By Syeda Qudsia Mashhadi.
Mohammad Ail Jinnah left us on 11th September 1948. He got very little time to guide the nation in that time of turmoil and reconstruction. Nevertheless, in that little time, he gave golden words of advice to the Pakistani nation.
He was very clear about how this country which was created in the name of Islam should be run.
These are extracts from very important speeches by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, in October 1947 and March 1948.
In October of 1947, he came out to address the nation despite being seriously ill and conveyed a very important message for all generations to come.
These words are like a last Will from the Father of the Nation to his people.
Jinnah’s words to be treasured and followed:“What we want is not to talk about Bengali, Punjabi, Sindhi. Yes, there are units, there are provinces. But I ask you, have you forgotten the lesson that Islam taught us thirteen centuries ago?
And I think you will agree with me, that whatever else you may be or whatever you are; you are a Muslim; that you have now carved out a territory, a vast territory; it is all yours. It does not belong to a Punjabi or a Bengali or a Sindhi; it’s yours!
You have got your central government where every unit and every province is represented.
Therefore, if you want to build up yourself into a nation and get rid of this poison, for God’s sake give up provincialism. You are only voicing my sentiments and the sentiments of millions of Musalmaans, when you say that Pakistan should be based on pure foundations of social justice and Islamic socialism, not other isms. Brotherhood, equality, fraternity of man; these are all the basic points of our religion, culture and civilization.
And we fought for Pakistan because there was danger of denial of these human rights in the sub-continent. After all the story of Pakistan and its struggle and achievements is the very story of great human ideals, struggling to survive in the face of great odds and difficulties.
Let us now plan to build and reconstruct and regenerate our great nation. Now is the time, chance and opportunity for every Musalmaan to make his or her fullest and best contribution and make the greatest sacrifice and work ceaselessly and selflessly in the service of our Nation. And make Pakistan one of the greatest nations of the world. Pakistan is now fait accompli [accomplished fact] and it can never be undone!”