‘Quaid ka Pakistan’- ring a bell? A man who spent his life trying to unite all oppressed Muslims of the subcontinent in the attempt to achieve a better standard of living, and fulfill every Muslim’s dreams, our beloved Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah changed our future, and gave us the freedom we have today. This is the man we miss greatly today, whose strict principles combined with one hundred percent democracy and freedom, would have taken Pakistan to new heights, if only, he had a bit more time.
Such was the Quaid that even in the days just before his death, of tuberculosis, he did not share the news of his illness with anyone, and worked even harder, exerted himself more to stabilize Pakistan as much as he could. Today, we have forgotten the man who played the biggest role in us being free, and have walked away form his principles onto a path of corruption, a road of disdain, such that I’m sure, those flowers that the Prime Minister puts on his grave every year won’t even make the slightest difference to him. Some say it’s good he died, cause he would never have been able to see the Pakistan he made become so morally corrupt, misleading, and stuck in time.
Why hang flowers on the dead body of a man, rather than listen to his words of wisdom, apply them, and see success in the country instead; why hang his photo in public offices, when his principals of honesty, faith, brotherhood and discipline are long lost? I can’t even give the guarantee that his photo is remembered anymore- Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s picture seems to have replaced it.
He was a man that found the perfect harmony and balance between Shia and Sunni Muslims- the man who professionally led politics and maneuvered us to independence. Even the O Level students are sick of him now. Whether it be the three or two sword statues in Karachi, or his Mazar, we have used the Father of Our Nation and forgotten him. His mausoleum serves as a nice garden or picnic spot, and his disciples, his ethics, excellent turning points and landmarks for navigation in the heart of Karachi.
He himself said, ‘I shall always be guided by the principles of justice and fair play without any, as is put in the political language, prejudice or ill-will, in other words, partiality or favouritism. 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.’ Are we anywhere, anywhere at all close to that?