Following the Pakistan Broadcast Corporation’s (PBC) request for a recording of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s secular state speech, the state-run All India Radio (AIR) told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that it does not have any recordings of it.
“I had received a call from Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation asking for a recording done on a certain date, but we don’t have the tape with us,” AIR director general LD Mandloi told the BBC.
Pakistan does not have a copy of the historic speech because, according to director general PBC Murtaza Solangi, local radio stations did not have proper recording facilities in 1947.
Earlier, Mr Solangi had said that this speech was very important for people who want to direct the country to the goal of a “modern, pluralistic, democratic state”.
In the speech, Jinnah is reported to have said:
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed. That has nothing to do with the business of the state.”