Jinnah and Armed Forces: A TV Talk hosted by PTV World
By Raja G Mujtaba
Mr. Jinnah as I describe him, “His thoughts were deeper than the deepest of the oceans, his vision was higher than the highest of the mountains and his determination was harder than the hardest of the rocks; all three combined resulted in achievement of Pakistan.”
Often people talk on assumptions that had Mr. Jinnah lived a few more years the fate of the country would have been different; few realize that a person lives only that long till the achievement of the role assigned to him. If one recollects, when the Prophet of Islam went for his pilgrimage and in his great address to his followers from there announced that today ‘Deen’ of Islam has been completed. Hearing this, the crowd went into jubilation but for Hazrat Abu-Bakr who started to cry. He understood the announcement more than anyone else that now Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) won’t be among his followers for long. The task assigned to him has been accomplished and the duty would fall upon his flowers to carry the torch forward.
Likewise, the duty assigned to Mr. Jinnah was achieved on 14th of August 1947 2qw over hence his time for departure was over. Thereafter the responsibility of this nation fell on the shoulders of its people, unfortunately they did not worthy of such a responsibility.
What I said in one seminar that “Pakistan was the direct creation of Allah, for which He chose Allama and Jinnah.” To support this argument of mine, there could be a separate paper but this is a truth of the matter.
When going over what Mr. Jinnah said a few months before he was taken ill and confined to bed is amazing. He visited the entire Pakistan of his time, visited almost all the important institutes that were being created and told them in clear words what they were suppose to do to move forward from strength to strength. In doing so, he knew the importance of the Armed Forces hence he told them what they need to do and what the state would do to ensure that the Armed Forces can live up to the task assigned to them.
Some of his sayings are reproduced below and his address at Royal Pakistan Air Force at Risalpur.
- Any idea of a United India could never have worked and in my judgment it would have led us to terrific disaster. (Presidential Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on 11th August, 1947.)
- We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice. We will thereby be fulfilling our mission as Muslims and giving to humanity the message of peace which alone can save it and secure the welfare, happiness and prosperity of mankind. (Speech at the opening ceremony of the State Bank of Pakistan, Karachi July 1, 1948.)
- Come forward as servants of Islam, organise the people economically, socially, educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody.
The Royal Pakistan Air Force has started with very few assets except loyalty and determination to succeed. But the Royal Pakistan Air Force is already taking shape; this school formed only seven months ago is a worthy example of this.
I know you are short of personnel but I understand recruitment is brisk and good material is coming forward. To fill up the gaps in the meantime the Royal Air Force Volunteers are coming forward and are welcome.
But aircraft and personnel in any numbers are of little use, unless there is a team spirit within the Air Force and strict sense of discipline prevails. I charge you to remember that only with discipline and self-reliance can the Royal Pakistan Air Force be worthy of Pakistan.
I am pleased to learn of the progress which this school has made and as desired by the Air Commander and yourselves I name it from today ‘The Royal Pakistan Air Force College. I thank you all and wish your school and yourselves all success.’
That was the text of the speech at Risalpur. The opening paragraph of the speech that he delivered on the occasion of his first visit to a Royal Pakistan Air Force unit must also be quoted. He said:-
‘There is no doubt that a country without a strong Air Force is at the mercy of any aggressor. Pakistan must build up her air force as quickly as possible. It must be an efficient air force second to none and must take its right place with the Army and the Navy in securing Pakistan’s Defence.’
It is very unfortunate that there came a line of political dwarfs and pygmies who failed miserably either through omission or commission and brought Pakistan to this sorry state of affairs. Every so called leader who stepped in wanted his own brand of schism to be established and raise his guinea pig status to higher than the Himalayas where they all failed. They all tried to shift the foundations of Pakistan from one political ideology to another and created utter confusion and despondency.
Pakistan has the potential to bounce back in a becoming manner for which we will have to adhere to the teachings of the founding fathers that held Islamic ideology core to their political vision.
He was a chosen man, chosen by Allah; people should desist from maligning or creating any controversy about his personality.
“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three. Hailed as ‘Great Leader’ (Quaid-e-Azam) of Pakistan and its first Governor General, Jinnah virtually conjured that country into statehood by the force of his indomitable will.” Stanley Wolport