Jinnah’s Pakistan, a distinct dream yet to achieve

25th December 1876 was the day when Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born. This was a great and lucky day for the Muslims of the subcontinent, since Mr Jinnah was destined to become a great leader, to be called Quaid-e-Azam who was to lead the Muslims’ struggle to carve out a Muslim state from India, namely Pakistan, based on two-nation theory as the Muslims in India were highly oppressed ethnicity. Hence, Pakistan was formed on 14 August 1947 and Quaid-e-Azam is called the founder of Pakistan. However, as a new state, Pakistan was not lucky enough to enjoy the leadership of the Quaid-e-Azam for long, as being seriously ill since long, he left this world on 11 September 1948. Since Quaid-e-Azam knew that he may not live longer, he gave his vision of how Pakistan should be made a great state, in a series of speeches delivered at various forums in Pakistan, as a Governor-General, from 14 August 1947 to 11 September 1948.

He wanted Pakistan to be the Islamic Democratic State, where everyone has the right to exercise their religious beliefs and the State won’t interfere in their religious matters. Everyone would be equal in the eyes of Law whether he is a Muslim or belong to a Minority. But, sadly we are long way giving the rights to our Minorities; we are still witnessing forceful conversions, attacks on their religious sites, treating them as a second class citizens, this was not Pakistan what Jinnah wanted and it is not a true essence of Islam. When Prophet (S.A.W) formed the State of Medina, He gave rights to the Jews living in Medina.

Although, some progress has been made in the right direction like in 2018 Punjab Assembly passed the Bill “The Punjab Sikh Anand Karaj Marriage Act” under this Act Pakistan becomes the first country to officially recognize and register marriages of Sikh community. The current government is also trying to boost Religious Tourism by issuing Visa to Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs to visit their sacred sites in Pakistan. In addition to that, the opening of Kartarpur Corridor for the Sikh’s also a positive step towards the right direction.

Furthermore, Jinnah wanted Pakistan free from corruption and bribery. Since the creation, we are unable to put a full stop to this menace. Jinnah knew Pakistan and Corruption cannot go side by side. We are still unable to make strict laws against it, culprits get easily freed from courts as prosecution is unable to detect white-collar crimes they did which show our flawed Investigative system.

Moreover, Jinnah wanted State Bank to evolve an economic system which is compatible with Islamic social and economic life, but till now we are far away from achieving this goal. Pakistan’s economy is still being guided by the Western economic system and we have failed in evolving our economic system, akin to the Islamic values. Moreover, Pakistan’s economy has been poorly handled, except in the Ayub Khan era of the 1960s.

In the end, we are far away from getting the Pakistan which Jinnah dreamed of. As a nation, we should work hard to achieve the objectives set by the Quaid and put our differences aside for the development and prosperity of our beloved Motherland.

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