Home / Pakistan / Integrating Pakistan: Jinnah’s vision

Integrating Pakistan: Jinnah’s vision

Yasir Kiyani
Muhammad Yasir Kayani

Hamartia is a hero’s fatal flaw that hunts him down to death. Pakistan when rose to the horizon, had a heroic appearance and entry in the comity of nations. It, then, gradually, lost its energy and flair to raise above the point it took off from. Pakistan is a resilient hero; as describes Anatole Lieven. But to us, among many a great issue, losing national integration is the hamartia which is haunting and hunting the hero perpetually. The question which haunts our minds is why have we been unable in developing national cohesion remain even after the expiry of almost 68 years since independence. Whether today it is the same Pakistan which was dreamt by the poet of the East or whether we have ignored the lessons of the great Jinnah? The truth lies in the fact that the tenets “Unity Faith and Discipline” given by Mohammad Ali Jinnah, we ruthlessly butchered it at the altar of factionalism, racialism and provincialism.

All his ideas, wrote “The Times” London in its obituary note on Quaid-e-Azam on Sept 13, 1948, “were diamond hard, clear cut and almost tangible. His arguments were directed dagger like to the single point he was attacking.” It was one of the finest tributes paid to Quaid’s logical, rational and dispassionate approach to a problem. Like all other problems, he analyzed the problem of provincialism and finally arrived at the conclusion that national integration was a must for the prosperity and development of Pakistan.

Quaid-e-Azam was always conscious of the need for integration among the Muslims before and after independence. In fact, his often quoted words, Unity, Faith and Discipline lead to the cherished goal of integration.  To him, it was the loss of religious identity which had made the Muslims of subcontinent so insignificant that they could be easily dominated. He wanted the Muslims to be united so that they could claim their rights in an integrated manner.

After the establishment of Pakistan, the realisation of concept of integration became all the more important. The great task before the Quaid was to unify the discordant elements into a single unit working for the effective and capable administration of the state. He toured all areas of Pakistan in February – March, 1948 making numerous appearances and speaking to his people as a father does to his children. The most nerve-racking was the superficial appeal of regionalism. On one occasion while replying to the Quetta Municipality Civic Address, he said: “It naturally pains me to find the course of provincialism holding away over any section of Pakistan. Pakistan must get rid of this evil. It is a relic of the old administration when you clung to provincial autonomy and local liberty of action to avoid control which meant the British Control. At this juncture any rule ordination of the larger interest of the state to the provincial or local or personal interest would be suicidal.”

The weak and the defenseless as the Quaid correctly observed, in this imperfect world invite aggression from others. He said, “To the provincial or personal or local interest would be suicidal.”Let us cast an inward glance, retrace our steps, rethink and reconstruct our lives in the light of the principles our Quaid prescribed for us. In this and this alone lives our salvation and relevance to future as a nation otherwise we are bound to be lost.

(The writer is an advocate and can be reached at yasirkayani1@gmail.com)

 

 

Comment Using Facebook

Check Also

PU Club employees get Khaddar suits as token of appreciation

Dr. Niaz Ahmad praises Dr. Waqar Chaudhry for taking keen interest in PU Club services   …

25 comments

  1. 459484 936569You produced some decent points there. I looked on the net towards the concern and discovered most people go together with together with your web website. 403573

  2. 918091 600810Hey! Excellent stuff, do tell us when you lastly post something like this! 581167

  3. 841694 168575Its incredible what supplementing can do for your body and your weight lifting goals! 746969

  4. 6984 444018Hello, Neat post. There is an issue along together with your site in internet explorer, may possibly test thisK IE nonetheless may be the marketplace chief and a big section of people will pass over your outstanding writing due to this issue. 364650

  5. 773978 781904You ought to take part in a contest for among the best blogs on the internet. I will suggest this web web site! 449016

  6. 55618 651899A lot of writers recommend just writing and composing no matter how bad and if the story is going to develop, you will suddenly hit the zone and itll develop. 359430

  7. 187543 975920Discover how to deal together with your domain get in touch with details and registration. Comprehend domain namelocking and Exclusive domain name Registration. 460893

  8. 829895 102272 warning Dont any of you folks ever take me to CiCis pizza! There food looks offensive!|Urban_Elegance| 865231

  9. 352181 759105Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn something like this before. So very good to search out any person with some unique thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this website is 1 thing thats wanted on the net, somebody with a bit originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new towards the internet! 891407

  10. 599376 219832If your real buddies know you as your nickname, use that nickname as your very first name online. When you 1st friend someone, focus on creating a private comment that weaves connection. 577060

  11. 904157 904615I adore your wordpress internet template, wherever would you download it from? 395927

  12. 680091 508317Extremely interesting subject , appreciate it for putting up. 691271

  13. 233748 715159Hey i just visited your site for the very first time and i truly liked it, i bookmarked it and will be back 481103

  14. 233526 395901really great post, i certainly love this web site, go on it 328982

  15. 440625 332382Our own chaga mushroom comes with a schokohutige, consistent, charcoal-like arrival, a whole lot of dissimilar towards the style of the standard mushroom. Chaga Tincture 413475

  16. 791556 987821Hello! Good post! Please do keep us posted when we can see a follow up! 864091

  17. 617774 72948I feel so. I feel your article will give those individuals a good reminding. And they will express thanks to you later 639962

  18. 108517 718673superb post. Neer knew this, appreciate it for letting me know. 772832

  19. 515225 67954hello great web site i will definaely come back and see once more. 602269

  20. 315314 331766Enjoyed examining this, very very good stuff, thanks . 823605

  21. 904574 878951This internet website is often a walk-through for all with the understanding you wanted concerning this and didnt know who ought to. Glimpse here, and youll absolutely discover it. 501764

  22. 432561 684538Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a wonderful job! 339131

  23. 367651 687943I relish, cause I found exactly what I was taking a look for. 698484

  24. 293946 719854Hi there, I discovered your weblog via Google although searching for 1st aid for a heart attack and your post looks really interesting for me. 256004