Pakistan, at its inception, was a beautiful reality to millions of dreams. It was a heaven or in the very least a refuge from hell. It lived in the imagination of its founders: this breathtaking example of perfection where peace would prevail and love would be bountiful. Unfortunately, the Pakistan sixty seven years after the death of Quaid e Azam is not what his Pakistan was supposed to be.

The first national quality Quaid kept advocating for was ‘unity’. His Pakistan was meant to be united through all of its sorrows and ecstasies. Today however, the divisions amongst us are spectacular. We are one nation brutally divided into provincial entities, religious sects, social castes and financial ranks. Then these fake identities define and shape entire lives of our people. These deliberately created and meticulously maintained barriers create an excellent opportunity for applying the famous formula of ‘divide and rule’ bringing in countless national vices and paving ways for frequent disasters. Traitors in every possible disguise exploit our differences on a routine level and this leads to further disunity. Even our educational institutions proudly pose with categories in terms of the quality of education provided being directly related to the social class of the people interested. The situation has become so desperate that differences in our political interests can put ‘mutual patriotism’ to rest. Our nation never really started thinking as one and so we failed at Quaid’s advice of unity.

His second primal motto was ‘faith’. This faith can then be understood in a variety of meanings. It could either be faith in each other, faith in oneself, faith in our country as a whole or most importantly, faith in Allah Almighty. Not surprisingly, we have magnificently failed at every single one of these interpretations. In Pakistan it is a common trend to pull their legs if they come in your way. Patience and coexistence are seriously lacking in our society with practical demonstrations everyday on busy roads and all the way to law making assemblies. Despair and low sense of self have also found a comfortable abode in our society as faith in our own selves diminishes quickly. Or maybe it never really existed in the first place. The faith that we have in our country is clearly evident from the amount of brain drain our nation has to suffer from. The fact that people run away from Pakistan the first chance they get is the sad reality of today. Moreover, the Pakistani nation has gradually swayed from its ideology so much that right now we stand at a point where belief in Allah could very easily be the only factor keeping the few patriots sane. Sadly, our nation could not adhere to Quaid’s second advice of faith either.

The third golden rule our Quaid left behind was ‘discipline’. His Pakistan should have been a dignified civilization upholding discipline and quality management in all its affairs. This dream became another one that could not be turned into reality. The factor which happens to be behind this trauma is the weakness of state institutes in direct implementation of the laws of the land. A common Pakistani man cannot be expected to even follow the traffic rules; what to say of disciplined behavior in other more serious matters. Discipline is taught to some extent in schools but one peek into adult Pakistani life reveals it all as a hoax. Feudal lords posing as politics have found their way into legal and judicial system of the country making implementation of discipline virtually impossible. Situation has worsened to such an extent that the only national institution that belongs to our nation and is still known for discipline happens to be the army. Even Pakistan’s state institutes cannot claim to be as disciplined as they ought to be. Thus another one of Quaid’s rules is broken everyday in a country that was supposed to be his Pakistan.

Quaid e Azam left behind a legacy guided by his all time famous tip for his nation to ‘work, work and work’. This Pakistan seems to have forgotten that lesson of continuous toil and devoted hard work as well. In a nation devoid of nationalism where politics is a means of playing with people’s needs to attain power and where the powerful can eat up the weak whenever he wants, however he wants; where corruption prevails and the honest have to pay for their honesty; where anyone can procure a shortcut to worldly success and power, no one wants to work as hard as Quaid would have wanted him to. Today our students do not work hard because it is too easy to bribe or cheat their way to excellent grades. Our state employees do not work hard whether they are teachers, law enforcement officials or even clerks in state offices only because their accountability does not exist and sincerity directly leads them to doom. Ironically, even people who do work hard are unconcerned with the purpose of the endless exertion that Quaid stood for. In Quaid’s Pakistan, our hard work and efforts were supposed to be meant for creation of a better future for our country and rather unluckily, we have failed him yet again.

However, even though our past does not portray the most pleasant sight; our future could still be as bright as the sun. Although we acknowledge that this is not what Quaid’s Pakistan must have looked like, we also need to realize that it still can be turned into something even Quaid would be proud of. Our nation needs a unifying point, something to hold onto that gives them faith and finally a strong leader who disciplines them and inculcates hard work as a national quality. Nonetheless, the main requirement that rests within the core of all things needed is the medicine of ‘hope’. Every individual has to become his own leader envisioning Quaid’s Pakistan in his mind’s eye and then following the rules laid out by the great man himself to attain the Pakistan he wanted.


Submitted By: Hafiza Noor.ul.Ain, Author of The Youth Of Pakistan

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