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“The foundations of your State have been laid and it is now for you to build and build as quickly and as well as you can.

You must remember that Islam is not merely a religious doctrine but a realistic and practical code of conduct. I am thinking in terms of life, of everything important in life. I am thinking in terms of our history, our heroes, our art, our architecture, our music, our laws, our jurisprudence……. In all things our outlook is not only fundamentally different but often radically antagonistic to the Hindus. We are different beings. There is nothing in life which links us together. Our names, our clothes, our foods — they are all different; our economic life, our educational ideas, our treatment of women, our attitude to animals… …. we challenge each other at every point of the compass.

To yoke together two such nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as majority, must lead to growing discontent and final destruction of any fabric that may be so built up for the government of such a state.”

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Zahid Calcuttvi said... @ April 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Beverly Nichols' "Dialogue with a Giant" was part of the English text in our matriculation examination in the late 1950s at Dacca. I was thrilled then, and have never forgotten some of the
spell-binding replies Quaid-e-Azam gave to Mr. Nichols. This interview should always have been a part of the syllabus taught in schools and colleges in Pakistan. This was not done, unfortunately, and today we have generations of students with lop-sided and completely hollow
knowledge about the personality of our great leader.

ayubkhan said... @ September 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

We must solute as nation to our brave leader who by argument compelled the cunning british government to divide sub-continent in between the two nations totally different from each other in culture, religious, civilization, way of living, marriages and even burrying their dead bodies.

He answered so brilliantly to Nichols that Pakistan will be on Islamic socialism basis a complete code of life respecting each other and having equal rights for all and we will accept Pakistan not too rich but independent and sovereign Pakistan. It will not be a religious based country though we like Islam by heart but our door of nationaility to other nation people to participate in development of the country will always remained opened for all people who want to contribute their expertise in its development.

Quaid we solute you as a nation and hope from our leader to follow the wisdom of Jinnah and be practical and honest to serve the nation in real sense in all aspect of life.

I solute the wisdom, dedication, devotion toward goal to Jinnah.

Mr.Ayub Khan
e.mail. ayubnwfp@yahoo.com

zahoor siddiqi said... @ May 31, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Jinnah understood rightly that nothing but a secular path is essential for the growth of Pakistan ; he again and again reminded the Pakistanis that minorities' rights should be defended by all means . He stood for a modern state and was opposed to religious fanaticism. For the industrial growth his model was Tata.

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