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Progressive Nation

Jinnah's Ideals

 “Those of you who are about to enter the life, be on your guard against these people. Those of you who have still to continue your studies for some time, do not allow yourselves to be exploited by any political party or self-seeking politician. As I said the other day, your main occupation should be in fairness to yourselves, in fairness to your parents and indeed, in fairness to the State, to devote, your attention solely to your studies. It is only thus that you can equip yourselves for the battle of life that lies ahead of you. Only thus, will you be an asset and a source of strength and of pride to your State. Only thus, can you assist it in solving the great social and economic problems that confront it and enable to reach its destined goal among the most progressive and strongest nations of the world.

- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam

- Speech:  The Role of Students in Nation Building - Speech at the Dacca University Convocation


Deeper reflections

Pakistan's destined goal is to be a progressive nation:   


  • The citizens of Pakistan cannot simply acquiesce to the social, legal, economic and political ordering and arrangements that have come down to us from the past. While there is dignity in ancestry -- our society must condition itself to be elastic enough to endure a series of radical and rapid changes.

  • A progressive society is like a growing organism and its values, cultures and institutions must be in a continuous flux of iterations and modifications.

  • This iterative process cannot slacken or cease to be visible as that means the death of national conscience. However, Pakistan is vitally conscious of its destined goal.

  • Social, economic and political improvements have explicable causes. Our progress will come from citizens who are equipped with superior moral insight, ferocious zeal, and habit of relentless energetic work in the face of obstruction and difficulties.


  • Therefore, we must enable our citizens by:


  • Carving out the greatest possible scope for individual initiative and limit the sphere of authority.


  • Creating a culture of equal economic & political opportunity. The guiding principle will be that people most likely to suffer from injustice must be enabled by increasing their participation in their own government and economy.


  • Investing and disrupting our education system so that we create a nation-wide network of educational institutes that provide Pakistan with a definitive pipeline of future leaders.


  • Promoting and protecting freedom of expression across all platforms. This will empower citizens to ideate and propagate new ideas aiming for Pakistan’s progress. The time has always come, and the season is never unripe, for the announcement of fruitful new ideas.


  • Developing a fact-based social, political, and economic culture where the truth weighs supreme. This is because the history of civilization is the history of the displacement of old conceptions by new ones more conformable to the facts.  



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