By Syed Hassaan Tahir
Institute of Communication Studies
University of the Punjab, Lahore
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Before the partition of the subcontinent, Muslims were living under the influence of British rule. Muslims were depressed and were in search of a leader which they could follow. In the state of isolation, they found a charismatic leader in the form of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He struggled to get a separate homeland for Muslims and succeeded in getting it in the form of Pakistan on 14th August 1947. People belonging to different castes and traditions migrated and were strewn within a single boundary. Everyone thought that Muslims have got a separate and sovereign state in which they will work as a single nation, irrespective of the fact that they have varied languages and traditions. After the separation of East Pakistan in 1971, West Pakistan was divided in four provinces on the basis of language, traditions and ethnicity.
The founder of the country, ‘Quaid-e-Azam’ always criticized provincialism and racialism and emphasized on ‘unity’ among the nation. Through his speeches, he had addressed the nation especially to the students and urged them to develop patriotism and unity among themselves. Once, while addressing the nation he said that: “Remember we are building up a State which is going to play its full part in the destiny of the whole Islamic World. We, therefore, need a wider look, an outlook which transcends the boundaries of provinces, limited nationalism, and racialism. We must develop a sense of patriotism which should galvanize us all into one united and strong nation. That is the only way in which we can achieve our goal, the goal of our struggle, the goal for which millions of Mussalmans have lost their lives.” The dream of Quaid-e-Azam was very clear that he wished Pakistan to be a united and leading country of the Muslim world but unfortunately, our current scenario is totally against the will of Quaid.
After 64 years of independence, we are engrossed in a debate pertaining to the division of the country into small provinces on the basis of language, race and traditions. Our political gladiators are still exploiting this sensitive issue to save their interest. On the other hand, the backbone of the country according to Quaid-e-Azam, our respectful students are showing sheer irresponsibility towards the sensitive matters of the country. If we want to save our country and unite the nation, some serious steps should be taken in right direction. Our politicians have to show seriousness and maturity and instead of making new provinces on the basis of language, if they eliminate corruption from the system and put in order the current provincial administration, there is no need to make new provinces. Our students should also feel the responsibility on their shoulders and put eye and pursue in the matters of the state. They should not give free hand to the government to make decisions against the interest of the nation. Our politicians have to beef up the nation and unite it in order to send the strong message throughout the world that despite of all problems, the Pakistani nation is determined and well-equipped to fight with all internal and external challenges with unity, strong determination and power.