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Monday, 14 December 2009

Quid-e-Azam - supported equal human rights!

Please read this excellent research piece that evidences that the very foundation of Pakistan was founded on a principle of equal human rights. Brother Raymond Durrani has found important historical evidence that the current laws in Pakistan have strayed from the early moralistic endeavours of our forefathers (sic):

Hi All: please read the part Quid-e-Azam’s speech carefully – it talks about same/equal rights for all citizens of Pakistan.

‘This is abstract from Pakistan: The Founder’s View
Keywords: Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Ideology of Pakistan

Muhammad Reza Kazimi
Editorial Consultant, Oxford University Press

There is no denying that the Quaid-i-Azam achieved Pakistan on the basis of the Two
Nation Theory, nor can we deny that he wanted to establish the emergent dominion of
Pakistan on the basis of One Nation. But let us first refer to those public speeches of the
Quaid-i-Azam which dealt with the nature of the State. At the Sibi Durbar on 14th February
1947 he said:

"Let us lay down the foundations of our democracy on the study of truly Islamic ideals
and principles."

On 11 August 1947 addressing the Constituent Assembly, the Governor General said:

"You are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of
Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste, or creed – that has nothing to do with
the business of the state…. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are
all citizens and equal citizens of one state."

In his Broadcast to the United States in February 1948, he clarified:
"The constitution of Pakistan has yet to be framed by the Pakistan Constituent Assembly.
I do not know what the ultimate shape of this constitution is going to be but I am sure
that it will be a democratic type, embodying the essential principles of Islam. In any
case, Pakistan is not going to be a theocratic state – to be ruled by priests with a divine
vision. We have many non –Muslims; they will enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other citizens."

Ref: BURKE, SAMUEL* M, Jinnah: Speeches and Statements as Governor General, Karachi,
Oxford University Press, 2007, pp166

*Samuel Burke, A Christian from Martin Pur Punjab was the right hand man for shaping the foreign policy of Pakistan for Mohd. Ali Jinnah.

Raymond Durrani and Associates
Political Strategists
Friends of Christian Minority in Pakistan

Having read this article... I beleive that once things have settled in Pakistan and the reforms that minority groups in Pakistan, there relatives abroad and the majority of the International World - seeks for Pakistan - has been introduced. That our people should demand an apology from the Pakistani Government (at that time) for the numerous atrocities and persecution that incumbent leaders have allowed to proliferate, due to a lack of adequate and appropriate Governmental action.

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