was created by Quaid-e-Azam.

I don’t know how you perceive my words but everyone must listen it today that this is not the Pakistan of any Shia, Sunni, Qazi, Qadri, Niazi, Barelvi or Dewbandi. It is the Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and after him only the people of Pakistan are the owners of the land and its resources. Neither it belongs to religious pundits nor the secular pundits. Pakistan was established on the basis of religion Islam but keep this in mind that the Muslims of subcontinent selected a modern and educated Muhammad Ali Jinnah for this noble cause who spoke English and wore pent coat.

The speech of 11 August 1947 of Quaid -e- Azam before the first constituent assembly was a written speech. But unfortunately that speech has been forgotten by the nation. Even that speech has been declared against the political struggle of the Quaid just to decrease the importance of that speech. In that speech Quaid said very clearly said…

“If you change your past and work together in a spirit that every one of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what is his colour, caste or creed, is first, second and last a citizen of this State with equal rights. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State. 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.”

This was the ideology of Quaid about the state. In the modern world this called personal freedom. But religious pundits, fearful of personal freedom, propagated against the freedom and now personal freedom seems a synonymous of vulgarity.  It is the result of this cruelty that even after being religiously free our people are running out of Pakistan  Because only religious freedom is not enough to fill the stomachs of the people. Hunger and starvation can be defeated by political and economical freedom and our young men see this outside Pakistan.

If Quaid concept of personal freedom would have implemented in Pakistan then today Pakistan would not be vivisected, Baluchistan would not be burning, and the people wearing costume of their self-made religion would have not made our life miserable.

Quaid-e-Azam has advised to change the past. Which one past? When Muslims amalgamated with Hindus politically to strengthen their rule? No. Actually he advised to shun the past when the imperialist powers converted our local quarrels into national and religious wars. The army of Tipu Sultan consisted of mostly Hindus. The head of artillery of Syed Ahmad Shaheed was a Hindu. Muslims and Hindus jointly fought the war of independence in 1857. Hindu Muslims were united in Reshmi Rumal movement. Khalafat Movement was a joint venture. There were no differences over independence from the British between Muslim league and Congress.  The demand of Pakistan was made on the basis that it was a best possible option to put off the fire started by the imperialist powers.

I want to ask you what kind of Pakistan you want. A Pakistan from whose wickedness its neighbors seek protection of God or a Pakistan when it raises its voice against rogue states and its neighbors fully support it. Do you need a Pakistan that fills the empty stomachs of its people or a Pakistan that even snatches the clothes from your bodies and just protect its nuclear and strategic assets?

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