Posted on August 11, 2009
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45 responses to “August 11: We are Sorry, Mr. Jinnah”

  1. I.K. Khosla says:

    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.

  2. Moez says:

    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.

  3. Ch. Inayat says:

    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.

  4. Tor_Khan says:

    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.

  5. Adam Insaan says:

    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.