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Progress

Jinnah's Ideals

“I may point that Balochistan is a deficit province already to the extent of one crore and a half and Pakistan will have to bear a further financial burden to help the people as indicated above but I am hopeful that Pakistan will not hesitate to bear it for the sake of the progress and welfare of the people of Balochistan.

- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam

- Speech:  New Era of Progress for Baluchistan

- Context: Speech at Sibi Durbar 

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Deeper reflections

72 years ago at the time of Pakistan’s creation - Balochistan was in poor condition from parasitical colonization in which the foreign administration did not derive power, legitimacy and authority from the will of the people. As a consequence - the foreign-governance was impervious to the desires and wishes of the people and never strived for the socio-economic progress of Balochistan. This resulted in a political and administrative stagnation that the people had to content themselves with. For this reason, Balochistan was a deficit province at that time

 

Since then - have we proactively worked towards undoing the wrongs of the colonization? Have we strived for providing people of Balochistan equal provincial autonomy as enjoyed by the rest? Have we worked relentlessly for the economic and social uplift of the people of Balochistan? 

 

The unfortunate truth of the matter is that the State of Pakistan has alienated and mistreated the people of Balochistan. However, it’s in the nature of things for our national history to reassert itself and for Mr. Jinnah’s historic ideals to manifest themselves by a sustained and well-directed effort from the citizens of Pakistan. 

 

In this undaunted spirit - the citizens of Pakistan are ready to incur financial trade-offs required for Balochistan’s progress. We must sacrifice for our brethren in Balochistan as we are all one people part of one great country. With this sense of oneness, unity and brotherhood we are morally obliged to work for the welfare of the people of Balochistan and ready to pay whatever price necessary for Balochistan’s uplift. 

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