Media watch: Jinnah's Pakistan

Media discusses the current state of the country and how far it is from the vision of the Quaid-i-Azam.

Ali Syed December 25, 2010

Media watch is a daily round-up of key articles featured on news websites, hand-picked by The Express Tribune web staff.

Peace on earth

Would he have recognised the country that is now Pakistan? Shriven from top to bottom by sectarianism, terrorism, corruption in every part of the land and a sense of despair? He might, because if nothing else Jinnah was a realist rather than a starry-eyed romantic. Yet were he with us today he might also feel a profound sense of disappointment, betrayal even, of the ideals that he and his comrades struggled so hard to establish. (

Quaid-i-Azam Day

The Quaid stood firmly for a foreign policy which was independent while based on goodwill towards all. It must not be forgotten that he led an anti-colonial struggle at a time when Europe still held the non-European countries in thrall as colonies, and thus one of the most important considerations was showing the colonizer that the colonized were equal, if not superior. (

Remembering the Quaid

Where are we? We are a nation of 180 million people notoriously divided into religious, sectarian and ethnic tribes. The country that the Quaid built and bequeathed to us presents a sorry picture: corruption, favouritism, abuse of human rights, absence of justice and hope, bad governance and terribly bad law and order abound. Without any iota of doubt, one can easily say that the Quaid had never envisioned his country to be in this shape. (

The Quaid

The deviation from Jinnah’s concept was responsible for the separation of East Pakistan. As little was done to rectify the course, the thinking traded as the ideology of Pakistan continues to promote religious and communal frenzy, extremist thinking and separatist tendencies. There is an existential need for Pakistan to highlight Jinnah’s progressive ideas and to reject the reactionary thinking of the ideologues. (


Sobriquet | 12 years ago | Reply It was NOT the deviation from Jinnah’s concept that led to Bangladesh, but Jinnah's naive idea of a homogenous Pakistan to create a single Pakistani identity—an identity that never existed and never will.
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