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Jinnah's Ideals

“The final constitution, as you all know, will be framed by the Constituent Assembly in consultation with the representatives of all these areas. Nor did I forget, in the meantime, while making these temporary arrangements, my earnest desire to associate the people of Balochistan with their own administration as far as possible. In fact, it was in the fulfillment of this desire that I decided to attend your first Durbar so that I may get the opportunity of meeting you and exchanging views with you to ascertain the ideas which you may have formed about the future form of Government for your Province. The Constituent Assembly may take some time to accomplish its task of framing the final constitution of our State. It is a stupendous task and it may take 18 months or two years before it can come into full operation. And so, I wanted something to be done without delay for the period between now and the time when the new constitution would finally emerge and be inaugurated, something would enable the people to share the responsibilities of their Government and give them a voice in its administration. After very careful consideration I have decided to make a small but all the same an important move immediately to enable the people to associate themselves with the governance of their province. I hope that this will bring the citizens of Pakistan living in Balochistan closer to the Governor-General and the head of your administration. I had to think hard. There were legal and constitutional difficulties in the way of setting up a representative form of Government. But there was no time to waste. I did not want to wait for the requisite legal and statutory provisions to be enacted in their full form. All that will naturally come in time. For the present, however, I have concluded that our immediate object can best be achieved by making the governance and administration of Balochistan more directly the concern of the Governor-General himself acting in close collaboration with the acknowledged representatives of the people. For this purpose, I have decided to constitute a Governor-General's Advisory Council, a body which will enable the people to play their full part in the administration and governance of their Province, and which will enable me as Governor-General to keep a close watch over the affairs of Baluchistan and to make the problems of the people of this great Province my own special care as I am bound to do under the present provisional constitution of Pakistan.”

- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam

- Speech:  New Era of Progress for Baluchistan

- Context: Speech at Sibi Durbar 

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Deeper reflections

Balochistan’s socio-economic progress is dependant on political reforms that empower the people of Balochistan to assert their will and design policy best suited to their needs.

 

The end goal is to manifest Mr. Jinnah’s doctrine of guaranteeing a uniform measure of autonomy to all provinces in Pakistan. To fast-track, this national mission of politically empowering the people of Balochistan by giving them a meaningful voice in their administration - the citizens of Pakistan are inclined to recommend Mr. Jinnah’s model in which an Advisory Council - that consists of acknowledged representatives of Balochistan - directly and closely collaborates with the premier of the country. This advisory council will have real powers and will not be nominal. 

 

This would create a stronger alignment and closer connection between the people of Balochistan and the federal government of Pakistan. The purpose of this alignment is to achieve solidarity between Islamabad and Balochistan in order to effectively to design policy, draft legislation and mobilize the nation to work towards the economic, social, educational and political uplift of the people of Balochistan.

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