As the country celebrates the 138th birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, following are the ten most inspiring quotes of the greatest leader of the country.
- I have no doubt that with unity, faith and discipline we will not only remain the fifth largest State in the world but will compare with any nation of the world….You must make up your mind now. We must sink individualism and petty jealousies and make up our minds to serve the people with honesty and faithfulness. We are passing through a period of fear, danger and menace. We must have faith, unity and discipline. (Address in Karachi on December 28, 1947)
- There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan. (Lahore Address on October 30, 1947)
- We are now all Pakistanis–not Baluchis, Pathans, Sindhis, Bengalis, Punjabis and so on–and as Pakistanis we must feet behave and act, and we should be proud to be known as Pakistanis and nothing else. (In a reply to Civic Address on June 15, 1948)
- My guiding principle will be justice and complete impartiality, and I am sure that with your support and co-operation, I can look forward to Pakistan becoming one of the greatest Nations of the world. (Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947)
- No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live. (In an address to the Muslim University Union in 1944)
- The Story of Pakistan, its struggle and its achievement, is the very story of great human ideals, struggling to survive in the face of great odds and difficulties. (Address in Chittagong on March 23, 1948)
- With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve. (Addressing Ack Ack regiments in Karachi on February 21, 1948).
- 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-heatedly. (In a broadcast message in 1947)
- We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice. We will thereby be fulfilling our mission as Muslims and giving to humanity the message of peace which alone can save it and secure the welfare, happiness and prosperity of mankind. (Speaking at the inauguration of State Bank of Pakistan on July 1, 1948)
- Grave political issues cannot be settled by the cult of the knife, or by gangsterism. There are parties and parties, but the difference between them cannot be resolved by attacks on Party leaders. Nor can political views by altered by the threats of violence. (In a special message on Eid in 1943)
- It is in your hands to put the Government in power or remove the Government from power, but you must not do it by mob methods. You have the power; you must learn the art to use it; you must try and understand the machinery. Constitutionally, it is in your hands to upset one Government and put another Government in power if you are dissatisfied to such an extent. (In a public meeting at Dhaka on 21st March, 1948)
We hope that Pakistan is always under the guard of Allah’s blessings.
Raza is a staffer at ARY News.