It’s that time of the year when we celebrate the existence of a man of intelligence, principles, wit, courage, humane brilliance, and political vision. With 25th December knocking at our doors. We should be ready with inspiring, appealing and nicely wrapped presents for Jinnah’s 145th birthday. What national victories, as a nation, will we proudly present to the founding father of the nation? Perhaps, a lot to be proud of where we have escalated since September 11, 1948, the agonizing day when father of nation left us for the immutable stay. Pakistan was not fortunate enough to enjoy the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam for long. But before going, he handed over his vision of how Pakistan should be made. His vision delineated a democratic state, which should mirror the incredible standards of human advancement, freedom, equality, fraternity, and Islamic values of fairness of manhood, equity, fellowship and social justice, invigorating not only as the state but also as an integrated and powerful country established on patriotism, and not provincialism, religious and sectarian redirections, or bigotry. Quaid-e-Azam will be all-glad for his country to have developed from around 33.7 Million in 1947 to 208 Million in 2020, making us the fifth largest in the world. Although, he would be downhearted about his 42 Million people of East Pakistan. What may upset him more would be our 154th positioning among 189 nations on the UN’s Human Development Index (HDI) demonstrating that we are still striving in education, health, living standards, climate and pollution. His addresses to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan in Karachi on August 11, 1947, and Dhaka address on March 21, 1948, would remind us that he requested the governments to act “so the life, property, and religious beliefs of its people are completely ensured by the state, entirely and exclusively focus on the prosperity of individuals, the government’s only aim should be to serve people, and devise ways for their welfare and betterment.” Jinnah’s delights would be noticeable to see Pakistan as an atomic force, the sixth-largest military of the world, 33rd biggest zone (in spite of losing East Pakistan), and fourth-largest irrigated land, first in sports and surgical industry, fifth-largest human capital. Wistfully, his delights are probably going to blur to see we are still striving with basic necessities such as schooling, food, living and the wellbeing of his people in Pakistan. Religious equality has been the hallmark of Quaid’s vision, and we are doing well in these areas. Also, Quaid-e-Azam was a genuine advocate of gender equality he said that no nation can rise to the height of glory unless their women are side by side with them as comrades in every sphere, and today Pakistani women have excelled in every dimension of life, he would be gleeful that to a large extent his vision has manifested into affairs of the state. We must follow his political ideals “unity, faith and discipline”, his values of social freedom, freeplay, fraternity, his foundation governance principles of social justice, welfare and equality established on Islamic principles, and the democratic creeds implanted in the constitution of Pakistan.
This year on 25th Dec Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) will hold a grand function titled as “Milat ka Pasban”, aimed to shed light upon Quaid’s teachings for the youth of Pakistan regarding what needs to be done for the country to become a healthy, progressive nation and walk with pride in the comity of nations. We need to focus on the well-being and honourable living of Pakistanis, exponentially improving HDI, and lowering poverty levels and make Pakistan as he envisioned, be simply Jinnah’s Pakistan; today, tomorrow and ever.