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DEMOCRACY AND PAKISTAN
Quaide Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
Here is an extract from the speech of Quaide Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
Address to Bar Association. Karachi, January 25, 1948.
"...Islamic principles today are as applicable to life as
they were 1,300 years ago. Islam and its idealism have taught
democracy. Islam has taught equality, justice and fair play to
everybody. What reason is there for anyone to fear democracy,
equality, freedom on the highest standard of integrity and on
the basis of fair play and justice for everybody. Let us make
it the future constitution of Pakistan. We shall make it and
we will show it to the world.
The Prophet Muhammad was a great teacher. He was a great
Law-giver. He was a great statesman and he was a great
Sovereign who ruled. No doubt, there are many people who do
not quite appreciate when we talk of Islam. Thirteen hundred
years ago he laid the foundations of democracy.
Islam is not only a set of rituals, traditions and spiritual
doctrines. Islam is also a code for every Muslim which
regulates his life and his conduct in even politics and
economics and the like. It is based on the highest principles
of honor, integrity, fair play and justice for all. One God
and the equality of manhood is one of the fundamental principles
of Islam. In Islam there is no difference between man and man.
The qualities of equality, liberty and fraternity are the
fundamental principles of Islam.
(A.P.I.) The Civil & Military Gazette, January 27, 1948