Sense of Patriotism
“Remember we are building up a state which is going to play its full part in the destinies of the whole Islamic World. We, therefore, need a wider outlook, an outlook which transcends the boundaries of provinces, limited nationalism and racialism. We must develop a sense of patriotism which should galvanise and weld us all into one united and strong nation. That is the only way in which we can achieve our goal, the goal of our struggle, the goal for which millions of Muslims have lost their all and laid down their lives.”
- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam
- Speech: Responsibilities of the youth
- Context: Reply to the address presented by the Students of Islamia College, Peshawar
All that is great and inspiring to the common affairs of individuals, for which the noblest and most valiant of mankind have lived and wrought and suffered in all ages and all climes, is now moving Pakistan out of its depths.
The whole country is awakening to the call of its destiny and is scanning the new horizons with eager hope. A new spirit of earnestness, confidence, and resolution are abroad in the land.
In all directions are visible the stirrings of a new life. The Citizens of Pakistan have their gaze fixed on the future and they will not fail to respond to the call of their country.
The global democratization of technological advancement and exponential progress in computing power have enabled the citizens of Pakistan to engineer a rapid economic transformation by means of market-creating innovation.
Pakistan’s modernization and socio-economic progress will produce an incredible positive effect on the destiny of the whole Islamic world which will usher in an era of disruptive renaissance in the Muslim ethos, culture and spirit.
Pakistan plans to play its full part in the intellectual, social, educational and economic regeneration of 1.8Bn muslims of the world. Pakistan will always manifest the spirit of international cooperation and demonstrate that progress brings benefits to all nations. The progress of science is a matter of equal concern to the whole civilized world. Whether men of science are Americans, Frenchmen, Pakistanis, Chinese or German or others, is a matter of no real importance. The whole world of art and literature and learning is international, what is done in one country is not done for that country, but for mankind.
It’s mission-critical that as we strive to achieve our international objectives, we shed all forms of provincialism and unite as a single nation that can withstand all and any obstacles. Punjabis, Pashtuns, Sindhis, Hazaras, Saraikis, Muhajirs, Baloch and all other groups are equal and dignified citizens of Pakistan that form the basis of our body-politic.
As we chronicle Mr. Jinnah’s historic freedom struggle, we will not fail to note that we achieved Pakistan because of the united will and effort of that generation. Millions of Muslims unitedly went through the fire and valiantly laid down their lives for the successful achievement of freedom by carving out their own nation-state and securing future generations their own central government. We will not let these arduous sacrifices of our ancestors go in vain.
Let us not forget that even the weak become strong when they are united and whenever there is unity, there is victory.