Provincialism in Quaid’s Pakistan? – by Tasbih Fayaz

Unfortunately, our country has gone through loads of rampant corruption, nepotism and maladministration. Such curses always lead to complete breakdown of law and order in the state.

Pakistan is undoubtedly the second largest Muslim nation in the world, yet, it is constantly being affected by people who support depravity. Every one is aware of the fact that Pakistan is suffering from a dearth of patriotism. People are constantly reproaching the government and are less interested in working for the nation’s betterment. Pakistan is of course the greatest gift God has ever bestowed us with. It is undoubtedly our most valuable possession. This soil holds back the blood of our valiant leaders who gave life to this great nation. These breezes enclose the essence of our martyrs, who gave away their souls for us.

Pakistan has never lacked in the people who are ready to sacrifice themselves to amplify the nation’s prosperity but it also holds in odious citizens, who are unconcerned about the country.

There are thousands of people who have their devotion limited to their provinces. Their love and support is not defined for their country but for their respective provinces. This is exactly what gives birth to the theory of PROVINCIALISM.

People are moving back to the traditional concept of having independent provinces because of the problems Pakistan is facing. People are arguing because majorities are riding roughshod over the minorities but this is not the time when we should encourage provincial rivalry. Quaid himself never fought for Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan or Khyber Pakhtunkhuah. He struggled hard for one united ‘PAKISTAN’ and he succeeded. We should be proud of what we are but it is obligatory upon us to be staunch supporters of having ‘ONE STRONG PAKISTAN’. The disappearance of all the sectarian groups will strengthen the integrity of Pakistan.

In a speech to the students at the Islamia College, Peshawar in 1947, Jinnah said,

“our duty to our state takes us beyond provincialism. It often demands that we be ready to submerge individual and provincial interests for the common cause for good. Our duty to our state comes first, then our duty to our province, district, town and lastly to our selves”.

On another occasion, he said,

“you may belong to any religion, caste or creed_ that has nothing to do with the business of state. We are starting in the days when there is no discrimination, no distinction between one caste and creed and another. We are starting with the fundamental principle that we all are equal citizens of one state”.

Our provinces are our roots, our pride and our cultural heritage. We should be loyal to them but we should be unabashed supporters of Quaid’s vision as well. This is the time when we have to replenish our patriotism and boost up our obstinacy in terms of our country. We have to reinvent our vision and yes, success will certainly knock our doors. Our patriotism will help us pull the country out of crisis.

Long live Pakistan

29 responses to “Provincialism in Quaid’s Pakistan? – by Tasbih Fayaz”

  1. The source of the problem is that people are forced to pick between either of the two and naturally they identify themselves with their ethnic backgrounds.

    Embrace provincialism at all levels and nationalism will automatically become the order of the day.

  2. the first quote by Jinnah is very unrealistic. In the light of 1971, it can also be seen as part of the attitude that led to the breakup of the country. It’s not the job of the government to preach to individuals what they should be loyal too.

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