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A western historian and a few Pakistani columnists/writers have been propagating that the Quaid wanted Pakistan to be a secular state. In support of this premise they quote the Quaid's speech of 11, August 1947. It is significant to note that this view was expressed only after the death of all the leaders of Pakistan independence movement in early nineteen nineties.

The establishment of Pakistan in August 1947 was the culmination of the long drawn political struggle for the protection and advancement of Muslim socio-culutral identity, political rights and interests in British India. Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the All India Muslim League (AIML) did not launch a religious movement and they never put forward a puritannical religious agenda. They dealt with the everyday and worldly issues of the Muslim community in British India that gained political relevance as the British rulers created a modern state system.
Yes, why? Why Pakistan is hurtled from one crisis to another? Why democracy is still in doldrums, despite its long journey, albeit erratic at times, for seventy eight months since the eventful February 2008 elections? Why, why and why?
On the momentous occasion of the Independence Day of Pakistan, I extend warm greetings to all countrymen and women. While the ideological differences between the Muslims and Hindus of British ruled sub-continent loomed large, a decision was made for division of the sub-continent. Thus began the astounding efforts of Muslims under the able leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, which bore fruit on 14 August, 1947 and the creation of Pakistan became a reality. It was a hard-earned independence, marked by unparalleled sacrifices rendered by the Muslims of the sub-continent. Indeed, everyone remained steadfast in the face of heavy odds until a separate and sovereign country came into being.
On the auspicious occasion of the 67th Independence Day of Pakistan, commemorating the birth of this great nation, I proudly congratulate and extend my sincere felicitations to the Government of Pakistan and the people of the land of the Pure. I take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to the Honourable Prime Minister, Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif for his continuing support to our endeavours.
"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 you are free - you are free to go to your temples mosques or any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the state in due course of time Hindus will cease to be Hindus and Muslims will cease to Muslims - not in a religious sense for that is the personal faith of an individual - but in a political sense as citizens of one state"


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