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Fight For Self-Government

Jinnah's Ideals

 “The historic fight, for self-government by your people and its achievement by them, the consistent teaching and practice of democracy in your country had for generations acted as a beacon light and had in no small measure served to give inspiration to nations who like us were striving for independence and freedom from the shackles of foreign rule.”

- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam

- Speech:  Pakistan and USA / Equal Partners in Defence of Democracy

- Context: Reply to the Speech made by the first Ambassador of the United States of America at the time of presenting Credentials to the Quaid-i-Azam, on 26th February 1948

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Deeper reflections

Pakistan will seek inspiration from all nations who have excelled in any field of human achievement. We will not villainize any nation but instead display humility to adopt good from all nations of the world.     


Therefore, anti-American sentiment in our national consciousness will be displaced by the continuation of Jinnah’s original inspiration and regard for America’s teaching of democracy.  

 

Pakistanis are a freedom-loving people and they must realize that Americans are similar:

 

  • British philosopher and Member of Parliament Edmund Burke stated: “In this character of the Americans, a love of freedom is the predominating feature which marks and distinguishes the whole.”

 

Further, there’s more to be inspired by America’s experience:

 

  • Alexis de Tocqueville, the French aristocrat who came to the United States in 1831 wrote “Puritanism was not just a religious doctrine in many respects it shared the most absolute democratic and republican theories. This was the product of two perfectly distinct elements which elsewhere have often been at war with one another but which in America it was somehow possible to incorporate with each other, forming a marvellous combination. I mean the Spirit of Religion and the Spirit of Freedom.”
     

From this inspiration --- Pakistan in its grand ambitions of architecting a modern Muslim Democracy and ushering in an Islamic renaissance will uphold both the Islamic spirit and die-hard belief in democratic ideals.

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