From the People
“In the creation of this Council, as you will observe, special care has been taken to ensure that power and authority is derived as far as possible from the people. At the same time, the setting up of the Advisory Council will not in any way detract from the status of these areas, nor from the freedom of the inhabitants of these areas to mould their future constitution and to form the administration in accordance with their own customs and traditions. The setting up of the Council will in no way affect that measure of independence which is already enjoyed by the people of the Tribal areas nor can it change the present status of the leased areas. On the other hand, this new measure is intended to bring about a harmony of ideas between the Government and the people in the various areas of Balochistan and to make the Government machinery efficient and responsive to the people.”
- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam
- Speech: New Era of Progress for Baluchistan
- Context: Speech at Sibi Durbar
Balochistan cannot achieve social and economic progress without political reforms. This is because past foreign administration was impervious to the aspirations of the people and had the province divided up in different parts with different statuses all bound by the shackles of backwardness.
The legal, administrative and political arrangements between the Government of Pakistan and the people of Balochistan were established via democratic referendum.
Mr. Jinnah won over the people of Balochistan who by their own free will and democratic choice voted in favor of joining the state of Pakistan and sending their elected representatives to the Pakistan Constituent Assembly.
The political reforms in Balochistan are rooted in Mr. Jinnah’s doctrine of guaranteeing uniform measure of autonomy to all provinces and providing the people of Balochistan an adequate say in their own administration. Read more here and here.
To begin and accelerate the work of maximizing Balochistan’s political autonomy, Mr. Jinnah had set up an Advisory Council which directly and closely collaborated with the premier of the country. This council consisted of acknowledged representatives of Balochistan and the council had real powers of reviewing and scrutinizing existing policies and recommending its own proposals for the welfare of the people of Balochistan. Read more here and here.
Following Mr.Jinnah’s governance model - the implementation of the schemes, designs, proposals and policy by Balochistan’s Advisory Council becomes the special responsibility of the premier of Pakistan.
However, this Advisory Council is not intended to limit the freedom of the inhabitants of Balochistan to form their administration in accordance with their own customs and traditions. The measure of independence enjoyed by the people of the tribal areas will remain unaffected.
The purpose, spirit and intent of setting up the Advisory Council is to create efficient government apparatus that can be responsive to the needs of the people so that there is harmony and unison between the people of Balochistan and the state of Pakistan.
While we’ve gone far astray from Mr. Jinnah’s ideals - the time has come that we will build up Balochistan in consonance with the customs and traditions of its inhabitants and march forward with resolute steps towards it’s economic and social progress via consultation and discussions.
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