By: Aminah Gilani – Co-Founder – Citizen Awareness Program
This 11th September, it will be 65th death anniversary of the founder of Pakistan Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. On this special occasion Radio Pakistan will broadcast invaluable speeches of the Quaid that transferred by All India Radio on a special request of Radio Pakistan.
Many people, including myself are anxiously waiting for those speeches of the great Quaid to reach our ears, since speeches are expected to trigger a new wave into popular debate over Quaid’s secularized standing as the founder of Pakistan, as his approach towards making of the new state is doubted as to be a complete religious one, while on the other hand , a more conservative school of thought thoroughly rejects any paradigm of secularism attached to the making of Pakistan.
However, i as a more harmonious citizen consider “patriotism” above and beyond any such debate. I believe in the words of Quaid e Azam when he said:
“when our Prophet (PBUH) not only by words but by deeds treated the Jews and Christians handsomely after he conquered them. He showed to them utmost tolerance and regard and respect for their faith and beliefs. The whole history of Muslims where they ruled is replete with those humane and great principles and which should be followed and practiced by us.”
Particularly while Pakistan has faced in its 67 years a great roller coaster ride, the highs and drastic lows that most other countries have not faced after passing centuries. This unique character has made Pakistan “a mysterious hero”. This country has survived, battled and ushered a new meaning of nationalism, while enemies had predicted it’s future a dark one, Pakistan grew up to great heights, and a considerable amount of harmony midst diversifying ethnicities, religions, differing ideologies. Pakistan has proven to be an identity immune to any divisional intrigues or conspiracies aimed to dismantle its existence.
In its journey through the years, Pakistan, after a survey was conducted by two Swedish economists in various countries of the world, based on questioning people about “who they wouldn’t prefer to have as a neighbor?”, it
turned out to be the MOST racially tolerant country after Anglo and Latin countries, since only 6.5 percent of Pakistanis objected to have a neighbor who belongs to a different race.
“Pakistan, remarkably tolerant, also an outlier. Although the country has a number of factors that coincide with racial intolerance – sectarian violence, its location in the least-tolerant region of the world, low economic and human development indices – only 6.5 percent of Pakistanis objected to a neighbor of a different race. This would appear to suggest Pakistanis are more racially tolerant than even the Germans or the Dutch”
Interestingly, Banner for The MOST “racially” intolerant countries is given to India and Bangladesh alongside Jordan and Hong Kong, where most people have objection over people as their neighbor because they belong to a certain race.
“India, Jordan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong by far the least tolerant. In only three of 81 surveyed countries, more than 40 percent of respondents said they would not want a neighbor of a different race. This included 43.5 percent of Indians, 51.4 percent of Jordanians and an astonishingly high 71.8 percent of Hong Kongers and 71.7 percent of Bangladeshis”
PAKISTAN IS NOT A FAILED STATE.