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Giving the People of Balochistan their due share

Jinnah's Ideals

“For what I have stated, you will see that I am only trying to make a beginning in giving the people of Balochistan their due share in the administration and I am affording to them the opportunities to play full part in the shaping of their future administration and advancing the welfare of the people generally. For instance, all plans for the future political, economic, social and educational development of the Province will be prepared and submitted through the Advisory Council and it will be for the Governor-General to see that these plans are implemented with consultation and advice of the Council. Thus gentlemen, in some ways you will be better off than the other provinces of Pakistan. Here you will have in fact, a Governor-Generals’ province and you will become my special responsibility and care and let me assure you, in the sphere of the activities of the Council the Governor-General will adopt such measures as may be necessary in consultation with his Advisory Council from time to time.”

- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam

- Speech:  New Era of Progress for Baluchistan

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Deeper reflections

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.

 

As a Governor-General of Pakistan - Mr. Jinnah derived his authority from the unmistakable will of the people of Balochistan.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

In this sense - our history instructs us that Balochistan will enjoy a special status and will be treated as Mr. Jinnah’s province where our historic national ideals will manifest themselves against all odds, difficulties and interferences.  

 

As we reflect on our history - the national conscience is deeply stirred to ask have we collectively strived for Balochistan's progress and energetically worked for achieving our historic ideals? Have we done justice to Mr. Jinnah’s struggle? Are death squads, extrajudicial executions and forced disappearances in Balochistan the legacy of our national freedom movement?

 

In response to these questions - the citizens of Pakistan become fully aware and conscious of their national mission of achieving a uniform measure of autonomy for all provinces, defeating provincialism and unifying all people within Pakistan for rapid economic, social, political and educational progress of Balochistan. We shall enthusiastically strive towards this end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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