The Quaid and the Pakistan he dreamed of

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Our great leader and the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah had a dream, which came into reality in the form of a separate nation, a separate state called Pakistan. Independence of Pakistan is a story of continuous struggle against a host of obstacles and it was Quaid’s guidance and leadership which provided us a bulwark of strength at those difficult times. It was due to his guidance that Muslims gained confidence and with ‘one voice’ demanded a separate homeland for them.

It was Quaid’s dream that, this separate state, for which a lot of struggle has been done, should emerge as a sovereign democratic state. The state where the law would have the supreme authority, where politicians would work with dedication and would remain honest with the state, where every man and woman would work for the development of country. The Pakistan that he dreamed of was the one in which the rights of every citizen would be protected. Poverty would be eradicated in the minimum possible time. Illiteracy would be eradicated. Justice would be in the reach of everyone. Non-Muslims would be protected and respected.

Quaid-e-Azam gave us the principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline to make Pakistan great nation in the world. Quaid’s motto, “work, work and work” is a call to wake us from slumber and work hard to achieve national goals. Quaid once 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.”

He wanted us to have faith and firm belief in Allah Almighty, he wanted his nation to be faithful with their work and ultimately with their state.

He was of the great view that the rights of minorities should be fully protected and this can only be done if there is unity in the state. Likewise, discipline has also great importance for the growth and development of a country. We should have followed these principles in order to have a better future for the country.

But sadly, even after more than 67 years of independence, the real dream and vision of Quaid-e-Azam could not be achieved. Most of the political leaders as well as the government, judicial and business representatives are involved in corruption. Corruption has ruined our image at the national as well as international level.

Pakistan is facing a bulk of problems including terrorism on the top of the list, poverty, inflation, lawlessness, increasing rate of illiteracy, bad governance, unemployment, lust for power in politicians, economic instability.

Pakistan is rich in natural resources but again because of corruption and mismanagement in public sectors, we are not able to use these resources properly. These problems are day-by-day worsening the economic situation of our country.

The current situation of Pakistan is totally opposite of what Quaid’s vision was. We have lost the path chosen by the Quaid for the prosperity of Pakistan, today we do not trust each other. Attacks on minorities and their place of worship is a bitter but truthful fact. Today, we have no unity.

In order to solve these problems the elimination of illiteracy should be the prime focus of government. People should be educated on a mass-scale, especially the youth of this country because they are the future makers of this country. Quaid-e-Azam once addressed the youth “without education, it is complete darkness and with education it is light. Education is a matter of life and death to our nation.”

The democratic system of Pakistan should be strengthened and made workable. There should be abridgment of the gap between rich and poor. National income should be distributed rationally among all sections of the society. Provision of food, housing and clothing should be given top priority. And the most important is the elimination of terrorism.

To make Pakistan strong we will have to become economically stable, industrially advanced, socially united and spiritually firm. We will have to achieve these four goals in order to make our Quaid’s dream come true!

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Namra Aftab is a student of Mass Communication at Karachi University, wanabe a news reporter. Can be reached at namraaftab8@gmail.com and tweets at @namraaftab

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