Lahore: Department of History in collaboration with Pakistan Study Center, University of the Punjab organized a seminar on Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Concept of State. The keynote speaker was Mr. Qayyum Nizami, who is a prominent journalist and political activist. Qalb-i-Abid discussed in details Jinnah’s dedication, determination and hard work for the creation of Pakistan.
He said Jinnah’s grand strategy, creating Pakistan in only seven years time succeeded only due to his incorruptibility and un-purchasability He concluded that Jinnah was a negotiator of the highest order and a great statesman of South Asia who very successfully not only defeated a very well organized Congress party but also out manoeuvred various British Viceroys. Mr. Nizami traced the early life of the father of the Nation and pointed out that despite living in the liberal society of the West, he did not deviate from the traditional norms.
However he also mentioned that Quaid-i-Azam believed in a progressive modern Islam in which the concept of welfare was predominant. He rejected the conservative concept of Islamic state put forward by some of the Ulema. The speaker emphasized that Quaid-i-Azam was ardent supporter of democracy and was totally opposed to any kind of dictatorship.
He mentioned the incident that when he saw a banner in which he has been referred to as Shehan Shah-e-Pakistan, he at once objected to it and categorically said he was not their emperor. Mr. Nizami also mentioned that Quaid-i-Azam selected his first cabinet totally on merit without any consideration of Cast, Creed or Ethnicity.
He also pointed out that Quaid-i-Azam believed in simplicity and austerity and was not willing to spend a single penny of the public money on his personal comfort. Once he said: “it is sin to waste money and worse if it is public money.” Mr. Nizami particularly focused on Quaid-i-Azam’s speeches related to the role of Army and Civil bureaucracy which in his opinion are in total contrast to the role played by these institutions in the later political history of Pakistan.
He quoted from the speech of Quaid-i-Azam delivered to the gazetted officers in Chittagong on 25th March, 1948: “You are not rulers. You do not belong to the ruling class: you belong to the servants”. Make the people feel that you are their servants and friends, maintain the highest standard of honour, integrity, justice and fair play.” Similarly according to the speaker, Quaid-i-Azam was very clear about the role of the armed forces.
Once Quaid-i-Azam while addressing the Army personnel emphatically said: “Never forget that you are the servants of the State. You do not make policy, it is we, the people’s representatives who decide how the country is run. Your job is only to obey the decisions of your civilian masters.” At the end of the talk, there was a lively question-answer session.
The seminar ended with a note of thanks by Prof. Chawla.
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