WEB DESK: The country is observing the 67th death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah today.
When Pakistan got independence the Quaid was already suffering from tuberculosis, however he hid the fact from everyone so that the movement for independence remains undeterred.
Here are excerpts of his most important speeches. Let us analyze our selves and question if our vision for this country matches that of our Quaid?
Quaid-e-Azam speech on 11 oct, 1947 on treatment of minorities:
“As regard the Government of Pakistan, I again reiterate with all the emphasis at my command that we shall pursue our settled policy in this respect and we shall continue to protect the life and property of minorities in Pakistan and shall give them a fair deal. We do not want them to be forced to leave Pakistan and that so lone as they remain faithful and loyal to the State they shall be entitled to the same treatment, as any other citizen shall.”
When he addressed the armed forced on 14 June 1948 on the responsibility of the armed forces.
“I solemnly affirm, in the presence of Almighty God, that I owe allegiance to the Constitution and Dominion of Pakistan (mark the words Constitution and the Government of the Dominion of Pakistan) and that I will as in duty bound honestly and faithfully serve in the Dominion of Pakistan Forces and go within the terms of my enrolment wherever I may be ordered by air, land or sea and that I will observe and obey all commands of any officer set over me…..”
As I have said just now, the spirit is what really matters. I should like you to study the Constitution, which is in force in Pakistan, at present and understand its true constitutional and legal implications when you say that you will be faithful to the Constitution of the Dominion.
I want you to remember and if you have time enough you should study the Government of India Act, as adapted for use in Pakistan, which is our present Constitution, that the executive authority flows from the Head of the Government of Pakistan, who is the governor-general and, therefore, any command or orders that may come to you cannot come without the sanction of the Executive Head. This is the legal position.
Presidential address at the conference of the Punjab Muslim Students Federation, March 2, 1941
When you have got that light of knowledge by means of education and when you have made yourselves strong economically and industrially, then you have got to prepared yourselves for your defence — defence against external aggression and to maintain internal security.