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MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, BROADCASTING & NATIONAL HERITAGE.

(NATIONAL HERITAGE & INTEGRATION WING) GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN.

Quaid's Quotes

Provincialism: A curse:
I want the Muslims to get rid of the disease of provincialism. A nation can never make progress unless it marches in one formation. We are all Pakistanis and citizens of the state and we should serve, sacrifice and die for the State so that we may make it the most glorious and sovereign State in the world. (Address to Bar Association, Karachi, on the occasion of the Holy Prophet's Birthday, 25 January 1948).
We are now all Pakistanis not Baluchis, Pathans, Sindhis, Bengalis, Punjabis and so on and as Pakistanis, we must feel, behave and act and we should be proud to be known as Pakistanis and nothing else. (Reply to the Civic Address Presented by Quetta Municipality, 15-06-1948).
Building Pakistan:
Let us now plan to build and reconstruct and regenerate our great nation and our sovereign state Pakistan which, as you know, is not only the biggest Muslim State in the world but the fifth biggest sovereign state in the world. Now is the time, chance and opportunity for every Mussalman to make his or her fullest and best contribution and make the greatest sacrifice and work ceaselessly in the service of our nation and make Pakistan one of the greatest nation of the world. (Broadcast talk from Radio Pakistan, Lahore, 30 October, 1947).
Nature has given you everything. You have got unlimited resources. The foundations of our state have been laid and it is now for you to build and build as quickly and as well as you can. So go ahead and I wish you God speed. (Message to the Nation 14-08-1948).
No doubt we have achieved Pakistan but that is only yet the beginning of an end. Great responsibilities have come to us, and equally great should be our determination and endeavor to discharge them, and the fulfillment thereof will demand of us efforts and sacrifices in the cause no less for construction and building of our nation than what was required for the achievement of the cherished goal of Pakistan. (Message to the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, 18 August 1947).
Youth:
Pakistan is proud of her youth, particularly the students who have always been in the forefront in the hour of trail and need. You are the nation-builders of tomorrow and you must fully equip yourself by discipline, education and training for the arduous task lying ahead of you. You should realize the magnitude of your responsibility and be ready to bear it. (Address to a deputation of the committee of Action of the Punjab Muslim Student Federation Lahore, 31 October 1947).
Women:
In the great task of building the nation and maintaining in its solidarity women have a most valuable part to play as the prime architect of the character of the youth that constitutes its back bone, not merely in their own home, but by helping their less fortunate sister outside in their great task. I know that in the long struggle for the achievement of Pakistan, Muslim women have stood solidly behind their men. In the bigger struggles for the building up of Pakistan that now lies ahead, let it not be said that the women of Pakistan had lagged behind or failed in their duty. (Broadcast speech from Radio Pakistan, Dacca, 28-03-1948).
Constructive Criticism:
Praise your government when it deserves. Criticize your Government fearlessly when it deserves, but do not go on all the time attacking, indulging in destructive criticism taking delight in running down the ministry of the officials…. I welcome criticism, but it must be honest and constructive. (Reply to the address of welcome presented by the principal staff and students of the Edward College Peshawar, 12-04-1948). Remember that your Government is like your own garden. Your garden flourishes by the way you look after it and the efforts that you put towards its improvement. Similarly your government can only flourish by your patriotic, honest and constructive efforts to improve it. (Reply to the address presented by the students of the Islamia College Peshawar, 12-04-1948).
Social Evils:
One of the biggest curses from which India is suffering. I do not say that other countries are free from it, but I think that our condition is much worse is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison. We must put that down with an iron hand. Black marketing is another curse. I want to make it quite clear that I shall never tolerate any kind of jobbery. Nepotism or any influence directly or in directly brought to bear upon us. (Presidential address to the constituent Assembly, 11 August 1947). I can assure you that there is a nothing greater in this world than your own conscience and, when you appear before God, you can say that you performed your duty with the highest sense of integrity, honesty and with loyalty and faithfulness. (Addresses to civil officers of Baluchistan, Side, 14 February 1948).
Foreign Policy:
Our object should be peace within and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial and friendly relations with our immediate neighbors and with the world at large. We have no aggressive designs against any one. We stand by the United Nations Charter and will gladly make our full contribution to the peace and prosperity of the world.
Education:
There is immediate and urgent need for training our people in the scientific and technical education in order to build up our economic life, and we should see that our people undertake scientific, commerce, trade and particularly, well-planned industries. I must emphasize that greater attention should be paid to technical and vocational education. (Message to the All Pakistan Educational Conference at Karachi, 27 November 1947).
Religious Tolerance:
You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State. You will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, no in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the state. (Presidential Address to the constituent Assembly of Pakistan 11-08-1947)
Morale:
Do not be afraid of death. Our religion teaches us to be always prepared for death. We should face it bravely to save the honor of Pakistan and Islam. There is no better salvation for a Muslim than the death of a martyr for a righteous cause. (Speech at Mammoth Rally at the university Stadium Lahore, 30-10-1947)
Self Appraisal:
Do not for a moment imagine that your enemies can ever succeed in their designs. But at the same time do not make light of the situation facing you. Search your hearts and see whether you have done your part in the construction of this new and mighty state. (Speech at Mammoth Rally at the university Stadium Lahore, (30-10-1947)
Service before Self:
If we are to build a safer, cleaner and happier world let us start with the individual catch him young and inculcate in him the scout's motto of service before self and purity in thought, word and deed.
Working for the Poor:
Now, if we want to make this great state of Pakistan happy and prosperous we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor. (Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan Karachi, 11 August 1947)
The Power of Faith:
When the Holy Prophet (PBUH) started to preach Islam he was minority of one in the world. By the force of his faith he challenged the whole universe and brought the greatest revolution in the shortest time in the world with the help of the Holy Quran. If the Muslims procure the power of that faith, organization, discipline and sacrifice, they have no reason to fear the hostile forces of the entire world. (Star of India, 7 January 1938. Public speech a Calcutta)
Meaning of Pakistan:
Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim ideology, which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which we hope, others will share with us. (Message to Fortier Muslim Students Federation, 18 June, 1945)
The Power of Faith:
When the Holy Prophet (PBUH) started to preach Islam he was minority of one in the world. By the force of his faith he challenged the whole universe and brought the greatest revolution in the shortest time in the world with the help of the Holy Quran. If the Muslims procure the power of that faith, organization, discipline and sacrifice, they have no reason to fear the hostile forces of the entire world. (Star of India, 7 January 1938. Public speech a Calcutta)
Deeper Meaning of Life:
All social regeneration and political freedom must finalize depend on something that has a deeper meaning in life. And that, if you will allow me to say so, is Islam and Islam spirit. (Star of India, 14 November 1939. Broadcast talk on Eid-ul-Fitr)
The Power of Faith:
When the Holy Prophet (PBUH) started to preach Islam he was minority of one in the world. By the force of his faith he challenged the whole universe and brought the greatest revolution in the shortest time in the world with the help of the Holy Quran. If the Muslims procure the power of that faith, organization, discipline and sacrifice, they have no reason to fear the hostile forces of the entire world. (Star of India, 7 January 1938. Public speech a Calcutta)
Warning to Exploiters:
Here I should like to give a warning to the landlords and capitalists who have flourished at our expense by a system which is so vicious, which is so wicked and which make them so selfish that it is difficult to reason with them. The exploitation of the masses has gone into their blood, they have forgotten the lessons of Islam. Greed and selfishness have made these people subordinate to the interest of others in order to fatten themselves. If they are wise they will have to adjust themselves to the new modern conditions of life. If they don't God help them; we shall not help them. (Presidential Address a the session of the All India Muslim League, Delhi, 24 April, 1943)
Character:
What is character highest sense of honor and he highest sense of integrity conviction incorruptibility, readiness at any time to efface oneself for the collective good of the nation. (Speech at the conclusion of the Muslim Legislators Convention a Delhi, 11 April 1946)
Faith and Unity:
You must make up your mind now. We must sink individualism and petty jealousies and make up our minds to serve the people with honesty and faithfulness. We are passing through a period of for danger and menace. We must have faith, unity and discipline. (Statement in reference to a passage in the address of Welcome presented by the Divisional Superintendent and Officer of North Western Railway, 28 December 1947)
Work Ceaselessly:
Now is the time, chance and opportunity of every Musalman to make his or her fullest and best contribution and make the greatest sacrifice and work ceaselessly in the service of our nation and make Pakistan one of the greatest nations of the world.
Neighbors and Minorities:
The tenets of Islam enjoin on every Musalman to give protection to his neighbors and o the minorities regardless of caste and creed. (Speech at Meeting Lahore, October 30, 1947)
Pakistan Has Come to Stay:
I may say that those who unwisely think that they can undo Pakistan are sadly mistaken. Nothing on earth now will succeed in touching Pakistan, whose roots now truly and deeply laid. (Statement, 21 August, 1947)