On September 11, 1948, the Founder of Pakistan, Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah, known as Great Leader (Quaid-e-Azam) by Muslims of subcontinent Indo-Pakistan, passed away from this mortal world. The right way to remember him on this day, apart from reciting Qur’aan and offering prayers for him which nearly all the People of Pakistan do, is to follow wise advices given by him from time to time. For the last few years it is being propagated by a few people who, trying to behave modern, consider Qur’aan to be a book for ancient times, that Mr Jinnah wanted to make Pakistan a secular state and not an Islamic state. The present administration of Pakistan also, to please their masters, is trying to make education secular while they are practically doing nothing for the welfare of Pakistan nation.
Below is an excerpt from the speech delivered by Mr Jinnah on November 27, 1947 at the forum of All Pakistan Educational Conference.
“Under foreign rule for over a century, in the very nature of things, I regret, sufficient attention has not been paid to the education of our people, and if we are to make any real, speedy and substantial progress, we must earnestly tackle this question and bring our educational policy and program on the lines suited to the genius of our people, consonant with our history and culture, and having regard to the modern conditions and vast developments that have taken place all over the world.
Education does not merely mean academic education, and even that appears to be of a very poor type. What we have to do is to mobilize our people and build up the character of our future generations. There is immediate and urgent need for training our people in the scientific and technical education in order to build up future economic life, and we should see that our people undertake scientific commerce, trade and particularly, well-planned industries. Also I must emphasize that greater attention should be paid to technical and vocational education.
In short, we have to build up the character of our future generations which means highest sense of honor, integrity, selfless service to the nation, and sense of responsibility, and we have to see that they are fully qualified or equipped to play their part in the various branches of economic life in a manner which will do honor to Pakistan.”
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