Quaid-e-Azam’s vision and Pakistan
Reema Shaukat


A quote by Douglas Arthur describes; “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent”.

Thoughtfulness on these words suggest that we indeed are a blessed nation to had Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as a great and visionary leader who not only paved way to form an independent nation for Muslims of subcontinent but his farsightedness to have separate homeland named Pakistan proved true as the Hindus still keep the agitation of separation after many decades. Quaid-e-Azam had the power to win hearts through pen, speech and vote and that’s how he achieved the dream of one nation come true. Quaid-e-Azam was honoured as “Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity” when he used to practice law in subcontinent and where he was regarded as most honest and dedicated in his decisions. But working in different capacities with Hindu authorities and Nehru report swayed him to have an idea of Two-Nation Theory, which suggested partition on the basis of two separate ideologies of Hindus and the Muslims. The political struggle led under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah along with many other prominent frontrunners of freedom movement for Muslims wisdom and sagaciousness helped them to get a separate country on the name of Islam. Because of his continuous struggle, outstanding leadership and dynamic personality Pakistani nation titled him as Quaid-e-Azam, meaning a great leader. Max Weber’s theory of the ‘Charismatic leader’ truly fits into Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s struggle for the creation of Pakistan. Jinnah’s persona was a composite of all the key features of a charismatic leader, particularly the ‘personality and situation factor’, which enabled him to achieve his goal. In a very short time period Jinnah gained popularity among masses because of his visionary approach and perceptiveness.
Today if we look back and think what kind of power Jinnah gave us in the form of an independent country, we cannot thank enough for such blessing as the nations which are striving for their identityare suffering badly in dominating hands and those who have freedom must acknowledge this great gift as Quaid said that”Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us”.Quaid-e-Azam always felt proud of youth and believed that they can do miracles with their strength and togetherness and he in an address toMuslim Students Federation at Lahore on October 31, 1947also mentionedthat “Pakistan is proud of her youth, particularly the students who have always been in the forefront in the hour of trial and need. You are the nation’s leaders of tomorrow and you must fully equip yourself by discipline, education and training for the arduous task lying ahead of you. You should realise the magnitude of your responsibility and be ready to bear it”. Now today youth of Pakistan must realize their potentials and contribute more towards Pakistan’s stability. Undoubtedly youth has all capabilities to make a Quaid’s visionary Pakistan but they should not fell prey to hostile elements to let down their country on any forum. People responsible to run affairs of state must keep in mind that this country was raised on world map after many sacrifices and struggles. It’s extremely unfortunate that we all hang picture of our great Quaid in our offices, schools or other places but we hardly bother to follow the principles and his wisdom for Pakistan. We want public holiday on his death or birth anniversary but how many of us in real sense even take a minute out to think about his vision or remember his quotes for Pakistan and its people. He presented his thoughts for every Pakistani including common man, women, armed forces, youth and minorities. His vision was for all and is for generations to come. He was an exemplary leader to be followed by our every frontrunner.He gave his best to make Pakistan for us but we all take this freedom for granted today.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do not go where the path may lead, instead go where there is no path and leave a trail”. Quaid -e-Azam created his own path against odds which lead to creation of Pakistan. Despite havingserious illness he did not disclose this fact to his adversaries nor Pakistanis so that no one can take advantage of his illness and give any harm to Pakistan. Unfortunately, we failed to fulfill our pledge made to Quaid. Today when Pakistan is in the clutch of ethnicity, regionalism, theocratic forces, fundamentalism and corruption, it is more important to recall the vision of the founder of the nation. We must ask ourselves that whether he dreamt of a progressive and modern Pakistan, or he desired a regressive, theocratic and fundamental state.While marking the death anniversary of our great Quaid on 11th of September, we should not leave it to some media shows or tributes. He should remain alive in hearts and actions of every Pakistani and we all must impede every threat which targets our country and Quaid’s Two-Nation Theory. We must disregard provincialism, ethnicity and prejudice and never lose sight of Quaid’s guiding principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline. Let’s pay real tribute to Quaid-e-Azam by making Pakistan as per his dream and vision. May God shower his countless bounties on his soul and guide us to become true Pakistani by following his principles. Stanley Wolpret in his book “Jinnah of Pakistan” paid tribute to our Quaid as:
“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”