The Historic Speech:
On the fateful day of 11th August 1947, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah delivered a momentous speech that would later be recollected as Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan. Fast forward to present time and we can limpidly analyze how close or far are we to that vision and ponder deeply on whether we are letting down our elders who sacrificed their lives, souls and blood so that their descendants can live a tranquil life and exercise whatever is within their fundamental human rights.
To understand more about Jinnah’s vision, it’s a must that we go back to the root that is Jinnah’s historic speech and work our way from there. Jinnah opened up his speech by firstly addressing the Assembly and listing problems that need exigent attention. The first and the only gravest problem that literally makes or breaks a Country is bribery and corruption. Quaid-e-Azam hoped that this issue would be swiftly dealt with but even after 72 years this remains the most lethal poison of our Country. Read any newspaper or browse through the articles and you’ll know that corruption is still the most trending topic.
Statistically, if we look at the Corruption Perception Index, we rank 120th out of 180 countries and that is a very deplorable standing. In an ideal situation Jinnah would’ve wanted us to be in the top 10 but being on the 120th is astronomically disappointing. One popular opinion is that the situation is improving and while we can somewhat agree on that but we can only completely agree when we see analytical evidence of improvement. And the blame doesn’t go entirely to the government either as corruption and bribery are also present in most corporate institutions and elements of the society.
Next, he talked about Black marketing and while you’re reading this, you must’ve immediately concluded that we haven’t authentically accomplished any meaningful change on that front either. Everything from wheat and sugar crisis to the huge black markets still present in Pakistan we are not even close to the pristine vision of Jinnah. Artificial shortage of food to jack up the price of the products is making it very arduous for the common man to afford said products.
The next issue that was raised is Jobbery. Jobbery is defined as:
“the practice of using a public office or position of trust for one’s own gain or advantage.”
Just by the definition alone, most people would agree with me that Jobbery still strongly exists. Public officials often abuse their power and position for their own benefits and commit all sorts of acts that would be otherwise impossible without their power from confiscating the lands of the people and blackmailing them to ‘nudge’ the authorities to look the other way. Nepotism is additionally a component of jobbery and we are not really free from nepotism either because jobbery and nepotism are linked together and with one comes the other.
He also spoke about other issues like equality irrespective of caste, color, creed, race, gender, and religious liberation and while we are making some progress on that we are nowhere close to the ideal vision or a derivative of that. As I write this, it’s getting more and more cumbersome for me to justify if there is any point that proves we are close to Jinnah’s vision. I’m not trying to be pessimistic but we need to face the fact that as a country we have let down the many people that sacrificed everything to make this country. It’s clichéd but if our Quaid was still alive he’d be greatly disappointed at the state of affairs.
Plan of Action?
So back to the original question of how close we are to Jinnah’s vision. Statistically speaking we haven’t achieved even 10 percent of that vision. If we brush off statistics for a while and just contemplate this for a moment, there would be many that would hesitate to say we are above 10 percent. But that doesn’t mean we continue to stay there for the rest of this country’s life. Quaid left his will in the form of his vision and it’s up to us that we make a meaningful change in this country so that we can come close to that ideal vision of Pakistan. And for this, we have to work hard collectively as well as individually.
If the nation follows the principles of the Quran and Sunnah that Pakistan is based on then I can guarantee that we can get infinitely close to Quaid’s Ideal vision of Pakistan.