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Good-will of the World

Jinnah's Ideals

“As a new-born State, Pakistan desires nothing so ardently as the goodwill of the world. Its people are determined to work with heart and soul in the task of consolidating their new liberty and while so engaged in this great task they will be deeply conscious of the help and cooperation extended to them by the other States of the world, particularly at this moment.” 

- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam

- Speech:  Pakistan and Afghanistan | Bound by Age-Old Links, 8 May 1948 

- Context: Address in reply to the speech made by the Ambassador of Afghanistan 


Deeper reflections

The citizens of Pakistan are engaged with the following tasks:


  • Consolidating our newly achieved liberty

  • Defeating provincialism by fortifying unity

  • Building up our nation economically, socially, educationally & politically  


In the fulfillment of these tasks, we desire nothing but goodwill from all countries of the world, especially, Afghanistan. Both countries have age-old links and a deeply connected sense of tradition. 

Our political ideal in terms of foreign relations is ‘peace within and peace without’. The citizens of Pakistan know that peace and industry are the two most critical factors of modern civilization and we formulate our policy in accordance with such a conviction. 

Peace within: 

  • The citizens of Pakistan are illuminated by the principles that: 

    • The possession of political power by the masses is the only effective security against sinister government 

    • Participation in civic activity, even in the simplest form of voting, is an elevating and instructing agency 

    • Those who are compelled to obey laws and pay national taxes should have an active voice in self-government.  

  • These democratic principles are ingrained into our national spirit and character.  ​​

  • The Pakistani aspiration has always been to “demonstrate to the world how a nation containing many elements, live in peace and amity and work for the betterment of all its citizens irrespective of caste or creed. Our object should be peace within and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial and friendly relations with our immediate neighbors and with the world at large. We have no aggressive designs against anyone.” - Mr. Jinnah       

Peace without: 

  • Current conflicts at present are only decided by war or diplomacy, and diplomacy is, in essence, nothing but the threat of war. Pakistan intends to change this. 

  • The international community has a long road to travel until it achieves an international government with real legislative as well as judicial capabilities so it can truly enact international law on all nations irrespective of economic or military strength. 

  • Pakistan will prove that collaboration and mutual interests far outweigh perceived clashes. With friendship and peace, we can have an incredible positive global impact. 

  •  The citizens of Pakistan are fully aware that international cooperation is vital to the progress of civilization. 

  • Towards this lofty and noble effort, USA and Pakistan have already initiated the plan to replace a military solution with a political settlement in Afghanistan:

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