The Pakistan Jinnah envisioned

Published: August 15, 2010
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Jinnah was an example of hardwork and acceptance. Can we live up to the standard he set?

I have been reading the Dawn newspaper  since I was a child and it helped form a clear, balanced image of the founder of Pakistan in my mind. This year as I read an article by Jinnah expert Shariful Mujahid  article, entitled return to Jinnah’s Pakistan’ I saw with dismay and pessimism , a picture so grey and small.

Gone were the beautiful bright colours of the people of Sindh, Baluchistan , Frontier and Punjab. Gone were the dreams and promises. The style in which he has addressed the readers shows how hopeless and petty our issues have become. How we as a people and a nation have failed completely to govern, guide and prosper. How our ship of nationhood has entered the tossing, destroying, stormy waters of disintegration and destruction. And all thanks to the demons and despots , who only for their petty gains, their bird-brained thoughts, imposed on such a vibrant, tolerant, dynamic people over the last 60 years. No wonder India is still trying to shake our foundations. No wonder we are labeled as a failed state. Through consistent destruction of institutions and syncophant promotion our whole paradigm of healthy progress is destroyed.

Jinnah stood for faith, unity and discipline.Today  we  stand for hatred, prejudice, intolerance and bigotry. He said “let all people worship freely in churches, masjids and temples.” He stood for honesty and hard work, of which he himself was a shining example. We stand for sheer parasitic, nepotism, communal promotion and moral corruption. He stood for democracy and the masses. We stand for maneuvering, cheating and colluding . He stood for integrity of character.We stand for deluge, trickery, bribery and sheer baseness! My heart is filled with intense pain. I grieve for the lost ideal and I grieve for the lost truth.

Do you not think that it is time for us all to discard the mantle of bigotry and lies. It is time to reread and repledge our vows for a revived Jinnah’s Pakistan? Otherwise we may lose this beautiful country, the soul of our existence, forever! We may never be able to justify the reason for creation of Pakistan again.

Dr Meher Zaidi

Dr Meher Zaidi

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