Book “Quotes from the Quaid” Launched By OUP. pocket size book, or you may call it a booklet too comprising of some quotes is not a very unusual thing to see but when a pocket size book comes from a leading book publisher, The Oxford University Press and the quotes too are not just any but the quotes from the Quaid-i-Azam him self than one takes pride into holding such a book, a book which our nation need to read again and again, a book which every Pakistani should read.

Today when I went to this book launch and saw the book for the first time I was a bit disappointed to see small a booklet stacked on the table to make a tower, but than I quickly realized that a book of the Quotes from the Quaid which could remain in our pockets near the heart of every Pakistani was much more needed. The book is edited by Sharif Al Mujahid and Liaquat Merchant, the foreword is written by Dr. Stanley Wolpert. the foreword Stanley Wolpert writes “each page contains at least one inspiring thought, culled from he life’s work of your great leader, illuminating Quaid-i-Azam’s humane brilliance and the wisdom of his remarkable mind“. The foreword also quotes Quaids words “Duty of the Government: ‘Those days have gone when the country was ruled by the bureaucracy. It is people’s Government, responsible to the people more or less on the democratic lines and parliamentary practice….. Make the people feel that you are their servants and friends, maintain the highest standard of honour, integrity, justice and fare play’

While glancing through the book I came up with a couple of interesting Quotes which I would like to share with you.

One titled ‘ Corruption a Curse: ” Corruption is a curse in India and amongst Muslims, especially the so-called educated and intelligentsia. Unfortunately, it is this class that is selfish and morally ad intellectually corrupt. No doubt this disease is common, but amongst this particular class of Muslims it is rampant.” (M.A.Jinnah to Ispahani, 6 May 1945)

And the other one titled ‘ We Are Muslims And Pakistanis First: ” Let me warn you in the clearest term of the dangers that still faces Pakistan…. Having failed to prevent the establishment of Pakistan, thwarted and frustrated by their failure, the enemies of Pakistan have now turned their attention to disrupt the state by creating a split amongst the Muslims of Pakistan. These attempts have taken the shape principally of encouraging provincialism. As long as you do not throw off this poison [of provincialism] in our body politic, you will be never be able to weld your self, mould your self, galvanize your self into a real, true nation. What we want is not to talk about Bengali, Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi, Pathan, and so on. They are of course units. But I ask you: have you forgotten the lesson that was taught to us thirteen hundred years ago? If I may point out, you are all outsiders here. Who were the original inhabitants of Bengal — not those who are now living here. So what is the use of saying, ‘we are Bengalis, or Sindhis, or Pathans or punjabis.’ No, we are Muslims.” ( Address, Public meeting, Dacca, 21 March 1948)

There are many more wonderful quotes in the book each one to inspire and leave a positive impression on you. Besides the book also contains some memorable pictures and a chronology on Quaid-i-Azam, Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

Priced at Rs.50/- the book is a must to have for every one who loves Pakistan and Quaid-i-Azam. The book also makes a wonderful gift for the young ones so they too can learn and draw inspirations from the words of the great founder of nation.

This book is available on all OUP outlets in Pakistan.

9 Comments so far

  1. MS (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 5:29 am

    Is this book available in USA? any insights? I could not find that book on Amazon and How about the electronic version?

  2. jacktheripper (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 7:49 am

    Fatima Jinnah wrote in her memoir about the working relationship between his brother (M.A Jinnah)and his closest friend Liaquat Ali Khan after the creation of Pakistan.

    When Liaquat Ali Khan visited Jinnah in his ZAYARAT residency where Jinnah spent his last days, Jinnah told his sister why Liaquat Ali Khan had come to see him all the way from Karachi.

    Excerpt from Fatima’s book,

    Towards the end of july ,without prior notice, Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan , the rpime minister, arrived in Ziarat accompanied by chaudari Mohd. Ali . He asked Dr. Illahi about his diagnosis of Quaid’s health. The doctor said that as he had been invited by me(Fatima) to attend to the Quaid, he could only say what he thoughtof his pateint to me. “But, as Prime minister, I am anxious to know about it”. the doctorpolitely replied,”yes, Sir, but i can not do it without the pateint’s permission”.

    As soosn as i was told,as i was sitting with Quaid, that the Prime Minister and the Secretary General wanted to see him, I informed him(Quaid). He smiled and said, ” FATI, DO YOU KNOW WHY HE HAS COME?” I said i wouldn’t be able to guess the reason. He said,” HE WANTS TO KNOW HOW SERIOUS MY SICKNESS IS. HOW LONG WILL I LAST”.

    (FROM: My Brother-by Fatima Jinnah)

    Why is there always tussel and mistrust between MUSLIM LEADERS. Why do we have to suspect our closest friends and allies all the time. Or Do we really CONSPIRE AGAINST our fellows and turn our back on the SINKING SUN.

    I dont really get this all……….

  3. MS (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    jacktheripper, I could not find the text that you were referring to in the following book!

    Are you here just for igniting the fire against Liaquat Ali Khan or am I looking @ the wrong text or did I just over look? For sure, I could not find the wordings that you have written in your comments above!

    To all, please do your own research before jumping on conclusions about such comments for our national heros; the Internet is anonymous and enemies of Pakistan have been using it for spreading hate among us. The Quaid-e-Azam’s quote that Jamash has mentioned in his post is a real eye opener! Looks like the external forces are winning the battle and its about time we should realize that.

  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    I must appreciate the efforts made by OUP and authors to come up with such concept. Thanks for sharing it. Rs.50 is nothing. However I would wish that author translate it in Urdu as well so that majority of Pakistan could read it and learn something from a leader.

  5. aaXz (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

    The quote from Fatima Jinnah’s book doesn’t necessarily imply they were eager for him to die.
    As she said, Liaqat Ali Khan was his closest friend. I can’t see anything suspicious anyone being worried about the health of a friend.

  6. MS (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

    jacktheripper, I am still waiting for your reply about your posting …

  7. jacktheripper (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 8:54 pm


    Ms Fatima’s book My brother contained many contorversial stories and that’s why was never publised, she wrote this with the help of G. ALANA.

    There are some EDITED version available online.

    Excerpt that i posted before was taken by the BOOK SHABNANA by Qudrat-ullah shahab.

    You can find the posted excerpt from 436-439 in Qurat’s book both in English and in Urdu.


  8. MS (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

    jacktheripper, thanks for sharing the references. Do you know if there exists electronic version of Qudrat-ullah’s book? I searched amazon and but could not find one.


  9. jacktheripper (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2007 @ 12:36 am

    I am not sure abt the electronic version, just found the following link,

    read abt qudrat-ullah shahab here,

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