Improve the lot of the Common man
“We in Pakistan will watch your progress with the most friendly and sympathetic interest as some of the problems confronting your island are similar to ours. We have both suffered from exploitation at the hands of a foreign power and now that a new era has been ushered, we shall have to strive every nerve to improve the lot of the common man, so sadly neglected heretofore.”
- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam
- Speech: On Ceylon's (Sri Lanka) independence
- Context: Message on the attainment of Dominion Status by Ceylon | Feb'1948
The primary task of nations that emerged from the eclipse of criminal colonization is to improve the prosperity of its mass population. The best response to foreign exploitation and criminal colonization of the past is to generate massive economic, political, social and educational uplift of the common people.
Alleviating poverty for a mass of people is a multi-generational enterprise, and therefore we must perceive a complex calculus of change instead of the simple arithmetic of short-term cause and effect. We are invested in unceasing efforts and endeavors to proliferate progressive ideas, promote education and improve the health of every Citizen of Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
We will always persist in our constructive endeavors with patience and steadfastness in the face of obstacles. We may not observe immediate results and we may be subject to criticism, and it is in these settings and environment that we must double-down on our noble initiatives of generating massive economic prosperity for all the peoples of Pakistan with an unrelenting sense of optimism, force, vigor and enthusiasm.
The Citizens of Pakistan are determined and we will strike every nerve to improve the lives of every citizen. Unprecedented progress is within our reach and there is no doubt that we shall achieve it.
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