Honouring Jinnah?

Today is Jinnah’s 58th death anniversary and Pakistan could not be further from the state he envisaged.

On Aug 11, 1947, in the famous address to the Constituent Assembly, Jinnah said:

“Alongwith many other things, good and bad, has arrived this great evil – the evil of nepotism and jobbery. This evil must be crushed relentlessly. I want to make it quite clear that I shall never tolerate any kind of jobbery, nepotism or any influence directly or indirectly brought to bear upon me. Whenever I will find that such a practice is in vogue or is continuing anywhere, low or high, I shall certainly not countenance it”.

Sunday’s edition of Daily Times reported that our venerable Chief Minister, Dr. (?) Arbab Ghulam Rahim, announced a lifetime pension and sundry grants to relatives of Jinnah – apparently for the sole reason that they were relatives of Jinnah.

The road to hell really is paved with good intentions.

12 Comments so far

  1. schawlaf (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 1:35 am

    and how today we honor Mr. Jinnah , at 20:30 i switched on the radio and all the stations except one was playing Indian movie songs and that lone one too after playing Junoon shifted to Indian don’t we have this much courtesy of not to play Indian songs on national importance days

  2. king_faisal (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 2:03 am

    sep 11 – saddest day in the history of pak. jinnah’s message however still lives especially his warnings now that haters of pakistan are exploiting the new found freedom granted by mush to spread all sorts of misinformation.

    jinnah had warned against these people – people who had been against pak from day 1. these days these people hide behind the guise of liberalism – guise of human rights. ask yourself the side the likes of asma jehangir and hoobhoys would be taking if they had been alive on sep 11, 1946.

    from jinnah speech to bengalis – waste of a good speech. i urge pakistanis to read this paragraph in full:

    “..But this language controversy is really only one aspect of a bigger problem–that of provincialism. I am sure you must realize that in a newly-formed State like Pakistan, consisting moreover as it does of two widely separated parts, cohesion and solidarity amongst all its citizens, from whatever part they may come, is essential for its progress, nay for its very survival. Pakistan is the embodiment of the unity of the Muslim nation and so it must remain. That unity we, as true Muslims, must jealously guard and preserve. If we begin to think of ourselves as Bengalis, Punjabis, Sindhis etc. first and Muslims and Pakistanis only incidentally, then Pakistan is bound to disintegrate. Do not think that this is some abstruse proposition: our enemies are fully alive to its possibilities, which I must warn you they are already busy exploiting. I would ask you plainly, when political agencies and organs of the Indian press, which fought tooth and nail to prevent the creation of Pakistan, are suddenly found with a tender conscience for what they call the ‘just claims’ of the Muslims of East Bengal, do you not consider this a most sinister phenomenon? Is it not perfectly obvious that, having failed to prevent the Muslims from achieving Pakistan, these agencies are now trying to disrupt Pakistan from within by insidious propaganda aimed at setting brother Muslim against brother Muslim? That is why I want you to be on your guard against this poison of provincialism that our enemies wish to inject into our State. There are great tasks to be accomplished and great dangers to be overcome: overcome them we certainly shall but we shall do so much quicker if our solidarity remains unimpaired and if our determination to march forward as a single, united nation remains unshaken. This is the only way in which we can raise Pakistan rapidly and surely to its proper, worthy place in the comity of nations….”

  3. Ameen (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 2:09 am

    Yaar jahan tuk baat hay Jinnah sahib k rishtay daron ko pension denay ki….to Mujhay lagta hay k Aslam Jinnah sahib ko apni tash-heer(advertisment) ka bara shoq hay…..Ab khud sochain…:-

    Wo headlines mein ye kehtay hian k Quaid-e-Azam meray Nana thay….Jub k der haqeeqat, Wo Quaid-e-Azam ki Bhateeji k Betay hain….

    Ab agar Quaid-e-Azam nay Pakistan banaya tha….to is mein Un ki Bhateeji k betay ka kia kaam?? Aur doosri baat ye k…Quaid-e-Azam nay akailay to PAkistna nahin banaya tha….agar hamain PENSIONS aur COMPENSATIONS deni hain to Hazaron Lakhon log aur bhi aisay hain k jin k ancestors nay Pakistan banany mein aham kirdar ada kia….to kia sub ko Govt. 20000 rupay per month aur Car+House day gi????

    What a rubbish thing man….

    Bay shuk Aslam Jinnah sahib boorhay hogaey hongay….laikin unhon nay apni poori zindagi mein kia kai??? education unhon nay hasil hi nahin ki…..agar wo perhay likhay hotay….to kisi Govt organisation say retired ho ker pensions/graduity lay rahay hotay…..

    Kehtay hian k main ghareeb hoon….to Serkaari schools ghareebon hi k liye hotay hain…..Jis zamanay k wo hain us zamanay mein logon nay Sekaari schools say perh ker Govt. mein ahem posts haasil keen….to janab Aap Quaid-e-Azam k Nawasay hain to aap ka FERZ THA k aap unki misaal say sabaq letay….Perhtay Likhtay…..Ab Quaid-e-Azam say door ki rishtay dari sabit ker k un k Naam per paisa chahtay hain….wo bhi aakhri umr mein :):)….

    Sorry people….No offence….Ye meray wo views hain jo Newspaper mein article perh ker aey thay….

  4. Asad (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 5:30 am

    It will be interesting to find out how many of them are his relatives as well.

  5. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 7:58 am

    My friend Ameen, if life were just easy and simple as you described ….

  6. Kashif (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 9:07 am

    When ex-Presidents of Pakistan get life time pension with perks and armed force personnel get plots and other benefits after retirement why not give something to relatives of man who lead muslims to a free nation. We should be grateful to Jinnah and to show our gratitude, we should support his relatives.

  7. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    Guahar Ayub … Humayon Akhtar … IjazulHaq … Their fathers made so much money that their 7 generations do not need to work. Jinnah could also make fortune for his generations but he did not so agreed with Kashif totally. Does one know how much one F-16 costs ?? We could make several Jinnah’s Mazars with that money. We are just giving 20 thousands when one dinner could cost from 800-1400 in some restaurants in Karachi.What a pity

  8. Bamboo Guy (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    Ameen, guess Kashif and POO POO answer your concerns.

  9. Ameen (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

    Sorry ppl if it hurts somebody….I didnt mean to hurt….Well I couldnt describe my view properly that why I stop here.

  10. Darthvader (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 9:34 am

    Yes indeed. attributed to Samuel by some , the phrase fits our culture of endowment for the sake of endowment .

  11. Ramla A. (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 3:21 pm

    Ameen has a point.

  12. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

    Ralma has a point. Actually every post has a point.

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