August 11: We are Sorry, Mr. Jinnah

Posted on August 11, 2009
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Adil Najam

Today is August 11.

Sixty-two years ago, on this day, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Founder of Pakistan, made one of the most important speeches of his – and of Pakistan’s – life. A speech in which he laid out – in the most unambiguous terms – his vision for Pakistan and the rationale for that vision.

In this speech Mr. Jinnah laid out a detailed case for his argument and famously proclaimed:

…in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the [Pakistan].

Read full text and a detailed analysis of the speech here.

Today is August 11.

Barely ten days ago in Gojra, in Mr. Jinnah’s Pakistan, over 50 houses belonging to Pakistani Christians were burnt down by a mob and at least half a dozen Pakistani Christians were murdered for still unproven charges under a draconian law neither whose intent nor whose vigilante implementation Mr. Jinnah could ever have tolerated.

Today is August 11.

Our government has declared today to be ‘Minorities Day,’ but neither our government nor we as a people are willing to repeal the draconian laws that enable the bigots amongst us to persecute the vulnerable and the marginalized amongst us.

Today is August 11.

Today, once again, we will shower platitudes on Mr. Jinnah’s vision of a tolerant Pakistan and then conveniently ignore that vision. A Pakistan for all Pakistanis, irrespective of, as he would say, “caste and creed.” A Pakistan where neither Mr. Jinnah’s vision nor our Pakistaniat would be high-jacked by the sanctimonious custodians of righteousness, the self-styled gate-keepers of morality, and the arrogant arbiters of patriotism.

We are sorry, Mr. Jinnah.

We are sorry that we have not been able to actualize the Pakistan of your vision. At least, not yet. Cursed by the very intolerance that you had warned us of, we have not only failed to bridge the divisions that existed already, we have worked hard to create new divisions. We have not only failed the minorities that were, we have created new ones by legislating exclusion.

We are sorry, Mr. Jinnah.

We are sorry for being so drunk in intolerance that we made ourselves the arbiters of who was Muslim enough to be Muslim, or Pakistani enough to be Pakistani.

We are sorry, Mr. Jinnah.

We are sorry not only for the Gojra that happened ten days ago. We are sorry for the Gojra that happens every day in the Pakistan you created.

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45 Comments on “August 11: We are Sorry, Mr. Jinnah”

  1. Gardezi says:
    August 11th, 2009 12:15 am


    This write-up is ATP at its best. Strong, unafriad, bold, and heartfelt.

    You speak for all of us, Sir.

    We are also sorry, Mr.Jinnah. But we promise never to give up on your vision.

  2. AA says:
    August 11th, 2009 12:17 am

    I think the apology belongs to the people whom we have wronged. It wouldn’t matter to the dead. But regardless, it is appropriate as a gesture for change.

  3. Haroon says:
    August 11th, 2009 12:41 am

    Well said, sir.

    We owe it to the Quaid to undo the injustices we have done to our minorities.

  4. Kashif says:
    August 11th, 2009 3:06 am

    Dear Mr. jinnah.
    We are also sorry that your birth place Wazir mension is under construction since 3 years, and remains pending as soon as someone starts re-construction. This also prove that how much we love you.
    Sirf batain hayn amal nahi. Sorry

  5. Adam Insaan says:
    August 11th, 2009 5:07 am

    As a little boy I used to frequently engage my nana`ji with questions of different kind, one of the questions I did ask him quite a few time was exemplum gratia ;
    ” Nana` ji how come Pakistan is still existing”
    (please do remember that I heard much about the disintegrating upriots and the former East-Pakistan/Banglades problematic etc etc , although much is before my time, due to my father engaged in Punjab University and later in politics)
    my Nana`ji often responded :
    “Beta there are still good people in Pakistan, they talk right , do good deeds, they testify ad behave dot by dot in accordance with how they speak, they are only doing this because they themselves are obliged to do that because this is what Rabb-ul-Alameen wants from them and this is for what Pakistan was created”
    -now many years after I still believe in those good people, because of whom I am still proud of my maternal origin as a Pakistani.
    -and retrospective I owe much to all those who did give up lives, wealth and ressources of every kind in order to me me able to say ,
    “yes we will continue the task for making a better Pakistan, a Pakistan for all of us regardlesly of region-belonging, caste, heritage, religion, etc..etc…!”
    So many and especially Quad-e-Azam Ali Jinnah planted the seed for us, lets nourish it everyday take care of this and remeber it takes time to grow a full blossom tree, let it have no limits to the skies, let it grow….
    -a humble adam

  6. Saba says:
    August 11th, 2009 5:55 am

    Great article. It just goes to show that we need to change our thinking and behaviour and teach others to do the same.

  7. Watan Aziz says:
    August 11th, 2009 6:56 am
  8. Daweesh says:
    August 11th, 2009 7:46 am

    Welltimed,wellwritten, We feel sorry, our dear Mr Jinnah,we owe you a lot,IshaALLAH ,new generations will respond to your ideals and replace present rotten set up.

  9. quang_minh says:
    August 11th, 2009 7:57 am

    A wise man once said that a “real” apology has three parts:

    (1) verbalising the apology;
    (2) accepting responsibility for your part; and
    (3) asking: how can we make this right?

    Thanks Adil for verbalising the apology and accepting responsibility on our behalf.

    I hope that one day we will, individually and as a society, muster up the will to right the wrongs as no one else will do that for us.

  10. Mulhun says:
    August 11th, 2009 8:04 am

    We are sorry Mr. Jinnah for disregarding the right of a Pakistani to judged on the basis on their nationality. We are sorry that we (shamefully) that your indebted servants are playing God, and we “proudly” declare “Qadiani’s to be Non-Muslims” on our beloved Pakistan Passport applications. We are sorry and ashamed that we have forced many Pakistani’s of different religious beliefs to seek refuge in other countries including India. We are sorry…. for making a mess of something beautiful you created for us. We are sorry for voting for undeserving individuals to lead your beloved creation. We are sorry Mr. Jinnah – please pray to give your beloved nation the much needed wisdom and foresight to bring this country back to its founding vision and path.

  11. Adam Insaan says:
    August 11th, 2009 8:44 am

    Yesterday I had a conversation with a good friend from Islamabad on the telephone (I myself live in Scandinavia).

    We were talking about the current situation in Pakistan,
    my friend said ; “Do you know Adam if Quad-e-Azam was allowed to leave his grave, he might go and visit the queen of England for political asylum purposes, this is at least the way I am able to confer/transmit how I feel we have betrayed the spirit of Quad”

    -hearing this I was first speechless…… (I thought it was a bit rude to say something like this,
    and then I started reflecting after the first little `chock

  12. Azlan says:
    August 11th, 2009 10:28 am

    I M Sorry Mr. Jinnah, and in shame i can not find any other word to write

  13. Obaid says:
    August 11th, 2009 10:41 am

    What is not mentioned in post that there was a concerted effort to censor or even delete this speech from the outset. Here is a detail of such efforts;

  14. August 11th, 2009 12:19 pm


    How come Mr.Jinnah will not be feeling “Sorry” for the killing of Pakistanis by the people of other country called America which is challening “writ of the government” as well sovereignty of Pakistan?

    How come Jinnah will not be turning into graves when he will be seeing that the “future” he saw in the form of intellecutals and literates proved themselves more ignorant when they got ready to disown people of FATA by calling them terrorists and endorsed drone attacks just because they don’t have quality bear and Whiskey?

    Jinnah I think will be very sorry due to your melodrama. He will also be sorry after knowing your one-sided version of tolerence that you bearly accept the criticism.

  15. Azra says:
    August 11th, 2009 1:10 pm

    Excellent post. Very honest and very courageous.

    ALso a model for all of us on how to think and write. Straightforward and clear without being naarabaaz.

    I think the crux of the whole piece is here:

    “we have not only failed to bridge the divisions that existed already, we have worked hard to create new divisions. We have not only failed the minorities that were, we have created new ones by legislating exclusion.

    We are sorry for being so drunk in intolerance that we made ourselves the arbiters of who was Muslim enough to be Muslim, or Pakistani enough to be Pakistani.”

    That is the key point to me.

  16. YLH says:
    August 11th, 2009 3:06 pm

    Dear Dr. Najam,

    Excellent. But you also should apologize to him for putting up glowing tributes to Jamaat e Islami’s second Amir who worked hard to oppose and subvert Mr.Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan.

  17. Humaira says:
    August 11th, 2009 3:27 pm

    The intolerance that Prof. Najam points out is the greatest curse for us as a nation. People on every side think they and they alone have the truth and anyone who has any opinion at all different from theirs are evil. We question that patriotism even the religion of anyone who does not agree with us. The tolerance of extremists of all sorts is what is killing us.

    Thank you so much for writing this and pointing this out. I think the best part of this is” “We are sorry for being so drunk in intolerance that we made ourselves the arbiters of who was Muslim enough to be Muslim, or Pakistani enough to be Pakistani.”

    Wonderful piece. Thank you.

  18. August 11th, 2009 3:32 pm

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “ALLAH se dua hai k Pakistan ko wesa hi bana de,
    jaisa hamaray leaders nay khwaab dekha tha..
    - “we are sorry Mr.Jinnah…U give us unity & we give u disarray..u give us independent day and we are towards daily to dependent days”
    - “We are sorry Mr. Jinnah that we had to live to see the day likes of Zaradri become the President of Pakistan & Nawaz Sharif become an impotent opposition consumed by vengeance alone! But I am glad you died early, otherwise this nation would have devoured you to a level of the scoundrels above!”
    - “A great leader a great man…!
    I suggest a book ‘Jinnah of Pakistan’ by Stanley Wolpert, In which he describes Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his own way.
    He admires his leadership and clearly states that such leaders are revealed to the face of earth once in a thousand years. Miss vijay lakshmi, sister of the former indian prime minister jawahir lal nehru, said on an ocasion, “If Muslim league(A pro partition Muslim party) had 100 gandhi and 200 abul kalam and congress(hindu political party against partition) had only Muhammad Ali Jinnah then hindustan would have not parted”
    reference “Dedah Benay-e-Qom”"
    - “I am so sorry Mr Jinnah we have to live to see people who went after lesser evil Musharraf to get Greater evil Zardari.”
    - “khawab daikhnay wala tu chal gia, ab tu jo kuch moojooda hukmaran khawab daikh rahay hain wohi ho raha hai aur in ka khawab sirf loot mar aur Pakistan ko destroy karana aur Pakistan ko sale karna hai jo k yeah ahista ahista kar hee rahay hain aur kartay rahain gay. Yeah pakistan k internal enemies hain aur in say sirf aur sirf Allah he mehfooz rakh sakta hai aur Inshallah Allah aysa hee karay ga. Idher to Govt: hee bahir waloon k isharay pay un ko milti hai jo bahir walloon k agent hotay hain aur un k agenda pay kam kartay hain, iss country main kabhi loyal aur patriot ko successful nahi honay diya gia. Qiadat haimasha iss mulk ko khanay wali hee mili hai. jo ata gia apna hissa lay kar jata gia izzat say ya bai izzat ho kar, yeahtu ab dheet ho gay hain, jo marzi keh loo ya kar loo inhoon nay apni hee karni hoti hai. Allah hifazat karay ham sab ki in sab say jo islam aur pakistan k dushman hai. InshahallahPakistan haimasha hee rahay ga, hope sustains life”
    - “we r blaming government here sitting at home and all the time wondering that Allah will help pakistan to get rid of these problems the truth is that Allah will not come on earth and solve these all problems he has given us mind and power… but we r not using it. if we actually want to get rid of these people in government then we must do some thing like we did for justic…..
    let us not forget that we were the people to select them and we will get rid of them with the help of Allmighty Allah… we have to take the step …..”
    - “not agree, Allah will definately help us being a muslim n protect our beloved pakistan who was made on the name of Islam for Muslims. All we need to pray, yes off course we should play our role but can we? who let us play the role, idher to koi banda mamooli baat na manay ya govt: k against hoo sirf mentally hee tu banda hee ghaib ho jata hai, her tarf ghairooon k tareekay, islam ko civilization k nam pay peechay kar diya, per phir bhee kuch logoon aur buzargoon ki dua say yeah pakistan qaim hai, after all it is made for muslims and it is an islamic country jo k sab ko kantay ki tarah khatak raha hai. we should play our role by reducing firqa wariat and by spreading love between each other. jaisa tum guman karoo gay Allah waisa hee karay ga. Aur Allah zaroor poochay ga ka jab tum museebat mai thay aur koi kuch nahi kar sata tha tu kia tum ny mujay bhee baibas samjha, kion nahi manga muj say. We have to ask allah to solve all the problems. Woh khud kehta hai mangoo jo mangna hai muj sy”
    - “Kya ‘We Are sorry Mr Jinnah* kehna kafi hay……ya kuch amli qadam bhi uthaya jana chahye? hamain khud bhi to kuch karna chahye k har waqt hakoomat ko ilzaam dena chahye..”
    - “Lot of views… will to work to bring change but no practical example…I am sure that everyone can suggest above solutions but of no use until practised..How many of you visited refugee camps in NWFP ??? How many of you raised funds for the victims of army operation??? How many of you running his/her own political party if not agreed with the present ones???Why dont u people mention ur practical services for pak here on chat so that others get inspired…Actions speak louder than words..”
    - “hakoomat ka koi kasoor nahi hota…..Allah tala har koom koi aisi hi government daitay hain jaisay k wo khud hotay hain”
    - “I agree with Wahab 100% .. well said .. and Allah said himself – he will give you ruler that you deserve .. so stop accusing the govt – govt is just the extension of the people .. bad people bad govt and vice versa .. If you want to change anything in Govt or ruler then change the culture and habits of population.”
    - “This is with the continuation to Ali Ahmad…
    Action speaks louder than words.
    More output is achieved when the strike is made in the right direction and by discussion we are driving ourselves to the right direction. Action is more important right after the discussion but the discussion is mendatory.”

  19. Durrani says:
    August 11th, 2009 4:56 pm

    What a great essay. Thank you.

    The intolerance in society is really a huge problem. Not just on religion but on everything. We could not tolerate the Bengali Pakistanis so they left, then the mullahs could not tolerate the Ahmedis so they were kicked out. The minorities are not tolerated so they are killed. Even political differences cannot be tolerated and you see Musharraf supporters and PPP supporters and PML supporters getting at each others throats like wild beasts without any civility. Just note how some people react to anyone not agreeing with them – barking and biting like mad dogs. All of this is part of the same disease.

    We simply cannot have a liberal democracy until we first learn to be tolerant of differences and civil in our disagreement. The extreme end of this is criminal but it stems from some of the same behavior that you see on many websites, youtube comments, etc. It is much less on this site but even here you see it occasionally.

    The message of tolerance must never be forgotten.

  20. SAMEEN says:
    August 11th, 2009 7:21 pm

    Adil Najam:

    You should also apologize to Mr. Jinnah and say sorry for not fulfilling his promise:

  21. Adam Insaan says:
    August 11th, 2009 7:41 pm

    I do know quite a few Ahmadiya/Qadiani,
    they themselves don`t see that they are a part of the Umma, they are something strictly different, that is what they say/express and mean themselves,
    -and this is not something I am putting in their mouth,
    I can

  22. Obaid says:
    August 11th, 2009 8:04 pm

    @Adam Insaan:

    “I do know quite a few Ahmadiya/Qadiani,
    they themselves don`t see that they are a part of the Umma, ”

    Ahmadis certainly consider themselves Muslim. Don’t know what you mean by Umma. For last 1400 years Umma is filed with people who call each other kafir. That doesn’t mean it takes away anyone

  23. Obaid says:
    August 11th, 2009 8:08 pm

    @Adam Insaan:

    PS: Don’t justify bigotry. Living in ‘high north of Europe’ you should be aware of human rights and that 295c grossly violates human rights. One rule for yourself and another for others, huh?

  24. Waheed says:
    August 11th, 2009 8:17 pm

    This is an important and timely post. The best thing that the government can do on this August 14 is to move to repeal the blasphemy law. As a Muslim I think that law is blasphemy itself!

  25. sadabhar says:
    August 12th, 2009 4:37 am

    I wonder whether we, as a nation, have ever considered this question: Is it necessary to build up a country and nation according to the vision and ideology, if any, of one person regardless to the fact how much respected and dignified he was? Jinnah was admittedly the greatest leader among the given cohort but the there is no valid reason that we should romanticize the development of a country according to his ideals. In a democratic setting and through a democratic process the nation can take a different course too, totally different from Jinnah

  26. Zaheer says:
    August 12th, 2009 7:51 am


    Yes, We are sorry Mr. Jinnah that we could not fulfill your dreams and we keep fighting amongst ourselves.

    But we promise to keep trying. We will not give up on your dream.

  27. Qudsia says:
    August 12th, 2009 7:59 am

    Thank you Dr. Najam.

    Your courage and your honesty is an inspiration to all of us.

    I salute you for saying out lud what so many feel but dare not say:

    “We are sorry for being so drunk in intolerance that we made ourselves the arbiters of who was Muslim enough to be Muslim, or Pakistani enough to be Pakistani.”

    These were the two most shameful acts in our history (declaring Ahmadis non-Muslim and Bengalis non-Pakistani). The Quaid would not have tolerated either of them.

    Dr. Najam, I am proud of you. If we had just a few more Pakistanis with your courage of conviction we could bring teh Quaid’s dream alive. Thank you.

  28. coldrain says:
    August 12th, 2009 3:12 pm

    At least some of us are making the first step, apologizing. This concept is a novelty in Pakistan.

    We must acknowledge first, what we have done wrong, and then begin to correct our mistakes.

    Mr. Najam, the readers of this blog should be grateful to you, for bringing this to everyone’s notice.

    There is a long struggle ahead, to steer Pakistan back towards the dreams of its founding father. Even all those years ago, he knew what was right for us. Today, when bigots threaten to ruin this country, those of us with a sense of what is right, must stand against them.

    Let us raise our voice against these inhuman laws, and bring about a change in legislation.

  29. zhc says:
    August 12th, 2009 10:11 pm

    @ sadabhar

    You have a very valid argument. In a democratic setting and through a democratic process any nation can take a different course than that envisioned by its founding fathers.

    All of the american founding fathers were slave owners and their concept of equality of all men did not extend to “negroes”. Still, when Abraham Lincoln took steps to abolish slavery and when blacks (and women) were given constitutional rights, that was not termed as an insult to the founding fathers.

    Bismarck, the founding father of modern day Germany envisioned a militant nationalist vision for Germany and today’s Germany is miles apart from it.

    How is it fair to ignore the democratic wishes of a nation in the name of founding father’s vision?

    @ adil

    You wrote ” Barely ten days ago in Gojra, …….at least half a dozen Pakistani Christians were murdered for still unproven charges under a draconian law neither whose intent nor whose vigilante implementation Mr. Jinnah could ever have tolerated………….”

    As far as I know neither the said law condones such murder nor these christians were killed under this law. Do you think that if this law had not been there, the situation would have been different? In that case, would these people who were torching these houses and killing these christians would not have done so?

    On the contrary, history of our lands shows us that Muslims have always reacted angrily and violently on any instance of what they deem as blasphemy. So blaming the law and repealing it would only give people even further license to resort to violence as then they would have the argumnt that the law will not punish alleged blasphemy.

  30. Amit Kumar says:
    August 13th, 2009 12:29 am

    Hi Everyone

    I am an Indian and stumbled upon this space by accident (searching for something else actually). The comments of Abil bhai were interesting because it is so like what is happening in India.

    Just a couple of days back we had a news article that told the story of how the place where Gandhi had an Ashram had outlawed entry of Lepers (toward whom Gandhi was really devoted).

    Well the above story is just symptomatic about India today. Its madness with really everyone out to get power and money. No one thinks about goodness or about their fellow citizens. Most people just do not understand the real agenda of the people in power.

    I was reading the comment of one person who justifies deviation from the founding principles of nation. I agree that deviation is not necessarily wrong. But deviation has to be for something that improves that common lot of the people, for somethig that spreads brotherhood, for something that makes everyone equal in the true sense, for something that God would be happy about. Some of the instances that he quotes ( like that of the USA) actually support my argument.

    Killing innocents is madness and only serves the interest of those who are high and mighty and who want to remain high and mighty.

    Divide the people and create hate – this is how all rulers have preserved their position as rulers.

    Spread the ideals and spread love. I liked this space and would try ot see if somethig similar is avialable for India.

    Adil Bhai – keep up the good work.

  31. Fauzia says:
    August 13th, 2009 12:48 am

    Dear Prof. Najam

    I want to also thank you or your bold and clear writings. Like others, my favorite line was:

    “We are sorry for being so drunk in intolerance that we made ourselves the arbiters of who was Muslim enough to be Muslim, or Pakistani enough to be Pakistani.”

    This says it all.

    Thank you, Sir.

  32. Umair Siraj says:
    August 13th, 2009 12:51 am

    Excellent post.

    You are correct. We have not done very well on making Jinnah’s dream come alive. And these idiot laws that Zia made makes it even more difficult.

    But we must keep up the struggle and never forget the vision of Jinnah.

  33. Midnight's Child says:
    August 13th, 2009 6:48 am

    I never thought that I would ever think that it is a good thing that my parents are dead. As people who believed fervently in the vision of the Quaid, and worked closely with him, I think they would be heartbroken and ashamed to see what the country has degenerated into. I was often cyncial as to whether his vision was practical and used to have long discussions, even arguements with them, as to whether the creation of the State of Pakistan was ever workable and whether we would not have been better off staying as a huge, powerful, vocal minority making our voice heard in an undivided India. As it was, many of us have ended up being an intellectual and social minority within a country composed of the four provinces who never actually supported Jinnah and his Muslim League. Too late now. So many egos – Nehru, Jinnah, Mountbatten. So many hidden agendas. So much waste and death. So sad.

  34. Usman says:
    August 13th, 2009 8:24 am

    If we were part of india we will still be morning and probably fighting for independence.
    Thanks to Jinnah we have a separate state for last 60 years and every day we have an opportunity to sort our problems.
    The real issue is governance, even at time of partition Jinnah said; ‘meri jeb me sirf khotey sike hen’, there were no leaders then or now and that is our problem. We need well educated, disciplined and sincere leaders.
    Sad that the parliment has removed condition for MNAs/MPAs to be graduates, once again the faith of our nation is in hands of un-educated, corrupt and mean people.

    A big thanks to lawyers who have let down the very person who should be thier role model; Jinnah.

  35. Bangash says:
    August 13th, 2009 9:54 am

    @Midnight’s Child (Indian)

    Well we have a huge Muslim minority in India today but it is silent and powerless. So better to be in Pakistan than part of minority in Hindustan.

    Pakistan Paindabad.

  36. Midnight's Child says:
    August 13th, 2009 11:45 am

    It is very difficult to know what would have happened but a minority of of half a billion people, give or take a few ( Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Indian Muslims) well run and well organised, should have been able to make a difference. There were those Muslim politicans who had suggested that perhaps a Federal State such as Germany might have been the solution, but their view point was not considered seriously. Anyway, it is too late now and we have to muddle along as best we can and sort out the mess. I personally believe that too much weight was given to religion and not enough to the ethnic differences that both bind and separate in both Pakistan and India. Anyway. I was born in India, brought up in Pakistan, educated in the United Kingdom, and now live in the Middle East. And where do I really feel I belong ? Everywhere and nowhere.

  37. Ghiasuddin says:
    August 13th, 2009 11:54 am

    Love the post. Thank you for expressing what all of us feel.

    What is so speical about how you have written this is to make clear that the fault is ours in not making this country what it could be. After 60+ years it si silly to talk about what could or would have happened. What we do know is that what has happened. Much has been achieved but so much more could have been done.

  38. Ghiasuddin says:
    August 13th, 2009 11:56 am

    Like others can I also comment you on this line specially: “We are sorry for being so drunk in intolerance that we made ourselves the arbiters of who was Muslim enough to be Muslim, or Pakistani enough to be Pakistani.”

    Every Pakistani should be made to read this. I am not an Ahmedi and not a Bengali. But what we did to both this communities will be a shame on all of our souls. May we have the wisdom and the courage to learn from our mistakes. Ameen.

  39. Bangash says:
    August 13th, 2009 12:37 pm


    There are enough Muslims in India today for a well-organized and powerful community. But that is not what we see in India. I doubt adding a couple of hundred million more to the mix would have much of a difference. This is just a fantasy that in Hindustan, Muslims would be doing great.

  40. Iqbal says:
    August 13th, 2009 6:17 pm

    Well I am sorry that Mr. Jinnah had such grandiose visions that had no basis in reality. Did he actually believed that just by declaring his own good intentions he will change the character of the entire nation? In fact a nation build on religious segregation and intolerance…

    South Asia has been plagued for centuries with problems of illiteracy, superstition, and racial/ethic/religious intolerance. Of course the partition, where millions died because of their religious affiliations, never helped either. With this backdrop, it is a bit naive to expect everything to be fine. I am afraid we will continue to see repetitions of Gojras and Gujrats unless there is a fundamental shift from dogma and religion to rationale and education.

  41. Adam Insaan says:
    August 14th, 2009 12:18 pm

    Midnight`s child@

    May Your parents rest in peace, and get the best of the Hereafter.
    I presume that You are very proud for the effort Your parents contributed with together with Quad-e-Azam, I certainly would have been.

  42. Tor_Khan says:
    August 14th, 2009 2:41 pm

    I’m troubled by this apology to Mr Jinnah. A country is NOT a person, and that is precisely the trouble with Pakistan and it’s relationship with Jinnah. Jinnah may have paved the way for Pakistan, and who could be proud of the problem he created. What we have is an isolated country with a nuclear bomb on the brink to of too many possible futures, where seperatism, terrorist violence and insurgency are the voices of protest. His daughter and his descendents chose secular pathways away from Pakistan. They must have seen it coming.

    Pakistan was bound to fail. Jinnah was human, not a deity, so we should not be sending our apologies to him. Rather, the other way – Jinnah should be apologising to the world for setting upon then a schyzoprenic country that is best known for churning out failure, corruption and terrorism.

    We need to set the 14 August euphoria in context. Today is a dark day and we should re-visit misguided sentiments.

  43. Ch. Inayat says:
    August 14th, 2009 11:42 pm

    Excellent article. I think it reflects what many Pakistanis are thinking today. The easy way out is always to find excuse n history on what shoudl or should not have been done. But in reality the responsibiity is all ours and the first step is to accept that responsibility.

    Bravo and thank you for writing this.

    And congratulations Prof. Najam for being awarded the civil award. It is highly deserved.

  44. Moez says:
    August 15th, 2009 12:31 pm

    Stanley Wolpert once said – “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.”

    We owe our freedom to call ourselves Pakistani to Quaid-e-Azam and it is a great shame that for 62 years we have ignored his core message of a tolerant, progressive state with equal rights for all Pakistanis.

  45. I.K. Khosla says:
    August 17th, 2009 12:18 pm

    There are entire populations on both sides that still need to be detoxified of the slogans and hatred fed to them by their leaders for so long.

    But slowly a change is coming in. Like with Jaswant Singh’s book on India’s side.

    Maybe we are both old enough now as people and mature enough to know that our love for our country need not be based on hatred for someone else.

    Thank you for the beautiful thoughts.

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