Real Friendship with India

Jinnah's Ideals

“Under your guidance - I hope - will come real friendship between the two Dominions. It is no less essential to India than to Pakistan.”

- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam

- Context: Congratulated Rajgopal Achari on his appointment as Governor General of India


Deeper reflections

History has shown us many geographical tracts, much smaller than the sub-continent of India, which otherwise might have been called one country, but which have been divided into as many states as there are nations inhabiting them. The Balkan Peninsula comprises as many as seven or eight sovereign states. Likewise, the Portuguese and the Spanish stand divided in the Iberian Peninsula. 

Muslims are a nation according to any definition of a nation, and they have acquired their homelands, their territory, and their state. After having achieved Pakistan, we wish to live in peace and harmony with our neighbors as a free and independent people. We wish our people to develop to the fullest our spiritual, cultural, economic, social, and political life, in a way that we think best and in consonance with our own ideals and according to the genius of our people. Honesty demands that we find, and the vital interests of millions of our people impose a sacred duty upon us to find, an honorable and peaceful relationship with India, which would be just and fair to all. 

Bold and wise political imagination will direct towards cooperation, peace and greater economic connectivity between Pakistan and India. After all, world-history is replete with examples of nation-states that were carved out of the same continent and have cordial and strong ties. For instance, we don’t need to look further than the United States and Canada. There’s no inherent reason why Pakistan and India can not have similar, if not greater, ties. This has always been Mr. Jinnah's vision as recorded in history; when the first US ambassador to Pakistan, Paul Alling, asked him what kind of Pakistan-India relations he wished to see, Jinnah replied: “An association similar to that between the US and Canada.”

Our national will is to demonstrate that the partition does not need to translate into a perpetual state of violence. In this spirit, let's examine the American / Canadian relationship in the video below.   

To script the triumph of peace over war:


  • The civilized people of Pakistan and India will treat each other with respect, equality and dignity as two friendly neighbors in public and private across all platforms.


  • The citizens of each nation will pressure their governments in certain and frank terms that the dividends of peace in terms of re-allocating the military budget towards education and health are far greater than fuming the fans of war.


The necessity of peace is a real force and will manifest itself as the original destiny of a violent partition. Future peace and order will emerge from a chaotic and violent past.   

Read This Next

Mr. Jinnah explains Pakistan's historical connection with the United States of America during the Second World War when our two-people stood shoulder to shoulder in defence of democracy.


All Reads on This Topic