“The administration handed over to us was on the one hand quiet impervious to the desires and wishes of the people for moral and material progress, and on the other, impatient of criticism and oblivious of the necessity of political reforms of any sort. Consequently, the people of the Province remained in a static position educationally, socially, economically and politically. Nay, I would go so far as to say that the people had to content themselves for a long time with a state of political and administrative stagnation.”
- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam
- Speech: New Era of Progress for Baluchistan
- Context: Speech at Sibi Durbar
72 years ago at the time of Pakistan’s creation - Balochistan was in poor condition from a 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.
Like any other unjust event in history - the chapter of colonization met it’s inevitable death and Mr. Jinnah’s valiant freedom struggle resulted in the birth of our great country, Pakistan.
Achieving the new state of Pakistan was not an end to itself but instead, the freedom struggle was aimed for the fulfillment of our historic national ideals of equality, justice and global fraternity.
As we reflect on these ideals - the national conscience is deeply stirred to ask have we collectively strived for Balochistan's progress and energetically worked for achieving our historic ideals? Have we done justice to Mr. Jinnah’s struggle? Are death squads, extrajudicial executions and forced disappearances in Balochistan the legacy of our national freedom movement?
In response to these questions - the citizens of Pakistan become fully aware and conscious of their national mission of achieving uniform measure of autonomy for all provinces, defeating provincialism and unifying all people within Pakistan for rapid economic, social, political and educational progress of Balochistan. We shall enthusiastically strive towards this end.
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