National Conference on "Jinnah’s Vision"
During a national conference on ‘Jinnah’s Vision of a Modern Nation State for Pakistan’ held at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) today, the consensus view expressed by different speakers was that founding father, Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, wanted a tolerant and moderate Pakistan. He wanted a Pakistan, free of any exploitation, where all citizens have equal rights.
In the same context, present Senator Mr. Raza Rabbani was of the view that the misbalance of civil-military relations in Pakistan has resulted in accelerating political issues in Pakistan. Repeated martial laws in the country have not served anything good for the country. Even now after the passage of 18th amendment bureaucracy is not willing to accept this change. He said devolution of powers and decentralization is essential for the survival of Pakistan.
Senator (R) Mr. Taj Haider, adding to his counterparts’ statement said that General Zia’s policy to involve in Afghan crisis just to get legitimacy for his military regime has resulted in all prevailing cause effects in the country. He said sectarian divisions having no previous history were promoted by military dictators. He said if decentralization promoted in provinces under 18th amendment was given earlier, then we could have successfully united Pakistan now. He also added with respect to late Sardar Akbar Bugti’s murder, and cases of missing persons, that ‘we are taking Balochistan’s concerns seriously now’.
During the late session in this conference conducted in SZABIST, Dr. Syed Jaffar Ahmed said that military regime disrupted efforts while making 1956 constitution and when the first martial law was imposed on October 27, 1958, national assembly was ready to adopt new constitution. Also, Mr. Tasneem Siddiqui said founding father has envisaged a concept of welfare state for Pakistan. He added that law and order is crucial requirement for the creation of investment friendly environment.
Brig (R) AR Siddiqui said that we have to revisit our policies especially in the context of neighbouring countries. During the same session, Dr. Talat Wizarat said Jinnah was always concerned for the Palestinian issue but along with this he was also overly interested in maintaining and projecting normal relations with everyone. Interestingly, Syed Mehdi Masud added that Jinnah’s August 11, 1948 letter is hardly discussed, which clearly mentions that he wanted friendly relations with India and wanted that both neighbors should work jointly for a greater cause.
Dr. Anwar Shaheen and Advocate Rochi Ram also spoke on this occasion.