Pak Affairs

Nation observes Quaid’s 59th death anniversary today

ISLAMABAD: Nation would observe the 59th death anniversary of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on Tuesday with a renewed pledge to follow his message “unity, faith and discipline” and for making Pakistan a strong and prosperous country with full sincerity. The day will dawn with special prayers in mosques for Quaid- e-Azam’s soul and progress and prosperity of Pakistan. Various organizations have chalked out programmes to highlight different aspects of Quaid’s life. Television and radio channels will broadcast special programmes to apprise the public, specially the younger generation about the struggle he made for Pakistan. Newspapers will bring out special supplements on the occasion.

Born on December 25, 1876 at Wazir Mansion Karachi, Jinnah had a vision for the problems which Pakistan would face in the years to come. Though he lived slightly over a year after the creation of Pakistan, the Quaid wanted to see his country become a role model for other nations – free from corruption, nepotism and hypocrisy. By adhering to the golden principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline of the Quaid, the nation should pledge on this day to eradicate terrorism and extremism and put the country on the path of moderation and advancement.

Quaid never compromised on principles: Musharraf

ISLAMABAD: President General Pervaiz Musharraf paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as saying, “Quaid always stood steadfast in the face of adversity, never compromised on principles nor allowed expediency to influence his judgment.” In his message on the 59th death anniversary of Father of the Nation, President Musharrf said that as custodians of the vision of the Quaid-e-Azam, “It is our duty as a nation to make Pakistan a modern and progressive Islamic state as envisaged by our great leader and founder.”

Following is the full text of the President General Pervaiz Musharraf message:

“It is my honour and privilege to join the entire nation today in observing the death anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah with solemnity and reverence. While commemorating the death anniversary of the Quaid, we must not lose sight of his unrivalled qualities of leadership and character, which include impeccable integrity, incorruptibility and a truly remarkable capacity for hard work. His life and achievements bear testimony to the fact that with faith in the righteousness of a cause, honesty of purpose and unflinching perseverance, even the most daunting of odds can be overcome.

It was the leadership of the Quaid, complimented with the determination of the Muslims of south Asia that led to the creation of Pakistan. The greatness of the Quaid’s achievements have been very aptly summed up in the words of his biographer. Professor Stanley Wolpett, Quote, “Few individuals alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhamad Ali Jinnah did all three”, unquote. The Quaid always stood steadfast in the face of adversity, never compromised on principles nor allowed expediency to influence his judgment.

We (all Pakistanis) are the custodians of the vision of the Quaid-e-Azam , and our government is endeavoring to make Pakistan a modern and progressive Islamic state as envisaged by our great leader and founder. The comprehensive reforms undertaken by the present Government in all vital sectors of national life are testimony of our sincere commitment to ideology of Pakistan. Although the Quaid is no longer with us, his speeches and statements serve as the guiding light, which we must follow in letter and spirit if we are to emerge as a strong and stable country standing with dignity and honour in the comity of nations.

Let us pledge on this solemn occasion that we will abide by the guiding principles of Unity, Faith and discipline given to us by the Father of the nation and strive for making Pakistan a moderate, enlightened and dynamic Islamic Welfare State as envisaged by him. May Allah almighty be our Protector and Guide. Ameen”.

National unity is best tribute to Quaid-e-Azam: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that there can be no greater tribute to Quaid-e-Aam than to express our determination to work individually and collectively in building an egalitarian society free from discrimination, persecution and oppression. In his message on the 59th death anniversary of Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Prime Minister said the guiding principles of unity faith and discipline are as relevant today as during any part of our history. The challenges Pakistan is facing today could only be confronted through united efforts

Following is the full text of the Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz message:

“Living nations always remember their departed leaders’ with respect and affection especially those who played a vital role in creating their country. Our great Quaid Mohammad Ali Jinnah not only struggled to secure freedom for the Muslims of India but also succeeded in creation of a separate homeland for them, something unmatched in the history of the world. The Quaid-e-Azam’s hectic struggle was continuation of the efforts of Muslim leaders who had laboured to arouse Indian Muslims to the vital need for education and self-empowerment. He prevailed upon them to realize that they were not just a minority but a nation of distinct religious, cultural and political identity, with as much right to a homeland in the subcontinent as the Hindu majority. It was nothing short of a miracle that he succeeded in achieving this aim in less than two decades, which reflects his determination, perseverance and unshakable faith in his beliefs.

The passage of time can neither diminish in our minds his pre-eminent qualities of integrity, courage and conviction, nor lessen our profound sense of gratitude to him for leading to victory the march for a separate Muslim homeland. I honestly believe that if every one of us paused for a moment to ponder upon how the Quaid would have viewed our actions in the context of the integrity and solidarity of Pakistan nothing would ever go wrong in this country. The guiding principles of unity faith and discipline are as relevant today as during any part of our history. The challenges we are facing today could only be confronted through united efforts, with belief in our objectives and organized course of actions. It is the only path for achieving the desired destiny of progress and prosperity.

As we pay our respects to Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on his 59th death anniversary, we must bear in mind that there can be no greater tribute to him than to express our determination to work individually and collectively in building an egalitarian society free from discrimination, persecution and oppression. May Allah Almighty grant us courage and perseverance to bring to early fruition our efforts to establish an ideal Islamic welfare state so that it may serve as an example for the entire Muslim world, Ameen”.-SANA

Country is void of democracy, rule of law: Qazi

ISLAMABAD: President Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal and Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmed has said that mass arrest and torture of the political workers on the eve of
Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan was a clear indication that the country is void of democracy and people had no basic rights under the current regime. Talking to media persons at his residence, where he was kept under house arrest, Qazi said that despite provocative measures of the government, opposition would protest peacefully on Tuesday (today) against violation of Supreme Court orders by deporting PML (N) President Nawaz Sharif.

“All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) would continue to strive for restoration of democracy and to ensure rule of law and constitution in the country in a peaceful manner”, he stated. He said that opposition would not resort to violence and would continue their struggle peacefully to get rid of the ‘tyranny regime of Musharraf.’ He condemned the brutal use of force against political workers and termed mass arrests as illegal and against the basic human rights. Qazi said that he would not restrict his
campaign against the military government only to constitutional petitions, filed against Musharraf but would also continue his political struggle for restoration of democracy.

MMA Parliamentary Leader Liaqat Baloch also condemned deportation of Nawaz Sharif, terming it “contempt of court”. He said that black day would be observed on Teusday to protest against the illegal and unconstitutional act of deporting PML (N) leader. He blamed the government of resorting to violence against the peaceful workers of opposition parties. “To cut the twin cities from rest of Punjab and NWFP and not allowing the political activists to greet Nawaz is a clear indication that the government has no respect for the basic human rights and rule of law,” he stated. He said the opposition would go to the court against the unlawful detention of political workers.-SANA

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Rubab Saleem

Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times

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