Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, while addressing a group of students, called youngsters ‘real makers’ of Pakistan, and guided them how to live a successful life. “My young friends, I look forward to you as the real makers of Pakistan, do not be exploited and do not be misled,” the visionary leader told the audience. “Amongst yourselves, create complete unity and solidarity. Set an example of what youth can do. Your main occupation should be in fairness to yourself, to your parents, in fairness to the state, to devote your attention to your studies. If you fritter away your energies now, you will always regret.”
This decades-old statement is still relevant in Pakistan’s current situation. Our youngsters have a chance to follow guiding principles of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and make this South Asian nation as the best example for others. We must remember that Pakistan’s journey to become a progressive and prosper state has been a long and challenging one, with various obstacles along the way. In order to achieve this goal, it is important for educationists to instill qualities such as inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial skills, and moral leadership in their students, and to become role models themselves.
‘Our leaders must balance national and public interests supreme while making decisions. They have to be careful in recognizing and celebrating Pakistan’s multicultural, and multilingual heritage’
We must realize that education is the key to empowerment and progress, and Pakistan needs to prioritize it. All children should have access to quality education, regardless of their socio-economic background. Our politicians can ensure that the educational curriculum promotes diversity, tolerance and acceptance and teaches students to respect all communities and cultures without any prejudice. Education is the key to creating a better society. Also, Pakistan’s economic development is essential for national development and can help to reduce poverty and inequality while providing opportunities to all.
Our leaders must balance national and public interests supreme while making decisions. They have to be careful in recognizing and celebrating Pakistan’s multicultural, and multilingual heritage. To navigate these complexities and steer the country towards progress, all the leaders can draw inspiration from Muhammad Ali Jinnah who was known for his commitments, and dedication. His insights can guide politicians in creating a progressive and inclusive society that embraces diversity and inclusivity in all spheres of life. We all can recognize that Pakistan is a home to multiple communities, languages, and cultures, and they should celebrate this diversity.
It is responsibility of the leaders to create an environment conducive to business and investment, and implement policies that promote growth and job creation. The economic development is essential for national and regional progress. A strong and independent judiciary is a critical component of a progressive society, as it ensures that the rule of law is upheld and citizens are protected from injustice. We can create an independent judicial system that is free from political interference. Social welfare policies can help to reduce poverty and inequality and provide a safety net for the most vulnerable members of our society.
‘We can draw inspiration from Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s insights in creating a society that embraces diversity and inclusivity’
We can create policies that promote access to healthcare, education, and basic amenities. The welfare of the people should be the top priority of the state. Pakistan has a potential to become a progressive and inclusive society, but it requires concerted efforts of policymakers. All educationists must instill qualities such as inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial skills, and moral leadership in their students, and become role models themselves. We can draw inspiration from Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s insights in creating a society that embraces diversity and inclusivity, prioritizes education and economic development, upholds rule of law, and focuses on social welfare.
As a Pakistani, we believe that twenty-third day of March 1940 was a momentous occasion when people decided to establish a separate homeland to free themselves from the shackles of oppression and slavery. We pay tribute to all leaders of the national independence movement who united people from different regions and struggled for creation of a free and independent state. We can proudly say that the struggle culminated in the emergence of Pakistan on 14th August in 1947. Now, we need to adhere to the guiding principles of unity, faith and discipline given by Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Pakistan is our identity as we earned this beautiful country through sacrifices. According to our national history, countless people gave their blood to kindle the light of freedom for all of us. We can realize that our elders sacrificed their present for our future. With honesty, Quaid-e-Azam proved that a nation can surmount challenges and character and determination are keys to ultimate success. We are extremely grateful to Almighty Allah for blessings us with national independence. Let us renew our pledge to fulfill Quaid-e-Azam’s vision for inclusive Pakistan.