DID PAKISTAN ACCOMPLISH THE MESSAGE SET FORTH BY QUAID-E-AZAM IN HIS INDEPENDENCE DAY SPEECH IN 1947?
SAAD ANWAR HASHMI
Aug 20 - Sep 2, 2012
Pakistan was Qaid-e-Azam's vision to provide Muslims with a platform to practice their religion and to find comfort in an independent country which they can call their own. The name Pakistan literally means "Land of Pure" in Urdu and Persian and was coined in 1933 by Choudhary Rahmat Ali. After gaining independence, Quaid-e-Azam addressed the nation on August 15, 1947 at inauguration of the Pakistan Broadcasting Service with his vision for Pakistan in years to come.
In his speech Qaid-e-Azam first acknowledged the efforts of those who lost their lives to ensure that Muslims have in independent home. He honored the sacrifices make and told the nation at an independent state of Pakistan puts immense responsibilities on all citizens. The founder of the Nation said "It (addressing to Pakistan) gives the citizens an opportunity to demonstrate to the world how can a nation, containing many elements, live in peace and amity and work for the betterment of all its citizens, irrespective of caste or creed". With constant bloodshed, target killings, murder for ransom and shooting on gun point if someone refused to hand over belongings does not demonstrate a country where people live in peace and maintain cordial relationships with all. In case of riots against a political party or the government, people tend to come on streets and destroy public belongings disrupting the peace in the country. It is unfortunate that with political uncertainty and law and order issues prevalent, Muslims in the country kill other Muslims for various menial reasons where there is no respect for cast or creed. We have witnessed attacks on Mosques and mass shootings on those in prayer by fellow Muslims. Betterment for the citizens as highlighted by Quaid-e-Azam looks like a pinnacle to reach under current circumstances witnessed in the economy.
Qaid-e-Azam in his speech said "Our object should be peace within and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial and friendly relations with our immediate neighbors and with the world at large. We have no aggressive designs against any one. We stand by the United Nations Charter and will gladly make our full contribution to the peace and prosperity of the world. Muslims of India have shown to the world that they are a united nation, their cause is just and righteous which cannot be denied". Analyzing the statement, we can very well infer that being a Muslim, Islam teaches everyone to follow the path of righteousness whereas Islamic by itself is a religion of peace. The nation is under constant stress where people come on streets to revolt against basic necessities they deserve and are not provided by the Government. With Pakistan being a middle to lower middle class economy, people get aggravated with constant increase food prices, inflation, poor heathcare, wages, poor law and order issues, increase in price of fuel, electricity and gas shortages. With citizens not feeling safe from each other in their own country and avoid unnecessary time outside the comfort of their home, peace in the country is disrupted. This bears a question that how can Pakistan make contribution to the peace and prosperity of the world when there is no peace and prosperity within Pakistan. Qaid-e-Azam mentions that Muslims need to be united for a single cause which is just and righteous. In line with the statement, we have observed that the Nation only seek unity against problems they face as already highlighted with a lot having to do with the Government policies. It is unfortunate that the Nation cannot unite on the front to focus on environmental cleanliness, to keep the roads and sidewalks free of garbage, to collectively focus on the beautification of the city, make collective plans to create a city where foreigners would like come to spend their vacations. We do not see any unity among political leaders, at most spending their valuable time in blaming each other and arguing over issues which have no bearing on economic issues the country faces. Politicians largely push their own agenda then be united to resolve the issues faced by the economy and make corrective actions leading to frustration among the citizens. These are few reasons why no government in Pakistan has ever been successful since those who have led the country have had little focus on making Pakistan the nation of peace which can act as an example for the world to follow.
Later in his speech Quaid-e-Azam said "Let us, on this day, humbly thank God for His bounty and pray that we might be able to prove that we are worthy of it. Let us impress the minorities by word, deed and thought that as long as they fulfill their duties and obligations as loyal citizens of Pakistan, they have nothing to fear. To the freedom loving tribes on our borders and the States beyond our borders, we send our greetings and assure that Pakistan will respect their status and will extend to them its most friendly co-operation in preserving peace. We have no ambition beyond the desire to live honorably and let others live honorably". Our father of the Nation wants every citizen to take ownership of the land they live in and resect others and their neighbors. The country cannot be at the path of betterment if the leaders do not take any ownership of their decision or stand accountable for their action which is the case witnessed in Pakistan time and again. Had the citizens lived honorably and let others live honorably, their would have be negligible degree of crime being led by an efficient police. The state of Pakistan is such where the country has lost its moral values where Pakistan is being eaten from within making the citizens not worthy of the nation or the nation worthy of such citizens. Part of the problem in Pakistan is that people are illiterate and since law and order monitoring is weak, crime in the country has thrived leading to all such disruptions.
Towards the end of his speech Quaid-e-Azam said "Let the Muslim congregations in their thousands, in all the mosques, bow in all humility before the Almighty and thank Him for His eternal kindness and generosity, seeking His guidance and assistance in the task of making Pakistan into a great State and themselves into its worthy citizens. Finally, let me tell you, fellow citizens, Pakistan is a land of great potential resources. But to build it up into a country worthy of the Muslim nation, we shall require every ounce of energy that we possess and I am confident that it will come from all whole-heartedly." Taking the last statement into account, the citizens were asked to make Pakistan in example for others to follow and being Muslims, follow the teaching of the Quran and make the country a model for other nations where everyone is respected and works hard to make Pakistan a great nation. With the current state of Pakistan, the position of the country completely contradicts what was set forth as a vision by our founder. Comparing Quaid-e-Azam's Independence day speech with current macro situation of country, it is with great sorrow that Pakistan has not lived upto our founders vision even with 65 years in existence.