Mr Jinnah’s Vision for Pakistan

Mr JinnahThere is always a debate in Pakistan about what was Mr Jinnah’s purpose in asking for division of India into India and Pakistan. Here are some extracts from his inaugural speech on the day of independence to the National Assembly of Pakistan.

“We should begin to work in that spirit and in course of time all these angularities of the majority and minority communities, the Hindu community and the Muslim community, because even as regards Muslims you have Pathans, Punjabis, Shias, Sunnis and so on, and among the Hindus you have Brahmins, Vashnavas, Khatris, also Bengalis, Madrasis and so on, will vanish.”

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”

“Now I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.”

He wanted a Pakistan where, so far as the government was concerned, there were no Muslims and no Hindus; just equal citizens of Pakistan.

The full speech had be read here

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