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Relations with the Tribes

Jinnah's Ideals

“The departure of British authority had left several gaps in the juridical and administrative machinery of Balochistan. These were filled by making temporary legal and administrative arrangements. The relations of the Government of Pakistan with the tribes were reaffirmed on the basis of the referendum until they could be consulted again. All this was arranged under powers vested in me as Governor-General of Pakistan deriving authority from the unmistakable will of the people of Balochistan expressed through the Shahi Jirga.

- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam

- Speech:  New Era of Progress for Baluchistan

- Context: Speech at Sibi Durbar 

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Deeper reflections

The legal, administrative and political arrangements between the Government of Pakistan and the people of Balochistan were established via democratic referendum.

 

Mr. Jinnah won over the people of Balochistan who by their own free will and democratic choice voted in favor of joining the state of Pakistan and sending their elected representatives to the Pakistan Constituent Assembly.

 

As a Governor-General of Pakistan - Mr. Jinnah derived his authority from the unmistakable will of the people of Balochistan. In this lies a historic lesson that any and every effort devoted to Balochistan’s progress must derive its strength and inspiration from the desires, wishes and sentiments of the people of Balochistan. This is mission-critical.

 

Towards this end - the citizens of Pakistan aim to create a national culture in which brotherhood and unity is fiercely promoted with the people of Balochistan. To do so, we must maximize provincial autonomy, enable the people of Balochistan to be masters of their own destiny, increase their representation and inclusion in media, movies, music, business, tech, arts, politics and all other fields. We shall strive to ensure that the people of Balochistan feel a genuine sense of belonging to Pakistan and take honest pride in being the citizens of Pakistan.

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