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Nation commemorated Quaid’s 143rd birth anniversary

The nation is celebrating Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s 143rd birth anniversary through paying heartfelt tributes to headstrong tenacious leader. Not only, he won a separate homeland for Muslims but he also gave a distinct identity to the millions of Muslims in the sub-continent.

Pakistan Television has released a new song to commemorate the services of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his efforts in the creation of an independent homeland for Muslims, Pakistan on his 143rd birth anniversary.

The song has been sung by Sahir Ali Bagga and another female singer. The video of the song has been released on the official Twitter account. The song features videos of Quaid-e-Azam, his sister- Fatima Ali Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan and other heroic leaders who strived for Pakistan. The song received praise on social media.

Various parliamentarians also felicitated the nation on the 143rd birth anniversary of Jinnah. Video messages by parliamentarians Kanwal Shauzab, Alamgir Khan, Dr. Haider Ali Khan, and Munaza Hassan were posted on the official Twitter account of the National Assembly.

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The parliamentarians paid a heartfelt tribute to ‘founding father’ Mohammad Ali Jinnah and urged people to follow his vision. They asserted that a few verbal messages of commemoration or merely hanging his image in the public offices will not do justice to the efforts of Quaid-e-Azam instead there is a need to follow his vision to become better citizens determined for the development of the country.


The legislatures asserted that Quaid-e-Azam was a true democrat who introduced the nation to the principals of democracy.

Quaid-e-Azam was born in 1876 in Wazir Mansion in Karachi. He was a lawyer by profession. He joined Congress in 1906 and seven years later switched to Indian Muslim League. He became Pakistan’s first governor-general.



Quaid’s principles

Quaid-e-Azam dreamt of a welfare state based on the extraordinary administrative and leadership guidelines set by Holy Prophet (PBUH). His speeches had profound messages for people of every profession. Jinnah strived to establish Pakistan as a model state, reflecting the principle of governance and administration outlined in Islamic jurisprudence.

He envisioned Muslim democracy. Jinnah asserted that he believes that salvation lies in following the golden rules of conduct set for us by our great lawgiver, the Prophet of Islam’.

For the government and bureaucracy, he had a simple message to think of ways on how to serve the people, how to devise ways for the welfare and betterment of the people. The government should not have any other objective other than this said, Jinnah.

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Rights of minorities, women, underprivileged and social security of the vulnerable were close to his heart. An accomplished leader even objected to the

While elaborating on his ideal foreign policy, he asserted Pakistan will be a friendly nation, above all the vindictive or hostile intentions for any country.

Pakistan will strive for the utmost contribution to the promotion of peace and prosperity globally.  Hence ‘Our object is peace within and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial friendly relations with our immediate neighbors and with the world at large,’ said Jinnah.

He declared the Quran- the general code of Muslims for ‘religious, social, civil, commercial, military, judicial, criminal and penal code’ matters.

Quaid-e-Azam promoted women’s rights and their equal participation in the workforce, he called the participation of women inevitable for the development of the country.

He vouched for nationalism above provincialism. Also, discredited the idea of suppressing press and media freedom and advised the student to adhere to fairness and not to be swept away by any one political party.

Unfortunately, his untimely death on September 11, 1948, within a year of the creation of Pakistan due to tuberculosis was a shook to the nascent nation in its formative years. Much of his teachings were forgotten and muffled in the following decades after his death.

Quaid’s rationale for a separate homeland

However, his rationale for a separate homeland for Muslims and his belief that Muslims are entitled to an independent state has gained greater importance in consonance with the recent introduction of discriminatory CAA by Hindu right-wing nationalist BJP government that marks the beginning of the large scale formal campaign to derive settled Muslims migrants from India.

Moreover, ever since the imposition of the BJP government in the center saw the surge in the hounding of the Muslim population in India with beating, discriminating based on religion, assaulting and lynching them is gradually becoming the norm in India.

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Interestingly, the Hindu leadership of Congress had opposed Quaid-e-Azam’s pledge for a separate homeland on religion but he had foreseen the future of the Muslim in the sub-continent following the departure of British rulers. Muslims suffered alienation and marginalization in the society and at key public posts, he feared that Muslims persecuted increased manifold if Hindu acquired a majority in India.

In an article published in the Times and Tide of London, Jinnah reiterated that Hindus and Muslims are two different nations and insisted on the two nations sharing the governance of their common homeland.

The years from 1940 to 1947 were crucial in Jinnah’s political career. 23rd March 1940 marked the Pakistan Day- a day on which the resolution for a separate homeland was reached. This also marked the commencement of a nerve-wracking, rocky and tedious struggle for Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah for the creation of Pakistan.